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Some VA ABC customers in the Northern Neck are having trouble finding the products they’re looking for, or are only finding them in limited quantities. But it’s not an issue with a particular local store, and the problem isn’t exclusive to Virginia.

At 5:54 p.m. on Friday (July 23), Virginia State Police responded to a motor vehicle crash on Route 3 (Kings Highway) at the intersection with Route 612 (Antioch Road).

There is an old saying that a man’s home is his castle. It provides warmth, shelter, and safety to all who dwell within, or at least, it is supposed to. Unfortunately for residents of a domicile in Montross, that safety was shattered in the wee hours of the morning last week.

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Bay Transit, the public transportation division of Bay Aging, has reinstated trolley service in Colonial Beach, Urbanna and Kilmarnock after being suspended during the 2020 summer season because of COVID-19. The popular summertime trolleys went back into service during the July 4th holiday w…

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On Saturday night, July 17, 2021, Westmoreland County Sheriff’s Office Deputies responded to a residence in the area of Curley Lane and Monroe Bay Circle for a Breaking and Entering involving a Sexual Assault.  Upon arriving on scene, deputies canvassed the area while a detective initiated d…

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It is not often that people cross paths with truly great men. These are the sort of people that do not actively seek a spotlight, but the impact they have had on those around them is palpable and visible. The longer they have lived, the more lives they touch, the more strands of fate they in…

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A common complaint about solar facilities these days is that the things are a truly hideous eye-sore that take up a lot of land for the amount of power they produce. In Westmoreland County, Suntribe Solar has several facilities nearby that were constructed near the county’s schools, most not…

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On August 1, the cigarette tax in Warsaw will jump from 25 cents to 40 cents a pack bringing the town’s rate in harmony with fellow members of the Chesapeake Bay Region Cigarette Tax Board.

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Brand new Rescue Engine 3 arrived in Kinsale from Pennsylvania in a blaze of glory on June 18, parading into town with the whole crew of Kinsale emergency vehicles, sirens blaring and lights strobing in a kaleidoscopic whirlwind with retired Fire Chief Tommy Lewis at the helm.

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Whenever people hear about invasive species, plants are probably the last thing that spring to mind, but as it turns out, bamboo is one such example. The matter popped up during both this month’s and last month’s meeting of Westmoreland County’s Board of Supervisors meeting, when the Board d…

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There’s another new attraction in Warsaw—four USTA-certified tennis courts.

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In Kilmarnock, improvement funds are flowing in and out. The town was awarded $2.5 million in grants and $6 million in loans from the USDA’s Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant program. The funds will be used to make replacements and upgrades at Kilmarnock’s waste water treatment plant t…

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Jean Harper’s husband, James, got it right when he reflected on the life of his wife of 76 years. “Little girl that she was, she did a whole lot of things with her life,” he said.

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“We have to make universal broadband a priority, and we can do it,” Governor Ralph Northam told the crowd in Warsaw at the groundbreaking ceremony for phase one of the Northern Neck Broadband Project, an initiative designed to bring high-speed internet to every county in the Northern Neck.

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To say that the Town of Montross and the county it resides in is steeped in history is about as big of an understatement as that of Lud Kissel calling his infamous fireworks display a “doozy” in his titular story. No other county can boast about being the birthplace of our first president, a…

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Since the dam at Chandler’s Mill Pond got compromised back in 2015, the saga that resulted has been an endless source of puns, jokes, annoyance, and more plot twists than the ‘Vince Russo’ era of Professional Wrestling. The two biggest swerves came from the storms in November 2020, and the r…

The Colonial Beach Chamber of Commerce Awards Celebration and Dinner was held on June 23, 2021 at The Lighthouse Restaurant. The event promotes the commitment, dedication and hard work of town businesses. In addition, emphasis is placed on the importance of law enforcement, business and comm…

Montross may be one of the few towns on the Northern Neck that presently lacks a local park. Mayor Cosgrove has been looking to fix that, and from the looks of things, he’s on his way to succeeding. It was a dream that was tossed around back in May at that month’s meeting of the Westmoreland…

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Starting August 1, Lancaster plans to add a 40-cent tax to each pack of cigarettes sold within the county outside of its incorporated towns.

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In July 2021, ten students will begin studying junior string repertory to form the String Orchestra for Northern Neck Youth (SONNY). They have completed elementary lessons with the Strings Crewe, a program to teach violin, viola and cello to 6-12 year old students.

