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The application for The Sharps Session 22.0, a three-day music festival, got a unanimous ‘no’ vote from Richmond County Supervisors. Several of them described the event as poorly planned and both the sheriff and EMS chief agreed with that assessment and expressed opposition.

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Dominion customers could see their monthly bill rise by between 12 and 20% percent due to rising fuel costs linked to the COVID-19 pandemic, inflation and the ongoing war in Ukraine, according to company filings with the State Corporation Commission (SCC) Thursday.

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Monday, Richmond County Sheriff’s Office confirmed that two individuals who were considered suspicious last week are truly what they claim to be--Census workers.

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For the Northern Neck Master Gardeners’ Shoreline Evaluation Program (SEP), spring means the beginning of six months of visiting waterfront properties to evaluate sites for problems related to erosion and stormwater runoff. SEP teams research solutions, write reports for homeowners, and prov…

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The Rappahannock Industrial Academy, or RI Academy as it was called, was established by African Americans to fulfill the need for high school education for African Americans at a time when no public schools in the area offered it. It existed from 1902 to 1948 and primarily served students fr…

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Kilmarnock’s business community took another step toward rebuilding after the April 19, 2022 fire that devasted five community businesses, destroyed seven apartments and resulted in the loss of life of Stacey Kellum by raising a new #Kilmarnock Strong flag above Town Hall at 1 North Main Street.

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Klay Porter, 32, recalls overdosing alone at his aunt’s house five years ago from heroin laced with fentanyl, a synthetic opioid. He remembers slipping away and thinking “this is it.”

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Since 2005, the Virginia Foundation for Community College Education (VFCCE) has honored individuals, families, businesses, and organizations that have improved the quality of life in their communities through their philanthropic endeavors focused on community college education and training. …

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It’s been quite some time since the subject of the proposed park in Montross has cropped up, but during last month’s town council meeting, it turned out that quite a bit has taken place.

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The Westmoreland News, Northern Neck News, and Northumberland Echo are bidding a sad farewell to Suzy Pietras-Smith, an award-winning reporter who passed away last week.

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Several weeks back, the Westmoreland Board of Supervisors agreed, albeit with a split decision, to have Norm Risavi, the county administrator, sign an affidavit that stated the CBVRS was responding to 90% or more of its calls so that it could recertify the squad’s license when, in reality, t…

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Action the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission is set to take this week at its annual spring meeting regarding menhaden allocations could have a significant impact on some members of the fishery based on how they responded to the COVID-19 pandemic two years ago, warns Saving Seafood.

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At last week’s Town Council meeting, town manager Patricia Lewis had plenty to say about what was going to be happening in town this month.

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Many towns have a person that is absolutely ubiquitous, and when they are gone, you never quite come to terms with how much you had come to enjoy seeing them. Sadly, Montross got a taste of this last year when, on January 29, Darlene Tallent passed on leaving behind a 25-year career at the W…

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As the new Westmoreland High School goes up, there has been near-constant hand-wringing over how much of the project will actually be complete and how much will have to be added at a later date.

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On an August night in 2017, Rand Hooper was involved in a boat crash. Graham McCormick, a 31-year-old who believed Hooper to be his friend, ended up overboard. Hooper left him in the Rappahannock River to die.

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President James Monroe is an often  overlooked figure when compared to other political personalities in our nation’s history. The last of the original founding fathers to occupy the White House, Monroe oversaw the country after the War of 1812, from 1817 until the end of his second term in 1…

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This month, at the Westmoreland Board of Supervisors’  meeting, VDOT Resident Engineer David Beale bore a bit of notice on what was to come in May. This was mainly to do with the Secondary Six-Year Plan, which will be the subject of a public hearing next month.

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In the midst of this inflationary environment, Richmond County, like other governments, has two budget interests to consider—its own and that of the people.

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An entire block of Kilmarnock along Irvington Rd. was ravaged by an early-morning fire on April 19 that destroyed homes and businesses. One death is linked to the incident.

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The quiet evening turned quite loud in Montross at the Westmoreland County Board of Supervisors meeting last Friday. What was originally supposed to be a closed meeting suddenly turned public and the George D. English Building was packed to the gills with over two busloads of people from Col…

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George “Buddy” Scala, an army veteran who served in World War II, was awarded a Quilt of Valor last week at the American Legion Post 117 in Reedville, VA.

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Farming is challenging work, and transportation often creates difficulty and expense for farmers. But, there are some allowances in Virginia law to help ease some of the burden.

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It’s April, and that means budget tinkerings are afoot. Various organizations are looking to the local government for additional funding as was seen at last week’s board of supervisors meeting. Near the end, Jay Hynson, fire chief of the Westmoreland County Volunteer Fire Department, made su…

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Rappahannock Community College (RCC) recently announced the winners of the College’s IDEAL Award. Presented annually to a full-time instructional faculty member; a full-time classified staff, an administrative, or professional faculty member; a part-time wage employee; an adjunct faculty mem…

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The county has made a decision on vault privies once again. This time, the supervisors reversed the ban they enacted in April 2020.

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Healthy Harvest Food Bank (HHFB) has expanded its BackPack Buddy Program to Colonial Beach and Essex County helping to keep more kids fed when they’re not in school.

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After a two year in-person hiatus due to Covid 19 restrictions and precautions, Colonial Beach held its annual Osprey Festival in grand ole-osprey fashion in its Historic Downtown District.

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Age is not just a number. It’s a key detail in how Lancaster’s future plays out, according to the county’s Community Business Relations Advisory Committee (CBRAC).

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April is here, which brings Easter this upcoming weekend, and the Westmoreland County Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary decided that the time was right to bring back another event that had been hibernating for the last two years due to the coronavirus-- an Easter egg hunt at the firehouse.

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Adriana G. Hernandez, a 22-year-old from King George, was arrested and charged in connection with a shooting at Cancun Margarita Bar & Grill on Plank Road in Fredericksburg.

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In Richmond County, the debate over vault privies is a years-old issue that has refused to fizzle and fade. Members of the Amish community are still pushing to get the green light for vault privies in their schools, and the board of supervisors have been requesting information and rolling th…

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Last Wednesday, some local cell phone users received an alarming message directing them to “Please shelter in place until further notice” due to a bomb threat at St. Margaret’s School on Water Ln. in Tappahannock. The alert was not a test or an error.

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In the mid-1980s, the departed William H. Bill Boone along with a handful of other dedicated volunteers in Callao Rescue Squad discussed the need for a volunteer rescue squad having the responsibility of transporting medical emergencies within the middle region of Northumberland County.

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C&F Bank and its subsidiaries announced that it will support Ukrainian families by partnering with “PAH”, a Polish humanitarian action group supporting many of the refugees fleeing the war in their country. An employee at C&F Bank, whose family lives in Poland, shared the story of th…

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As winter finally gives way to spring, the Virginia Department of Transportation has been tending to the various work orders that popped up over the last several weeks.

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The Lancaster /Northumberland Habitat for Humanity (L/NHH) affiliate welcomes several new members to its Board of Directors and has bid farewell to members who have moved off the board.

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Eagle-eyed pedestrians and motorists may have noticed something interesting in the windows of the Montross Town Hall lately. As with the lighting of the star on the water tower in 2020 to show moral support for emergency workers, the candles at town hall are a show of support for Ukraine.

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In January, concerns were brought before Westmoreland County’s Board of Supervisors and their county attorney Richard Stuart about a subdivision at Horner’s Beach. At that time, Joseph Davoli of Falls Church Road heard it on the grapevine that the Horner heirs were trying to get ownership of…