Bad weather keeps USS Cole from St. Patrick’s Day festival

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — With foul weather forecast for the Massachusetts coast this coming weekend, smiling Irish eyes won’t find the USS Cole at Boston’s St. Patrick’s Day celebration. The Virginian-Pilot reports Naval Surface Force Atlantic spokeswoman Lt. Cmdr. Courtney Hillson says wintry weather in New England kept the Norfolk-based destroyer from sailing to Boston for one of the country’s largest St. Patrick’s Day festivals. The ship would have arrived Friday. Allied War Veterans Council of South Boston Council Commander David Falvey had earlier told The Boston Herald that Sunday’s parade was also meant to celebrate Evacuation Day, a...

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Students walk out over university’s parental visa checks

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Students at Virginia’s Old Dominion University walked out of classes to protest the university’s policy requiring the disclosure of parents’ visa status. The Virginian-Pilot reports ODU Registrar Humberto Portellez has said the university is abiding by state rules when asking for “additional credentials” from dependent children of non-citizens or non-permanent residents who want to be considered for in-state tuition. An organizer of Thursday’s walkout, Antony Mondragon, says students shouldn’t be denied in-state tuition because of their parents. A Washington Post column had drawn attention to the policy affecting even native-born U.S. citizens studying at several...

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Virginia to give new ballot instructions after random draw

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia elections officials are set to give voters clearer instructions on how to fill out ballots properly after a disputed election was decided by drawing a candidate’s name from a bowl. WTOP-FM reports that the State Board of Elections is set to adopt new ballot requirements later this month. State law already requires that local jurisdictions include some kind of instructions on ballots, but those instructions could vary. A Republican won a House of Delegates race earlier this year after his name was pulled out of a bowl. The race was tied after election officials...

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REC’s Community Grant Application Now Available

Fredericksburg — Rappahannock Electric Cooperative (REC) has made its grant application available to emergency service agencies, community non-profits, and educators for 2018. The grants are made possible through REC’s community grant program, which provides supplemental funding for projects that will positively impact members of the cooperative. Completed applications must be returned to one of REC’s offices, or postmarked, by April 13, 2018. The Cooperative began the grant program in 1996. Since then, it has awarded grant money in support of hundreds of projects throughout REC’s service territory. REC will award grants to selected organizations in the following categories: Education...

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Herring Creek Road In King William County Will Close March 26 For Six Weeks

FREDERICKSBURG – Later this month, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) will close Route 604 (Herring Creek Road) near Dorrell Creek in King William County for a drainage pipe replacement project. On Monday, March 26, Herring Creek Road between Route 628 (Dorrell Road) and Route 609 (Smokey Road) will be closed to through traffic around 8 a.m. for approximately six weeks, while construction is underway. Access to driveways will be maintained for residents who live in the area. Crews will remove deteriorated corrugated metal pipes from underneath the road near Dorrell Creek and install new concrete pipes and endwalls....

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Virginia bear hunting season sets record

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — Hunters in Virginia killed a record number of bears during the most recent hunting season. The Roanoke Times reports that state figures show 2,861 bears were killed, a 17 percent increase from the previous season. The increase in bear hunting was partly due to a first-ever three-day season in early October. The state sold 32,687 bear licenses, with hunters from 33 different states reporting they killed a dear. Turkey hunting saw a 24 percent decline from the previous year. ___ Information from: The Roanoke Times,...

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Report: Virginia man tried to run over state senator

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (AP) — A Virginia man has been charged with attempted murder after trying to hit a state senator with a car. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that state Sen. Louise Lucas was unharmed. The suspect has been identified as James Taliaferro, an ex-employee of a business that Lucas runs providing housing and services for adults with intellectual disabilities. The Portsmouth Democrat tells the newspaper that surveillance video shows an SUV backing into the front glass of her Lucas Professional Center. The motorist then turns around and hits the doors again. In another incident, Lucas says he tried to...

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Republican war over Medicaid in Virginia a fight over Trump

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Republicans are currently at war with each other, and President Donald Trump is a big reason why. GOP lawmakers are fighting over whether to expand Medicaid to about 300,000 low-income adults, a stalemate that has blocked passage of the state budget and threatens a potential government shutdown. But at a deeper level, the battle is over whether Republicans should embrace more liberal policies as a way of blunting voter unhappiness with the president in an increasingly Democratic-leaning state. Similar fights could be coming to statehouses around the country, just as Virginia’s dramatic off-year election...

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Mary Washington Healthcare One of First to Offer World’s Smallest Pacemaker

Fredericksburg, VA – Mary Washington Hospital announced today that it is one of the first hospitals in the Commonwealth of Virginia to offer the world’s smallest pacemaker for patients with bradycardia. The Medtronic Micra® Transcatheter Pacing System (TPS) is a new type of heart device, approved for Medicare reimbursement, that provides patients with the most advanced pacing technology and is one-tenth the size of a traditional pacemaker. The first procedure using this technology was performed at Mary Washington Hospital by Dr. Ashok Talreja, Cardiologist, on March 2, 2018. Pacemakers are the most common way to treat bradycardia, a condition...

