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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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Education

Northumberland County Public Schools' Assistant Superintendent Dale Wittler

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

Posted on April 17, 2014 at 6:28 pm

“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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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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