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The Virginia Department of Health announced that a portion of Garner Creek in Westmoreland County is temporarily closed to shellfish harvesting due to a spill of raw sewage impacting water quality in the area. Due to potential microbiological pollution hazards, shellfish taken from areas aff…

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Colonial Beach Volunteer Fire Department brought a tiny bit of normalcy to town on Friday, September 18.

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Six candidates are running for three spots in the Colonial Beach Town Council election. Only one is an incumbent, Dallas Leamon. The five others are Caryn Self Sullivan, Mike Cabrey, Alan Darlington, Tom Moncure and Wayne DiRosario.

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Ammon G. Dunton, Jr., President of The Tidewater Foundation, sponsor of the annual Holly Ball, and Elizabeth R. Somers, Chairwoman of the Ladies’ Holly Ball Committee, have notified the community that the 125th Holly Ball, scheduled for December 28, will not be held this year because of the …

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James Lane, the Virginia Superintendent of Public Instruction, toured Richmond County’s schools last Wednesday and left impressed with the facilities and the administration’s handling of COVID-19 protocols.

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The 2020 presidential election is already presenting challenges and increasing the workload for Richmond County’s Voter Registration Office. 

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The Town of Warsaw is pleased to announce Phase II of their COVID-19 Relief Program. Effective during the November billing cycle, the Town of Warsaw will implement their Utility Relief Program, waiving all residential water, sewer, and trash collection fees to assist residents during difficu…

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Adam Weaver, Store Manager of the Warsaw Food Lion, and Michael Norvell, Bay Aging’s Vice President of Development and Marketing, display a mock check highlighting a $2,100 Feeding the Hungry grant the Food Lion Feeds Charitable Foundation awarded to Bay Aging. The Food Lion Feeds Charitable…

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Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic that has touched everyone’s lives in so many ways, the Richmond County Family YMCA has pressed forward with its facility renovation and construction of a new Fitnasium. In addition to the Fitnasium, the renovations and construction have improved the parking l…

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“Due to recent changes in Virginia election laws, you can now vote before the November election day in person without a reason or application, and without a photo identification card. Early voting begins Friday, September 18 at county voter registration offices,” said Robert Bennett, Chairma…

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The bluebird of happiness will touch Kinsale with its wings on Saturday, September 19, even though the 43rd annual Kinsale Day celebration can not include the usual strengthening Masonic breakfast, spirited town meeting, festive firemen’s food, enchanting ice cream, musical masterpieces, viv…

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It’s not too late to complete the 2020 Census and there are numerous important reasons to do so! The results of the 2020 Census will help determine how hundreds of billions of dollars in federal funding flow into communities every year for the next decade. That funding shapes many different …

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It was the quietest opening ever. Westmoreland County Public Schools began school on August 31, and because of the Covid-19 pandemic, schools began virtually for the first nine weeks. There were no parent paparazzi lurking about taking pictures of their children arriving for the first day of…

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Virginia State Police Trooper R.M. Verbeeck is investigating a single-vehicle crash in Westmoreland County. The crash occurred Sept. 5, at 11:30 p.m. on Longfield Road/Route 631, less than a mile west of Pamona Road/Route 628.

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Following a massive rainstorm in late August that left flooding throughout the town of Colonial Beach, Town Manager Quinn Robertson spoke to a small group of concerned citizens at the Planning Commission meeting on the 27th.

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The main crossing over in downtown Montross remains a pressing issue for the Town Council. Back at last month’s meeting, the council discussed whether or not a safety grant could be acquired to pay for putting up a couple of extra signs in a bid to keep that particular crossing from becoming…

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At approximately 8:11 a.m. on August 31, King George Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to the residence of Ronald Filmore Morgan, 57-year-old of King George, for a warrant service. KGSO held multiple warrants on Morgan who resides on Big Timber Rd. in King George County.

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Lancaster Board of Supervisors granted an exception to the Chesapeake Bay Preservation Act (CBPA), and it has drawn backlash from district two residents and prompted at least one couple to look into taking legal action. 

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On September 18, Chris Hopkinson will leave Havre de Grace, MD on a 14-foot paddle board and paddle the entire Chesapeake Bay over a span of nine days. His mission is to raise awareness about the importance of oysters and to raise $200,000 for the Oyster Recovery Partnership to plant oysters…

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A three-student team from Northumberland High School won the 2020 National Beta Club’s Freshmen Problem Solvers championship and have now received their trophy.

