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Hate has descended upon the Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula.

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) produces bi-monthly reports on the impact of Covid-19. The fifth and latest was released on January 28, 2021. The coverage of it was largely lost in the tumult of the Capitol riot and the impeachment trial. Now there is time to digest the findings.

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Lancaster has started offering free high-speed internet to the public via solar-powered smart poles, which allow anyone to pull within about 600 feet and connect.

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Northumberland Public Library remains open to the public and will continue to celebrate Black history through March with an exhibit provided by Dominion Energy and the Library of Virginia.

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Even though vaccines are scarce right now, people want to know how to go about getting their COVID-19 vaccine.  And there is quite a buzz about older citizens who do not have access to a computer to register online, nor do they have transportation to get to the vaccination site. Bay Aging is…

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More than 20 members of Smith Point Sea Rescue gathered on February 24 to pick up trash along Route 360 between Sunnybank and Reedville. The group “sponsors” this stretch of highway and completes this exercise every spring. Biggest items found were tires and a beer cooler, smallest were cat …

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Al Stewart was designated to serve as the Acting Secretary of Labor, effective January 20.

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Bay Rivers Telehealth Alliance (BRTA) has been awarded federal grant funds of $900,000 over 3 years for its development of the Eastern Shore Telehealth Consortium (ESTC).  This grant establishes a sustainable consortium designed to build a telehealth delivery system infrastructure to promote…

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All through the last two months, the new resident engineer of VDOT, David Beale has been making his presence known, knocking out work orders and projects left and right. At this month’s Board of Supervisors meeting the community got a look at just what had been going on, and what was to come.

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Governor Ralph Northam announced $524 million in new federal funding to help keep Virginia families in their homes amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The Virginia Rent Relief Program (RRP) is funded through the Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA) program included in the recent federal stimulu…

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The Northern Neck Planning District Commission (NNPDC) announced that it would continue to keep open its online business survey for the new Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS). A full description of the CEDS project and a link to the survey is part of NNRPC’s efforts to captur…

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The weather remembering that it’s supposed to be winter, along with people being cooped up inside their homes, has caused a bit of a problem in Westmoreland County. The whole situation revolves around the Coles Point Waste Water Treatment Plant and its three storage tanks. Each tank holds ap…

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Free Black individuals were living in Lancaster and Northumberland counties long before the Revolutionary War, including the Nickens, who had been free for over 100 years. “Yet, some men in that family chose to join the fight for America’s freedom,” Karen Sutton explained during a presentati…

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Naked Neck Adventures, a budding tourism company based in Hague, is set to launch an app this spring that showcases goods and services throughout the Northern Neck. And it has a sister nonprofit organization, I Work Weekends, that will provide a summer internship program for high school students.

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Emergency legislation that would allow dentists and other health care professionals to administer COVID-19 vaccines has been signed by Governor Ralph Northam. With the Governor’s signature, the bill becomes law immediately. Virginia dentists have already been preparing to apply their experie…

A letter to the editor writer last week stated that Rob Wittman saw evidence of voter fraud in Pennsylvania and questioned the outcome of the election on that basis which was his duty. His duty was not to just ask a question, but to employ good decision-making skills to determine the answer.…

The acquittal of former President Trump in his impeachment trial was a foregone conclusion. Senator Mitch McConnell assured it when he refused to start the trial before the inauguration of President Biden, and then led the way for his Republican Party to vote for acquittal because the trial …

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Rob Wittman in his February 2, news release “Fighting for you: advocating for a balanced US budget” announced, “Last month, I was honored… by co-sponsoring a joint resolution (H.J. Res. 3) proposing a constitutional amendment aimed at relieving the national debt and balancing the federal budget.”

Westmoreland County government appears to be a powerless bystander in the defense against the COVID-19 pandemic and its residents remain vulnerable to infection. Virginia’s vaccination plan as currently configured is concentrated in the centers of highest population while Westmoreland’s larg…

Congressman Wittman, your statement denouncing the violence at the United States Capitol on January 6 was a small step toward rehabilitating your reputation. You still have a long way to go to earn public trust.

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The latest release of AARP’s Nursing Home COVID-19 Dashboard shows that the crisis in these facilities continues as deaths and new infections rise in Virginia, among the highest in the nation.

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On Saturday, Winter Storm Tabitha brought more than 24 hours of freezing rain and ice to the Northern Neck Electric Cooperative (NNEC) service territory. During the course of the winter storm, over 5,700 members across the co-op system experienced a loss of power. NNEC, assisted by right-of-…

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Dr. Richard Williams, director of Three Rivers Health District, delivered good news and bad news and called for cooperation from local leaders during a presentation at Richmond County’s Board of Supervisor meeting.

