Retired Navy commander to take on former SEAL for House seat

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — A retired Navy commander says she plans to challenge the former Navy SEAL who represents Virginia’s 2nd Congressional District. Norfolk Democrat Elaine Luria announced her candidacy Monday. The 42-year-old business owner hopes to unseat freshman Republican Congressman Scott Taylor. Luria said in a statement that her experience in the military and owning a business would help her “ensure security, equality, and prosperity for people in Hampton Roads.” Luria spent 20 years in the Navy, deploying to the Middle East and commanding and assault craft unit. She owns Mermaid Factory, which sells mermaid statues that can...

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Democratic voters make case for new election in House race

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — Democratic voters are making their case for a new election in a tight race that could force a 50-50 split in Virginia’s House of Delegates. They say their disenfranchisement was far from a garden-variety election error. Republican Bob Thomas beat Democrat Joshua Cole by 73 votes, but elections officials say 147 voters received the wrong ballots. On Friday, a judge in Alexandria rejected the request for a new election, saying the ballot errors amount to “garden-variety irregularities.” In their appeal, the voters say the ballot errors make it impossible to know the true winner in...

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The Power of Change Can Boost Your Non-Profit – Applications Available

Fredericksburg — Rappahannock Electric Cooperative (REC) is excited to announce The Power of Change application is now available. Non-profit organizations are encouraged to apply. The Power of Change application is available online at or at any of REC’s offices. Applications must be returned by 5 p.m. on Feb. 9, 2018. Nearly 17,000 REC members voluntarily allow the Cooperative to round up their electric payment to the nearest dollar, with that extra change contributed to The Power of Change. “The Power of Change has been making a positive impact in our communities for years,” said Sterling Schoonover, manager of...

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Dominion-SCANA merger could mean pipeline expansion

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Both supporters and opponents of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline say Dominion Energy’s proposed merger with a South Carolina energy company could open the door to making the natural gas project even bigger. Dominion CEO Tom Farrell said in a conference call announcing the deal this week that SCANA Corp. is a “natural fit” for Dominion, which already operates natural gas transmission pipelines in South Carolina. Farrell said the deal could “open new expansion opportunities” for the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline, which is currently slated to run for 600 miles through West Virginia, Virginia and North...

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Voters in Virginia to appeal ruling against new election

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — Four voters in Virginia say they’ll appeal a federal judge’s decision against a new election for a race that might have forced a 50-50 split in Virginia’s House of Delegates Kenneth J. Lecky and three others filed their notice of appeal on Sunday. The voters sued for a new election after 147 people received the wrong ballots for the 28th District in the Stafford County area. Republican Bob Thomas beat Democrat Joshua Cole by 73 votes. In a federal court in Alexandria on Friday, Judge T.S. Ellis III said that such “garden-variety irregularities” didn’t merit...

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Red Cross blood shortage prompts urgent call for blood donations during National Blood Donor Month

This January, National Blood Donor Month, the American Red Cross has an urgent need for blood donors of all blood types to make an appointment to give now and help address a winter blood donation shortage. Severe winter weather has had a tremendous impact on blood donations already this year, with more than 150 blood drives forced to cancel causing over 5,500 blood and platelet donations to go uncollected. This is in addition to seasonal illnesses, such as the flu, and hectic holiday schedules collectively contributing to more than 28,000 fewer donations than what was needed in November and...

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Spirit of Giving Shines Bright at Riverside Tree of Lights Gala

GLOUCESTER – “Together, we are stronger than cancer and last month hundreds of Middle Peninsula residents, business leaders, philanthropists and sponsors came together to prove just that at the 2017 Riverside Tree of Lights Gala, which raised more than $44,000 to benefit cancer patients on the Middle Peninsula.” “We want to ensure that each and every patient who comes to us with a diagnosis of cancer has access to the highest quality care, right here on the Middle Peninsula. The proceeds from this evening’s event help fund the ongoing program of integrative medicine including pet, music, massage and nutrition...

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Urbanna home destroyed in Fire

From the Southside Sentinel, the Burton House on Watling Street in Urbanna, home of Beth Justice and her husband, Rob McMordie, burned to the ground on Saturday morning. All Middlesex County volunteer fire departments and some from Gloucester and Lancaster were on the scene. Two cars parked in front of the structure also burned and were destroyed. Minimal damage was done to Buddy Wyker’s home next door. Justice and McMordie were taken to Riverside Walter Reed Hospital in Gloucester by the Middlesex County Volunteer Rescue Squad. A short time later they were airlifted to VCU Medical Center in Richmond....

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Fatal Crash in Middlesex

On January 6, the Virginia State Police investigated a single vehicle accident which resulted in a fatality. The accident occurred at approximately 5:49 AM in Deltaville, Middlesex County. A 2008 Suzuki SX4, traveling westbound on Route 33 (General Puller Highway) east of Route 652 (Crittenden Road), was traveling too fast for weather/road conditions. The vehicle hit an ice patch and ran off the roadway into a ditch, causing the vehicle to overturn and eject the driver. The driver, Katherine Monique Pinzone, 29 YOA, of the 16700 block of General Puller Highway, was taken to Walter Reed Hospital where she...

