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The Northern Neck Planning District Commission (NNPDC) opened an online survey to assist in collecting views and information for the new Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS). The project is part of the organization’s efforts to capture input and develop priorities that will hel…

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For those who felt that the saga of the Chandler’s Mill Pond Dam had come to a conclusion last year with the completion of the restored dam, a report from the Department of Wildlife Resources dropped in to show that there was one more plot twist in this dam story. The letter found its way to…

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It may be the middle of winter, but that’s not stopped VDOT from being a busy group of bees here in Westmoreland County. At last week’s Board of Supervisors meeting, David Beale, the new resident engineer for this area of Virginia, gave an update on what has been done for the roads of the co…

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Last week, the Westmoreland County School Board held its final meeting for picking out a name for the new high school and closed its online survey. This final meeting, held last Tuesday at 5 p.m., focused on interested community members and civic groups, and was presided over by Iris Lane an…

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The latest release of AARP’s Nursing Home COVID-19 Dashboard depicts a worsening crisis from coast to coast, including Virginia. In the four-week period ending December 20, more than half of nursing homes in the state reported residents with confirmed cases of Coronavirus, nearly 87% had at …

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Beginning this week, the Three Rivers Health District will conduct closed “point of dispensing” (POD) COVID-19 vaccination clinics specifically for “Phase 1b” priority groups. Phase 1b is the second group eligible to receive the vaccine, and includes police, fire and hazmat response personne…

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Anybody that was hoping for an end to the lockdowns due to the advent of the vaccine will have been in for some disappointment by now. Over the course of the last two months, cases of people testing positive for the Coronavirus surged. Westmoreland County’s School Board has held regular meet…

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Colonial Beach Town Council starts the new year off with a full slate. The first work session of 2021 included a multitude of items.

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Earthcrafters is completing “the final pieces of the puzzle” for The Bounds and St. Johns projects. And although the work took far longer than it should have, when it’s all over, “it’ll be a net gain for the town,” said Warsaw Town Manager Joseph Quesenberry.

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Parthiv Sheth, MD, Medical Director for the Middle Peninsula Northern Neck Community Services Board is pictured receiving his first dose of the COVID-19 Vaccine. A week later he has experienced no side effects. He is encouraging all staff of the CSB, patients at the CSB and the general publi…

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On January 1, 2021, Riverside Health System’s hospital in the Northern Neck and upper Middle Peninsula region of Virginia became part of VCU Health System. As part of the agreement finalized in October, all of the local Riverside Medical Group practices will become part of VCU Health in 2021. 

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The rolling 7-day average new case count in the United States, according to Johns Hopkins University, is over 260,000.  There have been over 22 million documented cases of COVID-19 in the United States, and we have had over 374,000 deaths.  Hospital system and health care worker overload and…

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On Saturday, the Bowman family lost their log cabin-style home in the 4000 block of Courthouse Road in Heathsville to a fire.

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It is now easier than ever to take the News on the Neck with you wherever you go. The News on the Neck App is now available through the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store.

For over 20 years, Richmond County students haven’t had the opportunity to practice on a finished track at home or to host a track meet. That’ll start to change in 2021.

The town of Montross is not the only spot that is in the process of overhauling aspects of its water system. Westmoreland County itself has been in the process of paying for the replacement of its water wells. 

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On Wednesday, December 16, Deputy Jason A. Kriz and Deputy Jessica T. Smith with the Westmoreland County Sheriff’s Office graduated from the 154th Law Enforcement Basic Class held virtually at the Rappahannock Regional Criminal Justice Academy. There were twenty-six graduates representing el…

Since October, the subject of cigarette taxes has come up at both the Montross Town Council and the Westmoreland County Board of Supervisors. This article’s focus is on the discussion that took place at December’s meeting of the Montross Town Council, during which Patricia Lewis, the Town Ma…

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Richmond County had a banner year for construction, particularly residential projects. By the end of November, 27 new homes were permitted compared to 12 new home permits for all of 2019.

