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U.S. Senatorial Candidate Robert Sarvis

Libertarian candidate Robert Sarvis hosted by 99th District Tea Party in Lancaster County

Posted on September 17, 2014 at 1:48 pm

Featured speaker and U.S. Senatorial candidate Robert Sarvis shared the following joke from his software development days with the 99th District Tea Party in Lively Tuesday evening: “When you see a problem in society and you create a huge government program to deal with it, now you have two problems.” “I think that in every area of our public policy, that’s exactly what’s happening,” Sarvis said as he shared how

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  • Northumberland schools get federal boost

    Posted on September 10, 2014 at 10:51 am

    At Northumberland County’s school board meeting in Lottsburg, Sophronia, Smith who handles federal programs for the schools, noted that Northumberland is in line to get $18,000 more from federal sources this year than it did last year. This year the federal government will send the county $514,530. School Resource Officer, Deputy Sheriff Allen Garland, provided the Board with copies of the schools’ “crisis plans.” There are two documents, one 66 pages

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  • Body of Richmond County man recovered from water near Oyster Shell Lane in Northumberland

    Posted on September 8, 2014 at 1:30 pm

    Local and state agencies recovered the body of Wendell Elmore, 49, of Canal Road in Richmond County, from the water near Oyster Shell Lane in Northumberland County this morning. County Sheriff C.A. Wilkins said that a relative of the man went to the point and noticed what he thought was a body floating about 20 yards off the end of a dock. The relative identified the body as Elmore, Wilkins

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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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Editorial

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

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    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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