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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…

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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…

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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…

Months of planning is par for the course for couples about to tie the knot. Much of that planning concerns the reception, and rightfully so. Receptions last longer than ceremonies, and couples are often involved in every reception detail, from picking the appetizers to serve during cocktail …

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

The sound of a scoop scratching against the tiny grains of rice mingled with the fluctuation of voices and interlaced with Christian music transformed the old Rappahannock High School gym into a hive of activity. As community members from different churches and affiliations, different backgr…

Months of planning is par for the course for couples about to tie the knot. Much of that planning concerns the reception, and rightfully so. Receptions last longer than ceremonies, and couples are often involved in every reception detail, from picking the appetizers to serve during cocktail …

The Cople Elementary School student council association members led the charge during a December food drive. They collected a whopping 811 pounds of groceries for the Healthy Harvest Food bank in Warsaw. Sarah Maier, advisor, said, “This is so cool. Our SCA members worked really hard to rall…

The Northumberland Public Library’s Ye Old Book Store in Heathsville was voted the best bookstore in Eastern Virginia in 2019 in “Virginia Living’s” contest. Its patrons want to win the award again in 2020. To do that, the library’s director, Jane Blue, convened a meeting of YOBS volunteers …

While site preparation for construction of the Boys & Girls Club’s new clubhouse is in progress, the Club’s after-school program continues in three locations.  At the Lancaster Primary School on January 13th, Club kids enjoyed a flower painting session under the guidance of volunteer Ann…

Bay Aging has been active in local communities for decades and still many people aren’t aware of the full scope of its programs and services. This month, Essex County-Tappahannock Triad aimed to enlighten its members with a presentation offered by Michael Norvell, Bay Aging’s vice president …

While site preparation for construction of the Boys & Girls Club’s new clubhouse is in progress, the Club’s after-school program continues in three locations.  At the Lancaster Primary School on January 13th, Club kids enjoyed a flower painting session under the guidance of volunteer Ann…

Harland Dodson was only going to the 7-Eleven to pick up a lighter for his wife. While he was there, just for fun, the Colonial Beach man also picked up four Scratchers from the Virginia Lottery – two for his wife and two for him.

The Colonial Beach School Board named their new board member at their January meeting. Terri McClure was selected to fill the position vacated by Tim Trivett as he moved on to the Westmoreland County Board of Supervisors.

Even with some of the best early January weather on record and small game seasons underway, the competition of an early winter turkey hunting season is hard to ignore. Before the Northern Neck Counties had a January turkey season, the temptation was strong to travel to other parts of the Com…

Rappahannock Community College was founded back in 1970 in what would later be the Chesapeake Inn at Urbanna. In those years, countless students have enrolled in courses on the numerous campuses or via dual-enrollment classes in high school. Last Thursday, RCC’s current Board of Directors, a…

It took six rounds before a winner was declared for the Westmoreland County Public Schools’ spelling bee district championship. At the end of the evening, fifth grade Washington District Elementary student, Izabella Bojorquez, sealed her victory by spelling correctly the final word of the ni…

The Artists’ Alliance at Jarrett Thor Fine Arts is presenting seasonally themed works from the membership this month. This includes a combined featured display of works from the membership, as well as the regular displays of member artwork. The gallery art work encompasses the media of paint…

Christmas may be over, but families and friends of Boys & Girls Club youth still will be enjoying the special gifts they received from the Christmas store. Northumberland Club members Gavinn Woods (L) and Yzabella LaRochelle shop using the “Character Cash” they earned throughout the year…

The Kilmarnock and District Pipe Band will present their 21st Annual Burns Night event on Saturday, January 25. The dinner and program will take place at the Masonic Lodge #100 on Goodluck Road in Kilmarnock. Doors open at 5 p.m. The Burns Night Dinners began over 200 years ago in honor of a…

The American Holly, Ilex opaca, is one our few broadleaf evergreen trees in the Northern Neck and is a fabulous landscape plant for gardens. They have long been a symbol of renewal and life during the depths of winter. Hollies light up the gray and brown winter landscape of our coastal woodl…

