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2014 King George Fall Festival-Parade!

2014 King George Fall Festival-Parade!

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King George Fall Festival Parade

2014 King George Fall Festival- Queen Winners!

2014 King George Fall Festival- Queen Winners!

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2014 King George Fall Festival Queen Winners

2014 King George Fall Festival-Idol Winners

Keepin' it Country

King George Fall Festival Idol Winners

Committee eyes county Internet expansion

Members of a new King George technology advisory committee will have their first meeting at 6 p.m. O...

Fall Festival ‘keep’n it country’

Fall Festival ‘keep’n it country’

The King George Fall Festival will celebrate its 56th year with the theme “Keep’n It Country.” The e...

Judge: Crouch must pay $22,500 in fines

Robert Crouch, the former operator of Meadow Brooke Memorial Gardens Cemetery in King George, who wa...

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Deputy killed in Fatal Car Crash

 

The first woman deputy to serve on the King George County Sheriff’s Department force was killed last Sunday in a fatal car crash.  Sharon B. Zwicker, 54, of 11217 Pine Hill Rd. was declared dead at the accident scene after her 2000 Saturn station wagon collided with a 2005 Nissan Altima at the intersection of U.S. Hwy 301 and Route 623 in King George.

According to King George Sheriff Steve Dempsey, Zwicker was a master deputy and a school resource officer.

Read more: Deputy killed in Fatal Car Crash

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King George schools are readying for the start of the new school year which begins on Tuesday, Sept. 4, the day after Labor Day.

The division is in the midst of a busy nine days of in-service training for teachers and other staff which began this week on Monday, Aug. 20, with two days of orientation devoted to teachers new to the King George division. 

Read more: Getting ready for start of school year

Three fire calls on the same block kept crews busy

A series of three fires that burned on Gambo Creek Road off Owens Drive in Dahlgren have investigators looking for a cause.  

The first 911 call for a fire was received at 8:56pm on Thursday, August 9.  According to Captain Steven T. Lynd, Deputy Emergency Management Coordinator for the King George County Department of Fire, Rescue and Emergency Services, the first of eight fire units arrived at 9:08pm and found that a wooded area behind several homes was burning. 

According to Lynd, no structures were endangered and there were no injuries.  Firefighters cleared the scene at 10:39pm.

Read more: Three fire calls on the same block kept crews busy

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.

Read more: A summer of cookbooks

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. 

Read more: Matt Britton resigning to take corporate position

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

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