Lifestyles

David Upshaw, a retired pastor and a supporter of the recovery program, speaks to the graduates at Saturday's celebration.

Caroline Recovery Community Program graduates 11

Posted on October 1, 2014 at 10:38 am

By Daniel Sherrier Editor   Eleven people have done something extraordinary. With the help of family, friends, sponsors, and the Caroline County Recovery Community Program, and aided by their own strength of will, they’ve kept themselves sober for a full year. The Caroline Recovery Community Program celebrated its newest graduates during an afternoon of food and fellowship under the picnic shelter at St. Asaph’s Church in Bowling Green Saturday. The

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  • Public Servant Spotlight — Ricky Matiak: The job is ‘being there to help’

    Posted on October 1, 2014 at 10:18 am

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    By Sarah Vogelsong CP Reporter   Taking a sweeping view of the roughly 30,000 fire departments that dot the United States, a person might easily think that they were separated by vast differences. Not true, says Caroline Fire and Rescue Volunteer Deputy Chief Ricky Matiak—in most cases, for emergency personnel who switch from one to another, “the only thing that changes is the patch.” Matiak would know. With 36 years

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  • Public Servant Spotlight — Chris Hall: It’s ‘something new every day’

    Posted on September 24, 2014 at 9:40 am

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    By Daniel Sherrier Editor   Whether it’s Ladysmith Day, the annual Family Fair, or numerous other local public events, you’ll often find Deputy Chris Hall in attendance representing the Caroline County Sheriff’s Office and talking about crime prevention. Hall is the crime prevention specialist for the local agency. He also visits the schools as a teacher for DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) and, at the middle school, GREAT (Gang Resistance

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Travel

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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  • 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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Education

Caroline Public Schools examining teacher salary scale

Posted on September 17, 2014 at 9:27 am

By Sarah Vogelsong CP Reporter   Caroline County Public Schools put forth some hard numbers about the teacher salary scale at the Sept. 8 School Board meeting with the aim of revising the scale to make it more equitable and competitive. CCPS Director of Human Resources Debra Holt presented a comparison of Caroline’s salary scale at each step of compensation with those of 10 other counties in the region, including

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  • SOL pass rates stay mostly flat in Caroline

    Posted on September 9, 2014 at 2:18 pm

    By Sarah Vogelsong CP Reporter   Pass rates on the state-mandated Standards of Learning tests recently released by the Virginia Department of Education show Caroline County lagging behind state averages in all five assessed subjects, although school officials say that when compared to other localities with similar resources, Caroline is competing fairly well. VDOE data report that Caroline’s pass rates for the 2013–14 school year, for all grades combined, were

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  • Caroline High School renovations scaled back to original scope

    Posted on August 19, 2014 at 12:41 pm

    By Sarah Vogelsong CP Reporter   The School Board took steps at a special called meeting Monday night to scale the Caroline High School renovations back to the original scope outlined to the public for the November 2013 bond referendum that allotted approximately $26 million for renovations and upgrades to both the high school and Madison Elementary School. “I think we need to bid this project as close as we

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Religion

Church Calendar, week of October 1

Posted on October 1, 2014 at 9:53 am

Ongoing *Bowling Green United Methodist Church is holding Wednesday Bible study from noon – 1 p.m. All are welcome to attend and bring a bag lunch to eat. *Shiloh Baptist Church, 127 S. Main St., Bowling Green has changed its hours for Summer Worship Service. Sunday school now begins at 9 a.m. and regular worship service at 10 a.m. Bible Study is held on Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m., and Missionary

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  • Church Calendar, week of September 25

    Posted on September 24, 2014 at 9:32 am

    Ongoing *Bowling Green United Methodist Church is holding Wednesday Bible study from noon – 1 p.m. All are welcome to attend and bring a bag lunch to eat. *Shiloh Baptist Church, 127 S. Main St., Bowling Green has changed its hours for Summer Worship Service. Sunday school now begins at 9 a.m. and regular worship service at 10 a.m. Bible Study is held on Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m., and Missionary

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  • Church Calendar, week of September 18

    Posted on September 17, 2014 at 9:36 am

    Ongoing *Bowling Green United Methodist Church is holding Wednesday Bible study from noon – 1 p.m. All are welcome to attend and bring a bag lunch to eat. *Shiloh Baptist Church, 127 S. Main St., Bowling Green has changed its hours for Summer Worship Service. Sunday school now begins at 9 a.m. and regular worship service at 10 a.m. Bible Study is held on Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m., and Missionary

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Health

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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  • 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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