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Supervisors send concerns to state panel

The King George Board of Supervisors agreed Aug. 5 a resolution be changed so it can be sent to a re...

3 KG residents charged in beaten baby case

In April during a family visit, Leslie Nay noticed her little grandson was covered with bruises.
Nay...

Supervisors to develop instructions regarding fracking regs

The Board of Supervisors is slated to discuss county zoning ordinances in regard to fracking.
Fracki...

CIP requests to be reviewed by King George Supervisors

The King George Board of Supervisors plans to review the Planning Commission’s rankings for this yea...

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...

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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.

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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.

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Property assessments being readied in King George

A real estate reassessment has been underway in King George and assessments are being readied by Blue Ridge Mass Appraisals that will go into effect next year.   
Blue Ridge’s Mike Didawick recently provided a brief report on his company’s reassessment process to the Board of Supervisors.  
Didawick said on Sept. 15 that the county has about 12,500 parcels, adding that the company expected to finish up in the intervening weeks.
With the current economy, will property values go up or down?  
Didawick said three weeks ago that there were only about 500 parcels left to process.  But “it’s too early to say what is going to happen to the values.”  
Didawick noted that land values in King George remain strong, adding, “There may be a slight increase in land values.”
 “Raw land is still increasing in value everywhere, including this county,” he said.
Some owners of vacant lots may be in for a larger hike in values than they expect. Didawick told supervisors that when the last assessment was performed four years ago, there were about 300 vacant lots that were skipped for reassessment.  
Didawick said they discovered that those lots continued to carry the previous values from the previous assessment. That previous assessment was done by another company, Tri-County Appraisals.
Commissioner of Revenue Faye Lumpkin, the contract administrator for the assessment, said she was not aware of that report.
Didawick had also told supervisors that the previous assessments for numerous houses with attached garages with living areas above them were likewise incorrectly valued at garage above garage, instead of living area above garage. He said those corrections have been made for the upcoming assessment.  

REASSESSMENT NOTICES TO GO OUT
Didawick noted that Blue Ridge would prepare and mail reassessment notices to property owners on or about Oct. 16.  
Didawick could not be reached by phone this week for confirmation of the mailing date of the assessment notices. Lumpkin likewise could provide no information on when the mailing would go out.
Such notices typically contain information about the valuation of property and would be expected to include a phone number, along with dates and timeframes for hearings for property owners who wish to protest the amount of their property assessments and want to schedule an appointment.  
Didawick stated that property owners who attend a hearing will receive written responses.
The hearings are expected to take place in the Revercomb Administration Building, located behind the Courthouse in the Combs Board room on the ground floor of the administration building.  
Property books are expected to be available for residents to inspect, so they can compare their property valuations with other comparable properties in their area of the county.  
Generally, property owners who wish to be successful in protesting the valuations would be expected to bring proof that the assessment is too high, such as a recent professional appraisal or evidence of lower selling prices for similar properties recently sold in the area.

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KG Farmers Market Family Fun Day

What a happy day on Saturday! Our Family Fun Day brought more people into the market than ever before!
With cheerful greeters giving a warm welcome to all market visitors, hot coffee at the Wheeler’s stand for a donation, free music and drama, door prize and Basket Walk giveaways, pumpkins, corn shocks, fresh-baked bread and other goodies, and tons of beautiful fresh produce, there was something for everyone to enjoy!
Special thanks to Dave Derieux who, as Johnny Appleseed, passed out hundreds of free apples (compliments of Slater’s Farm) to visitors in honor of John Chapman’s 235th birthday!

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Repairs being made in Chatham Village

The King George Board of Supervisors asked for and received an impromptu report from Community Development Director Jack Green on progress with drainage, curbing and paving problems in Chatham Village I & II subdivisions.
The report was requested at last week’s meeting on Sept. 15 after another strong critique by Chatham Village subdivision resident Ruby Brabo during public comment.
As she and other Chatham Village I & II subdivision residents had done on Aug. 18, Brabo complained about issues which residents say need fixing by a contractor prior to acceptance into the state road system by the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT). At that same meeting in August, they brought their homeowners’ association attorney, William Marr, who also spoke at public comment.
Green provided an off-the-cuff update, saying that in June 2008, the county “called” the irrevocable letters of credit. “When we called the sureties, the company that backed the sureties stepped in and said, ‘Let us finish it.’”
Green said that company got bids together to finish the project, adding, “They were meeting with VDOT to make sure they knew what needed to be done.” Green said it took a while because that company had hired one contractor who didn’t show up.

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Structure fire in King George

 

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There was a structure fire on Family Lane in King George Thursday.  There were no injuries. 

According to Chief David Moody the fire is under investigation and his department is assisting the family

Fatal Motorcycle Accident in King George County

KING GEORGE CO. – A King George man is dead following a two-vehicle crash this morning (August 14, 2009) in King George.  At 9:45 a.m., Virginia State Police Trooper T. D. Green was called to the scene on Route 218, Caledon Road and Comorn Road. 

A 1995 Honda Shadow Motorcycle was traveling west on Route 218 when it lost control and crossed the centerline and struck a 2000 Chevrolet Tahoe traveling eastbound.  The driver of the Honda, Darle R. Rasmussen died at the scene.   Rasmussen was wearing a helmet.

The driver of the Chevrolet Tahoe, Spencer Pryor Jr., was not injured in the crash.

The cause of the crash is still under investigation and no charges will be filed.

HONDA MOTORCYCLE – DECEASED:  Darle R. Rasmussen, 52, of King George, Va.

CHEVROLET TAHOE DRIVER: Spencer Pryor Jr., 29, of King George, Va.

School enrollment in King George always tricky to predict

King George school division Superintendent Candace Brown recently reported to the School Board that the July 20 enrollment count for the upcoming 2009-10 school year was estimated at 4,032 students, including 55 kindergarten students whose enrollment is projected.  
Here’s the breakdown:
King George High School – 1,258 students
King George Middle School – 644 students
King George Elementary School – 833 students
Potomac Elementary School – 464 students
Sealston Elementary School – 833 students
That adds up to a grand total of 4,032 students, which Brown said incidentally was the same number the school division had on March 31, 2009, (though the average daily membership for the year came to 3,992, which is based on a daily calculation made over the course of the school year).
Brown’s recent estimate of student capacity in the five schools that will be used for the coming year is 5,106.  (See related article in this issue.)
That capacity figure provides over a thousand student slots more than the estimated enrollment number.  
That should provide a cushion for several years to come, especially with one school just closed down.

Read more: School enrollment in King George always tricky to predict

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