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Volume 38, Number 9

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New county tech advisory committee expected to address internet service Phyllis Cook The King George Board of Supervisors last week on Feb. 24 approved a charter for formation of a new Technology Advisory committee, with appointments expected to be made at next week’s regular business meeting on March 4. The committee is to be composed of nine members, with five residents and two Supervisors to be appointed by the governing

body, and two members from county staff to be appointed by the county administrator, Travis Quesenberry. Members will serve for a year, with an extension of another year possible by Supervisor action. The charter indicates that at its first meeting, the committee is to schedule meetings for the rest of the calendar year, which generally includes the time, date and location. The purpose of the committee is broadly

King George gets financial ratings upgrade to ‘AA’ Phyllis Cook The King George Board of Supervisors got good news last week from Travis Quesenberry, county administrator, who informed them the financial rating agency Fitch Ratings has upgraded the county’s bond rating. The county’s rating has gone up from ‘AA-’ to ‘AA.’ The news was provided at the meeting on Feb. 24, with Quesenberry saying it had come in just prior to the meeting. The Fitch Ratings upgrade letter for King George provided a three page analysis. The letter can be found online at our website, journalpress. com. The release from Fitch was distributed that also indicated the county’s Rating Outlook is revised from Positive to Stable. In addition, the Fitch upgrades included the King George Economic Development Authority’s (EDA) $1.5 million lease revenue bonds, series 2004, from ‘A+’ to ‘AA-’. Two supervisors commented on the news. Chairman Joe Grzeika told Quesenberry, “I want to commend you and your staff for working through this.” He added, “This is another objective demonstration of how this county is being run and managed. I think it speaks highly of our professional staff and this board over the years, and the issues and how we’ve handled them.” Grzeika also said, “I think we have done a good service for our community, and the community benefits in reduced interest costs. This is important. To get an upgrade in this environment is pretty significant.” Supervisor Dale Sisson agreed and added, “I don’t know what the percentage is of folks across the nation receiving upgrades right now, but it’s very small.” Grzeika concurred, adding, “Also, there are not many localities this size

defined, “to make recommendations to the Board on specific policies and matters related to technology, and to make the board aware of effective and efficient technology opportunities.” The committee is expected to initially address what can be done to bring affordable high speed internet to under-served and isolated areas of the county. The impetus for establishment of the committee came from residents, many new to

the county and to rural living, who discovered that affordable high speed internet is hard to come by at their homes and became vocal about it at board meetings last fall. The five citizen-members for the committee are expected to be drawn from interested residents in a group called King George Connected that was formed last November. The group got together to research possible solutions to the problems of getting broadband internet to underserved areas.

A solution to one problem was put forward to Supervisors by Dale Robertson at a meeting on Feb. 4. At that time, Robertson clearly outlined some obstacles, saying in part that the county ordinances only address telecommunication facilities defined as any structure used solely for the purpose of supporting an antenna or antennas, which would include monopoles, but shouldn’t.

Groundwater management workshop next week

Cyclones defeated

that even has its own bond rating. We are unusual in that regard, that we are able to pass the test to get that. So I think it’s a credit to the whole county and it does benefit the whole county in everything that we do, as we hear about new projects and new items that we need to address. These are things that make all that possible. So this is good news.” RATINGS DRIVERS The Fitch Ratings letter notes that the county’s upgrade, “reflects the county’s strong fiscal discipline and economic stability as evidenced by the maintenance of high liquidity and reserve levels, prudent investment in capital improvements, and strong economic and employment metrics despite the challenges posed by sequestration.” Declining debt is another driver of the rating upgrade. The Fitch Ratings letter points out the county’s declining debt, noting that overall debt levels are moderate and amortization is below average at 46.8 percent of principal retired within 10 years. Fitch also notes, “The county has no intentions of issuing debt to finance its modest $21 million fiscal 2014 to fiscal 2018 capital improvements plan.” It also adds, “Debt services costs are manageable at 12.3 percent of governmental spending.” It is noteworthy that the annual debt service is declining due to refinancing opportunities taken to lower interest rates. The county does not rely on real estate taxes to fund its debt service. It has a dedicated annual source of revenue for the county debt service of about $6.8 million from landfill host fees. The county has been able to refinance its capital debt due to its strong financial ratings. Of the county’s capital debt, the Fitch letter notes, “Approximately 70 percent of debt service costs are due to school debt.”

Aimed at existing users withdrawing 300K gallons/ month of well water Phyllis Cook

Leonard Banks

During the 4A North Conference 22 quarterfinals girls basketball tournament, King George High School Lady Fox guard, Elissa Davis eludes an Eastern View defender, as she penetrates the Cyclone defense.

King George’s March 4 breakfast meeting to focus on small business development The King George Department of Economic Development is hosting its second quarterly breakfast meeting next week, this one to focus on small business development. The meeting is on Tuesday, March 4, from 8-9:30 a.m. at UMW’s Dahlgren Campus Center for Education & Research. Mary Parnell, Director of the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at the University of Mary Washington, will be the keynote speaker. Parnell is expected to discuss how the SBDC is helping small businesses throughout the greater Fredericksburg region, including King George County. Linwood Thomas, county Director of Economic Development, is responsible for planning and

scheduling the event. Thomas said, “This is a great opportunity for small businesses in the county and those interested in potential start-ups to attend. The Small Business Development Center has a wealth of free resources available to anyone in the region.” Those interested in attending are requested to RSVP by this Friday, Feb. 28, if possible, by emailing Thomas: MEETING AGENDA The 8 a.m. meeting will begin with a meet-and-greet networking opportunity and a light breakfast to be See Business, page 4

On the trail

Runners on the Dahlgren Railroad Heritage Trail brave the cold Jim Lynch For the fifth time, runners gathered at the Bloomsbury Road trail head for the halfmarathon on the DRHT. A record 144 runners completed the course, which ran a little over six and a half miles down the trail, and then back. The overall winner was Alex Hetherington from Vienna, in a time of 1:20:27, missing a record by just a little over a second. Hetherington was pretty much by himself for most of the race; the next five runners, closely bunched, were eleven seconds behind. This year the race was part of the Northern Neck “Winterfest” celebration. The day started seasonably cold. Runners were warmed by the traditional bon-fire while they waited for the race to start. Finishers, who were plenty warm by the time they finished, enjoyed relaxing and chatting while they consumed hot soup and other snacks including the runners’ all time favorite: glazed donuts! A few even warmed them over the still-blazing fire. Grilled Do-Nuts, the epicurean delight!

