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New restaurant coming to Heathsville this weekend

Posted on April 16, 2014 at 5:47 pm

By lunch this coming Saturday, a new restaurant will be open in Rice Hotel/Hughlett Tavern in Heathsville. After months of the dealing with bureaucrats that is necessary before an eatery can open, the Tavern and its new restaurateur, Lee Arnest, finally have the necessary licenses to begin operations. The sooner the better, as far as a number of people who attended a private birthday party that Arnest catered Saturday are

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Couple files lawsuit against Northumberland County following denial of tourist home permit

Posted on April 16, 2014 at 5:49 pm

Northumberland County is being hauled into court again. In February, the county was sued by a youngster and her parents over actions and inactions in a case where a school resource officer had an illegal relationship with the girl. Now, it’s being sued by a couple whose request for a permit to operate a “tourist home” in their house in the Twin Harbours subdivision was not met with approval. During

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  • Northumberland man to serve five years for sexual crimes

    Posted on April 1, 2014 at 5:41 pm

    Robert O. Lawson, a 54-year-old Reedville man was given an active sentence of five years after he pleaded guilty to two charges of aggravated sexual battery and one charge of indecent liberties with a child. Each of the crimes for which Lawson was convicted occurred over 25 years ago when he was in his teens and 20’s. Lawson was accused of sexually abusing three girls over a 10-year period between

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  • $1.4M increase sought for school budget

    Posted on March 27, 2014 at 8:00 am

    Northumberland County’s school board met in a special session Monday afternoon to approve a proposed budget for the coming school year. School Board member Dean Sumner was not at the meeting, but the four members who attended voted unanimously to ask that the schools be funded at $17,383,259 during the 2014-2015 fiscal period. The amount is an increase of $1,399,828 over last year but, due to increased funding primarily from

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Northumberland’s Jack Jett bats a pitch to center field.

Another strong showing for Indians baseball team

Posted on April 16, 2014 at 5:59 pm

Picking up where they left off last week, the Northumberland varsity baseball team had another strong week as they captured their first conference win of the season. On Tuesday at home, they edged out King William 3-2 in a  10-inning nail biter; on Thursday, also at home, they shut out Essex 10-0 in a five-inning contest. Tuesday featured an exciting game with King William taking an early lead through their

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  • A dominant week: Indians baseball team takes three straight victories

    Posted on April 9, 2014 at 10:25 am

    Last week couldn’t have gone much better for the Northumberland Indians varsity baseball team. On Tuesday at home, they topped Mathews 4-0. On Friday, participating in the Dream Fields Invitational, they beat King William 10-4 and on Saturday blew out Middlesex 10-0. On Tuesday, Northumberland’s Jack Jett opened on the mound, pitching six innings and striking out 11 batters. “He pitched really well,” said Indians’ Head Coach Johnny Mothershead. In

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  • Softball squad splits week with one win and one loss

    Posted on April 9, 2014 at 10:24 am

    The Northumberland varsity girls’ softball team started off last week strong with a 5-1 victory over Mathews at home on Tuesday, and although they fared well against Nandua on Thursdaym a last-inning two-out home run gave the Lady Warriors a 7-5 win over the Indians. Tuesday, against one of the better teams that the Indians will again face this season, Head Coach Allison Cockrell said that he team “played really

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Lifestyles

Pastor Esther Agbosu of Henderson United Methodist Church

Meeting Pastor Esther Agbosu of Henderson United Methodist Church

Posted on April 16, 2014 at 5:54 pm

Pastor Esther came a long way to preach, but that didn’t bother her because she says the best things she likes about being a minister is preaching and teaching. Her journey in life began in a faraway country in Africa. She was born in Accra, Ghana, in West Africa overlooking the Gulf of Guinea. Ghana produces bauxite, manganese  and long been a producer of gold. Its land is also good

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  • Northumberland forensics team takes second in States with three all-state podiums

    Posted on April 2, 2014 at 10:06 am

    The 2013-2014 Northumberland High School forensics team. With their gold medals are Prose winner Alexandra Pitman (left) and Humorous Dramatic Interpretation winner Johnnie McAfee. In the back with his silver medal is Story Telling runner-up Joshua McKinley. Forensics Coach Patricia Dawson stands at center with the team's second-place trophy.

    Northumberland High School had a great showing at the Virginia State Forensics meet this weekend. They walked away with a second place team win, as well as three all-state awards. Each state champion in their perspective categories were Alexandra Pitman in Prose and Johnnie McAfee in Humorous Dramatic Interpretation. Earning second place state honors in Storytelling was Joshua McKinley.

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  • A big show of support for Owl Town 10K

    Posted on March 25, 2014 at 4:50 pm

    Northumberland Deputy Shawn Boone with his faithful dog entered the race at a walk, however Boone’s son and daughter ran in the race.

    Saturday morning dawned cool and cloudy, but 105 participants showed up at 7:30 A.M. ready to race in the Bethany Baptist Church Owl Town 10K Race. Participants were male and female, all ages and even a bomb-sniffing dog and his handler, Deputy Shawn Boone, joined the racers, but at a slower pace. Winners for the Women’s Division were: 1st Place, Amy Jones; 2nd. Place, Kristen Morris and 3rd Place, Tara

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April Trimmer, a first-time puller and winner of two Antique Tractor classes

A tractor pull for all ages

Posted on April 9, 2014 at 9:20 am

Finally saying good-bye to the long winter, enthusiasts gathered at Turner Field on Saturday and Sunday for the Callao Ruritan Club annual spring lawn mower and antique tractor pull. Numerous children registered to pull their lawn mowers on Saturday; four youngsters walked away with the trophies from the three youth classes. On Sunday, among the winners of the antique tractor classes was April Trimmer, a first-time puller who won the

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  • Jazzing the day away

    Posted on March 19, 2014 at 8:00 am

    Of the Charlottesville Swing Orchestra: John D’Earth on trumpet, Jeff Decker on alto sax, Robert Jospe on drums and Peter Spaar on bass.

      The Rappahannock Concert Association hit another one out of the park when it filled Northumberland High School’s auditorium with an audience that stood to cheer the Charlottesville Swing Orchestra when it finished its concert Saturday afternoon. The orchestra, led by trumpeter John D’Earth had the crowds’ feet tapping as it offered pieces from jazz greats such as Count Basie, Charlie Parker and Duke Ellington. Featured singer Stephanie Nakashian nearly

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  • Dance helps in restoring a local landmark

    Posted on March 19, 2014 at 7:00 am

    The “Ides of March” Dance in Reedville was sold out with 100 attendees aiding the restoration of the historic Festival Halle with their dancing feet.

    As a beautiful Saturday in Reedville faded to dusk, the Festival Halle came alive with the sounds of upbeat music and 100 attendees laughing, eating and dancing the night away. The proceeds from last week’s Ides of March Dance, hosted by the Reedville Fishermen’s Museum, helped benefit the Festival Halle’s restoration.  Since they acquired the building in 2009, RFM’s Carol Towne said they had put in at least 180 volunteer

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