Fairfax police investigating death of an inmate

Police say a 49-year-old woman was discovered unresponsive in her cell at the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center just after 9 a.m. on Sunday. Police say sheriff’s deputies administered CPR and called for emergency crews, who pronounced the woman dead. Investigators say there were no signs of trauma, and that the woman was alone in her cell at the time of her death. Her body is being sent to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for an autopsy to determine the cause and manner of death. Police are not yet releasing her...

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Kaine praises resilience of Va. Tech community

BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — Former Virginia Governor Tim Kaine says the day that 32 people were killed at a mass shooting at Virginia Tech remains the worst day of his life. Kaine delivered his remarks at a service to honor the victims of the shooting ten years ago today. Kaine said April 16, 2007 remains “the worst day of my life.” He had been governor for a year and a half when the shooting occurred. Kaine praised the bravery of those who helped students that day, and the Virginia Tech community for its strength and resilience, ten years later....

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Authorities to host drug collection events across Virginia

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — Law enforcement agencies across Virginia are hosting events this month for people to dispose of unneeded prescription drugs. The National Drug Take Back Day will take place at dozens of Virginia locations on April 29. The Roanoke Times reports pills and patches will be accepted, but not sharp objects such as needles and syringes. Appointments are not needed and no questions will be asked. The newspaper reports Virginians disposed of more than 22,000 pounds of prescription drugs through the program last year. Virginia is dealing with an opioid crisis that has been declared a public...

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RTH Recieves “A” for Safety

Riverside Tappahannock Hospital received an “A” grade for its commitment   to safety in the Hospital Safety Grade, which rates how well hospitals   protect patients from accidents, error, infections and accidents. It was one of   828 hospitals nationwide to receive a top score.   The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 30 measures of safety data to   grade hospitals twice a year.   Riverside Tappahannock Hospital is a 67 bed hospital in Tappahannock that   primarily serves the residents of the Tappahannock area, including Essex,   King & Queen, and King William counties and the Northern Neck...

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ROUTE 653 IN CAROLINE COUNTY IS NOW OPEN

FREDERICKSBURG – Route 653 (Burruss Lane) in Caroline County has reopened to traffic at the bridge over Reedy Creek.   Last month, Burruss Lane was closed to through traffic just west of Route 301 (Richmond Turnpike) to improve the structurally deficient bridge. The bridge over Reedy Creek is located on Burress Lane between Route 662 (Gregory Road) and Route 652 (Signboard Road) in the Ruther Glen area of the county.   In two weeks, VDOT crews replaced the existing bridge’s steel beams, deck with new timber, steel and guardrail, while also making repairs to the vertical walls and foundation. ...

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IRS Scam

The Essex County Sheriff’s Office has received a complaint of someone identifying themselves with the IRS via telephone.  The caller will state the IRS is filing a lawsuit against you.  A phone number is given to receive further information.  DO NOT GIVE OUT ANY PERSONAL INFORMATION!  This is a...

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Public to get chance to weigh in on UVa president search

Members of the public will get a chance to weigh in on the selection of a new president for the University of Virginia. The university is holding a forum on April 21 to get input from people in the university community and members of the public on what the search committee should be looking for in a candidate. University President Teresa Sullivan is planning to retire in July 2018, when her contract expires. The forum will be from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Newcomb Hall Ballroom. It will also be streamed live online...

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April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month

  Each year, we mark April as National Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). The Haven, along with local businesses, have launched several events during this month to help make citizens aware of the seriousness and continuous problem that is sexual assault. Intimate partner violence spans all socioeconomic levels, races and ethnicities, ages, and genders. During Sexual Assault Awareness Month survivors and advocates engage the greater community in prevention efforts. The attention April generates is an opportunity to energize and expand prevention efforts. There’s no better way to expand the scope of SAAM than by reaching out to a broader...

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Virginia Cave Week

Virginia Cave Week, April 16 through Earth Day, April 22, promotes an understanding of Virginia’s caves and limestone habitats known as karst. The theme for 2017 is “Celebrating Virginia’s Karst Springs.” Water flows from the ground at springs, usually out of a hillside or rising from a valley floor. Karst landscapes are formed over thousands of years as acidic water dissolve limestone bedrock, creating a network of voids and tunnels that store and transport water underground. Because of this, springs in karst areas typically convey more water as they are the endpoints of water-filled cave systems. Karst springs support...