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The recreation complex off Route 3, as noted in other articles, has reached several milestones of late. At various points during the monthly Board of Supervisors meeting in Westmoreland County, the subject came up. In this case, the update on its actual progress towards completion, rather th…

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To say that VDOT has been busy in Westmoreland County is quite the understatement. Ever since the arrival of George Bowman and later on David Beale, work on various projects has kicked into overdrive. Beale gave a report to the county Board of Supervisors this month, explaining just what had…

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The recreational park that will be behind the new high school in Westmoreland County nears completion, but there are several things that remain to be put in place. One of those is a lighting system for the numerous sports fields. Back at the board meeting in November, the folks from Davenpor…

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The situation at Currioman Landing here in Westmoreland County has been steadily improving since the repairs went underway this year, but as fate would have it, there’s still more to be done. At this month’s Board of Supervisors meeting, County Administrator Norm Risavi spoke for a moment ab…

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Revenue Sharing, where the state government covers one half of a bill for a project and the locality covers the other half, has been a major boon over the years to Westmoreland County. At this month’s Board of Supervisors meeting, County Administrator Norm Risavi spoke at length to the board…

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For months, a partially constructed building has stood on the corner of S. Main St. and Waverly Ave. in Kilmarnock with no visible progress being made. The idled project is raising questions from the public and has sparked numerous complaints. 

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The Rappahannock Community College Educational Foundation, Inc. (RCC EFI) is the recipient of a $2.7 million charitable gift from Dr. S. Stuart Flanagan. Dr. Flanagan has devoted his professional life to teaching and much of his philanthropic life to providing low-income students the opportu…

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Fas Mart’s parent company changed its name to ARKO and started trading on the Nasdaq last week with its shares of common stock exchanged under the ticker ARKO, and its warrants under the symbol ARKOW.

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A fun activity this time of year, for those with plenty of time for it, is to go driving around and looking at the Christmas decorations. There are very few days that get people to decorate their yards to the same degree as Christmas, whether it’s simple lights along a porch railing, or all …

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Richmond County is working to rewrite the regulations on snare traps. And if Sheriff Stephan Smith has his way, they’ll be banned.

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When Representative Rob Wittman signed the amicus brief backing a Texas lawsuit related to the November general election, it was a breaking point for some District 1 voters. And they made that known by protesting at Wittman’s Tappahannock office.

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On Monday December 14, a Buick crashed into the front of the Dollar General in Callao, cracking the wall and damaging the Redbox that sits on the sidewalk.

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The Richmond County Board of Supervisors kicked off their December meeting recognizing a slate of individuals who have spent years contributing to the betterment of the county, but who are now leaving their positions.

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On November 23 at 1:16 a.m., King George Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call from the 7-11 convenience store located on the corner of Rt. 301 and Rt. 205 in King George. The caller advised they had just been robbed by 2 men, one of whom displayed a handgun. Both men were wearing masks. They…

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Warsaw was awarded a $468,700 Industrial Revitalization Fund grant to provide a loan to Andy Beale to help redevelop the Old Rappahannock Building Facility into a brewery, restaurant and retail and office spaces.

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Certain Food Lion stores have recently been adding special parking spaces to their lots. With the Coronavirus pandemic still lurking around, people have been welcoming the advent of curbside pickup from restaurants, and lately, stores such as Wal-Mart and Food Lion have been stepping up thei…

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“COVID can stop a lot of things; but it will not stop me from helping the kids,” said Sher Lee, as she spoke of last Saturday’s CB Kids Christmas drive-through party.

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Governor Ralph Northam welcomed one of the first shipments of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine to a Bon Secours hospital in Richmond, Virginia. This initial allotment of 72,150 doses arrived this week at health systems across the Commonwealth and will be administered to frontline health …

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Bay Rivers Telehealth Alliance has been awarded federal grant funds of $1,000,000 over 3 years to strengthen and expand substance use disorder, including opioid use disorder prevention, treatment, and recovery services in underserved rural areas. The goals for the grant build on the Rural Co…

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“Success is not a goal. It’s a byproduct.” This quote from Coach Taylor in the movie Friday Night Lights epitomizes the philosophy of the Rappahannock Storm. Some coaches teach the easy route to success and victory. The Storm teaches young men to be fundamentally sound, disciplined, accounta…

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Ever since the Coronavirus pandemic hit the U.S., countless public events have been altered, limited, or canceled all together. The town of Montross was among those to take an especially large hit, as fears about the virus resulted in the cancellation of not just the year’s round of First Fr…

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Back around mid-November, a matter of cigarette taxes had been discussed over at Westmoreland County’s Board of Supervisors. Later on in the month, it also came up at the Montross Town Council meeting. The idea for this tax came up due to the General Assembly passing legislation last year th…

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The Tappahannock Police Department wishes to remind motorists that beginning January 1, 2021 it will be illegal to hold a handheld personal communications device (e.g., your smartphone) while driving a moving motor vehicle on Virginia highways. This new law is one of many ways the state is b…