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Citizens against speeding

Posted on November 20, 2014 at 9:08 am

A group of citizens met with officials on Thursday night to address concerns about speeding on Main Street in Reedville.  According to Rick DeVivi, who hosted the meeting, speeding “has gotten completely out of hand.” Sheriff C. A. Wilkins, Virginia Department of Transportation officials Peter Hedrich and David Brown, and members of the Northumberland County Board of supervisors attended the meeting.  Also present were several members of the community who

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  • Local man meets his hero

    Posted on November 19, 2014 at 10:11 am

    Wayne Harrison and Jay Clegg at the Lottsburg Cafe.

    On October 25, Wayne Harrison’s life was saved by the quick action of the Mid-County Rescue Squad.  On Wednesday, Nov. 12, he got to meet Jay Clegg, the advanced life support personnel who he calls his hero. Harrison was attending a fundraiser for the rescue squad when he began to go into anaphylactic shock. “It happened in just a matter of minutes,” Harrison said, adding that it felt like his

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  • Northern Neck trio bring home All-State medals

    Posted on November 19, 2014 at 10:04 am

    Rain Eguiguren and Sarah Schindler of Northumberland High School with Coach Eddie Barnes.

    Three Northern Neck girls earned All-State medals the VHSL State Championship at Great Meadows Park, last Friday.  Mary Frere from Lancaster High School finished 7th place overall with a time of 21:14.  Sarah Schindler and Rain Eguiguren from Northumberland High School finished in 8th and 12th place, with times of 21:16 and 21:33, respectively.   Congratulations to these young ladies in succeeding in one of the highest individual cross country events

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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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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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