Courtney Garrett (second from left) with Washington District Elementary School first grade students Autumn Dove, Lucian Henderson and Leah Straughan.

Courtney Garrett, Miss Virginia, visits with students at Washington District Elementary School

Posted on March 19, 2015 at 11:16 am

Courtney Garrett, Miss Virginia 2014, arrived at Washington District Elementary School on Friday, March 13, with little fanfare wearing normal street clothes. Once she donned her sparkling crown and Miss Virginia sash however, it was like a princess was born. As Garrett sat at a lunch table surrounded by duly impressed kindergarteners and first graders who had been selected for the honor of having lunch with Miss Virginia, starry-eyed fifth

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  • Couple helps littlest family member, Chihuahua Olivia, find her footing

    Posted on March 19, 2015 at 11:12 am


    Auto body repair professional and sign painter Donald Payne and his wife, Tammy met the “special needs” Chihuahua puppy at a craft show event in King George. “We had stopped to look at some hand painted signs at a booth and saw this tiny puppy in a basket,” Tammy said.  “I thought the pup was having a seizure, so I spoke to the woman at the booth about it.  That’s

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  • Committed to fighting cancer: Daiger family unites for Relay for Life

    Posted on March 18, 2015 at 9:48 am

    Lenna Daiger, lower right, with her husband Tim above, and parents, Joyce and John Sydnor have been helping to raise money for Relay for Life for 20 years.

    We never know when our actions to help others may have a return impact on our own lives. Hague resident Lenna Sydnor Daiger, along with her family, has helped raise money for cancer research for 20 years. Last fall, Daiger, 49, was diagnosed with breast cancer. Her annual mammogram in November of 2013 was clear, yet last August, Daiger knew something was not quite right. “I was at work,” she

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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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Westmoreland County Museum & Inn at Montross Kids Day

Posted on March 27, 2015 at 9:13 pm

Westmoreland County Museum and the Inn at Montross are hosting an artists’ reception tomorrow March 28, 11 a.m.- 2 p.m. open to both the students and the community to highlight our local talent.  Some of the fun activities include: hula hoops, volleyball, and face painting behind the museum, “Take your kid’s photo with the Easter Bunny” at the Inn at Montross, art creation on Bridget’s Bouquets windows, and Montross Library’s sidewalk

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  • One week left to prepay college tuition

    Posted on March 24, 2015 at 1:41 pm

    Enrollment for Virginia529’s Prepaid Tuition Program Closes March 31 The deadline to enroll in Virginia’s prepaid college tuition program is fast approaching. With Virginia529 prePAID (prePAID), parents, grandparents and other loved ones can purchase defined benefit contracts, for newborn children through ninth graders. The prePAID program is designed to cover the normal full-time undergraduate tuition and fees assessed to all students at a Virginia public university. “Our customers find that

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  • Fairy tales meet real life in Colonial Beach High School play

    Posted on March 20, 2015 at 11:15 am

    Group photo of play cast members

    In the world of drama, the show must go on, even when everything is not quite how you would like it. In essence, that is what English teacher and Drama coach Jen McLaughlin said as she introduced the Colonial Beach High School Play, “The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon.” According to McLaughlin, the group started practicing in January, but bad weather kept delaying their practice schedule. Then, on the night of the

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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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  • 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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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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