- Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 August 2009 05:00
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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.”
- Last Updated on Sunday, 26 July 2009 21:56
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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.
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 July 2009 14:27
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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.
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 15 July 2009 16:22
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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.
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 June 2009 16:01
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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.
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 03 June 2009 18:21
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King George, Va. - - Nearly 1,000 bikes left Spotsylvania High School at 11 a.m. Sunday. And precisely at high noon, they roared across Muddy Creek into King George County.
The bikers were participating in the 3rd annual Some Gave All (SGA) Frazier-Mason Memorial Ride in honor of two local men who lost their lives in the war on terror.
Despite having an official tri-county Sheriff’s escort, the procession of bikers two to three wide in the travel lane took a full ten minutes to cross into the county from Stafford.The Frazier-Mason ride was founded in honor of King George resident U.S. Army Sgt. Nicholas “Nick” C. Mason and Spotsylvania resident U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Joshua “Josh” J. Frazier. Nick was killed by a suicide bomb attack on his unit’s mess tent on Dec. 21, 2004. Stafford resident Sgt. David A. Ruhren U.S. Army National Guard was also killed in that same attack near Mosul, Iraq. Both men were 20 years old.
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 27 May 2009 18:35
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The King George 4-H Envirothon team just won 2nd place in regional competition! The team members are Alex Johnson, Zach Payne, Michelle Taft, Zach Moore and Elena Swick. They went on to compete in the state competition on May 17-18 at the Airfield 4-H Center in Wakefield, Virginia. What is Envirothon? It’s a competition centering on environmental areas. The teams must prepare an oral presentation and compete in categories of Wildlife, Aquatics, Soils, Forestry and a Special Topic which changes each year. This year’s topic is Biodiversity in a Changing World. The King George 4-H Envirothon Team has been studying since last summer to prepare for this event, and came in first place in Forestry and Aquatics at the regional competition. These young people have a great concern for the environment and a commitment to learn about and care for it. Congratulations!
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 27 May 2009 15:05
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Challenging Wittman for 1st Congressional District seat in 2010
By Phyllis Cook
Krystal Ball is a 27-year-old accountant, business woman, wife and mother.
She is also a candidate for election to represent the 1st Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives.
That election is a year and a half away, in November 2010.
Krystal will officially launch her campaign with a meet-the-candidate event on Sunday, June 14, from noon to 4:00 p.m. at Pratt Park. It will be an informal event to which the public is wholeheartedly invited.
Krystal is serious about her campaign to run for the seat currently held by Republican Rob Wittman. She’s filed her campaign with the Federal Election Commission.
Following her kickoff on June 14 at Pratt Park, she’s next planning a fundraising event in her native county of King George in the following weeks.