River Fitness in Tappahannock noticed something odd about the roof above the pool section of the building: it was warped. It wasn’t to an extent that someone would notice it without knowing what to look for, but it was there all the same. On Friday, March 23, they closed the pool – and called their

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Eastern Virginia Bankshares, Inc., commonly known as EVB in the Northern Neck will now be called Sonabank as of Friday, June 23, 2017. The official announcement reads, Southern National Bancorp of Virginia, Inc. and Eastern Virginia Bankshares, Inc. completed the merger of Eastern Virginia w…

The St Margaret’s Lady Scotties defeated the Collegiate Lady Cougars (9-2) at home on Friday, April 28. The Lady Scotties put together twelve hits, and three errors by the Lady Cougars to plate the 9 runs. They scored two in the first inning, one in the second, two in the third, and four in the

Northumberland County was created by the Virginia House of Burgesses in 1648. The records in its circuit clerks office go back almost that far, to 1650. They are very fragile. As old as they are, the records can be important, Hilary Derby, one of the members of the area’s United Daughters of…

As Stratford continues the major restoration process of the Great House and the surrounding grounds, work is scheduled to begin (weather permitting) on Monday, January 30, to remove the magnolia trees on the west side of the Great House and the holly hedge behind the stables. “This will be a…

Last Thursday, the Richmond County Board of Supervisors met. Supervisors attending were Richard E. Thomas, Vice Chairman, John Parr, William Herbert, Robert Pemberton, and Lee Saunders, Chairman. County Administrator R. Morgan Quicke addressed the meeting, giving an encouraging report on the…

Last Thursday, the Richmond County Board of Supervisors met. Supervisors attending were Richard E. Thomas, Vice Chairman, John Parr, William Herbert, Robert Pemberton, and Lee Saunders, Chairman. County Administrator R. Morgan Quicke addressed the meeting, giving an encouraging report on the…

Terry Cosgrove and Holly Harmon have combined art and coffee, creating memories and lively conversation. But more over they have created an air of sophistication in a home town relaxing environment that helps visitors to the Village feel at home. Terry Cosgrove grew up in Pennsylvania, but h…

During the most recent stakeholders meeting of the Warsaw Revitalization Project, architects from the firm of PMA Architecture introduced their final renderings of proposed improvements to downtown Warsaw. Stakeholders reviewed the proposal and have given the green light to progress forward …

During the most recent stakeholders meeting of the Warsaw Revitalization Project, architects from the firm of PMA Architecture introduced their final renderings of proposed improvements to downtown Warsaw. Stakeholders reviewed the proposal and have given the green light to progress forward …

Patricia Lewis took over as town manager of Montross early last year, after long time Manager Brenda Reamy announced she wanted to retire after 22 years of service. The town was careful in their selection of a new manager and Lewis won the confidence of the Council and approval of Reamy . It…

Councilman Larry Wheaton said some of the challenges that the Town of Montross would face in 2016 were associated with maintaining the character and spirit of a small rural town in Virginia for future generations. “Small towns have a character that makes them especially wonderful for raising…

Winners in Home Catergories: A Classic Christmas: Olivia Mothershead- 80 Settlers Landing Road Best Theme: Ms. Constance Edwards- 57 Lakeside Drive Best Overall: Wendy Boyle- 181 Sunset Lane Honorable Mention: Sara Orem- 1799 Drinking Swamp Road Winners in Business Catergories : Best Use of …

The Virginia Department of Transportation’s (VDOT) proposed secondary six-year plan for fiscal years 2017 through 2022 and secondary system construction budget was approved at the Lancaster County Supervisors regular meeting on Dec. 12. The plan specifically addresses road improvements to Co…

Despite opposition Angelwood at Westmoreland County has obtained a special exception to construct a multi-family rental development. The development was previously approved by Westmoreland County in July 2015 but due to inactivity on the project and failure to request renewal before the one …

Just seven days after the Montross Planning Commission recommended rezoning from businesses to residential for a tract of land at the edge of Montross town limits, neighboring residents were back to air their grievances over the planned workforce housing on the same plot of land. Citizen com…

