To say bus drivers have an important job is a massive understatement. They ferry students from home to school and back again; and to plenty of other places when a field trip comes up. However, sometimes their job may call on them to be a little something more. At this month’s meeting of West…

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With all the crazy changes going on of late in the country due to COVID-19, it’s nice to see that some things can remain constant. Next month, Westmoreland County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Michael Perry’s contract with the School Board was due to expire, as each contract lasts four years.

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When the doors finally swing open for a new year at Washington District Elementary School, excited students will meet an equally excited new administrator. Mrs. Christie Douglas has been selected to lead the team at WDES. Currently the assistant principal at Montross Middle School, Mrs. Doug…

Rappahannock Community College’s Lifelong Learning program will hold its first-ever online class through Zoom. “Conversational Spanish” will be held on Wednesdays from 4 to 5 p.m., July 8, 15, 22, 29, and August 5 and 12. This course will cover basic vocabulary, grammar and sentence structur…

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Geneva Dawson, current president of the Northern Neck Association of Realtors®, presented a check for $2000 to Sarah Pope, executive director of the Rappahannock Community College Educational Foundation. This contribution continues a long tradition of NNAR support for the college.

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The gift shoppe and café at the Tavern in Heathsville will re-open on a limited basis starting Thursday, May 28. The public will also find that a number of other Heathsville shops are now open.

With the coronavirus still fresh in everyone’s heads, perhaps a bit of news completely unrelated to it is warranted for a change. In this case, well the folks on the Westmoreland County School Board made the announcements for Teacher of the Year in each of the four schools.

With the drastic changes to learning forced upon the school system by the coronavirus pandemic, some burning questions are probably lingering in everyone’s heads right about now, not the least of which is “What about those with no internet?” It turns out people in such a situation were on th…

While everyone is busy watching out for Coronavirus, life goes on, and school as well, which means people still need to get paid and places need funding, and school systems are no exception. In this case, there was a matter brought before Westmoreland County’s School Board back in April deal…

School traffic can be a real hair-puller at times. It’s likely why people are so thankful that the bus loop was created, allowing cars to slip to the school, drop off or pick up their kids, and then head out without having to watch for the lumbering yellow behemoths. Old school buildings may…

The Rappahannock Garden Club wants to identify the best gardeners at the Boys & Girls Club of the Northern Neck. They are awarding a $25 Walmart gift card to the first club member who finds a little green tomato growing on the tomato plant that was distributed along with the club’s weekl…

Though many have been in their homes for quite a while, the Chesapeake Bay Garden Club does have some things to celebrate! The club has earned many awards through their accomplishments last year. The Piedmont District Virginia Federation of Garden Clubs, Inc. announced the awards on the dist…

Rice’s Hotel/Hughlett’s Tavern in Heathsville is holding a Take-out BBQ Dinner Fundraiser on Saturday, May 23. Tavern BBQ master Sid Mace is making his famous lip-smacking pulled pork, BBQ sauce and baked beans. The meal will also come with Tavern-made potato salad and coleslaw, a bun, and b…

As of earlier this week, the number of deaths nationally is over 87,595 and rising, with over 1.4 million cases. In Virginia, there are 29,683 cases, 3,724 hospitalizations and 1002 deaths. “In Three Rivers, we have 367 cases with 6 deaths. New cases in the communities, not counting outbreak…

The VFW Auxiliary to Post #7167 in Warsaw, VA is pleased to announce the award of the “Gay Hall Packett Scholarship” in the amount of $1000.00. The scholarship was created this year in memory of the Auxiliary’s 60 year member, organizer, leader, mentor, community activitist and contributor t…

In keeping with its long history of supporting projects that protect and conserve the Northern Neck’s natural beauty, restore and preserve historic gardens and landscapes, and providing educational opportunities to support these activities, the Garden Club of the Northern Neck (GCNN) this ye…

The Coronavirus already made a splash when schools nationwide were forced to close down their buildings (but not their lessons). It turns out that this pandemic will wreak havoc with school summer programs as well. At a livestreamed meeting of Westmoreland County’s School Board, Deputy Super…

Arbutus Sanford turned 90 on Monday, and Saturday afternoon her daughter, Bonnie Gouvisis, worked to have a parade of people drive by and wish her a happy birthday. Units from Oak Grove Volunteer Fire Department, Colonial Beach Volunteer Fire Department and Colonial Beach Volunteer Rescue Sq…

After graduating from Lancaster High School in 2013, Shawn Talley began attending Virginia Tech in pursuit of a mechanical engineering degree. As a freshman, Shawn realized it was all a bit too much, too soon. He returned home and began looking at the options available in his familiar environment. 

