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One of the biggest problems when the schools all went to virtual learning over concerns over the Coronavirus, aside from the inherent difficulties of learning through a computer screen, was internet access to begin with. To alleviate the problem in Westmoreland County, the School Board had a…

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The Coronavirus may have caused a lot of people to shut things down, only to tentatively reopen, but fortunately for Westmoreland County, the same has not happened for the construction crew from Branch Builds over at the new high school. And it has gotten to where the beams, blocks, and reba…

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Dr. Bernard “Trey” S. Davis, III has been appointed the next superintendent of Richmond County Public Schools at the recent school board meeting. His new position will be effective February 1, 2021. Dr. Davis is a native of the Northern Neck and was a 1988 graduate of Northumberland High Sch…

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While the primary focus to most people who pass through eastern Montross is likely going to be the rapidly growing new high school, the recreational center just behind grows ever closer to completion as well. A primary focus for the Westmoreland County Board of Supervisors at this month’s me…

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On November 10, Superintendent of Northumberland County Public Schools, Dr. Holly Wargo took to Facebook to announce that a staff member had tested positive for COVID-19. Since then, two more staff members have tested positive, resulting in the cancellation of in-person learning from Novembe…

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About 80 percent of Richmond County students are now enrolled in the hybrid program, which provides in-person learning for half the student body one week and the other half the next week. And the success seen so far is making RCPS something of a model.

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Rappahannock Community College (RCC) is offering free tuition and training for residents whose employment status has been affected by COVID-19. Residents must act by December 14, 2020 to take advantage of this exciting opportunity that is funded through the state’s new Re-employing Virginian…

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Another month has passed, and the Westmoreland County School Board has held another meeting with regards to picking a name for the new high school currently under construction. Back in September, the guests had been local pastors. October’s meeting, meanwhile, was current and former teachers…

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Anti-Bullying Awareness Week runs from the 11-15 of November. In this article, Need2Know Books looks at the effects that social distancing and lockdown measures have had on children as social media dependency and online screen time increases, creating more opportunities for cyberbullying. Fo…

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Education across the country was thrown into a tailspin when the Coronavirus pandemic got into full swing. With an incomplete picture as to how the virus behaved, almost the entire nation went into lockdown in an effort to slow the spread. 

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Dr. Michael D. Perry, Superintendent of Westmoreland County Public Schools, proudly presented his school board members with a plaque and certificates for being named a VSBA (Virginia School Boards Association) Master Board at the October 19, school board meeting. The first school governance …

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The Boys & Girls Club Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Margaret Socey and LaTasha Yerby-Lee have been selected to receive the 2020 William H. Knull, Jr. Award for their service to the Northern Neck community through their decades-long dedication to the youth of Lancaster an…

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Doctor Richard Williams, the Director of the Three Rivers Health District, shapes a large amount of the Coronavirus-related projects in the area. In August, his findings and projections were a large part of what led to the sudden change from a hybrid learning model to an all-online program a…

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The Richmond County Public Library at Rappahannock Community College in Warsaw has recently digitized and published several local history books that are now available to all for free online, even without a library card. Links to each book can be found on the library’s web site at https://rcp…

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Recently, Lancaster and Northumberland County 4-H received 1700 new books to distribute to youth thanks to Virginia 4-H and The Molina Foundation. Books ranged from bathtub books for infants to fantasy novels for middle and high school students.  

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Each October, schools throughout Virginia and nationwide promote awareness of school bullying. According to the Virginia School Board Association (VSBA) students who experience bullying are at an increased risk for depression, anxiety, sleep difficulties, lower academic achievement and dropp…

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The School Board moved to offer in-person learning to students in grades PreK-12 on a hybrid schedule of two days a week. The goal is that the “Green” group will begin on October 22, and the “Gold” group will begin on October 26. The board will continue to monitor COVID-19 and its impact on …

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Carl Perez sent the following message to be shared with Northumberland County students, teachers, staff and community:

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Although the Rappahannock Community College campus buildings remain temporarily closed to all but RCC students and employees during the COVID pandemic, the Richmond County Public Library located within RCC’s Warsaw campus remains eager to serve the Richmond County community. First, by offeri…

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Lydia R. Wallace, a senior at Washington & Lee High School was named a semifinalist by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NNMC) for 2021.  Ms. Wallace is the daughter of Dr. & Mrs. Daniel and Linda Wallace.  NNMC released the names of approximately 16,000 semifinalists on Se…

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The Richmond County Public Library at Rappahannock Community College’s Warsaw campus announces that Morgan Weaver has become the 11th child at the library to complete the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program. Morgan is the daughter of Richard and Michelle Weaver of Dunnsville and they, al…

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Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, all 4-H programs were moved to a virtual format, which included live programs using Zoom and hands-on activity kits that youth could do as a family. Virginia 4-H saw a need for virtual programming for teens in the area of healthy living. Thanks to funding from N…

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Two wonderful volunteers have been building small desks so that Boys & Girls Club members can complete school homework assignments or work on projects in their own space at home. “To date 15 have been built and more may be planned as the need arises. This is just one example of how the c…

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 Suzette Banks, who just turned five was awarded a certificate of completion and a book of her choice for participating in the “1,000 Books Before Kindergarten” national literacy program sponsored by the Northumberland Public Library.

