Save the Saddlery Project Fundraiser

There will be a fundraiser for Save the Saddlery project in the Warsaw Town Park   this Friday, April 7th at 7pm.   It’s called Save The Saddlery: “Pickin’ in the Park” with special acoustical style   and traditional country music by Faron Hamblin.   Bring out your lawn chair or blanket and enjoy an evening of entertainment. Donations will be welcome for the Save the Saddlery...

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Peebles 30 Days of Giving Campaign

The Peebles department store in Tappahannock has chosen the   Essex County Homeless Organization E.C.H.O. to benefit from its bi-   annual Community Counts program called “30 Days of Giving.”   The 2017 spring campaign which will run through April 30th, will give   Peebles customers in Tappahannock the opportunity in helping   E.C.H.O. provide safe, warm overnight accommodations to the   homeless population of the Middle Peninsula and the Northern Neck   region.   Store Manager Tony Adams said Peebles locations in more than 25   states have raised about $3 million dollars for 850 plus organizations  ...

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Essex 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.   Rep. Rob Wittman will be in attendance to respond to constituents’ questions face-to-face.   Keith Hodges (Delegate 98th District), Ryan McDougle (State Senator 4th District), and other   representatives have been invited to participate.   Also Edwin Santana, a former Marine officer and Stafford County resident and Vangie Williams, a   business woman and Dahlgren resident are seeking to unseat Mr. Wittman...

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Richmond woman found guilty in beating death of goddaughter

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A Richmond woman has been found guilty after pleading no contest in the beating death of her 3-year-old goddaughter. Local media outlets report that 25-year-old Danielle Turner pleaded no contest on Tuesday to second-degree murder in the death of Latrice Walden. Turner was initially charged with felony child neglect, but those charges were later upgraded to first-degree murder. An autopsy revealed Walden died in February 2016 from blunt-force trauma to the head. Prosecutors say she had more than 100 bruises and cuts. Turner, who was watching the girl while her mother was the hospital giving...

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Health department program to dispense overdose reversal drug

Information from: The News Leader, http://www.newsleader.com) STAUNTON, Va. (AP) — A Shenandoah Valley health department district is starting a pilot program to distribute naloxone, an opioid overdose-reversal drug. Health officials said in a news release recently that the Central Shenandoah Health District will join three community services boards in providing naloxone and free training for how to use it. The News-Leader reports individuals who have overdosed or their household members are among those who should consider having it on hand. Naloxone is also known by the brand-name Narcan. It can quickly revive someone who has stopped breathing after overdosing....

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Freezing temperatures led to less honey production in 2016

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The state says freezing temperatures led to a decline in honey production last year. The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services announced this week that 2016 honey production from producers with five or more colonies totaled 190,000 pounds. That’s down 17 percent, or 38,000 pounds, from 2015. State Apiarist Keith Tignor says high winter colony losses and a late spring freeze led to the reduction. The department notes that crops such as apples, pumpkins, cucumbers, squash and blueberries are dependent on pollinators to fully develop their...

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Virginia counties getting grants to expand broadband access

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Five Virginia counties are getting grants to help extend broadband access in rural areas. Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s office says nearly $945,000 in grants will go to Albemarle, Augusta, Bland, Gloucester and Greensville counties. The Virginia Telecommunication Initiative is a new program that aims to help communities team up with service providers to expand broadband in underserved areas. McAuliffe says in a statement that broadband access is an “essential tool” to helping communities attract new business and support its schools and...

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Webb declines to accept Naval Academy award

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Former U.S. Sen. Jim Webb announced that he will not accept a Naval Academy Alumni Association award because of recent protests from other alumni. Media outlets report that several alumni wrote to the association starting last week, asking the organization to rescind the Distinguished Graduate Award planned for Webb, a 1968 graduate, because of his record of statements on women in the military. The award ceremony will take place Friday at the academy. In 1979, Webb wrote an essay for Washingtonian magazine called “Women Can’t Fight.” In it, he said that presence of women “at...

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3 Iraqis in US allegedly hid link to kidnapper

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — Three Iraqis living in the U.S. as refugees have been charged with visa fraud after prosecutors say they hid their family ties to a kidnapper. Thirty-five-year-old Yousif Al Mashhandani of Vienna, Virginia, and 38-year-old Adil Hasan of Burke, Virginia, were arrested Tuesday morning. A summons was issued for Hasan’s wife, 32-year-old Enas Ibrahim. All three came to the U.S. and settled in the Washington suburbs after applying for refugee status. But prosecutors say the two men are brothers of Majid Al Mashhandani. According to court papers, he has admitted his role in the 2004 kidnapping...

