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Time to get ready for Aug. 15 school start in King George

Summer will continue, but its lazy days for students in King George schools will come to an end on Aug. 15 with the first day of school.

Teachers new to the King George division report this week on Aug. 4, with all teachers and paraprofessionals reporting next Monday, Aug. 8.

The School Board started getting ready to welcome back school staff following a meeting on July 26 by taking part in a video production intended for upcoming ‘Welcome Back’ activities.

Parents and students can get ready by marking calendars with orientation/open house dates for their schools when they will have the chance to meet teachers for the new school year.

Students rising to the middle school or high school can also begin to get used to their new schools. Orientation/open house dates and times for each school are listed below.

King George Schools student orientation and open house schedule

King George High School – Principal Jesse Boyd; phone 540-775-3535.

Aug. 11:  5 to 6 p.m.- Orientation for students in Grade 9.  6-7pm – Orientation for students in Grades 10 through 12.

Aug. 12:  10 a.m.to noon - Freshman Transition.

King George Middle School – Principal Jennifer Collins; phone 540-775-2331.

Aug. 11:  3 to 4 p.m. Orientation for students in Grade 7; 4:15 to 5:15 p.m. Orientation for students in Grade 8.

King George Elementary School – Principal Ron Monroe; 540-775-5411.

Aug. 11:  10 a.m. to noon - Orientation for Kindergarten students.

Aug. 12:  9 to 10 a.m. – Orientation for students in Grades 1 through 3; 10 to11 a.m. Orientation for students in Grades 4 through 6.  

Potomac Elementary School:  Principal Angie Harris; phone 540-663-3322.

Aug. 10:  1 to 3 p.m. - Orientation for Kindergarten students.

Aug. 11:  1 to 3 p.m. – Orientation for students in Grades 1 through 6.

Sealston Elementary School:  Principal Cynthia Malyevac; phone 540-775-3400.

Aug. 10:  1 to 3 p.m. - Orientation for Kindergarten students.

Aug. 11:  1 to 3 p.m. – Orientation for students in Grades 1 through 6.

Early Childhood, Special Education, and Virginia Preschool Initiative at old King George Elementary School:   Aug. 11:  9 to 11 a.m. - Orientation (Enter on left side of the School Board Office building on St. Anthony’s Road.)

King George County School Lunch Prices for 2016-17

Cafeteria Fees:

Elementary Schools – Breakfast $1.75; Adult Breakfast $2.50.  Lunch $2.45; Adult Lunch $3.50. Milk $.60; 4 oz. Juice $.60; 8 oz. Juice $1.00.

Middle and High Schools - Breakfast $1.75; Adult Breakfast $2.50.  Lunch $2.55; Adult Lunch $3.50. Milk $.60; 4 oz. Juice $.60; 8 oz. Juice $1.00.

Phyllis Cook

Jersey Mike’s Subs opens in Dahlgren

Jersey Mike’s Subs hosted a ribbon cutting July 27 at its site in Dahlgren in front of the Walmart Gateway shopping center, fronting on U.S. 301 (James Madison Parkway).

King George community leaders and officials were on hand along with Jersey Mike’s associates.

Pictured are Economic Development Authority board member Dreda Newman (front row, left to right), Jersey Mike’s John Skeele, Economic Development Authority Chairman Jim Hull, King George Board of Supervisors Chairwoman Ruby Brabo, King George Chamber of Commerce officer Gale Marshall, Peoples Community Bank branch manager StephanieAnn Burch, with , Jersey Mike’s associates (second row)  Antwan Burton, Jeffrey Conklin and Travis Tucker.

The Walmart Gateway shopping center is filling up nicely with Jersey Mike’s Subs as the latest addition, joining Five Guys in the same building, with Auto Zone next door.

Next is another building containing Game Stop, VA ABC, Sweet Frog Premium Frozen Yogurt, Benny’s Chinese & American Food, Hair Cuttery, and Verizon Wireless. Then there’s Starbucks, Tropical Smoothie and Sleepy’s.

The stores further back from the highway and in line with Walmart are Petco, Peebles, Famous Footwear, Hibbett Sports, Dollar Tree, Rue 21, The UPS Store, Herbal Nails & Spa, and Goodwill.

