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Helping children attend 4-H summer camp has been a yearly tradition for the Colonial Beach Community Foundation (CBCF). This year, with the support of generous donors, eight Colonial Beach youth are able to spend a week at the Virginia Cooperative Extension (VCE) 4-H camp in Jamestown.

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It has been many years in the making. There have been raised voices, high emotions, conflicts over the bill, and more twists and turns. But at long last, Westmoreland’s new high school is complete.

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Warsaw is planning another enhancement for the community— the park is getting ADA-compliant playground equipment, including a Konnection Swing Set and a Volta Inclusive Spinner, making it a more enjoyable public asset for a wider range of families.

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This Saturday, residents of Westmoreland County will be able to celebrate the grand opening of Westmoreland High School. It cost over $48 million, and took many years to get the work started even after the groundbreaking, but now the county can sit back and admire the fruits of all the blood…

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At every monthly Westmoreland County School Board meeting, the superintendent, Dr. Michael Perry, will typically give a brief description of gifts that have been made to the schools in the division. At last month’s meeting, the gift was a multitude of boxes packed with books from none other …

At the recent Westmoreland County School Board meeting, Dr. Michael Perry announced the appointment of four individuals to be principals at Westmoreland High School, Montross Middle School, Washington District Elementary School, and Cople Elementary.

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Northumberland County’s 2nd Annual Juneteenth Fair was held on Saturday, June 18 at Rice’s Hotel / Hughlett’s Tavern in Heathsville. Its theme, Celebrating Our Freedom and Shared Humanity, was on full display. It was a great day and a joyful atmosphere.  

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Anyone passing by the Colonial Beach High School will probably have noticed something has been missing for the past few months. Namely, the old wooden bleachers in the high school’s gymnasium vanished. Those wondering where the things wandered off to finally had that question answered when D…

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At its spring 2022 commencement, Rappahannock Community College (RCC) conferred an honorary degree to Graham “Jack” H. Neal, Jr., recognizing his significant contributions to the progress and development of RCC and its students. He recently retired as a certified financial planner and senior…

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This spring, RCPS put three new buses into service, and it was “good timing” said superintendent Dr. Bernard Davis.

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In April, in conjunction with Lineworker Appreciation Day, Northern Neck Electric Cooperative established a scholarship for students from the Northern Neck region to support their education at the Power Line Worker Program at Southside Virginia Community College.

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Four associates at Bon Secours Rappahannock General Hospital recently obtained advanced degrees. Lisa Lewis Webster, RN, BSN, graduated with distinction from the University of Virginia with a bachelor’s degree in nursing. Webster was also the recipient of the Susan Hutchinson Memorial Award …

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It’s often said that all of our veterans gave something in their service, but some gave everything they had and then some. These days, Memorial Day is often thought of as the unofficial start of summer, of vacations, family visits, and barbecues, but in Montross, there are those who still re…

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VCU Heath has added several new orthopaedic surgeons, bringing new subspecialty care closer to home. This move follows the introduction of two orthopaedic surgeons last fall, Dr. Chester Sharps, a pediatric orthopaedic surgeon, and Dr. David Urquia, an orthopaedic spine surgeon who began off…

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On Saturday, June 18, Colonial Beach will hold its first ever Juneteenth Celebration of Freedom at the Town Hill. The event, which will run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., will honor Black history and culture. Admission will be free, and all people are welcome to attend.

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From the murals on the sides of buildings to the opening of the Art of Coffee to art walks, which eventually became First, in recent years, art has been cropping up more and more prominently in Montross. Now, there is yet another feather in the art cap for the town to point towards: The Mont…

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Montross Middle School GEAR UP students have had several unique educational experiences recently.  As part of learning about various careers, the Virginia Department of Aviation (VDA) brought their ICON A5 aircraft to Montross Middle School on May 13.  The ICON A5 is part of the Introduction…

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L.I.F.E School of Art plans to add a mural to the wall of its building at 422 South Church Lane in Tappahannock. The mural will commemorate and celebrate the lives lost during the pandemic.

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Healthy Harvest Food Bank’s Diamonds and Denim Gala raised over $110,000 this year after expenses, more than double the $46,000 raised two years ago.

