• Tuesday September 22nd, 2015 farmer_market
    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – Virginia agriculture officials report that organic farming is increasing in the state. The Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services says Virginia had 167 organic farms in 2014, up from 156 in 2008. Those farms generated $41.3 million in sales, more than double the $19.2 million in 2008. Eighty-one percent of the organic sales came from crop production. Fourteen percent came from livestock and ...
  • Monday September 21st, 2015 Northumberland_County,_Virginia_seal
    The Northum­ber­land school board this week nixed a pro­gram that would have put at-risk 3-year-olds in a class to pre­pare them for suc­cess in kinder­garten and beyond. Kids First Foun­da­tion offered the school dis­trict $225,000 in grant fund­ing, includ­ing $100,000 to set up a class­room, add a teacher and equip the class­room with teach­ing mate­ri­als and equip­ment. The grant drops to $75,000 the sec­ond year ...
  • Monday September 21st, 2015 taxes
    In Irv­ing­ton, the town coun­cil is mulling over a real estate tax that could take effect next year. The Rap­pa­han­nock Record reports today, that it was two years ago when coun­cil first dis­cussed a real estate prop­erty tax as a con­tin­gency plan in case the town suf­fered a loss in one of its rev­enue streams. It now appears that has hap­pened. Ear­lier this year, the ...
  • Monday September 21st, 2015 gavel
    An Essex man has been sen­tenced to 25 years for the beat­ing and stran­gu­la­tion of his girl­friend. Kevin Kelly was found guilty of statu­tory stran­gu­la­tion and mali­cious wound­ing back in May. The North­ern Neck News reports that if he behaves while in prison, Kelly would be eli­gi­ble for the sus­pen­sion of 14 years of that sen­tence. That’s because Kelly entered an Alford Plea, in which ...
  • Monday September 21st, 2015 jobs_shutterstock
    Virginia’s sea­son­ally adjusted unem­ploy­ment rate has fallen to its low­est level since Sep­tem­ber 2008. On Fri­day, the Vir­ginia Employ­ment Com­mis­sion announced that the state’s job­less rate in August was 4.5 per­cent. In Sep­tem­ber 2008, it stood at 4.3 per­cent. Virginia’s rate was below the national rate of 5.1 per­cent in August, and the state’s sea­son­ally adjusted non-­farm employ­ment in August was 3.8 mil­lion, an increase ...
  • Friday September 18th, 2015 friends_rappahannock
    Good food, an open bar, and lending a helping hand to the Friends of the Rappahannock; ‘Riverfest’ still has tickets available for what is bound to be a memorable event.  The festivities run from 4-8 p.m. on Saturday, September 19th at the Farley Vale Farm off Route 3 in King George, and tickets are $125 a piece.  This year’s ‘Riverfest’ will feature a barbecue buffet, ...
  • Friday September 18th, 2015 vote_counts
    The auditorium of the Lancaster County Middle School, 191 School Street, Kilmarnock will be the venue for three separate forums for local candidates running for public office in Northumberland and Lancaster Counties. All events are free and open to the public.   Candidates will take the opportunity to introduce themselves, explain why they want the position, share their plans and answer questions from the audience. Each Forum ...
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