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With the advent of the Coronavirus and the pandemic that came with it, Americans at large got a crash course in virtual learning. Online courses are nothing new, but with everyone hunkering down to avoid illness, virtual learning options suddenly took front and center stage. At last month’s …

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VilDon Edutainment Inc., (VilDon), located in Tappahannock served as a site for the National Day of Service Saturday, September 11, 2021. As the day of service was approaching the co-founders, Vilma Alejandro and Donna “DJ” Jackson decided to call on friends, family and organizations to volu…

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Ever since the start of the pandemic in 2020, a year many would love to forget, Westmoreland County’s School Board has been getting regular updates from its superintendent, Dr. Perry, about the status of the schools, their departments, and the general situation surrounding COVID. The first o…

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It goes without saying that figuring out what to do tends to be a heck of a lot easier when one knows what the goal behind said action is. The School Board in Westmoreland County is no exception to this, as shown in their most recent regular meeting. Over the course of the weeks between the …

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One can’t have a meeting of a School Board these days without someone wondering about the viral elephant in the room. Ever since the pandemic started, Westmoreland County’s School Board has been getting regular updates on the Coronavirus situation from Dr. Williams, the Director of the Three…

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The 2021 Southern Regional 4-H Horse Championship Show was held at the Georgia National Fairgrounds in Perry, Georgia on July 28th through August 1, 2021. 4-H’ers have to qualify at the state level in order to participate in the Regional Championship Show.

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The Richmond County Public School System offers a variety of free special education programs serving children from age 2 through 21. To locate those who are suspected of having a disability, the school system conducts an annual Child Find Campaign. Children with a disability who turn two on …

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Boys & Girls Club of the Northern Neck has done a great deal of preparation to welcome back club kids this fall. The Club has been deep cleaned and classrooms organized and freshly stocked. Staff development training has been done and they are excited for the return of Club Members. As t…

Since the concrete footers were placed in a couple of years ago, the new high school for Westmoreland County’s students has gone up and up and up, with beam after beam and brick after brick getting plunked into place. With the last beam put in place, an old time-honored tradition among build…

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Greetings, Westmoreland County Schools’ Families. I write to bring you news that has evolved from our first weeks of school. Faculty and staff are working incredibly hard to meet the instructional and social-emotional needs of our students. Special thanks to all of our students and staff for…

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Alpha Delta Kappa held their September meeting at the new Boys and Girls Club of the Northern Neck on Main Street in Kilmarnock. The meeting was held in the Gallery. The Gallery is a large multipurpose room used for exhibitions of the artistic talents of young people. The room is a place to …

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Ten years ago, in the early afternoon of August 23, 2011, millions of people throughout the eastern U.S. felt shaking from a magnitude 5.8 earthquake near Mineral, Virginia. No lives were lost, something experts called “lucky” given the extent of shaking, but property damage was estimated to…

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The morning of August 9, 2021 was different from all others. For the first time ever, Westmoreland County Public Schools were opening for in-school instruction earlier than they ever had. Secondly, WMLCPS was finished with virtual learning and ready to welcome back its students into a new en…

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It all started many years ago, when a plot of land was purchased from Ferdie Chandler. For the longest time, there was a sign out by the road in this field, and it read “Future site of the new high school for Westmoreland County, VA.” Over the course of the last two years, the structure has …

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Last weekend, the rain fell, driving many indoors. It was not, however, enough to deter what took place at James Monroe’s Birthplace on Saturday afternoon. The visitors, many of whom belonged to the Children of the American Revolution, were in for a rare treat that day in the form of Charles…

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Westmoreland County Sheriff’s office held their annual Sheriff’s National Night Out on August 3, 2021. Helping to make a difference were the Washington & Lee High School’s Virginia Defense Force (VDF) Cadets who worked at the event. The cadets, under the leadership of Major Jim Stanley, …

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Most Richmond County students are slated to return for five days of in-person learning on August 16.

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Field trips are probably the most popular feature of the Boys & Girls Club’s summer program. While designed to be fun and educational for all, for teens they also offer an opportunity to start thinking about life after high school and the possibility of college. So far this year, visits …

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There was excitement in the air from the first moment of arrival of the new WMLCPS educators. Each year, new teachers are welcomed to a week-long session of fun, learning, and preparing for the classroom. This year’s instructors are a truly unique group that features some highly experienced …

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A small contingency of visitors from NSWCDD (Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division) brought ten computers to be utilized by the Career and Technical Education Department at W&L High School. Led by Captain Stephen Plew, the crew reiterated the importance of being a partner to the…

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The reestablished Rappahannock FFA Chapter is off to an amazing start. Under the leadership of Mr. Nanny, this chapter has had many great accomplishments. Even with Covid and the many mandated guidelines, Rappahannock FFA Chapter has been involved in numerous activities, competitions, and training.

Howland Chapel School Museum Committee continues working to develop their vision. The Committee plans to create a museum consisting of the Howland School, built in 1867, and the Teachers’ Cottage, built in 1870. To help meet the financial obligation associated with the development, the Commi…

Colley W. Bell III takes the helm this week as St. Margaret’s School’s 13th Head of School. Situated on the beautiful Rappahannock River, St. Margaret’s is an Episcopal all-girls boarding and day school for grades 8-12. Bell begins his tenure with a new initiative focused on a “Return to the…

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Water defines the Northern Neck. It delineates its boundaries, supplies its geography, and provides its many pleasures. But those pleasures are denied to many children growing up on the Northern Neck because they don’t know how to swim and, often, are simply afraid of the water.

