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Rappahannock General Hospital’s new robot will allow for stroke victims to receive quick and expert care.

Rappahannock’s robot invasion

Posted on March 4, 2015 at 8:37 am

“I can truly see your eye reacting to the light there in the cafeteria,” the robot said as she zoomed in on a man’s eye.  “I can do the same thing to your other eye to make sure they are reacting the same way. That’s one of the big pieces of a neurologic exam.” The robot was in the Rappahannock General Hospital Cafeteria in Kilmarnock. It had a screen and

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  • Gearing up for November elections

    Posted on February 25, 2015 at 9:19 am

    James R. “Doc” Lyons, a major in the Northumberland County Sheriif’s Department, and Commonwealth’s Attorney Jane “Jinky” Wrightson were both in Wrightson’s office in Heathsville Monday when they announced they would be on the ballot in November. Wrightson, who has been twice elected as Northumberland’s prosecuting attorney, said she was running for the position again because, “I love it.” Lyons, who was with Wrightson, said he was running for Sheriff

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  • School investigation

    Posted on February 20, 2015 at 7:41 am

    On January 30, police investigated an incident of sexual relations between students at Northumberland County Public High School. According to Commonwealth Attorney Jane B. Wrightson, the incident occurred on January 29 between one female student and several male students. Wrightson said that there was a thorough investigation that included interviews with all the students involved as well as review of security footage. “It appeared it was consensual sexual contact,” Wrightson

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  • 19 month old dies in house fire

    Posted on February 18, 2015 at 8:13 am

    The first responders’ memorial to the deceased stands in the center of the rubble.

    On the morning of February 11, a 19 month old girl was killed in a house fire that destroyed the structure. According to a press release by Sheriff C.A. Wilkins, the Northumberland County 911 center received a call at 2:36 a.m.  The house was reported to be completely engulfed in flames. Callao and Cople District Volunteer Fire Departments, the Northumberland County Rehab Unit, and the Callao Rescue Squad responded to

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  • House fire in Heathsville

    Posted on February 12, 2015 at 2:18 pm

    Fairfields, Callao, and Upper Lancaster volunteer fire departments had the blaze quickly under control.

    A two story home on Northumberland Highway in Heathsville sustained heavy damage from a fire on Wednesday afternoon.  Residents of the home; Mike Myers, owner of Myers Auto Repair; his wife; and their young son were away from home at the time and are unharmed. According to Sheriff C. A. Wilkins, responders received a call at 11 a.m.  A neighbor, who is a member of the Fairfields Volunteer Fire department

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  • Michel joins the School Board

    Posted on February 11, 2015 at 8:42 am

    The Northumberland County School Board elected Jim Michel to fill its vacant District 1 seat at a special meeting Thursday night, but the election wasn’t a walk-over. Chairman Dick Saxer opened the meeting by explaining what was happening and saying how difficult the process was. As the four applicants, Mathew Brent, Susan Smith-Leland, Dana O’Bier and Michel listened, Saxer noted that they had “Stepped forward and offered their services.” He

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  • The public weighs in on Board applicants

    Posted on February 6, 2015 at 8:41 am

    All four applicants for the open District 1 seat on the Northumberland School Board had supporters speak for them at the Board’s public hearing Wednesday but, if it had been an election, Susan Smith-Leland would have won hands down. Mathew Brent, Jim Michel and Dana O’Bier each had two supporters recommend them to the Board. Smith-Leland was recommended by at least a dozen speakers. The appointment is not, however, an

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  • School Board applicants Q&A

    Posted on February 5, 2015 at 9:16 am

    The Northumberland County School Board questioning Susan Smith-Leland.

    Northumberland County’s school board started its search for someone to appoint to the Board’s District 1 vacancy Tuesday night when it interviewed the four applicants for the appointment. Jim Michel, Mathew Brent, Susan Smith-Leland and Dana O’Bier had applied for the appointment and were questioned individually by the Board. Chairman Dick Saxer explained to the candidates that they were all being asked exactly the same questions. The candidates’ answers differed

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  • Victims’ advocate files complaint against Supreme Court Justice

    Posted on February 4, 2015 at 8:45 am

    David Cariens of Kilmarnock, retired CIA officer and victims’ rights advocate, has filed a complaint with the Judicial Inquiry and Review Commission against Justice Cleo E. Powell.  Cariens’ complaint states that there was a major factual error in her October 31, 2013 decision to throw out the jury verdict holding Virginia Tech liable in the Pryde and Peterson lawsuit against the school. Following the Virginia Tech shooting, the families of

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