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For the Northumberland High School indoor track team it all began in November with practice. It led to last Thursday’s  trip to Richmond, the Arthur Ashe Center and participation in the Region 1A/2A championships and an eventual trip to next weekend’s Virginia State 1A/2A championships in Sa…

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Mayor Randall Phelps presented the Northern Neck Planning District Commission with a key to the town of Warsaw, noting that he is “humbled” to have such a partner.

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Thirty-eight students from Montross Middle School were the surprised recipients of the Chris Long Foundation’s “First Quarter for Literacy Week” on Valentine’s Day. Allison Ondovcik, MMS Writing Coach, had applied for a $500 grant from the Chris Long Foundation and received word that she had…

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On Dunbrooke Road, not far from the Sunnyside intersection, you will find Mt Zion Baptist Church. It stands in the vicinity of the original wooden structure known as the Piscataway Baptist Church which was organized by Elder John Waller, in 1774, with eleven charter members. The first known …

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At 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, February 8, the Fairfields Volunteer Fire Department and Callao Volunteer Fire Department received a call from dispatch about a fire at a marina in Harry Hogan. While en route, the crews noticed a thick, black column of smoke rising from the Ophelia area. It was th…

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Art students from Rappahannock High School are offering a taste of the Harlem Renaissance at Northumberland Public Library, and local alumni and students of Historically Black Colleges and Universities have contributed a collection of photographs, creating an exhibit titled “The Faces of Ren…

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The February meeting of the Northern Neck Chapter of the Virginia Native Plant Society (NNNPS) is Thursday, February 20, at noon at Wicomico Parish Church, 5191 Jesse Ball Dupont Hwy. (Route 200) in Wicomico Church and is free and open to the public.  

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Several times a year, Northumberland County Sheriff’s Office is faced with locating a person who is reported missing and has wandered on foot. Because of this and the extended response time from search and rescue units scattered all over the state, in late 2019 the Northumberland County Sher…

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On Saturday, February 8, Northern Neck locals got to learn and share their knowledge of Virginia, and more specifically, the Northern Neck’s Black history. Susan Hellman, an independent researcher on the Green Book, shared her knowledge of Virginia’s Green Book locations, and also learned fr…

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The $3.1 million aquatic center at the Northern Neck Family YMCA in Kilmarnock is proving to be a draw and helping the organization expand its bonds with the community.

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Anyone passing down Route 3 will have noticed the field that had been purchased by the County from F.F. Chandler to be the site for the new high school has finally had some things happening on it, most notably with a chain link fence popping up around the location. It’s a project many years …

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Under the vibrant vista the newly-completed fire department mural, more than 120 firefighters, their families, and guests socialized while enjoying seafood appetizers. 

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Northumberland Preservation Inc. elected Alice Imbur and Camille Grabb to its board on January 15. NPI is a non-profit organization, dedicated to preserving the history of Northumberland County with a focus on the 1884 and 1906 one-room Shiloh Schools. “We are delighted to have Alice and Cam…

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Since 1986, the Virginia Associations of Secondary School and Elementary School Principals have requested an annual proclamation from the state’s Governor to recognize their members.  This year, Governor Ralph Northam, declared the week of January 19-25, 2020 as a week to “recognize the hard…

The $3.1 million aquatic center at the Northern Neck Family YMCA in Kilmarnock is proving to be a draw and helping the organization expand its bonds with the community.

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Darren and Lisa Hall worked for months to get their business, Hallmark Tattoo Company, open. 

Police officers put their lives on the line every day they show up for work. But in spite of the sacrifices officers routinely make, their contributions often go unnoticed. Police officers’ jobs might be thankless, but that does not mean people cannot express their gratitude to the men and w…

Omega Protein is one of the Northern Neck’s largest employers, having a facility that employs over 200 people; it’s also one of the oldest, having operated since 1878. Its facility is located in Northumberland County, but during this month’s Board of Supervisors meeting in Westmoreland Count…

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Lowery’s Seafood Restaurant has “one of the worst kitchens I’ve seen in my career,” Gordon Ramsay said during the episode of 24 Hours to Hell and Back that featured the restaurant. Ramsay’s list of complaints included that the oysters were sour and the crab meat wasn’t fresh. Footage showed …

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At its January 23 meeting, the Northumberland County Lions Club awarded prizes for its Peace Poster contest. Northumberland Middle School students were judged to be First, Second, Third, and Honorable mention. In addition to cash prizes for their outstanding Peace Posters, students were trea…

As the news of Strata Solar’s application to develop a solar farm in Richmond and Lancaster County has spread, many locals are researching what the development would exactly entail and are also voicing their concerns about the development. Strata Solar’s representatives have spoken their cas…

This month the Warsaw Town Council and town staff were scheduled to hold a special work session to discuss two new potential attractions that could appeal to local resident and tourists.

Lowery’s Seafood Restaurant has “one of the worst kitchens I’ve seen in my career,” Gordon Ramsay said during the episode of 24 Hours to Hell and Back that featured the restaurant.

Omega Protein is one of the Northern Neck’s largest employers, having a facility that employs over 200 people; it’s also one of the oldest, having operated since 1878. Its facility is located in Northumberland County, but during this month’s Board of Supervisors meeting in Westmoreland Count…

Police officers put their lives on the line every day they show up for work. But in spite of the sacrifices officers routinely make, their contributions often go unnoticed.