County Administrator Norm Risavi gave an update on the Stratford Fire Substation, to the Westmoreland Board of Supervisors at their November meeting. The project has been ongoing for over 10 years and fund-raisers are becoming frustrated. However Chairman Fisher holds out hope that progress …

Callao residents had a new reason to give thanks Thanksgiving Day. On November 23, Northumberland County Administrator Luttrell Tadlock accepted a $35,000 planning grant for the Callao Revitalization Project. With the money from the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development, t…

Essex County supervisors voted 3-1 to sell the property known as “Wares Wharf Landing” for $55,000 to Water View LLC and Wares Wharf LLC during their regular meeting on the evening of Nov. 15. The 0.5-acre parcel is located at the end of Wares Wharf Road, on the Rappahannock River in Dunnsvi…

Northern Neck Electric Cooperative (NNEC) welcomed members of the public to their new warehouse and truck facilities on Nov. 16 for a firsthand look at the 40-acre addition to their campus. The site is located between Hamilton Boulevard and Route 3 in Warsaw, within walking distance of their…

Freida Johnson moved to the Northern Neck along with her husband, from the Washington, DC Metropolitan area, where she worked for thirty-three years. She is an alumnus from the University of Maryland, University College where she studied Paralegal Studies and Business. While working in the F…

John and Roxanne Warren’s dream of opening the first brewery in the Northern Neck came true during a wet and soggy festival weekend in October but spirits were high and the beer was flowing during the Montross Fall Festival. John said, “It was kind of a humbling experience to be welcomed so …

After a summer of controversy over the possible sale of Eleanor Park both offers have been withdrawn. Randall Hirsh withdrew his $900,000 offer on the morning of September 15, following his receiving a number of emails from citizens stating, “Candidly, we have been surprised and taken aback …

   Tension soared Thursday morning, September 8, following a decision made by the Westmoreland County Electoral Board to remove and replace Kristin M. Hicks as the county’s General Registrar—a position she has held for the last 27 years. Since then, questions have risen throughout the commun…

As emotions remain high in the town of Colonial Beach over the discussion of selling the Eleanor Park property the town council recessed the August meeting until the 25th at 4:30 p.m. Randy Hirsch and Lisa A. Schellin of Florida have bid $900,000 toward the purchase with Roger Matherly biddi…

Warsaw Police Chief Joan Norris Kent introduced Warsaw’s newest officer, Officer Eddie Headley at the August 11 Warsaw Town Council meeting. Chief Kent began her introduction of Headley saying, “When some of you on the personnel committee interviewed me, I said one thing and I mean this: Any…

The Greater Montross Partnership for Revitalization is partnering with Stratford Hall on August 5 for the First Friday Artwalk. Stratford Hall will feature free admission to their Parlor from 9:30 am to 5 pm, for a special unveiling of their huge portrait of William Pitt. William Pitt was an…

Bridget Gillions couldn’t be more pleased with her newest mural, painted by seven students under Artist Melanie Van Latum’s tutelage. Gillions said she asked the group to try to reflect the farm life and wildlife that is so abundant in this area. “I feel the students did an absolutely wonder…

The Town of Warsaw recently purchased what was once Sue’s Bar and Grill for $39,000. Currently the town is considering tearing down the structure to create additional parking for the municipal park. However, Interim Town Manager Lee Capps said other options are still be vetted giving entrepr…

Beneath the words, “find beauty in everything,” sits a picture of a young woman, in the prime of life. Chandale Dillon, or Chany, graces the wall of the salon and photography studio named after her in the town of Colonial Beach. The portrait, taken by the shop’s owner, Tara Seeber, is of Dil…

Richmond County Administrator R. Morgan Quicke was recently appointed by Gov. Terry McAuliffe to the State Executive Council for Children’s Services. The role of the State Executive Council for Children’s Services is to report to the Governor and the Chairmen Senate Committees on Finance and…

The George “Pete” Bone room of the Colonial Beach Town Center was packed from wall to wall with concerned town citizens for the July regular meeting. At the heart of the meeting and the reason the majority were in attendance, was a proposal for the purchase of Eleanor Park. This town-owned p…

