Beginning at 9 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 25, Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) crews will begin work to replace the existing metal culvert located on Route 607 (Cheaney’s Bridge Road) in Essex County near the King and Queen County line. The existing metal culvert will be replaced with a new concrete drainage culvert. Route 607 (Cheaney’s Mill) will be closed to through traffic between Route 612 (Bestland Road) in Essex County and Route 617 (Providence Road) in King and Queen County. The road closure will begin near Jones Bridge Road. Work is expected to be complete by 5 p.m....

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McAuliffe hires private consultant to try to lure Amazon

(Information from: The Virginian-Pilot, http://pilotonline.com) NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe says he’s hired a private consultant to help in trying to get Amazon to build its second headquarters in the state. The Virginian-Pilot reported Wednesday that Richmond, northern Virginia and Hampton Roads will craft pitches to the company. The state will submit a proposal offering Amazon its pick. Speaking at an elementary school in Norfolk, McAuliffe said Virginia is a legitimate contender. He cited the state’s central location on the East Coast as one of several advantages. Seattle-based Amazon announced nearly two weeks ago its plans to...

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State park’s hiking trails close following bear attack

MILLBORO, Va. (AP) — A black bear has attacked a woman at a state park in Virginia, prompting officials to close the park’s hiking trails. Virginia State Parks spokesman Jim Meisner says the woman was hiking with two dogs in Douthat State Park in Millboro when she was attacked from behind by the bear Sunday around 1 p.m. News outlets report the woman suffered injuries to her legs but was able to walk to find help. She is expected to make a full recovery. Meisner says all trails will remain closed through Friday. Law enforcement officers and members of...

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Nat Turner to be included in anti-slavery monument

(Information from: Richmond Times-Dispatch, http://www.richmond.com) RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A state commission in Virginia has decided to include Nat Turner in an anti-slavery monument. Turner was the leader of a bloody slave uprising in 1831. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reported that the issue was hotly debated before the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Commission voted Wednesday to honor Turner. The panel of state lawmakers and historians is tasked with selecting 10 honorees whose names and faces will be featured at the monument’s base. Charles Withers, a commission member from Roanoke, said Turner was “the bravest black man in that era.” But...

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Man convicted in ’75 slayings pleads guilty to sex assaults

MANASSAS, Va. (AP) — A convicted sex offender who was sentenced last week to 48 years in the 1975 killings of two young Maryland sisters has pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting two other girls in northern Virginia in 1996. Lloyd Lee Welch Jr. entered his guilty pleas Thursday in Prince William Circuit Court as part of a plea agreement with prosecutors to resolve the 1996 cases as well as the 1975 slayings of 10-year-old Katherine Lyon and 12-year-old Sheila Lyon. In court Thursday, both victims in the 1996 assaults told the 60-year-old Welch that the attacks traumatized them. One...

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Abu Ghraib civil lawsuit returns to federal courthouse

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A civil lawsuit filed by inmates at the notorious Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq is back in front of a federal judge. Friday’s hearing at U.S. District Court in Alexandria comes nine years after the lawsuit was first filed and 13 years after photos documenting abusive treatment of inmates at Abu Ghraib first became public. The lawsuit seeks to hold civilian interrogators employed by military contractor CACI liable for the abuse. The Center for Constitutional Rights, which filed the lawsuit on inmates’ behalf, alleges that CAC interrogators engaged in a conspiracy to abuse the inmates...

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Special Meeting re: proposed use of June Parker Marina property

PUBLIC NOTICE SPECIAL MEETING OF THE ESSEX COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS AND ESSEX COUNTY PARKS & RECREATION ADVISORY COMMISSION NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that in accordance with §15.2-1418 of the Code of Virginia, the Essex County Board of Supervisors (the “Board”) will hold a Special Meeting starting at 7:00 P.M. on Tuesday, September 26, 2017 in the Essex County High School Auditorium, 833 High School Circle, Tappahannock, Virginia 22560. The purpose of this special meeting is for the reporting and presentation of recommendations by the Essex County Parks & Recreation Advisory Commission (the “Commission”) for the proposed use and development of...

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GRASP Awards Scholarships

RICHMOND, VA – GReat Aspirations Scholarship Program, Inc. (GRASP), a non-profit, education organization, headquartered in Glen Allen, recently awarded 175 Last Dollar scholarships totaling $156,500 to Virginia high school students graduating in 2017. GRASP’s goal is to ensure that every student has an equal opportunity for continuing education after high school, regardless of financial or social circumstances. Because of this goal, GRASP is especially dedicated to helping low income and disabled students overcome financial and social barriers to attending college or vocational education after high school. Supported by individual, foundation and business donations, GRASP has advisors in 76 public...

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More school breakfasts being served in Virginia

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s office has announced that Virginia’s schools served 10 million more school breakfasts during the last school year compared to when he took office nearly four years ago. The governor’s office said Wednesday that about 50,000 more students are eating breakfast each day. First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe has made increasing school breakfasts her signature issue and raised millions in private funding for the cause. The McAuliffe administration has also increased public funding to help pay for more school...

