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Taking our students onwards and upwards

Posted on April 21, 2015 at 10:26 am

Northumberland Middle School teacher Stacy Lee has been named Northumberland’s teacher of the year.  Lee was first selected as teacher of the year for the middle school, while Jennifer Saunders and Javonda Ashton represented the elementary and high school, respectively.  Of the three, Lee was chosen as the county’s superlative teacher. Lee tried to summarize her feelings about the honor.  “I feel blessed.  I’m in a state of awe.  It’s

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Candidate for Lancaster County sheriff

Posted on April 16, 2015 at 9:11 am

Patrick McCranie, a veteran Virginia State Police senior trooper and a two-term member of the Lancaster County School Board, is a candidate for Lancaster County sheriff in the Nov. 3 general election, he announced this week. McCranie will seek the GOP nomination for sheriff when the Lancaster County Republican Party holds its mass meeting to select its candidates for county offices. Ronnie Crockett, the county’s sheriff for almost 32 years,

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  • Administrator plans to retire

    Posted on April 15, 2015 at 10:30 am

    Casey and Tyler Dawson present a pinwheel and lapel ribbon to County Administrator Kenny Eades.

    The biggest news to come out of the Northumberland Board of Supervisors meeting in Heathsville Thursday wasn’t precisely Board business. It was County Administrator Kenny Eades’ announcement that he will be retiring Dec. 31. Eades had told the Supervisors at a special meeting on Wednesday and his staff earlier Thursday. Eades has worked for the county government for 37 years and been county administrator since 2000. He said Friday that

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  • Fair informs about health resources

    Posted on April 8, 2015 at 9:07 am

    “A lot of people don’t know what resources are available in the area,” Shirelle Wiggins-Bailey said Friday afternoon at the second community health resources fair she’s organized.  This fair, held in Warsaw, allowed members of the community to visit and speak with representatives from organizations that provide health services and other resources in the area.  The first fair was held in Gloucester. The attendees at this fair were Ashleigh Braxton

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Sports

Signing the National Letter of Intent

Posted on April 21, 2015 at 10:56 am

Thursday, in the Northumberland School auditorium, Haley Headley signed a National Letter of Intent to attend and play volleyball for Barton College in Wilson, North Carolina.  Headley, accompanied by parents Christy and Michael Headley, brother Christian and high school coach Bonnie Swann inked her letter as the first volleyball player to sign from Northumberland County. Barton College, a small private liberal arts college, had an undergraduate enrollment of 1,057 students

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  • First memorial 5K a success

    Posted on April 15, 2015 at 10:02 am

    Caleb Park, winner of the Lisa Spiers Memorial 5K.

    Saturday, April 11, at 9 a.m. runners took off from the starting line of the Lisa Spiers Memorial 5K.  Kilmarnock Baptist Church organized the event to raise awareness for ocular melanoma. Matthew Tennant, the church’s pastor, said that Lisa Spiers was a member of the congregation, who passed away last September from ocular melanoma.  On the morning of the race he estimated that close to 300 people participated and the

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  • Boys take second at Captains Classic

    Posted on April 8, 2015 at 9:14 am

    After being weathered out by snow, rain and just plain cold, the track teams from Northumberland got an opportunity to show what they could do at the Captains Classic at Christopher Newport University in Newport News this past weekend.  The boys took the second place trophy in the Silver Division against some larger sized schools.  3A New Kent won the boys team trophy with 143 points, the Indians scored 120

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Lifestyles

The militia fires a round from their muskets.

Living history at Lancaster Court Day

Posted on April 16, 2015 at 9:37 am

From its opening moments a steady stream of visitors came to Lancaster Court Day at Lancaster Courthouse. From the Lancaster militia in period costumes carrying period muskets opening the day by marching in to their encampment and firing several smoky volleys, visitors were surrounded by the colonial past. Sailors in 17th century garb showed off the Reedville Fishermen’s Museum’s recreation of the shallop in which John Smith explored the Chesapeake

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  • Heritage Arts Center opens

    Posted on April 15, 2015 at 9:22 am

    Judy Mooers at her spinning wheel.

    Rice Hotel/Hughlett’s Tavern in Heathsville planned a “soft opening” for its Heritage Arts Center Wednesday. In the sense that the opening wasn’t advertised, it was soft. It wasn’t soft at all in the commercial sense. Judy Mooers, who is leading the effort, said that members of the Tavern’s quilters and crafting guilds saw the preparations for the center and descended on it as soon as the doors opened. “We had

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  • Easter egg hunting by the creek

    Posted on April 10, 2015 at 9:07 am

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    It was a slightly smaller crowd than last year at the Reedville Fishermen’s Museum Easter egg hunt on Saturday, April 4, according to the museum’s Executive Director, Shawn Hall.  That might have had something to do with the wind that kept the sunny morning on the cool side. “We’ll see how well the boat does.  It is a little gusty,” Hall said. However, the Easter Bunny arrived at the dock

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Entertainment

Broadway hits on the local stage

Posted on April 21, 2015 at 10:28 am

The Rappahannock Concert Association packed Northumberland High and Middle Schools’ auditorium again Saturday night with its latest concert series offering. “Ciaran Sheehan and Friends” may have sounded like an Irish act in its advertising but while born Irishman Sheehan did sing several Irish songs, most of the show was devoted to Broadway hits and songs by writers such as Steven Sondheim and Jerome Kern. Indeed, before he sang it, Sheehan

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  • Cats, steamboats and illustration

    Posted on April 3, 2015 at 9:13 am

    By Colston Newton Barbara Dietz started writing stories when she was about four years old and has kept at it. Now, she’s published her first book, “Chippiepierre’s Magic Paintbrush Tail,” a children’s book about two cats’ adventures on an old-time Chesapeake Bay steamboat. At the Northumberland Public Library’s “Books Alive!” program last Tuesday, Dietz talked about how she came to write the book after she and her husband, Richard Kantor,

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  • Auditions for ‘Harvey’ at Westmoreland Players, April 6 and 7

    Posted on April 1, 2015 at 9:22 pm

    Auditions for “Harvey,” a comedy by Mary Chase will  be held at the Westmoreland Players playhouse from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on April 6 and 7.  There are roles for six men and six women ranging in ages from 20 to 70. The characters are as follows: Myrtle Mae Simmons, a single woman who is looking to connect with a man but cannot because her uncle Elwood and his

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