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Susan L. Tipton

Beloved community member passes away

Posted on January 30, 2015 at 9:39 am

When Susan Tipton was stricken in Fredericksburg last week, her Lancaster Public Library card became the key medical personnel used to locate her kin. Tipton, who died soon after suffering a brain aneurysm while waiting for a train that would’ve taken her to visit her sister in New York, was unable to tell the doctors who to call and, of course, her home number in Reedville wouldn’t be answered, so

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  • School board applicants

    Posted on January 28, 2015 at 8:31 am

    The four individuals who have applied to to the position vacated by Susan Saunders are: James Michael, who is retired from the power industry Matt Brent, assistant professor of history at RCC Susan Smith-Leland, of the Community Services Board and Dana O’Bier, who works in her family’s business

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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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A Washington and Lee player (right) looks to defend against Northumberland’s Daquan Blue.

Boys basketball team takes a couple of big wins

Posted on January 29, 2015 at 8:36 am

Two big Conference 43 wins kept the Indians in the hunt for both a conference regular season title and a shot at Region 1A play.  Wednesday, the Lancaster Red Devils came to town for a battle royale.  It was just that, with a packed gym and the Indians hanging on for a 60-58 win.  On Friday, they took their basketball act to Washington and Lee and came home with a

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  • Battle for the Buoy winners

    Posted on January 28, 2015 at 9:11 am

    The Northumberland wrestlers with the Battle for the Buoy trophy.

    Tuesday night was a special night for the Northumberland wrestling team.  It was their first and probably only home match, it was Senior Night and they won the Battle for the Buoy trophy. The Indians fielded a team of ten wrestlers and took advantage of Washington and Lee’s missing weight classes to take the trophy back, 54-18. Recording wins for the Indians, with their weight classes, were Dalton Jewell (106),

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  • Wrestlers at Stuarts Draft Rumble

    Posted on January 7, 2015 at 8:36 am

    Noah Kramer gave a gutsy effort by pinning his opponent.

    The Northumberland wrestling team took the opening week of Christmas break to travel to Stuarts Draft for their annual tournament.  The Stuarts Draft Holiday Rumble is the biggest team tournament the Indian grapplers have ever participated in, with fifteen teams altogether. Being the only 1A school present was a disadvantage against larger schools up to 5A in classification.  But what cost the Indians the most was five missing weight classes. 

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National Youth of the Year contender

Posted on January 30, 2015 at 9:28 am

Northumberland High School senior Alonza Sutton is a pretty good teen, and he has the certificate to prove it.  Sutton was recently named Youth of the Year for the Northern Neck in the Boys and Girls Club of America’s Youth of the Year recognition program. The Youth of the Year program was established in 1947.  It is used as a year-round tool to encourage personal growth and good character in

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  • This Northern Neck club is the bees’ knees

    Posted on January 28, 2015 at 9:59 am

    Catherine Bennett, Maggie Peill and Susan Christopher, three beginner beekeepers from Wicomico Church, founded the Northern Neck Beekeeping Club in 2009. Bennet had been keeping bees for years, she said, but, “making a bloody mess of it.” The three attended a class in Fredericksburg, but found that there was so much information that taking it all in was “like trying to drink from a firehose,” Bennett said. Rather than continue

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  • Northumberland Library makes new friends

    Posted on January 22, 2015 at 9:21 am

    The Friends of the Library, a group devoted to supporting the Northumberland Public Library had its annual organizational meeting in Heathsville last Tuesday and elected six new people to its board. Jim and Diana Russell, John and Ethel Frye, Joel Stubbs, Wanda Allain and Bill Estell were elected to board for varying terms depending on which departing board members they replaced. The Russells and Stubbs were elected to three year

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On May 3, Megan Baughan was crowned the very first Miss Northumberland High in a spring pageant hosted by the NHS Indian Spirits Dance Team at Northumberland High School.

Megan Baughan named Miss Northumberland High

Posted on May 6, 2013 at 10:09 am

On May 3, Megan Baughan was crowned the very first Miss Northumberland High in a spring pageant hosted by the NHS Indian Spirits Dance Team at Northumberland High School. Nine contestants including Megan Baughan, Bicketa Blackmond, Nyasia Brown, Summer Newsome, Alexandra Pitman, Hannah Rogers, Destiny Thornton, Briana Turner, and Savannah Waters all competed in five different categories including Spring Wear and Introduction, Personality Wear, Talent, Evening Gown, and On Stage Interview.  The pageant was judged by one community representative,

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Preparing to block

Posted on January 22, 2015 at 9:18 am

Last week the Northumberland County School Board voted to change the high school’s scheduling to a block format.  The new system will have four 90 minute classes per semester. The block system will come into effect in fall, 2015.  That leaves the school with the remainder of this year and the summer to prepare the teachers and students. “Thankfully we have a lot of expertise,” said Dr. Travis Burns, Principal

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  • WATCH D.O.G.S. at Northumberland

    Posted on January 21, 2015 at 8:47 am

    “We have never had this many men in our school before!” Theresa Larsen, Principal of Northumberland Elementary School said as she welcomed a crowd of fathers and father-figures in the auditorium on Tuesday, January 13.  The reason for the numerous masculine presence was the inauguration of the WATCH D.O.G.S. program at N.E.S. Larsen, along with Assistant Principal Kathleen Howard and Guidance Counselor Lynne Haynie, organized and hosted the event. WATCH

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  • Northumberland County educator named Virginia AITC Teacher of the Year regional finalist

    Posted on January 20, 2015 at 10:29 am

    Tammy Wilkins of Northumberland County, an educator at Northumberland High School, has been recognized as a 2015 regional finalist in Virginia’s Agriculture in the Classroom Teacher of the Year program. There were five regional finalists for the Virginia AITC Teacher of the Year program. Marlena “K” Preston of Montgomery County, who teaches kindergarten at Belview Elementary School in Radford, was named the state-level winner. The program recognizes a Virginia educator

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