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Rural Health Community Champion Honor

Tappahannock, VA – Bay Rivers Telehealth Alliance (BRTA) is pleased to be named a Rural Health Community Champion for innovative efforts around the use of evidence-based models from US Dept of Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Rural Health Care Services Outreach Grant Program. There were over 130 nominations detailing impressive work in rural communities across the country. BRTA has also been distinguished with an honorable mention in the category of creative partnerships. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Rural Health Care Services Outreach program expands health care delivery in rural...

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No injuries in small plane crash at Virginia airport

CHESAPEAKE, Va. (AP) — Authorities say no one was injured when a small plane with a fuel leak crashed at a Virginia airport. Virginia State Police Sgt. Michelle Anaya said the plane went down Tuesday morning at the end of the runway at Chesapeake Regional Airport. Tony Barakat with the Chesapeake Fire Department told the Virginian-Pilot that there were two passengers aboard the single-engine aircraft. No further details have been released. ___ Information from: The Virginian-Pilot,...

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Mumps confirmed at Virginia Commonwealth University

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Authorities say there’s a confirmed case of mumps at Virginia Commonwealth University. News outlets reported Tuesday that the university sent out an alert to community members disclosing that the Richmond City Health Department is investigating that confirmed case and another suspected case. Mumps is a virus transmitted by respiratory droplets that can cause fever, headache, swelling and tenderness. It takes around 12 to 25 days to develop symptoms. Mumps have been reported at several Virginia and D.C.-area universities in the past few months. Last month, two men’s basketball games at James Madison University were postponed...

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Governor Northam Calls April 11 Special Session for General Assembly to Complete Work on State Budget

RICHMOND – Governor Ralph Northam today signed a proclamation calling the members of the Virginia General Assembly into special session on April 11th to complete their work on the Commonwealth’s budget after they adjourned last week without passing a biennial spending plan for Virginia. The Governor released the following statement on the forthcoming special session: “After a legislative session that was marked by bipartisan progress on issues that matter to people’s lives, I remain disappointed that the General Assembly was unable to extend that spirit of cooperation to its work on the budget. “Virginians sent us to Richmond to...

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Virginia State Trooper Struck While Attempting To Assist A Motorist

NEWPORT NEWS – On today’s date, at approximately 6:02 AM, Virginia State Trooper J. Napier stopped to render assistance to a motorist involved in an accident, when his vehicle was struck from behind. The single vehicle accident occurred on the Victory Boulevard overpass, at Interstate 64, in the city of Newport News. Ms. Hillary Sweeney, the driver of an S-10 Blazer, had spun out of control due to the icy conditions on the roadway, and ended on top of the grassy median. Trooper Napier was called to investigate the accident and pulled up behind Ms. Sweeney, with blue lights...

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Virginia War Memorial To Honor Military And Service Dogs At 5th Annual K-9 Veterans Day Commemoration

Richmond, Va. – Virginia will again commemorate K-9 Veterans Day on Saturday, March 17 from 10 a.m.-12 noon at the Virginia War Memorial in Richmond. The 5th Annual K-9 Veterans Day Commemoration, presented by Woodfin – Your Home Team, is a family-friendly event that honors the contributions of the heroic dogs that serve side-by-side with their human companions on the battlefield, here at home assisting police and law enforcement agencies, performing search and rescue missions, and providing companionship to military and civilian hospital patients and veterans. Virgina Delegate Hyland “Buddy” Fowler of Hanover County and Virginia War Memorial Director...

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all-day Tappahannock Tides Sign-Ups
Tappahannock Tides Sign-Ups
Mar 17 all-day
The Tappahannock Tides are looking for High School Seniors along with current & former college players to join the team. The season runs from June to Mid-August Players must register before April 1st. If interested,[...]
all-day Volleyball Clinic @ St. Margaret's School
Volleyball Clinic @ St. Margaret's School
Mar 17 all-day
Venom North Volleyball will host a free volleyball clinic for girls in grades 6-10 at St. Margaret’s School in the Ball Memorial Gym on Saturday, March 17 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. All experience[...]
all-day Youth Mental Health First Aid Pr... @ Bay Aging Meeting Room
Youth Mental Health First Aid Pr... @ Bay Aging Meeting Room
Mar 18 all-day
The Middle Peninsula-Northern Neck Community Service Board will host a Youth Mental Health First Aid Program on Friday, March 23rd from 8:30am – 4:30pm in the Bay Aging Meeting Room in Warsaw. This program is designed[...]
10:00 am Rappahannock River Waterfowl Show @ White Stone Fire House
Rappahannock River Waterfowl Show @ White Stone Fire House
Mar 18 @ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
The White Stone Volunteer Fire Department will host the 39th Annual Rappahannock River Waterfowl Show on Saturday, March 17th from 10am – 8pm and Sunday from 10am – 6pm and the new White Stone Firehouse.[...]
11:00 am Heritage Day @ Mount Zion Baptist Church
Heritage Day @ Mount Zion Baptist Church
Mar 18 @ 11:00 am
Mount Zion Baptist Church in Farnham will hold their 34th Heritage Day on Sunday March 18th beginning at 11am. Special geust speaker will be Doctor Russell O. Lewis and special music will be rendered by[...]

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