Lifestyles

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Electric linemen compete to hone skills

Posted on April 1, 2015 at 9:28 am

By Sarah Vogelsong, CP Reporter Poised at the base of one of the dozens of utility poles dotting the grounds of the Caroline County Agricultural Fairgrounds Saturday, Randy Chenault surveyed the field and the competition. “It looks a lot higher once you’re up there,” he said. To a visitor, the 40-foot poles look quite high enough—but to a lineman like Chenault, a first-year apprentice in the Rappahannock Electric Cooperative’s Bowling

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  • Popular Ladysmith wine shop closes doors

    Posted on March 25, 2015 at 2:36 pm

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    By Greg Glassner CP Editor Since it opened adjacent to the Ladysmith Post Office eight years ago, Grapes of Taste has become much more than a shop selling high quality wines and beer. With ladies’ night wine tastings or beer tastings on Friday nights and weekly wine tastings on Saturday afternoons, the small store has become a popular community gathering place in much the same way that local country stores

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  • Local Public Spotlight: Chris Schools

    Posted on March 12, 2015 at 2:20 pm

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    You could say that Caroline County Dispatcher Chris Schools was destined for a career in public service from day one. “I was basically born in Fire and Rescue,” Schools said. “My father was in Fire and Rescue and I started as a volunteer with Bowling Green in 1983 at 16 years old. I met my wife in the Rescue Squad.” “It’s basically all I have done. Before this I was

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Travel

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VDOT prepares for winter storm

Posted on February 16, 2015 at 12:32 pm

Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) crews have nearly 900 pieces of equipment ready to deploy in the 14-county Fredericksburg District as soon as snow begins to fall this afternoon. Yesterday, VDOT crews pre-treated main roads with salt brine to prevent ice and snow from bonding with the pavement. Crews treated Interstate 95, primary roads, and key secondary roads throughout the Fredericksburg area, Northern Neck, and Middle Peninsula. With an estimated

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  • VDOT prepared for evening wintry mix, overnight snow

    Posted on January 26, 2015 at 1:19 pm

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    Motorists are encouraged to consider an early start to their evening commute Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) crews in the 14-county Fredericksburg District are preparing today to respond at the onset of wintry weather, forecast to begin around 5 p.m. in the Fredericksburg area. VDOT has 40 trucks loaded and ready to begin applying salt and abrasives on Interstate 95 in Stafford, Spotsylvania, and Caroline counties in the Fredericksburg area.

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  • State Police to increase traffic enforcement Labor Day weekend

    Posted on August 29, 2014 at 1:56 pm

    As the last holiday weekend of the summer season approaches, motorists traveling through the Commonwealth this Labor Day weekend can expect to see significant increased enforcement by the Virginia State Police. Troopers will provide stationary and roving patrols across Virginia’s roads looking for impaired drivers. Last year, Virginia experienced nine traffic deaths during the four-day holiday statistical counting period. Six individuals were killed in traffic crashes in 2012. The stepped-up

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Education

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Special Olympics ‘Meet in the Middle’

Posted on April 29, 2015 at 12:59 pm

By Sarah Vogelsong Some unconventional athletes took the field at Caroline High School April 24 at the Meet in the Middle Special Olympics event. Although the temperature was unusually chilly for late April and the wind strong enough to capsize a welcome tent donated by Storke Funeral Home, the spirits of the 140 athletes and more than 60 volunteers never flagged. The response of 5th grader Makell Germayne Silver summed

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  • Lewis & Clark Trail is becoming reality

    Posted on April 15, 2015 at 12:37 pm

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    By Greg Glassner / CP Editor Teachers, parents and other history buffs gathered in front of the entrance of Lewis and Clark Elementary School in Ladysmith April 2 to break ground for the much anticipated Lewis and Clark Educational Trail. That the two years it has taken to get this far is longer than it took explorers Meriwether Lewis and William Clark to travel from the Mississippi River to the

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  • School Board votes to continue extended day

    Posted on April 15, 2015 at 12:24 pm

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    By Sarah Vogelsong Caroline County Public School students will continue attending classes on the extended day in 2015–16 after a vote by the School Board at their April 13 meeting. The extended day, which has been in place this year, adds 10 minutes to the elementary school day and five minutes to the middle and high school day. This extra time meant that even though students missed 10 days of

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Religion

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Church to hold event to curb violence in Caroline

Posted on April 10, 2015 at 9:45 am

By Lisa Gattie, CP Correspondent The Oxford Mt. Zion Baptist Church (OMZBC), along with local businesses, will host a Stop the Violence Event at their future site, 25215 Zion Road in Ruther Glen, on Saturday at noon. This free event, a first for OMZBC, promises to bring awareness of teen and gang violence in the community and information on prevention and collaboratio n techniques while fostering advocacy and unity. “We

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  • Church Calendar, week of February 26

    Posted on February 25, 2015 at 9:23 am

    Ongoing *Bowling Green United Methodist Church is having Wednesday Bible study from noon – 1 p.m. All are welcome to attend and bring a bag lunch to eat. *Zion Grove Baptist Church, 9450 Fredericksburg Turnpike, Woodford, has its weekly Wednesday Prayer Service and Bible Study sessions from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Bible Study is conducted by Dr. Kenneth Grasty, pastor. February 27 *Beth’el Baptist Church in Bowling Green invites

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  • Church Calendar, week of February 19

    Posted on February 18, 2015 at 10:27 am

    Ongoing *Bowling Green United Methodist Church is having Wednesday Bible study from noon – 1 p.m. All are welcome to attend and bring a bag lunch to eat. *Zion Grove Baptist Church, 9450 Fredericksburg Turnpike, Woodford, has its weekly Wednesday Prayer Service and Bible Study sessions from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Bible Study is conducted by Dr. Kenneth Grasty, pastor. February 20 *The Heaven Bound Mass Choir will have

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Health

Jennifer Faison, executive director of the Virginia Association of Community Services Boards, was in attendance at Tuesday's open house.

Mental health law changes discussed at Rappahannock Area CSB open house

Posted on October 30, 2014 at 3:16 pm

By Daniel Sherrier Editor   The Rappahannock Area Community Services Board has provided mental health, intellectual disability, substance abuse, prevention, and early intervention services to the counties of Caroline, King George, Spotsylvania, and Stafford and the City of Fredericksburg for nearly 45 years. But only two types of services are mandated by the Code of Virginia—emergency services and case management—and state law governing those services has been amended as of

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  • Rappahannock Area Health District offers free flu shots at State Fair Saturday

    Posted on October 1, 2014 at 3:14 pm

    The Virginia Department of Health’s Rappahannock Area Health District will offer free flu shots Saturday, Oct. 4, beginning at 10 a.m. at the State Fair of Virginia. The event will be held at the Farm Bureau Center at Meadow Event Park in Caroline County. Only 550 doses of vaccine will be available, and will be offered to anyone 18 years of age and older on a first-come, first-served basis, until

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  • Fire and rescue and law enforcement representatives receive recognition

    Posted on April 3, 2014 at 11:25 am

    “You do not serve alone,” the Rev. Antonio Clinkscales said at the First Responders Appreciation Service at Mr. Tabor Baptist Church on Sunday, March 9. Clinkscales took his text from I Peter 4:11 as he spoke words of encouragement to those who serve faithfully in our community under the honorable badges of police, fire, and rescue. He said God furnishes the fearless strength for service and those who serve others

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