In the picturesque forests and rolling hills of Southside Virginia, hunters wear blaze orange so they are not mistaken for wild game and shot.
In the hunt for the 9th District seat in the House of Delegates, however, Republican bigwigs have tried to fit House Minority Leader Ward L. Armstrong with a set of antlers.
In redistricting, the GOP majority cut Armstrong out of the district he has represented since 1992. Now he is taking on another incumbent, setting up an unusual and challenging re-election campaign.
Two state legislators from Southside who are members of the Tobacco Indemnification and Community Revitalization Commission defended its work Tuesday, while another lawmaker renewed his call for reform.
Del. Ward Armstrong, D-Collinsville, announced Thursday that he will run for the 9th District state House seat in the Nov. 8 election.
Del. Ward Armstrong (D-Martinsville and Henry County) and other speakers said Thursday night that they blame the General Assembly for the 70-percent increase in Appalachian Power Co.'s electric rates since 2005.
The House of Delegates redistricting plan unveiled Tuesday keeps Henry County split between three districts — the 14th and 16th, as it has been for the past decade, and the newly drawn 9th District.
Del. Ward Armstrong is warning that House Republicans could splinter Henry County and Martinsville in the upcoming redistricting in an effort to get him out of office.
Del. Ward Armstrong says he is focusing on redistricting now, but he also has his eyes a bid for statewide office.
Henry County and Martinsville school divisions as well as other core services are expected to fare well under a spending plan for fiscal 2012 approved by state legislators Sunday.
A woman who died at the hands of her estranged husband may now be saving other domestic violence victims from the same fate.
Legislative members of a state commission defrauded of $4 million in tobacco settlement funds came to their own defense in blocking proposed reforms of the panel Monday.