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Last week, Dominion faced the most damaging and widespread ice storm since 2000, leaving over 290,000 people without power by Saturday, including more than 2,700 across the Northern Neck.

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There have been a number of road projects around Westmoreland County in recent memory that were set to use Smart Scale funding, such as the passing lanes on Route 3. Another such project that was proposed was at the intersection of Ferry Landing Road and Rt. 205. The long and short of it is …

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Operation “Ricochet” resulted in the arrest of multiple individuals on narcotic indictments. All arrests were made without incident.

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It’s taken two years, but the repairs to the boat landing at Currioman over on Nomini Creek have been completed, standing in a stark contrast with the infamous Chandler’s Mill Pond dam, which as of this writing, still has some issues to be sorted out.

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The Colonial Beach Community Foundation Board of Directors met via Zoom recently to discuss initiatives and priorities for 2021. Three main projects were identified and agreed upon by the Directors: Town-wide Wi-fi, a plan of action for the transition to a new Community Center and health fairs.

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All good things must come to an end, and in this case, it would be Carol B. Gawan’s stint of over 40 years as Westmoreland County’s Commissioner of Revenue. She will retire at the start of March this year, but the Board of Supervisors made sure that this would be anything but quiet. At last …

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The Northern Neck Planning District Commission and All Points Broadband announced that they have received an additional $8.5 million in federal broadband funds to support the second and final phase of a regional fiber-to-the-home broadband network to bring internet access to approximately 7,…

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Anti-Rob Wittman momentum is growing across the Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula, according to members of local groups involved in those efforts. And they claim they’re in it until the end of  Wittman’s days as U.S. House Representative for the 1st Congressional District.

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The Trump Impeachment Buck is now in the Senate’s court for action. The question is do our Republican Senators have the guts to pursue justice? Good question! Last week Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla) was quoted as saying, “I think the trial is stupid, I think it’s counterproductive.” A variety …

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The science has clearly shown that older adults are at higher risk of death from COVID-19. It is crucial that our most vulnerable populations – people age 55 and older who account for 92% of all COVID related deaths – be immunized now.  

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What has happened to Rob Wittman? We may not always agree with his politics, but we considered him a moderate conservative, albeit an ineffective one. Things certainly have changed since the Democrats are now in control.

We wonder about the political, cultural and social situations of today - many seem counter to the ways and values in which many of us were raised, and we struggle to find words to define them. Some extremes seem to defy the first law of nature - self preservation.

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The impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump is necessary to present a complete picture of the irregularities that surrounded the 2020 Presidential election. No it wasn’t Democrats engaged in election fraud, claimed by Republicans and supported by Congressman Rob Wittman. This was …

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Reflecting on recent events in the United States, it is hard not to conclude there are glaring, serious flaws in the American psyche.

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At 1:22 a.m. on Sunday, February 7, Virginia State Police responded to a motor vehicle crash on Route 360 (Richmond Road) approximately 1/10 of a mile west of Cedar Road.

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The Northern Neck Planning District Commission and All Points Broadband announced today that they have received an additional $8.5 million in federal broadband funds to support the second and final phase of a regional fiber-to-the-home broadband network to bring internet access to approximat…

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When you live in the country, the post office is a pretty important part of your daily life, and you’d expect it to be reliable. “But that isn’t the case with the Mount Holly branch because the retail counter closes arbitrarily and sometimes it doesn’t open at all,” said John Salamone, a res…

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Located at 420-B Colonial Ave., Colonial Beach Games is a new business in the area, and they are adjusting their hours of operation through the winter starting Friday, February 5. Hours will be Monday through Friday 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday will be 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. This g…

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It is estimated that 80% of all COVID-19 deaths could be stopped if those over 65 are vaccinated. “Virginia should prioritize those most at risk of death and serious illness” says Ron Boyd, President of the Virginia Association of Area Agencies and CEO of the Local Office on Aging in Roanoke…

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VDOT is only recommending one project across the entire Northern Neck and King George for the latest round of SMART SCALE funding, and that’s in Lancaster at the intersection of Route 3 and Route 605, Pinkardsville Road.

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Sheriff Johnny Beauchamp and Captain Ashby Allen stopped by the Boys & Girls Club of the Northern Neck (BGCNN) to drop off a generous donation this week. The Sheriff’s Department of Northumberland has been celebrating a “No shave New Year.”  Staff and officers, in order to earn a repriev…

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Have you gotten a bill in the mail after its due date? Maybe you mailed a check only to have it arrive late? If so, you’re not alone.