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Boys & Girls Club volunteer Ann Vaden was thrilled when she received photos of Heather and John Headley’s work on a project she had designed to introduce children to the artist Henri Matisse. Ann has taught art in classrooms for over 25 years and began working with the Club’s after-schoo…

Things were a little different this spring, but the Northern Neck History Fair celebrated its 19th year with a virtual awards presentation this week. Since 2002, the Foundation for Historic Christ  Church  has hosted this annual competition. Local elementary students create projects on an ev…

“From all of us at Stratford Hall, we hope this message finds you and those close to you healthy and safe,” said John Bacon, Stratford Hall President.

The COVID-19 pandemic has prompted social distancing as a safety measure across the country. How this new normal affects general health care can be seen in the rise of telehealth services, as people are encouraged to use them to limit in-person interactions with medical staff and help preven…

This year marks the 50th Anniversary of Rappahannock Community College. RCC graduates form the backbone of the local economy—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. RCC’…

Mariah Stout, B.F.A., of Colonial Beach, was among the 741 students who received 636 bachelor’s degrees, 100 master’s degrees and five doctoral degrees during a ceremony at the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center.

During the month with many residences spending an unusual amount of time at home the Northumberland County Sheriff’s Office has received more than 12 calls for service regarding a particular type of telephone/internet scam. Many of the victims have been elderly. Most of these scams involve a…

The Northern Neck News group – which includes the Northern Neck News, the Westmoreland News and the Northumberland Echo – is pleased to report that our team won 10 awards in this year’s Virginia Press Association competition for advertising, news writing and reporting and page layout. Congra…

Dick and Deloras Billings met for a blind date on December 31, 1954 in Endicott, NY. As they looked toward a new year, they were also taking their first steps toward a new life—together. Soon after that date night, they were married, and this week, on May 14  they will celebrate their 65th a…

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The Riverside Walter Reed Hospital team received a special thank you from Bay Aviation out of Topping, Virginia Sunday, May 2, 2020 when two vintage World War 2-era planes performed a tribute flyover in honor of the health care workers standing on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic. The…

On behalf of Chesapeake Financial Shares, Inc. (parent company of both Chesapeake Bank and Chesapeake Wealth Management), Jeffrey M. Szyperski, Chairman of the Board & CEO, has announced the retirement of John H. Hunt II.  Hunt began his financial services career with Chesapeake in 1979,…

As April falls behind in the rear view mirror and makes way for May, the Montross Town Council still had some work to do. Livestreaming the meeting from the town hall, it was not long before the matter of the town’s water system overhaul came up. At the end of last year, the town had complet…

Robin Schick, Vice Mayor of Colonial Beach, announced her candidacy for mayor on April 30. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic Schick declared her run for the office online through her Facebook page and her Robin 4 CB website at robin4cb.wixsite.com.

Lisa Ruckey has been selected to be the Mace bearer at the 2020 Rapphannock Community College virtual commencement ceremony. Tuckey began her career at RCC in 2010 after serving in environmental protection in New York (air quality testing), Florida (State Biologist for the EPA-Tampa) and Sou…

This year marks the 50th Anniversary of Rappahannock Community College. RCC graduates form the backbone of the Northern Neck’s economy—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…

Despite the weather and pandemic, construction continues on the new high school in Westmoreland County by Branch Builds. The High School came up for a quick update during the School Board meeting last week, and Superintendent Dr. Perry marveled at the fact that progress was still being made …

Westmoreland County’s public schools will be opening next school year in August instead of September. The matter came up during the School Board’s monthly meeting, which was conducted online in an effort to keep members from risking potential contact with COVID-19. The plans were laid out la…

As the state continues its shutdown over the Coronavirus, Westmoreland County’s School Board held another online meeting this month. With many places closed, there’s been a fair bit of confusion regarding school itself. At the recent meeting, Superintendent Dr. Michael Perry gave a presentat…

Governor Ralph Northam on April 17, announced that Virginia’s collaborative efforts to release low-level offenders from local and regional jails in response to the COVID-19 pandemic are working, and the administration’s guidelines have been effective in decreasing the jail population.

Mary Washington Healthcare is pleased to welcome a new practice to the Mary Washington Medical Group family. Mary Washington Obstetrics and Gynecology, formerly known as Fredericksburg Women’s Health Associates, is dedicated to the health and well-being of women through all stages of life. E…

Decisions that the school system made several years ago are paying dividends now, including the investments to expand technology and WiFi capabilities, said Dr. James Smith, superintendent of Richmond County Public Schools.