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Aquaculture ordinance to change

Posted on August 27, 2014 at 5:26 pm

When it met Thursday night, Northumberland County’s planning commission hadn’t much choice about recommending a change in the county ordinance regarding the harvest or production of aquacultural products in agricultural zones. A change in state law required it. Under the current ordinance harvesting or producing aquacultural products in an A-1 zone is allowed only with a conditional use permit. The new state law that goes into effect Jan. 1, 2015

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  • Northumberland County in need of polling officers

    Posted on August 27, 2014 at 5:26 pm

    The Northumberland County Electoral Board is seeking county residents who are interested in working at county polling places on Election Day. There are about 50 residents currently serving as Officers of Election throughout the county. Electoral Board members recently noted more Officers of Election are needed, and reserve officers who may be called on short notice in case of emergency are in short supply. Officers are appointed for a term

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  • Chase in Northumberland ends in fiery crash; driver and passenger survive

    Posted on August 20, 2014 at 11:07 am

    If people listening to Northumberland emergency radio bands thought there had been a fatal auto wreck near Remo last Wednesday, they weren’t the only ones. The police thought so, too. Northumberland County’s Sheriff C.A. Wilkins said Friday that his officers had been in pursuit of a vehicle that crossed Route 200 onto Remo Road at Wicomico Church at such a high speed that “it went airborne.” The officers lost sight

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  • U.S. Congressional candidates divided on proposed EPA rule

    Posted on August 20, 2014 at 11:04 am

    The federal Environmental Protection Agency has proposed a rule that would require a 30 percent reduction in carbon dioxide emissions from coal fired power plants within the next 30 years. At a meeting last week, U.S. Congressional candidate Norm Mosher said he is aware of the proposal and is in favor of the rule’s adoption. Incumbent Rob Wittman, on the other hand, said Monday that he opposes the rule as

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  • Cat room could close: Northumberland Animal Shelter in need of volunteers

    Posted on August 13, 2014 at 8:00 am

    Judy Clark pets and comforts Isabelle at the animal shelter.

    More volunteers for the cat rooms at the Northumberland Animal Shelter are needed. Otherwise, the Shelter will no longer be able to provide shelter for them. Angie Balderson,  Shelter Director, said the problem  began last July when a little stray kitten was picked up at waste management and taken into the shelter. It was the first cat to die, although there was no indication that the kitten was gravely ill.

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  • Peggy Myrick joins Northumberland High School as Assistant Principal

    Posted on August 6, 2014 at 1:39 pm

    Peggy Myrick

    Peggy Myrick, the new Assistant Principal at Northumberland High School (HS) is energetic, vivacious and very excited about being in the Northern Neck and working for and with NHS students. She was originally from Halifax, South Carolina, but her family moved to Chesterfield  County, Virginia when she was eight years old and they still live there, she said. She also has a brother and sister-in-law in Chesterfield County, where she

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  • The answer to dismissal of lawsuit against Northumberland County sheriff

    Posted on August 6, 2014 at 1:28 pm

    Northumberland County’s sheriff, C.A. Wilkins, is clear from the lawsuit filed against him by a girl who was molested by then-deputy Derek Jones while he was a resource officer at the county high school because Wilkins’ lawyers filed a pleading that other defendants’ lawyers did not. The suit, which is based on Jones’ sexual improprieties with a student, was initially filed in Richmond County and the several defendants connected with

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  • No resolution on slashed pay issue regarding Northumberland educator after meeting

    Posted on August 6, 2014 at 1:27 pm

    Northumberland educator Tammy Wilkins and her lawyer, Patrick O’Brien, recently met with Northumberland County’s superintendent of schools, Dr. Rebecca Gates regarding Wilkins’ objection to having her pay slashed by 12 percent when her duties at the high school haven’t changed. O’Brien said that nothing was resolved at the meeting and that it ended when Gates said she needed to consult counsel on the matter, which could end up being decided

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  • Coan Marina to cease operations

    Posted on August 6, 2014 at 1:22 pm

    Gary Giberson and his daughter at the controls of a 727 Boeing.

    When American Airline Flight # 77 slammed into the Pentagon on September 11 2001,  Coan Marina owner Gary Giberson was fishing. As an American Airlines Boeing 767 pilot, Gary traded off flights that day so he could go off-shore and have some fun. The flight he traded off was Flight #77 and Gary’s crew, along with pilot Charles “Chic” Burlingame, perished on that historic day. Gary did not inform family

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