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Westmoreland County woman killed in two-vehicle crash

Posted on December 20, 2014 at 3:02 pm

A Westmoreland woman was killed Friday morning (December 19) in a two vehicle crash in Westmoreland County.  The crash occurred at 8:30 a.m. at the intersection of Route 202 (Cople Highway) and Route 611 (Zion Church Road). Virginia State Police Senior Trooper J.C. Baker investigated the crash. The trooper’s investigation revealed that a 1998 Chevrolet was traveling south on Route 611 (Zion Church Road) when it failed to  stop at

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Westmoreland Sheriff’s office Awarded

Posted on December 17, 2014 at 11:21 am

By Christopher Schmitt The Westmoreland Sheriff’s office won several law enforcement awards including 1st place nationwide in the law enforcement challenge and 2nd place statewide. C.O. Balderson and three of his deputies attended the Board of Supervisors meeting to accept the awards. The Supervisors amended their public agenda on Monday, December 8, specifically to allow a spokesperson from the Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police to present the awards in

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  • Westmoreland News wins Farm Bureau journalism award

    Posted on December 3, 2014 at 9:57 am

    The Members’ Choice Award, which honors media nominated by Farm Bureau members, was given to two non-dailies, The Westmoreland News and The Gazette-Virginian in South Boston. “We are amazed at the talent and dedication of our award winners,” said VFBF President Wayne F. Pryor. “It’s reassuring to know that there are still reporters and editors who understand the importance of our $70 billion industry and report it on a regular

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  • Beloved Westmoreland coach says farewell to youth league

    Posted on November 25, 2014 at 10:43 am

    George Hunter Jr. (right) with his son, George.

    With 20 years of experience under his belt at only 37 years of age, Montross resident George Hunter Jr. has become a beloved coach and community figure for youth, students and parents in Westmoreland County. But unfortunately for the Westmoreland Youth Association, Hunter is leaving the program to concentrate on other coaching responsibilities. Having gained a wealth of experience playing basketball for his church and the local YMCA, Hunter began

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Sports

Washington and Lee’s Jarret Sumiel (left) rises up to challenge Colonial Beach’s Lamar Lucas. The Eagles defeated the Drifters 60-57.

Washington and Lee Eagles basketball team edges Colonial Beach in close rivalry game

Posted on December 17, 2014 at 10:46 am

The Eagles Nest at Washington and Lee High School was alive and loud last Wednesday night when the Drifters Varsity Boys Basketball Team came to Montross to challenge the home team; and challenge they did.  The point lead changed several times during the night but ended with the W&L Eagles on top in a final 60-57 in their first Conference game.   The evenly matched teams both played hard and

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  • Colonial Beach girls basketball team dominates Washington and Lee in 56-10 victory

    Posted on December 17, 2014 at 10:43 am

    Colonial Beach’s Emily Parks matches up against Washington and Lee’s Rynesha Goode.

    The Colonial Beach Girls Varsity basketball team was carrying too much steam for the Washington and Lee ladies  throughout Wednesday night’s rivalry matchup in Montross.  The Drifters sailed past the Eagles in a one-sided 56-10 contest that lasted too long for the home team fans. The Colonial Beach girls came out aggressive from the starting whistle.  With their hands up and their zones impenetrable, they easily took possession of the

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  • Montross teenager and Westmoreland YMCA karate student earns Junior Black Belt

    Posted on December 17, 2014 at 10:38 am

    Emily Holden (right) with Sensei Melvin Stewart.

    Emily Holden, 14, of Montross, is a karate student at Westmoreland YMCA under Sensei Melvin Stewart. She has been a student for six years. On December 6, 2014, Emily tested and was promoted to the rank of Junior Black Belt. Only 1 in 5000 achieves this rank. She has put in a lot of hours of studying and physical training over the last year. Training included areas of self-defense, physical

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Lifestyles

Westmoreland State Park Food Drive

Posted on December 17, 2014 at 11:17 am

By Christopher Schmitt Westmoreland State Park is accepting donations in the form of dry or canned goods to give to the local food bank. Park Office Manager, Trisha Lewis, credited Business Manager Jim Wyman with coming up with the idea of donating to the Northern Neck Food Bank for the holidays. Lewis said, “Instead of us giving to each other here at the park, we decided we were going to

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  • A Colonial Beach Winterfest

    Posted on December 17, 2014 at 11:08 am

    By Susan Pietras-Smith Even with a week’s delay due to bad weather, the 2014 Colonial Beach WinterFest and Santa Parade drew a good crowd of the young and young at heart. Children from infants to tweens joined their parents and the town’s mayor to welcome Santa to town on the 13th. A bright sunny day greeted the gathered crowds as floats from local Girl Scout, Boy Scouts, and others led

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  • Getting to know your officials: Superintendent Rebecca Lowry

    Posted on December 10, 2014 at 12:55 pm

    Rebecca Lowry

    “I always knew I wanted to be a teacher. When I was in elementary school I used to cry when they would make me go home in the evenings…. I just really kind of loved it from the beginning.” Rebecca Lowry is Superintendent of the Westmoreland County school system and it would be hard for anyone to say that Dr. Lowry is not qualified for her position. With a PhD

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Entertainment

University of Mary Washington Spring 2015 Calendar of Events

Posted on December 20, 2014 at 1:51 pm

University of Mary Washington Events Open to the Public January 2015 – May 2015 Note:  All events are held at 1301 College Avenue, Fredericksburg, unless otherwise listed.   Saturday, January 3   Event, UMW Basketball’s Stafford County Public Schools Night, sponsored by Home Team Grill, Stafford County students receive free admission to the women’s and men’s doubleheader; Anderson Center; 1 p.m.; free promotion and other ticket prices remain the same;

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  • Unitarian Universalist Sunday Service Announcement, December 28: ‘Unitarian Universalism as a World Faith Movement’

    Posted on December 20, 2014 at 12:11 pm

    On Sunday, December 28, at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of the Rappahannock (UUFR-VA,) Bob Weekley will present: “Unitarian Universalism as a World Faith Movement.” Our little White Stone UU congregation has partnered with the Walmsey Unitarian Chapel in Bolton, England. Our brothers and sisters at Walmsey represent the worldwide linking of Unitarian and Universalist faiths. And we have more global connections that can energize our spirits. Come and learn about

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  • Rock band forms ties with Colonial Beach community

    Posted on December 10, 2014 at 2:35 pm

    A fast-rising rock group called “Swamp da’ Wamp” came to the First Annual Colonial Beach Bikefest to open for the nationally known group “Molly Hatchet” and stole the show as founder and lead singer/songwriter Gig Michaels fronted the band known for its unique eclectic mix of Southern rock, blues, classic rock and country sound. The group is now touring the USA, Canada and Europe, but while playing at the Bikefest,

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