Documentary “Heroin the Hardest Hit”

The King and Queen Sheriff’s Office is showing screenings of the documentary, “Heroin The Hardest Hit” tonight  (Thursday, April 13th) at 7pm at the Regional Library at St. Stephens Church.  Delegate Keith Hodges and representatives from the Attorney Generals Office and Three Rivers Medical Reserve Corp will be in...

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Man found dead after boat fire at marina

One person died Monday night in a boat fire at Jordan Marina in Gloucester Point. The Gloucester County Sheriff’s office said that callers reported an explosion and fire around 10p.m. and dispatched fire crews from Abingdon Volunteer Fire and Rescue found a 56-foot retired shrimp boat fully engulfed in flames when they arrived at the marina on Sarah’s Creek. A man’s body was found on the boat. His identity has not yet been released. The cause of the fire is under investigation but not believed to be suspicious. According to the sheriff’s office, the refueling of an on-board generator may have been the main cause. The man’s body was taken to the medical examiner’s office in Richmond to determine the exact cause of...

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Richmond International Raceway Goes Back in Time with Red Stripes on Track Walls

Richmond International Raceway is bringing back a racing classic. Red stripes will return to the track walls of America’s Premier Short Track. This will be the first time since February 1988 that fans and drivers will race along red stripes on Richmond’s track wall. See attached image for a mockup of the red stripes at Richmond. In February 1988, the Pontiac Excitement 400 at Richmond was the second race on the NASCAR Winston Cup Series schedule. At the time, Richmond was only a ½ mile race track with metal guardrails striped in red. Fans witnessed drivers like Dale Earnhardt,...

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REC Names New Key Accounts Executive/Energy Services Coordinator

Fredericksburg, Va.  – David Johnson has recently been promoted to key accounts executive/ energy services coordinator for Rappahannock Electric Cooperative (REC). Johnson is now the primary contact for designated key accounts and large power activities for members in the southern portion of REC’s service area. He will work primarily from REC’s Bowling Green office. In this new position, Johnson will manage the relationship between REC and a number of the Cooperative’s Key Accounts. To help existing businesses and attract new economic development, he will work with large commercial and industrial members to ensure they are served on the best...

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Dog Gone: Pet named General opens doors, flees animal clinic

A dog who escaped from a Virginia animal hospital after opening several doors has been found and reunited with his owner. Travis Campbell tells news outlets that his family was boarding their 10-year-old  named General at the Aquia-Garrisonville Animal Hospital in Stafford while they vacationed in Virginia Beach when the dog left the clinic early Monday. Surveillance video shows the 124-pound dog unlatching the door to his kennel and opening a second door before wandering down a hallway. Footage then shows General using his mouth to open another door. The dog was seen in an office area before opening yet...

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Virginia awards for music festivals

Virginia’s tourism office says it has awarded sponsorships to 32 music festivals in 2017. The Virginia Tourism Corporation said Monday its awards total near $250,000, and it expects the festivals will have a more than $46 million economic impact. The awards range from $2,500 to $15,000 and include several festivals in Appalachia, which draws tourists from all around the world to hear blue grass music. Tourism is a key part of the Virginia economy, and generated $23 billion in revenue in...

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RCC Nursing Program ranked #1

The Rappahannock Community College Nursing Program is Ranked First among Virginia’s Colleges and Universities. The RCC associate degree nursing program is now the highest rated among all collegiate-based programs in the Commonwealth of Virginia, according to the website registerednursing.org. This ranking puts RCC ahead of the nursing programs at Radford, JMU, Liberty, and other four-year programs. Standings are based in large part on the percentage of graduates from each program who go on to pass the state licensed test to become a registered nurse. RCC’s total score was 96.85 out of 100. Rappahannock Community College, established in 1971, is...

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TAPPAHANNOCK POLICE ARREST ONE FOLLOWING PURSUIT

The Tappahannock Police Department have charged an Essex County man following a pursuit through Tappahannock. Jacob Kline, 18, of Tappahannock led police on a pursuit after multiple calls regarding reckless driving. At approximately 3:30 Saturday April 9, police department Captain C.F. Davis attempted to stop Kline after he failed to stop at a traffic signal at Rt. 17 and Airport Rd. Kline proceeded north onto Rt. 17 at a high rate of speed towards Mt. Landing Creek. Davis lost sight of the vehicle and returned to town when Kline returned south into Tappahannock where Davis resumed the pursuit. Kline...