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Virginia State Parks Triathlon Adventure Series

A new statewide race series, “The Virginia State Parks Adventure Series presented by Appalachian Power,” offers competitors a unique way to compete in triathlons in six state parks. Races will be held at James River State Park on April 22, Smith Mountain Lake on May 6, Hungry Mother on May 13, Claytor Lake State Park on Sept. 9, New River Trail State Park on Sept. 16 and Pocahontas State Park on Oct. 14. Registration for an individual race automatically enters competitors into the series. Winners are determined by mileage, not time or finishing place. The races cover a total...

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Rappahannock River on America’s Most Endangered Rivers List

Washington, D.C. – American Rivers today named the Rappahannock River among America’s Most Endangered Rivers®, shining a national spotlight on the threat fracking poses to clean drinking water and the state’s irreplaceable natural heritage. “The America’s Most Endangered Rivers report is a call to action to save rivers that face a critical decision in the next year,” said Jessie Thomas-Blate with American Rivers. “County and state leaders must act now in order to ensure that the Rappahannock River and the state’s clean water supplies are protected from irreversible harm by any future fracking operations.” There are currently around 85,000 acres in five counties...

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Discussion – Replacing Lancaster Schools

In a story from this week’s Rappahannock Record … replacing Lancaster’s schools could cost an estimated $71 million according to an ad hoc school facilities committee that has been addressing the issue for 18-months.  Reporting to the school board on April 6, it was recommended that the county build a new high school and middle school and renovate the existing middle school facility for elementary classes.  To do this the county would have to raise the real estate tax rate by three cents to implement the recommendations.  Combining the middle and high schools is estimated at $44 million. To convert the existing middle school to...

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Town Hall Meeting

A community-wide Town Hall Meeting will be held on Thursday, April 20th at Essex High School from 6 to 8pm. Residents of Virginia’s 1st Congressional district are welcomed to discuss serious issues facing Congress. Edwin Santana, a former Marine officer and Stafford County resident,Vangie Williams, a business woman and Dahlgren resident along with Ryan Sawyer of Prince William County who are all running for Congress in the 1st District will answer questions. Congressman Rob Wittman will not be in attendance due to another speaking engagement. This event is organized by the local chapter of “Indivisible...

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23
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all-day “30 Days of Giving” supports ECHO @ Peebles Department Store
“30 Days of Giving” supports ECHO @ Peebles Department Store
Apr 23 all-day
The Tappahannock branch of department store chain Peebles has chosen the Essex County Homeless Organization to benefit from its bi-annual Community Counts program called “30 Days of Giving.” During the 2017 spring campaign which will run[...]
12:00 pm Homeschooling or considering it? @ Richmond Convention Center
Homeschooling or considering it? @ Richmond Convention Center
Apr 23 @ 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Homeschooling, or considering it? Get the information and inspiration you need at HEAV’s Virginia Homeschool Convention, Home Education: Building a Strong Foundation, at the Greater Richmond Convention Center June 8-10. This year’s convention features keynote[...]
6:00 pm Easter Celebration in Song @ Sharon Baptist Church
Easter Celebration in Song @ Sharon Baptist Church
Apr 23 @ 6:00 pm
The Cornerstone Community Development Center is proud to once again offer it’s annual “Easter Celebration in Song” on Sunday, April 23rd at 6pm at Sharon Baptist Church.  Featured will be several churches and organizations with groups,[...]
6:30 pm Open Pulpit @ Abiding Faith Baptist Church
Open Pulpit @ Abiding Faith Baptist Church
Apr 23 @ 6:30 pm
On Sunday, April 23rd Abiding Faith Baptist Church (AFBC) located at 83 Bluff Point RD in Kilmarnock, VA will observe “Open Pulpit” during our regular worship, 6:30 p.m. The guest preacher will be The Reverend[...]
Apr
24
Mon
all-day “30 Days of Giving” supports ECHO @ Peebles Department Store
“30 Days of Giving” supports ECHO @ Peebles Department Store
Apr 24 all-day
The Tappahannock branch of department store chain Peebles has chosen the Essex County Homeless Organization to benefit from its bi-annual Community Counts program called “30 Days of Giving.” During the 2017 spring campaign which will run[...]

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