Warsaw town officials presented a check in the amount of $500 to the Northern Neck Food Bank at their Open House last Wednesday. From left are Mayor Mark Milstead, NNFB Executive Director Lance Barton and Councilman Ralph Self.

A growing organization with a healthy mission

Posted on April 16, 2014 at 4:52 pm

Lance Barton recalled a Christmas party from some time ago when someone asked him to tell a story about his best Christmas ever. “Frankly, I said ‘You know what? The best is yet to come.’” And that’s what Barton, the executive director of the Northern Neck Food Bank (NNFB), is saying about his Warsaw-based organization. “We’re still growing, expanding and perfecting and making this program more efficient and making it

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  • A cake of thanks for Union Bank

    Posted on April 9, 2014 at 9:40 am

    The Friends of the Library presenting their cake to Union First Market Bank as a show of thanks for allowing the Friends use of one of their facilities.

    The Friends of the Rappahannock Community College/Richmond County Public Library recently expressed their thanks to the management and employees of the Union First Market Bank in Warsaw for the free use of one of their buildings on Main Street. A cake beautifully decorated with the library’s logo symbolized the Friends’ gratitude for the bank’s generous accommodation. The Friends have operated their ongoing Used Book Sale for the past three years

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  • Plans in place for Dunn-Rite Auto

    Posted on April 9, 2014 at 9:24 am

    The Dunn family pictured in front of their pride and joy Dunn-Rite Auto Sales, which will move to a brand new building within Kilmarnock.

    Jovial M’Lissa Dunn, who with her husband Randy has established and built up Randy’s Dunn Rite Automotive and Dunn-Rite Auto Sales in the lower Northern Neck, is excited to break ground at what will be their own building for their family-run business in Kilmarnock. Not only that, but the husband-and-wife owners have big plans in store for their location in Burgess. In Kilmarnock, both the sales lot and service center

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Richmond County public school funding at risk

Posted on March 27, 2014 at 12:42 pm

Every year counties and the agencies they oversee come to loggerheads over one thing: funding. With increases in expenditures and the need for necessary new equipment, training or personnel, many departments have plead their case for the upcoming fiscal year for increases in the necessary funding they each need to best serve Richmond County’s taxpayers. Often, those requests are met with hard questions and then continued over to work sessions

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  • Richmond County Schools look forward to bringing home state report card

    Posted on February 14, 2014 at 8:01 am

    While students across the region went home last week with their report cards, the schools themselves are being graded on a state level for the first time, and according to officials, Richmond County looks to pass with flying colors. This past fall, the state announced a new program that is holding all public schools accountable for their levels of education, and grading them according to a point standard, with 800

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  • Rappahannock River program inspiring a new generation of stewards

    Posted on February 5, 2014 at 9:26 am

    Students at Richmond County schools are getting a unique insight into conservation.

    The Rappahannock River has an unusual new group of protectors: a class of 6th graders pioneering the way for future generations to safeguard local waterways. For the past few months, Lowery Pemberton, Education Coordinator for Friends of the Rappahannock (FOR), and Richmond County Science teacher Patty Ptucha have partnered with groups such as the Menokin Foundation, Belle Isle State Park, the Northern Neck Soil and Water Conservation District, the Northern

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Church takes first steps towards new home in Warsaw

Posted on April 2, 2014 at 10:56 am

Starting soon, ground will be breaking for a new site of worship in Warsaw. After recent town council meetings and a public comment session, Rappahannock Church of Christ is awaiting the final approval to move to their 38-acre property on the corner of Scott Town Road and the Rte. 3 bypass in town The popular church, which has a weekly attending average of over 400 parishioners who can choose between

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  • Posted on March 5, 2014 at 10:55 am

    Elder John Schenkel of Heathsville, VA, works to stop the clock for March 9 Sunday worship.  Worship with Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Callao, VA, Sunday, March 9, at 9 am “slow time” and keep the extra hour’s sleep!

    Worship on “Slow Time,” March 9, at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Callao Worship on “Slow Time” with Good Shepherd Church, Callao, VA, Sunday, March 9, and keep the extra hour’s sleep!  Daylight Savings Time begins Saturday night, March 8th.  DON’T change your clocks Saturday night.  DO keep the extra sleep, worship with Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Callao, at 9 am “Slow Time,” after which we will all change to Daylight

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  • Where love is thicker than genes

    Posted on February 17, 2014 at 11:25 am

    The Jackson family, above, has found that when it comes to love and fellowship, genetics have no role. Each year the family has grown by at least one  child, with other foster children staying for brief and extended periods of time at their Richmond County residence.

    Tucked away behind an unassuming entry gate and down a wooded drive, a unique family is flourishing in Richmond County. As free-roaming chickens peck at the ground, happy dogs bound across the yard and the sound of construction can be heard in the background, the most prevalent noise is that of the laughter and the constant chatter of children; 11 of them to be exact, with another on the way.

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99th District Del. Ransone (R-VA)

Budget gridlock impacts ’Neck: Local hospital and county budgets on the line after state officials clash

Posted on March 26, 2014 at 10:15 am

A deadlock in the state’s budget, centered over Medicare reimbursement expansion, may have far reaching consequences for smaller localities, especially those on the Northern Neck. On Monday, March 24, Democratic Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe attempted to open the door to the currently deadlocked commonwealth’s budget negotiations by proposing a health-care system that would include $225M in state savings by the expansion of Medicaid. It was a move that divided the

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  • Chimerix approves experimental drug to young child after nation pleads for his life

    Posted on March 12, 2014 at 12:38 pm


    *Update: Chimerix has approved their drug for administration to young Josh Hundreds of miles away from her hometown of Warsaw, a mother is battling for her grievously ill child, praying for a miracle. She is not alone, however, as the nation watches the fate of young Joshua Hardy, a 7 year old first grader who has survived cancer only to become stricken with a virus that may take his life.

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  • Part two of an ongoing series: Ending the spice road

    Posted on November 14, 2013 at 10:38 am

    There is a plague spreading across the region. It has infected neighbors, friends, students and respected business owners without prejudice. It is an outbreak of addiction, started with an easily made over-the-counter purchase of the new and destructive designer drug called Spice that has left area law enforcement officials in a life and death struggle to eradicate. “We first became aware of the problem at our schools,” said Northumberland County

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