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New Dahlgren Heritage Museum officially opens

Editor’s Note:  In the year 1906, British Adm. Sir Jackie Fisher launched a revolutionary new type of a naval surface combat ship, reflective of his personal coat of arms motto: “Fear God and Dread Nought!”  The new ship would become known as HMS Dreadnought, the world’s first modern naval battleship,  and it brought about the world’s first arms race.

When HMS Dreadnought was built the U.S. Navy’s proving ground for large caliber naval weapons was at Indian Head, Md.  Built in 1898, Indian Head was relatively new at the time of Dreadnought. But, as the new British battleship began eclipsing all known records for long gun accuracy in the first decade of the 20th Century and rendering the rest of the world’s navies obsolete, it was soon realized that Indian Head was insufficient to support the longer ranges of the new weaponry that modern battleships would now have to have.  A new naval gun range would be needed.

It just so happened that a long stretch of fairly straight Potomac River existed approximately 20 miles downriver from Indian Head. It was located in King George County, and, when it was first built in 1918, it became known as “the Lower Station” of Indian Head.  

Then, when test firing got under way in earnest and the war clouds of the First World War began threatening the shores of America, it became more familiarly known as “Dahlgren” to honor Rear Adm. John Adolphus Dahlgren, the acknowledged “Father of Modern Naval Ordnance.”

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Bronze plaque to honor war dead to go at landfill

A bronze plaque with a short dignified message will be placed at the King George Landfill as an onsite memorial to honor the war dead whose cremated body parts were treated as waste by officials at Dover Air Force Base’s Port Mortuary.

Richard Lorey, King George resident and a military veteran and member of American Legion Post 89, last week requested and received approval from the Board of Supervisors for the bronze plaque memorial to be placed near the entrance to the landfill, with a date for the installation yet to be set. 

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NEW TRAFFIC SIGNAL PATTERN AT KING GEORGE HIGH SCHOOL

Split phase will assist drivers exiting the high school onto Route 3

FREDERICKSBURG – Starting today, a new traffic pattern on Route 3 at the intersection with King George High School (Foxes Way) and St. Anthony’s Road in King George County will separate the traffic movement from both side streets.

Previously, traffic exiting King George High School and St. Anthony’s Road onto Route 3 yielded to oncoming traffic while making a left turn. Both side streets shared a concurrent phase with a solid green ball signal to exit.

Now, each side street will have separate green time to travel straight or turn left using a combination green arrow and solid green ball.

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King George Residents: Be Alert!

Federal and local authorities warn residents to be vigilant of Suspicious Phone Calls

Anybody who has a computer connected to the Internet is vulnerable to be infected with a computer virus.  However, the risk of having a computer virus is low as long as one has anti-virus software that is current, but the rudimentary computer virus is nothing compared to a new more subtle but, according to Jeff Fritz, who works in the Verizon Fraud Control Department, “is a severe problem,” and this widespread cybercrime begins with a simple phone call.

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Crouch indicted by King George grand jury

Robert “Bobby” Crouch, of King George, was indicted Thursday, July 12, by the King George Grand Jury on 12 felony counts, seven of them for failure to deposit funds into a trust account and five for obtaining money under false pretenses. These charges were made on direct indictments. As of the filing of this story, there has been no record of his arrest.

Crouch purchased Historyland Memorial Park in September 2009. The first count on his indictments is dated for October, 2009 where he is charged with failure to deposit funds in the trust fund which is required by law.

Crouch owned the cemetery until September, 2010 at which time he filed for bankruptcy. The cemetery was then purchased at a foreclosure sale in December, 2010 by King George Cemetery Company, LLC, trading as Historyland Memorial Park which is now operating the cemetery.

In October 2010, Crouch was convicted on two felony counts by the Circuit Court of Spotsylvania County and received two three-year sentences, which were suspended on condition of good behavior and restitution.

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