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An adventure of a lifetime - An African safari

– The Story of an African Safari, Part II - Lake Manyara


Part II of the great adventure brings us to another amazing venue in Tanzania, the Lake Manyara area…


While traveling last summer in Tanzania, Africa, with a dozen adventurous travelers mostly from the King George and Colonial Beach area, our group had an opportunity to go on an exhilarating bicycle safari commencing in Mto wa Mbu Village (pronounced umto wambu), which is near the banks of the renowned Lake Manyara.

The scenery was stunning as we traveled through an extensive green oasis of banana groves and a thick acacia forest, then finally out into a vast open plain near the shores of Lake Manyara, a shallow alkaline lake. Riding a bicycle where Cape buffalo, giraffe, zebras, and wildebeest roam free is daunting, but also an incredible experience. With no safari vehicle between us and

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Attempted abduction in King George

On March 29 a thirteen year old female was approached in her front yard by a suspicious group of three adult males in a vehicle at approximately 4 p.m.
The thirteen year old female was in her yard with her dog as the vehicle stopped in front of her house. The driver got out of the vehicle and went and opened the trunk of the car as the passenger attempted conversation with the young female. The passenger of the car then attempted to shake the female’s hand, as the female refused and ran to her house.
The vehicle is described as an older model box style, four door passenger car, dark green in color.
All occupants were white males, aging twenty to thirty.
If you have any information on this vehicle or the occupants please contact the King George Sheriff’s Office.

County students to attend STEM Expo in April

The Dahlgren Heritage Foundation, with support from the NSWC Federal Credit Union, is planning to send two busloads of King George County students to the biggest science festival in the country for high school and middle school students.

The Foundation, which is collaborating with the U.S. Navy to establish the Dahlgren Heritage Museum in the former Gateway Welcome Center on U.S. 301, is sponsoring the trip to the 2nd USA Science & Engineering Festival in Washington on April 28 and 29.  The Festival is sponsored by companies and government agencies that recruit science and technology professionals. Students will have opportunities to learn about careers in science, math and technology, talk with representatives from colleges that focus

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Year and Half sentence dealt for theft of church items

Daequan Donte Waddy’s 20th birthday was held in King George Circuit Court last Thursday before Judge J. Martin Bass.  
Unfortunately, there was no cake or presents; the only thing dealt out to Waddy was a prison sentence for the November theft of items taken from Grace Presbyterian Church, located at 13114 Kildee Farm Road.

The stolen items included mostly audio, video and computer equipment totaling $2,200, according to King George court records. Waddy, who had previously pled guilty to the crime, drew a 10-year term for the theft with all but a year and a half suspended.

His lawyer, Fredericksburg attorney Vernon Keeve, Jr., advocated on behalf of his young client to the fact that Waddy struggled through life because he’d been adopted and desperately needed “a structured environment” to function successfully as he had

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Auction set for Mid-Atlantic Precast

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Mid-Atlantic Precast, a business in the King George Industrial Park, is going on the auction block next month on April 24.
The King George Economic Development Authority (EDA) was informed of that last week by Economic Development Director Nicole Thompson. The news that the company went out of business last month was provided at the meeting on Mar. 8.

The business had opened in February 2009 in the midst of the economic slowdown and recently lost its final struggle to stay in business.
Pete Hastings from Motley’s Auction & Realty Group was at the meeting to explain about the foreclosure auction process.

Hastings said the auction is set for April 24 at 2 p.m. for a foreclosure sale on site in the industrial park and with internet bidding also available.

In addition to the building and property, which comprises lots 12, 13 & 14, and totals a little more than 18 acres, equipment is also being sold which includes Spankrete machines, concrete maker and mixer and a 25-ton crane.
A property tour is scheduled for April 17 for prospective bidders. Those interested can obtain additional information and learn about registration requirements by calling Hastings, 804-334-2628.

BUSINESS APPRECIATION EVENT ON MAY 16
The EDA confirmed its wishes to hold this year’s business appreciation event at the new building in Dahlgren that houses the University of Mary Washington – Dahlgren site.

The event will take place on Wednesday, May 16. The evening will again be sponsored by the EDA and the Board of Supervisors.
The location is a change from previous years when it was held at the King George Citizens Center. EDA members and Supervisors both had concurred that it would provide a chance for people to see and tour the new building in Dahlgren, next to the new Walmart.

King George officials have been saying ‘Thank you’ to county businesses with an annual appreciation event since 2004.

This one will also differ somewhat in format from the past, as it is not expected that tables will be set out, since there will be no keynote speaker.

Attendees can expect to hear welcome remarks from Board of Supervisors Chairman Cedell Brooks and EDA Chairman Glen Moore, along with a brief overview about the building from Mark Safferstone, executive director of the Dahlgren site.

Attendees will be able to mingle during an informal meet-and-greet time with ‘heavy’ hors d’oeuvres, beverages, coffee and desserts available at various stations.

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