The start was in eight waves separated by two minutes to provide some separation on the narrow trail. Of the starters, 19 were from King George, 99 from other parts of Virginia, and 26 from out of state. All the runners enjoyed being on the trail and were complimentary of the conditions. That was welcomed news; the Friends of the DRHT had cleared some trees that had fallen and were keeping an eye on the trail since the last snow storm had caused the race to be postponed by a week. Most of the snow had melted and the trail had drained well. Several members of Team Red, White and Blue participated both in the race as well as having a table with information about their cause. RWB participates in races to promote awareness of injured service men and women and to support the Wounded Warrior Program. Some of Team RWB runners run in full combat gear, or “battle rattle”, which weighs close to 50 pounds. They also run as part of the The Pledge organization with similar objectives. We

See Tech, page 4

were proud to have them on the DRHT. They’re a great group of guys and gals and we hope to see them again on the trail. Don Kirkpatrick and Andrew Morris from the local chapter of the National Railroad Historical Society came with one of their antique hand cars. The handpumped rail car has become a tradition at the DRHT races, providing an escort for runners as they finish the last half-mile. Plus the kids enjoyed riding and helping to man the pump handles. Ham radio operators from the Rappahannock Valley Amateur Radio Club provide an important service of monitoring the race at each of the aid stations. The “hams” relay back to the start the number of runners passing through, and the first and last runner. They also provided the sweep vehicle which had a mobile ham unit. Thanks also to the team from the Northern Virginia Gun Club who once again manned the aid station at the turnaround point. Joe Primerano, Station Captain, and his gang do a great job. And kudos to the other volunteers at the start/

finish and the road crossings. The runners can’t say enough about our volunteers. But hey, it’s King George right? We have high expectations! Notable placing by King George residents include: Alice Pallotti, 3rd in the Women’s Open Division, Donna German, 1st in the Women’s 40-49 age group, Steve Dorton, 1st in the Men’s 20-29 age group and Elizabeth Gutherie, 2nd in the Women’s 60-69 age group. Complete results are found on the Race Timing Unlimited website. Thanks to Vic Culp and his staff for helping us to continue to put on good races. As the race was ending and the volunteers packing up, folks started to come in for an afternoon walk. The day was warming and becoming quite sunny. I chatted with a couple who had just moved to the county and were glad they had discovered the trail. They were actually familiar with the trail having done some research on the Friends’ website. We’re fortunate to have this great resource in our county. I’m out there often so I’m sure I’ll see you on the trail!

King George is hosting a Groundwater Management Workshop next week by the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) as part of its outreach to existing water users who withdraw large amounts of water from wells or recharge ponds fed by groundwater with mechanical assistance. The workshop by DEQ will take place from 1-5 p.m. on Wednesday, March 5, in the ground floor board room of the Revercomb Administration building, located behind the county courthouse on Route 3 (Kings Hwy.) The regulations had already been in place for numerous Virginia localities in the Virginia Coastal Plain and were expanded to include King George and some other counties as of Jan. 1, as part of a phased approach by the state. The regulations require users who withdraw 300,000 gallons or more in a month to submit applications by June 30 to enable continuing to withdraw water sourced from the aquifer. In addition to King George, the other counties that were added at the beginning of this calendar year to the expanded groundwater management area are Westmoreland, Lancaster, Mathews, Middlesex, Northumberland, Essex, Gloucester, King and Queen and Richmond counties. Portions of other counties are also now included. Those are the portions of counties which lie east of Interstate 95 in Caroline, See DEQ, page 4

Correction – Zeros Matter! In a budget article about King George in our Feb. 12 issue, we incorrectly reported a proposed budget increase requested by County Attorney Eric Gregory would be 10 times higher than actually requested, saying, “his total budget request would ask for an increase of $690K.” That was a mistake and should instead have said $69K. The budget sheets distributed at the meeting actually indicated his initial total budget request for 2014-15 would come to $268,309, which would be $69,059 higher than the current year’s. We sincerely regret the error.

Teri Priebe

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Today’s Hebrew Word Trinity episcopal church in Fred’brg. to hold annual Benefit Yard & Bake Sale. Rain or Shine. Saturday, March 1. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Trinity is located at the corner of William St. and College Ave., across from the University of Mary Washington. To donate items for the sale or for further information, call (540) 3732996. two rivers baptist church is hosting a Youth Game Night from 7-11 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 28. Wii consoles will be available or bring your favorite board or card game. Games and Food! Bring a friend for a Friday night of fun! Corner of Rokeby Lane & Kings Hwy. River of Life Pentecostal Church invites you to the celebration of their 13th Church Anniversary. March 2, beginning with Sunday school at 10 a.m. The Rev. Kevin Matthews of Shallotte, NC will be the guest speaker at the 11 a.m. service, followed by a Love Feast meal. 501 Colonial Ave, Colonial Beach. Call (804) 224-8157 for more info. St. Mary’s Episcopal Church wants to remind you of their monthly Community Lunch this Saturday, Mar. 1, from noon-3 p.m. No cost, just come, eat & visit. The church also invites you to a pancake supper, including sausages & spiced apples, on Shrove Tuesday, March 4. From 4:30 -7 p.m. $7.50 for adults. Children 12 and under, $4.50. Washington Ave. in Colonial Beach. zion baptist church invites you to the celebration of the 33rd year Anniversary of the Bright Stars Group. Zion Baptist Church,

Kinsale, VA. Mar. 9 at 4 p.m. Everyone is welcome to attend this celebration. little zion baptist church will present “Freestyle” as hosted by Pastor Earl T. Howerton and the LSBC Young Adult Ministry. Starting at 7 p.m. on March 7, there will be poetry, singing, dancing, spoken word and more, all from a Christian Perspective. 7748 Leedstown Road, CB. For more info call Jennifer (540) 2057752 or Tina (804) 761-7403. montague baptist church invites everyone to a Gospel Sing, featuring the bluegrass group, One Lane Bridge. Friday, Feb. 28 at 7 p.m. A love offering will be taken. 12186 Millbank Road, KG. moms in prayer int’l Moms in Prayer International meets on Mondays at 9 a.m. at Peace Lutheran Church 5590 Kings Highway, King George. (540) 775-9131.

