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Service Authority proposes $5 million budget for 2015-16

Rate increases to be explored next week on April 14

The King George Service Authority will consider...

School Board okays $35.1 million capital budget request

The King George School Board has approved a $35.1 million capital projects request sought by
School ...

Supervisors ponder 2-cent tax rate increase

The King George Board of Supervisors may be preparing to debate its previously stated opposition to ...

April hearing date set for court hearing between county, Project Faith

King George County secured another court date in the ongoing breach of contract dispute with Project...

James Madison - King George native son, Founding Father

James Madison - King George native son, Founding Father

History buffs and area residents recently gathered at Belle Grove Plantation on the banks of the Rap...

Supervisors endorse 2015-16 budget with no tax increase

The Board of Supervisors directed County Administrator Travis Quesenberry to proceed with developmen...

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Grzeika joins UMW Board of Visitors

Joe Grzeika has been appointed by Governor Bob McDonnell to the University of  Mary Washington Board of Visitors.

McDonnell announced the appointment last week on July 8. Grzeika, chairman of the King George County Board of Supervisors, was one of three new appointees given a spot on the 12-member Board of Visitors of the University of Mary Washington.

Grzeika has been a member of the Board of Supervisors since 1996. He has been a King George resident since 1977. He’s self-employed as a business consultant and is a retired past president of a defense contracting business which he co-founded.

Grzeika and his spouse, Anita, have two married daughters and four grandchildren. Grzeika is an alumna of Mary Washington. He told the Journal, “I am really excited by this opportunity.” 

Read more: Grzeika joins UMW Board of Visitors

County seeks bids for Smoot Library project

King George County is soliciting sealed bids for the construction of a new 17,800 square foot addition to and the renovation of the existing Smoot Library building, which measures about 10,500 square feet.

The bid announcement was issued at the end of June after final construction plans were readied by the Smoot Board of Trustees. The architect from the Lukmire Partnership, Inc. had also worked with the county along the way to incorporate suggestions for value engineering to minimize the construction costs of an extensive addition that will spread back onto adjacent lots that were acquired by the library in the last few years.

Qualified construction companies are asked to submit bid prices to the county by the Aug. 9 deadline.

Read more: County seeks bids for Smoot Library project

New local, state election lines approved

The King George Board of Supervisors got the news recently that the county’s new boundary lines for local election districts were approved by the U.S. Department of Justice under the Voting Rights Act. In addition, new lines for state offices likewise received approval from the Feds.

This means that a lot of voters in King George will be voting in different polling places beginning with those who participate in the Aug. 23 primary to select Republican candidates for state election.

Along with that, the new state lines will shift also shift more than 3,000 registered voters from the 28th Senatorial district to the 4th

Read more: New local, state election lines approved

New voting districts increase King George precincts by two

Confused about voter redistricting? There’s more to come!

As reported last month, the King George Board of Supervisors approved new election districts for electing local offices, including those for the Board of Supervisors and the School Board.

The changes to the county’s election districts were approved on April 19 and forwarded to the U.S. Department of Justice for review under the Voting Rights Act. County Registrar Lorrie Gump said she is hoping to have final

Read more: New voting districts increase King George precincts by two

Proposal to relax sign restrictions gets hearing next week in King George

Planning Commission to scrutinize sign amendments Tuesday, May 10

The King George Planning Commission will consider changes to sign regulations that would provide more flexibility for developers. Amendments were proposed by county staff at the request of the Board of Supervisors.

A public hearing is scheduled next week on Tuesday, May 10, to take comment on relaxing current restrictions on retail and commercial businesses and subdivisions.

The Planning Commission got its first look at the suggested changes at last month’s meeting and not all members were enthusiastic.

 

Read more: Proposal to relax sign restrictions gets hearing next week in King George

Bowie’s death prompts drug probe, 10 arrested

Prompted by the death of Taylor Bowie, the King George County Sheriff’s Dept. recently concluded an extensive investigation into a ring of prescription drug distribution.  That investigation recently yielded the arrests of 10 people, with three more persons outstanding, and the cases were brought to King George Circuit Court on April 28.

Read more: Bowie’s death prompts drug probe, 10 arrested

Taylor Bowie: A life cut short by tragedy

altEditor’s note: June 29 will mark the first anniversary of 19-year-old Taylor Bowie’s death. The following is a tragic story of how a young woman, who

Bowie’s death prompts drug probe, 10 arrested

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was raised in a strong family and surrounded by supporting love, was torn apart by horrendous calamity and bad choices made with drugs and friends. Recently three of those friends — Derek Lee Brynteson, 19; Ashley Rae Morrissette, 19; and Kevin Christopher Hoover, 22 — were sentenced to six-month prison terms for possession of the controlled substance that has been implicated in her death. But while those three serve out their guilty verdicts in the case surrounding Taylor, there remains only one voice speaking out for the victim: Her mother’s.

There are no local memorials to Taylor Bowie, but perhaps there should be. A statuesque blonde with movie-star looks and a magnetic attraction, she could have been the real-life model for the Mattel toy doll “Barbie.” Popular and smart, most things would have come easy to her.

Read more: Taylor Bowie: A life cut short by tragedy

Dahlgren 7/11 robbery suspect arrested

On 04-28-2011 the 7-11 in Dahlgren, King George Deputies responded to a 911 call reporting an armed robbery at 05:44am. Upon arrival the clerk reported a person entered the store walked around the counter and threatened her with a knife, demanding money from the register. Video provided a complete visual of the suspect. One of the deputies on scene provided a name of which was confirmed by an additional witness. Later in the morning a person went to the 7’11 and stated they heard about the robbery and stated they may have given the person a ride. That witness was able to identify the suspect from being a past acquaintance.

Lisa L. Smith DOB 6-24-70 of King George was arrested for armed robbery and is being held without bond.

 

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