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In July 2021, ten students will begin studying junior string repertory to form the String Orchestra for Northern Neck Youth (SONNY). They have completed elementary lessons with the Strings Crewe, a program to teach violin, viola and cello to 6-12 year old students.

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The next program in the Lancaster Virginia Historical Society’s Zooming In On Local History Virtual Speaker Series will be “The James Wharton Films: An Enduring Record of Northern Neck Life in the 1930s.” The program will be presented by Ms. Joni Carter on Thursday, July 15, 2021, at 3 p.m. …

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For the second year, honor graduates at Washington & Lee High School are recognized with the “Cum Laude” system. Graduating “Cum Laude” means a student has graduated with “honor or praise.”  There are three divisions that W&L uses to distinguish its honor graudates; Summa Cum Laude (…

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On Thursday, June 17, the Virginia Department of Historic Resources approved three new highway markers that will be erected in Essex County. These three markers, all of which document a facet of African-American history, are among 17 markers approved for placement around the state of Virgini…

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The Northern Neck Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) awarded a $1500 scholarship to Miss Kaylie M. Baker of Heathsville. Kaylie is a 2021 graduate of Northumberland High School, where she was Cadet Major, leading the Army Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps Warr…

Securing schools has been a major focus these days, not just in new buildings, but also in retrofitting and securing the old. Several years back, before masks and COVID-19, there had been several plans unveiled for making several of the schools in Westmoreland County much tougher nuts to cra…

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While many rising seniors are resting on their laurels prior to the beginning of school, Washington & Lee High School senior Lindsey Ristau is busy planning for the International Leadership Conference on June 23-26, 2021. She competed in the state HOSA (health and science students) compe…

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The rain was torrential. The winds picked up and made an outside ceremony impossible. The Washington & Lee High School class of 2021 was undeterred and reveled like no other class as they celebrated graduation in the gymnasium. One hundred and thirteen strong, but masked, students parade…

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The 1st Annual Juneteenth Celebration Fair will be held on the Pavilion grounds at Rice’s Hotel/Hughlett’s Tavern on Saturday, June 19, 2021 between 4:30 pm and 7:30 pm. Sponsored by Interracial Conversations NNK, MACorps, Inc., and Rice’s Hotel/Hughlett’s Tavern, the fair will feature a his…

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Washington & Lee High School has a new prize winning photographer in their midst. Ethan Wade, a 10th grader, swept the Junior Division in the recent Fredericksburg Photography Club Art Show, by winning Best in Show, and placing 2nd and 3rd place in two other sections.  His photo entitled…

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Since 1970, Rappahannock Community College has been breaking down barriers in education throughout the Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula. RCC graduates form the backbone of the local economy—healthcare providers, bankers, lawyers, small business owners and trades-people. It’s hard to go thr…

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Two Washington & Lee High School seniors, Kanasia Garner and Ashaunti Redmond, were awarded with a $6,000 scholarship from ECMC Scholars program. This program is a two-year mentoring program that focuses on education and career goals. Students begin the program in their junior year and f…

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Washington and Lee High School’s Golden Eagle Booster Club has announced their 2020-2021 GEBC Recipients. Those receiving the scholarship funds were picked from a pool of student-athlete applicants who have been high academic achievers in conjunction with making recognizable athletic contrib…

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Every year ECMC hosts a local College Night at Washington & Lee High School. Throughout the evening, presentations regarding all aspects of preparing for college are presented. As part of the program, students who are in attendance may be enrolled in a drawing for a $1,000 scholarship. T…

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Richmond County Public Schools will return to a five-day, in-person learning environment for the 2021-22 school year, and the numbers suggest that’s the way most families prefer it to be.

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“When you can’t change the direction of the wind, adjust your sail,” was the theme of the Colonial Beach High School’s Class of 2021 graduation on Saturday. While who first said that remains a mystery as it is attributed to many, the quote has such a true meaning for a class who went through…

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Back in April, the prospect of Westmoreland County’s Class of 2021 getting to have a proper graduation looked rather bleak, since the school system was still hunkering down and avoiding large gatherings over concerns involving the coronavirus. However, as of last week’s meeting, the School B…

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The sun shined brightly on a small group of students as they gathered around their battalion leaders and began their drills. Dressed smartly in their green and tan camouflage uniforms, the members of the W&L Virginia Defense Force Eagle Corp were back together after a long break due to C…

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Back in August of 2019, the Westmoreland County School Board approved the adoption of the Olweus Anti-Bullying Program, a bully prevention program that boasted 35 years worth of research behind it; 2018 had been spent “gearing up” for its implementation. As of last week’s meeting, the school…

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The new high school, presently named Westmoreland High School draws closer and closer to completion. The auditorium, which had been the subject of many a nervous discussion, is now completely settled, a full part of the school. However, the matter of the athletic fields has now come into the…