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Gordon Rago

The Virginian-Pilot

Norfolk, VA, United States

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Past articles by Gordon:

CBD processing facility coming to Chesapeake

A pair of friends, who run a hemp farm in Suffolk, became the first to get approval in Chesapeake to manufacture CBD. → Read More

Downtown Norfolk Council cancels First Friday block party in October, plans for return April 2022

Downtown Norfolk Council expects to hold First Fridays again in April 2022 in a similar 16-block setup. → Read More

Solar projects have been gobbling up land in Chesapeake. Now city leaders are considering another.

The Borrego Centerville Solar Field was approved Wednesday night by the Planning Commission and will now head to the City Council for a final vote. → Read More

150 more homes planned for busy corridor in Chesapeake’s Greenbrier area

Construction is expected to start in 2022 for the four- and five-bedroom homes. → Read More

You’ll soon be able to digitize your old family tapes and photos for free at Chesapeake Public Library

There are 14 libraries across the country who now run memory labs where the public can digitize old VHS or cassette tapes along with important family documents. → Read More

The Tide needed a ‘miracle’ to get started 10 years ago. What does its future hold?

The Tide, Norfolk's 7.4-mile light rail transit system, took off for its first ride on August 19, 2011. Ten years later, despite an early vision for regional connection, it still remains only in Norfolk. → Read More

Battling police shortages, Hampton Roads cities consider bonuses to lure officers to come — or stay

Chesapeake’s city manager plans to bring the city council a proposal to offer police officers a $5,000 “retention” bonus to match an offer from neighboring Virginia Beach. → Read More

Virginia’s port boss says trade is bouncing back from the pandemic

Six months on the job, Stephen Edwards says the Port of Virginia is thriving. → Read More

After years away, ‘Roller Dude’ is back, bringing joy to Chesapeake — and himself

E’sa Simon says he uses skating, and the support he gets from passersby, as a way to cope with the trauma of losing his son. → Read More

Chesapeake solicits bids for internal auditor after longtime department head retires

However, no decisions have been made yet on whether it’s a full outsourcing of the department or bringing on a firm to work alongside city staff on more technical audits. → Read More

‘In God We Trust’ decals will go on all Chesapeake city vehicles

Councilman says he wanted to put the decals on city vehicles to “quell divisive rhetoric” and begin to unify people along racial and political lines. → Read More

Her dad died on 9/11. Now, this Chesapeake woman uses horses to help vets cope with trauma.

The nonprofit Trails of Purpose, which offers counseling services to military members and their families, is expanding. → Read More

Tolls for the Veterans Bridge in Chesapeake are going up July 1

Starting at 12:01 a.m. July 1, tolls on the bridge on Dominion Boulevard will go from $1.16 to $1.22 for E-ZPass users and $3.16 to $3.22 for those without a transponder. → Read More

Keeping the dream alive: WHRO takes over Chesapeake oldies station, giving it new life

The Chesapeake radio station has been described as the first public school FM station in Virginia and one of the nation’s oldest public school radio stations. → Read More

Any takers? Port of Virginia is selling three 250-foot cranes — and they’re only $50K apiece.

It might seem odd that the port is selling off this sort of equipment now. It’s been expanding its two other container facilities, and two years ago welcomed four towering cranes to Virginia International Gateway to efficiently handle growing capacity. → Read More

Black pastors in Chesapeake were led to form coalition after George Floyd’s death to address disparities within city

The group has been reviewing data on city demographics, hiring practices and police policies to start a conversation with city officials on race, equity and diversity. → Read More

Cargo ship that’s breaking records on the East Coast back to sea after stop in Hampton Roads

With enough capacity to carry 16,022 containers, the container ship is breaking size records along the East Coast this week. It first stopped in New York on Thursday before sailing down to Virginia. → Read More

Chesapeake political consultant competing in Jeopardy’s tournament of champions

Karen Farrell had an eight game win streak on the show a year ago and has since moved to Chesapeake. → Read More

Funding for curbside recycling, employee raises included as Chesapeake council approves $1.26B budget

For another year, the real estate tax rate will stay at $1.05 per $100 of assessed value. Chesapeake has the second lowest rate among cities on the south side behind Virginia Beach, which voted this week to lower its rate from $1.075 to 99 cents. → Read More

Chesapeake voted to name court building after a former judge. Now the ceremony is off.

“To me it would have been a great honor to promote an African American female on one of our court buildings,” Chesapeake Mayor Rick West said. → Read More