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  • Ruritans help following tornado

    When tragedy strikes its just human nature to want to help. When the tornadoes struck Essex County several weeks ago King William Ruritan member Dennis Smith traveled to the area to offer his assistance. What he saw was just beyond belief. The first house he came upon only the foundation was left....

  • Column: October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

    Most people know that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, but far fewer think of October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The first Domestic Violence Awareness Month was held in October 1987. The idea evolved from the first Day of Unity observed in October 1981 by the National Coalition...

  • Column: Parents must set a good example

    It is very challenging as parents to know the "right" thing to do to shape our children to make the best decisions that put them on the path God has laid out for them. The genetic makeup of an individual speaks volumes to us as to how we can best influence their choices. It requires the mind of...

  • Letter: Welcoming additions to West Point schools

    Letter: Welcoming additions to West Point schools

    West Point School students, staff and visitors found three new additions when they returned to school this year. The completed canopies presented a new look to both buildings. Their contemporary design and sail-like features brought a new life to the structures. A very nice addition indeed. Also...

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  • Column: Are your child's games kid tested and parent approved?

    It is no secret that kids love video games — they're exciting, fun and engrossing. As a parent, you worry about the negative effects of screen time. Nevertheless, many video games are not only fun, but also build and strengthen cognitive development — skills in problem solving, reasoning, math...

      • Column: Vet-approved tips for keeping your pet out of the ER

        Picture this: It's late in the evening when you realize that something is very wrong with your dog. Your normal veterinary clinic is closed, but you're not sure if the problem can wait until tomorrow. You rush your pet to the closest emergency room and hope for the best. Visiting the veterinary...

          • Column: Teach children that God is fair

            One of the hardest concepts to instill in our children is the idea of what is "fair." In our fallen human nature we so easily see the faults of others, never see our own faults, and in despair the human nature declares that life is "unfair." There are some places where we can try to establish "fairness."...

              • Column: Fire Prevention Week is Oct. 5-11

                The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), the official sponsor of Fire Prevention Week (FPW) for more than 90 years, is gearing up to officially kick off this year's campaign, October 5-11, 2014. The theme is "Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives: Test Yours Every Month!" "Smoke alarms can help...

                  • Column: Making parents part of the aging process now

                    Discussing aging issues, such as living arrangements, finances, dating, end-of-life decisions and driving, early and often can save families years of heartache, tension and even legal battles. Yet, research indicates that about two-thirds of American families put off these conversations, either...

                      • Column: Ten energy saving tips for staying warm this winter

                        Blossman Propane Gas, Appliance & Service is providing 10 top energy saving tips consumers should know during the cold weather season. One of the key benefits of propane is that it doesn't degrade or go bad like other fuels, making it safe and easy to store during the winter months. 1. Change your...

                          • Letter: Congressman Wittman town hall in Lively, Va.

                            To the Editor: Since the invitation to hold a candidate debate, hosted by the King William TEA Party had been declined by Congressman Rob Wittman I decided to attend the 99th District Tea Party Town Hall last night in Lively, Va., with Congressman Wittman the featured speaker. I had a few questions...

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                              • Pointers run over Rappahannock Raiders

                                Pointers run over Rappahannock Raiders

                                West Point 40, Rappahannock 13

                                  • Pointers win opener over Northampton, 29-14

                                    It wasn't pretty but the West Point High School won the first football it played this season, defeating Northampton, 29-14, at home Friday night. "It was a victory and I am happy with that, but we still have a lot of work to do. I told the players the entire off-season that we are 0-10 until...

                                      • Cavaliers see conditioning as key this season

                                        Cavaliers see conditioning as key this season

                                        With just 36 players on the King William varsity football team this season, coach Dylan DeHart thinks staying healthy and being in top condition will be the difference between victories and losses. "We ran 12, 100-yard runs before practice this morning, not as a punishment, but to make sure our...

                                          • Pointers poised to bounce back this season

                                            Pointers poised to bounce back this season

                                            After going winless last year, West Point coach LC Briggs and his team are looking to make last season a source of motivation. "It started in the weight room and has carried on to practice," Pointers coach Briggs said. "Whenever our team is getting too full of their self, I just remind them they...

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                                              • Robert Marble Honored by Riverside Health System and Riverside Walter Reed Hospital

                                                Robert Marble Honored by Riverside Health System and Riverside Walter Reed Hospital

                                                Robert Marble Honored by Riverside Health System and Riverside Walter Reed Hospital Founding Member of Riverside Walter Reed Hospital, Community Visionary, Volunteer, Newsman and Riverside Walter Reed Hospital Board Chairman Recognized for Service to Riverside and Our Communities FOR IMMEDIATE...

                                                  • November 12 Conservation Symposium to feature Executive Director of Chesapeake Bay Commission

                                                    "Where are we in our efforts to clean up our precious Chesapeake Bay? What is the status of our waters and living resources, our trajectory towards achieving clean water? And what can we, local citizens, do to move the effort forward?" On Thursday, November 12, the Garden Clubs of the Northern...

                                                      • King William Lions Helping Children

                                                        Your local King William Children First Lions Club continues to reach out to the county's children. Recent efforts include conducting hearing and vision screenings at West Point Head Start, Cool Spring Primary School, Acquinton Elementary School and Hamilton Homes Middle School. Over 600 children...

                                                          • Fatherhood Initiative- Male Empowerment Conference

                                                            Fatherhood Initiative- Male Empowerment Conference

                                                            November 14, 2015. "DAD! is More Than Just a Name". National Call Dad presents a Call to DADS Conference for males ages 3-103. Doors opens 8:30 a.m. Conference takes place at King & Queen Central High School Auditorium from 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.RSVP by November 5th to Dr. Toni Williams- twilliams@fyfcs.com...

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