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Virginia attorney says county cannot remove Confederate flag

STAFFORD, Va. (AP) — Officials in a Virginia county told residents that they cannot force a private property owner to remove a huge Confederate flag that flies on a 90-foot (27-meter) flagpole. Some two dozen residents attended the Stafford County Board of Supervisors meeting Tuesday night. They urged officials to either remove the flag, which measures 30 feet by 22 feet (9 meters to 6 meters), or regulate its size. Stafford County Attorney Charles Shumate said the county has no legal authority to remove the flag from private property. The flag flies over Interstate 95, near Falmouth. Kim Wyman,...

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Joe Curry Obit

84 year-old Joe Curry of Kilmarnock passed away last week. Curry became one of the area’s most influential humanitarians and community leaders, passed away last week.   Curry was the kind of man who quietly helped the poor and became a bridge across the divide of segregation. With one phone call to Curry would put the wheels in motion for emergency home repairs or a wheel chair ramp for the needy.   Former Virginia Governor Linwood Holton said of his friend: “I was very fond of him and admired his community spirit. He was a major influence in this community. He did more good than anyone I can imagine for anyone who was in need.”   A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, September 23, at the Lancaster Middle School Theater, 191 School Street, Kilmarnock, followed by a gathering at the Boys and Girls...

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Kilmarnock Police Chief Recognized

Kilmarnock Mayor Mae Umphlett and town council adopted a resolution Monday night to honor and recognize Kilmarnock police chief Mike Bedell for 30 years of service.   Mayor Umphlett said Bedell has served the citizens of Kilmarnock without interruption since January 6, 1986, when he began his service as a police officer and then was appointed chief on November 25, 1989.   Bedell has served under five mayors and six town managers since being in his position, said Umphlett.   Family, friends and co-workers were in attendance in support and celebration of...

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VTC Grants

Governor Terry McAuliffe announced more than $967,000 in matching grant funds to be awarded to 50 local tourism initiatives as part of the Virginia Tourism Corporation’s (VTC) Marketing Leverage Program. This grant program helps local and regional tourism entities to attract more visitors by leveraging limited local marketing dollars through a local match of the state grants funds.   Some of the local area’s receiving VTC grant monies are:   Middlesex County and the 60th Annual Urbanna Oyster Festival with the “VIP Oyster Lovers Experience” and a $2500 grant.   The Northern Neck Tourism Commission with a $10,000 grant...

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Ron Carrier, 4th president of James Madison University, dies

HARRISONBURG, Va. (AP) — Ron Carrier, the fourth president of James Madison University, has died. The school in Harrisonburg, Virginia, said in a statement that Carrier, who was 85, died Monday. The cause was cancer. The university said the former economics professor was the youngest college president in the nation when he took the helm in 1971. He led JMU for 27 years. During his tenure, Carrier shepherded the school’s transformation from Madison College to James Madison University. He also helped expand the athletics program into a national champion at the NCAA Division I level. The school saw the...

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Toys R Us files for Chapter 11 reorganization

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Toys R Us, the pioneering big box toy retailer, has announced it has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection while continuing with normal business operations. A statement by the Wayne, New Jersey-based company late Monday says it voluntarily is seeking relief in U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia in Richmond — and that its Canadian subsidiary is seeking similar protection through a Canadian court. Toys R Us says court-supervised proceedings will help restructure its outstanding debt and reorganize for long-term growth. The company says separate operations outside the U.S. and Canada, including...

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all-day Donate items for the Haven
Donate items for the Haven
Sep 19 – Sep 25 all-day
The Church of Jesus Christ of Later Day Saints is working with the Local Churches and Civic Groups in the Northern Neck Community in conjunction with Governor McAuliffe’s Day to Serve Proclamation. The Haven needs[...]
3:00 pm Missionary Day @ New Saint John's Baptist Church
Missionary Day @ New Saint John's Baptist Church
Sep 24 @ 3:00 pm
New Saint John’s Baptist Church, Kilmarnock will observe Missionary Day on Sun., Sept. 24th at 3pm.  Rev. Rose Curry, Pastor of Willie Chapel Church, Lancaster will be the guest preacher.
7:00 pm Adult Book Club @ Upper King William Branch Library
Adult Book Club @ Upper King William Branch Library
Sep 25 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Join the Upper King William Adult Book Club at the Library on Monday, September 25th from 7 to 8p.m. Call 769-3731 or visit the library at 694-J Sharon Road for more information.
all-day Scholarship Opportunity @ Marks and Harrison Law Offices
Scholarship Opportunity @ Marks and Harrison Law Offices
Sep 26 all-day
Calling all seniors from Essex, Rappahannock, Northumberland, Washington & Lee and Lancaster High schools…For those attending college next year, you are eligible to enter the Marks and Harrison scholarship contest. To enter, please submit a[...]
5:00 pm Fall Author Event @ Good Shepherd Lutheran Church
Fall Author Event @ Good Shepherd Lutheran Church
Sep 26 @ 5:00 pm
Rappahannock Community College Friends of the Library will host a Fall Author Event on Tuesday, Sept. 26th.  The Guest speaker is Kathleen Grissom, author of the New York Times bestseller and beloved book club favorite,[...]

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