Craft Brewery Set To Open In Colonial Beach

A new craft brewer is set to open in Colonial Beach in the spring of 2017. Colonial Beach brewing will feature a small tasting room and patio seating. Owners Mark Turner and Ted Saffos are renovating the space on Washington Avenue.   Mark Turner said “We want to open a small brewery that takes chances on different styles and constantly cycles through the beer offered. He also added that he will use local ingredients as often as possible. Such as hops grown in King George and oysters for its Oyster Stout from the Northern Neck of Virginia.” Visitors can...

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ESSEX COUNTY- One person is dead after a single vehicle crash early Sunday morning (December 18) when the car they were driving ran off the road and struck a tree.  The crash occurred at approximately 1:10 a.m., on Route 619 (Sunnyside Road), 4/10 mile east of Route 650 (Hickory Hill Road) in Essex County.   Virginia State Police Master Trooper A. Allen is investigating the crash.   The trooper’s investigation revealed that a 1998 Ford Escort was traveling east on Route 619 when it ran off the road to the right struck a tree and caught fire, a passenger...

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VHSL Announces 2016 2A All-State Cheer Team

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA — The Virginia High School League 2016 Group 2A All-State cheer team has been selected. Graham senior Carson Cooper and Graham head coach Debra Brewster were named 2A cheerleader of the year and 2A coach of the year after leading the G-Men to the 2A state title. Other Group All-State teams will be announced as they are selected.   Twenty (20) individuals were chosen on the first team and 20 individuals were selected for the second team. Only those individuals ranked one through 20 to all-region teams are eligible for selection to the All-State...

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Delegate Margaret B. Ransone issues statement on Congressman Rob Wittman

KINSALE, VA – Virginia Delegate Margaret B. Ransone (R-99th) issued the following statement on Congressman Rob Wittman’s decision to remain in the House of Representatives and not run for Governor in 2017.  “Rob Wittman has an extraordinary opportunity to work with President-elect Trump and a Republican-controlled House and Senate in an expanded leadership role to promote our shared Northern Neck values. He is a great friend, and I look forward to continuing to work with him as the voice for our shared constituency in...

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Corrections Director Appointed to Prestigious National Organization

RICHMOND– The head of the Virginia Department of Corrections has been appointed to a prestigious national group of public and private sector fellows who make a lifetime commitment to improving government. Director Harold W. Clarke was inducted as a National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA) Fellow during ceremonies on November 18 in Washington, D.C. The National Academy of Public Administration is a non-profit, non-partisan organization whose work is directed primarily by Congress or executive branch leadership seeking assistance with complex problems that require subject matter expertise and independence. “Virginia has become known as a national leader in corrections,” said...

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Merry Point Ferry to reopen; Sunny Bank Ferry closed for repairs

  The Sunny Bank Ferry is back in service in Northumberland County. The ferry was taken out of service on Thursday, Dec. 1 for mechanical repairs to the vessel’s drive wheel, which operates the ferry pulley system. The Sunny Bank Ferry is located on Route 644 in Northumberland, and crosses the Little Wicomico River. 511Virginia Motorists can find real-time information on ferry service, lane closures, traffic and incidents on 511Virginia. Download the  free mobile 511Virginia app for Apple and Android devices to stay connected, or visit Motorists also can reach 511Virginia by calling 511 from any phone in...

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VDOT Improving Bridge in K&Q County

VDOT has closed Dragonsville Road just west of Route 610 (Timber Branch Road) to through traffic. The bridge is located near Route 614 (Devils 3 Jump Road) and Route 614 (Rock Springs Road) in the Dragonsville area of King & Queen County. A detour will be in place for approximately four weeks while construction is underway. Signs are posted along the recommended detour, which is approximately 20 miles: Route 614 (Devils 3 Jump Rd.) Route 14 (The Trail) Route 617 (Carlton’s Corner Rd.) Route 616 (Zion Church Rd.) VDOT crews will replace the existing bridge’s steel beams and deck...

