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Virginia Department of Transportation ready to treat, clear roads in Fredericksburg District

Posted on March 5, 2015 at 10:55 am

Virginia Department of Transportation crews with nearly 900 pieces of available equipment are ready to treat and clear roads this afternoon as a winter storm moves across the 14-county Fredericksburg District. Road conditions are currently clear in most of the Fredericksburg area, with ice beginning to appear on primary roads in Stafford County, which is experiencing sleet and freezing rain. Road conditions are clear and wet in the Northern Neck

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  • Westmoreland County Board of Supervisors meeting March 9

    Posted on March 5, 2015 at 10:24 am

    CORRECTION: Calendar item in this week’s edition of the Westmoreland News should have read “Westmoreland County Board of Supervisors Regular/Land Use Meeting Monday, March 9, George D. English, Sr. Memorial Building, 111 Polk St., Montross, 6 p.m.

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  • 2016 Montross elections moved to November

    Posted on March 5, 2015 at 8:35 am

      The Virginia General Assembly this year passed legislation that moves the date of election for members of Montross Town Council from May to November, beginning in 2016. Montross Town Manager Brenda Reamy said that, about three elections ago, they started talking about the cost that would be passed on to the localities that were having elections at an odd time. “Because that was the only election, somebody had to

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Shelia Delort gives some one-on-one time with four year old Mandy McHugh during the skating lesson at Stan’s Skateland.

Finding your groove at Stan’s Skateland

Posted on February 4, 2015 at 8:42 pm

Children of Montross and surrounding areas have been rediscovering the fun of roller skating at Stan’s Skateland during the cold months of winter. Stan Schoppe, owner of Stan’s Skateland and the Dairy Freeze next door, built Skateland in the 1980’s. “I was originally going to build a bowling alley with the idea of adding a skating rink after a few years,” Schoppe said.  “But I ended up building the skating

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  • Wishes and dreams fulfilled at Colonial Beach

    Posted on January 28, 2015 at 3:20 pm

    Pat Ralson, Wishes and Dreams owner, with a hand-painted desk by local artist Connie Ihlenseld.

    Two Chief Master Sergeants found their way from the Pentagon to Colonial Beach in 1988.  Gary and Pat Ralston retired from the Air Force and moved to the third generation vacation spot of Gary’s family.  They had spent most of their careers in Arlington, with Gary having 34 years in the military and Pat having 26 years. When the building that is now Wishes and Dreams became available, Gary wasted

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  • ‘Financial Forecasting’ workshop

    Posted on January 21, 2015 at 11:37 pm

    The University of Mary Washington Small Business Development Center will be offering a workshop on January 27th from 6-8pm at the Northern Neck Small Business Incubator in Heathsville - Financial Forecasting The objective of this workshop is to learn how to forecast financial results in a small business. Learn to efficiently and accurately produce a view of future financial results.  A six step process will be discussed along with a review of the forms, formats

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Letter to the Editor: Consider in-house applications for Westmoreland County Public Schools Superintendent position

Posted on February 18, 2015 at 11:13 am

As we embark on yet another search for a superintendent, I would ask the school board to seriously consider any in-house applications for the position. It’s well past time for a new superintendent who already knows our community and its educational needs; who already knows our students, their parents, and grandparents; and who has already established a personal and professional relationship with many faculty members and administrators.  Westmoreland County is

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  • Guest Editorial: Medical pilots see the cost of drunk driving

    Posted on April 19, 2013 at 12:12 pm

    Seventeen million Americans admitted to driving drunk at some point in 2010, according to a recent study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Amazingly, if this same group of people lived in the same state, it would rank fifth in size between Florida and Illinois. Despite significant improvements over the last decade, the statistics remain sobering: 27 people die every day in alcohol related traffic crashes, representing more than

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  • Guest Editorial: Realize, Recognize, Reach Out

    Posted on April 9, 2013 at 4:05 am

    “I just want it to stop.” “It” is child abuse or neglect, and when Social Workers talk with child victims, this is a statement most often heard from them. Children love their parents and caretakers. Children want their caretakers to behave like parents and guardians, who love and cherish them—they want their caretakers to behave like parents they see on television. And children want to be with their families. They

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