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Like the rest of the state, Northumberland County’s schools are closed due to the threat of coronavirus, but that doesn’t mean the schools’ staffs are loafing.

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The home care providers of Visiting Angels in Kilmarnock go to the homes of people unable to entirely care for themselves. Many such people are the elderly or people who are ill and at particular risk from coronavirus.

The Westmoreland County School Board Meeting for the month of March has been rescheduled to Monday, March 30, 2020 at the Gerald B. Roane Center for Excellence, 171 Opal Lane, Montross, VA., at 6:00 p.m.  The public hearing on the school board budget will be held at 6:15 p.m. 

Back at this month’s Westmoreland Board of Supervisors meeting – just before people started holing up in their homes to avoid the Coronavirus – there was a quick matter that cropped up. This topic involved the issue of a resolution that had been adopted back in October 2017 that revolved aro…

It did not take long after the start of March for the Coronavirus to start living rent-free in everyone’s head, though not without good reason. In an effort to slow the spread of the virus, events were cancelled or delayed, while other places closed down. Schools and public meetings were no …

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Boys & Girls Club operations director Jonathan Putt (L) gratefully accepts meals for Club kids from Michael Knapik of the Office Bistro, recently reopened in Irvington. The bistro offered 24 beautiful, ready-to-eat meals prepared for club members’ families in both Lancaster and Northumbe…

Project-based learning is the name of the game now in Westmoreland County’s schools. It has steadily gained more and more prominence, even being a key consideration in the design of certain elements of the new high school. At last month’s School Board meeting, the practice was again on the a…

Rock ‘n’ Roll, caricatures, history and, oh, can’t forget the wine! On March 14, Montross native, Phil McKenney, shared his talent of combining history with music and art at Caret Cellars Winery. 

While Montross’ revitalization projects have been quite successful, there still remain plenty of unoccupied and unused buildings. It was this lack of diversified businesses that resulted in a joint meeting between the town’s council and its planning commission on the last week of February, a…

In a precedent setting move, Virginia’s Governor Ralph Northam announced that all Virginia schools would be closed for a two-week period beginning March 16th and ending March 27th, 2020. With that news, Westmoreland County Public Schools was plunged with hundreds of other schools into unchar…

When schools are closed for the holidays and the Boys & Girls Club is open all day, community partners can play an important role in providing members fun and education.  On Presidents Day, Belfield Physical Therapy staff introduced club youth, divided into small groups by age, to balanc…

Westmoreland County Public Schools’ students gained top honors at the recent Girls, Gizmos and Gadgets event held March 7 at Chesapeake Academy in Irvington. Twelve students from Montross Middle School and Washington District Elementary School were selected to participate in a four STEM chal…

 Elaine Deming, chair of the Board of Directors of Stratford Hall/The Robert E. Lee Memorial Association, announced today that John Bacon, president of the organization, intends to leave his position later this year.  Stratford Hall is the historic home and property of the Lee family of Virg…

Northumberland County’s schools were busy last week and then Governor Ralph Notham, reacting to coronavirus shut them down, until at least the end of the month. The shut down could affect a number of things.

Barbara Boothe is a Warsaw native who has spread love, dedication and outstanding service throughout the Northern Neck for over the past three decades. Working as a contracted postal carrier in Lottsburg, Barbara has created bonds all throughout the Northern Neck with her infectious positivi…

Students in Richmond County Public Schools won’t have to worry about missing out on school meals during the mandatory closure. On Wednesday, RCPS will begin distributing food throughout the community.

Back in January, there was talk at the Montross Town Council meeting about how to obtain fresh lights for the town to string across King’s Highway. The lights were old and frayed, and in dire need of replacement. To help fund it, the idea came about to allow people to pledge money in memory …

Rebecca Tebbs Nunn, Ms. Super Senior Virginia USA 2019, and Ginger Hannums, Ms. Senior Virginia USA 2018, were recognized and honored on International Women’s Day in Herndon, by Capital Harmonia for Nunn’s group “Modine, Queens, and Friends.” Both Nunn and Hannums perform with the group who …

Dr. Tommy Neuman (right), President of the Warsaw Rotary Club presents a $500 donation and Warsaw Rotary Club coffee mug to Michael Norvell (left), Bay Aging’s Vice President of Development and Marketing. “We are very thankful for the support from community partners like the Warsaw Rotary Cl…

The Crayons, mini Harry Potters, princesses, and sharks were on parade when Washington District Elementary School teachers joined their students in a celebration of reading on March 2 at the annual Reading Character Parade. Everyone in costume carried a book that they represented in their “F…

The carefully packaged eggs were tenderly placed in the hands of the egg drop master before being unceremoniously dropped from afar. To the delight of the watching crowd and the dismay of the egg teams, every egg made a huge splatting sound as they hit the hard mat. This was just one of the …

On Wednesday, February 19, Northumberland High School held a seminar for their Duel Enrollment History and AP Government students with Dr. Bonnie Snyder as their guest speaker. Northumberland teacher, John Sterling, reached out to Dr. Snyder in hopes of her shedding light to students about w…

Blue and Gold macaw lost in the Stratford Harbour area of Montross.