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Lancaster’s Storm Emergency Cleanup

The Director of Emergency Management has declared a Local Emergency for Lancaster County, as a result of the severe weather, including a tornado, last Thursday, April 6, 2017.  The path of the tornado traveled approx. 3.8 miles over Lancaster County, beginning near Crab Points, through the Town of Irvington and traveling northeast toward the Town of Kilmarnock, before ending behind the Hills Quarter Subdivision.  Damage from strong straight-line winds continued from the area of Hills Quarter, for 2.5 miles through the Town of Kilmarnock, including damage to Bon Secours Rappahannock General Hospital.  Damage was reported to 49 structures, with approximately $2.8 million in total damage. Citizens...

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Brief Delays on Norris Bridge

Motorists can anticipate brief delays on Route 3 at the Robert O. Norris Bridge over the Rappahannock River  during daytime and overnight hours on through Thursday, April 13th. Work continues on a $12.8 million painting project of the bridge’s three center spans. The project contractor is installing the platform system required to paint the bridge, as well as temporary traffic signal equipment. Maintenance work will also be underway nightly  to make concrete repairs to the bridge deck travel surface. Weather permitting, motorists can expect lane closures at the following times: Monday, April 10 − Thursday, April 13 Single lane...

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Amateur photographers helping with eagle research

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Amateur photographers are helping scientists keep better data on the Chesapeake Bay’s resurgent bald eagle population. The Center for Conservation Biology at the College of William and Mary says photographers are helping keep better track of eagles thanks to easier-to-read bands put around a bird’s leg. The CCB said it started using easier-to-read bands in 2007, which have a large letter and number combination and can be read using scopes or long-lens cameras. For decades, scientists used aluminum bands for decades that had lengthy codes and could only be read up close. The CCB said...

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Transgender teen: Fight for rights is ‘bigger than me’

WASHINGTON (AP) — A transgender teenager who sued his school board for the right to use the boys bathroom says his case won’t be resolved by the time he graduates but he will keep fighting on behalf of others. Gavin Grimm addressed members of Congress on Thursday during a forum on civil rights under President Donald Trump. The 17-year-old criticized Trump’s decision to revoke guidance on transgender students’ use of public school bathrooms, saying the action sent a message that “could not have been more damaging” to transgender youth. The U.S. Supreme Court was scheduled to hear Grimm’s case...

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Man accused of killing parents not competent for trial

(Information from: Richmond Times-Dispatch, http://www.timesdispatch.com) HENRICO, Va. (AP) — A man charged with fatally shooting his parents last year has been found incompetent to stand trial. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that a judge in Henrico County Thursday accepted a psychological evaluation that 23-year-old William Roy Brissette suffers from schizoaffective disorder. Brissette is charged with two counts of capital murder in the deaths of 59-year-old Henry J. Brissette III and 56-year-old Martha B. Brissette. They were found dead in their home in March 2016. Brissette’s trial had been scheduled for June. The Henrico County Commonwealth’s Attorney said last year she...

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Tornado in Irvington

The National Weather Service said that it was a tornado that struck Irvington on Thursday afternoon and the damage caused after that was from straight   line winds in Lancaster County.   County officials report that at least 4 areas of debris in the Town of   Kilmarnock and Irvington.   Damage stretched from the Town of Irvington to Rappahannock   Westminster-Canterbury and Old Salem Road. Lot of the damage reported   by eyewitnesses was power lines and trees down.   Rappahannock General Hospital reported windows blowned out in the front   lobby and cafeteria area and tree damage...

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Woman arrested for attacking man’s boat with hammer

RUTHER GLEN, Va. (AP) — Authorities say a black woman accused of using a hammer to smash a white man’s car and boat at a gas station before attacking him has been arrested. The Caroline County, Virginia, sheriff’s office says 26-year-old Angela Jones was arrested Wednesday in New Jersey. The sheriff’s office says witnesses saw Jones use a hammer to hit the car and boat it was towing. Authorities say she then attacked the man while referring to him as “rich” and “white.” Sheriff Tony Lippa told Masslive.com that Jones scratched and hit him, but didn’t hit him with...

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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[...]
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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[...]
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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 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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