Hearing Delayed on Orange County Walmart Dispute

October 21, 2010

A hearing on a planned Walmart store near an endangered Civil War battlefield in northern Virginia has been delayed.

Lawyers were expected in Orange County Circuit Court Thursday afternoon, but the hearing was continued. The clerk's office said Thursday a new hearing date has not been set.

Thursday's hearing was expected to cover the county's bid to block town leaders from testifying on their decision to grant a special use permit to Wal-Mart Stores Inc. The permit is needed to build the store near the Wilderness Battlefield in Locust Grove.

Historians and preservationists say the store threatens the Wilderness Battlefield, but Wal-Mart counters it will not be built on the core of the battlefield.

The matter is headed to trial in January.

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