- Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 June 2010 14:27
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A friendly game of tossing the football on the beach led to a tragic event that changed the lives of many people in Colonial Beach.
The May 23 accident started with the ball going into the river. Steven Biggins, an 18-year-old Colonial Beach senior, who, according to his mother, Angie Brann, was an excellent swimmer, tried to retrieve the ball by reaching down from the dock. When Steven could not reach it, he tried to climb back over the railing. He slipped, hitting his chest on the way down. It is believed he was knocked unconscious by the blow and was unable to come back up.
- Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 June 2010 21:41
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Police Chief Christopher C. Hawkins has resigned his position by way of a letter delivered over the weekend to Town Manager Val Foulds, effective June 28. Hawkins has accepted a position as assistant police chief in Portsmouth, Va.
Hawkins was selected and began serving as Police Chief in Colonial Beach on January 3, 2008. Prior to that he had served for 13 years as a Virginia State Trooper. Chief Hawkins effectively guided the department through a move to new headquarters. More recently he led the department through a rigorous accreditation process before the Virginia Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission, which resulted in Colonial Beach Police Department becoming one of 79 departments out of 400 total law enforcement agencies in Virginia that have gained accreditation. In a recent report to Town Council, Hawkins was pleased to note that 2009 crime rates have shown a decline in every category.
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 May 2010 17:21
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Colonial Beach’s mascot and logo got a facelift. At the May 19 meeting, the School Board approved three designs submitted by teacher and coach Jeremy Jack. “Petey” the pirate’s new look was inspired by senior Lindsey Graves’ submission in the competition the school held. Her design was sent to a professional logo company to be refined and finished. The school’s clipper ship logo was also updated.
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 May 2010 05:00
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On Saturday, May 8, Smith Point Sea Rescue responded to a call from a 42” deadrise that was dead in the water and pressed up against a pound net just south of the Great Wicomico River. Those aboard the deadrise had made a cell call to family members requesting someone bring fuel. Two teenagers set out in a 22-foot skiff with 5 gallons of fuel. With 25 mph wind and 4- to 5-foot seas, those aboard the skiff successfully passed the fuel over to the deadrise. The skiff then swamped and flipped over inside the pound net, putting the two teenagers into the water. One of the boys was able to get hold of the net and get onto the deadrise. The second was briefly trapped under the skiff and had to remove his life jacket so he could get out from under the overturned boat. One of the boys got his hand caught between the two boats and received a deep gash in the palm of his hand At this point Smith Point Sea Rescue was called by those aboard the deadrise to assist. Six Sea Rescue members responded to the two boats docked on Cockrells Creeek.
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 21 April 2010 18:06
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Colonial Beach may be a small town facing big problems, but the upcoming election on May 4 for three seats on Town Council and
two seats on the School Board has brought out 10 citizens who believe they have what it takes to turn the tide.