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Snomg 4 and other Stories

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Ever wake up, look out your window and pray the day would already be over? That was  me this morning. Snomg 4 was upon us and I know you may find this strange (being that I work for a news station) but I had no idea there would be snow on the ground this morning. Either I tuned out the weather forecast or I’m truly just “over” the snow. I think I’m going to blame the snow for my lack of new blog posts lately. By the way, apparently there’s snow in the forecast for this Saturday and again on Monday. Which leaves me with one question. Who ticked off old man winter and where do you live???? 🙂

Budget Bonanza:

We’ve all heard the sob tales. Soon we’ll see the real deal. What exactly is Richmond going to cut out of its budget to make up for a 30 million dollar funding gap? Any ideas? Mayor Jones will make his budget presentation to City Council on March 22nd. We’ve heard the words layoffs and furloughs thrown around, but soon we’ll actually know what programs, departments or services will go out the window.

Route 29 Stalker:

Just completed a special story that aired Monday night on the Route 29 stalker. I’d been working on the story for more than a month, but it all came together the week police found Morgan Harrington’s remains. I’m very proud of this piece and it meant a lot to me. You see, 10 years ago I met and interviewed Harley and Sadie Showalter about their daughter Alicia. I was working  in Harrisonburg, Virginia. At the time, it had been four years since their daughter’s death and the killer had not been arrested. (Alicia was pulled over by the Route 29 stalker in 1996. She disappeared for two months and her remains were found in a clear-cut field near Lignum, VA) I can’t believe she’s been gone 14 years and her murder is still unsolved. Catching up the Showalters again was so wonderful and sad all at the same time. They have always been gracious to curious reporters in the most difficult of circumstances. I’m grateful they allowed me to share Alicia’s story one more time. Here’s a link.

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Long Time No Post!

Rachel DePompa – bio | email    

I know, i know… long time no post! Ok, but it’s not my fault. I spent a week in Appomattox and Lynchburg and then got shuffled to Charlottesville. I’ve been drowning in sad, terrible stories. I didn’t have the energy, the will to write, the mental state or the time. (Excuses, I know, but the truth.)

Appomattox:

My trip west was difficult, trying and sad. I was in Blacksburg when Cho went on his murderous shooting spree at Virginia Tech, so naturally my station sends me to Appomattox.  I have experience covering a story like this, but it doesn’t make it any easier. So, much loss of life for no reason is still astounding.

Missing Morgan:

I was covering a funeral in Lynchburg for the Appomattox shootings on Monday and by Tuesday I was rushing to Charlottesville where a body was found. I knew instantly it was Morgan. I called her parents as they were on their way to identify their daughter’s remains. There was terrible sadness, but also much relief in their voices. I can’t imagine going three months not knowing where your daughter is or what state she’s in. I know they have found some peace finally having her body to bury.

Snow:

Remember when snow was a pure joy? You couldn’t wait to get outside and play in it.? Snowball fights, ice castles, frozen toes.? (I used to fight with my mom about how long I could stay out in it without freezing.) I remember hoping for snow on a weekend so we could enjoy it and then have extra days off from school. There was  nothing better. Oh what a difference adulthood makes! I now hate snow. I hate the word and I hate standing in it. Snow = work. There’s nothing worse than standing outside all day telling people not to drive because it’s dangerous. You freeze and you repeat yourself over and over and no one listens. Today I saw more than 100 abandoned, disabled and crashed vehicles. UGH!

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