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Sharon James is settling into the new position of coordinator of communication for King George
County Schools, which was established with the new fiscal year, which began on July 1.
It’s a central office position reporting directly to division Superintendent Rob Benson.
Benson had been asking to create a similar new position since early 2013.
The position description appears to have been tweaked in the last couple of years to combine
several functions into one, which made it into the adopted 201617 budget.
Benson discussed the position and his recommendation of James for it in a recent interview.
“Sharon James brings a wealth of talent and dedication to our team as our coordinator of
communication. Her primary role will be to support our schools and departments in providing
timely and relevant outbound communication with our school families and the King George
community in general,” Benson said.
“Another of Ms. James' responsibilities will be to help us recognize the myriad accomplishments
of our students and schools to promote community pride and enthusiasm for our school
But that’s not all. “She will also help us seek and pursue grants or inkind resources that are
aligned with the needs and curricular pursuits of our schools or school division,” Benson said.
James has been employed by the division as the lead instructional technology liaison since
September 2005 and was a classroom teacher in the division prior to that.
She earned a master’s of education from George Mason University in 2006 with a focus on
instructional technology and curriculum strategies for integrating technology.
She had earned a bachelor’s degree from Old Dominion University in 1983, followed by
classroom teaching for 22 years in Portsmouth, Norfolk and finally King George.
After earning her master’s, she also worked at George Mason University from January 2007 to
August 2011 as a graduate education adjunct instructor, teaching others to integrate technology
in schools, as well as providing online mentoring with various other communication duties using
She’s excited about taking on the new position as part of the leadership team in the school
“King George County has been a home for my family for over 17 years. In that time, I have
become acquainted with many wonderful people, both young and old, who have a heart for
making our schools excellent. It is a joy to be able to continue serving our schools from this new
vantage point by helping to find innovative ways to support and brand our school mission of
Excellence for All,” James said.
“Technology enables schools to flatten their walls and become more transparent in the types of
learning taking place. Our division strives to communicate the amazing things that are happening
in all of our schools. We believe that excellent teaching and learning are worth sharing with all
stakeholders. Ultimately, we are proud of our students’ accomplishments and desire to find
innovative ways to inform the community of their success,” James said.
The School Board had approved hiring James for the new position back in June at a salary of
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 27 July 2016 12:55
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Bert Ferren owns the New Life Hearing Health business in King George in the First Lady’s
Shopping Centre next to the King George post office on Route 3.
“Having been at this for a long while now, I believe I have a perspective on the industry, hearing
loss, and hearing aids,” Ferren said.
Forget about what he calls the ‘dark age’ of hearing aids, with those large bananashaped
appliances perched on the ears for all the world to see. Now they come sized smaller than a
“Those were linear processors that merely amplified. Today they are digital. That means they are
controlled by a computer chip to give what you need when you need it,” Ferren said.
Using those old hearing aids in churches and large halls and restaurants was a problem.
“They would just amplify everything,” Ferren said.
“The old hearing aids had no discrimination and would simply amplify the wall of sound.”
That was the state of technology then.
In about 2002, companies started coming out with digital hearing aids. Now patients are tested
on a computer and the hearing aids are programmed on a computer for the various hearing
“The new hearing aids are little computers. They contain an amplifier, processor, two
microphones and a chip,” Ferren said. “There is no annoying feedback like in the old days.”
He’s been in the business since 1989.
He’s had customers dragged in by spouses or with appointments made by close friends.
Sometimes, others notice someone avoiding social situations and suspect the person is mentally
slowing down, when often the reason is gradual hearing loss.
About every three to five years, most people experience hearing shifts, and they can become
more prevalent with aging.
Thirty percent of people between the ages of 50 and 59 suffer some degree of hearing loss in one
or both ears. Fortyfive percent between 60 and 69 have impaired hearing, and it’s about 75
percent for hearing impairment in people over 70.
“Most people go through about seven years of denial,” Ferren said.
It happened to him.
He said he got grumpy about going out with his wife for social engagements and appeared surly
when he seemed to ignore conversations around him.
“It just got to the point where I had to take my own advice,” Ferren said.
