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Council gives nod to 3 percent raise for town employees

Posted on April 9, 2014 at 9:21 am

The Warsaw Town Council agreed to keep a 3 percent raise for employees in their draft of the budget during their Monday work session. As it stands, the general fund of the town budget proposes an increase in $10,000 of the salaries line item for fiscal year (FY) 2015. The 3 percent increase does not include the town’s two police officers, as the budget as of now consists of provisions

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  • Northumberland man to serve five years for sexual crimes

    Posted on April 7, 2014 at 11:27 am

    Robert O. Lawson, a 54-year-old Reedville man was given an active sentence of five years after he pled guilty to two charges of aggravated sexual battery and one charge of indecent liberties with a child. Each of the crimes for which Lawson was convicted occurred over 25 years ago when he was in his teens and 20’s. Lawson was accused of sexually abusing three girls over a 10-year period between

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  • Creek dispute leads to civic lessons in Lancaster County

    Posted on April 7, 2014 at 8:29 am

    ancaster County’s Board of Supervisors were treated to civics lessons ranging from the Watergate cover-up to the Declaration of Independence by opponents and supporters of a contemplated public boat ramp on Dymers Creek clashed for more than two hours at the board’s meeting Thursday night. The talk-a-thon took place during the meetings public comment period before the board turned to actual matters it needed to vote on. Opponents of the

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  • Northumberland man to serve five years for sexual crimes

    Posted on April 3, 2014 at 8:16 am

    Robert O. Lawson, a 54-year-old Reedville man was given an active sentence of five years after he pled guilty to two charges of aggravated sexual battery and one charge of indecent liberties with a child. Each of the crimes for which Lawson was convicted occurred over 25 years ago when he was in his teens and 20’s. Lawson was accused of sexually abusing three girls over a 10-year period between

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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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  • Final ruling on controversial Rappahannock River pier

    Posted on April 2, 2014 at 10:55 am

    The old Fones Cliffs pier, above on the Rappahannock River viewed towards Essex, is now going to be the site of a soon to be constructed place for boats to launch and dock after a recent VMRC ruling.

    While county ordinances are still being debated regarding the regulation of pier lengths in Richmond County, the state has come to a final decision on the hotbed issue that has been the root of the situation. Last week, the Virginia Department of Marine Resources (VMRC) unanimously decreed that while Terrell Bowers, owner and developer of Fones Cliffs, has the right to build a pier that extends to state regulations of

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  • It is no day at the park for Essex

    Posted on March 28, 2014 at 8:20 am

    Reese Peck

    Recently, concerns over fiscal spending in the Essex County Parks and Recreation line item of the budget have come under public scrutiny. With the community in an uproar and with signs plastered around the county both decrying and supporting local fiduciary spending, Essex County  Administrator Reese Peck sat down in a recent interview to shed light on the truth behind the rumors. At issue is approximately $280,000 in expenditures earmarked

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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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  • 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

    99th District Del. Ransone (R-VA)

    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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