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Couple files lawsuit against Northumberland County following denial of tourist home permit

Posted on April 16, 2014 at 5:49 pm

Northumberland County is being hauled into court again. In February, the county was sued by a youngster and her parents over actions and inactions in a case where a school resource officer had an illegal relationship with the girl. Now, it’s being sued by a couple whose request for a permit to operate a “tourist home” in their house in the Twin Harbours subdivision was not met with approval. During

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  • Northumberland man to serve five years for sexual crimes

    Posted on April 1, 2014 at 5:41 pm

    Robert O. Lawson, a 54-year-old Reedville man was given an active sentence of five years after he pleaded guilty to two charges of aggravated sexual battery and one charge of indecent liberties with a child. Each of the crimes for which Lawson was convicted occurred over 25 years ago when he was in his teens and 20’s. Lawson was accused of sexually abusing three girls over a 10-year period between

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  • $1.4M increase sought for school budget

    Posted on March 27, 2014 at 8:00 am

    Northumberland County’s school board met in a special session Monday afternoon to approve a proposed budget for the coming school year. School Board member Dean Sumner was not at the meeting, but the four members who attended voted unanimously to ask that the schools be funded at $17,383,259 during the 2014-2015 fiscal period. The amount is an increase of $1,399,828 over last year but, due to increased funding primarily from

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

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

Posted on January 29, 2014 at 11:11 am

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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New school leaders to join Northumberland in 2014-2015 academic year

Posted on April 10, 2014 at 9:00 am

At its Monday meeting, the Northumberland County School Board moved to fill holes created by the retirement of two long-time members of the school system’s administration. With Assistant Superintendent of Schools, Dale Wittler, and Middle School principal Bob Bailey having given notice of their retirements as of the end of the current school year, the school board found their replacements in neighboring counties. The Board decided to hire Lancaster High

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  • Millennials

    Posted on February 3, 2014 at 8:00 am


    Over the last 15 years, the way in which readers receive their news has changed significantly. While the traditional print newspaper remains an important component of news consumption, there have been some assumptions made as the younger generations—those raised on smart phones and WiFi access—start to become consumers of the news. One of the key assumptions is that Millennials are eschewing newspapers all together and turning to online aggregators to

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  • Teachers get 3 percent pay raise

    Posted on May 29, 2013 at 10:08 am

    After waiting to see what the Board of Supervisors would allocate for the coming year, Northumberland County’s school board adopted their budget at a special meeting Wednesday evening. The board approved a total budget of $15,983,431 of which the county will supply $11,432,229, an increase of $300,000 over last year’s county contribution. The increase allowed the school board to allocate an overall 3 percent pay raise to the school system’s

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