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KG Board updates Tech Advisory committee

The King George Board of Supervisors added another member to a planned Technology Advisory committee...

Fracking resolution nixed

Board to request state fracking legislation  requiring environmental review prior to explorator...

Supervisors postpone remainder of School Board appropriations; call for August joint meeting

At a meeting the previous week on June 24, Supervisors had approved allocations of funding for the f...

Landfill vertical expansion explored

King George officials have been considering vertical expansion and gathering information about it si...

KG Service Authority ended year with sizeable surplus

The King George Service Authority’s most recent financial report last month indicated it would end t...

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Snow Queen at Santaland

Chloe Amrhein was too busy running to sit and listen the Snow Queen, Allyson Gallamore, reading a story at Santaland on Saturday, Dec. 5. The event included a visit with Santa, lots of wonderful baked treats and a kid’s boutique where kids can shop for Christmas presents. This year the event was held at the old post office building and is sponsored by the Woman’s Club of King George. Check out more holiday photos on page 16, our “Shop Locally” page.

Wal-Mart building plans submitted to King George

The Wal-Mart planned for Dahlgren now has its building plans on file in King George County.  
The building plans for the Wal-Mart supercenter store project were filed last week with the Department of Community Development for review and comment by the county building official.  
That is expected to take place prior to submission of an application for a building permit for the chain store behemoth.
The shopping center is currently being marketed as “King George Gateway.”
Its final site plan was reviewed and approved by the Planning Commission back in the summer on Aug. 11.  
A subdivision final plat for the shopping center was approved by the Planning Commission at last month’s meeting on Nov. 10.  
The approval of the final site plan and subdivision of the property were the main actions required by the county, since the commercial development is in line with the existing zoning.  
The shopping center is being commercially marketed with Wal-Mart openly noted as the anchor store. But there has still been no official announcement by Wal-Mart.  

Read more: Wal-Mart building plans submitted to King George

Not snow, but rain for Santaland

 

 

Liam Prunczik and Johnny Catlett, dressed as Santa's elves, ring bells outside Santaland on Saturday morning. By mid-morning the weather in King George had turned from rain to rain and sleet. The boys took breaks inside Santaland, known the KG residents as the old post office building, warming up with lots of hot cocoa.

The Woman's Club of King George organizes this annual event to provide children a chance to do a bit of holiday shopping and give their own wish list to Santa.

 

 

 

Virginia Broadband available through King George Wireless Authority project

At last week’s King George meeting of the county Wireless Authority, Dale Sisson noted that in response to a resident’s inquiry he provided current information that Virginia Broadband (VABB) has the Wireless Authority’s full approval to expand across the county.
There had previously been a lag in the county providing access to various cell towers licensed in the county, requiring some legal hurdles that have been successfully negotiated.
“I responded that has been taken care, and in fact VABB is under contract to provide coverage to 95 percent of the county and the tower issues have been addressed and that VABB is in the process of installing equipment along those towers,” Sisson said.
He added: “I just want the public to know that VABB has the tools from us that it needs to provide that service.”
Chairman Joe Grzeika said he had recently given a presentation on the procedures encountered with the King George wireless project at the annual conference of the Virginia Association of Counties (VACo), saying he could make that written presentation available, if desired.

 

 Phyllis Cook
Staff Reporter
 

 

Medical treatment centers bring care closer to home

 

 

 

 

King George County, and specifically the area east of the Courthouse, has quietly become the regional center of health and wellness in the area.

With the opening of three new medical practices in King George in the Journal Complex on Route 3 and the services being planned for, area residents are privy to most of the personal services they seek to provide for the quality of life they wish for themselves and their families.

In the past several weeks, a new family practice, Gateway Primary Care, staffed by Dr. Nancy Wang, has opened at the Gateway Medical Urgent Care Center and in December, King George Pediatrics is moving into the Gateway Urgent Care building.

Read more: Medical treatment centers bring care closer to home

Average real estate values dropping 6%

Real estate values in King George are slated to drop an average of 6 percent when the new assessments go into effect this January.
That’s the latest announcement from Blue Ridge Mass Appraisals, which has been under contract with the county to conduct a reassessment of all property in the county for the last year.

The news does not mean all property owners will see a drop in their assessments. In fact, some have gone up.

In a release to the county last week, Blue Ridge’s Project Manager Mike Didawick said, “We are aware of downtrends in property, and we kept track of sales occurring in King George through September of this year. It has been four years since the last general reassessment and overall property values are generally 6 percent less than they were for the previous assessment.”

Read more: Average real estate values dropping 6%

Three contend for James Monroe spot

Of the four positions up for local election in King George on Nov. 3, there is only one that is contested.
That is the three-way race for the James Monroe seat on the King George Board of Supervisors.
The seat is currently held by Jim Howard. Challengers are John LoBuglio and William “Billy” McCoy, Jr.  

JAMES B. “JIM” HOWARD
James B. ‘’Jim’’ Howard has a long history of public service. He was elected to the Board of Supervisors in 1999 and is seeking a fourth consecutive term.
In addition to a previous stint on the Board of Supervisors in the mid-1970s, Howard also served an appointed term on the King George School Board from 1987-1991, including as chairman.  
Howard, 66, has lived in King George for nearly 40 years.  He grew up in neighboring Culpeper and moved to the county in 1970.  He and his wife, Shelia, have two grown children, a son and a daughter, and three grandchildren.

Read more: Three contend for James Monroe spot

Two School Board district candidates run unopposed

There is little interest in seeking the seats on the King George School Board for the Nov. 3 election next month.
But at least there is one person in each of the two districts who want the positions enough to run for election.

Read more: Two School Board district candidates run unopposed

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