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Morning Buzz – May 24, 2010

A daily digest of what’s going on in Fredericksburg, and what news from elsewhere is relevant here. Send suggestions to

Hashmel Turner only has another month and a half left on Fredericksburg’s City Council, but he offered a prayer at yesterday’s Rappahannock Region Global Day of Prayer service that future council members will be able to do something he hasn’t been able to do for his last term on council–pray in the name of Jesus Christ. As Cathy Jett reports, Turner prayed yesterday:

“Please change the hearts of government, and they will see Lord Jesus Christ as their Lord and savior.”

The Kalahari bond fee discussions continue today, with a noon meeting of Fredericksburg’s EDA to talk about fees on the tax-exempt part of the bonds, and a 1 p.m. meeting of Spotsylvania’s EDA to learn about the taxable bonds. Amid all the debate over the fees on these bonds, Vice Mayor Kerry Devine offered her own thoughts on the situation yesterday afternoon.

Also on the Kalahari front, Silver’s Scott Little was on Councilman Matt Kelly’s radio show this morning. Not a whole lot new, but Little did say that City Council members who are anxious to move forward with plans to build a $40 million courthouse downtown should think more about where the money for that project will come from–and should realize that delaying Kalahari won’t help them come up with those funds. Little also continued to emphasize that Kalahari is the anchor for Celebrate Virginia, and that the sooner it can secure its financing and break ground, the sooner a number of other businesses will make public their interest in the project.

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