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Hannah Hall of Callao at the tractor pull last weekend.

Ruritan Club Antique Tractor Pull

Posted on April 1, 2015 at 9:08 am

It was in the 40’s and the wind was blowing fiercely on Saturday, but at the Callao Recreation Park you could hear the motors running, the children laughing and old friends calling out greetings to one another.  Why, I asked, would all these people show up on such a chilly day to spend hours out-of-doors?  As one man told me, it’s because it’s been a long cold winter, we’re all

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  • New home underway

    Posted on March 27, 2015 at 10:00 am

    Kathy Thompson (front) and husband Curtiss Thompson break ground where soon their new house will stand.

    Steady, chilly rain may have turned the groundbreaking ceremony into more of a “mudbreaking,” but the Lancaster/Northumberland Habitat for Humanity, as well as a crowd of volunteers, Kilmarnock officials and interested parties attended, undaunted. The groundbreaking on Friday in Kilmarnock marked the start of construction for the Habitat’s 18th house.  When this house is complete, Kathy and Curtiss Thompson will be the new homeowners. “We did kick around what we

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  • Another contender for County Sheriff steps up

    Posted on March 25, 2015 at 9:19 am

    Peyton Waller, Sr.

    Rumors had been circulating for several weeks that Peyton Waller, Sr. was going to run for Sheriff of Northumberland County this fall. Monday, Waller made it official. He’s in. Waller, a lieutenant in the Sheriff’s department said he had already gathered and filed enough signatures on petitions to allow him a place on the November ballot. “I got a good response; good feedback,” Waller said. Waller, who has been part

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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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