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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Travel

Education

Mike Ransome is the new Northumberland Middle School Principal.

Meet Mike Ransome, Northumberland Middle School’s new principal

Posted on July 23, 2014 at 12:57 pm

Mike Ransome, the new Principal of Northumberland Middle School was born and grew up in Middlesex County, but Ransome seemed destined to be an educator, even at an early age. When he was just a little boy, he used his younger sister as his first pupil. He liked giving  her quizzes and tests. “I  used to get so much joy in marking her papers right, or wrong,  with a red

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  • Northumberland County School Board faced with decision of trimming $637K from 2014-2015 school budget

    Posted on July 2, 2014 at 11:33 am

    The Northumberland County Board of Supervisors did not meet the full school budget request by roughly $1.1 million. In Thursday’s meeting, the board of supervisors allotted the schools $1,175, 396 less than the schools had asked for in their budget request. The school board had asked for $17,383,259 and the Supervisors gave it $16,207,863. The amount provided by the Supervisors, however, included $224,432 more than the county committed to the

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  • A musical ending to elementary adventures

    Posted on June 5, 2014 at 11:15 am

    Fifth graders perform selections with their recorders as students do the Limbo.

    At first thought, a ceremony for fifth grade students who have passed into the sixth grade may seem silly. In Northumberland County, at least, it makes sense. The students have completed their studies at the elementary school and will be moving on to a completely new campus next fall. On Thursday, the 102 students moving up were recognized in a program at the middle/high school auditorium. Music teacher Stephanie Phillips

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Religion

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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  • Faithful find Snipes at Kirkland Grove

    Posted on September 18, 2013 at 9:51 am

    Rev. Snipes at revival services last week.

    There were no flashlights, no gunny sacks and no one left holding the bag, but spectacular evening weather, covered dish meals and a variety of live music provided the backdrop to three inspirational messages by the Rev Randall Snipes, of Oak Grove Baptist Church during revival services held last week at Kirkland Grove. Built in 1892 from on-site timber, Kirkland Grove tabernacle and facilities in Heathsville has hosted revivals and

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  • Church’s stance on guns divisive

    Posted on September 4, 2013 at 11:28 am

    About 10 days ago, The Episcopal Bishop of Virginia, Shannon Johnston, sent an email to his denomination that could cause some dissension in its ranks. The Bishop wrote, “In 2013, the Diocese of Virginia passed two resolutions … R-3a, ‘Response to Gun Violence’ [which] supports the strengthening and reinstatement of a federal ban on military-style semiautomatic assault weapons, while R-4a, ‘Action to Reduce Gun Violence, calls for Virginia Episcopalians to

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Health

Brian Belfield

Regaining strength a little closer to home

Posted on March 25, 2014 at 4:46 pm

A helping hand has embraced the lower part of Northumberland and its residents in need of physical therapy. After having seen patients that were coming from as far as Reedville to Belfield Physical Therapy in Warsaw, Brian Belfield, D.P.T., has expanded his business to include a clinic in the Burgess area, where he has already treated a number of locals since its recent opening. “All the patients yesterday were saying,

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  • Mid-County expresses need for volunteers

    Posted on January 24, 2014 at 7:00 am

    Last Thursday, Northumberland County Democrats learned about Mid-County Volunteer Rescue Squad’s services and costs, as well as the challenges faced by volunteer first responders in the county. The rescue squad’s newly elected captain Joe Schlatter said his organization was in strong need of personnel. He added that the same volunteers have virtually been answering calls all of the time. Kitty Creeth said that the county has one of the oldest

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  • Exemptions announced for volunteer first responders

    Posted on January 15, 2014 at 10:12 am

    There will be no emergency situations for local volunteer firefighters and emergency workers as far as healthcare requirements are concerned. On Friday, U.S. Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va) announced that volunteer emergency service workers will not be required to be counted as full-time equivalent employees for purposes of healthcare coverage per the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as “Obamacare.” Chris Neale, president of Callao Volunteer Fire Department, said his organization

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