Lifestyles

Virginia Cooperative Extension offers STEP parenting class Aug. 5 to Sept. 9

Posted on July 30, 2014 at 10:38 am

The trend in parenting education is a result of many social changes—among them are dual working parents, single parents, and step-families. The challenges are there, and STEP (Systematic Training for Effective Parenting) can help. Virginia Cooperative Extension will offer the STEP parenting class Tuesdays, Aug. 5 to Sept. 9 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Caroline Community Center in Milford. Parents who have participated in STEP groups say they

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  • Local Public Servant Spotlight — Paul Ernest: ‘It’s a high-rewarding job’

    Posted on July 30, 2014 at 9:49 am

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    By Sarah Vogelsong CP Reporter   Lt. Paul Ernest may only be 33, but he’s well on his way toward a lifetime in service. A member of the first EMT class offered at Caroline High School, Ernest has been involved in county fire and rescue since joining the Ladysmith Fire Department at age 15, and over the years, except for a three-year stint with the Sheriff’s Office, he’s worked his

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

    Posted on July 23, 2014 at 9:51 am

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    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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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

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Open houses scheduled for Caroline County Public Schools

Posted on July 31, 2014 at 11:39 am

Caroline County’s public schools have scheduled open houses in August as follows: Thursday, Aug. 14, 5:30 to 7 p.m., Caroline Middle School. Friday, Aug. 15, 10 a.m. to noon, Caroline High School; 2 to 3:30 p.m., Lewis and Clark Elementary School; 2 to 5 p.m., Bowling Green Elementary; and 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., Madison Elementary. Monday, Aug. 18, 10 a.m. to noon, Caroline Middle School; 4 to 6 p.m., Caroline

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  • 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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Religion

Church Calendar, July 31

Posted on July 30, 2014 at 9:55 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 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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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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