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A dedication for the new education wing was held recently at Hull Springs Farm.

Hull Springs Farm dedicates new education wing

Posted on September 12, 2014 at 11:00 am

Longwood University’s brochure on Hull Springs Farm in Westmoreland County suggests the farm is a “living, breathing outdoor classroom for educational events, research and other programs.” One visit to the farm is enough to convince anyone their lives can be enriched by engaging in one of the many programs that will be conducted here as a who’s who of Longwood University and Hull Springs Farm appeared at a Thursday dedication

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State Police rule Colonial Beach School fire arson

Posted on September 12, 2014 at 12:23 pm

COLONIAL BEACH, Va. – The Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation’s Richmond Field Office has determined the former Colonial Beach Elementary School fire was an act of arson. At approximately 4 a.m. on Jan. 5, 2014, Virginia State Police Special Agent A.B. Cooke Jr., responded to the 300 block of Douglas Avenue in Colonial Beach, Va., to investigate the fire that completely destroyed the vacant, condemned structure. A preliminary

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  • Corn has bumper crop

    Posted on September 5, 2014 at 10:42 am

    Sparky Crossman and his daughter Katie Myer of Laurel Springs Farm.

    This year’s bumper crop of corn may be pleasing to consumers as corn related food and non-food products’ prices spiral downward, but as prices fall so does employment and the family farmer’s ability to make a living. Because of one of the best growing seasons in recent years, the 20 percent decrease in corn prices has reached a four year low and industry experts are predicting prices will drop even

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  • Local businesses cooling off for charity

    Posted on August 28, 2014 at 10:33 am


    Several local businesses have recently accepted the ALS Ice-bucket Challenge. Among those businesses are Union First Market Bank, Northern Neck Chevrolet, The Inn at Montross, Westmoreland County Museum, Ingleside Winery,  Angelos restaurant and catering staff, and Northern Neck Building Supply.  Charlie Burrows, Ingleside Winery employee who offered to take ice bucket challenges for those who didn’t want to if they donated $20 to the ALS Association. On Saturday, August 23

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Coach Todd Jones was excited about the win.

Washington and Lee tops King George in overtime

Posted on September 3, 2014 at 3:31 pm

The Todd Jones football era at Washington & Lee High School began with a bang as the Eagles opened their season at King George with a come-from-behind win against the 4A Foxes.  W&L’s running back trio of D.J. Weldon, Dexter Thompson, and Marion Pollard combined for 415 yards and propelled the Eagles to a 46-44 victory. W&L kicked off to start the game, and the stifling Eagle defense held King

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  • Opening day for Youth Football

    Posted on August 27, 2014 at 2:47 pm

    The cheerleaders keeping the crowd involved

    The surrounding counties gathered in Westmoreland at W&L High School for opening day of Youth Football. The league consists of the Peewee (6-8), JV (9-11), and Varsity (12-13). The games started at 9 a.m., and were played on two fields to accommodate all the teams. The volunteers of the Westmoreland Recreation League did an outstanding job setting up the game schedule and start times, having officials on site and on

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  • Rivermen suffer first loss

    Posted on August 13, 2014 at 9:00 am

    Laslow Pickett chases down the Crusaders Qb.

    The NN Rivermen football team was home to face the Virginia Crusaders the reigning league Champions on Saturday August 9. Both team’s defenses were their strong points in the first half. The Rivermen gave up a touchdown late in the first quarter, and created turnovers to give the offense an opportunity to score. Their offense was inside the ten yard line with less than four minutes left in the second

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Katherine Stewart and her grandmother, Joyce Clayton celebrate at the 2014-2015 Education Kick-off at Westmoreland County Public Schools.

Coming full circle; A Teacher’s Story

Posted on September 3, 2014 at 3:47 pm

When Joyce Clayton started teaching in 1968 in King William, the school had three Indian tribes at that time which created an interesting environment. She learned how to deal with a variety of children and their parents and eventually brought her expertise to Westmoreland County Public Schools in 1978, when she arrived as a Resource Teacher. Joyce never looked back and worked her way up to Acting Superintendent and retiring

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  • Crowds gather for crab feast in Montross

    Posted on August 13, 2014 at 11:39 am


    Saturday afternoon saw about 150 people inside the Westmoreland County Fire Department in Montross bellying up to all the crabs, slaw, desert,  fixins’ and beer one could hold for only 40 bucks. As people ate, drank and got merry, the band, Black Coffee-Heavy Cream jammed inside the firehouse where people from every walk of life gathered to socialize. The lead singer of the group, Aaron Tucker Saunders, is the son

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  • Friendship and artistic talent on display at museum

    Posted on August 13, 2014 at 9:00 am

    Rosa Noyes with one of her enchanting seascapes.

    Two friends of about 50 years, both former teachers, will display artistic talents that, waiting in the wings to be developed, took flight after they retired. Theirs is the August Art and Wine event sponsored by the Westmoreland County Museum, and the Inn at Montross. It will run for a month beginning Wednesday, Aug. 13 at 5 p.m. with an artist’s reception at the museum and refreshments available at the

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Ripley thanks sponsors and volunteers at the wounded warrior event held in Colonial Beach this past Sunday.

Radio DJ is avid supporter of Bikefest

Posted on September 13, 2014 at 4:00 pm

The “First Annual Colonial Beach Bikefest” is the brainchild of several people including co-founder and radio DJ Ripley from 97.7 “Ripley on the Rocket” show broadcast in Southern MD, but heard throughout Westmoreland County in the afternoon. Southern Maryland’s only classic rock station is also Westmoreland County’s only classic rock station. Ripley, an ex-Baltimore City Police Officer, retired from the hey-days of the force in 1989 when he had a

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  • Test drive a 2015 Harley for free

    Posted on August 28, 2014 at 11:57 am


    The upcoming “First Annual Bike Fest” at Colonial Beach promises a very unusual opportunity for bike owners and those who ride but have no bike, to test drive a fleet of Harley-Davidsons direct from the factory-all are 2015 models. On Friday, October 10 and Saturday Oct. 11, the Colonial Beach Dragway will host a “Demo Days” event created by Bike Fest major sponsor All-American Harley-Davidson located in Hughesville, Md. Steve

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  • Shark Tooth Island event to remember

    Posted on July 25, 2014 at 12:09 pm


    Saturday, July 12 was a warm and sunny day, perfect for all those who gathered on Shark Tooth Island for live music, good food and good fun. For the third year in a row, Fredericksburg area band, Swamp Trash, played on Shark Tooth Island. Becky Morgans, who organized the event, ferried the band out to the island on their pontoon boat. After a day of music and fun, the band

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