- Last Updated on Wednesday, 01 August 2012 14:19
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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.”
- Last Updated on Saturday, 24 November 2012 11:14
- Published on Wednesday, 25 July 2012 14:22
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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.
- Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 July 2012 19:48
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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.
- Last Updated on Friday, 20 July 2012 14:10
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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.
- Last Updated on Friday, 13 July 2012 16:29
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Robert “Bobby” Crouch, of King George, was indicted Thursday, July 12, by the King George Grand Jury on 12 felony counts, seven of them for failure to deposit funds into a trust account and five for obtaining money under false pretenses. These charges were made on direct indictments. As of the filing of this story, there has been no record of his arrest.
Crouch purchased Historyland Memorial Park in September 2009. The first count on his indictments is dated for October, 2009 where he is charged with failure to deposit funds in the trust fund which is required by law.
Crouch owned the cemetery until September, 2010 at which time he filed for bankruptcy. The cemetery was then purchased at a foreclosure sale in December, 2010 by King George Cemetery Company, LLC, trading as Historyland Memorial Park which is now operating the cemetery.
In October 2010, Crouch was convicted on two felony counts by the Circuit Court of Spotsylvania County and received two three-year sentences, which were suspended on condition of good behavior and restitution.
- Last Updated on Friday, 29 June 2012 16:43
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A group of volunteer King George community leaders gathered in mid-June to choose nonprofit projects that would have a noticeable positive impact on life in our county. After careful consideration, five organizations were chosen to receive grants from The Community Foundation’s Community Enrichment Fund.
This is the second, and final, year for this special funding opportunity exclusively for King George projects. However, The Community Foundation has other funds that are open to any nonprofit in the region. The Community Foundation is also available to work with any generous King George citizen or business that would like to harness the foundation’s expertise in charitable giving.
- Last Updated on Monday, 25 June 2012 13:38
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A former employee at the Naval Support Facility Dahlgren drew a five year prison term and a lifetime classification as a sex offender as William Edward Pitt, Jr., 71, pled guilty last week to a multitude of counts involving the possession and distribution of child pornography.
The King George man was arrested at his Eden Dr. Home back on July 21, 2011 after a grand jury found reason to charge him last year following a lengthy state police investigation involving child porn website viewers.
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 June 2012 14:30
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Virginia Dominion Power’s plan to bring a 230,000-volt transmission source and substation to the Dahlgren area of King George County is nearing its final milestone as a public hearing for the project has been set for 10 a.m. June 12 in Richmond. After that date, if no hurdles or roadblocks crop up, the Commonwealth’s chief electric power supplier will begin negotiations with county property owners to acquire rights-of-way for 119-foot steel poles that will carry the high voltage lines.