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Virginia Department of Transportation prepared for evening wintry mix, overnight snow

Posted on January 26, 2015 at 1:32 pm

  Motorists are encouraged to consider an early start to their evening commute   Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) crews in the 14-county Fredericksburg District are preparing today to respond at the onset of wintry weather, forecast to begin around 5 p.m. in the Fredericksburg area. VDOT has 40 trucks loaded and ready to begin applying salt and abrasives on Interstate 95 in Stafford, Spotsylvania and Caroline counties in the

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Montross Middle School named a GEAR UP School

Posted on January 23, 2015 at 9:46 am

Governor Terry McAuliffe recently announced that Virginia is one of just ten states recently awarded federal funds through the Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) grant from the U.S. Department of Education. Administered by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV), sixteen school districts in Virginia were selected to participate in the program. Montross Middle School is one of the grant recipients. “Expanding access

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  • Congressman Rob Wittman to guest host The John Fredericks Morning Radio Show

    Posted on January 22, 2015 at 4:42 pm

      It’s The Rob Wittman Show. Round three.Congressman Rob Wittman (R-VA) will guest host The John Fredericks Morning Radio Show for the third time on Friday, January 23, 2015 from 6:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.Wittman last commanded the microphone as a guest host for Fredericks in April 2014. The John Fredericks Morning Show is heard on WHKT AM 1650 in Hampton Roads and WNTW AM “The Answer” in Richmond and throughout Central

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  • Northern Neck welcomes new Virginia State Police Area 2 commander

    Posted on January 22, 2015 at 12:27 am

    From left: Sgt. Davis, 1st Sgt. Kaplan, Sgt. Smith, and Mrs. Bonnie Slaw, Area 2 Office Secretary Senior. Mrs. Slaw, a Richmond County native and resident, has served as the Area secretary since 1992.

    For 1st Sgt. Jeremy S. Kaplan, moving to the Northern Neck was kind of like coming home. Kaplan, of Mechanicsville, grew up visiting Westmoreland County with his family for long weekends on the river. “I’ve always enjoyed the rural beauty and laid-back, friendly nature of the Northern Neck,” said Kaplan, the new Virginia State Police Area 2 Office commander in Warsaw. “So, when this position became available, I immediately submitted

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Colonial Beach varsity girls basketball squad defeats Rappahannock 70-41, gets Northumberland tonight

Posted on January 23, 2015 at 11:06 am

Colonial Beach put together a commanding performance to defeat the visiting Lady Raiders 70-41 with four of their Lady Drifters scoring in the double-digits. Sydni Carey tallied up 12 points in the first quarter to help her team lead the Raiders 14-6. In the second period, Meredith Slaw led the Raiders’ charge with a seven-point effort, but Carey, Kenzie Cox and Alexia Wilson combined for 16 points to extend the

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  • Brain power on display at Conference 43 Scholastic Bowl Tournament

    Posted on January 22, 2015 at 12:36 am

    Washington and Lee's Serena Thompson (from left), Danny Mundy, Kory Cave and Logan Sandy work together on a team question during the Conference 43 Scholastic Bowl Tournament.

    The thinking man’s sport took the spotlight Saturday at Colonial Beach High School as seven teams competed in the Conference 43 Scholastic Bowl tournament. Rappahannock County, the only team in the conference that’s neither in the Northern Neck nor close by, claimed the conference championship for the second consecutive year, defeating Rappahannock High School in Richmond County once again for the trophy. Colonial Beach and Washington and Lee both fought

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  • Colonial Beach Lady Drifters defeat St. Margaret’s 41-20, face Rappahannock next

    Posted on January 21, 2015 at 10:10 pm

    Colonial Beach's Emily Parks before making the free throw.

    The Colonial Beach varsity basketball team rebounded from its 52-49 loss to Caroline Tuesday evening with a 41-20 victory over St. Margaret’s School. The Lady Drifters (10-3) have a big game ahead of them tomorrow evening when they face the Rappahannock Lady Raiders, who were 10-2 heading into tonight’s game against Cumberland. “It’s always going to be tough,” Lady Drifters Head Coach Keith Dickerson said of their upcoming matchup against

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From left: musicians Laureen Smith, Doug Marshall and Tina Buchanan.

Celebrating Robert E. Lee’s 208th birthday at Stratford Hall

Posted on January 22, 2015 at 12:31 am

Stratford Hall, home of the Lee family, hosted the birthday commemoration of General Robert E. Lee on January 17.  This year marks the 208th year anniversary of Lee’s birth at Stratford Hall on January 19. Four generations of Lees lived at Stratford Hall, including two signers of the Declaration of Independence.  The Lees were a powerful family of the ruling Virginians of the times. Although Lee moved from Stratford Hall

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  • Cook-off kicks off Relay for Life for counties of Richmond, Essex and Westmoreland

    Posted on January 21, 2015 at 12:15 pm

    Winners at the chili cook-off: Liz Nash (left), Joyce Coates, Emily Wise and Clarissa Francis.

    The American Cancer Society Relay of Life is the world’s largest fundraising event to end cancer.  It unites people who have battled cancer, lost loved ones and are taking action to conquer cancer once and for all. This year, the Relay for Life is incorporating the counties of Westmoreland, Richmond and Essex. The Co-Chairpersons for 2015 are Charles Self, Connie Allen and Arita Smith. The 2015 fundraising started with a

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  • Author and park ranger Phill Greenwalt brings history to life, holds book signing at General’s Ridge Vineyard on Hague

    Posted on January 14, 2015 at 12:42 pm

    Phill Greenwalt as George Washington.

    Being a park ranger provides a lot of opportunity for and insight about local history. Phill Greenwalt, a park ranger for George Washington’s Birthplace for the last seven years, has used his knowledge as a historian to not only entertain visitors who want to learn about George Washington, but also co-author several books related to the Civil War. His writing adventure began through a blog called the emerging civil war.

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Contest gives students opportunity to embrace their inner-sleuth

Posted on January 21, 2015 at 11:18 pm

The Mary Ball Washington Museum & Library announces its first-ever “Northern Neck History Detectives Poster Contest” for public, private, and home school students in grades 4-6 in Lancaster, Richmond, Northumberland, and Westmoreland counties.  Students are invited to submit creative artworks about local history in the colonial and revolutionary periods.  Contest Chairman Laurie McCord says, “We want students to imagine traveling back in time to the 1700s, especially during the lifetimes

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  • Visions By Shirl Will Soon Expand Studio and Gallery Space

    Posted on January 21, 2015 at 11:14 pm

    Growing Pains sign

    Watch for a Grand Opening Soon!  The small Colonial Beach studio run by Shirley Rush, which is located at 116 Hawthorn St., will soon expand into the larger adjoining building which is now vacant.  For almost four years Colonial Beach artist Shirley Rush has been operating a tiny studio and gallery on Hawthorn St. in a little shop next to the public parking lot by the Colonial Beach Museum and

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  • Colonial Beach School of Rock Concert, January 17

    Posted on January 7, 2015 at 7:18 pm

    Sleepless December

    The Colonial Beach School of Rock Concert, promoted by Straight Shooter Promtion (CBVA) in conjunction with Power Jam Music Alliance and the Maryland State Arts Council, will feature events that  are Drug, Alcohol and Obscenity Free at Colonial Beach High School, 100 First St., Colonial Beach, VA 22443, January 17 from 7 to 11 p.m. The  CBVA Winter Concert includes: Alternative Rock; Pop Punk; Punk Rock; Indie, with a taste

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