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Local Public Servant Spotlight — Alisha Coleman: Reading ‘opens your mind’

Posted on July 23, 2014 at 9:51 am

By Daniel Sherrier Editor   Whether you’re looking for a good book or a fun craft project, you might want to see Alisha Coleman at the Port Royal branch of Caroline Library, Inc. Coleman is the branch assistant and the only staff member assigned to the branch, which is manned by volunteers when she’s not there. She helps out patrons who stop in, and she runs crafts programs for kids

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  • Crowds flock to Caroline County Agricultural Fair in record numbers

    Posted on July 16, 2014 at 9:24 am

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    By Greg Glassner CP Correspondent   The annual Caroline County Agricultural Fair means different things to many different people from Caroline, surrounding counties, and even more distant locales. Although Meadow Event Park hosts the State Fair each autumn, Caroline’s Ag Fair offers the sort of friendly, informal county fair atmosphere that is increasingly difficult to find. To 4-Hers from Caroline, Hanover, and Stafford County, it is an opportunity to show

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  • Kona Ice cools off Caroline

    Posted on July 9, 2014 at 9:26 am

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    By Scott Richards CP Correspondent   It is summer time, and yes, it is hot. Farmers are looking for rain, and everyone else is looking for a way to cool off. Just when people are beginning to melt, in comes the cavalry in the form of a highly decorated truck playing calypso music. Kona Ice to the rescue! Pam and Peter Meyer are the owners of the local Kona Ice

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Travel

I-95 clear but patches of ice and snow remain on some primary and key secondary routes

Posted on March 4, 2014 at 7:58 am

As temperatures dropped well below freezing overnight, crews plowed and treated I-95 and primary routes throughout the 14-county Fredericksburg district. However secondary routes and subdivision streets remain snow and ice covered, according to the Virginia Department of Transportation. Motorists are urged to delay their morning commute, if possible. However, if you have to go out remember to: Allow extra time for travel. Reduce your speed Keep a safe distance of

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  • You can track on-line the location of VDOT snowplows

    Posted on March 3, 2014 at 10:02 am

    Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) snowplows are out in full force. You can track their location and see their progress at: http://vdotplows.org/. This website also provides numerous webcams to view live roadway conditions. Plows are working on the most frequently traveled roads first. It may be a day or two before all neighborhood streets are plowed, especially as snow continues before tapering off later today.  

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  • State Police officials offer driving tips for winter weather

    Posted on March 3, 2014 at 9:20 am

    From 5:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Virginia State Police dispatchers  received 583 calls for service.  Of those calls for service, troopers responded to 437 motor vehicle crashes mostly involving property damage and 87 disabled vehicles. State Police investigated one confirmed weather related traffic fatality that occurred in Amelia County earlier this morning. The figures  are for the Richmond Division only of the Virginia State Police which covers the following

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Education

Supervisors appropriate $42.5 million for Caroline County Public Schools

Posted on July 23, 2014 at 10:03 am

By Sarah Vogelsong CP Reporter   After several months of revisions, the Board of Supervisors Tuesday night agreed to appropriate the full amount of $42,504,006 requested by the School Board for the fiscal year 2015 school budget. The school budget was held in limbo earlier this summer because of the General Assembly’s delay in passing a state budget, which left county officials uncertain about the funding they would receive. About

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  • Caroline School Board seeks additional $1.3 million from Board of Supervisors

    Posted on July 16, 2014 at 10:14 am

    By Sarah Vogelsong CP Reporter   The School Board at its July 14 meeting approved an amended budget for fiscal year 2015 that would require an additional appropriation of $1.298 million from the Board of Supervisors. The school budget has gone through a number of iterations this year partly as a result of delays by the General Assembly in passing a state budget and subsequent uncertainty about what funding the

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  • The cost of a Caroline-blue track: $63,351

    Posted on June 16, 2014 at 4:24 pm

    By Sarah Vogelsong CP Reporter   Caroline High School athletes are set to make waves next fall, thanks to a vote by the School Board at their June 9 meeting to spend $63,351 to color the rubberized surface of the new track blue. This number, supplied by Charlottesville-based Precision Sports Services, the contractor in charge of the track replacement project, includes the cost of coloring not only the track itself,

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Religion

Church Calendar, July 24

Posted on July 23, 2014 at 9:47 am

Ongoing *St. James Baptist Church, Milford, Women’s Club Ministry is sponsoring a three-day, two-night trip to Lancaster, Pa. from Oct. 30 – Nov. 1. The trip includes breakfast, buffet dinner, tour, admission to “Moses” at the Sight and Sound Theater, shopping, and more. For more information or to reserve a seat, call (804) 633-7132. *Bowling Green United Methodist Church is holding Wednesday Bible study from noon – 1 p.m. All

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  • Church Calendar, July 17

    Posted on July 16, 2014 at 9:50 am

    Ongoing *St. James Baptist Church, Milford, Women’s Club Ministry is sponsoring a three-day, two-night trip to Lancaster, Pa. from Oct. 30 – Nov. 1. The trip includes breakfast, buffet dinner, tour, admission to “Moses” at the Sight and Sound Theater, shopping, and more. For more information or to reserve a seat, call (804) 633-7132. *Bowling Green United Methodist Church is holding Wednesday Bible study from noon – 1 p.m. All

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  • Governor expected to veto student religious expression bill

    Posted on February 28, 2014 at 12:20 pm

    The Virginia General Assembly has passed legislation to protect a range of religious expressions and practices by students in Virginia public schools. However, Democrat Gov. Terry McAuliffe is expected to veto the bill based on questions about the constitutionality of the bill, according to a Feb. 25 report by the Roanoke Times. Senate Bill 236 codifies the rights of students to organize and engage in any religious activity to the

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Health

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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  • Caroline County lacks doctors and dentists, study shows

    Posted on March 31, 2014 at 8:49 pm

    Caroline County ranks 56 out of 133 Virginia localities in health outcomes, researchers have found. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute released their fifth annual “County Health Rankings” report last week. According to countyhealthrankings.org, rankings are compiled within each state to raise awareness of factors that influence health. Most data comes from public sources. One of the most striking findings about Caroline is its

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  • State environmental officials answer questions on sludge for Caroline

    Posted on February 25, 2014 at 10:49 pm

    State environmental quality officials answered questions Feb. 25 from residents concerned about the proposed increase of treated municipal waste on farmland in Caroline County. Steve McMahon, technical services manager for Synagro, said the company has been land-applying biosolids in Caroline for at least 10 years. “We spread the biosolids as a fertilizer in accordance with nutrient management plans. Basically, the nutrient management plan requires that you analyze the biosolids for

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