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Two generations of the Holtzman family were present to cut the ribbon on their new showroom in Tappahannock on Friday. Opening the facility helped Holtzman Propane fulfill its vision of serving all of Virginia.

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There is a new administrator at Cople Elementary School. Previously an assistant principal at Christiansburg Middle School in Montgomery County, Virginia, Michael Bathgate, started his new position as assistant principal on July 1, 2020.  He brings with him more than 14 years of teaching exp…

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More than 50 vehicles (including six motorcycles, four fire and rescue units, at least three convertibles and a golf cart) circled the heart of Kinsale on Wednesday, July 22, as more than 125 friends and relatives gathered to salute the village’s charming and saucy centenarian Helen Hinson o…

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There are always lots of reasons to visit Heathsville, but Saturday, August 15th is one of the best days to “Make It a Heathsville Saturday.” The entire community is coming together to offer a variety of fun shopping and things to do in conjunction with the Heathsville Farmers' Market. 

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When you drive past the entrance of the Northern Neck Farm Museum, located west of Burgess on Northumberland Highway, take time to notice the neat beds, lines of blackberry canes, and rows of lush green vegetables. That is the Vegetable Demonstration Garden maintained by the Northern Neck Ma…

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At a virtual meeting by Zoom on July 22, Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) CEO Jim Clark presented the  Board of Directors of the Boys & Girls Club of the Northern Neck (BGCNN) with the High Performance Board Team Award for the Southeast Region. According to Mr. Clark, this award …

Chesapeake Academy is pleased to announce that Ms. Kelly W. Antonio has accepted a position as the Director of Admission. Antonio, who joined Chesapeake Academy in instructional support and taught in the school’s lower school for 17 years, is well prepared to highlight the school’s innovativ…

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The River Counties Community Foundation and the Virginia Foundation for Community College Education have awarded grants to support the College’s community-based efforts to increase college enrollment among area high school students.

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Eight months ago when she was preparing for State Beta Convention, Taylor Vaughn never thought that she would place first in Virginia for Apparel Design or that she would be having to “attend” the National Convention in Fort Worth, Texas, virtually.

Back in March, COVID-19 plowed through the country, the disruption from concerns about its possible effects being akin to the typical bull in a china shop, and the school system here in Westmoreland County was no exception. While everybody hunkered down and worked on learning through meeting…

Driving along sandy roadsides and fields of the coastal plain in summer, it is always a delight to find our native Purple Passionflower, a deciduous vine with dark green, three-lobed leaves and exquisite, showy flowers and edible fruit. This vigorous vine is native to the southeastern US fro…

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When the doors finally open for the new year at Montross Middle School, excited students will meet an equally excited new administrator. Mrs. Leah Segar was recently selected to be the assistant principal at MMS.

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The Virginia Community College System (VCCS) recently announced Rappahannock Community College’s (RCC) Second Chance Pell Experimental Site program as a winner of an Excellence in Education Award. According to the VCCS’s website, “The awards program provides an annual opportunity to showcase…

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In a five to one vote the Colonial Beach Town Council voted to approve the purchase of new playground equipment to be put in at Eleanor Park. Councilman Pat Ey voted against the resolution.

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The Northumberland County Public Schools’ School Board met at the Northumberland County Middle/High School Auditorium for a regular meeting. The meeting was open to the public practicing physical distancing and face covering requirements. The public had access through audio conferencing as a…

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The Town of Kilmarnock has established a $45,000 grant fund to support small business recovery following the COVID-19 outbreak. Grants of up to $1,000 will be provided to small business to offset business interruption costs during the pandemic. The program will award grants to eligible busin…

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The Friends of Westmoreland State Park are bringing live music back to the park! Music on the Cliffs features local musicians and wine by the glass available for purchase from General’s Ridge Vineyard.

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Rappahannock Area Health Education Center (RAHEC) and Rappahannock Community College are hosting a free virtual mental health workshop titled ‘Living Well in a Climate of Chaos’ on July 22, from 8:00 a.m. to noon. The workshop is designed to educate students, practicing professionals and com…

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Beach Arts, Music and Mentoring (BAMM) held a socially distanced concert and movie night on Saturday at the Colonial Beach Community Center.

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Boys & Girls Club members, ages 6 to 9, have been enjoying the first two weeks of their summer program at the Dream Fields Hayden Building. Each child has an assigned seat at a long table, at least six feet from their nearest neighbor. Masks are required for staff and for children if gro…

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Five Colonial Beach High School (CBHS) seniors recently received a total of $2,500 in scholarships from Beach Arts Music Mentoring (B.A.M.M.) through the Colonial Beach Community Foundation. Each student was awarded a $500 scholarship to use for the upcoming academic year.

