Lifestyles

Bill Brann, songwriter and musician.

Montross musician Bill Brann still pursuing passion

Posted on May 20, 2015 at 1:38 pm

Bill Brann, singer, songwriter and violinist and life long bluegrass musician has been playing music since 1943. Born and raised in the Callao / Harry Hogan area, Brann currently lives in Montross and has made a name for himself over the years. And he has many delightful stories to tell about his experiences as a musician. Although Brann has a built-in passion for Blue Grass, he likes all kinds of

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  • Local author inspires new Virginia state song

    Posted on May 6, 2015 at 1:23 pm

    Dr. James I. Robertson, Jr.

    Students who attended Virginia Polytechnic Institute (Virginia Tech) in the 1970s and 1980s fondly remember the history lessons received in the Civil War lectures by Dr. James I. Robertson, Jr. What those students and the general public might not realize, however, is that this same distinguished professor has spent the last five years making it possible for Virginia to have a new state song. On tax day, the Governor of

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  • A fighter from the earliest age: Westmoreland girl overcomes odds to embrace gift of life

    Posted on April 29, 2015 at 4:22 pm

    Little Paetynn Vaughan

    Paetynn Vaughan bounces around and plays and interacts with her surroundings like most any two-years-old. In fact, if you didn’t know any better, you would think she was born like most children, screaming and crying after the doctor’s slap and ready for a solid dosage of supplement. But Paetynn Vaughan wouldn’t be so lucky. Her battle of survival and beating the odds came from her own willingness to fight and

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Travel

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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Education

Michael Perry

Westmoreland County Public Schools names new superintendent

Posted on May 21, 2015 at 8:00 am

Dr. Michael Perry was selected as the next superintendent of Westmoreland County Public Schools at yesterday’s school board meeting. His new position will be effective July 1, 2015. Perry is currently the superintendent of Hertford County Public Schools (NC), a position he has held since 2012. With three decades of experience in education, Perry’s career has included serving as an assistant superintendent, executive director of student services, executive director for

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  • Maniac Magee takes over Washington District Elementary School

    Posted on April 23, 2015 at 5:57 pm

    Mason Burkton with his Maniac Magee project.

    As part of the All School Read program, students at Washington District Elementary School have all been reading Jerry Spinelli’s novel “Maniac Magee.” Written by Spinelli in 1990, the novel explores themes of racism and homelessness. It is a story about an orphan boy who is looking for a home in a fictional town in Pennsylvania. As the story unfolds, Jeffrey  “Maniac”  Magee becomes a local legend for his feats

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  • Washington District Elementary students win state awards for scenario writing

    Posted on April 9, 2015 at 12:29 am

    William Luzier and Conner Benson are state award winners in scenario writing.

    Undertaking the writing of a 1500-word scenario that is set at least 20 years in the future and must adhere to certain topic areas sounds like a task you would undertake in a college writing course. For several fourth and fifth graders at Washington District Elementary School, it is a task that they work on for months as part of the gifted and talented program. This year, two of the

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Religion

Montross Ministerial Association: Annual Easter Sunrise Service

Posted on April 1, 2015 at 3:52 pm

The Montross Ministerial Association would like to invite our community of faith to join with us for our Annual Easter Sunrise Service. This special event will be held at Westmoreland State Park beginning at 6:00 a.m. near the boathouse. A free will offering will be taken to be used to assist our citizens throughout the year. All are welcome to join with us as we celebrate our Faith in Christ

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  • Church event – Annual Ushers Day, Siloam Baptist Church, Montross

    Posted on March 11, 2015 at 8:49 am

    The Ushers of Siloam Baptist Church in Montross will celebrate their Annual Ushers Day, Sunday, March 15 at 4 p.m. Guest minister will be Apostle Russell B. Smith of Macedonia Baptist Church, Center Cross, Va.

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  • Economic Update Workshop and Lunch Has Been Rescheduled

    Posted on February 26, 2015 at 3:14 pm

      Due to bad weather in February, the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Callao has rescheduled the Economic Update Workshop to Saturday, March 21 at 1:00 PM in the church’s fellowship hall. This informative session will be presented by Vicki Thorpe and Anne Johns of Thrivent Financial and will cover the status of the current economy and its effect on investments and retirement.  Thrivent Financial is a financial services organization that

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Health

Jason Scherm

Washington District Elementary School’s Jason Scherm: a resource to count on

Posted on February 11, 2015 at 11:55 am

It was a calling that Jason Scherm has had since middle school. “I knew I wanted to be a teacher from 8th grade, just working with the students,” he said. “I worked with children growing up through middle school. I was a babysitter, I worked at a daycare when I got out of high school. I always knew I wanted to be a teacher.” Today, the Washington District Elementary math

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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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