Save the Date Mark your calendar on May 31, 2014 for a “Day in the Country”

To celebrate the 300th Anniversary of HwB Join in the fun at Historic Lamb’s Creek Church from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Located just off Route 3 on Lamb’s Creek Church Rd in KG, Come out for a fun day of Tours, BBQ, Live Entertainment, Games for Kids, Baked Goods Auction & Plant Sale For more information visit the web site at

The original Hebrew written text was a picture language--much like the Egyptian hieroglyphics. When Moses wrote the Torah (the first five books of the Bible), he used this picture language. Each letter of the Hebrew alphabet is a picture with meaning. When we put these letters together, they form a word, but they also form a story within the word! Proverbs 25:2 tells us, “The honour of God is to hide a thing, And the honour of kings to search out a matter.” (Young’s Literal Translation) This is exactly what God has done with His language! With today’s word, I am going to show God’s sense of humor! Look at the word for Isaac: Yitzchaq (yitz-chawk—the “ch” has a “clearing of the throat” sound to it). Instead of looking at the picture language, we need to understand that each letter also has a numeric value. In fact, the Romans got the concept from the Hebrew “alef-bet”! With this in mind, we need some background for the naming of Isaac. Remember, when God

promised Abraham a son, Sarah “laughed.” When she was confronted, she denied laughing. So what did God do? He told them to name their son Isaac — meaning, “he laughs”! The letter “tzade” — the second letter in the word (from the right) — has a value of 90. The letter “qoof ”—the last letter of the word — has a value of 100. How old were Abraham and Sarah when Isaac was born? Yes! Abraham was 100, and Sarah was 90! But, there is even more in Isaac’s name! The two letters that are left over — the “yod” and the “chet” — are the two letters used to spell “chai”. What is the meaning of “chai”? LIFE! See God’s sense of humor? Only He can take a 100 yearold and a 90 year-old and produce life! The naming of Isaac was a reminder of Sarah’s “laughing” at the idea they could have children at their age! Rick Blankenship Grafted In Fellowship

Did you know: • In 1881, Sophia B. Packard and Harriet E. Giles founded what would become the first college for black women in the United States. The school was named Spelman College after Laura Spelman Rockefeller and her parents, who were abolitionists. • Phillis Wheatley became the first published African-American poet in 1774 with her collection Poems on Various Subjects, a work of distinction that looked to many literary classical traditions. • Explorers Lewis and Clark were accompanied by York, an African American enslaved by Clark, when they made their 1804 expedition from Missouri to Oregon. York is considered the first African-American man to cross what would become U.S. territory. • Granville Woods invented a number of devices related to railroad engineering, including air brake systems and what would become known as the “third rail” on modern tracks. • In 1878, Virginia native Joseph Winters patented a folding escape ladder mounted on fire wagons. • Elijah McCoy invented an oildripping cup for trains. Other inventors tried to copy McCoy’s oil-dripping cup. But none of the other cups worked as well as his, so customers started asking for “the real McCoy.” That’s where the expression comes from. • Sarah E. Goode invented a bed that folded up into a cabinet, which could also be used as a roll-top desk. She received a patent for her work in 1885. • Joseph Lee received a patent for his bread-crumbing machine in 1895 and patented a bread-making machine in 1902. His inventions revolutionized the industry. • Lewis Latimer invented an important part of the light bulb — the carbon filament. Latimer worked in the laboratories of both Thomas Edison and Alexander Graham Bell.

• Jan Ernst Matzeliger invented a shoemaking machine that increased shoemaking speed by 900%! Fast Fact: In 1992, the U.S. made a postage stamp in honor of Matzeliger. • Granville T. Woods invented a train-to-station communication system. Fast Fact: Woods left school at age 10 to work and support his family. • George Washington Carver developed peanut butter and 400 plant products! • Madam C. J. Walker invented a hair-growing lotion. Fast Fact: Walker grew up poor. But she became the first female African- American millionaire. • Thomas J. Martin patented improved fire extinguishing technology in 1872. • Garrett Morgan invented the gas mask. Fast Fact: Morgan also invented the first traffic signal. • The “strongbox,” a locked container used to store money and other valuable items, was invented by Henry Brown. • Otis Boykin invented the electronic control devices for guided missiles, IBM computers, and the pacemaker. Fast Fact: Boykin invented 28 different electronic devices. • Nathaniel Alexander was the first to patent the folding chair. • Dr. Patricia. E. Bath invented a method of eye surgery that has helped many blind people to see. Fast Fact: Dr. Bath has been nominated to the National Inventors Hall of Fame. • Lonnie G. Johnson invented the world-famous watergun, the Supersoaker. • The potato chip was invented in 1853 by George Crum. • Dr. Charles Richard Drew was an American medical doctor and surgeon who started the idea of a blood bank and a system for the long-term preservation of blood plasma. Feb. is Black History month. Celebrate the Wonders.

Our Doors are Open -Worship With Us Fletcher's Chapel United Methodist

8330 Fletcher's Chapel Rd. at 218

Pastor Michael Reaves Worship Services 8:30 & 11:00 a.m. Sunday School 9:45 a.m.

(540) 775-7247

17080 14th Street, Dahlgren Contemporary Service - 9:30 a.m. Sunday School - 9:30 a.m. & 11 a.m. Traditional Service - 11 a.m. Nursery open 9:15a.m.-12:15p.m.

Pastor Ed Johnson

email - web site - Phone: 663-2230

Good Hope Baptist Church

17223 Good Hope Rd. - corner Rt. 218E & 619 phone: 540-775-9487 fax: 540-775-0600

• Sunday School - 9:45 a.m. • Worship - 11:00 a.m. • Prayer & Bible Study (Wed.) 7:30 p.m. • 5th Sundays - Union & Nursing Home Worship “Building the Church & Reaching the World for Christ”

7748 Leedstown Rd., Oak Grove, VA 22443 (804) 224-0418 •

We invite you to gather together with us! Sunday School - 9 a.m. Sunday Worship 8 a.m. & 10:15 a.m. Bible Study - Wednesday 7 p.m. Pastor Earl T. Howerton Jr.

Macedonia Baptist Church 1081 Macedonia Ln., Colonial Beach, VA (804) 224-1500 "O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt His Name together."

