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Mike Ransome is the new Northumberland Middle School Principal.

Meet Mike Ransome, Northumberland Middle School’s new principal

Posted on July 23, 2014 at 12:57 pm

Mike Ransome, the new Principal of Northumberland Middle School was born and grew up in Middlesex County, but Ransome seemed destined to be an educator, even at an early age. When he was just a little boy, he used his younger sister as his first pupil. He liked giving  her quizzes and tests. “I  used to get so much joy in marking her papers right, or wrong,  with a red

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  • Northumberland school board to reduce teacher pay raises from 3 to 1 percent

    Posted on July 16, 2014 at 2:48 pm

    At its meeting Monday night, the Northumberland County’s School Board shed little light on how it will disperse the funds allotted to it by the Board of Supervisors for the coming fiscal year. The schools had asked for $17,383,259 and the supervisors gave them $16,207,863 divided between seven categories. The budget adopted at the school board’s meeting simply adopted the budget as laid out by the Supervisors. It provided no

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  • Husband and wife Howard and Joy Straughan remembered together

    Posted on July 16, 2014 at 2:01 pm

    If people are measured by how many folks come their funerals, Howard and Joy Straughan’s memorial service in Heathsville Saturday showed them to be giants in the esteem of those who knew them. Just before the scheduled starting time for the service, St. Stephens Episcopal Church’s rector, Lucia Lloyd, asked everybody to “squeeze in” so more people could fit in the church’s packed pews. Howard and Joy had passed away

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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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