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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…

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 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…

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…

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…

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.

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…

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 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 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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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 …

On December 4 Colonial Beach High School participated in the International Hour of Code. From the Hour of Code website, “The Hour of Code started as a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify ‘code,’ to show that anybody can learn the basics, and to broaden participat…

The afternoon of Wednesday, November 20, at the awards luncheon during the Virginia School Boards Association (VSBA) Annual Convention, the Richmond County School Board was announced as the VSBA School Board of the Year. This title is given to one outstanding school board each year to recogn…

Author and therapist, Ronnie Sidney, II, visited Ms. Sarabeth Vernon’s 7th & 8th grade Language Arts classes on November 22, 2019 to speak to students about resiliency.  As part of the classes Project Based Learning (PBL) task for this semester, Ms. Vernon’s classes have been studying po…

In the November 20 edition of the Northern Neck News, an article was published commending two young brothers, Ethan and Jared Diggs for raising nearly $600 for the community through their lemonade stands. This idea came from the book, “The Lemonade War,” by Jacqueline Davies. After this arti…

The fledgling Westmoreland County DECA chapter continues to make a stunning impression a year after its debut. Ray Eaton, one of Washington & Lee High School’s business and tech teachers, as well as the DECA club advisor, was on hand at this month’s Westmoreland County School Board meeti…

Rappahannock Community College announces 50th Anniversary celebrations across the service region. On January 9, 1970, the local board of the newly formed Rappahannock Community College met for the first time to chart the future course of the only institution for higher education in the North…

The Northumberland County School Board met on Tuesday, November 12, at 6 p.m. in Northumberland High School & Northumberland Middle School auditorium. This meeting date was rescheduled from Monday, November 11, due to the Veterans Day Holiday. The school board approved the following pers…

Holiday treats arrived early for members of the Washington & Lee High School DECA (Distributive Education Clubs of America) who won their way to the DECA State Competition. The students participated for the second time and were rewarded for their efforts in Business Service Marketing, Bu…

“Dad, let’s sell lemonade and cookies, and give all the money away. Donate the money so we can help people.” An idea of Ethan and Jared Diggs after reading “The Lemonade War” during the state-wide family reading event, Virginia Reads One Book in February of 2018. This idea, turned reality, h…

On October 25, eleven members from the Chesapeake Bay Garden Club visited the five first grade classes at Northumberland Elementary School. The program is based on the book “The Saved Seed” by Brenda Moore and illustrated by Emily Lackey.  The illustrations are beautiful and the book is well…

The students from Mrs. Nancy Ristau’s Honor’s English 12 class divided into oppositional groups; pro-cloning and anti – cloning. One by one they took the stage and presented their arguments as they attempted to sway their fellow classmates to their way of thinking. Supporters stood with sign…

Dr. Rachel Previs Ball is the first alumnae Director of Chesapeake Bay Governor’s School.  She graduated from King William High School and CBGS in 2004 and is excited to be a part of the program that served as a catalyst for her own professional endeavors.  Dr. Ball completed her undergradua…

Every fall Washington & Lee High School presents a Fall Fine Arts Showcase.  Featuring the art work of Ms. Holly Ransone’s art students and the music of the W&L Concert Choir and Concert Band, this year’s presentations exceeded expectations. The art exhibits set the tone with many in…

The NND volleyball season ended with a Lady Raider Ella Campbell taking the top honor as 2019 Player of The Year. The All-District teams were also announced first team W&L Makaila Veney, Lancaster Riley Molineaux and Sydney Price, Northumberland Hannah Hayes, Ashton Dameron, and libero M…

Coan Hall, the home of the first leader of the English settlement of the Northern Neck, was the center of the colonial community of Chicocoan.  John Mottrom and his son, John Mottrom Jr., and grandson, Spencer Mottrom, lived at Coan Hall from the 1640s until the early 1700s when the home dis…

Celebrity chef and television personality Gordon Ramsay spent his weekend in the Tappahannock’s own Lowery’s Seafood Restaurant for his reality show, “24 Hours to Hell and Back.” In his show, Ramsay travels around the country and works to improve “failing restaurants” within a 24-hour period…

Superintendent Dr. James Smith is proud to reveal that once again all Richmond County schools are accredited. “Accreditation is very important and I think for this community, it’s a prideful moment every year when we announce that,” he said. For the next three years, the public won’t need to…

The Boys and Girls Club of the Northern Neck has added a branch in Northumberland at First Baptist Church, hoping to give more families a convenient option for summer and after school activities. For the past three years, the club was running a small satellite program at Northumberland Middl…

Could Westmoreland eventually start its school year before Labor Day? It looks like this is a distinct possibility, as more and more schools get into gear to get their waivers from having to comply with what is often referred to as the King’s Dominion Law, which stipulated that schools can’t…

The Boys and Girls Club of the Northern Neck has added a branch in Northumberland at First Baptist Church, hoping to give more families a convenient option for summer and after school activities. For the past three years, the club was running a small satellite program at Northumberland Middl…

With a warm wind and cloudy skies, 62 student and adult volunteers participated in the annual Creek Cleanup organized by the Northumberland Association for Progressive Stewardship (NAPS) on Sunday, October 6. After a lunch for all participants at the Mallard Bay Community Clubhouse near Heat…

Christmas and Halloween trick-or-treating continue to come early for Westmoreland County’s public schools, in the form of gifts from local residents, organizations, and churches. According to Superintendent Dr. Michael Perry, he’s required to inform the School Board about donations made to t…

No more vault privies will be permitted in Richmond County until further notice. At last week’s meeting, the Board of Supervisors imposed a moratorium while the Planning Commission digs deeper into the matter. The county recently approved a request for vault privies at an Amish school off of…

At 14-years-old, Roberta “Bobbie” Blair already knew she was meant to be of service to others. After “retiring” from her long and rewarding career as an Interventional Radiology Technician spanning more than five decades, she decided she wasn’t ready to stop helping the community. Relocating…

Washington & Lee High School Marching Eagle band dazzled the thousands of spectators that lined Atlantic Avenue in Virginia Beach at the annual Neptune Festival.  The band performed in the Neptune parade.

The Richmond County Public Library at Rappahannock Community College’s Warsaw campus is happy to announce that Cassidy Lee Brown, age 5, has become the seventh child at their library to complete the library’s 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program.  Cassidy is the daughter of Taymesha Hudnal…

On September 24, Washington & Lee High School held its annual Senior Kick Off for the Class of 2020 students and parents. Featuring numerous speakers, the event is designed to inform students and families of the numerous scholarships and other information that students need to be success…