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Mark Ranson stands beside one of his company’s trucks

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

Posted on July 2, 2014 at 11:48 am

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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  • Rick’s Watercraft and Cycle Repair is a Northern Neck repair haven

    Posted on June 26, 2014 at 11:03 am

    A lineup of jet skis at Rick’s Watercraft and Cycle Repair shop in Callao.

    The Northern Neck is rife with throaty sounding Harley-Davidson’s on the highways and thee buzz of Jet Ski’s on the waters of the rivers. In the summertime, it seems everyone has one or the other. The problem is, like any other machinery, they break down, and finding a repair facility in these parts seems impossible, but not if you know of Rick’s Watercraft and Cycle Repair nestled in Callao. Rick’s

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  • Local students take part in National Bank Day

    Posted on May 7, 2014 at 4:52 pm

    Participating in Bank Day were:  (back row – l to r): Lancaster seniors Nick Nonnemacker and Thomas Hyde; Essex senior Kaitlin Saunders; Washington & Lee senior Brandon Thompson; Northumberland senior Katie Crowther; and Washington & Lee senior Milan Bullock; (front – l to r):  Lancaster senior Olivia Beck; Northumberland seniors Imari Mitchell, Dierra Green and Emily Sprague; and Essex senior Lindsey Saunders.

    Bank of Lancaster hosted 11 high school seniors for Virginia Bank Day; and following their mornings in branches closest to the home or school, their tour of the corporate headquarters in Kilmarnock, and a visit to the Operations Center, the students enjoyed a great lunch at Lee’s Restaurant, a landmark in downtown Kilmarnock.  Bank of Lancaster, in partnership with the Virginia Bankers Association (VBA), was pleased again this year to

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  • Three local businesses are among the ‘Best of the Best’

    Posted on January 29, 2014 at 11:11 am

    R.W.’s Sports won the category for the best Sporting Goods store in the area in 2014.

    After the votes of local consumers had been tallied, the results showed three winners from Northumberland County in the 2014 “Best of the Best” contest held by the Northumberland Echo, Westmoreland News and Northern Neck News. R.W.’s Sports took the category for Best Sporting Goods venue while Pritchard & Fallin won for Best Heating and Air Conditioning Service and King’s for Best Cleaning Service as well as Best Carpet Cleaning

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  • Heathsville eatery to possibly return this month

    Posted on January 3, 2014 at 8:59 am

    The restaurant at Rice Hotel/Hughlett’s Tavern in Heathsville is about to re-open. While the Hotel/Tavern’s board had been selective about who it would allow to operate on the premises, the member settled on Lee Arnest of Westmoreland County. The Hotel/Tavern board’s president, Judy Mooers, said Friday that she had known Arnest for quite a while and knew how good a chef he was. She thought he would be a good

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  • Family-fresh food for thought

    Posted on December 31, 2013 at 7:18 am

    Robert “Bob” Burgess, Jr. stands before his produce display in Callao Supermarket, the business that has been started and owned by his family for four generations and 66 years as of February 13, 2014.

    You immediately notice the local mainstay upon nearing or passing the intersection of Routes 360 and 202 in Callao. Standing tall in red brick and the dark green colors that are symbolic of Northumberland County, the family-owned Callao Supermarket has for over 65 years provided groceries and support to its customers. And despite being one of the last remaining businesses of its kind in the Northern Neck, the independent grocery

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  • Tavern looks to end affair

    Posted on August 7, 2013 at 10:02 am

    The restaurant housed in Rice Hotel/Hughlett’s Tavern in Heathsville has been an off and on again affair. Judy Mooers, part of the Tavern Foundation’s committee looking for a new restaurateur to re-open the eatery, is determined that will stop. Mooers said Saturday that since the most recent operators closed shop last October, she and the committee have had a number of people interested in opening the restaurant but that the

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