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Ralph Bunche School exhibit set for April 21

 The Ralph Bunche Advisory Committee of King George with the Ralph Bunche Alumni Association will ne...

Some Gave All Ride scheduled for May 17

Some Gave All Ride scheduled for May 17

The ninth annual Some Gave All Motorcycle Ride has been scheduled for May 17.
The ride honors the fal...

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...

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Local, Local Christmas

Dina Kipreos (left) and Androulla Koufoudakis load up Sally Budnick with kourabiedes, koulourakia, tsoureki and other Greek breads and pastries, while Jane Rowland takes a peek at the goodies. Kipreos and Koufoudakis joined other local vendors, bakers and artisans Saturday, Dec. 11, for The Journal’s and King George Farmers’ Market’s Holly, Jolly, Local, Local Christmas shopping event.

Stadium design review

Cost now estimated at $3,890,000
The King George Board of Supervisors and School Board OK’d a stadium design at a joint meeting last week on Nov. 30. Concept drawings are posted at our website, journalpress.com.
That stadium will be constructed adjacent to King George High School and will hold 2,000 spectators — 1,500 home seats and 500 visitor seats.
The field size will accommodate competition football, soccer, field hockey and future lacrosse.
It will have a support building to contain team rooms, concessions and restrooms.  It will have a press box and two ticket booth entrances. 

Read more: Stadium design review

BoS and School Board, together again

 Stadium and money matters on agenda
The King George Board of Supervisors and the School Board held a joint meeting last week on Nov. 30, primarily to discuss money matters.
The money discussion was often at cross purposes.  
All members of both boards were present, except for Supervisor Cedell Brooks, who is believed to remain hospitalized since Nov. 22, after reportedly having one or more strokes, with no news on his condition being made public.
County Administrator Travis Quesenberry and Division Superintendent Candace Brown were also present at the discussion table last Tuesday, along with Deputy County Administrator/Director of Finance Donita Harper.  Assistant Superintendent Dick Roberts was also at the meeting, but viewed it from the audience instead of having a seat at the discussion table.
There were four items on the agenda, with a presentation of the design of a planned sports stadium at the top of the list. Everyone liked the stadium design. With the bulk of the estimated $3,890,000 for construction already set aside by the county, there was little disagreement.  (See related article elsewhere in this issue.)
But it was downhill after that, when talk turned to two unfunded capital requests from the School Board, which also include a proposal to increase yearly operating costs beginning in 2012.
The topic of “cost reductions” was tossed into the middle of those agenda items by supervisors for good measure.
School Board members asked what supervisors had up their sleeves to continue to fund the school division in the manner to which it has become accustomed.
But instead, supervisors informed the School Board that if lower revenue predictions come true, the division may have to address lower expectations and service provision.

Read more: BoS and School Board, together again

After 35 years, ‘Moose’ retires

When Clarence W. “Moose” Dobson first took office as sheriff  35 years ago, he promised King George County citizens “24-hour full-time” professional law enforcement activity.  And he was determined to carry out his pledge despite the fact there weren’t enough full-time officers besides himself at the time to carry out the task.
“When I took office in 1976 there were only three full-time deputies,” he remembered.  “The sheriff’s department was mostly an 8 till 4 operation before then, so if you needed to call for a deputy, you had to call the scales at the weigh station or from the book until you got someone, because we didn’t have a uniformed deputy after working hours. Still, I promised the people a 24-hour sheriff’s department when I ran for office. But when the three deputies met me at the door, I realized that we would need four people for a 24-hour operation.  So we established a six-days-on and two-days-off shift beginning on Jan. 1, 1976, with myself on duty along with the other three.”

Read more: After 35 years, ‘Moose’ retires

KG government told to tighten belts for ’11-’12

King George department heads, constitutional officers and agency heads got the word last week to begin their budgeting requests for next fiscal year 2011-12 by not exceeding the budget amount they actually expended in 2009-10, the fiscal year that ended on June 30.
The school division received a separate budget guidance memo this week.
The budget direction came in a memo from Deputy County Administrator/Director of Finance Donita Harper, who added guidance from County Administrator Travis Quesenberry and gleaned from the Board of Supervisors.

Read more: KG government told to tighten belts for ’11-’12

Supervisor hospitalized

Cedell Brooks, Jr., was transported to Mary Washington Hospital last week on Monday from his home after reportedly suffering from one or more strokes.
“Cedell’s family has requested that their privacy be honored,” Board of Supervisors Chairman Dale Sisson said. “Therefore, any statement or information will need to come from the family.”
Brooks is a fixture in King George and the most senior member of the Board of Supervisors, with nearly 19 years of continuous service on the county’s governing body, first taking office in 1992.
Brooks and his spouse, Carolyn, live with their young daughter in the Shiloh district of King George, which Brooks represents as a member of the board.

— Phyllis Cook

Local 4-H’ers place at state horse show


Thursday, Sept. 16 the King George 4-H’ers packed their bags and horses and headed down to Lexington, Va., on their way to compete in the biggest show of the season: the 4-H State Horse Show. The King George 4-H Horse and Pony Club sent nine girls and nine horses/ponies down there: Elizabeth Hill with Blonde By Design, Ashley Acraman with Miss Kitty, Jenna Sisson with Ruby, Aidan Phillips with Ms. An’s Last Dance, Kellen Phillips with Peppi Sli Fly, Kim Poates with Painted Jake,

Read more: Local 4-H’ers place at state horse show

School Board, BoS to hold joint meeting next week

A joint meeting next week between the King George Board of Supervisors and the School Board is expected to center on money matters.
The joint meeting is scheduled to take place next Wednesday, Nov. 30, at 6 p.m. in the boardroom on the ground floor of the Revercomb Building, located behind the Courthouse on Route 3.
Both boards are planning to talk about the costs and the timing for three big-ticket projects requested by the School Board.
They may also discuss a joint vehicle maintenance facility for which Supervisors plan to purchase property on US 301.

Read more: School Board, BoS to hold joint meeting next week

 

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