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“American Ride” host and star Stan Ellsworth on his Harley-Davidson motorcycle.

Stan Ellsworth of ‘American Ride’ stops by historical Stratford Hall in Westmoreland County

Posted on April 23, 2015 at 5:52 pm

A popular nationally televised show about our nation’s history literally rode into Westmoreland County on April 14. In the lead was the 6’2, 300 lb. Harley –Davidson rider and host of “American Ride” Stan Ellsworth. Ellsworth has familial ties to Robert E. Lee, Ulysses S. Grant, Daniel Boone and Davey Crockett but realized as a 24-year history teacher and coach, the public school system “doesn’t cover history well anymore” and

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Attorney General Mark Herring (at left) heard concerns from local law enforcement at the Northern Neck Regional Jail.

Attorney General Mark Herring gathers concerns from area sheriffs, police chiefs on public safety tour

Posted on April 15, 2015 at 11:07 am

Attorney General Mark Herring isn’t in charge of any police forces or local prosecutors, but he and his office can still be helpful to them, as he made clear in a meeting with such officials from the Northern Neck last Wednesday morning. The meeting at the Northern Neck Regional Jail was part of Herring’s second annual “Public Safety Tour” and drew sheriffs from Westmoreland, Richmond, Essex, King George and Northumberland

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  • Colonial Beach Volunteer Fire Department seeks funding for roof replacement

    Posted on April 1, 2015 at 9:32 am

    Chief David Robey of the Colonial Beach Volunteer Fire Department met with town council to ask for needed funds. Robey, who had come to the council in 2013 and 2014, with the same issue approached the town council asking for funds to replace the 20-year-old roof atop the department headquarters. The station, which is located at 312 Colonial Ave has a flat rubber roof currently. The roof was last replaced

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  • Multiple stabbings in Colonial Beach Village

    Posted on April 1, 2015 at 9:29 am

    On February 28, Colonial Beach Police and Westmoreland County Sheriff’s Department responded to a “fight in progress” call in Colonial Beach Village. Police arrived to find two men stabbed and another assaulted amid the large crowd at the address. Colonial Beach Acting Chief of Police Bruce Hough told Westmoreland News, “The investigation to date has revealed a party was taking place at the residence and a subsequent altercation began between

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Luis Chipres went on a scoring tear with three goals against West Point.

Washington and Lee Eagles soccer team bests Middlesex, West Point

Posted on April 23, 2015 at 6:00 pm

Washington and Lee Girls soccer team defeats Indians 3-0   The Washington and Lee Varsity soccer squads have hit full stride into the spring season.  The Girls and Boys both traveled to Middlesex on Monday, April 13th.  The Lady Eagles put up a valiant fight and appeared in the second half to dominate control of the ball bringing up numerous scoring opportunities that were not to happen.  W&L Girls fell

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  • Washington and Lee boys baseball: A tale of two teams

    Posted on April 15, 2015 at 12:07 pm


    The Washington & Lee Varsity Baseball team has played eight of its scheduled 20 games before postseason play begins.  To this point, the team has shown potential of being a contender in the Region.  The team’s four wins have all been in convincing fashion and have been displays of solid pitching, defense and offensive production.  The four losses, on the other hand, have given insight into some of the team’s

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  • Colonial Beach’s Sydni Carey commits to Bridgewater to play college basketball

    Posted on April 9, 2015 at 12:33 am

    Sydni Carey

    Senior Sydni Carey on Sunday made her verbal commitment to continue playing basketball at Bridgewater College. The verbal announcement came during her scheduled time on Easter Sunday via Twitter before Carey intends to sign her letter of intent following spring break. “It’s Easter Sunday and I’m a big believer in my faith,” Carey said. “So I just wanted to put the good news out there on a day where I

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Mason Burkton with his Maniac Magee project.

Maniac Magee takes over Washington District Elementary School

Posted on April 23, 2015 at 5:57 pm

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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  • 4-H Program, Westmoreland County and Montross Middle School: Call for volunteers, May 1

    Posted on April 17, 2015 at 12:40 pm

    The 4-H program of Westmoreland County is partnering with Montross Middle School to offer a financial literacy program called Reality Store  to 8th grade students during their career unit.  The Reality Store program culminates with a simulation event that requires help from the community.  Community volunteers are needed to person the stations that represent life’s daily expenses.  No experience necessary, all training provided on the morning of the event.  We would

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  • Celebrating Ingleside Vineyards’ 35th Anniversary with 2015 Spring Barrel Tasting

    Posted on April 15, 2015 at 11:20 am

    Westmoreland friends enjoy the Spring Barrel Tasting at Ingleside Vineyards.

    This past Saturday featured plenty of sunshine and a light breeze as more than 150 people ventured to Ingleside Vineyards for their 2015 Spring Barrel Tasting. The special glass handed out for the day’s tasting featured a 35th anniversary slogan of excellence notation (1980-2015). Guests were treated to the featured barrel tastings of a Chardonnay 2014 straight from the barrel and then tasted it against the Chardonnay Reserve 2013 in

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Homeowners gathered at a party in their honor at the home of Betsy and George Sisson held Sunday, April 12.

Exploring Kinsale as part of Historic Garden Week

Posted on April 15, 2015 at 12:33 pm

It’s time once again for Historic Garden Week across the Commonwealth and this year the Garden Club of the Northern Neck invites you to “Explore the Treasures of Kinsale” in Westmoreland County. The tour will be held on Wednesday, April 22 from 10am until 4pm, rain or shine. Five lovely homes in Kinsale and Hague are featured and may be visited in any order after you purchase a ticket at

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  • Kinsale Strawberry Festival, May 9

    Posted on April 15, 2015 at 12:29 pm

    Service with a smile --  Kinsale servers love sharing luscious strawberries with neighbors for a very good cause -- to help raise funds so Cople District VFD can continue to save lives and property.

    Strawberries galore (and homemade shortcake too) are coming to Kinsale for YOU on Mother’s Day Saturday, May 9, 2015, from 10-3 for the 5th annual Kinsale Strawberry Festival, a fund-raiser for Cople District VFD. So much will be going on in Kinsale you’ll want to spend quite awhile in town, having fun and listening to music by Black Coffee and Heavy Cream (11-3), at events stretching from the Firehouse to

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  • Auditions for ‘Harvey’ at Westmoreland Players, April 6 and 7

    Posted on April 1, 2015 at 9:20 pm

    Auditions for “Harvey,” a comedy by Mary Chase will  be held at the Westmoreland Players playhouse from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on April 6 and 7.  There are roles for six men and six women ranging in ages from 20 to 70. The characters are as follows: Myrtle Mae Simmons, a single woman who is looking to connect with a man but cannot because her uncle Elwood and his

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