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Rappahannock ranks 39th in Virginia, 1551st in nation on U.S. News and World Report list

Posted on May 27, 2015 at 10:12 am

Rappahannock High School has done it again. At a recent Richmond County School Board meeting, it was announced that, for the second consecutive year, the U.S. News and World Report had awarded the school a silver medal. RHS ranked 39 out of 315 high schools in Virginia and 1,551 out of nearly 22,000 high schools in the country. Superintendent Greg Smith and school board members applauded the staff for the

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  • Tri-County Task Force / Westmoreland County Sheriff’s Office drug bust nets 11 arrests

    Posted on May 20, 2015 at 1:00 pm

    The Westmoreland County Sheriff’s Office and Tri-County Task Force pursued an intensive investigation known as “Double Tap”— strike a target twice in rapid succession for ultimate effect—and netted 11 arrests. To date, 24 people have been arrested in two Task Force sweeps beginning April 16 of this year. At 4 a.m. on Thursday, May 14, members from the Westmoreland County Sheriff’s Office, King George County, Caroline County, the Virginia State

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  • Injuries in two-car accident at Route 360 / Totuskey Church Road intersection in Richmond County

    Posted on May 13, 2015 at 5:02 pm


    A high-speed collision involving a Mustang and Infiniti occurred on Route 360 at approximately 11:50 a.m. on Wednesday, May 13. Each vehicle had one occupant. The Mustang was travelling eastbound on Route 360 and was attempting to turn onto Totuskey Church Road when it collided with the Infiniti travelling westbound on 360. Deputy Nicholas Goodwyn of the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office, who was first on the scene, said that the

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  • Angelo’s Pizza owner’s name cleared

    Posted on May 13, 2015 at 10:13 am

    Bryan Oliff, Angelo's

    It was a long time coming, but Bryan Oliff finally had his day in court. And even though his malicious prosecution suit against Westmoreland County Deputy Anthony Darby was dismissed, no evidence or testimony stating that Oliff had knowledge or participated in the sale or use of cocaine was ever submitted before the court. Oliff, owner of Angelo’s Pizza in Montross, has claimed his innocence since his arrest on May

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  • Richmond County community members express concern over possible budget cuts to schools

    Posted on May 13, 2015 at 10:08 am

    There were tears, singing voices and concerns at the public hearing on the proposed 2015-16 Richmond County budget as citizens spoke out against the stated possibility of JROTC and other support systems being eliminated from Richmond County Public Schools. The budget, as advertised by the Richmond County Board of Supervisors, proposes to keep real estate taxes the same, raise personal property and machinery/tools taxes and cut the local share to

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  • Tappahannock Police asking for assistance in larceny investigations

    Posted on May 7, 2015 at 11:54 am

    The Tappahannock Police Department is asking for the public’s help in solving three recent larceny cases.  The larcenies have occurred over the past month at WAL-MART and Bareford Buick in Tappahannock. On April 3, 2015 two suspects took several electronic items from the Wal-Mart and exited through the lawn and garden section of the store.  The suspects then left the area in a black SUV.  On May 5, 2015 two

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  • Lancaster Commonwealth’s Attorney to seek reelection

    Posted on May 7, 2015 at 10:24 am

    Robert Cunningham

    Lancaster Commonwealth’s Attorney Robert Cunningham has announced that he will seek reelection to a second term as the county’s top prosecutor.  Cunningham was first elected in 2011 after winning an impressive victory to unseat a 28-year incumbent. Cunningham, who has worked closely with local law enforcement during his first term to help keep Lancaster families safe, has earned a reputation as a prosecutor committed to equal and fair justice for

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  • Civil case brought by Angelo’s Pizza owner dismissed against Westmoreland County deputy

    Posted on May 6, 2015 at 11:05 am

    The $15 million civil case known as the ‘Angelo’s Pizza trial’ ended at 1 p.m. Tuesday afternoon when Judge William D. Hamblen cited that the case did not meet the criteria of the Virginia Code regarding malicious prosecution, the basis of Angelo’s Pizza restaurant owner Bryan Oliff and his ex-cook Joshua Sanford’s civil lawsuit lodged against Westmoreland County Sherriff Department’s Sargent Anthony Darby. The case was dismissed to the pleasure

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  • Richmond County leaders talk funding requests, budget recommendations

    Posted on May 6, 2015 at 10:19 am

    Public hearing on board of supervisors’ advertised budget to be held May 7 It hasn’t been an easy budgeting process for Richmond County officials. Between not being able to honor multiple monetary requests from county departments and civic organizations, raising taxes, saying no to a raise for all county employees and cutting the local contribution to the school budget, compromises and tough decisions are being made in an effort to

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