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Tension between supervisors, school board in the past

There was a time when the King George Board of Supervisors and King George School Board didn’t get a...

County wants new rules for oil, gas drilling

The King George board of supervisors  wants the planning commission to review the county’s ordi...

King George meeting smoothes budget fight

The King George Board of Supervisors and the School Board had a productive meeting last week to disc...

2 KG County men killed in crash

Two King George men – an uncle and his nephew -- were killed Aug. 22 when the van they were driving ...

Supervisors set to talk money, fracking Thursday

The King George Board of Supervisors has a jam-packed special meeting this week, including talks wit...

McAuliffe to dedicate new campsite

McAuliffe to dedicate new campsite

Gov. Terry McAuliffe will be in King George at 9 a.m. Aug. 22 to dedicate a new ‘canoe-in’ campgroun...

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VSP Investigates Fatal Crash King George County

A King George resident is dead following a two vehicle crash on Route 301 at the intersection of Route 623 in King George County.

At 2:48 p.m., Aug. 19, 2012, Virginia State Police responded to the crash scene after the driver of a  2000 Saturn station wagon failed to yield the right-of-way at a stop sign and was struck by the driver of a 2005 Nissan Altima.  The impact caused the Saturn to overturn before coming to rest. 

The Saturn was traveling westbound on Route 623 and the Nissan was traveling northbound on Route 301 at the time of the crash.

The driver of the Saturn, who was wearing her safety belt, died at the scene.  The female driver and a male passenger in the Nissan both suffered minor injuries and were assessed at the scene by emergency medical technicians.  They were also wearing their safety belts.

Read more: VSP Investigates Fatal Crash King George County

A summer of cookbooks

The summer of 2012 has produced a number of beautiful, exciting cookbooks which The Journal has been privileged to receive in hopes of a good review. The five cookbooks are all worth reviews, their themes and recipes could keep many readers busy perusing them for the next several months. The series of reviews which follows is done with the anticipation that many of our readers will want to obtain these books and enjoy the recipes.

First on the list, of course, is the Fields to Tables cookbook produced as a fund raiser for the King George Farmers Market. If you haven’t purchased your copy, stop at the Market this Saturday and get yours. They book is only $10. It is no secret that area cooks are some of the best around and the recipes in this cookbook give you some reason to know why this is so.

To make the book reflect the local growing seasons, the book is separated into Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter, and All Seasons. Starting in the spring you will find recipes for greens and early fruits such as Deb Chappell’s Spinach and Strawberry Salad.

If you have more young spring peas than you know what to do with, Cindy Sexton’s Artichoke and Green Pea salad will fill the bill.

Come summer you can make fresh Blueberry Syrup for your French toast or try the Fruit Pizza, by Jessica Taylor, which looks especially good. Whoever thought a crust would be made of almond flour, chopped dates, pecans and apple juice? Certainly not this writer.

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Matt Britton resigning to take corporate position

King George Commonwealth’s Attorney Matt Britton is resigning from his elected office effective Sept. 3. 

Britton is in the eighth month of his third six-year term. He first took office in 2000.  

He is also quitting as part-time county attorney effective Sept. 30. 

Britton is leaving both positions to take a job as counsel to a corporation, which has not been specified. 

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Man Pays “Deerly” for Wayward Shot

A wayward deer which was hunted without a license has cost a King George man a sentence of a jail term plus fines and loss of firearm privileges.

Jamar Allen Tate was hunting the deer on Nov. 11 of last year and fired at the running deer with a shotgun loaded with buckshot, according to King George Sheriff records. But the deer fled untouched in front of an occupied home and some of the buckshot struck the home instead of the deer.  

Read more: Man Pays “Deerly” for Wayward Shot

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.”

Read more: New Dahlgren Heritage Museum officially opens

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.

Read more: NEW TRAFFIC SIGNAL PATTERN AT KING GEORGE HIGH SCHOOL

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.

Read more: King George Residents: Be Alert!

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