Shiloh Baptist Church Reaching, Building, Serving

Sunday Activities Sunday School, 9:45 a.m. Worship Service, 11:00 a.m. AWANA, 4:00 p.m. Youth Group, 4:00 p.m. Wednesday Nights Rev. Mike and Earlene Jessee Family Night Dinner, 5:30 Youth Study; Children’s Missions & Music, 6:00 facebook@kgshiloh Choir Practice, 7:15 13457 Kings Hwy. 540-469-4646 •

Oak Grove Baptist Church

Randall Snipes, Senior Pastor Sunday Worship 9:30 a.m.& 11 Awana-Sundays-6 p.m. Bible Study-Wednesdays 6:30 p.m. 8096 Leedstown Rd. Colonial Beach, VA


Colonial Beach United Methodist Church Pastor Rev. Yunho Eo

9:30 a.m. Adult Sunday School 10:45 a.m. Informal Hymn Singing 11 a.m. Worship & Children’s Sunday School Food Pantry open Thursdays at 10 a.m. Op Shop Open M-F 9 a.m.-noon (Thurs. 9 a.m.-1 p.m.) 1 Washington Avenue PO Box 189 Colonial Beach, VA 22443 (804) 224-7030

Two Rivers Baptist Church

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Little Ark Baptist Church “Building God’s Kingdom On Earth”

Meeting at their new church

Sunday School ..............9:30 a.m. Worship........................10:30 a.m. COME VISIT US • ALL ARE WELCOME

Rev. Peyton Wiltshire For Information call 540710-3831

Round Hill Baptist Church Worship & Service

16519 Round Hill Rd., King George, VA Pastor Ted A. James • 540-775-5583

"Pastor Larry" M. Robinson Sunday Worship - 10 a.m. Sunday School - 9 a.m. (New Testament Church Study) Wednesday Night Prayer & Bible Study 6 p.m. 15681 Owens Dr. in Dahlgren, VA Church Phone: (540) 663-2831

Hanover-with-Brunswick Episcopal Parish

Where all are welcome.

Phone: 540-775-3635

Emmanuel, Port Conway (Rt. 301) 3rd & 5th Sundays

For more information, visit our website at:

(804) 443-4168 Sunday School 10 a.m. Sunday Morning Worship 11 a.m. Bible Study Wednesdays at 7 p.m.

Rev. Irving Woolfolk, Jr.

Services Early Worship - 8 a.m. Sunday School - 9:45 a.m. AM Worship - 11 a.m. PM Worship - 6 p.m. Wed. Bible Study - 7 p.m. AWANA Teens - Wednesdays 6:30 p.m. Clubbers - Fridays 6:30 p.m. Dr. Sherman Davis, Senior Pastor 540-775-7188 10640 Kings Hwy - 1 mi. west of 301

Confession: Sat. following 8:00 a.m. Mass & at 4:30 p.m. Sun. 1/2 hour before each Mass Office: 11 Irving Ave., Colonial Beach, Va. 22443

• 804-224-7221

Trinity United Methodist Church

9425 Kings Hwy., King George

Contemporary Service ~ 8:30 a.m. Sunday School ~ 9:30 p.m. Worship ~ 10:30 a.m. (540) 775-4501 Rev. Susan Reaves

St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church


3207 Quarter Hill Rd., Supply VA 22436

Daily Mass: Mon. - Sat. 8:00 a.m. Adoration precedes each morning Mass

Sunday Services:

The Rev. St. John's, 9403 Kings Hwy. Diane Carroll 1st, 2nd & 4th Sundays Rector

You're invited to worship with

Tabernacle Baptist Church

(540) 663-3085 ! Rev. Jim May

Sunday Masses: Sat. 5:00 p.m. Sun. 9:00 a.m. & 11:00 p.m. (español)

Intersection of Rokeby and Kings Hwy. (Rt. 3)

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church

5486 St. Paul!s Road, King George

Very Rev. Francis M. de Rosa Rev. Mark Mullaney


Sunday Worship at 8 am and 10 am

Corner of Lossing and Boundary, Colonial Beach

Sunday- Holy Communion 11 a.m. Meeting at Grant Church in Lerty, VA

"A Church where everybody is somebody!"

St. Elizabeth of Hungary Roman Catholic Church

Traditional Anglican Worship 1928 Book of Common Prayer 1940 Hymnal

Morning Worship ~ 8:30 a.m. Sunday School ~ 9:45 a.m. Morning/Children's Worship ~ 11 a.m. Wed. - Bible Study ~ 6:00 p.m.

(Psalm 34:3)

Sunday School: 9:45 a.m. Worship Service: 11 a.m. Prayer & Bible Study: (Wed.) 7 p.m. Holy Communion on 4th Sundays Rev. Fred Sales, Interim Pastor

Holy Redeemer Anglican Church

Worship Service - 10:30 a.m. (Sunday) Sunday School - 9:15 a.m. Nursery Provided Seeking to know the grace of God and to make it known to others. Dave Bentz, Pastor Jason Schubert, Associate Pastor 13114 Kildee Farm Road King George, VA 22485 (off 301 and Blue Jay Meadow Drive)

Ph. (540) 775-9990 • email: web site

Potomac Baptist Church Worship Service: 11:00 a.m. Age Graded Bible Study: 9:45 a.m.

All are Welcome! (540) 775-7006

Pastor: Dennis L. Newton 8103 Comorn Rd. (Rt. 609) King George

Corner of Millbank & St. Anthony’s Rd., King George

Very Rev. Francis M. de Rosa Rev. Mark Mullaney Sat. 7:00 p.m. Vigil Sunday Masses: Sun. 8:15 a.m. 10:30 a.m 12:45 p.m. Tridentine Mass Daily Mass: Mon. Thur. Fri. & Sat. 9:00 a.m. Tues. 7:00 a.m. Wed. 7:00 p.m. Adoration before each morning Mass Confession: Wed. 7:30 p.m. Sat. after 9:00 a.m. Mass & at 6:30 p.m. Sun. 1/2 hour before each Mass

Office: 11 Irving Ave., Colonial Beach, Va. 22443

• 804-224-7221

A church where the Full Gospel is Preached, Taught and Lived

First Baptist Church Ambar

9469 Caledon Rd., King George, VA22485 Sunday School 9:30 a.m. Sunday Morning Worship 11 a.m. Bible Study Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.

