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A small contingency of visitors from NSWCDD (Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division) brought ten computers to be utilized by the Career and Technical Education Department at W&L High School. Led by Captain Stephen Plew, the crew reiterated the importance of being a partner to the…

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The reestablished Rappahannock FFA Chapter is off to an amazing start. Under the leadership of Mr. Nanny, this chapter has had many great accomplishments. Even with Covid and the many mandated guidelines, Rappahannock FFA Chapter has been involved in numerous activities, competitions, and training.

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It is not often that people cross paths with truly great men. These are the sort of people that do not actively seek a spotlight, but the impact they have had on those around them is palpable and visible. The longer they have lived, the more lives they touch, the more strands of fate they in…

Howland Chapel School Museum Committee continues working to develop their vision. The Committee plans to create a museum consisting of the Howland School, built in 1867, and the Teachers’ Cottage, built in 1870. To help meet the financial obligation associated with the development, the Commi…

Colley W. Bell III takes the helm this week as St. Margaret’s School’s 13th Head of School. Situated on the beautiful Rappahannock River, St. Margaret’s is an Episcopal all-girls boarding and day school for grades 8-12. Bell begins his tenure with a new initiative focused on a “Return to the…

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Water defines the Northern Neck. It delineates its boundaries, supplies its geography, and provides its many pleasures. But those pleasures are denied to many children growing up on the Northern Neck because they don’t know how to swim and, often, are simply afraid of the water.

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In July 2021, ten students will begin studying junior string repertory to form the String Orchestra for Northern Neck Youth (SONNY). They have completed elementary lessons with the Strings Crewe, a program to teach violin, viola and cello to 6-12 year old students.

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The next program in the Lancaster Virginia Historical Society’s Zooming In On Local History Virtual Speaker Series will be “The James Wharton Films: An Enduring Record of Northern Neck Life in the 1930s.” The program will be presented by Ms. Joni Carter on Thursday, July 15, 2021, at 3 p.m. …

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The Town of Montross’s love sign has been a ubiquitous sight for many years now. Positioned just before a motorist goes into downtown Montross from the west, it celebrates everything from seafood and fishermen to wine and the sandy shores. As it happens, this eye-catching sign caught the att…

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Local farmer Cathy Cavender from Monrovia Farm recently directed a $2,500 Bayer Fund America’s Farmers Grow Communities donation to the Colonial Beach Community Foundation (CBCF). As a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit community foundation, CBCF was established in 2005 to improve the quality of life …

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For the second year, honor graduates at Washington & Lee High School are recognized with the “Cum Laude” system. Graduating “Cum Laude” means a student has graduated with “honor or praise.”  There are three divisions that W&L uses to distinguish its honor graudates; Summa Cum Laude (…

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Among nine places listed today on the Virginia Landmarks Register are a historic district on the Northern Neck that encompasses a late-1800s resort, a house in Southside associated with an influential traveling preacher who helped spread Methodism in Virginia, an 18th-century house once prof…

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On Thursday, June 17, the Virginia Department of Historic Resources approved three new highway markers that will be erected in Essex County. These three markers, all of which document a facet of African-American history, are among 17 markers approved for placement around the state of Virgini…

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The Northern Neck Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) awarded a $1500 scholarship to Miss Kaylie M. Baker of Heathsville. Kaylie is a 2021 graduate of Northumberland High School, where she was Cadet Major, leading the Army Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps Warr…

Securing schools has been a major focus these days, not just in new buildings, but also in retrofitting and securing the old. Several years back, before masks and COVID-19, there had been several plans unveiled for making several of the schools in Westmoreland County much tougher nuts to cra…

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While many rising seniors are resting on their laurels prior to the beginning of school, Washington & Lee High School senior Lindsey Ristau is busy planning for the International Leadership Conference on June 23-26, 2021. She competed in the state HOSA (health and science students) compe…

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The rain was torrential. The winds picked up and made an outside ceremony impossible. The Washington & Lee High School class of 2021 was undeterred and reveled like no other class as they celebrated graduation in the gymnasium. One hundred and thirteen strong, but masked, students parade…

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The 1st Annual Juneteenth Celebration Fair will be held on the Pavilion grounds at Rice’s Hotel/Hughlett’s Tavern on Saturday, June 19, 2021 between 4:30 pm and 7:30 pm. Sponsored by Interracial Conversations NNK, MACorps, Inc., and Rice’s Hotel/Hughlett’s Tavern, the fair will feature a his…

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Washington & Lee High School has a new prize winning photographer in their midst. Ethan Wade, a 10th grader, swept the Junior Division in the recent Fredericksburg Photography Club Art Show, by winning Best in Show, and placing 2nd and 3rd place in two other sections.  His photo entitled…

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The Animal Welfare League (AWL) of the Northern Neck is excited to announce the launch of a new AWL community service, FEED ME, TOO! AWL has a history of feeding local dogs and cats and continues to supply monthly supplemental pet food during AWL thrift shop hours at 75 South Main Street, Ki…

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Since 1970, Rappahannock Community College has been breaking down barriers in education throughout the Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula. RCC graduates form the backbone of the local economy—healthcare providers, bankers, lawyers, small business owners and trades-people. It’s hard to go thr…

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Two Washington & Lee High School seniors, Kanasia Garner and Ashaunti Redmond, were awarded with a $6,000 scholarship from ECMC Scholars program. This program is a two-year mentoring program that focuses on education and career goals. Students begin the program in their junior year and f…

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Washington and Lee High School’s Golden Eagle Booster Club has announced their 2020-2021 GEBC Recipients. Those receiving the scholarship funds were picked from a pool of student-athlete applicants who have been high academic achievers in conjunction with making recognizable athletic contrib…

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Every year ECMC hosts a local College Night at Washington & Lee High School. Throughout the evening, presentations regarding all aspects of preparing for college are presented. As part of the program, students who are in attendance may be enrolled in a drawing for a $1,000 scholarship. T…

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Last year, two of the many casualties in the wake of the panic that resulted from the pandemic were the Town of Montross’s First Fridays and Fall Festival. Started several years back as an art walk, this event took on a life of its own and became a celebration of art, music, food and libatio…

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Richmond County Public Schools will return to a five-day, in-person learning environment for the 2021-22 school year, and the numbers suggest that’s the way most families prefer it to be.