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Local Student Achieves Top ACT Score

Saetbyull Park, daughter of Daniel Park and Maria Kim of Warsaw and a senior at St. Margaret’s School, earned the highest possible ACT composite score of 36. On average, less than one-tenth of 1 percent of students who take the ACT earn a top score. In the U.S. high school graduating class of 2016, only 2,235 out of nearly 2.1 million graduates who took the ACT earned a composite score of 36. The ACT consists of tests in English, mathematics, reading and science, each scored on a scale of 1–36. A student’s composite score is the average of the...

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Sparta Road Reopened!

Route 721 (Sparta Road) in Caroline County has reopened to traffic at the bridge over Maracossic Creek. In early November, Sparta Road was closed to through traffic near Route 640 (Maracossic Drive) and Route 654 (Pendleton Road) in the Sparta area of the county as Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) crews worked to improve the bridge. VDOT crews replaced the existing bridge’s steel beams and deck with new timber, steel and guardrail in less than a month. The upgraded bridge over Maracossic Creek is now open to traffic and the nine-mile detour has been lifted. Built in 1960, the...

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Gay pride assembly at Virginia Beach school postponed VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) — A gay-pride assembly scheduled to occur at Cox High School in Virginia Beach has been postponed. Media outlets report that the assembly, planned by the school’s Gay-Straight Alliance, was scheduled to take place Dec. 5. The event was to be optional for students. It would have included a question-and-answer panel with students and a speech from Michael Berlucchi, the president of Hampton Roads Pride. The Virginian-Pilot reports that incoming School Board member Victoria Manning sent an email Saturday to board Chairman Dan Edwards saying, in part,...

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Virginia men arrested in takedown of gun trafficking ring NEW YORK (AP) — Police have arrested four Virginia men who they say were part of a conspiracy to smuggle guns from their home state into New York City for sale on the street. Prosecutors say 28-year-old Clive Dixon, the suspected ringleader of the group, was apprehended along with three of his suppliers following an investigation into the “iron pipeline” of illegally trafficked firearms. The suspects coordinated sales over the phone and through text messages. Dixon allegedly sold more than 100 weapons at an average price of $1,000 a piece...

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Rolling Stone challenges verdict in UVa defamation case RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Rolling Stone magazine has asked a judge to overturn a jury’s verdict in the defamation case over its 2014 story about a gang rape at the University of Virginia. Jurors found in November that the magazine, its publisher and a reporter defamed University of Virginia administrator Nicole Eramo’s with its botched story “A Rape on Campus.” Eramo was awarded $3 million. Attorneys for the magazine said in a motion filed Monday that the judge should overrule the jury’s verdict. The magazine said there is no evidence that...

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Bridge painting will continue on Route 360 at the Downing Bridge at Tappahannock through Saturday, Dec. 10th.  Route 360 will be reduced to a single lane on the Downing Bridge on Saturday, Dec. 3 through Saturday, Dec. 10. Lane closures will not be permitted during the following hours: Saturday and Sunday No lane closures between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. Monday-Friday No lane closures between 6 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. No lane closures between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. A flagging crew will direct traffic through the work zone. Motorists are encouraged to allow extra travel time, and delays...

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New discoveries could be found in President Monroe’s letters WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (AP) — William & Mary has acquired more than two dozen letters that President James Monroe wrote to his Treasury Secretary. The university in Williamsburg, Virginia, says they’ve never been published before. The school says the acquisition comes at a time of renewed interest in the fifth president. He served from 1817 to 1825. Jay Gaidmore, director of the Special Collections Research Center at the school’s Swem Library, says the correspondence could provide new scholarship discoveries into Monroe’s presidency. He says there are not many existing letters between...

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Legislative leaders say Virginia State Police pay a priority RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Legislative leaders from both parties say increasing salaries and reducing staffing shortages among Virginia State Police will be a priority in the upcoming legislative session despite the state’s budget shortfall. The state is facing an estimated $1.5 billion shortfall due to lower-than-expected income and sales tax collections, which prompted Gov. Terry McAuliffe over the summer to scrap planned raises for state employees. The head of the State Police says since that time, departures have escalated, leaving the agency with a severe manpower shortage. Sen. William Stanley,...

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