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A picture taken of Claudine Jaquier Gifford a few weeks ago. This was not taken the day that she disappeared.

Candlelight vigil in Kilmarnock for missing Burgess woman Claudine Gifford Sunday evening, August 3

Posted on July 30, 2014 at 1:04 pm

A candlelight vigil will be held  on Sunday, August 3, for the return of Claudine Jaquier Gifford, of Burgess, who went missing over three weeks ago. The vigil begins at 7:30 p.m. in the courtyard of the Kilmarnock Inn, at 34 East Church Street in Kilmarnock, and will be open to the public. Candles will be supplied, and parking is available in the lot behind Lee’s Restaurant. The vigil can

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  • Fredericksburg man airlifted from two-vehicle accident on 360 near Callao

    Posted on July 30, 2014 at 1:01 pm

    A helicopter arrives to transport Thomas Clohan of Fredericksburg to VCU Medical Center. Clohan was injured in an auto accident Friday outside of Callao.

    Local emergency officials and the Virginia State Police responded Friday to a two-vehicle accident on Route 360 East outside of Callao in which one driver was freed from entrapment within his car and airlifted from the scene. Involved were Thomas Clohan, 66, of Fredericksburg, and Norman Dodson, 59, of Heathsville. According to VSP Trooper Patrick McCranie, he had pulled his dump truck, to which a two-axle trailer was attached, out

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  • Northumberland Democrats discuss meeting with Delegate Margaret Ransone

    Posted on July 30, 2014 at 12:58 pm


    When Northumberland County’s Democratic Committee met in Heathsville Thursday, it learned that four of its members had what Joe Schlatter termed a “very cordial” meeting with Virginia’s 99th District Delegate Margaret Ransone, a Republican, on July 3. Schlatter, David Cariens, Horace Adams and Kitty Creeth all reported on their talk with Ransone and, in some cases, were able to relate that Ransone was favorably disposed to the ideas they presented.

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  • Meet Mike Ransome, Northumberland Middle School’s new principal

    Posted on July 23, 2014 at 12:57 pm

    Mike Ransome is the new Northumberland Middle School Principal.

    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 school board to reduce teacher pay raises from 3 to 1 percent

    Posted on July 16, 2014 at 2:48 pm

    At its meeting Monday night, the Northumberland County’s School Board shed little light on how it will disperse the funds allotted to it by the Board of Supervisors for the coming fiscal year. The schools had asked for $17,383,259 and the supervisors gave them $16,207,863 divided between seven categories. The budget adopted at the school board’s meeting simply adopted the budget as laid out by the Supervisors. It provided no

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  • Husband and wife Howard and Joy Straughan remembered together

    Posted on July 16, 2014 at 2:01 pm

    If people are measured by how many folks come their funerals, Howard and Joy Straughan’s memorial service in Heathsville Saturday showed them to be giants in the esteem of those who knew them. Just before the scheduled starting time for the service, St. Stephens Episcopal Church’s rector, Lucia Lloyd, asked everybody to “squeeze in” so more people could fit in the church’s packed pews. Howard and Joy had passed away

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  • Missing woman described as private, soft-spoken, gentle

    Posted on July 13, 2014 at 10:05 pm

    A picture taken of Claudine Jaquier Gifford a few weeks ago. This was not taken the day that she disappeared.

    People move to the Northern Neck for many reasons. Claudine Jaquier Gifford moved from Orlando, Florida to escape her 17-year marriage. She arrived at a close friend’s home in Burgess last June, in a beat up van, with a pile of clothes and her dog. Gifford, who is turning 44 this month, is a tiny woman at just 112 pounds and 5-foot 4. She has a quiet demeanor and, friends

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  • Search for Burgess woman in Northern Neck continues

    Posted on July 12, 2014 at 2:51 pm

    A picture taken of Claudine Jaquier Gifford a few weeks ago. This was not taken the day that she disappeared.

    On Thursday, over 20 volunteers, many of whom did not know Claudine Jaquier Gifford, held a search party near Windmill Point to find her. The party met up at 5 p.m., searched several areas that included Henry’s Island and concluded their search when darkness fell. Volunteers split up into smaller groups and examined tire tracks, footprints and cleared trails in the woods. They asked nearby residents if they had seen

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  • Board of supervisors increase county contribution to Northumberland Public Library

    Posted on July 2, 2014 at 12:03 pm

    library sign

    In April, at least two dozen Northumberland County Public Library supporters appeared at a Board of Supervisors meeting to urge the Supervisors to provide more county fundimg to the library than they have in the past. The Library’s board of directors chairman, Micki Pugh, advised the Supervisors that unless the county raised its contribution to the library from $110,000 to $138,000, the state would not send the $45,000 the library

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