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“When you can’t change the direction of the wind, adjust your sail,” was the theme of the Colonial Beach High School’s Class of 2021 graduation on Saturday. While who first said that remains a mystery as it is attributed to many, the quote has such a true meaning for a class who went through…

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Back in April, the prospect of Westmoreland County’s Class of 2021 getting to have a proper graduation looked rather bleak, since the school system was still hunkering down and avoiding large gatherings over concerns involving the coronavirus. However, as of last week’s meeting, the School B…

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) participants across the 10 states Food Lion serves are now able to use their electronic benefit transfer (EBT) card while shopping online at Food Lion through Food Lion To Go. SNAP participants simply link their SNAP/EBT food card information …

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The sun shined brightly on a small group of students as they gathered around their battalion leaders and began their drills. Dressed smartly in their green and tan camouflage uniforms, the members of the W&L Virginia Defense Force Eagle Corp were back together after a long break due to C…

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Back in August of 2019, the Westmoreland County School Board approved the adoption of the Olweus Anti-Bullying Program, a bully prevention program that boasted 35 years worth of research behind it; 2018 had been spent “gearing up” for its implementation. As of last week’s meeting, the school…

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The new high school, presently named Westmoreland High School draws closer and closer to completion. The auditorium, which had been the subject of many a nervous discussion, is now completely settled, a full part of the school. However, the matter of the athletic fields has now come into the…

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Wreaths Across America (WAA) is proud to announce that its Mobile Education Exhibit (MEE), which has been traveling the country to honor and welcome home our nations veterans, will make two scheduled tour stops in Virginia for Memorial Day celebrations starting on May 29, 2021.

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This year’s class of college graduates are getting ready to start their new lives. It’s a big transition that includes several important changes. Grads may be moving to a new city, finding a new place to live, or searching for a new job. Graduation also often means new financial responsibili…

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To say that people have been itching to get outside and do something ever since lockdown regulations were initiated over fears about the spread of the coronavirus over a year ago is a bit of an understatement. As more states ease up on their restrictions, people are once again going out and …

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Bon Secours Rappahannock General Hospital is pleased to welcome Sarah W. Farmer, RN, MSN, as the Administrative Director of Nursing. In her role, she will be responsible for all nursing operations/leadership at Rappahannock General Hospital. 

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Richmond County students will have to work harder to pass and graduate than they did last year.

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The Pandemic may have stopped the ability to socialize, but it didn’t stop the Northumberland Lions from meeting the often challenging needs of their residents – by continuing to deliver wheelchairs, hospital beds, and to provide services to those in need.

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On June 19, the Heathsville Farmers Market will offer an attraction in addition to the wonderful vendors who sell their goods: the Capital Focus Jazz Band will entertain the attendees with a free noon outdoor concert, sponsored by the Rappahannock Concert Association (RCA). The Capital Focus…

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Washington & Lee High School announced student scholarship winners at the virtual Senior Night on May 13. Ms. Stefanie Payne, school registrar, read the names of the winners and explained that these were the only scholarships that had been shared at this time. A final list will be presen…

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Washington & Lee High School recognizes students at graduation for their achievement in classes with honor cords. Faculty members select students for a variety of reasons. Honored students can lead a class in participation, grade achievement, exceptional effort, or improvement.  Congratu…

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The Dairy Freeze may have closed its doors last month after being owned and operated for over 50 years by Stan Schoppe, but that isn’t stopping many from giving Stan a proper send-off and pat on the back for his many decades of service to the community. The most recent one happened at last w…

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As many school districts are working toward solidifying a plan on how to move forward with the 2021-2022 school year schedule, Northumberland’s Division Superintendent, Holly Wargo, has announced the school district’s plan at the 5/13/2021 Board of Supervisors Meeting.

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Lancaster/Northumberland Habitat for Humanity executive director Tommy Hemans recently announced another successful partnership with a local family in need of affordable housing. “Our newest family has been selected as the new homeowners of Build 21,” said Hemans. The new homeowner has two c…

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Drowning is the leading cause of unintentional death in children aged 1 – 4 years and the majority of the children that drown in swimming pools most commonly gain access to the pool area when there is no fence or through a faulty fence or gate.  One important step to a solution to this issue…

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Many counties might have a project that seems to go on forever, with the schedule always seeming to slip. Here in Westmoreland County, we have not one, but two such perpetual projects. The first, and probably far more infamous of the two, is the Chandler’s Mill Pond Dam, which thanks to a sh…

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Mr. & Mrs. Ricky King of Callao announce with great pride the graduation of their daughter Julie Catherine King from Western Governors University. Julie received a master’s degree in Information Technology Management. Julie graduated from Northumberland High School in 2013.