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After 35 years, ‘Moose’ retires

When Clarence W. “Moose” Dobson first took office as sheriff  35 years ago, he promised King George County citizens “24-hour full-time” professional law enforcement activity.  And he was determined to carry out his pledge despite the fact there weren’t enough full-time officers besides himself at the time to carry out the task.
“When I took office in 1976 there were only three full-time deputies,” he remembered.  “The sheriff’s department was mostly an 8 till 4 operation before then, so if you needed to call for a deputy, you had to call the scales at the weigh station or from the book until you got someone, because we didn’t have a uniformed deputy after working hours. Still, I promised the people a 24-hour sheriff’s department when I ran for office. But when the three deputies met me at the door, I realized that we would need four people for a 24-hour operation.  So we established a six-days-on and two-days-off shift beginning on Jan. 1, 1976, with myself on duty along with the other three.”

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KG government told to tighten belts for ’11-’12

King George department heads, constitutional officers and agency heads got the word last week to begin their budgeting requests for next fiscal year 2011-12 by not exceeding the budget amount they actually expended in 2009-10, the fiscal year that ended on June 30.
The school division received a separate budget guidance memo this week.
The budget direction came in a memo from Deputy County Administrator/Director of Finance Donita Harper, who added guidance from County Administrator Travis Quesenberry and gleaned from the Board of Supervisors.

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Supervisor hospitalized

Cedell Brooks, Jr., was transported to Mary Washington Hospital last week on Monday from his home after reportedly suffering from one or more strokes.
“Cedell’s family has requested that their privacy be honored,” Board of Supervisors Chairman Dale Sisson said. “Therefore, any statement or information will need to come from the family.”
Brooks is a fixture in King George and the most senior member of the Board of Supervisors, with nearly 19 years of continuous service on the county’s governing body, first taking office in 1992.
Brooks and his spouse, Carolyn, live with their young daughter in the Shiloh district of King George, which Brooks represents as a member of the board.

— Phyllis Cook

Local 4-H’ers place at state horse show


Thursday, Sept. 16 the King George 4-H’ers packed their bags and horses and headed down to Lexington, Va., on their way to compete in the biggest show of the season: the 4-H State Horse Show. The King George 4-H Horse and Pony Club sent nine girls and nine horses/ponies down there: Elizabeth Hill with Blonde By Design, Ashley Acraman with Miss Kitty, Jenna Sisson with Ruby, Aidan Phillips with Ms. An’s Last Dance, Kellen Phillips with Peppi Sli Fly, Kim Poates with Painted Jake,

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School Board, BoS to hold joint meeting next week

A joint meeting next week between the King George Board of Supervisors and the School Board is expected to center on money matters.
The joint meeting is scheduled to take place next Wednesday, Nov. 30, at 6 p.m. in the boardroom on the ground floor of the Revercomb Building, located behind the Courthouse on Route 3.
Both boards are planning to talk about the costs and the timing for three big-ticket projects requested by the School Board.
They may also discuss a joint vehicle maintenance facility for which Supervisors plan to purchase property on US 301.

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