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State Police rule Colonial Beach School fire arson

Posted on September 12, 2014 at 12:23 pm

COLONIAL BEACH, Va. – The Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation’s Richmond Field Office has determined the former Colonial Beach Elementary School fire was an act of arson. At approximately 4 a.m. on Jan. 5, 2014, Virginia State Police Special Agent A.B. Cooke Jr., responded to the 300 block of Douglas Avenue in Colonial Beach, Va., to investigate the fire that completely destroyed the vacant, condemned structure. A preliminary

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  • Corn has bumper crop

    Posted on September 5, 2014 at 10:42 am

    Sparky Crossman and his daughter Katie Myer of Laurel Springs Farm.

    This year’s bumper crop of corn may be pleasing to consumers as corn related food and non-food products’ prices spiral downward, but as prices fall so does employment and the family farmer’s ability to make a living. Because of one of the best growing seasons in recent years, the 20 percent decrease in corn prices has reached a four year low and industry experts are predicting prices will drop even

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  • Local businesses cooling off for charity

    Posted on August 28, 2014 at 10:33 am


    Several local businesses have recently accepted the ALS Ice-bucket Challenge. Among those businesses are Union First Market Bank, Northern Neck Chevrolet, The Inn at Montross, Westmoreland County Museum, Ingleside Winery,  Angelos restaurant and catering staff, and Northern Neck Building Supply.  Charlie Burrows, Ingleside Winery employee who offered to take ice bucket challenges for those who didn’t want to if they donated $20 to the ALS Association. On Saturday, August 23

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  • Western Hoedown and auction in Kinsale a great experience

    Posted on August 13, 2014 at 11:44 am


    The Kinsale Foundation’s Western Hoedown auction and dinner at The Backdraft on Saturday night, August 9, 2014 provided a truly transfigurational experience.  All told, the evening was a work of art and very uplifting!  This major fund-raiser demonstrated how much you care, and we thank you. Folks were very kind both with pre-bids and also during the evening on items generously given by local businesses, as well as by thoughtful,

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  • Survivors continue to promote cancer awareness

    Posted on July 30, 2014 at 12:08 pm


    Peggy Mothershead has been raising money for the American Cancer Society/Relay for Life for 16 years. She was doing this many years before she herself was diagnosed with cancer. She never thought she would have cancer, but as she said, it can happen to anyone. So once again, Mothershead hosted a Cancer Awareness Program at the Art of Coffee on July 24. Though the weather was bad, many survivors and

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  • Historic Nomini Hall burns

    Posted on July 24, 2014 at 10:44 am


    About 3:30 a.m. on July 22, Cople District Volunteer Fire Department answered a call to 189 Fithians La. at Nomini Hall and what a fire it was. Fortunately, no one was home. This same address had a major fire back in 2013. Cople Assistant Chief Todd Padgett said that the fire was so intense and engulfed so much of the home, units from every fire/rescue division in Westmoreland County were

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  • Detour in place for Mattox Creek Bridge

    Posted on July 16, 2014 at 4:00 pm


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  • Jewel Hudson finds joy in creating pottery

    Posted on July 12, 2014 at 11:00 am


    Jewel Hudson’s description of pottery-making sounds intriguing enough to want to try it. “It’s like Christmas every time you open the kiln after the final firing,” she said with her sparkling smile. “You can use the same clay, the same glaze and fire it in the same way, yet the coloring comes out different. There are also endless color combinations of clays and glazes you can use, so every piece

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  • From the community to the community

    Posted on July 6, 2014 at 11:00 am


    The Westmoreland Ruritan Club was out and about recently handing out Rudy Bears to the Sheriff’s Office, Rescue Squad and Fire Department. These Rudy Bears, or Ruritan Bears, are used to give to frightened children or the elderly in emergencies. They are often given on-scene to calm those involved down. All three departments were appreciative for the donation of the bears and noted that unfortunately, these bears were often used.

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