Business notes: Dec. 30

New Year’s travelers can expect prices at the pump to remain relatively level locally and throughout the state during the New Year’s Day holiday.

“At this point we aren’t expecting any changes to prices,” said Georjeane Blumling, AAA spokesperson for AAA Tidewater Virginia.

Prices at the pump in Virginia are lower compared to national averages.

The average price of gas per gallon in Virginia is $2.27 and nationally gas is $2.47, according to, a crowdsourcing site for gas prices.

In the Williamsburg area, gas prices per gallon range from $2.21 to $2.25 per gallon.

Those prices are a few cents higher than lows in mid-December, although they are still 30 cents cheaper per gallon than the price hike motorists experienced in late September.

Blumling said she doesn’t expect the roads to be congested over the weekend, although New Year’s Day could be a problem in some areas as motorists rush back home before the work week begins.

“I have a feeling we will see the most congestion on New Year’s Day because most people have to work the next day,” Blumling said.

Nancy Rodrigues was named deputy director of the 2019 American Evolution.

The 2019 commemoration aims to promote the entrepreneurial spirit of Virginia and marks the 400th anniversary of a number of other significant firsts, including the first representative legislative assembly in English North America and the arrival of the first recorded Africans to English North America.

“It’s an exciting opportunity,” Rodrigues said. “I’ve grown to love this state and all the different parts. I get to use my experience and help the world understand how great Virginia is.”

Rodrigues currently serves as the state secretary of administration.

She will oversee all program administration for the 2019 Commemoration, which includes state-wide engagement, education initiatives, project programming and corporate partnerships, according to a news release from the American Evolution.

For more information on the commemoration, visit

James City County resident Christoper Henderson was named unit chairman of the year at the Republican Party of Virginia award ceremony.

Henderson is a senior vice president of CBRE | Hampton Roads, a real estate service provider.

The ceremony was held in Hot Springs. on Dec. 8-9.

The executive committee of the State Central Committee voted on the award. Three other awards were given: Service Award, Volunteer of the Year and Unity of the Year.

Jefferson can be reached by phone at 757-790-9313.

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