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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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KG fire department addresses residents' concerns

Residents of Monmouth Village in Dahlgren want answers.  They want to know what took King George Department of Fire and Rescue so long to respond to a house fire on Lisa Lane on the evening of Sept. 21.  They also want to know why the conduct of firefighters on the scene was “atrocious,” describing firefighters riding around in the homeowner’s scooter and dancing around the rescue stretchers.

The Timeline

It is 11 p.m. on Sept. 21 and there was a fire starting in the back of Patrick and Angel Durham’s home in Monmouth Village. 

KG Sheriff’s Deputy Timothy Lyons came upon the scene at 11:25 p.m. after noticing smoke pouring out of the home on Lisa Lane and contacted dispatch to report the fire. KG Sheriff’s Office dispatch sent out the call to King George Fire and Rescue and two mutual aid units at 11:28 p.m.

According to Major Steve Dempsey of the King George Sheriff’s Office, the 911 call logs from Sept. 21 show the first call coming from Deputy Lyons at 11:25 p.m., a second call coming at the same time from a citizen, and a third call from a citizen logged in at 11:27 p.m.  The Sheriff’s Office timeline differs from residents’ recollections that 911 calls were placed by neighbors as early as 11:15 p.m.

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Fire on Kitchen Point

This home on Kitchen Point in King George was destroyed by fire on Saturday afternoon. Fire trucks from King George, Colonial Beach, Bel Alton, Cobb Island, Newburg, NSASP and other areas responded to the scene.

 

 

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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.

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