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At 6:14 p.m. on Thursday, April 15, Virginia State Police responded to a single-vehicle crash on Route 17, .75 miles south of Route 637 (Layton Landings Rd.).

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Those in Westmoreland County with concerns about funding the two new wells for the town and county can breathe a little easier now. At this month’s Board of Supervisors meeting the board approved an authorization to apply for a massive $720,000 community development block grant. Jerry Davis,…

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“The first man I ever loved, I called him Daddy, earned His wings. Daddy, I love you so very much and I will miss you for the rest of my days. Rest easy Coach. You are Safe at home plate and you tackled the running back on the 1-yard line saving the Big win for the Home team. You will always…

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Messing around in boats is a popular activity for over 100 million people around the country, nearly a third of the population. Unfortunately, nationwide, on average, 600 people are killed each year in boat-related accidents; of that group, almost every four out of five are due to drowning. 

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Just off the old courthouse square, near the public bathrooms, lies the former sheriff’s department parking lot. Mayor Terry Cosgrove presented a proposal at the recent Board of Supervisors meeting regarding this property. His proposal was for the town to lease the property for the construct…

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The Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary has “flagged” 6 yards so far in Westmoreland – 2 in Coles Point, 4 in Montross – as part of their “I’ve Been Flagged” project. They also have several more scheduled. They are not only raising awareness for our VFW AUX, but they are using the donations t…

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On April 12, the Mid-County Volunteer Rescue Squad (MCVRS) unveiled their donation of an automated external defibrillator (AED), cabinet, and signage to the Northumberland Middle School. “Mid-County takes our responsibility to the community seriously, and having AEDs positioned strategically…

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Virginia Commonwealth University Health at Riverside Tappahannock has opened a cardiology clinic in order to bring cardiac care to the Middle peninsula and Northern Neck. 

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Julian A. Ritch, a 60-year-old Kilmarnock resident, was killed in a car crash on Monday, April 12.

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Rep. Rob Wittman said critics push false assertions about him, including claims that he hasn’t done anything for rural areas like the Northern Neck, but he’s happy to lay out his record.

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On March 24, Officer Luke Gilliland, of the Colonial Beach Police Department, was awarded the prestigious Lifesaving Award from the American Red Cross for his heroic actions in the early morning hours of August 30, 2020. He was further honored by the Colonial Beach Police Department with the…

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Last summer, Bay Transit, the public transportation division of Bay Aging, initiated a campaign promoting its commitment to customer service and safety in confronting COVID-19. Bay Transit’s “Good to go!” campaign included advertising on the outside of several buses touting many of the safet…

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To say the slowly rising edifice of the new high school in Westmoreland County is exciting for a number of people is quite the understatement. While much remains to be done, the building is still going up at a rapid pace.

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The Mayor and Town Council of the Town of Colonial Beach are pleased to announce the hiring of India Adams-Jacobs as its new Town Manager. Adams-Jacobs is a native of Caroline County and currently resides in Glen Allen. She was most recently employed as the Assistant to the City Manager of t…

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It’s always sad to see an old institution go, especially when it is an establishment that has been around as long as the Montross Dairy Freeze has. The dining destination, which has served customers since 1969, will be closing its doors at the end of the month as the iconic eatery has been s…

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Since the early 1980’s, Virginia has recognized April as Child Abuse Prevention Month. The observance of Child Abuse Prevention Month provides an opportunity for communities to highlight local prevention work and how individuals and communities can help prevent abuse and neglect. In 2008, Pr…

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The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has released part one of its 2020 Annual Homeless Assessment Report (AHAR) to Congress. The report found that the number of persons experiencing homelessness in Virginia on a single night in 2020 rose 3 percent, an increase of 174 pe…

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Various polls show President Biden’s American Rescue Plan has bipartisan support among the public. For example, a national Quinnipiac poll found seven out of 10 Americans support the $1.9 trillion package. Yet, Representative Rob Wittman voted against the bill along with all of his Republica…

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Did you receive a text with a survey about your vaccine? It’s one of those scams that just keeps reappearing… each time with a new twist. This time, the phony survey claims to be from pharmaceutical company Pfizer, with questions about their COVID-19 vaccine. 

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At 1:55 p.m. on Wednesday, March 31, Virginia State Police responded to a crash involving a pedestrian in the 1700 block of Weems Road.   

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Consumption of fentanyl and drug overdoses are on the rise across Virginia, and the two trends are often linked because of fentanyl in disguise.

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The weather has been pretty wild for the past two months. From sun to rain to snow and ice, winter certainly made sure we remembered it was there for February and a good portion of March. David Beale, the resident engineer for VDOT in the Northern Neck, indicated that winter’s parting shots …

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 A vehicle pursuit initiated by law enforcement authorities in King George County on Thursday, April 1 ended in a foot pursuit with the arrest and multiple charges of two individuals on Dingley Road in the Town of Montross by the Westmoreland County Sheriff’s Office.  