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Zach Gowen is a ball of energy. He is one of those folks that comes into a room and instantly is in charge. The seventh graders at Montross Middle School had been eagerly awaiting his arrival, and his guest appearance did not disappoint them. If they did not know about him at the beginning o…

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The American Red Cross is strongly committed to protecting the communities in which we live and work. As proud volunteers of the American Red Cross we are dedicated to preparing our communities for emergency preparedness efforts year-round.

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National Safe Boating Week arrives May 21–27.  In light of the occasion, the BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water says boat owners need to know about three recent U.S. Coast Guard regulations that have changed, what’s needed to be carried aboard, and how a vessel is to be ope…

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The Rappahannock Industrial Academy, or RI Academy as it was called, was established by African Americans to fulfill the need for high school education for African Americans at a time when no public schools in the area offered it. It existed from 1902 to 1948 and primarily served students fr…

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As this school year gets closer to the finish line, so too does this article series on the plans by the schools of Westmoreland County to try to undo some of the damage that the switch to virtual learning in 2020 inflicted over the last two years.

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Despite everyone’s efforts, remote learning during the pandemic was an absolute disaster. Grades across the country dropped like bricks.  Now, the schools are working to repair the damage that was inflicted on their students, and Westmoreland County is no exception.

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As the new Westmoreland High School goes up, there has been near-constant hand-wringing over how much of the project will actually be complete and how much will have to be added at a later date.

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Krysti Albus taught multiple subjects for 20 years and now teaches early childhood special education. She saw many colleagues leave the classroom in the middle of the year for better-paying corporate jobs.

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On Saturday April 23, RHS freshman and seniors Rachael Haynie, Elena Milsted, Shayla Ashton, Mariana Zamora and Quentessa Gaines competed at the KidWind Renewable Energy state competition at Virginia State University in Petersburg.

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This week’s series on the plans to help get at-risk students on the path for passing, turns attention to what principal Christie Douglas and her staff have come up with and implemented since school got back into full swing.

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Rappahannock Community College (RCC) recently announced the winners of the College’s IDEAL Award. Presented annually to a full-time instructional faculty member; a full-time classified staff, an administrative, or professional faculty member; a part-time wage employee; an adjunct faculty mem…

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With the dust somewhat settled from the election of Governor Glenn Youngkin, several Virginia School Board Association policies have been getting tweaks and updates, and they have started to filter out to the schools.

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Age is not just a number. It’s a key detail in how Lancaster’s future plays out, according to the county’s Community Business Relations Advisory Committee (CBRAC).

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The last couple of years have been brutal on everyone, especially kids seeking an education. The lingering question is how the schools will handle the students that fell through the massive cracks brought on by the shift to virtual learning during the pandemic.

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Last Wednesday, some local cell phone users received an alarming message directing them to “Please shelter in place until further notice” due to a bomb threat at St. Margaret’s School on Water Ln. in Tappahannock. The alert was not a test or an error.

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On April 1, the Boys & Girls Club of the Northern Neck celebrated the opening of the new Northumberland Unit with a cookout and ribbon-cutting ceremony. Many club members, BGCNN staff and community leaders were in attendance, reported BGCNN marketing assistant Justin Parks.

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Every year, the Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula Area Band hosts an Honor Band event. Students representing the 12 regional middle schools audition for an opportunity to perform in a joint regional showcase concert. Montross Middle School had 13 student musicians selected.

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The Northern Neck got another taste of a return to normalcy last Saturday when Stratford Hall hosted its 10th Annual Wine & Oyster Festival. Having been on hiatus ever since the pandemic started, this year will see the event pop up not once but twice, as Stratford’s way of apologizing to…

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April is Parkinson’s Disease Awareness Month and the American Parkinson Disease Association (APDA) Virginia Chapter is hard at work to raise awareness of Parkinson’s disease (PD) and to celebrate the unshakeable spirit of the PD community.

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History and modern architecture are perfectly blended in the picturesque community of Mundy Point in Northumberland County. On April 27, 2022, the Garden Club of the Northern Neck’s Historic Garden Week Tour showcases five architecturally designed homes with spectacular waterfront views and …