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Advocating for children

Posted on October 22, 2014 at 9:12 am

An organization staffed almost entirely by volunteers, CASA, spends countless hours helping children caught up in abusive and neglectful situations. Its help is of terrific value to the region’s juvenile and domestic relations district courts. The children “sometimes open up for CASA volunteers more than they do for guardians ad litem,” Judge Michael McKenney said Friday. “And we have great guardians ad litem.” CASA stands for Court Appointed Special Advocates.

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  • Oystering opposition and more at Board of Supervisors’ meeting

    Posted on October 16, 2014 at 10:53 am

    Looking at an agenda doesn’t necessarily disclose how important a meeting will be. The Northumberland County board of supervisors’ agenda Thursday gave no clue that a delegation from Reedville would be imploring the Board and the Virginia Department of Transportation for speed controls in their town, that the Sheriff would be asking authority to hire three new deputies or that what appeared to be every resident of Bridge Creek Circle

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  • Destination: Spain

    Posted on October 15, 2014 at 9:48 am

    It’s common wisdom that book learning is a great start, but nothing can compare to real life experience. Northumberland students Kellee Ramsey, Lexy Newsome, and Allison Burgess are planning to go get that valuable experience by taking a trip to Spain. The three girls, all juniors, will start their journey in Madrid then move on to Seville, Granada and Costa del Sol.  When they leave Spain they will stop in

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National News

Business News

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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Technology

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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