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Port Royal establishes town manager position

Posted on April 17, 2014 at 3:08 pm

The Town of Port Royal is looking to hire a part-time town manager. Town Council established the position at its April 15 meeting and decided the starting salary would be $600 per month. The position description will be posted at the Port Royal Post Office, though Council members do have a candidate in mind from their own ranks—Vice Mayor Bill Wick. Wick would have to resign from Council if he

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  • State’s largest spring regional fire school held in Caroline

    Posted on April 16, 2014 at 11:06 am

    The 20th annual Caroline County Spring Regional Fire School was held April 12 and 13 at Caroline High School. This year’s event was the largest spring regional school in the Commonwealth of Virginia. More than 160 students registered for the school, with more than 130 participants completing training.  Eight courses were offered in various topics this year, including Firefighting, Emergency Medical Services, Technical Rescue, and Rail Safety. Participants came from

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  • School year to start Aug. 20

    Posted on April 15, 2014 at 10:21 am

    School will return a bit earlier this summer. The Caroline County School Board unanimously approved a revised 2014-15 calendar that begins the school year on Aug. 20 and concludes it May 19. A state law, popularly known as the “Kings Dominion law,” requires each school division’s year to start after Labor Day, but a division may seek a waiver if its meets certain criteria. Dr. Rebecca Broaddus, assistant superintendent, explained

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Meadow Event Park to get new livestock pavilion

Posted on March 20, 2014 at 1:35 pm

Construction of a 40,000-square-foot livestock pavilion is expected to start in late March at The Meadow Event Park in Caroline County. The pavilion will provide a permanent structure to house cattle during the State Fair of Virginia. The building permit application for the structure states the cost will be  $718,000, said Kevin Wightman, Caroline County building official. When asked if the new structure will add to the county’s tax base,

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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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  • Hi-tech crime ring looked at Bowling Green

    Posted on February 11, 2014 at 12:45 am

    As town councilors considered a surveillance camera system for the town on Feb. 6, Bowling Green Police Chief Steve Hoskins told councilors that a high-tech crime ring may have checked out the town’s only jewelry store, Tinder’s Jewelers. The police chief got a call last year that “there was a ring that was specializing in breaking into jewelry stores,” he said. “They were running up and down the east coast

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Caroline YMCA could cost taxpayers $8 million

Posted on August 29, 2013 at 5:08 pm

This is a letter to the editor from Jeff Sili, now in his second term on the Caroline County Board of Supervisors. We welcome letters to the editor from other members of the Board of Supervisors. Sili will answer questions sent to his email address at jmsili@verizon.net. Dear Editor, The purpose of this letter is to shed some transparency on the financial obligations concerning the building of the YMCA in

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  • ‘…give each other grace…’

    Posted on December 20, 2012 at 1:53 pm

    (Editor’s Note: Christian White, a third grade teacher at Lewis and Clark Elementary School, wrote the following message, which was distributed by principal Howard Pellegreen to the school staff. White gave permission for its publication.) Last Friday afternoon, the day of the terrible tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut, I stayed late at school trying to finish up some things for this week. Preparing to leave, I looked up from my desk

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  • Caroline, its schools at crossroads

    Posted on January 4, 2012 at 1:15 pm

    OPINION/By Wendell N. Sims Caroline County is at a crossroads between ‘rural preservation’ and providing adequate levels of services for county residents, including good public education. Over the 12 years I served on the Caroline County School Board, I have seen significant levels of progress in every area of service in the county, including public education. Law enforcement, fire and rescue, new library resources, a new courthouse, new county offices,

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