A team from the Virginia Museum of Natural History (VMNH) is rushing to finish removing fossil beds from a Southside rock quarry that inadvertently became a major scientific repository.
VMNH scientists have dug for fossils at the former Virginia Solite Co. quarry at Cascade, just across the Virginia state line from Eden, N.C., since the late 1980s. The quarry has since attracted scientists from around the world.
Many millions of years ago, the former Virginia Solite Co. quarry in Cascade was a lake, which a Virginia Museum of Natural History (VMNH) scientist said helped make the site a rich repository of fossils of prehistoric life.
Alton “Butch” Dooley, the museum’s curator of paleontology, said the lake existed in the Triassic era roughly 250 to 200 million years ago. Virginia was in a tropical region of a supercontinent now called Pangaea, he said.
RICHMOND — Virginia’s same-sex marriage ban was ruled unconstitutional on Monday in the first such decision by a federal appellate court in the South.
“We recognize that same-sex marriage makes some people deeply uncomfortable. However, inertia and apprehension are not legitimate bases for denying same-sex couples due process and equal protection of the laws,” Judge Henry F. Floyd wrote.
Two Henry County sewer lagoons soon will be decommissioned, saving the county money in the long term and also providing environmental benefits.
According to Dale Wagoner, deputy Henry County administrator and assistant general manager of the county Public Service Authority (PSA), the PSA operates three sewer lagoons: Greenbriar, Carver and Piedmont. A new project will lay a sewer pipe from the Greenbriar lagoon to the Carver lagoon, which then will connect to an existing sewer line in Fieldale. The wastewater then will continue on to Martinsville’s sewer plant on Wind Dancer Lane.