When the Coronavirus hit, it threw quite a lot of schedules into chaos, and the lockdowns in turn dropped the economy. Also caught in the chaos of this was a pair of proposed self-storage facilities by two different sets of people. At last month’s Westmoreland County Board of Supervisors mee…

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Educator Mark Van Doren once wrote, “The art of teaching is the act of assisting discovery.” Westmoreland County Public Schools are very fortunate to have many incredible and talented educators who guide students on an incredible educational journey every day. Since 1964, school systems have…

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Chandler’s Mill Pond is no longer the running gag of incompletion that it once was, and from the sounds of things, another location in Westmoreland County may finally get to the point that it is no longer a cautionary watchword: James Monroe’s birthplace. 

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Five seniors graduating this year from Northumberland High School have received scholarships from Historic Rice’s Hotel/Hughlett’s Tavern in Heathsville.

This year marks the 50th Anniversary of Rappahannock Community College. RCC graduates form the backbone of our local economy—our healthcare providers, bankers, lawyers, small business owners and trades-people. It’s hard to go through your day without being served by an RCC alum is some way. …

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With a donation of 250 beautiful handmade masks from IBM employees country-wide, and with the generous offer of their Hayden Building from friends at Dream Fields, the Boys & Girls Club opened their Summer Program on June 22. Pictured on the right from left, Harmony Robins, Andre Robins,…

The Northumberland County Public Schools’ School Board met at the Northumberland County School Board Office beginning at noon for a Special Called Meeting and 2020-2021 Budget Work Session. The public had access through audio conferencing as a result of the Governor’s Executive Orders and CO…

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As the saying goes, “Timing is everything.” That was the case a day in May when a caring person doing outdoor cleanup work at a church in Warsaw found a kitten alone in the woods. The kitten appeared to be about eight weeks old, alive, but with a severe leg injury. The kitten, now known as B…

A Take-out BBQ Dinner Fundraiser to be held Sunday, July 12 at Rice’s Hotel/Hughlett’s Tavern in Heathsville.

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In June, Warsaw Mayor Randy Phelps expressed his pleasure with the business momentum in the town, referring a list of development projects that are underway or slated to begin.

At the Westmoreland County’s School Board meeting a few weeks back this month, scholarships were discussed. WCPS’s Superintendent, Dr. Michael Perry, had prepared a presentation for the board that displayed the numerous scholarships that had been awarded to the graduating class of the 2019-2…

The COVID-19 pandemic has been brutal for budgets everywhere, and Westmoreland County’s public schools were no exception. Unfortunately, there was a bit more information on the already dwindling school budgets at this month’s School Board meeting. Deputy Superintendent Cathy Rice was on hand…

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Although the Northumberland County Board of Supervisors did not increase the county’s funding of its schools over the 2019-2020 funding at its June 18 meeting, the schools will still have $336,126 more for the coming fiscal year than during the last.

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Back when fears about the COVID-19 were at their fever pitch, just about everything ground to a halt. The quest for a return to normalcy has been long and arduous, and many nagging questions remain, one of the biggest of which is if schools will reopen for the next school year. This was a bi…

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Westmoreland County Public Schools’ Food Service has announced its summer feeding program schedule.  On June 17 and June 24, meal delivery will be from 12 noon till 1 pm.  Families will be receiving seven breakfasts, lunches, and snacks.

Thanks to new sources of support, Bay Aging can continue offering free hot dinners from local restaurants to seniors and people with underlying health conditions —at least for now.

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Washington & Lee High School followed a Cum Laude system this year in acknowledging graduates.  This year eight graduating seniors were recognized for attaining superior academic achievement as Summa Cum Laude graduates. The eight students were ranked according to their grade point avera…

As summer rolls along, the school system in Westmoreland County is not sitting on its laurels. At a meeting last week on Tuesday, Superintendent Dr. Michel Perry gave a quick low-down on what the status of the school summer meals program was. 

While good news about the construction of the new high school continues, unfortunately the renovations to the front door of Montross Middle School have had to be delayed, due in no small part to the brutal budget crunch courtesy of the coronavirus. All of this came to light during a facility…

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By now, everyone in the country knows the name George Floyd, as well as the circumstances of his death. Not surprisingly, the revulsion to what happened has been universal across the country; Westmoreland County was no exception. 

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Colonial Beach Public Schools honored long-time employee Bev Horner upon her retirement from the school system. With more than 30 years working for the schools, Horner is retiring this year.