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The Town of Montross has been looking to see what it can do to bring businesses into the area. At the most recent Town Council meeting, several business incentive programs were unveiled. This marks the next step in the town’s revitalization efforts

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To say the lockdowns in response to the Coronavirus pandemic have been trouble for the mental health of citizens is a massive understatement. Suicides and several other psychological problems brought on by the isolation have seen a marked rise, making the job of the Middle Peninsula-Northern…

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On March 13 the team from River Pools and Spas hosted a Community Clean Up Day to put into action a plan to both help the environment and beautify the town. For a few hours the staff along with family and friends split up, garbage bags in hand, to remove litter and waste from several areas i…

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Richmond County has reemerged in the running for SMART SCALE funding for its proposed safety enhancement project that involves building  turn lanes at the intersection of Route 360 and Newland Road.

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Since the end of 2020, local governments along the Northern Neck have been looking at implementing a cigarette tax as a means of pulling in some additional revenue. Several communities already have one in place, such as Warsaw, Colonial Beach and Kilmarnock. Rather than impose their own indi…

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As flowers spring up in the town of Colonial Beach so does the development plan in which Dodson Development group will join the growth. Starting soon the building of the first-phase of the 27 million dollar plan is set to begin.

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It’s not often that three local boards get together, but last week saw just such an occasion. Those that were starting to get nervous about the potential fate of the auditorium for Westmoreland County’s new high school can breathe a sigh of relief. A change order had been in the works to, es…

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The waterworks operator is in many ways the unsung hero of any small town. He is the one that is tasked with operating, maintaining and monitoring the daily operation of the town’s water supply, as well as fixing the pipes when they burst. Up until this year, John Norris had been tasked with…

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One of the many event casualties of 2020 when the Coronavirus hit was the event in Montross known as First Fridays. A yearly occurrence during the summer months, concerns over large gatherings caused it to get the axe, along with the Fall Festival. Ever since 2020 ended, several Montross Tow…

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The Virginia Department of Health’s Three Rivers Health District began to vaccinate essential workers in Phase 1c on March 29. TRHD will continue to prioritize vaccination for anyone in Phase 1a and 1b who registers to receive it.

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In a wide-ranging discussion, Representative Rob Wittman attempted to set the record straight on a variety of issues, including his support for the amicus brief filed in the Texas v. Pennsylvania, et al. Supreme Court case.

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Governor Ralph Northam proposed moving up the legalization of simple possession of marijuana to July 1, 2021, nearly three years sooner than previously planned. The Governor also announced he is proposing changes that advance public health protections, set clear expectations for labor protec…

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The pool complex at Westmoreland State Park will be closed for the 2021 season. The pool has suffered mechanical issues and needs structural updates due in large part to its age and proximity to the river. The repairs are beyond the funding capabilities of the state park system at this time.

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If the current version of the FY22 budget is approved, Richmond County employees will get raises and residents won’t see any service cuts and tax increases. 

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Frustrated with the progress and quality of The Bounds and St. John’s Street projects, Mayor Randy Phelps has ordered Town Manager Joseph Quesenberry to pursue legal options against Earth Crafters. 

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Deputy Chad Conn was recently presented with the Law Enforcement Commendation Medal by Mr. Charles Belfield, President, of the James Monroe Chapter Sons of the American Revolution. Deputy Conn is a three year veteran with the Westmoreland County Sheriff’s Office. In addition to his duties an…

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Last year around this time, states across the country, including Virginia, locked themselves down in an effort to slow the spread of the Coronavirus. Unfortunately, what was initially billed as “two weeks to slow the spread” has turned into a year-long lock-down. Businesses were forced to ad…

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Governor Ralph Northam restored the civil rights of more than 69,000 Virginians using new eligibility criteria that mirror a proposed change to the Constitution of Virginia that would automatically restore voting rights to individuals upon completion of their sentence of incarceration.

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Kilmarnock unveiled a piece of larger-than-life LOVE artwork at Towne Center Park Saturday,  March 20 adding to the roster of over 200 LOVEworks across the state.

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The Northumberland County Sheriff’s Office, the  Northumberland NAACP  and Interracial Conversations of Lancaster and Northumberland counties have joined together to form a Community Liaison and Advisory Council which will address citizen concerns about police activities and build bridges of…

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At 11:47 p.m. on Wednesday, March 17, Virginia State Police responded to a crash on Route 636 (Newmans Neck Road) approximately 200 feet east of Route 794 (Fountain Gate Road).

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Warsaw will allow Chris Self to forego the mandatory hook-up to town water and have his own well.

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In the early morning hours of March 4, a shooting occurred that sent Nigel Collins, 19 of Tappahannock to the hospital with life-threatening injuries. Unfortunately, Collins died on the morning of Saturday, March 13.