“By owning my practice, I’m able to teach, counsel and educate on a very personal level. I’ve
been wearing aids for eight years, for the same issues many people experience, understanding
conversations in restaurants, meetings, dialogue on television.”
He said what decided it for him was the state of the technology.
“After having worked in private practice and doctor offices, it is still satisfying to see the wonder
in a patient’s face when they allow themselves to hear and understand.”
Ferren provides a full moneyback guarantee to all customers during a 30day trial period.
He opened his business in King George a year ago next month.
“In the past year, I’ve no returns. Once they put the hearing aids in, they get it. They see what all
the fuss was about.”
Ferren advises all of his patients to stop back about every three months for cleaning and any
That aftercare is free. It’s part of his service for hearing aid purchasers.
Customers may make an appointment by calling 5407755400, or stop by to see if they can
catch Ferren between appointments.
New Life Hearing Health’s address is 7971 Kings Highway in King George, at the Route 3 end
of the block of businesses a few doors down from King’s Pizza.
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The King George Sheriff's Office last week arrested a King George woman and charged her with involuntary
manslaughter in connection with a drug death that occurred in the county last year.
Mary Evelyn Trainum, 53, had been indicted by a King George County grand jury in connection with the death
of a 26yearold man who died of a fatal drug overdose. Sheriff's officers said they found her hiding in a shed in
In addition to involuntary manslaughter, Trainum was charged with illegally distributing drugs. Law enforcement
officers said Trainum was released on bond after being held briefly at the Rappahannock Regional Jail.
Sheriff's officers said Trainum allegedly supplied the drugs that resulted in the death of a King
George man on Oct. 30 of last year. At the request of his family, authorities have not made
public the identification of the victim, who was found dead at his residence as a result of an
overdose of oxymorphone, the chemical designation for brand names Opana, Numorphan and
Sheriff's officers said the victim was connected to Trainum, who officers said has several past arrests for illegal
drug offenses, by cellphone records. Trainum was convicted and sentenced to five years in prison in 2008, but
all but seven months were suspended, according to authorities.
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Brandon Russell Hamilton, 29, of Indian Head, Md., was charged with entering property to damage, trespassing
and public intoxication.
Deshawn Lamont Robinson, 29, of Port Royal was charged with obstructing justice, reckless driving,
possession of marijuana, use of the identification of another, driving without a license and providing false
Marguerite Lorraine Hangliter, 52, of Montross was charged with revocation of suspended sentence and
Michael Troy Langley, Jr., 30, of Leonardtown, Md., was charged with revocation of suspended sentence or
Chris Jerrel Jester, 33, of King George was charged with destruction of property.
Rebecca Ann Bloxton, 31, of King George was charged with assault and battery.
Westmoreland Sheriff's Office arrests
Cory Flannery, 19, of Montross was charged with grand larceny, theft of a motor vehicle, possession of
marijuana and driving with a suspended license.
Lisa Marie Foster, 41, of Colonial Beach was charged with failure to appear.
Tony Brian Wormley, 59, currently held at Northern Neck Regional Jail, was charged with probation violation.
Justin Tyree Newman, 30, currently held at Northern Neck Regional Jail, was charged with probation violation
Sharia Durante, 26, of Montross was charged with assault and battery.
Christopher Bryan Durante, 32, of Montross was charged with assault and battery.
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A fire of undetermined origin erupted at the King George landfill on Bullock Drive Saturday. A King George
sheriff's deputy first noticed the smoke from the blaze and notified fire and rescue authorities.
"Once we arrived at the scene we did confirm that the fire was at the landfill," said King George Fire and
Rescue Chief David Moody. "The fire was approximately one half acre in size and burning on the southwest
bank and and at the top of the landfill."
"It included burning trash, petroleum based products and some pieces of tires," Moody said. "The fire was
surrounding a methane gas well pipe. Extinguishing the fire around the area became our priority."
Moody said fire crews worked at the scene of the landfill fire for several hours and used eight tanker loads of
water as well as shuttling water to the fire site in one of the department's pumper trucks. Stafford County
provided water to fight the blaze from a pumper truck as well.