Naming of Central Garage Has Interesting History
The storm that passed through King William County in the early evening of June 17 caught the attention of media outlets as well as residents themselves.
Particularly hard hit was the Central Garage area, which saw high winds and heavy rain bring trees to the ground and cause power to be off for 4-5 hours in some locations.
Later that evening on the 11:00 news, NBC12 Meteorologist Nick Russo further broke down the storm damage and its primary location along Route 360 and Route 30 in Central Garage.
“Particularly hard hit was the Central Garage area of King William County,” Russo said. “Central Garage is actually a location and not a structure on somebody’s property.”
Russo’s comment left me searching for how Central Garage got its name. As a six-month newbie to King William, I had never paused to ask the question.
Everyone’s historical guru is Eugene Campbell, whose father actually owned the structure to which the section of King William County is referred. According to Campbell, “The old original garage stood behind a store (at the intersection of Route 30 and Sharon Road). The store is still there today.
“The store has been many things since it was built (guessing around 1900),” Campbell continued. “Besides a garage, it has been a restaurant, living quarters, dance hall in WW II, sandwich/candy shop, and antique store.”
Campbell said he had always heard the name of the area came from a “garage centrally located at the intersection of two major roads in the County.” Therefore, the name Central Garage.
Campbell also passed along that the name Central Garage met some opposition as some in later years wanted to change it to Sharon Church. As we all know now, that effort failed.
Campbell and his sisters continue to own the property. Their father bought the store in 1989 to open an antique shop.
Next time you see Central Garage on the weather map, now you know why it is a location and not a structure on someone’s property.
State Employees Awaiting Salary Increases
Salary increases appear to be included for state employees who are funded by the Compensation Board after Governor Youngkin signed the FY ’23 Budget on June 21.
Correspondences within the circles of Social Services declare all DSS employees will be eligible for a five percent increase beginning August 1. Comp Board figures are still being determined for Constitutional Officers, but the same five percent is expected to apply.
Here is a summary from the Virginia Association of Counties (VACo) on the latest Budget details:
The General Assembly accepted 28 of the Governor’s amendments and rejected 10. The Governor did not propose further changes to the grocery tax, leaving in place the elimination of the state portion of the tax (and preservation of the 1 percent local option portion) that was included in the conference report. A summary of the legislature’s actions on the Governor’s amendments of interest to local governments follows below:
- Accepted language to expand the types of higher-education entities that may apply to form college partnership laboratory schools but rejected a proposal that would have provided for the distribution of state per-pupil K-12 funding for students enrolled at college partnership laboratory schools to the college partnership laboratory schools. This language also would have allowed the Board of Education to disburse to the college partnership laboratory school an amount equal to the local funding that the school would receive, based upon its average daily membership. VACo has traditionally opposed efforts to remove local authority to establish alternative schools from local school boards and divert public SOQ funds away from public schools.
- Rejected the proposed suspension of taxes on the wholesale distribution of gasoline and diesel fuel for three months (from July 1 through September 30, 2022) and capping of future increases at 2 percent per year.
- Approved the proposed additional $2 million per year to expand the Early Reading Specialists initiative (which supports school divisions in funding one reading specialist per school in schools that rank lowest statewide on the third grade reading Standards of Learning assessment) to fund additional reading specialists or reading coaches or to support school personnel in attaining licensure requirements for endorsement as a reading specialist.
- Approved the addition of language and funding to provide the $1000 bonus that was included in the conference report for SOQ-recognized instructional and support personnel to instructional and support positions at Academic Year Governor’s Schools and Regional Alternative Education Programs (this action corrects an inadvertent omission in the conference report).
- Approved the proposed addition of $4.4 million GF in FY 2023 and $291,060 NGF in FY 2023 to support efforts to address the lack of placements for high-acuity children in foster care. This funding would support the development of partnerships between local departments of social services to increase capacity to approve kinship caregivers and recruit and train locally-approved foster parents; support an enhanced treatment foster care pilot program that would provide stipends for foster families caring for high-acuity children; support additional coordination, recruitment, and training for foster care agencies; and support initiatives of the Safe and Sound Task Force, including community-based treatments, support for kinship, foster, and adoptive families, and trauma-informed care for children in foster care who are displaced, or at risk of becoming displaced.
- Accepted the proposed addition of $2 million in FY 2024 for a $3000 salary increase for probation and parole officers in the Department of Juvenile Justice, as well as the proposed addition of $2.2 million in FY 2024 for compensation actions for juvenile correctional center staff.
- Approved proposed language allowing a medical cannabis facility to operate at both its former and new locations when it is changing locations.
- Approved the proposed addition of $2.4 million per year for additional security positions at state mental health hospitals.
- Approved changes to the eligibility requirements for the earned-sentence credit structure that was developed in legislation passed in the 2020 summer special session.
- Rejected language that would have created a rebuttable presumption against bail for certain criminal offenses.
The General Assembly is scheduled to return on September 7.
Hard Work Paying Off for King William Little League
Hard work has paid off for the King William Little League as visitors to this week’s 8–10-year-old Softball Tournament are taking notice of the improvements made in recent months.
One Caroline County observer said recently he had been coming to games at the King William Recreational Park for many years but has never seen it look as good as it does now. He pointed out the upgraded playing surfaces and new lights were great additions.
Kudos to the County’s Maintenance Department for their steady work on the park infrastructure, which survived the hard storm on June 17 to be able to open the tourney the very next day.
An expanded Recreation Program is being touted by County Staff which could lead to even more improvements to the signature facility for youth in King William County.
DMV Mobile Unit Returns to King William on June 30
The DMV Connect will be making its second visit to the King William Recreation Center on Route 360 on Thursday, June 30. Commissioner of the Revenue Karena Funkhouser is coordinating the visits.
Those needing DMV services can get one-on-one attention between the hours of 9:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. The more people utilize the service, the more the mobile unit will return to the Route 360 location.