Pastor Wm. T. Frye

“And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”

“The church is the great lost and found department” - Robert Short

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A New Testament church “... All the churches of Christ greet you.” Romans 16:16 P.O.Box 756 King George, VA 22485

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Area Death Kathleen O. Grasmeder

Kathleen O. Grasmeder, “Kathie” was born on December 14, 1933 in Philadelphia PA to H. Grover and Mary O’Connor. She was one of 7 children and a standout in field hockey and academics. Kathie graduated from Rosemont College in 1955 with a degree in education. She married John Martin Grasmeder, a young Army Lieutenant, on October 8, 1955 and they spent the next 58 years together, traveling the world and being the most amazing parents to six children. Kathie was the consummate Army wife and could cook up a meal for a crowd, while taking care of her children and she never stopped smiling. She used any excuse to celebrate, and her house was always full of fun and laughter. Kathie worked as a travel agent, a tax preparer, and a realtor. In retirement, Kathie and Jack settled in Colonial Beach, VA on the water, and loved watching the sunsets together. Kathie, or Kate, as Jack called her, lost a courageous battle to cancer on Friday, Feb. 21, 2014, with Jack at her side, as always. She was predeceased by her

Save the Date Friends of the NRA Annual Fundraiser will be held on April 5, at the Fred’brg Elks Lodge, beginning at 5:30 p.m. Dinner, auctions, fun and chance to win firearm, gear & collectibles. Call Ken Kirk at (775) 313-3640 or KGES Library will be hosting a Spring Craft & Vendor Fair along with the Scholastic Book Fair on March 8 from 9:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. VENDORS wanted! For information on becoming a vendor, please contact Sammie Mays at (240) 463-1457 or by email,

parents, her brothers Bill and Tom, and her sister, Joan Roperto, and an infant son, Thomas. She is survived by five children, Jon (Maria), Margee (Nick) Mangus, Christine (Mark) Richardson, Mark (Dympna), and Chuck (Sophie). She also leaves 11 grandchildren: Jim, Bill, Allison, Jack, Sarah, Ellie and Danny Grasmeder, Nicholas and Anthony Mangus, and Tim and Carly Richardson to miss their Grandmom dearly, as well as a host of other relatives and friends. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 1, 2014 at St. Elizabeth of Hungary Catholic Church in Colonial Beach VA. Interment will held at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Wounded Warrior at: Project or the Fisher House http://www. Please sign the online guestbook at

KGP&R Updates Last call to get your tickets for the one day trip to the Azalea Festival “International Tattoo Show” $129.00 pp. Sunday, April 27 , 2014 Includes dinner, show, Botanical Gardens & Tram Tour, and bus transportation. Departs from the Citizen Center. Deadline to sign up Feb. 28th

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND Homemade Spaghetti Sauce

Annual Tree Seedling & Rain Barrel Sale

On Saturday, April 5, from 9 a.m.Noon, the Tri-County/City Soil & Water Conservation Dist. will be holding their Annual Tree Seedling and Rain Barrel Sale. Species available are Lilac, Crape Myrtle, Eastern Redbud, American Plum, River Birch, Indigobush, Red Osier Dogwood, Eastern White Pine, Serviceberry and Kousa Dogwood. They’re also offering 60 gallon rain barrels for purchase. To place an order and reserve for pickup call 540656-2401 or 656-2402. Locations and descriptions can be found on the website at

made by the KGF&R Ladies Auxiliary using their “secret” tried and true recipe on March 15. Cost for this home-made goodness is: $8 A QUART. Pick up will be at the KG Middle School, no later than noon on the 15th. ORDER YOURS TODAY! They will sell out fast! Call: ELLEN JUNE CLIFT (540) 775-7540 or ELSIE FERRELL(540) 775-2685 Clean quart jars are needed. So when you call to order, let them know if you have jars to donate. Thanks! KGF&R Ladies Auxiliary

Potomac River fisheries Commission presents “A Water Quality Information Exchange for the Tidal Potomac River.” Scientists and staff from MD and VA will present the most recent water quality information for the tidal portion of the Potomac River, with an opportunity for fishermen and the general public to ask quesitons and share their observations of the river Thursday, Feb. 27 9 a.m.-noon Potomac River Fisheries Commission Bldg. 222 Taylor St. Colonial Beach, VA. Call 800-266-3904 or email prfc@ Immediately following will be the Potomac River oyster/clam Advisory committee at 1:30 p.m. Both meetings are open to the public. Items on the agenda will include, but may not be limited to: an oyster harvest report, update on 2013 fall oyster survey. & to develop recommendations for a management plan for Jones Shore. Wild bird rehabilitator to speak at March Audubon meeting The Northern Neck Chapter of the Audubon Society will host a program on baby bird identification and rehabilitation at its March 3, 2014 meeting at Grace Episcopal Church, 303 South Main Street, Kilmarnock, VA. The meeting begins at 7 p.m. The speaker will be Maureen Eiger, State and Federally Permitted Wild Bird Rehabilitator. She is a board member of the Wildlife Care Alliance and the Roanoke Valley Bird Club, and writes a column for The Roanoke Star. She has been taking care of various orphaned and injured birds for over 7 years. Eiger answers well over 100 phone call questions about birds every year. At the Northern Neck Audubon meeting, she will talk about how to identify baby birds in the nest, what to do if you find an orphaned or injured bird (including how to pack a baby bird for transport), and what field marks to look for to identify birds. She will share her knowledge of interesting characteristics of baby birds. After the main presentation, attendees can test their knowledge with a friendly bird quiz, and Eiger will answer any questions they may have about birds. Please bring a box of tissues or roll of paper towels to the meeting that she can use to help save baby birds. This program is open to the public, free of charge, and refreshments will be served. 25th Annual KG Home and Craft Show This weekend Saturday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. KGHS Free Parking Free Admittance

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Come out for an evening with former MLB catcher, Hank Foiles of the Pittsburg Pirates. 7 p.m. Colonial Beach Lodge, 500 Washington Ave. All are welcome. Sponsored by Wakefield Chapter #77, OES and Colonial Beach Lodge #199.

Friday, Feb. 28

Bowls for Books fundraising event for Smoot Library. 5:30-7:30 at Smoot Library. Chili dinner. Adults $10. $5 for children 5-12. Dinner sponsored by FOSL and will feature the KGMS Jazz Band. Riverboat in Colonial Beach to host a Dinner Dance fundraiser for CBES. Tickets $40 pp. 6 p.m.midnight. Scheduled to perform, The Hubcaps. (804) 224-7055.

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POLAR PLUNGE at Tim’s II in Fairview Beach. Proceeds to benefit the Lauren A. White Memorial Scholarship Fund. Contact Vic Mason, KG Clerk’s office to register or make your donation. The Oak Grove Fireman’s AYCE Breakfast will be held on 205 just off Rte. 3. from 7 a.m.- 11 a.m. $8 for adults 12 and under $5. Call (804)296-6588.

