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Northumberland supervisors create vacation rental category, make by-right use 4-1

Posted on July 16, 2014 at 2:45 pm

Northumberland County’s board of supervisors put an end to the debate about “tourist homes” at its Thursday night meeting. It also threw an unexpected curveball as it did so. Based on their comments at a recent work session on the tourist home question, most of those at the meeting expected the supervisors to adopt an ordinance that put tourist homes into the same category with bed and breakfasts, which they

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Northumberland school board to reduce teacher pay raises from 3 to 1 percent

Posted on July 16, 2014 at 2:48 pm

At its meeting Monday night, the Northumberland County’s School Board shed little light on how it will disperse the funds allotted to it by the Board of Supervisors for the coming fiscal year. The schools had asked for $17,383,259 and the supervisors gave them $16,207,863 divided between seven categories. The budget adopted at the school board’s meeting simply adopted the budget as laid out by the Supervisors. It provided no

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  • Husband and wife Howard and Joy Straughan remembered together

    Posted on July 16, 2014 at 2:01 pm

    If people are measured by how many folks come their funerals, Howard and Joy Straughan’s memorial service in Heathsville Saturday showed them to be giants in the esteem of those who knew them. Just before the scheduled starting time for the service, St. Stephens Episcopal Church’s rector, Lucia Lloyd, asked everybody to “squeeze in” so more people could fit in the church’s packed pews. Howard and Joy had passed away

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  • Missing woman described as private, soft-spoken, gentle

    Posted on July 13, 2014 at 10:05 pm

    A picture taken of Claudine Jaquier Gifford a few weeks ago. This was not taken the day that she disappeared.

    People move to the Northern Neck for many reasons. Claudine Jaquier Gifford moved from Orlando, Florida to escape her 17-year marriage. She arrived at a close friend’s home in Burgess last June, in a beat up van, with a pile of clothes and her dog. Gifford, who is turning 44 this month, is a tiny woman at just 112 pounds and 5-foot 4. She has a quiet demeanor and, friends

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Sports

Northumberland High School’s all-star athletes Connor Haislip (left) and Brandon Walker.

Onward to All-Stars for Northumberland Athletes: Brandon Walker wins MVP

Posted on July 16, 2014 at 2:59 pm

The 2013-2014 high school sports season is in the books. Two Northumberland High School athletes were chosen to play in the Virginia High School League Coaches All-Star games at Liberty University in Lynchburg last week. Connor Haislip was selected to play in the girls’ volleyball game Thursday afternoon. Brandon Walker made the all-star team for baseball and played Thursday night. For his play, Brandon received the trophy as the East’s

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  • Northern Neck native, Harpers Ferry resident finishes first for women’s overall in Reedville Firecracker 5K

    Posted on July 16, 2014 at 2:54 pm

    Brooke Crowther crosses the finish line to finish with the fastest time in the Reedville Firecracker 5K amongst all women competitors.

    The Firecracker 5K went off without a hitch during the July 4th celebration in Reedville. An unseasonably cool day with lower humidity saw a record 533 entrants in the race. There were serious and casual runners, including a number of children being pushed in strollers. This yearly tradition was part of the larger celebration which also enjoyed by a record number of people. The big parade was led by Grand

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  • Northumberland County Little League boys and girls teams get their game on

    Posted on July 2, 2014 at 12:06 pm

    Little League tournament play for Major boys and girls, age 11-12 enters its second full week. Already complete are the Minor girls and boys, age 9-10 year-olds. After having one of their best years, the Minor boys finished in fourth place in their tournament here at the Heathsville Little League Park. They opened with a loss but rebounded for three straight wins before losing to eventual district champions, Essex. Making

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Lifestyles

Dr. Mathieu Sisk, whose chiropractic influence is B.J. Palmer (in frame).

Warsaw chiropractor and Northumberland educator adjusts to his new clinic

Posted on July 12, 2014 at 2:55 pm

It all started with a love for the game of rugby. Inside his newly opened, spacious chiropractic center on Warsaw’s Main Street, Dr. Mathieu W. Sisk, D.C. walked into a room filled with memories of experiences, triumphs and inspirations. Lined atop a row of white cabinets in the room were two rugby game balls next to a collection of buoys from Sisk’s travels; they were adorned with the signatures of

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  • Missoula Children’s Theatre at Westmoreland Players Theater near Callao

    Posted on July 2, 2014 at 12:09 pm

    Children perform onstage as part of Missoula Children’s Theater.

    Pirates, mermaids, sailors, beach bums, sea creatures, crabs, crocodiles and parrots took over the stage at The Westmoreland Players Theater on Saturday.  Under the leadership of two Missoula Children’s Theatre (MCT) representatives, 51 children ages 5 to 18 years old put on two performances of “Blackbeard the Pirate” for friends and family.  From try-outs on Monday until showtime, the young actors and actresses had one week to practice for the

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  • Heathsville Farmers Market alive with color

    Posted on June 26, 2014 at 11:10 am

    Garner’s Produce from Westmoreland County showcase fresh vegetables from their latest harvest

    The Heathsville Farmers Market had more vendors Saturday than it has ever had. More than 45 attended. Although threatening clouds and competition from Tappahannock’s Riverfest may have cut down on the crowds at the market, numerous people wandered around the market looking at the vendors’ wares and visiting Rice Hotel/Hughlett Tavern’s four guilds ‑ blacksmiths, woodworkers, quilters and spinners and weavers. They also watched several artists who were set up

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Entertainment

Kids Day at Heathsville Farmers Market, July 19

Posted on July 17, 2014 at 9:14 am

This month’s theme is “Kids Day”! Bring the kids and the grand-kids! We’ve got fun things for them to see and do. The 4-H is bringing their miniature horses. Several corn-hole games will be set up for playing in front of the Carriage House. A “mystery hunt” will take place at 10 a.m. Prizes will be awarded and every participant will get a special treat. There will be special kids’

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  • Art speaks on the Bay 2014

    Posted on July 17, 2014 at 8:59 am

    The Bay School Community Arts Center is proud to present Virginia artists in its second annual juried art show at the Art Speaks Gallery at the Bay School.  “Art Speaks on the Bay” will run until July 19. The show includes 84 pieces of two-dimensional and three-dimensional artists, exhibiting the works of 70 artists from across the state.  120 artists with 328 artworks entered the juried competition, presenting a diverse and

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  • Imprisoned by comedy: Westmoreland Players perform Neil Simon classic

    Posted on May 7, 2014 at 4:39 pm

    The Westmoreland Players current production, Neil Simon’s “The Prisoner of Second Avenue,” will bring back memories to older members of the audience. The background soundtrack includes Speedy Alka Selzer and Dinah Shore’s “See the USA, in your Chevrolet” commercials. Other than that, younger members of the audience can identify with the trials and tribulations of Mel and Edna Edison as Mel, at age 47, gets downsized out of his job

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