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As the months go by, the saga of the Town of Montross’ efforts to modernize its aging water system continues to move forward. At a town meeting on Tuesday evening last week, Town Manager Patricia Lewis revealed an update she had received from Tara Delaney of the USDA: the project is funded!

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For now, Warsaw can claim victory in its long-running battle with Pete’s Towing and Storage since the Richmond County Circuit Court ruled that the business must clean up its act and remove dozens of vehicles from the property at 6004 Richmond Road. However, this may not be the end of the tow…

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Bay Transit, the public transportation division of Bay Aging, has partnered with Essex County to provide expanded service on the popular “Rivah Ride” flexible fixed-route bus in Tappahannock.  The Rivah Ride now operates Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. with stops throughout Tappa…

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Smith Point Sea Rescue vice president Jim Bullard reported crews have responded to the following calls for assistance:

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Major media jabber about possible problems with this fall’s election and changes in the way it’s to be conducted has led to confusion among some voters.

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New businesses in Callao continue to pop up, proving the town is still kicking. This week, The Old Crow and Crab, an antique and gift shop, opened for business.

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Lancaster property owners dealing with destruction from Storm Isaias won’t be getting debris removal assistance from the county. Although several supervisors empathized with the affected homeowners, the board left a recovery assistance option on the table, effectively letting it die.

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On August 31 at approximately 4 pm., King George Sheriff's Office received a 911 call in reference to a male subject shooting at a female in the parking lot of the Food Lion located in the Dahlgren area of King George County. A silver sedan was seen fleeing the area. Deputies arrived quickly…

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A large fire lit up the sky at Windmill Point Marina in the early morning hours of Tuesday, August 18. An electrical issue allegedly caused a boat to catch fire, which then spread to a neighboring vessel. The marina’s floating dock pier had damage to it, as well. Both boats were totaled, but…

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Warsaw Police Department has received two new 2020 Dodge Durangos with four-wheel drive that will be put into service soon. They are waiting for appointments to have the lights, decals and equipment installed.

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Eric Pollitt has been hired as the Town Manager for the Town of Tappahannock. Pollitt, a native of Richmond comes to Tappahannock after serving as Town Manager for Glasgow. In 2014, Pollitt graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with a major in political science and minors in public…

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Discussions about the Strata Solar project have resumed and on September 10, the public will get to weigh in on two public hearings. One pertains to the special exception, the conditions, and the site plan for the project, and the other is regarding the project’s sighting agreement.

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On August 20, the F/V Smuggler’s Point, which harvests menhaden exclusively for Omega Protein, participated in an at-sea rescue when a nearby boat caught fire near Ocean City, Maryland. Omega Protein is proud of the quick and professional actions taken by the captain and crew of the Smuggler…

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Richmond County is expecting to receive another $787,000 in federal CARES Act funding, boosting the total aid package to more than $1.5 million.

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Richmond County Public Schools will open September 8. “And we’re prepared and ready,” Superintendent Greg Smith told the Board of Supervisors.

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The fight over Eleanor Park reared its head yet again at a recent Colonial Beach Town Council meeting. With the Town Manager Quinn Robertson and Mayor Eddie Blunt looking to turn part of the property into a recreational vehicle park as addressed in July, many locals came out to disagree with…

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There’s one particular word that springs into one’s mind when it comes time to describe someone that has stuck with a job for over a decade: dedicated. Back at last week’s Westmoreland County Board of Supervisors meeting, the board drafted up and presented resolutions for three individuals t…

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Many, if not most, women today take for granted their right to vote in local, state and national elections. But that right was hard fought for and hard won. For example, here in Virginia, even though the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution was ratified 100 years ago this month g…

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It took a little while, but the folks living down on South Independence Drive have gotten their wish. 

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It would seem that the folks working at the James Monroe Birthplace project have become busy little bees. During the June and July meetings, Bill Thomas of the James Monroe Memorial Foundation had arrived to give some much-needed updates on the project, especially after it nearly replaced Ch…

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It springs to life each year in freshwater ponds and lakes as temperatures rise. By the middle of summer, the foliage is so thick and bushy at the surface that the water below is plunged into darkness, with hardly any oxygen seeping in from the air above.

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Stratford Hall announced the difficult decision to cancel its annual Wine & Oyster Festival, scheduled for September 19 & 20, 2020, due to the ongoing pandemic. Based on current public health information and state and local guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the two-day fe…