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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

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    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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National News

Business News

Beach looking to entice businesses

Posted on August 28, 2013 at 12:05 pm

A three hour and thirty-five minute Town Council work session last Thursday produced more conversation than results for the town of Colonial Beach. The seven member council wants to establish an Economic Development Authority that would allow the town to purchase Rankin’s shopping center. The center could be used for the police department, zoning administration and possibly a town hall. Some buildings could be rented to local businesses. By law

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  • Historic property resurrected as Erica Mall

    Posted on August 21, 2013 at 9:56 am

    From Left: Rosemary Mahan, Don Hess, Rev. Bernard Thompson, Pastor Michael Ramming,  and Diane Lank.

    As raindrops continued to flow last Sunday, so did curious visitors and community members at one of the biggest events in Westmoreland County this year. Capped off with a ribbon cutting by  owners Don Hess and Diane Lank, the couple held their grand opening of Erica Mall in Mt. Holly. The event was so emotional Hess stepped inside for a moment before helping his wife cut the ribbon. “This is

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  • ‘Santo Paulo Ristorante’ comes to Hague

    Posted on August 14, 2013 at 11:11 am

    Volunteers helped with the St. Paul’s 36th annual spaghetti dinner earlier this month.

    Saint Paul’s Catholic Mission in Hague was converted to Santo Paulo Ristorante on Friday evening, August 2nd for its 36th annual spaghetti dinner.  Savory meat sauce permeated the air as parishioners and guests enjoyed the Italian Meal prepared by chefs Ruth and John Huber. It was the first spaghetti dinner for newly installed Parochial Vicar, Father Andrew Heintz who moved to the Hague in July.  Father blessed the meal and

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Technology

Editorial

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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  • Putting down roots for veggies

    Posted on March 27, 2013 at 12:30 pm

    Vegetable gardening has seen a revival in the past few years.  There are as many reasons for growing your own produce as there are people planting.  Some of the more common reasons include food safety (knowing who produced your food and how), economics (although it is debatable whether growing your own saves you money), fresh food, and just the fun of it! Many people have never grown a vegetable garden

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