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The Town of Montross’s love sign has been a ubiquitous sight for many years now. Positioned just before a motorist goes into downtown Montross from the west, it celebrates everything from seafood and fishermen to wine and the sandy shores. As it happens, this eye-catching sign caught the att…

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It’s been quite some time since anybody came to Westmoreland County’s Board of Supervisors about plunking down another solar farm, but lo and behold, someone finally has broken the drought, so to speak. At a recent meeting, a public hearing was held on an application by Springfield Solar, a …

While VDOT’s handling of the Friday floods was the highlight of their visit to the recent Board of Supervisors meeting in Westmoreland County, it was not the only thing that took place while George Bowman was there. Two sections of roadway, Route 655 and 639, also known as Troy Farm Road and…

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Local farmer Cathy Cavender from Monrovia Farm recently directed a $2,500 Bayer Fund America’s Farmers Grow Communities donation to the Colonial Beach Community Foundation (CBCF). As a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit community foundation, CBCF was established in 2005 to improve the quality of life …

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The Town of Warsaw is pleased to announce the expansion of Amazon to the former Levi Strauss Plant near the Richmond County Commerce Park. The Town successfully competed against regional localities to secure the expansion. Eventual plans include operating three (3) shifts with a combined tot…

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As the water finally dropped from the wild washout a few weeks ago, many were probably wondering just how extensive the damage from the Friday flooding had gotten. George Bowman, one of the representatives for VDOT, was on hand to speak at length on the subject. The flooding from the previou…

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The Department of Wildlife Resources (DWR) is moving quickly to make repairs on Chandler’s Mill Pond Dam, located just west of the town of Montross, VA. Portions of Westmoreland County received more than 9 inches of rain last week, roughly equivalent to a 200-year storm event. Even though Ch…

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Among nine places listed today on the Virginia Landmarks Register are a historic district on the Northern Neck that encompasses a late-1800s resort, a house in Southside associated with an influential traveling preacher who helped spread Methodism in Virginia, an 18th-century house once prof…

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On Thursday, June 17, the Virginia Department of Historic Resources approved three new highway markers that will be erected in Essex County. These three markers, all of which document a facet of African-American history, are among 17 markers approved for placement around the state of Virgini…

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The interval between the end of the school year and the beginning of the Boys & Girls Club’s summer program seemed the perfect time to celebrate the opening of the club’s new building. “With Covid restrictions relaxed and finishing touches finally completed,” said board president Ronald …

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Last Friday, many living on the Northern Neck became the sudden owners of waterfront property as weather conditions conspired to create a powerful deluge that resulted in massive flooding all along the Neck. While the area around Montross was the hardest hit in terms of rainfall, conditions …

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The 1st Annual Juneteenth Celebration Fair will be held on the Pavilion grounds at Rice’s Hotel/Hughlett’s Tavern on Saturday, June 19, 2021 between 4:30 pm and 7:30 pm. Sponsored by Interracial Conversations NNK, MACorps, Inc., and Rice’s Hotel/Hughlett’s Tavern, the fair will feature a his…

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After being postponed last summer in 2020 due to the pandemic, the 70th Annual Potomac River Festival was held Saturday June 12, 2021 in Colonial Beach at Town Hill. There had also been another threat that would have hindered the Potomac River Festival again this year; rain. But thankfully, …

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Lancaster’s FY22 budget leaves the boat tax at zero. Sacrificing that revenue is not only making the county more attractive to boat owners, but it’s also increasing the squeeze on the Middlesex’s marina industry, say business owners on both sides of the Rappahannock River.

The Virginia Department of Transportation has been busy over the last few months, and the month of May was no exception. That month, Westmoreland County’s Board of Supervisors hosted a public hearing for VDOT’s secondary six-year plan. David Beale, VDOT’s resident engineer for the district, …

Lancaster/Northumberland Habitat for Humanity received a surprise and very welcome gift last week, just in time to “raise the rafters” on Habitat’s 21st home. Drew Ransone, of Ransone’s Nursery and Landscaping, offered the use of his company’s crane to lift the trusses in place, and donated …

After more than half a century the Gleamers and Blenders in Burgess weren’t going to let a pandemic slow them down. During the year-long curtailing of many activities, they continued to provide food to the needy three times a month.

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VDOT has given Warsaw until June 15th to provide details about plans for its sidewalk project, which the town plans to partially pay for with TAP grant funds.

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Memorial Day weekend, viewed by many as the unofficial start of summer, is often remembered for its cookouts, road trips, and being an extra-long weekend. To those that remember, however, there is one other thing that it commemorates: those that gave their lives in service to the nation. Whi…

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Rappahannock Community College’s Rappahannock Institute for Lifelong Learning (RILL) will offer several classes this summer with some held in person and others on Zoom.

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If Richmond County doesn’t approve Michael Self’s solar projects, he has options that will upset the community even more, he warned at the May planning commission meeting.