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Roger Mudd speaks to a packed house

Posted on January 21, 2015 at 8:29 am

A large crowd assembled to hear Roger Mudd speak at the Lancaster Community Library’s Sundays at Two program on January 18.  The attendees outnumbered the chairs, and those too late to grab a seat leaned on walls or sat on the floor of the library’s new building at 16 Town Centre Drive in Kilmarnock. Mudd is a broadcast journalist and has anchored the CBS Evening News, co-anchored the NBC Nightly

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  • County School Board votes in favor of block scheduling

    Posted on January 14, 2015 at 12:16 pm

    Northumberland County’s School Board started the year with a change in school operations of seismic proportions. Following their annual reorganization at the first meeting of 2015 Monday night, the Board voted to do away with the traditional scheduling at the high school and adopt “block scheduling.” Starting next fall, instead of students going to seven 45-minute classes daily for two semesters, they will go to four 90-minute classes for one

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  • K.I.D. vs. School Board

    Posted on January 8, 2015 at 8:03 am

    The civil suit brought by the family of a young girl who was molested has not been dismissed.  The case is carried over to March 5. If the defendants in K.I.D. vs. Northumberland County School Board and others were hoping for an early Christmas present when the case was to be heard on their motions to dismiss Dec. 22, they were disappointed. Instead of hearing arguments on the motions the

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Menhaden doing well

Posted on January 21, 2015 at 8:37 am

In 2012 the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission slashed harvest limits for Atlantic menhaden despite having no reliable scientific basis for thinking the fishery was in trouble. Now, the ASMFC has a scientifically valid assessment of the menhaden’s stock and it shows that the fishery is in no trouble. Whether the assessment will result in the restoration of jobs lost at Omega Protein in Reedville when the harvest was cut

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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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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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