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New video released on Port Royal

Posted on May 28, 2015 at 2:51 pm

Actress Laura Long, who was born and raised in Port Royal, has produced a charming video about Caroline County’s historical little town on the banks of the Rappahannock River. Preservation Virginia designated Port Royal as one of the seven “Most Endangered” historical sites in Virginia on May 18. The annual list focuses attention on structures and districts that are in dire need of rescuing for posterity. It is unusual for

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  • Those who did not return honored on Memorial Day

    Posted on May 28, 2015 at 1:27 pm

    Sometimes the ceremonies that are simple and unrehearsed can be the most poignant. It was that way Monday with the annual Memorial Day Ceremony in front of the Caroline County Courthouse. Each individual who came forward to tell a story about a friend, relative or comrade-in-arms spoke from the heart. Lt. Col. David Meyer, the commander of Fort A.P. Hill, told the audience about a friend of his who had

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  • Port Royal named one of the seven ‘Most Endangered’ sites in Virginia

    Posted on May 20, 2015 at 11:54 am

    Malon, Collins

    Port Royal captured statewide attention Monday when Preservation Virginia announced its inclusion on the 2015 list of Virginia’s Most Endangered Historic Places. In the company of six other sites, the “hidden village” on the Rappahannock is unique in being the only town on this year’s list. Once a prominent tobacco port and a bustling hub of commerce that saw significant activity during the Civil War, Port Royal declined in prominence

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  • Fire destroys Belmont home and exotic birds

    Posted on May 17, 2015 at 1:15 pm


    A house caught fire in the Belmont subdivision in Carmel Church

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  • Rescue squads, fire departments recruiting some new volunteers

    Posted on May 15, 2015 at 10:54 am

    Rescue Squad

    The Ladysmith Rescue Squad and Volunteer Fire Department were out in force May 2 at the annual Ladysmith Day event. The huge, shiny, colorful ambulances and fire trucks are always an attraction for youngsters, who love crawling around on them and posing for family photos in oversized fire helmets. While kids dream of growing up to be firemen or EMTs (emergency medical technicians), not enough of them follow through on

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  • Not your average Joe

    Posted on May 15, 2015 at 10:48 am

    Prom King

    Joey Frye takes the crown as prom prince For the students gathered at the John Marshall Ballroom in Richmond April 24, the moments before the announcement of the four members of the prom court were tense—but perhaps few were as nervous as junior Joey Frye. “I was thinking, ‘Please don’t call my name,’” said Frye, who later explained, “I don’t want to get a lot of attention.” Nevertheless, it was

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  • Rival gang members convicted

    Posted on May 15, 2015 at 10:41 am

    Caroline County’s continuing criminal youth gang saga saw two more chapters written last week with the convictions of McCartha “MJ” Stevens, the kingpin of the Mob 30, and Svante D. Carey, a member of the rival YG4 gang. Stevens, 20, entered into a plea agreement and was found guilty last Wednesday of simple assault or battery as part of a mob action and of participating in a street gang. He

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  • Port Royal born, actress gets big break in Revolutionary War series

    Posted on May 6, 2015 at 12:51 pm

    Laura Long

    By Sarah Vogelsong Three p.m., the casting director had told Laura Long, was the zero hour. If Long hadn’t heard from her by then, she could assume that the part of Philadelphia socialite Becky Franks on the second season of the AMC television series ‘Turn’ had gone to someone else. Two o’clock passed. Then three. Then four, five, six, seven. Still, said Long, “I just had this gut feeling. I

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  • Annual Ladysmith Day

    Posted on May 6, 2015 at 12:26 pm

    Live Music

    Ladysmith Day truly a community-wide effort Given the pleasantly cool temperatures and bright sunny sky, the 7th annual Ladysmith Day last Saturday would have been a nice experience if there had been nothing there to see and do. But there was something to see and do, from bands on the big stage to horse and pony rides, food trucks, a car show, a corn hole tournament, face painting, bright, shiny

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