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25th Annual King George Home & Craft Show. Sponsored by the KG Builders’ Assn. and the Journal. The 2 day show has Free Admission and Free Parking. Ruritans will be serving spaghetti & bbq lunches. There will be something for everyone. Saturday 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sunday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

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The CBVFLA will have it’s regular Monthly meeting at the fire house on Monday, March 3rd at 6:30. Hope everyone can make it.

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NN Chapter 1823 of NARFE Assn. to meet 1 p.m. at Cobham Park Baptist Church, 120 Islington Road, Warsaw. Suzanne Tolson, a Critical Care EMT will speak on what to do before the rescue squad arrives.

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CB-VFDLA invites you to come out for a ham and cabbage dinner at the firehouse. 5-7 p.m. Eat in or carry-out. Adults $8 and children under 12 $4. Meal includes dinner, drink and dessert.

Cyber Safety Family Night The KG County Schools Technology Dept. will host its second annual Cyber Safety Family Night on March 6, 2014 from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. at King George Elementary School, 10381 Ridge Rd. King George, VA. The theme this year is Raising Responsible Digital Citizens. We invite all area families to attend to learn more about safe, secure, and responsible use of technology. The event with begin at 5 p.m. with breakfast for dinner prepared by the KGES food services staff. The meal will be followed by a brief introduction and three thirty minute breakout sessions where presenters from the school and community will offer information to help families stay safe online. We will provide childcare for children ages 0-5 and special sessions for elementary and middle school aged students. Please visit to register online or contact Jesse Ault at 540-775-3535 x3145.

Nat’l Wildlife Week March 17-23 National Wildlife Federation (NWF) will be showing kids the importance of water to all living things during the 76th annual National Wildlife Week, March 17-23. With a theme of “Wildlife and Water: From the Mountains to the Rivers to the Oceans,” NWF will help children and adults explore the important role that water plays in the lives of wildlife and people across the country. This year, NWF will highlight the critical impact that water resources have on wildlife by showcasing ways wildlife are connected to water. Marine mammals, birds, plants, fish, reptiles, amphibians, and invertebrates that help us to assess water quality will be among the species featured. National Wildlife Federation will provide resources for families, schools, individuals and organizations to participate in National Wildlife Week. These resources will include a poster, educational webinar, lesson plans, activities, event-planning tips, and a calendar of events. Past spokespeople of National Wildlife Week include Walt Disney, Shirley Temple, and Robert Redford. Learn more at National Wildlife Federation is America’s largest conservation organization, inspiring Americans to protect wildlife for our children’s future.


Basketball Showdown 5th ANNUAL “BEST OF THE BEST” BASKETBALL SHOWDOWN Thursday March 6 5:30 p.m. KING GEORGE HIGH SCHOOL Sponsored by KGHS PTSA Teams from all 5 schools will be competing. Concessions and Entertainment Come out and cheer for your school!! A portion of the proceeds will go towards scholarships for graduating Seniors! Yes, YOU can train to be a ham radio operator! If you’ve ever wanted to learn about amateur radio and earn your license, your time has come. The Rappahannock Valley Amateur Radio Club will offer its Spring Technician Class at the Red Cross Facility, 4836 Southpoint Parkway, near the I-95 Exit 126 in Massaponax. The course will begin Thurs. Feb. 27, and will run for nine weeks. Classes will be each Thursday from 7-9 p.m. The final session will be a test for the amateur Technician Class License. The course is FREE and the American Radio Relay League Ham Radio License Manual, the text for the course, will be available to students at cost. Students who pre-register, will find their manual waiting for them at the first class. To register or inquire about the course, send an email to w4shs@ The lead instructor will be Dr. Jack Cavanagh, KB4XF, assisted by other licensed members of the RVARC. The Rappahannock Valley Amateur Radio Club (RVARC) is a service club affiliated with the American Radio Relay League. ARRL is celebrating 100 years of “Advancing the Art and Science of Radio.” March 1 marks the first day of meteorological, or climatological, spring for the Northern Hemisphere.

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Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014

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Steven Besaw back in King George circuit court on new charges Steven Besaw, convicted two years ago of 10 charges in connection with the brutal treatment of his wife, was back in King George Circuit Court last week, facing 12 additional child pornography charges related to his earlier crimes.   Last Friday, Judge J. Martin Bass continued Besaw’s appearance on the new charges until May 6, and ordered the defendant to undergo competency and psychological evaluations before the new case against him could proceed. Besaw, a King George resident, is currently serving 115 years in prison after pleading guilty in September of 2012 to felony charges of unlawful wounding, forcible sodomy, object sexual penetration, abduction and malicious wounding.

At the time of his conviction, Besaw received sentences totaling 135 years on the charges, but Judge Bass suspended 20 years of the sentence after ordering the defendant to remain on good behavior for life. If he is convicted on any of the new charges, Bass could order Besaw to serve the full term of the original sentence, in addition to sentencing him to additional time for any new convictions. In addition to good behavior, Bass has ordered Besaw to register with Virginia State Police as a sex offender, have no contact of any kind with his former wife and allow state officials to obtain a sample of his blood for DNA analysis. Besaw will remain incarcerated while the new charges against him proceed. — Richard Leggitt

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A gentleman from the lower Northern Neck found this Japanese tea service packed away in his barn.  It includes the teapot, lidded sugar, creamer, six cups and saucers and six dessert plates.  All of the pieces are in excellent condition, and most are marked with a stylized leaf design on the bottom, Henry Lane with “Made in Japan.” Hull This service dates from the interwar years, and is typical of the time when Japanese factories copied other countries’ production.  Initially, these pieces resemble the gold finished wares of the Pickard firm founded in 1894 by Wilder Austin Pickard in Wisconsin, and later moved to Illinois.  Pickard specialized in a rusticated gold finish on some of its finest pieces.  Pickard, which still produces fine china, originally specialized in dessert sets. 

The firm is still in business, and provides china for the United States Department of State for use in our embassies abroad.   Another giveaway as to the programed market is the Made in Japan marking, which denotes that the set was intended for export to the United States.  The factory that produced this service was going into headlong competition with Pickard, producing similar pieces at a lower price.  The goal was to be able to undersell Pickard with china that cost less, but was virtually indistinguishable from that made in America.  It was a marketing ploy, and it worked, although

DEQ: Groundwater uses From page 1 Spotsylvania, Stafford, Fairfax, and Prince William. MARCH 5 DEQ WORKSHOP The information session will provide existing users the opportunity to sit down with a permit writer and to discuss specific questions in regard to the applicant’s water withdrawal application and provide assistance with the application package. This is a good chance get questions answered and obtain additional information about the program, the regulations and the requirements in the permitting process.

