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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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  • Ranson Contractors in Lottsburg of Northumberland County celebrates 60 years of serving Northern Neck communities

    Posted on July 2, 2014 at 11:48 am

    Mark Ranson stands beside one of his company’s trucks

    Ranson Contractors has been in business for 60 years this summer.  Earl Ranson started the business with his brother, Theodore serving Eastern Virginia in 1954. His son, Mark Ranson started working with him while  he attended Benedictine Military Institute in Richmond, then worked full time afterward. He did take a couple of semesters off while he attended college, only to find out his first love was in building and repairing

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  • Northumberland County board of supervisors adopt budget, appropriate $32.4 million for 2014-2015 fiscal year

    Posted on July 2, 2014 at 11:40 am

    Northumberland County’s Board of Supervisors adopted the county’s budget for fiscal year 2014-2015 at a meeting in Heathsville Thursday morning. The Supervisors appropriated $32,405,916 for county operations in the coming fiscal year. They also budgeted an additional $260,723 for several items but did not appropriate funds to pay for them. Before appropriating $200,000 for the purpose, the Supervisors wanted more information on two deputies and a dispatcher that the sheriff

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  • Scholarship awards abound for graduating seniors

    Posted on June 4, 2014 at 12:30 pm

    At Northumberland High School’s recent Senior Chapel, graduating seniors collected $87,595 in college scholarships from dozens of organizations. Dierra Green landed the biggest single award: $10,000 from the The Hickory Ground Foundation’’s Josiah Christian Leadership Scholarship. Laura Mangano wasn’t far behind with a $9,000 grant from the University of Mary Washington’s Rappahannock Scholars Foundation. Mathew Harris and Brandon Walker both landed $5,000 grants in Casey Neale Rogers Memorial scholarships. Grace

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  • Omega’s new, renewable energy resource

    Posted on June 4, 2014 at 12:27 pm

    Omega Protein in Reedville has converted from fuel oil to “renewable diesel oil” in its boilers. The new type fuel isn’t made from recovered “turkey fat and chicken fat” as Omega spokesman Ben Landry recently joked, but from “grease, oils from the sink” and similar materials that wind up in wastewater, Omega’s Reedville manager Monty Diehl said Monday. Omega entered into a partnership with RDX Technologies Corporation of Scottsdale, Ariz.

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