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KG division hoping for a 2nd $100K school grant

Funding would go for school security equipment for Sealston and King George Elementary

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School Board adopts revised budget reflecting state funding decrease

The King George School Board last week on June 30 amended its 2014-15 budget amounts and categorical...

New voter ID law now in effect

As of July 1, Virginia law requires all voters to provide an acceptable form of photo identification...

Case moves forward in KG double shooting and murder

A joint preliminary hearing in King George Circuit Court last week resulted in charges of murder, at...

S&P upgrades King George’s financial ratings to ‘AA+’

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County Landfill gets VEEP Award

County Landfill gets VEEP Award

At a small ceremony Monday, June 23, Thomas Cue of Waste Management and his managerial staff receive...

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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

King George working on water supply plan

New ordinance in the works to regulate water use during drought

The King George Public Service Authority Board (PSA) got an update on the process for adoption and implementation of a proposed water supply plan that must be approved and submitted to the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) by Nov. 2.
The review was provided at a meeting on July 21 by the county-contracted engineering firm Draper Aden, with Jeff Kapinos and Sheryl Stephens presenting information on the development of a water supply plan for the county.  
King George began the process two years ago of developing a plan required by the state to ensure the county has a water supply far into the future.  All localities must develop such a plan under new state requirements initiated two years ago.
The Board of Supervisors had a choice to go it alone and develop a county plan or participate in a regional effort to come up with a plan for the larger area.  
While the update was presented to the Service Authority, it will be the Board of Supervisors which will approve the plan and an accompanying ordinance that is also being drafted.

Read more: King George working on water supply plan

King George is first stop on Cabinet Community Day

King George, Va.  - A large bus rolled up in front of Katherine Smith’s mobile home just before 9 a.m. last Wednesday.
But the passengers on the bus were not just casual riders. They were an assemblage of high-ranking commonwealth officials.
Led by Gov. Tim Kaine, his cabinet and members of his senior staff disembarked from the large coach and rolled up their sleeves.
The team was joined by representatives of the Rappahannock Area Agency on Ageing (RAAA) at Smith’s Passapatanzy area home on the first stop of their 3rd Cabinet Community Day of 2009.
Kaine announced that there was increased funding for the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development’s Weatherization Assistance program as a result of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).
In a telephone interview Smith said although they were in their shirtsleeves, it wasn’t all work. She said, “The governor spent time playing with my new kittens at the house.”

Read more: King George is first stop on Cabinet Community Day

Two fatalities in Saturday afternoon accident in King George

On Saturday, July 25, at 3:20 p.m., a 2005 Pontiac G6 was traveling on Indiantown Road, Route 610 in King George, 3/10 of a mile south of route 1230 (Sherwood Forest) when it ran off the road into a ditch and overturned.  According to the Virginia State Police the juvenile was ejected from the vehicle.
Jessica Ruth Gohring, 23, of King George, died at the scene. She was a passenger in the vehicle and was not wearing her safety belt.
Michael A. Gohring, 5, of King George, Va, was flown to INOVA Fairfax Hospital where he later died.  He was also not wearing a safety belt. The driver, Laura Grandilli, 23, of Bronx, NY was also injured.
Trooper T.D. Green is investigating this motor vehicle crash.
The accident is still under investigation.  No charges have been filed at this time.
 

UMW gives update on Dahlgren research, education center

The King George Planning Commission last week received an overview on a postgraduate educational entity going forward in the Dahlgren area.
The development of the Dahlgren Education and Research Center project is under the direction of Richard Hurley, University of Mary Washington executive vice president, who provided a brief presentation at the July 14 meeting of the Planning Commission and distributed copies of a slide presentation.  
Hurley was at the meeting by invitation, not for any county land use approvals, which are not needed for the state project.
The primary purpose of the center is to provide partner schools with classrooms, computer labs, video teleconferencing capabilities, and office space to offer graduate and undergraduate science, technology, engineering, and mathematics degree programs designed to enhance the Naval Support Activity South Potomac workforce capabilities.
The center is targeted to open in fall 2011.

Read more: UMW gives update on Dahlgren research, education center

KG residents speak out on water, sewer increases

Action on proposed rate and fee hikes postponed till July 21

King George County Service Authority (KGCSA) officials responded to complaints that were vented by some customers at a public hearing last week. Many of those commenting at a hearing on a proposed rate and fee increase had complaints about water quality.

Board members were surprised by complaints about the water, since numerous upgrades and improvements have been made to the water systems.

Each of the members of the Service Authority responded in his own way at the meeting on July 7. Highlights of their answers are below. Chris Thomas, general manager for the Service Authority, gave his reaction to the complaints about brown and smelly water made by some King George water customers at a public hearing on a rate increase last week.

Read more: KG residents speak out on water, sewer increases

King George Middle School Closing Ceremony held

Middle school to be closed indefinitely

This week on Tuesday evening (following our press time) a Closing Ceremony for King George Middle School is taking place.  
A middle school secretary has disclosed that a video has been put together to recount some of the history of the school, which opened in 1976.  She said at some point the video is expected to be buried in a time capsule on the property.
That begs the question as to how long the School Board plans the building to be in mothballs.  Nobody knows the answer to that question.
According to division Superintendent Candace Brown, school board members, division officials and students and parents were invited to be present at this ceremony to officially close the school building.  
The School Board decided last fall to discontinue use of the existing King George Middle School for an indefinite time beginning this summer.

Read more: King George Middle School Closing Ceremony held

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