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McAuliffe encouraging eligible students to register to vote

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Gov. Terry McAuliffe is encouraging eligible high school students to register to vote. The governor declared the week starting April 23 as Virginia High School Student Voter Registration Week. In Virginia, a 17-year-old can register to vote as long as he or she will be 18 on or before the next general election. Any Virginia school that gets more than 65 percent of its eligible voters registered will get a certificate from...

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Carter Morgan – Men’s Golfer of the Week

Carter Morgan, a freshman from Tappahannock, Va., earned his first collegiate victory at the Marlin Invitational last week. Morgan finished as the lone player under par in the 30-man event, helping Virginia Wesleyan to the team title with a 23-over 599 (298-301). Morgan opened with a 2-under 70 on the 7,007-yard par 72-track at Sleepy Hole Golf Course in Suffolk, Va. He carded a 1-over 73 in the final round to clinch a five-stroke victory over teammate Keith Cooper (73-75). In seven total events, this is the first top-five and third top-10 showing for Morgan. He now owns a...

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Governor Terry McAuliffe Announces April as Racing Virginia Month

Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe announced today the signing of a resolution to declare the month of April as Racing Virginia Month. This recognition honors the storied history of racing in the Commonwealth of Virginia, which dates back over 70 years. The NASCAR weekends at Martinsville Speedway and Richmond International Raceway showcase the only major professional sport to annually visit The Commonwealth. As part of the celebration around Racing Virginia, Richmond has partnered with tracks around the Commonwealth to launch RacingVirginia.com. The site is intended to centralize information regarding all the racing action that happens in The Commonwealth. With original...

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ROUTE 684 (HOWERTON ROAD) WILL CLOSE NEXT WEEK IN ESSEX COUNTY

Pipe replacement will be underway between Boston Road and Johnville Road FREDERICKSBURG – The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) will close Route 684 (Howerton Road) between Route 610 (Boston Road) and Route 611 (Johnville Road) in Essex County next week, as crews install a new crosspipe underneath the road. Howerton Road will close to through traffic beginning at 8 a.m. on Monday, April 3 through 5 p.m. on Friday, April 7 in the Dunnsville area of the county. A detour will be in place for approximately one week while construction is underway. Two detour routes will be posted. Through...

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McAuliffe renews push for Medicaid expansion in Virginia

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe is renewing his push to expand Medicaid coverage, saying state Republicans have no excuses left after President Donald Trump’s failed bid to repeal Obamacare. McAuliffe said at a news conference Monday that the state is losing out on $6.6 million a day in federal money by not expanding the public health care program to roughly 400,000 low-income adults. The governor urged Republicans to approve a budget amendment giving him power to expand Medicaid, saying the issue had gained new urgency given Trump’s defeat last week in repealing the Affordable Care Act....

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Parts of confession thrown out in 13-year-old girl’s slaying

(Information from: The Roanoke Times, http://www.roanoke.com) CHRISTIANSBURG, Va. (AP) — Some statements that a former Virginia Tech student made to police about the slaying of a 13-year-old girl are being thrown out after a judge cited improper interrogation techniques. The Roanoke Times reports a judge ruled Monday that parts of Natalie Keepers’ confession cannot be used at trial. He said officers should have read Keepers her Miranda rights and told her she had the right to talk to an attorney once it was clear she would be charged in Nicole Lovell’s death. The newspaper reports, however, that Keepers’ admission...

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all-day Wild & Scenic Film Festival
Wild & Scenic Film Festival
Feb 20 all-day
Friends of the Rappahannock proudly presents the Wild & Scenic Film Festival! Witness ordinary folks getting outside, dreaming big, and making the world a better place!  Environmental, nature and adventure films from around the world.[...]
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Feb 21 all-day
Vendors are still needed for the Northumberland High School Farm & Field Day on Saturday April 14th. 10×10 spaces are still available for only $10. for more information, call Lee Meadows at 804-580-5192.
all-day Merman the Magician
Merman the Magician
Feb 21 all-day
Join Chesapeake Academy on Saturday, February 24 at 2:00 p.m. as they host Merman the Magician who amazes and delights with incredible illusions and magic which includes floating an audience member in mid air! This[...]
all-day Tappahannock Tides Sign-Ups
Tappahannock Tides Sign-Ups
Feb 21 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 Wild & Scenic Film Festival
Wild & Scenic Film Festival
Feb 21 all-day
Friends of the Rappahannock proudly presents the Wild & Scenic Film Festival! Witness ordinary folks getting outside, dreaming big, and making the world a better place!  Environmental, nature and adventure films from around the world.[...]

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