The new Mary Washington Healthcare Regional Cancer Center at Montross held its grand re-opening on July 11 at its office located at 15394 Kings Highway. MWHC Regional Cancer Center at Montross is staffed by a full on-site radiation care team including a radiation oncologist, radiation therap…

“I wanted to make something of myself and I just persevered, that’s all,” said John Welch II as he looked back on the early years of the Welch Funeral Home. In 1966, Welch II opened the first funeral home in Montross, Va. after a long family history of business. Today, 50 years later, his son

Westmoreland County has contracted with Akian International. for the construction of site improvements to James Monroe Birthplace located at 4460 James Monroe Highway, Colonial Beach, VA. Akia will construct a paved Timeline Walk interpretive trail. The James Monroe Timeline Walk will featur…

The Westmoreland County Museum now has two locations side by side. The Museum purchased an older adjacent building (est. 1929) known to many as the Wakefield Building. The museum wants to preserve the history of the building, expand exhibit space, and increase the museum’s visibility in town…

After much discussion, it appears that Gloucester County will indeed be transferring inmates to the Northern Neck Regional Jail. On June 9, the Richmond County Board of Supervisors will discuss these arrangements. “We are very happy with where we’re going. The [Gloucester] move will be good …

The proposed general and water/wastewater budgets for July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2017 were unanimously approved at the May 12, joint Warsaw Town Council and Warsaw Planning Commission meeting, The real estate tax levy will remain unchanged at ten cents per $100 of assessed value. Meals, c…

James “Jim” Morris, Vice President of the 2201 area Communications Workers of America, said there has been, “Incredible support” for the Verizon strikers. The strike has been in reaction to Verizon’s decision to shift their company toward operating with mega centers rather than separate offi…

Working in partnership with the “Artisans Center of Virginia” (ACV), the newly formed Northern Neck Artisan Trail celebrated its opening at a reception at Belle Mount Winery on March 29. Virginia is internationally known for its artisan traditions that express a distinctive way of life conne…

True Value Retail Consultant, Chuck Neelley, stated, “The Rankin family represents the best of True Value. Their total commitment to providing their communities with superior service and a relevant, superior shopping experience is the secret to their half a century of success. In this fast p…

The Montross Town Council is happy to announce the selection of Patricia “Trish” Lewis as our new Town Manager. After a thorough process of application reviews and interviews we feel we’ve selected an individual that best meets the job requirements of Montross Town Manager. “We’re excited to…

A jam-packed agenda greeted the members of the Colonial Beach Town Council(TC) at their regular April meeting. Starting with a number of public hearings, at which no citizen actually spoke, the council worked its way through resolutions and ordinances, one by one, prior to allowing citizens …

Warsaw Mayor Mark Milstead agreed to send a letter on behalf of town in defense of the Main Street Verizon office, which has been in talks of closing in order to shift the company to using mega centers instead of separate offices in order to make managing employees easier, at the April 14 Wa…

Verizon employees representing the Communications Workers of America (CWA) are picketing the streets of Warsaw this morning in the hopes of retaining their office and benefits. Approximately 25 people clad in red and waving signs have lined both Main Street and 360 westbound near the Verizon…

Two old farmers flipping burgers is the catch phrase that Frank Jones heard a customer use recently. The customer had traveled from Tappahannock to Montross to check out the new restaurant that she had heard about. At least part of the phrase is true as Frank Jones is a farmer; his son Mark,…

Construction has begun on Helena Chemical’s chemical storage and distribution facility at the Richmond County Commerce Park. The facility will have a retail operation that sells herbicides, fungicides, insecticides and seeds. The fertilizer distributor bought the 10 acres of land from the co…

A proposed tax increase of 7.4 cents for Essex County will be discussed at the April 12 tax rate public hearing. That increase was one of three tax rates discussed by the Board of Supervisors at the March 22 budget hearing. Supervisors voted 3-1 to discuss the highest tax rate proposed, with…

A former town manager of Kilmarnock, Lee Hood Capps, was voted in 7-1 as the interim town manager on March 23, with Councilman Randy Phelps as the only one who voted against. Capps’ contract runs through June 30.  During his time as the interim town manager the town council will continue the…