First Sergeant Danny A. Jones and Deputy Antwan X. Smith accept the VLEC 2nd place award, (Sheriff’s Office 1-25 Deputies category) and the Impaired Driving Awareness Award.

Sheriff’s Office recieves awards

Posted on September 17, 2014 at 2:27 pm

The Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police (VACP) awarded the recipients of the 2013 Virginia Law Enforcement Challenge (VLEC) for the best traffic safety programs in the state. The awards were presented at a luncheon that took place on September 09, 2014 during the VACP’s 89th annual Training Conference at the Roanoke Hotel in Roanoke, Va. The VLEC, celebrating its twenty-fifth year in Virginia, promotes professionalism in traffic safety and

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  • Coming full circle; A Teacher’s Story

    Posted on September 3, 2014 at 3:47 pm

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

    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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New traffic signal pattern at King George High School

Posted on July 25, 2012 at 4:25 pm

Split phase will assist drivers exiting the high school onto Route 3 FREDERICKSBURG – Starting today, a new traffic pattern on Route 3 at the intersection with King George High School (Foxes Way) and St. Anthony’s Road in King George County will separate the traffic movement from both side streets. Previously, traffic exiting King George High School and St. Anthony’s Road onto Route 3 yielded to oncoming traffic while making a

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  • The truth about traveling

    Posted on May 16, 2012 at 4:00 am

    Squeezing into a taxi in Thailand can be tough.

    Being half a world away and 12 hours ahead of America, or the east coast at least, I don’t get to talk to my loved ones very much. I do most of my talking through words typed on the computer. I realize this is a serious lack of communication, but it baffles me that everyone still has a terrible misconception about what I’m doing over here in Asia. Whenever I

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  • Holiday Season, Thailand Style

    Posted on April 2, 2012 at 4:00 am

    Thailand holiday tree

    Story and photo by Jordan Coates, Contributing Writer Holidays are part of culture and tradition. They are beautiful, cherished celebrations that run deep through most people in the world. However, what happens if you are displaced from your usual holiday atmosphere? You can take the girl out of the holiday spirit, but can you take the holiday spirit out of the girl? Let’s start with Halloween. Given that Halloween is

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Colonial Beach High School theatre presents Cinderella

Posted on May 29, 2014 at 12:25 pm

On May 16 and 17 Colonial Beach High School Theater presented Ruth Newton’s Cinderella. They received their performance license from the Samuel French Company. In this version, Cinderella has a wicked Stepmother as well as three wicked stepsisters: Matilda, Griselda, and Francelda. Cinderella is aided by her Fairy Godmother. She gives Cinderella a coach, horses, a beautiful dress, and (eventually) shoes. At the ball, the Prince is kept company by

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  • Bank of Lancaster visits area classrooms

    Posted on May 8, 2014 at 4:50 pm

    On April 11, Bank of Lancaster representatives were in local schools sharing the national “Teach Children to Save Day” program.  Shanda Hinson met with 70 second graders at Washington District Elementary and Janice’ Ashton met with 65 first graders at Cople Elementary.

    Bank of Lancaster was proud to once again participate in national “Teach Children to Save Day.”   This annual event is sponsored by the American Bankers Association’s Educational Foundation and the Virginia Bankers Association and provides an opportunity for banks to partner with their local schools and share with students tips on how to spend and save wisely.   Representatives from Bank of Lancaster were in classrooms on April 9th,

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  • WDES students on the road and on air

    Posted on April 5, 2014 at 4:00 pm


    The talented and gifted students from Washington District Elementary School followed up on their studies of writing and history by traveling to Fredericksburg for a trolley tour of historic downtown Fredericksburg. Later in the day, they toured the Free Lance Star and radio station WFLS. While on tour, the students learned many interesting facts about the many battles that were fought in and around Fredericksburg. One of the highlights of

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  • Vietnam worker to visits Good Shepherd Baptist

    Posted on August 7, 2013 at 9:58 am

    The community is invited to Sunday activities that will focus on current Lutheran sponsored community development projects in Vietnam, to be held Sunday, Aug. 11, at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, located two miles west of Callao, on Rte. 202. Pastor “J.P.” Cima, a native of Richmond who is home on a brief leave, will present the programs.  On Aug. 11, there will be a Sunday worship service at 9 am;

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  • Gleaning a future of food for all

    Posted on July 31, 2013 at 10:10 am

    A group of young participants from Harvest of Hope visited several areas in the Northern Neck to find out how they can assist others, including Andrew Chapel Methodist Church (pictured above).

    Andrew Chapel Methodist Church hosted 50 high school students who are clearly the antithesis of the so-called “me generation.” There is comfort in knowing that they will inherit our world.  Andrew Chapel, along with other Northern Neck churches, provided meals for these young volunteers who came from Virginia, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and even as far away as Michigan. Their mission, under the auspices of The Society of St. Andrew, was

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Medicare Open Enrollment is closing soon

Posted on December 6, 2012 at 9:50 am

The Medicare Open Enrollment deadline is fast approaching, so now is the time to check and see if you will have the Medicare coverage you need to meet your needs, at a price you can afford, starting January 1, 2013. December 7 is the last day that most people with Medicare can chose or change their Medicare health or prescription drug coverage for 2013. Medicare is stronger than ever with

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  • Medical center hosts open house

    Posted on August 20, 2012 at 4:00 am

    A VISITOR TO THE  Westmoreland County Medical Center’s open house gets a check up.

    The Westmoreland County Medical Center hosted an open house Aug. 18 in honor of National Community Health Center Week. The mid-week event was a part of state-wide celebrations that sought to inform the community of the availability of services in their area. Approximately 80 residents came out to take advantage of free blood sugar screenings, BMI measurements and blood pressure tests. Participants also enjoyed demonstrations by MedAir Home Care, were

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  • Getting a close shave

    Posted on April 6, 2012 at 4:00 am

    The Montross Fire Department held a silent auction and “shave-off” to benefit the St. Baldrick’s Foundation for children’s cancer research. Monica Dowell, with Shear Madness, shaved many heads on March 31

    Montross Fire Department hosts St. Baldrick’s event for children’s cancer research Story and photos by Nikki Clifton, Contributing Writer     On March 31 the Montross Volunteer Fire Department hosted a silent auction as a benefit for the St. Balderick’s charity in the department’s dining hall. St. Baldrick’s Foundation is a volunteer-driven charity committed to funding the most promising research to find cures for childhood cancers and give survivors long and

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