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Gearing up for November elections

Posted on February 25, 2015 at 9:19 am

James R. “Doc” Lyons, a major in the Northumberland County Sheriif’s Department, and Commonwealth’s Attorney Jane “Jinky” Wrightson were both in Wrightson’s office in Heathsville Monday when they announced they would be on the ballot in November. Wrightson, who has been twice elected as Northumberland’s prosecuting attorney, said she was running for the position again because, “I love it.” Lyons, who was with Wrightson, said he was running for Sheriff

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  • School investigation

    Posted on February 20, 2015 at 7:41 am

    On January 30, police investigated an incident of sexual relations between students at Northumberland County Public High School. According to Commonwealth Attorney Jane B. Wrightson, the incident occurred on January 29 between one female student and several male students. Wrightson said that there was a thorough investigation that included interviews with all the students involved as well as review of security footage. “It appeared it was consensual sexual contact,” Wrightson

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  • 19 month old dies in house fire

    Posted on February 18, 2015 at 8:13 am

    The first responders’ memorial to the deceased stands in the center of the rubble.

    On the morning of February 11, a 19 month old girl was killed in a house fire that destroyed the structure. According to a press release by Sheriff C.A. Wilkins, the Northumberland County 911 center received a call at 2:36 a.m.  The house was reported to be completely engulfed in flames. Callao and Cople District Volunteer Fire Departments, the Northumberland County Rehab Unit, and the Callao Rescue Squad responded to

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Sports

State quailifiers and finalists with their medals and coaches.  New singlets provided by Northern Neck Wrestling Club for the team.

Indians place well at state championship

Posted on February 25, 2015 at 12:20 pm

Four wrestlers with coaches left Northumberland High School on Thursday, bound for Salem and the Virginia High School league state 1A tournament.  The four had a combined record of 113 wins and 13 losses for the season.  They came home with two second places and a fourth in the weather-shortened event. Scheduled for two days, both Friday and Saturday at the Salem Civic Center, VHSL officials decided to shorten the

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  • Northumberland advances four to state championships

    Posted on February 18, 2015 at 8:30 am

    Billy Pipkin takes on George Ellis of Middlesex

    It’s always said that Northumberland and Lancaster are the biggest of rivals.  That may be true on the basketball court and football field, but it wasn’t this weekend at Parry McCluer High School.  The two joined eleven other schools for the Region 1A East wrestling championships.  Except for the matches where they faced each other, the schools were each other’s biggest fans.  They cheered for each other through the two

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  • Boys in tie for first

    Posted on February 12, 2015 at 9:18 am

    In another barn burner last Tuesday at Lancaster, the Indians lost a close one, 70-67.  On Friday, way up at Colonial Beach, they reasserted themselves with a 78-57 victory.  With two games set this week, one being in the Old Northern Neck, the Indians are in a tie with Lancaster for first in the district.  The top seeded team will draw a first round bye at the Conference 43 tournament

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Lifestyles

A snowball fight on February 17.

We’ve got a snow-can-do attitude

Posted on February 25, 2015 at 12:33 pm

Residents of Northumberland County got their winter all at once last week.  The inclement weather started with snow and high winds that knocked out the power in several areas on Saturday, Valentine’s Day.  That Monday, predictions for heavy snow caused many businesses to close early.  Continued snow and bitter cold for the rest of the week kept many people housebound. Nancy Fisher, a manager at Allison’s Ace Hardware in Lottsburg

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  • YMCA honoree

    Posted on February 25, 2015 at 12:25 pm

    Cristian Shirilla receiving a plaque from YMCA Executive Director Danny Carroll.

    Cristian Shirilla, Branch Executive of the Northumberland County YMCA has been named the YMCA’s Regional Director of the Year in recognition of outstanding leadership and dedication to the YMCA. “The CEO contacts all the directors for peer nominations and then he makes the final selection,” Shirilla said. The yearly award is the only staff award the YMCA presents, he added. As Branch Executive, Shirilla works primarily in volunteer development, community

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  • Youth mentoring off to a galloping start

    Posted on February 18, 2015 at 9:04 am

    Jesse and Mary Bowman with Mike Newsome, a board member for the new mentoring program.

    In spite of bitter cold weather Thursday evening, a good-sized crowd was at Henderson United Methodist Church, eager to hear about  a  newly-formed after school youth mentoring program in Northumberland County.    The event was sponsored by the United Methodist Women but was open to the entire community. Jesse and Mary Bowman, whose motto is, “Conveying God’s love with our hands, our hearts and our hooves,” are founders of LillyWood Ranch

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Citizen's Journalism

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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Education

Dads volunteering at Northumberland

Posted on February 12, 2015 at 9:11 am

A couple of weeks have passed since Northumberland Elementary School implemented the WATCH D.O.G.S. program.  Lynne Haynie, guidance counselor at NES says that there is now a regular presence from fathers and father figures. Tyrone Newton and Lawrence Green Sr. recently took the time to describe their experiences as WATCH D.O.G.S. volunteers. Newton, whose granddaughters Allysia, Alliya and Nyriel attend NES, started in Mrs. Mitchell’s head-start class. “The kids, they

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  • Michel joins the School Board

    Posted on February 11, 2015 at 8:42 am

    The Northumberland County School Board elected Jim Michel to fill its vacant District 1 seat at a special meeting Thursday night, but the election wasn’t a walk-over. Chairman Dick Saxer opened the meeting by explaining what was happening and saying how difficult the process was. As the four applicants, Mathew Brent, Susan Smith-Leland, Dana O’Bier and Michel listened, Saxer noted that they had “Stepped forward and offered their services.” He

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  • The public weighs in on Board applicants

    Posted on February 6, 2015 at 8:41 am

    All four applicants for the open District 1 seat on the Northumberland School Board had supporters speak for them at the Board’s public hearing Wednesday but, if it had been an election, Susan Smith-Leland would have won hands down. Mathew Brent, Jim Michel and Dana O’Bier each had two supporters recommend them to the Board. Smith-Leland was recommended by at least a dozen speakers. The appointment is not, however, an

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Volunteering

Dads volunteering at Northumberland

Posted on February 12, 2015 at 9:11 am

A couple of weeks have passed since Northumberland Elementary School implemented the WATCH D.O.G.S. program.  Lynne Haynie, guidance counselor at NES says that there is now a regular presence from fathers and father figures. Tyrone Newton and Lawrence Green Sr. recently took the time to describe their experiences as WATCH D.O.G.S. volunteers. Newton, whose granddaughters Allysia, Alliya and Nyriel attend NES, started in Mrs. Mitchell’s head-start class. “The kids, they

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