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KG division hoping for a 2nd $100K school grant

Funding would go for school security equipment for Sealston and King George Elementary

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School Board adopts revised budget reflecting state funding decrease

The King George School Board last week on June 30 amended its 2014-15 budget amounts and categorical...

New voter ID law now in effect

As of July 1, Virginia law requires all voters to provide an acceptable form of photo identification...

Case moves forward in KG double shooting and murder

A joint preliminary hearing in King George Circuit Court last week resulted in charges of murder, at...

S&P upgrades King George’s financial ratings to ‘AA+’

The King George Board of Supervisors got good news last week from Travis Quesenberry, county adminis...

County Landfill gets VEEP Award

County Landfill gets VEEP Award

At a small ceremony Monday, June 23, Thomas Cue of Waste Management and his managerial staff receive...

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Investigation points to obsolete software, equipment issues

Meter reading issues

The King George Service Authority Board last week heard what’s happening with an investigation it had ordered in September to address some reported meter reading discrepancies.
The investigation was sparked by complaints during public comment time at a meeting in September from three Chatham Village subdivision residents who raised questions about discrepancies between their own readings of their meters and the meter readings reported on their bills.  
Donita Harper, Deputy County Administrator & Director of Finance, had been tasked by County Administrator Travis Quesenberry to head up the investigation.
Harper’s second report to the authority took place at a Service Authority meeting on Oct. 19.
The members of the Service Authority are the same members as those on the Board of Supervisors.
Harper said the process improvement team she had put together was continuing a review of the meter reading, data recording process, and other aspects of the system, using a process of elimination by testing each element of the process, one-by-one.

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Special olympics achievements

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Gates County, N.C. — Thomas (TJ) Abbott, Jr., son of Sonya Abbott-Crandle and grandson of Charles and Elnora Johnson excelled at the Special Olympics this summer.
He is 16 years old and attends Gates County High School. Thomas is very athletic and participated in the Special Olympics every Saturday for four consecutive weeks.
Thomas was honored at the Special Olympics Banquet on June 26, 2010, and was awarded two trophies, one gold medal and six ribbons for his achievements.

Stonecrest Financial’s bankruptcy converted to Chapter 7

Trustee appointed to take possession of Meadow-Brooke Memorial Park
A hearing was held in the United States Bankruptcy Court in Richmond on Tuesday, October 19 on the Stonecrest Financial, Inc. bankruptcy filing by Robert R. Crouch.  Stonecrest Financial operates Meadow-Brooke Memorial Park in King George. After testimony by Herbert Nichols, investigator for the state Cemetery Board and questioning by Crouch who was acting as his own representative, Chief Judge Tice changed Stonecrest Financial, Inc.’s bankruptcy filing from a Chapter 11 reorganization to a Chapter 7 dissolution. Further, Tice appointed a trustee to take possession of the cemetery so that it will be safely managed.
Ruth Herrink, noteholder of several secured notes involving the cemetery and the property next to it, said, “We are hoping that the Bankruptcy court will now allow us to foreclose on our notes so that we can begin to secure the cemetery and the people who have made it a part of their lives for so many years.”
 

Hey there, bear

King George’s Alice Taylor sighted this black bear and captured it with her cell phone camera while driving recently around her route as a phone book representative. The bear was on Ely’s Ford Road, Aug. 26 around 3:20 p.m. Black bears are common to Virginia and are gaining in population.

Parent instructed to remove items from daughter's grave

Mother has waited four months for Meadow-Brooke to order memorial statue

 

Doris and Ed Gohring removed most of the items from their daughter's grave Saturday morning. She said they go to the cemetery every week to water and trim the grass and tend to their daughter Jessica's grave. 

Doris Gohring has received a notice from Meadow-Brooke Memorial Gardens in King George to remove the items on the grave of her daughter, Jessica.
Cemeteries have rules about what can be displayed and for how long to make it possible to maintain the grounds.
Gohring has had the items on her daughter’s gravesite since shortly after her death in July 2009.
Gohring was present on Thursday, Sept. 2, when Ruth Herrink, holder of a note from Stonecrest Financial, Inc., operator of Meadow-Brooke, attempted to foreclose on a note, secured by a Deed of Trust on the cemetery property.
Ruth Herrink is publisher of The Journal and the Deed of Trust trustee, Jessica Herrink, is president of The Journal Press, Inc.
The foreclosure sale did not take place, as Stonecrest had filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy the previous day.
While at the cemetery, Gohring talked at length to Herb Nichols, investigator from the Cemetery Board at the Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation, about the statue she had ordered for her daughter’s grave.
Gohring said that she had paid in full for the statue in April 2010, but the statue had not been ordered. Once a statue has been ordered it takes several months for it to be delivered.

 

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Meadow Brooke Memorial Garden operator files for bankruptcy

 

Louis Herrink, former president of Historyland Memorial Park which formerly operated the cemetery, Jessica Herrink, deed of trust trustee, and Robert Crouch, president of Stonecrest Financial Inc at the cemetery property.

Stonecrest Financial, Inc., operator of Meadow Brooke Memorial Gardens in King George, filed for bankruptcy under Chapter 11, Wednesday, Sept. 1.

The filing put on hold a foreclosure sale of the cemetery property, formerly known as Historyland Memorial Park, scheduled for Sept. 2.

The property is subject to several notes, including a note payable to Ruth J. Herrink for $135,000.

Ruth Herrink is publisher of The Journal and Jessica Herrink, the Deed of Trust trustee, is president of The Journal Press, Inc., which publishes The Journal newspaper.

Robert R. Crouch, president of Stonecrest Financial, Inc., on August 25 had filed for an injunction to stop the foreclosure sale, claiming that he had made the required payments on the note.

Judge Gordon Willis, in the Circuit Court of King George, did not rule on the issue of whether the  note was in default but issued an order enjoining the sale of the property if Stonecrest was able to provide a bond in the amount of the outstanding principle on the note, approximately $128,000, before the foreclosure sale.


No bond was posted with the Circuit Court in King George, but Crouch provided notice of the bankruptcy filing on Thursday morning before the sale was to take place.

Fighting Gravity

Former KG student is part of black light dance troupe

King George County has had its share of homegrown talent:Anthony Campbell successfully competed in the Today Show talent contest, and Colette Wolfe appeared in the summer movie Hot Tub Time Machine. Now, a new star has risen: King George High graduate Brian Lusher.

Lusher is part of the performing group Fighting Gravity,which has made it to the semifinal round on the show America’s Got Talent. The act is one part dance troupe and one part optical illusion: Members use black lights and dark costumes to make it appear as if they are floating in the air to the beat of pulsing techno music.  The costumes make it appear as if the contestants glow in the dark, and the synergy of music, dance and visual trick screate an unforgettable experience.

The performances don’t involve digital effects, wiring or flight harnesses, and the members choreograph and design the dances and costumes themselves. 

Fighting Gravity is comprised of brothers from the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity at Virginia Tech. Lusher, a junior mechanical engineering major, and his fraternity brothers formed the group in order to participate in a university talent show, the proceeds from which benefitted Service for Sight,an organization assisting the visually impaired.

Read more: Fighting Gravity

Recycling made easier

No separating required for King George residents using landfill convenience center
Waste Management District Manager Tom Cue has good news for King George.
Cue, who runs the King George County Landfill, told The Journal he will provide single stream recycling later this month at the convenience center at the landfill.
That means that residents who take their trash to the landfill can bundle all their recyclables into one bag to toss it into a single recycling bin.

Read more: Recycling made easier

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