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Chase in Northumberland ends in fiery crash; driver and passenger survive

Posted on August 20, 2014 at 11:07 am

If people listening to Northumberland emergency radio bands thought there had been a fatal auto wreck near Remo last Wednesday, they weren’t the only ones. The police thought so, too. Northumberland County’s Sheriff C.A. Wilkins said Friday that his officers had been in pursuit of a vehicle that crossed Route 200 onto Remo Road at Wicomico Church at such a high speed that “it went airborne.” The officers lost sight

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  • U.S. Congressional candidates divided on proposed EPA rule

    Posted on August 20, 2014 at 11:04 am

    The federal Environmental Protection Agency has proposed a rule that would require a 30 percent reduction in carbon dioxide emissions from coal fired power plants within the next 30 years. At a meeting last week, U.S. Congressional candidate Norm Mosher said he is aware of the proposal and is in favor of the rule’s adoption. Incumbent Rob Wittman, on the other hand, said Monday that he opposes the rule as

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  • Cat room could close: Northumberland Animal Shelter in need of volunteers

    Posted on August 13, 2014 at 8:00 am

    Judy Clark pets and comforts Isabelle at the animal shelter.

    More volunteers for the cat rooms at the Northumberland Animal Shelter are needed. Otherwise, the Shelter will no longer be able to provide shelter for them. Angie Balderson,  Shelter Director, said the problem  began last July when a little stray kitten was picked up at waste management and taken into the shelter. It was the first cat to die, although there was no indication that the kitten was gravely ill.

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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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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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