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School budget reflects higher enrollment

The King George Board of Supervisors amended the 2014-15 school board budget to reflect increased re...

School bus efficiency study to begin for public school division

King George school division Superintendent Rob Benson plans to hire a consultant to perform a studen...

King George celebrates Independence Day at “Patriotic Polooza”

King George celebrates Independence Day at “Patriotic Polooza”

Ten-year-old Nathan Moody had good laugh as he was pitched off the mechanical bull at Saturday&rsquo...

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New business owners Greg and Terie Perez flank Jim Howard (center), chairman of the King George Boar...

Area residents make a splash for the World’s Largest Swimming Lesson

Area residents make a splash for the World’s Largest Swimming Lesson

On Thursday, June 18, tens of thousands of kids at more than 900 locations around the globe splashed...

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Parent instructed to remove items from daughter's grave

Mother has waited four months for Meadow-Brooke to order memorial statue

 

Doris and Ed Gohring removed most of the items from their daughter's grave Saturday morning. She said they go to the cemetery every week to water and trim the grass and tend to their daughter Jessica's grave. 

Doris Gohring has received a notice from Meadow-Brooke Memorial Gardens in King George to remove the items on the grave of her daughter, Jessica.
Cemeteries have rules about what can be displayed and for how long to make it possible to maintain the grounds.
Gohring has had the items on her daughter’s gravesite since shortly after her death in July 2009.
Gohring was present on Thursday, Sept. 2, when Ruth Herrink, holder of a note from Stonecrest Financial, Inc., operator of Meadow-Brooke, attempted to foreclose on a note, secured by a Deed of Trust on the cemetery property.
Ruth Herrink is publisher of The Journal and the Deed of Trust trustee, Jessica Herrink, is president of The Journal Press, Inc.
The foreclosure sale did not take place, as Stonecrest had filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy the previous day.
While at the cemetery, Gohring talked at length to Herb Nichols, investigator from the Cemetery Board at the Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation, about the statue she had ordered for her daughter’s grave.
Gohring said that she had paid in full for the statue in April 2010, but the statue had not been ordered. Once a statue has been ordered it takes several months for it to be delivered.

 

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Meadow Brooke Memorial Garden operator files for bankruptcy

 

Louis Herrink, former president of Historyland Memorial Park which formerly operated the cemetery, Jessica Herrink, deed of trust trustee, and Robert Crouch, president of Stonecrest Financial Inc at the cemetery property.

Stonecrest Financial, Inc., operator of Meadow Brooke Memorial Gardens in King George, filed for bankruptcy under Chapter 11, Wednesday, Sept. 1.

The filing put on hold a foreclosure sale of the cemetery property, formerly known as Historyland Memorial Park, scheduled for Sept. 2.

The property is subject to several notes, including a note payable to Ruth J. Herrink for $135,000.

Ruth Herrink is publisher of The Journal and Jessica Herrink, the Deed of Trust trustee, is president of The Journal Press, Inc., which publishes The Journal newspaper.

Robert R. Crouch, president of Stonecrest Financial, Inc., on August 25 had filed for an injunction to stop the foreclosure sale, claiming that he had made the required payments on the note.

Judge Gordon Willis, in the Circuit Court of King George, did not rule on the issue of whether the  note was in default but issued an order enjoining the sale of the property if Stonecrest was able to provide a bond in the amount of the outstanding principle on the note, approximately $128,000, before the foreclosure sale.


No bond was posted with the Circuit Court in King George, but Crouch provided notice of the bankruptcy filing on Thursday morning before the sale was to take place.

Fighting Gravity

Former KG student is part of black light dance troupe

King George County has had its share of homegrown talent:Anthony Campbell successfully competed in the Today Show talent contest, and Colette Wolfe appeared in the summer movie Hot Tub Time Machine. Now, a new star has risen: King George High graduate Brian Lusher.

Lusher is part of the performing group Fighting Gravity,which has made it to the semifinal round on the show America’s Got Talent. The act is one part dance troupe and one part optical illusion: Members use black lights and dark costumes to make it appear as if they are floating in the air to the beat of pulsing techno music.  The costumes make it appear as if the contestants glow in the dark, and the synergy of music, dance and visual trick screate an unforgettable experience.

The performances don’t involve digital effects, wiring or flight harnesses, and the members choreograph and design the dances and costumes themselves. 

Fighting Gravity is comprised of brothers from the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity at Virginia Tech. Lusher, a junior mechanical engineering major, and his fraternity brothers formed the group in order to participate in a university talent show, the proceeds from which benefitted Service for Sight,an organization assisting the visually impaired.

Read more: Fighting Gravity

Recycling made easier

No separating required for King George residents using landfill convenience center
Waste Management District Manager Tom Cue has good news for King George.
Cue, who runs the King George County Landfill, told The Journal he will provide single stream recycling later this month at the convenience center at the landfill.
That means that residents who take their trash to the landfill can bundle all their recyclables into one bag to toss it into a single recycling bin.

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My Night With Chicago

On Wednesday, June 30, I was fortunate enough to live an absolute dream — I appeared live on stage with supergroup Chicago at Jiffy Lube Live in Bristow, Va.
This year Chicago is working with the American Cancer Society (ACS) by offering the opportunity to sing onstage at each of their summer shows.  The highest bidder will join the band and sing one of their biggest hits, “If You Leave Me Now.”  Bids begin at $500 with all proceeds benefiting ACS.
For the Bristow show, only one bidder came forward, and he thought the concert was being held in a different state.  He asked that his bid be re-directed to another show, so the ACS marketing team contacted the Richmond, Va., field office to find a volunteer who might like to participate.

Read more: My Night With Chicago

Breaking Wawaset News…

It is with great pleasure that Ed Veazey and I were able to interview Beatrice Jenkins England, a descendant of the Wawaset sinking.
The newly overhauled Wawaset (wah-WAH-set) paddlewheel vanished from the Potomac River in 1873. Very little has remained to remind succeeding generations of one of the Potomac River’s most tragic river boat disasters where almost 80 people died within 100 yards of the sandy beaches of King George County. Today there is not even a

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Outdoor wood boiler rules being drafted

The King George Board of Supervisors last week unanimously voted to give the go-ahead for a formal review of draft rules to address the use of outdoor wood boilers in King George.  
The issue has been under review since last fall, after complaints had come to light about some users of wood boilers who have them installed close to property lines, creating a smoke nuisance for near neighbors.
Jack Green, Director of Community Development, had first provided reports to supervisors in the end of 2009.
Outdoor wood boilers are also called outdoor wood furnaces. They are freestanding units that provide heat and hot water for residences employing them.  They heat water by burning wood or other fuel, 24 hours a day, every day of the year.
The hot water is generally circulated to and from the home through underground, insulated piping. Once inside the home, the heated water circulates through heat exchangers, radiant floor tubing, or radiators to warm the home and/or to provide hot water for residential use.

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Watch homegrown actress on the small screen

Have you seen her? The bubbly blonde is hard to miss in the cast of NBC’s comedy 100 Questions. King George grad Collette Wolfe plays Jill, a silly, sweet kindergarten teacher who rounds out a group of five friends.

The show focuses on Charlotte Payne’s (Sophie Winkleman) visit to a matchmaking service, which features a 100-question interview. Each half-hour long episode answers one of those questions as Charlotte recounts stories and memories featuring her friends Jill, Leslie (Smith Cho), Mike (Christopher Moynihan) and Wayne (David Walton).

Catch the fifth episode of 100 Questions tonight at 8:30 p.m. on NBC.

— Leslie M.A. Kompara

 

 

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