Among the many things to crop up at the lengthy Westmoreland Board of Supervisors meeting, ironically after the VDOT representatives had left, was a proposal aimed at getting VDOT to help fund a project that could tremendously improve the safety of an intersection near Oak Grove.

Omega Protein is one of the Northern Neck’s largest employers, having a facility that employs over 200 people; it’s also one of the oldest, having operated since 1878. Its facility is located in Northumberland County, but during this month’s Board of Supervisors meeting in Westmoreland Count…

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Saturday night, January 25, as nearly 100 friends and family looked on, four past Cople District VFD chiefs —  Hiram and Johnny King, Robert Bailey and Tommy Lewis – received a well-deserved salute for their service which is part of a family tradition stretching back to fathers and down to c…

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When Ebbie Hynson was 89 then Colonial Beach Mayor, Fred Rummage, promised her fireworks for her 100th birthday. Mayors following him, Mike Ham and Eddie Blunt, both promised her that they would also honor that agreement, and on Sunday, JarrettThor Gallery and the Artists’ Alliance hosted Hy…

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Police officers put their lives on the line every day they show up for work. But in spite of the sacrifices officers routinely make, their contributions often go unnoticed.

Gerald Howard’s retirement to his home county didn’t last that long, but during it, he had a big enough impact, particularly on the school board, that every seat in the Northumberland High School’s 600-seat auditorium was filled for his funeral Sunday. Howard, who served on the school board …

Bay Aging has been active in local communities for decades and still many people aren’t aware of the full scope of its programs and services. This month, Essex County-Tappahannock Triad aimed to enlighten its members with a presentation offered by Michael Norvell, Bay Aging’s vice president …

Northumberland County’s Democratic Committee organized itself for 2020, an election year, Thursday. Following a spaghetti dinner prepared by Frank and Bonnie Kober, the Democrats re-elected Kober as their chairman and elected Joe Schlatter and Jim Long as their vice-chairmen. They also elect…

On January 6, Richmond County’s Planning Commission sat down at the Richmond County Courthouse to discuss a Special Exception Permit Application with representatives from Strata Solar about a potential Solar Farm that may be constructed in Richmond County. The panel included Harry Smith, Joh…

Richmond County High School hasn’t held a home track meet in nearly 20 years because of the condition of the track, and it’s time for that to end, said Dr. James Smith, superintendent of Richmond County Public Schools.

On January 6, Richmond County’s Planning Commission sat down at the Richmond County Courthouse to discuss a Special Exception Permit Application with representatives from Strata Solar about a potential Solar Farm that may be constructed in Richmond County. The panel included Harry Smith, Joh…

The Rappahannock Raiders varsity basketball team hosted and defeated the Essex Trojans on Tuesday, January 14. The Raiders came into the game with a couple players out with flu symptoms, so the coach was working with a short bench. Head Coach Jonas Ankrom said, “Missing three players kind of…

The holidays may be over, but Porch Pirate season never ends. While at-home deliveries are at their highest over the holiday season, direct-to-home shopping happens every day around the country.

January is a rather important month at Stratford Hall, and for good reason. Multiple members of the Lee family were born within the month, so it made sense that the folks running Stratford Hall would see about putting something special together last Saturday, and despite the weather, they pu…

Back in December, the board had deferred its decision on what to do about a request by William T. & Herbert Carden for an area on Cole’s Point Road called Wiggington Farms to be rezoned from agricultural to that of a residential neighborhood. If allowed, the plan would have been to turn …

At last week’s Westmoreland County Board of Supervisors meeting, both the board and public were informed of the sad passing of VDOT representative Stephen McKeever, who passed away over the course of the holiday season. In his place Alvin Balderson is picking up the slack, and he wasted no t…

The Virginia School Board Association is working on changing up some policies for next year, particularly with regards to discipline. The VSBA’s convention was back in November last year, with 13 items up for consideration and discussion by the delegates from each school division. The update…

The Town of Warsaw is pleased to announce the expansion of three new restaurants and an arcade space. Old Rappahannock Taphouse will be located at 130 Main Street in the heart of historic downtown Warsaw. The restaurant will feature an arcade, multiple TV’s for sports enthusiasts, live music…

Two Northumberland High School freshmen made national marks for themselves New Year’s Day; but, they did it in Rome, Italy not anywhere close to home. Abby Jennings and Corrie Minor won spots on Varsity Spirits Rome tour in which more than 300 dancers from around the United States danced in …

A new era started at the Northumberland County Board of Supervisors meeting in Heathsville Thursday as Tom Tomlin was elected chairman of the Board and James Long was elected vice-chairman. They replaced Ronnie Jett and Richard Haynie who had served in the positions for many years. The elect…

Bar colleagues of long-time Kilmarnock attorney Paul Christian Stamm, Jr. have honored him with a framed resolution celebrating his 40 years of service to the Northern Neck legal community. Circuit Court Judge R. Michael McKenney, made the presentation to Stamm’s family and to his long-time …

Last month, after Richmond County formalized its position, Warsaw’s Town Council began discussing what, if any, action it should take. The council members decided to do more homework, give the issue more consideration and revisit the topic in the new year.

The Town of Warsaw is pleased to announce the expansion of three new restaurants and an arcade space. Old Rappahannock Taphouse will be located at 130 Main Street in the heart of historic downtown Warsaw. The restaurant will feature an arcade, multiple TV’s for sports enthusiasts, live music…

After several months of research and deliberations, Richmond County’s Board of Supervisors still isn’t prepared to take action on vault privies.