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This month marks the ending of the 2020 school year, which was unprecedented in so many ways and at so many levels. While the school buildings were closed, the “Raider” spirit was alive and well seeking to aid our students and their families in whatever capacity necessary.

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As the new high school continues construction, one can sense a great deal of excitement shooting through the county. This is a project that has been in the works for the last five years. Washington & Lee High School has served the county well, but it’s creaking with age and in dire need …

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My name is Jaye Gaines. I was an activist long before I was allowed to have a voice. Rappahannock was the crucible that shaped me. That is a white washed tale for another day. I was there visiting with family and checking on my grandparents when my cousin posted on Facebook about her frustra…

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The Man Who Planted Trees is the compelling tale by writer Jean Giono of his meeting a shepherd wandering the wrecked landscapes of France after World War I, tending his small flock, planting acorns — living simply, sowing beauty and enhancing life, renaturing whole valleys through the decades.

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One hears of angels flying around but rarely sees them. Today, I not only saw 3 Angels but I interacted with them.

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My father, Robert C. Keeve, was 89 years old on May 7th or 10th, depending on which document you look at. Like many Americans – especially African Americans – born in rural America in 1931, the official date on the birth certificate often did not match the actual date of birth. Instead, the …

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The United States of America has won the wonder of the world through its perseverance. For much of its history, the American Spirit has lit the world as a champion for freedom, enlightenment and tenacity. Through those decades, American newspapers have done the same. Keeping Americans inform…

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It is a slow day in the small Saskatchewan town of Pumphandle, and streets are deserted. Times are tough, everybody is in debt, and everybody is living on credit.

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We’re in the midst of a global pandemic, but its impact on America’s communities is local. 

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A combination of warming weather trends and forest greenery are stirring more than the bachelor flocks of wild turkeys. The motivation of gobblers to break up their gatherings and start to stake out their territories for pursing hen turkeys is an indication that spring is upon us.  Another h…

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Did you get out over the weekend or one evening and do any fishing? With schools being closed, I got to go out with my grandson Bentley and do some much needed fun fishing. We got out out for some good laughs on St. Patick’s Day, but caught no fish. The wind made casting a little tricky, but…

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As a Montross resident of six years, I am wondering why there is not more concern and action taken regarding our unsightly roadside trash? When people ask me how I like living in the Northern Neck, my reply is that I love everything about it, except the roadside trash.

Here are a few highlights of Menokin Baptist Church’s last trip to Haiti. It was a blessed trip and we thank all of you that continued to support us with prayers and donations towards our efforts in La Mer Frappee. Without community support for this biannual mission none of what I’m about to…

‘Job loss and lack of leadership’ (Published 4/10) Rob Wittman has killed hundreds of jobs in the First District.   To build Trump’s useless border wall, Wittman voted to kill three major military construction projects in the First District, totaling $48.5 million: Quantico Fire Station, $23…

‘Wittman: We deserve better’ (Published 4/10) Rob Wittman has killed hundreds of jobs in the First District.   To build Trump’s useless border wall, Wittman voted to kill three major military construction projects in the First District, totaling $48.5 million: Quantico Fire Station, $23.7M; …

Hate, ridicule, sarcasm, jealousy, belittling humor, and bullying are despicable, centuries-old characteristics of human behavior.  Hate is the fountain from which the others flow; hate seems to be an indelible part of our nature. The Germans even have a word for wallowing in hate and enjoyi…

Hate, ridicule, sarcasm, jealousy, belittling humor, and bullying are despicable, centuries-old characteristics of human behavior.  Hate is the fountain from which the others flow; hate seems to be an indelible part of our nature. The Germans even have a word for wallowing in hate and enjoyi…

We are always so busy that sometimes it might be easier to skip family dinnertime.  Our parents’ jobs might make them have to work late, and on some days we have after school activities so we have to be someplace during our regular dinner time. Sometimes it is easier for mom or dad to just

Healthcare and throw pillows Mississippi humorist Jerry Clower spun tales of good ‘ol boys and their adventures in a family way – no profanity, no toilet humor – nothing like that. One of my favorites is the one about his hero Marcel Ledbetter and friends that went coon hunting one night. Th…