Richmond County was shocked, and “very frustrated” to learn that its broadband projects were passed over for funding through the Virginia Telecommunications Initiative, again.

In Westmoreland County, solar projects seem to pop up faster than a hunter does in deer season after plastering their quarry with buckshot. Last Thursday, Savion, LLC. announced that it had signed a 20 megawatt power purchase agreement with Dominion Energy Virginia for the Westmoreland Count…

It’s safe to say that school boards all over have a difficult task. They have to try to make sure that schools are not only safe for the kids entrusted to their care, but that each of the schools are doing their job, have proper funding, and are well-maintained. It can feel like a thankless …

For as long as many can remember, most schools here in Virginia have had to start after Labor Day. Deputy School Board Superintendent Cathy Rice has been looking to change that for the last few years, attempting to get a calendar worked in that would allow Westmoreland County’s public school…

Paula Keffer and her daughter Amanda Tate are pursuing their GEDs together, taking classes at Rappahannock Community College’s Warsaw campus. But if it wasn’t for free rides on Bay Transit, it’s unlikely that either of them would be in the program, Keffer explained.

Somebody voted funny at the Northumberland County School Board meeting in Lottsburg, Thursday evening.

Montross Middle School students are hosting a First STEM Night on Thursday, March 5, 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m..  Families are invited to come and take part in a number of fun activities set up in four different stations.  The science and math departments have designed an evening of skills and enjo…

For the past six years the Stratford Harbour SmileMakers have hosted a fundraising luncheon for a scholarship to a graduating Washington and Lee High School senior who has attended the Northern Neck Technical Center (NNTC). This scholarship was created to honor the late John N. Bowie, Jr., a…

An important but lesser-recognized part of Westmoreland County history just might make it big one day if Montross resident Peggy Garland had a successful trip to Hollywood, CA last weekend. Garland has presented thoroughly researched historical facts about Robert “Councilor” Carter III and t…

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Thirty-eight students from Montross Middle School were the surprised recipients of the Chris Long Foundation’s “First Quarter for Literacy Week” on Valentine’s Day. Allison Ondovcik, MMS Writing Coach, had applied for a $500 grant from the Chris Long Foundation and received word that she had…

Amid swirling controversy, Omega Protein brought great news to the Reedville Fishermen’s Museum recently. The Ocean Fleet Services Vice President, Reedville Plant General Manager, and their Sr. Director of the Health & Science Center presented the President of the Museum’s Board of Direc…

Most “do it yourself-ers” enjoy challenging home improvement projects or feel a sense of accomplishment upon completing minor mechanical repairs.  DIY projects save time and money, and can help the environment when work is completed at home instead of driving a distance to have something rep…

With over $5.1 million in construction for 2019, Kilmarnock had a banner year, and the town is hoping to keep the momentum going.

After Thanksgiving, the Christmas lights strung across Route 3 as it goes through Montross are an ubiquitous sight, and typically an indicator that all will be right with the world once that special day rolls around. Sadly, these lights, which are put up by the Westmoreland County Volunteer …

Some businesses are legendary for their terrible customer service. Others, meanwhile, will go out of their way to help make sure the customer gets what they want and need with as little trouble as possible. The Montross Award Program was established to congratulate those in the latter catego…

Eighth grade students at Montross Middle School were “virtually” visited by author and poet, Nikki Grimes on February 4. Moderated by Montross Middle School English teacher, Jacob Spears, the students listened to Ms. Grimes as she answered a number of questions posed by the students via Skyp…

Virginia Superintendent of Public Instruction James Lane recently announced the winners of the Computer Science in Your Neighborhood competition. Mark Gooch, a fourth grader at Cople Elementary School, was the Region 3 winner. The competition was a joint project of the Virginia Department of…

The Virginia Senate sub-committee for public education passed SB 515, advancing a bill that gives local school divisions the power to determine when their school year begins.

When kids pay for a school lunch, they are expecting a meal that is both delicious and nutritious. At Westmoreland County’s School Board meeting back in December, the county’s public schools received the 2019 Dorothy S. McAuliffe School Nutrition Award, from No Kid Hungry in Virginia. Many o…

Anyone passing down Route 3 will have noticed the field that had been purchased by the County from F.F. Chandler to be the site for the new high school has finally had some things happening on it, most notably with a chain link fence popping up around the location. It’s a project many years …

The Northumberland County School Board met on Monday, January 13, at 6 p.m. in the Northumberland High School  & Northumberland Middle School auditorium. The meeting began with the reorganization of the board: Betty Christopher, Board Chair; Gayle Sterrett, Vice-Chair; Donna Booth, Clerk…