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Every year the Virginia College Registrar’s Association has sponsored a long awaited college fair. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, this year’s program will be virtual. To make the program have added value this year’s fair will be expanded for eight weeks. VACRAO has partnered with StriveScan t…

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Washington District Elementary School was the recent recipient of several large donations. Mrs. Christie Douglas, principal, announced that the school received donations from Bobby K’s Restaurant in Oak Grove ($400 for the general fund), the Fredericksburg Elk Lodge (Back packs), and Ebeneze…

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Parents and students were given the good news that Westmoreland County Public School students will receive free breakfast and lunch every week. WMLCPS is a division-wide Community Based Eligibility system and all students are eligible this year for the free lunch. Menus are placed on the sch…

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First photo: On Day 1 of their school year, Brianna Kelly (L) and her brother Travis work on an assignment assisted by BGCNN staff member Bethany Griffith. Each child has their own school-supplied laptop, a box to hold their personal supplies, and a permanent seat at a table at least six fee…

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As the months go by, more and more of the new high school emerges. By the time of last week’s Westmoreland County School Board meeting, several foundational slabs had been placed, including for the gymnasium, the auditorium, the performing arts wing, and the electrical room.

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During this time, it’s pretty clear that schedules that had been set in stone just months before COVID-19 have now vanished. This turned out to be the case for Westmoreland County’s public schools at last week’s monthly School Board meeting as well, when a request was given for the start of …

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Bob Dylan said it best. “The times, they are a-changin’.” As it turns out, Westmoreland County’s education plans are too, if what Superintendent Dr. Michael Perry and Deputy Superintendent Cathy Rice unveiled at last month’s School Board meeting is any indication. Dr. Perry started things of…

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As the months go on, and the new high school gets closer and closer to completion, the looming question grows ever louder: should the new building have a new name, or take the old high school’s name and carry on with being Washington & Lee? Last month, the School Board laid out a process…

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The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Northern Neck are committed to ensuring that all kids have equal access to resources and opportunities to help them have a great future. With this in mind, BGCNN, in partnership with county schools, is setting up Academic Support Centers for at least the fir…

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The Northumberland County Public Schools’ School Board met at the Northumberland County Middle/High School Auditorium for a regular meeting. The meeting was open to the public practicing physical distancing and face covering requirements. The public had access through audio conferencing as a…

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Four graduating Northumberland High School seniors received college scholarships from the Northumberland Association for Progressive Stewardship. Scholarships of $1,500 each were awarded to Rebecca Baker, Eve Front, Anna Jett, and Kelsey Moss.

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The following message was posted to the Richmond County Public Schools' Facebook page on August 12:

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Beginning on March 23, near the outset of the Covid-19 pandemic, four Lancaster Community Library volunteers began distributing reading materials and weekly activity packets to club members who they were no longer able to reach in person.  When the Boys & Girls Club’s summer program bega…

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The Dana B. Hamel Commonwealth Legacy Scholarship, established in 2016 by friends and family, honors the founding Chancellor of the Virginia Community College System for his unselfish devotion and brilliant leadership. This annual scholarship provides financial assistance to students who dem…

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With the Westmoreland County School Board voting to switch from a hybrid education model to remote learning for the first nine weeks of school, the program they sought to use for such an event has come front and center. Deputy Superintendent Cathy Rice went into detail on it at last month’s …

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There is a new administrator at Cople Elementary School. Previously an assistant principal at Christiansburg Middle School in Montgomery County, Virginia, Michael Bathgate, started his new position as assistant principal on July 1, 2020.  He brings with him more than 14 years of teaching exp…

Chesapeake Academy is pleased to announce that Ms. Kelly W. Antonio has accepted a position as the Director of Admission. Antonio, who joined Chesapeake Academy in instructional support and taught in the school’s lower school for 17 years, is well prepared to highlight the school’s innovativ…

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The River Counties Community Foundation and the Virginia Foundation for Community College Education have awarded grants to support the College’s community-based efforts to increase college enrollment among area high school students.

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Eight months ago when she was preparing for State Beta Convention, Taylor Vaughn never thought that she would place first in Virginia for Apparel Design or that she would be having to “attend” the National Convention in Fort Worth, Texas, virtually.

Back in March, COVID-19 plowed through the country, the disruption from concerns about its possible effects being akin to the typical bull in a china shop, and the school system here in Westmoreland County was no exception. While everybody hunkered down and worked on learning through meeting…

Driving along sandy roadsides and fields of the coastal plain in summer, it is always a delight to find our native Purple Passionflower, a deciduous vine with dark green, three-lobed leaves and exquisite, showy flowers and edible fruit. This vigorous vine is native to the southeastern US fro…

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When the doors finally open for the new year at Montross Middle School, excited students will meet an equally excited new administrator. Mrs. Leah Segar was recently selected to be the assistant principal at MMS.