There are about 30-40 such existing users in the county identified by DEQ, including the county’s water systems and those with large community wells, along with some agricultural users and businesses. PERMIT APPLICATION DEADLINE JUNE 30 The identified large water withdrawers must complete and submit an application to the state by June 30, 2014. The permits are valid for ten years. The cost of the permit fee is free for agricultural withdrawals. It costs $1,200 for an initial permit for existing withdrawal based solely on historic withdrawals. The fee is $6,000 for new or expanded users of groundwater in excess of 300,000 gallons per month. It has been documented that the depth of Virginia aquifers is dropping in the areas where permits are now being required. The purpose of the permit requirement is to conserve and protect the utilization of state’s groundwater. It has been determined that continued unrestricted usage of groundwater is contributing to pollution and shortage of groundwater.

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sophisticated buyers often were willing to pay the extra price for genuine Pickard. This service is attractive, and makes an interesting commentary on that period before Pearl Harbor, when Japan was a trading partner with the United States.  It is worth $250.  Possibly the set originally included more pieces, which might be available through an exchange such as Replacements, Ltd. in Greensboro, N.C. Whoever packed this set in the barn, knew that it was of good quality, and merited saving.          Happy Antiquing!

Tech: Internet options From page 1 Among other things, the existing ordinance requires a special exception permit and a substantial fee, along with submission of various plans to the county, with review by the Planning Commission and action by the Board of Supervisors. Robertson told the Board that as such the current ordinance makes it cumbersome and costly for some internet service providers interested in doing business in the county to work here. There is at least one such company interested in providing internet service by installing a series of 100 150-foot monopoles to run from their trunk line into underserved neighborhoods. Such poles may need regulation, but should not be defined as telecommunication towers as currently. Supervisor Chairman Joe Grzeika agreed with Robertson’s analysis, thanking him for his comments and saying, “Mr. Robertson, you are on target that the telecommunication ordinance is for cell towers, we will take a look at that.” Grzeika asked his colleagues on the board to come prepared to nominate members to the new Technology committee at the board meeting next Tuesday, March 4.

Business: March meeting From page 1 provided by Chik-fil-A. That will be followed by opening remarks from King George Board of Supervisors Chairman Joe Grzeika. Thomas is next slated to make introductory remarks and introduce Parnell. Parnell will provide a presentation on services and assistance available from her office to small business and those thinking of starting a business. Her presentation is expected to be followed by questions and comments from participants. QUARTERLY BREAKFASTS This is the second quarterly breakfast organized by Thomas, following on one this past November, also hosted by county’s Department of Economic Development along with the Department of Parks and Recreation. That first meeting focused on the tourism industry with ideas put forward on how the county can best support tourism in King George. That inaugural breakfast meeting drew over 40 people, with enthusiastic

feedback and suggestions from attendees. ABOUT THOMAS Linwood Thomas was hired by King George County Administrator Travis Quesenberry last September, to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of former director Nicole Thompson, who left the area to take a position in Colorado.  Thomas previously worked for five years with the Fredericksburg Regional Alliance (FRA), as Director of Marketing & Global Business Development. FRA is a public/private economic development marketing partnership that serves Planning District 16, which includes King George, along with Caroline, Spotsylvania, Stafford and Fredericksburg. Prior to his position with FRA, Thomas was a senior loan consultant with SunTrust Bank for several years, after earning his Bachelor’s degree in Public Relations from George Mason University in 2002. Thomas grew up in the region and is a Stafford native. — Phyllis Cook

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Foxes fight to the bitter end Leonard Banks Sports editor In the past two seasons, the Foxes girls’ basketball team (3-7, 7-15) has made tremendous strides towards becoming a formidable foe in the 4A North Conference 22 district. Although Chancellor (65-40) defeated the Foxes in the semi-finals, they can feel proud in knowing that the 20132014 season legacy will be remembered as a season filled with success. The Chargers eventually clobbered Courtland in the championship game, 81-31. After suffering a number of setbacks, including a heartbreaking buzzer-beating loss to second-seed Courtland, and weather scheduling issues, the Foxes have had a mountain to climb. However, the Foxes, under Butler, have built a solid foundation, featuring young players with the tools to make a difference next season. Actually, their most recent tourna-

ment win over Eastern View (61-49), is a huge step in the right direction. Thrilled with his team’s effort, Foxes varsity head coach Jeff Butler said, “The Conference 22 tournament was a very positive conclusion to our season. Eastern View had ended our season each of the last two years in the first round of the Battlefield Tournament, so beating them in the Conference 22 quarterfinals was a really good accomplishment for our girls.   Then we went into a hostile environment at Chancellor the very next night with no rest, and put forth an effort that we could be proud of.  Even though we fell short of beating Chancellor, I think the girls were able to learn something about themselves in the conference tournament that bodes well for next year.” The Foxes will lose Rebecca Leonard, Christian Porter and Kristin Vann to graduation. Eastern View game After an early 9-2 Cyclone lead,

the Foxes rallied back with scores from Kanysha Reynolds, Jada Saxon, Porter, Megan Montague and Leonard to tie the game at 17-17. In the second quarter, the Foxes shifted into fourth gear and never looked back. For two and a half minutes, the Foxes shut down the Cyclones’ offense while delivering a 10-0 run. Trailing 27-17, the Cyclones managed to score an additional six points. However, their efforts proved futile, when compared to an onslaught of fast breaks and long 3-pointers, that ended with a 44-23 King George lead at halftime. The second half was reminiscent of the first, as they used their press to force turnovers that led to fast break outlet scores. Fox forward, McKayla Perrotte, added seven points to the team’s third-quarter efforts. In spite of an 18-point fourth quarter effort, the Cyclones were not able to pose a serious threat to the Foxes’ eventual 61-49 win.

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Although their season is over, the Foxes girls varsity basketball program will be remembered as a consummate team of warriors, who never gave up.