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Powerful, icy winter blast could grip Virginia for days

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — The powerful blast of snow and cold that barreled through Virginia’s coastal cities packed a winter punch seldom seen in those communities. Now they could remain in the storm’s stranglehold for days. Forty-six-year-old Jen Edwards of Norfolk said she’d never see such a heavy snowfall as Thursday’s. “This is a once-in-a-lifetime event,” said Edwards, who got a rare day off from her work with a government contractor. Not that Virginia escaped the so-called bomb cyclone that clobbered the Northeast. It shuttered schools, government offices and businesses. Nearly all flights were canceled at Norfolk’s main airport...

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Fight for Virginia House continues with court hearing

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The long-running fight for control of the Virginia House of Delegates isn’t over. A legal fight over a closely contested House seat is set for a hearing in federal court Friday. It comes a day after a GOP candidate won a different seat when his name was drawn from a bowl. A federal judge will hear arguments in a lawsuit challenging the results in a Fredericksburg-area race where at least 147 voters were given the wrong ballots. Democrat Joshua Cole lost the Fredericksburg-area seat to Republican Bob Thomas by 73 votes. Republicans currently control the...

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Severe Winter Weather Preparation for Home Propane Users

How to Prepare Your Home for Severe Winter Weather Courtesy of Blossman Gas Schedule your tank and appliances for a maintenance check by your propane provider Be sure there is an adequate supply of fuel in the tank. Federal regulations do not allow propane providers to fill your tank more than 80%. Your optimal tank level is between 25% and 80%. If your level is below 20%, please contact your service provider for a fill. Keep the area around your propane tank and any vents, chimneys, flues free from ice and snow. Be sure your propane generator is well-maintained,...

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Rappahannock Electric Cooperative Community Scholarship Application Now Available

Fredericksburg  — Rappahannock Electric Cooperative (REC) is now accepting applications for its 2018 Community Scholarship program. For the first time ever, REC is now offering one-time $1,000 scholarships to current college students, along with current high school seniors.  Eligible applicants must: Have a parent or guardian who is an REC member (meaning they receive electric service from the Cooperative) or be an REC member themselves. Be a senior in high school or a college student in Virginia. Be 21 or younger. Be enrolled, or planning to enroll, in an accredited institution or training program. The deadline for applying is...

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Delegate Ransone responds to 94th District Results

CALLAO – Yesterday, the State Board of Elections finally drew a name after weeks of delays and unnecessary legal filings. Delegate David Yancey will maintain his seat and continue his fine service to his constituents in the 94th District. This also means Republicans hold the majority in the House of Delegates by a 51-49 margin. Next Wednesday 100 elected officials from all over Virginia will organize our Chamber, receive our committee assignments and begin the work of the Commonwealth. “I look forward to getting to work at the Capital, solving problems, balancing the budget and making sure our young people have a great...

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Search for buried slaves at James Madison’s Montpelier

(Information from: The Washington Post, ORANGE, Va. (AP) — Experts at former President James Madison’s Virginia estate are searching for the burial grounds of slaves who worked there. The Washington Post reports that a team led by James Madison University geophysicist Shane McGary is using ground-penetrating radar and other techniques to identify the gravesites of Montpelier’s enslaved population. More than 100 slaves lived at Montpelier at the time of Madison’s death, but little is recorded about their lives. The apparent gravesites a few hundred yards from the mansion are marked with indentations and some scattered headstones but were...

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1:00 pm Red Cross Blood Drive @ Tappahannock-Essex Volunteer Fire Dept.
Red Cross Blood Drive @ Tappahannock-Essex Volunteer Fire Dept.
Jan 16 @ 1:00 pm – 7:00 pm
This January, National Blood Donor Month, the American Red Cross has an urgent need for blood donors of all blood types to make an appointment to give now and help address a winter blood donation[...]
all-day Chesapeake Academy Scholarship
Chesapeake Academy Scholarship
Jan 17 all-day
Does your child consistently demonstrate strong, positive character and academic success? Then we have an opportunity for you! Chesapeake Academy (in Irvington) is looking for the first recipient of the H. Hiter Harris, Jr. Merit[...]
all-day Lancaster Library Lottery @ Lancaster Community Library
Lancaster Library Lottery @ Lancaster Community Library
Jan 17 all-day
The Lancaster Community Library Lottery is going on now until January 20th. Buy your ticket early this year and get in on the Early Bird Drawing of $1,000 plus you only pay $95. December 22nd[...]
2:30 pm Democratic Primary Public Forum @ Mathews Boys and Girls Club
Democratic Primary Public Forum @ Mathews Boys and Girls Club
Jan 17 @ 2:30 pm – 5:00 pm
On Sunday, January 21, 2018, CircleUp Middle Peninsula will sponsor a Public Forum for the candidates running for the First Congressional District Democratic Primary at the Mathews Boys and Girls Club. The forum is scheduled[...]
7:15 pm Wednesday Word of Worship in the... @ The Community's Christian Church
Wednesday Word of Worship in the... @ The Community's Christian Church
Jan 17 @ 7:15 pm
The Community’s Christian Church in Warsaw will be continuing their “Wednesday Word of Worship in the Neck” series on January 17th at 7:15 p.m. Special guests will be Pastor Rose Curry and the Willie Chapel[...]

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