Early Wednesday morning, Mayor Stoney asked City Council to vote to immediately remove the Confederate statues on Monument Avenue. City Council declined, citing procedural rules. A vote was scheduled for Thursday. Stoney was in no mood to wait. Wednesday afternoon a work crew with a crane and flatbed trailer descended on the Stonewall Jackson Monument at Arthur Ashe Boulevard and Monument. Upon arrival, they immediately went to work taking down Stonewall Jackson from his massive pedestal.
The mayor felt justified in his end-run around City Council stating, “As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to surge, and protestors attempt to take down Confederate statues themselves or confront others who are doing so, the risk grows for serious illness, injury, or death. We have an urgent need to protect the public.”
The removal of the statue was unannounced but word quickly spread on social media. What started as a small crowd swelled to over 1,000.
The process of removing the statue was slow and tedious. The mood of the crowd was celebratory.
At one point an individual quickly went the statue and waved a “Respect our Monuments” flag. Tensions quickly escalated as the crowd rushed towards him. Richmond Sherriffs quickly escorted the counter protestor from the area but not before his flag met an ignominious end.
Throughout the workers steadily prepared the statue for removal.
As the moment of truth approached so did the storm clouds. Heavy rain hit as Jackson was lifted into the air. The tension that had been building was released as the remaining folks cheered the Confederate generals removal.
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At the time of this writing the work crew was setting up at the Maury memorial.
Tour de Fall Line Donation Based this Year
The RVAMore website isn’t up to date with the new race information yet but I’m sure will be available soon.
RVA More’s Tour de Fall Line is back but a little different this year. All proceeds directly benefit rvaMORE to help enhance your outdoor experience on our local trails.
The entry fee is WAIVED.
Our only request is that you stop by the rvaMORE tent, say hello and drop 20 bucks into the trail fund wheelbarrow.
This event has been our premier fundraiser for a number of years; but without the aid stations, food, music, and beverages, we
elected to go with optional donations rather than an entry fee.
What to expect: You can choose to ride whatever distance you want and start at any point along the route. As always, GPS maps will be available for download.
The full course will be marked by volunteers. There will be no aid stations.
This is a ride of fun and self-sufficiency – the DNA of MTB riding.
Bring your friends or enjoy a solo soul ride for the day.
We’ll be hanging out all day.
We sincerely hope you can join us for a day of celebrating our city trail system!
Westover Hills Boulevard Death Investigation
There was a fatal shooting in the 400 block of Westover Hills Boulevard on Sunday.
RPD reporting the following:
At approximately 9:53 p.m. (Sunday, October 24th), Richmond Police responded to the 400 block of Westover Hills Boulevard for the report of a shooting. Officers arrived and located an adult male with an apparent gunshot wound. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
The Medical Examiner will determine cause and manner of death.
Anyone with information about this death investigation is asked to call Major Crimes Detective A. Coates at (804) 646-0729 or contact Crime Stoppers at (804) 780-1000. The P3 Tips Crime Stoppers app for smartphones also may be used. All Crime Stoppers reporting methods are anonymous.
48 Hrs Store Now Has Zero Hours
Sometime over the weekend the local convenience store closed for good.
The plan dear readers were to swing by this weekend and ask what was up after reading various rumors about the fate of the little store that many folks have a love/hate relationship with. My timing was poor because I was greeted by the scene above. A quick check of the property records doesn’t list a recent change and there aren’t any permits on the door indicating work. The planned work on the adjacent strip of stores doesn’t include the 48 Hrs Store.
So let’s go straight to the rumors.
The most credible from two second-hand sources is that the store will reopen under new management.
Someone has also floated a vape shop moving in.
The store was never pretty but the owners, when they were in town, were super nice. It was for many years our go-to spot for beer and chips. That was about all we bought there, beer and chips.
We’ll keep an eye out and update if we get anything beyond a rumor.