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VPM Daily Newscast: July 13, 2023

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VPM Daily Newscast

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Here’s a recap of the top stories on the morning of July 13, 2023:   

Hanover school board installs new leadership

Reported by VPM News’ Lyndon German

Bob May, of the South Anna District, and Steve Ikenberry, of the Cold Harbor District, will be the board's new chairperson and vice chairperson, respectively. Both were first appointed to the board in May 2021 and their four-year terms end in June 2025.

During its first meeting under new leadership, the board revisited its equity policy and did away with its Community Equity Advisory Board. The CEAB was formed in late 2018 to explore opportunities that promote equity, diversity and inclusivity throughout the school division.

Retired Army sergeant turns his experiences into unique musical theater

Reported by VPM News’ Omega Ilijevich

When Jim O’Ferrell was first deployed to Iraq in 2006, he found refuge in his guitar. While overseas, he gave other soldiers lessons with guitars shipped to him by his brother — and began to write songs about his time in the service.

After retiring from the Army in 2008, he founded The Jim O’Ferrell Band — or The J.O.B — with guitarist Jason Crawford. The pair brought the songs O’Ferrell wrote from the battlefield back home to Richmond.

Now, the local act’s music serves as the score to a new musical called “Sound of the Guns,” written by O’Ferrell himself. The musical's run at Richmond’s Firehouse Theatre ends Friday.

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