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Pictured are Nathan Parker (from right) and Izaak Hagy with their winning wind turbine from the Virginia Beach KidWind Challenge.

Onto the 2014 National KidWind Challenge!

Posted on April 23, 2014 at 11:04 am

Not long ago, Northumberland Middle School students Izaak Hagy and Nathan Parker proved perhaps an unspoken hypothesis: Legos can have a practical use. A competition-winning practical use. That was the case when Legos were the building blocks for Parker and Hagy’s unique wind turbine that they entered into the KidWind Challenge in Virginia Beach last month. When the turbine was tested in the wind tunnel with a load, it generated

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  • The end of an era: longtime educator to retire in June

    Posted on April 17, 2014 at 6:28 pm

    Northumberland County Public Schools' Assistant Superintendent Dale Wittler

    “It’s time,” Dale Wittler said as he spoke, rather wistfully, of his coming retirement from his post as Northumberland County’s Assistant Superintendent of Schools. When  he continued, he talked happily  about his full schedule of work plans, which included continuing the restoration of  the outer walls of his home in Reedville. His retirement plans will not be tall work, as he and his wife, Gloria, are thinking about some exciting

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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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  • $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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  • A new school is coming to Northumberland County

    Posted on March 25, 2014 at 4:30 pm

    At Northumberland County’s March Board of Supervisors meeting, Bart and Leslie Morrison got the go-ahead to start a Christian school at Bethany Baptist Church next September. By Friday, they didn’t know how many students Emmanuel Classical Christian Academy (ECCA) would have but they are already hiring teachers and will open Pre-k through eighth grade school regardless of the numbers, Bart Morrison said. The “classical” in the school’s name means classical

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  • School leaders praise fewer SOLs

    Posted on March 20, 2014 at 9:57 am

    Rebecca Gates

    Northumberland school officials are pleased with state legislation that aims to reduce the total number of Standards of Learning tests for elementary and middle school students in Virginia public school systems, beginning with the 2014-2015 school year. As of March 8, the Virgina House of Delegates and Senate have approved House Bill 930 and Senate Bill 306, both of which lower the amount of SOL assessments that will be taken

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  • A unique competition: Forensics offers youth a chance to showcase a range of different talents

    Posted on March 19, 2014 at 8:04 am

    Northumberland High School’s Forensics team won the regional tournament this year with several of its members heading to the state competition, including (from left) Joey Gaskins, Emily Sprague, Joshua McKinley, Megan Baughan, Johnnie McAfee and Alexandra Pitman (not pictured).

    For many people, it’s no easy feat to speak before an audience — let alone act out a script where you assume the role of a wolf, a robot or a high school girl who is part T-Rex. But when the students of the Northumberland High School Forensics Team stand up to deliver the lines of a story, a play or poem, they are in their comfort zone, bringing to

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