The months creep by, and with each one, Westmoreland County Public Schools’ solar projects get closer and closer to completion. Started just a few years back, the ball really got rolling around last January, culminating with Cople Elementary’s solar facility coming online. Washington Distric…

Lancaster is the only county in the Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula that isn’t a member of a regional jail. And although its county jail has the fourth highest costs in the state, Lancaster’s leadership believes they’re doing what’s best for the people. Costs of Lancaster County Jail Nort…

Lancaster is the only county in the Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula that isn’t a member of a regional jail. And although its county jail has the fourth highest costs in the state, Lancaster’s leadership believes they’re doing what’s best for the people.

The months creep by, and with each one, Westmoreland County Public Schools’ solar projects get closer and closer to completion. Started just a few years back, the ball really got rolling around last January, culminating with Cople Elementary’s solar facility coming online. Washington Distric…

The American Holly, Ilex opaca, is one our few broadleaf evergreen trees in the Northern Neck and is a fabulous landscape plant for gardens. They have long been a symbol of renewal and life during the depths of winter. Hollies light up the gray and brown winter landscape of our coastal woodl…

The Federal Communications Commission has approved using the 3-digit number 988 as a suicide prevention hotline number. Calls to the number will be directed to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, which includes 163 crisis centers. The lifeline is available by calling 800-273-TALK (800-…

Colonial Beach Elementary School music program and the Parent Teacher Association put on the annual Winter Concert, Art Show, and Tree Auction on December 12. Music teacher Benjamin Swanson lead 2nd, 4th and 5th graders in a variety of holiday tunes to the delight of the standing room only a…

Many hurdles have been hopped over with regards to the construction of the new high school for Westmoreland County’s public schools, but plenty more remain to be jumped. At a facility update at the county’s School Board meeting for the month, Superintendent Dr. Michael Perry went into detail…

Santa came a bit early for 142 seniors in the Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula who otherwise may not have received any gifts this holiday season. Bay Aging and Home Instead Senior Care partnered for their second annual “Be a Santa to a Senior” program and delivered presents to low- and no-…

Healthy Harvest Food Bank is pleased to announce the Backpack Buddy Program, a weekend food program for children most at-risk for hunger has expanded to serve 150 children in Northumberland County public schools. The program began in 2016 serving 22 children at the elementary school and expa…

In honor of a major supporter for a quarter of a century, the Northern Neck – Middlesex Free Health Clinic dedicated the Jane Birdsong Patient Care Center on Wednesday, December 4. “The Clinic is delighted and excited to recognize Jane and Tom Birdsong for all the help, advice, encouragement…

Governor Ralph Northam unveiled plans for one of the largest investments ever made in Virginia’s public school system, budgeting an additional $1.2 billion for K – 12 education from 2020 to 2022. “Every child in Virginia should get a world class education, and it’s a top priority to make tha…

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Before a panel of five judges on December 5,  two of three Club teens nominated to compete for the Boys & Girls Club’s highest honor, delivered speeches, answered questions and spoke about the impact Club membership has had on their lives.  One of the two would represent the Club at a Bo…

Sixteen students were guests at Mary Washington Hospital in Fredericksburg on December 12. Sponsored by the Career and Technical Education Department of Washington & Lee High School and GEAR UP, the students, under the guidance of CTE instructor Kristina Sanders and CTE director Justin S…

Santa’s eyes twinkled, his cheeks were rosy red, his nose like a cherry just like the famous poem, “Twas the Night Before Christmas,” says. What truly convinces you that the man standing in red before you is the embodiment of Saint Nicholas is his laugh. Full and round and delightful to the …

Healthy Harvest Food Bank is pleased to announce a new partnership with Rappahannock Community College to bring relief to those struggling with food insecurity at the community collegel level.  Through this new initiative RCC has opened a food pantry for students and staff at the Warsaw and …

Warsaw is preparing to request an extension on the $1 million Department of Housing and Community Development grant the town has been using to revamp Main St. because all of the work is not complete, and therefore, all the funds haven’t been used. Under the terms of the grant, when the town …