Revisions to King George’s drilling rules to be discussed at fracking public hearings

The King George Board of Supervisors will hold public hearings Aug. 16 for tightening guidelines in its Comprehensive Plan for Land Use and to provide stricter rules in its zoning ordinance in regard to oil and gas drilling in the county.

That was decided during a meeting on July 19 when the topic of fracking came up on the agenda. Gas drilling in shale deposits is nicknamed ‘fracking.’ It’s the current method of drilling for natural gas by high-pressure injection of chemicals and large amounts of water through a very long pipe into shale rock formations thousands of feet underground and through the aquifer, creating cracks in ancient shale beds to allow the extraction of natural gas.

The topic was on the agenda as a discussion item, which drew comments by three members of the public, with resident Jim Lynch urging stricter rules to avoid deleterious effects on the quality of life in King George, and resident Citlali Niznik going a step further.

“Please do not allow this menace to come to our county,” Niznik said, ticking off various concerns including contamination of the aquifer, which is the sole source of the county’s potable water.

Stafford resident and conservation chairman for the Rappahannock Sierra Club, Bill Johnson, also suggested banning it.

When the September 2015 hearings took place, which drew about 25 speakers with all but two against it, Supervisors Richard Granger and John Jenkins were not on the board, having been elected last November.

Like the other board members, the two do not appear to be in favor of fracking in King George, with both making brief comments following public comment time.

“I appreciate and I hold many of the concerns that you do about fracking,” Granger said.

Jenkins said he agreed.

“I certainly agree with a lot of the comments related to fracking. Our actions concerning fracking are certainly a work in progress,” Jenkins said.

“However we are certainly not standing pat as you will see as we move forward here this evening.”

Later in the meeting, county attorney Eric Gregory provided an update about why the board had not taken action last September.

“That was largely out of deference to the Commonwealth’s Department of Mines Minerals and Energy’s ongoing review of its gas and oil regulations,” Gregory said.

He said he’d previously expected those regulations would be finalized in August or September.

But now that has changed with the state engaging a third-party consultant, called STRONGER to perform another review of the state’s draft regulations for oil and gas drilling in this part of the state.

STRONGER is an acronym for ‘State Review of Oil and Natural Gas Environmental Regulations.’ Its website says it was formed in 1999 as an independent organization existing to review oil and gas state regulations.

Gregory said it’s not known how long this new review process will take, saying it will include some meetings in Abingdon next month.

“We don’t know exactly how that’s going to work. Portions of that review will apparently be open to the public and portions will not. And we don’t know what impact that review will have on the current regulatory review process,” Gregory said.

“With no end in sight to that process, I would strongly advise you go through the public hearing process again and readvertise the proposals.”

Supervisors set the Aug. 16 date.

Supervisors have said they want the county to have the proposed ordinance changes in place in case a driller files an application prior to the state completing its own regulatory process.

Chairwoman Ruby Brabo agreed the planned adoption of the county’s current proposals would at least put some protections in place, with the potential for a further review following new regulations coming down from the state whenever that takes place.

Phyllis Cook

 

King George Hall of Fame is accepting nominations for class of 2016

The King George Hall of Fame is accepting nominations for the class of

2016 until Aug. 15. Nominations received after that date will be
held for next year’s class. Anyone from the general public may make a nomination. Criteria for eligibility and nomination forms are available on the hall of fame website, www.kinggeorgehalloffame.com.  

Be sure to include as much supporting materials and documentation as possible.

Mail to Gary Butler, 10107 Four Iron Court, Fredericksburg, VA 22408 or email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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King George man sentenced for injuring Colonial Beach couple

A King George man, who was driving a vehicle that collided with a motorcycle carrying a Colonial Beach couple after last year's Colonial Beach Bikefest, was sentenced to prison In King George Circuit Court last week.

Circuit Judge Herbert Hewitt sentenced Keith Jordan Watson, 28, to two consecutive terms of five years in prison, with four years and six months of each suspended upon good behavior. Watson will serve at least one year in the penitentiary.

Watson was charged with driving under the influence and driving under the influence maiming after the vehicle he was driving on Oct. 10, 2015, collided with a motorcycle carrying Richard and April Martin of Colonial Beach.  Prosecutors said both of the Martins suffered extensive and permanent injuries.

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