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Business booming for local couple at King George’s Unique Antiques

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HELP Center open forum provides few answers

In response to community concerns about the viability of the proposed HELP Center project, the center’s organizers held an “open community forum” last Thursday at the University of Mary Washington campus in Dahlgren.

Unfortunately, the event appeared to be one step forward and one step back in the effort to build a $8.4 million facility where multiple service agencies serving at risk individuals could be housed under one roof.

Read more: HELP Center open forum provides few answers

Spotsylvania man arrested for March shootings in Dahlgren

The King George County Sheriff’s Office has arrested a Spotsylvania man in connection with a double shooting at the China Garden Restaurant in Dahlgren on March 9 that wounded two King George men.

Read more: Spotsylvania man arrested for March shootings in Dahlgren

Techno Dragons and Nature’s Fury

Chief Dixon and fireman Mike Irbine with the KG Techno Dragons Robotics Club. Club members shown are Cody Dickerson and his brother, James Ponton, Dylan Rorrer, Ryan Rorrer and Cassidy Newman with coach Max Lupton.

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King George wants answers: Attorney asks for details on financial viability of proposed HELP center

King George’s county attorney, Eric Gregory, has asked for a “detailed report specifying Project FAITH’s plan to comply with the terms of the Deed and Agreement, including financing and construction timelines” in regard to the proposed HELP Center.

Read more: King George wants answers: Attorney asks for details on financial viability of proposed HELP center

Background on Proposed HELP Center

Phyllis Cook

(This is a companion article to one elsewhere in this issue that highlights a July 1 letter from the King George County to Project FAITH requesting financial and other details in regard to the viability of the HELP Center proposed project.)

Project FAITH’s proposal is to construct an $8.4 million HELP Center facility to house some government agencies and non-profits to provide services to low and moderate income individuals.

The governmental and non-profit service providers listed in the recent unsuccessful application for a $700,000 federal block grant are King George Free Clinic, Rappahannock Goodwill Industries, New

Read more: Background on Proposed HELP Center

There’s another one?

The Dirty Lion Mud Run, held Saturday at Eagle Bay in King George, drew the rugged individualists who charged through the obstacles, and the teams who banded together for encouragement and support. Some teams had their own team shirts for the event, including these two ladies.  Their expressions show the reaction many competitors had when they succeeded in climbing one eight-foot wall only to discover ... there was another right beyond it!

Jessica Herrink

HELP Center passed over for CDBG funding

Project FAITH’s proposed HELP Center project has been passed over again by the state in the latest round of competitive grant applications funded this week by the Department of Housing & Community Development.

Read more: HELP Center passed over for CDBG funding

HELP Center passed over for CDBG funding - again


Project FAITH’s proposed HELP Center project has been passed over again by the state in the latest round of competitive grant applications funded this week by the Department of Housing & Community Development.

Governor Bob McDonnell announced on Friday, June 21, that eleven projects around the state will receive $6.8 million in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding.

But the HELP Center project was not among them.

$700,000 had been requested in CDBG funding to go toward construction of a 1,500 square-foot free clinic that would comprise a portion of the proposed 30,500 square-foot facility.

Project FAITH executive director Froncé Wardlaw is on next week’s agenda to report progress for the project slated to be built on land already provided free from the county. The meeting on Jun. 25 begins at 6:00 p.m.

In addition to any progress, she is expected to also be questioned about whether her other potential funding sources will hold together with this setback, along with a more thorough explanation about a letter that she has taken responsibility for altering that came from Rappahannock Community College President Elizabeth Crowther. That letter had been intended for one-time use in 2010 on the first failed CDBG application for proposed HELP Center.

Phyllis Cook - Staff Reporter

 

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