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Same treats, new owners

Posted on October 8, 2014 at 12:23 pm

Chitterchat s Ice Cream Parlor in Reedville has been a local landmark for years.   It is now under the ownership and management of Jeff and Jennifer Bramblet.  It offers frozen treats, a selection of gift and a classic atmosphere.  “Sometimes we have people coming in from two hours away,” said Jennifer Bramblet. The Bramblets intend to keep Chitterchats open through the winter months and also to offer private parties.  Interested

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  • Bon Secours still planning to acquire Rappahannock General Hospital

    Posted on October 1, 2014 at 8:00 am

    That Rappahannock General Hospital in Kilmarnock was going to become part of the Bon Secours hospital system was announced some time ago. It hasn’t happened yet and one of RGH’s board members, Jimmy Carter, explained where the deal is and why RGH wanted to make it at a meeting of the Northumberland County Democratic Committee meeting in Heathsville Thursday. First, Carter pointed out that the deal is still on but

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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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  • 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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