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Westmoreland News has finally recieved a new editor after almost a year of being vacant. To reintroduce myself, my name is Cort Olsen, I am 23-years-old and I am from Spotsylvania County. I have been the editor of the Northern Neck News for the past four months. Prior to leading the Northern…

Memorial Day weekend marks the unofficial start to summer, and many Americans will celebrate with cookouts, camping, road trips, and other activities that involve food. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is reminding families to take extra care no…

Over the years, I have heard people who visit a chiropractor say “I just saw my chiropractor and I feel great” or “I hurt my back and I have to go to my chiropractor” without mentioning a doctor. I also noticed the personal means these folks address their chiropractor as “my” (chiropractor) …

A Strange Thing Happened….. Chief David Robey from the Colonial Beach Volunteer Fire Department was on his way to All American Harley-Davidson on Thursday April 2, 2015 to finish up some paperwork for a Harley-Davidson that the Fire Department had purchased to raffle off for their fundraiser…

  March 15 – 21, 2015 is Virginia Agriculture Week. The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services suggests that it’s the perfect opportunity to give credit where credit is due. During this special week, take a minute to thank a farmer. No engraved note paper or frilly bouquets…

  Editor’s Note: Every day teenagers die on the roadways of this country because they are distracted by texting. Those grisly statistics can change, and a Hermann, MO student is doing her part to see they do. St. George eighth grade student Brenna Jones is the Missouri Middle School Division…

At its Monday meeting, the Northumberland County School Board moved to fill holes created by the retirement of two long-time members of the school system’s administration. With Assistant Superintendent of Schools, Dale Wittler, and Middle School principal Bob Bailey having given notice of th…

The end of an era Dear Citizens, Colleagues and Community Partners, As my work as Director of Social Services for Richmond County comes to an end, I would like to thank you for your encouragement, support, counsel and friendship over the last  seven and a half years. I consider the opportuni…

Good works come from Christmas Mother Program The Christmas Mother Committee is pleased to report that 297 children were served through the supplemental program to help families with Christmas gifts. Through the support of 26 churches, 14 businesses and organizations and 22 individuals, thos…

Over the last 15 years, the way in which readers receive their news has changed significantly. While the traditional print newspaper remains an important component of news consumption, there have been some assumptions made as the younger generations—those raised on smart phones and WiFi acce…

Dog Days in Essex On Thursday, the Tappahannock Police Department solved the theft of two dogs which occurred on the night of December 19, 2012.  The dogs were taken during a break-in at the Essex County Animal Pound.  I wrote a letter to the Editor about the break-in and described the perpe…

Missing the lost hardwood The front page story last week about the fire at the old Colonial Beach School brought back memories when I read that the Cracker Box gymnasium was ruined during the fire. In my basketball playing days for Warsaw High School for three years and Rappahannock for one …

Caring for Creation For faith-based communities, addressing climate change is about keeping the sacred covenant with God to be good stewards of His creation and to protect the poor who stand to suffer most in a changed climate. For example, Pope Francis said, “I would like to ask all those w…

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After waiting to see what the Board of Supervisors would allocate for the coming year, Northumberland County’s school board adopted their budget at a special meeting Wednesday evening. The board approved a total budget of $15,983,431 of which the county will supply $11,432,229, an increase o…

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After waiting to see what the Board of Supervisors would allocate for the coming year, Northumberland County’s school board adopted their budget at a special meeting Wednesday evening.

Seventeen million Americans admitted to driving drunk at some point in 2010, according to a recent study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Amazingly, if this same group of people lived in the same state, it would rank fifth in size between Florida and Illinois. Despite s…

“I just want it to stop.” “It” is child abuse or neglect, and when Social Workers talk with child victims, this is a statement most often heard from them. Children love their parents and caretakers. Children want their caretakers to behave like parents and guardians, who love and cherish the…

Vegetable gardening has seen a revival in the past few years.  There are as many reasons for growing your own produce as there are people planting.  Some of the more common reasons include food safety (knowing who produced your food and how), economics (although it is debatable whether growi…

Transportation bill brings lawmakers together in opposition Who would have guessed that most of our current crop of candidates running for the Office of Governor and Lieutenant Governor, and a whole host of Republicans and Democrats, have found something all of them can agree.  The only exce…