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School division loses full accreditation

Posted on September 24, 2014 at 12:19 pm

One of Northumberland County’s schools, the high school, missed full accreditation when the state board of education released its determinations regarding Virginia’s schools last week. But it didn’t miss by much. The high school’s students performed at acceptably high levels in every subject but mathematics. In that, an abysmal performance with only 58 per cent of the students passing the spring Standards of Learning math test dragged the school’s three

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Wittman thanks supporters

Posted on September 24, 2014 at 12:39 pm

With about a month left before November’s election, Rep. Rob Wittman had a “thank you” party for supporters in West Point Sunday afternoon. While most of those attending the party were from the Middle Peninsula there were others from more distant parts of Virginia’s First District. Eric Herr, the Republican’s First District Chairman came to West Point from an earlier commitment in Stafford. He said he keeps as close to

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  • Libertarian candidate Robert Sarvis hosted by 99th District Tea Party in Lancaster County

    Posted on September 17, 2014 at 1:48 pm

    U.S. Senatorial Candidate Robert Sarvis

    Featured speaker and U.S. Senatorial candidate Robert Sarvis shared the following joke from his software development days with the 99th District Tea Party in Lively Tuesday evening: “When you see a problem in society and you create a huge government program to deal with it, now you have two problems.” “I think that in every area of our public policy, that’s exactly what’s happening,” Sarvis said as he shared how

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  • Northumberland schools get federal boost

    Posted on September 10, 2014 at 10:51 am

    At Northumberland County’s school board meeting in Lottsburg, Sophronia, Smith who handles federal programs for the schools, noted that Northumberland is in line to get $18,000 more from federal sources this year than it did last year. This year the federal government will send the county $514,530. School Resource Officer, Deputy Sheriff Allen Garland, provided the Board with copies of the schools’ “crisis plans.” There are two documents, one 66 pages

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Northumberland offense dominates Mathews in 60-7 blowout

Posted on September 24, 2014 at 12:50 pm

Firing on all cylinders, the Northumberland’s varsity football team offense rolled over Mathews there Friday night by a 60-7 score.  The Indians scored on every offensive series in the game.  This sixty points was most scored in at least two years. The defensive unit, playing like a well oiled machine, gave the Indians good field position most of the game.  With the game less than three minutes old, Northumberland struck

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  • Northumberland volleyball squad gets big victory over Mathews

    Posted on September 17, 2014 at 2:37 pm

    The week before last, it was a close match loss at Mathews. This week, it wasn’t anywhere close at all. The Northumberland Lady Indians volleyball unit rebounded in a big way on Thursday with a victory over the Lady Blue Devils at Northumberland High School. On Tuesday of last week, Northumberland defeated the Middlesex volleyball team 3-0. On Thursday, it was two of the top teams in the Eastern Region

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  • Northumberland field hockey girls still searching for their first win of the season

    Posted on September 17, 2014 at 2:36 pm

    The Lady Indians field hockey teams traveled to 4A New Kent last week and lost 6-0. Coach Rachel Lane, however, noted the play of Northumberland player Macy Swift. “She kept the ball moving the entire game,” Lane said. Megan Baughan had three shots on goal with one coming very close to making it into the New Kent net. Olivia Vogel was in goal for the Indians. Lane noted the play

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Lifestyles

Young participants enjoy some of the activities featured at the YMCA’s annual dinner.

Dinner and auction raises money for the Y

Posted on September 24, 2014 at 12:45 pm

The organizers of the Northumberland Y’s annual dinner and auction could relax and enjoy themselves Saturday night as 500 ticket holders gathered in Festival Halle in Reedville. The entire cost of the affair was already covered by corporate donors. Anything more brought in by the auction would be gravy. The dinner is a major fund raising event that supports the Y’s Guardian Program, which makes grants available to people who

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  • Northern Neck winery built on more than just ‘Good Luck’

    Posted on September 11, 2014 at 9:00 am

    Katie and Paul Krop have done something that takes more than just good luck. They have taken a piece of land used as a sand and gravel pit for forty or fifty years, denuded of all top soil and then strewn with concrete rip rap and stumps and turned it into Good Luck Cellars, a beautiful vineyard and winery that is becoming a community and cultural center just outside the

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  • Camp S.W.A.G. 2014 at Macedonia Baptist Church in Heathsville

    Posted on August 22, 2014 at 12:57 pm

    Camp S.W.A.G. 2014 Press Release   August 11 – 15 was another busy week at Macedonia Baptist Church in Heathsville. Twenty-seven young men from around the Northern Neck were busy learning new things at Camp S.W.A.G. (Success While Achieving Godliness). The camp directors Rev. Kevin Elmore and Mr. Bill Hines involved the young men in exciting hands on learning activities, group discussions and much more. The goal of the camp

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Entertainment

Spotlight Studio dance group performs A Tribute to Disney during the talent Extravaganza.

Talent Extravaganza showcases local performers

Posted on September 24, 2014 at 12:26 pm

A packed audience enjoyed the 2014 Talent Extravaganza presented by the Kilmarnock museum at Lancaster Middle School this September 20th.  The performances ranged from solo acts to dance troupes and even hula hoop demonstrations. The tone of the evening was set early by the Master of Ceremonies, Dick Saxer, who has hosted the Talent Extravaganza for 12 years now.  He kept the audience entertained between acts with lines like “Does

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  • Northumberland Family YMCA to kick off First Annual ‘Guns and Hoses Bowl’ September 6

    Posted on August 8, 2014 at 5:01 pm

    The day before the first NFL Sunday of 2014, local residents can get their fill of football excitement with the first-ever Guns and Hoses Bowl hosted by the Northumberland Family YMCA! The Northumberland and Richmond County sheriff’s offices will team up with Virginia State Police to square off against the Fairfields and Callao Volunteer Fire Departments in a game of flag football. The inaugural event, organized and coordinated by Northumberland

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  • A pinch of wit and a dash of hilarity on stage with Westmoreland Players’ Arsenic and Old Lace

    Posted on August 6, 2014 at 1:46 pm

    Frank Connelly (from left) and John Pittman get ready to taste the arsenic-laced wine served by Anita Harrower (from left) and Sharon Robertson in the Westmoreland Players’ production of the classic comedy “Arsenic and Old Lace.”

    By Colston Newton   With their current production, “Arsenic and Old Lace,” the Westmoreland Players have tackled another show from the earlier Broadway and film productions that have engraved certain actors’ portrayals of their characters onto the public consciousness. That’s theatrical bravery, but the Players have gotten away with it again. The only way Michell Bruner’s portrayal of murderous Jonathan Brewster is less than that of Boris Karloff on Broadway

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