King George Foxes wrestling sets new standard Jeff Kraisser On Saturday, at the Salem Civic Center in Salem, the King George High School wrestling program established a new standard in school history. Thanks to the performances of Foxes Kolin Johnson and Jacob Tucker, KGHS had its highest team finish in its history – 13th. A and AA State competitions have been held in Salem’s Civic Center for over two decades – this year’s 1A-4A States were also there.  (‘A’ became ‘1A’ and ‘2A’, while ‘AA’ became ‘3A’ and ‘4A’ – however, four State champions were determined there, instead of two; and Virginia has six State champions this year, instead of three.) At 120 pounds, freshman Johnson (49-4 record with 40 wins by pin) started the tournament off with a pin over Harrell from Tabb.  Earlier this year, Harrell beat Aldiva from Eastern View – Aldiva had handed Johnson his first loss of the season during the Conference 22 Duals.  After taking down Harrell, Johnson was reversed and gave up two back points, but returned the favor, reversing Harrell and earning three points for his near-fall – Johnson was up 7-4 after the first period.  In the second, Johnson chose bottom, got the reversal, and put Harrell on his back for good, earning the pin in

3:10. At 170 pounds, senior Tucker (535 record with 25 wins by pin and 143 career wins) won his opening match 8-5 over Willis from Phoebus.  After giving up the first takedown, Jacob fought through Willis’ locked hands to earn a reversal – 3-2 at the end of the first period.  Choosing bottom, Tucker escaped and took Willis down; Willis escaped, but Jacob took him down again to end the second period, leading 8-3.  After riding Willis for much of the third period, Jacob gave up a reversal, but held on for the victory, 8-5. In the semifinal round, Johnson got his rematch with Aldiva and won with another pin.  Aldiva got a quick takedown and rode Johnson for much of the first. However, Johnson was able to reverse him near the end of the period to even things up, 2-2.  Again, Johnson chose bottom in the second, and was able to reverse Aldiva and put him on his back, earning the pin just 27 seconds into the period, for a fall time of 2:33. Jacob faced eventual State champion, Garlow, from Smithfield.  Garlow earned the pin over Jacob in the second period (and also pinned 4A North’s champion in the first period in the finals.)  Garlow took Jacob down, and Jacob continued to fight hard from the bottom;

eventually earning an escape, but, Garlow was able to take him down again to end the first with a 4-1 lead.  Choosing bottom in the second, Jacob was unable to escape this time and was pinned at 2:27. Moving on to the consolation semifinals, Jacob wrestled a solid match against Nkamanyang, to shut him out 4-0.  No takedowns were earned in the match, and Tucker was able to escape Nkamanyang in the second.  Leading 1-0 going into the third, Tucker turned Knamanyang for a three-point near-fall. In the consolation finals, Tucker faced Sharp from Millbrook, who he had beaten 7-2, last week in the Region 4A North tournament.  In the rematch, Tucker again came out on top with a 9-3 victory.  While giving up the first takedown, Tucker was able to escape to end period one, trailing 1-2.  In the second, Tucker escaped, took Sharp down, and put him on his back for a three-point near-fall, as time expired.  Sharp chose neutral in the third, as he was trailing 2-7.  Tucker took him down again, but was having trouble turning him again; towards the end, he let Sharp free for the escape.  Tucker nearly took him down one more time, but time expired. Tucker, placed third in the inaugural Class 4A State Championships.

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In the finals match, Johnson faced off against Quezada from John Handley, to whom he’d lost 0-2 in last week’s final in the Region 4A North tournament.  Johnson got off to a great start with a takedown and two-point near-fall.  Leading 4-0, he chose neutral, but this time, was taken down by Quezada.  For the third period, they once again faced off on their feet, and Quezada got another takedown; this time, he put Johnson on his back for a twopoint near-fall.  Just like last week, neither wrestler was able to escape the grasp of the top man, and as time was expiring, Johnson tried a risky roll that resulted in two more back points for Quezada. Kolin Johnson took second place finish in the inaugural Class 4A State Championships.

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Lady Drifters extinguish Lancaster Red Devils 1A East Conference 43 girls’s basketball semi-final memories: Leonard Banks Sports editor Prior to the Drifters girls’ varsity (18-1) championship victory over Northumberland, they were busy with another battle in the form of Lancaster. The Wednesday night 1A East Conference 43 semifinals game was nothing short of interesting, as both teams delivered their own brand of physical performances. The fourth-seeded Red Devils had the luxury of having the home court, and the history of playing Colonial Beach three times during the season. However, none of that mattered, as the Drifters entered the contest hungrier than ever. Whether it was Deniya Newman compiling 16 points, including three

3-pointers; most of which were scored in the post, or Sydni Carey’s constant penetration, the Drifters took care of business without the benefit of a lower seed upset. In the end, the Drifters defeated Lancaster, 55-38. Lancaster forward Treanae Henderson led all Red Devil scoring with 12 points. Less than 20 seconds into the game, Newman’s 3-pointer set the tone for the rest of the game. Although Sharda Bean paced the Red Devils with several assists and two points to keep the Red Devils close, the Drifters’ defense suffocated Lancaster with forced turnovers that eventually led to a 15-11 Colonial Beach lead. With less than two minutes to play in the second quarter, Lancaster rallied from a four-point deficit to take a 20-19 lead. The Red Devils managed to score 80% of their foul shots, while closing the half out with a long-range jumper from Diamond Taylor, for a 27-25 lead.

The Drifters made some subtle adjustments in the third quarter. Undaunted by the Red Devils’ aggressive style, Carey took control of the game’s tempo by slowly picking apart the Red Devils’ defense. Midway into the quarter, Carey’s two foul shots put the Drifters ahead, 30-29. Kora Herrod also posted two back-to-back jumpers to extend the Drifters’ lead to 34-29, while Amber Jones and Emily Parks closed out the quarter with a 4-2 run. Within the first 30 seconds of the fourth quarter, Newman and Parks scored two consecutive 3-pointers to quiet a raucous Red Devil audience, while shutting down any hopes of a Lancaster rally. Whether it was an assist to Alexia Wilson, or a steal that would lead to a fast break score, Newman and Parks continued to haunt the Red Devils throughout the quarter. After Kenzie Cox scored the final foul shot, with seconds left on the clock, the entire Drifter fan corps stood up to clap and celebrate the moment.

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Chancellor Chargers defeat KG Foxes boys in Conference 22 Championship Teri Priebe

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In spite of the championship loss, the Foxes were the only team within Conference 22 to defeat Chancellor this season.

King George High School boys basketball team’s nine-game winning streak came to end on Saturday as they were defeated by Chancellor High School, 48-64, in the first ever Conference 22 Championship. Both teams advanced to Regional play; the Foxes travel to Loudoun County on Tuesday evening. The Foxes (15-8) split a pair of regular season games with the Chargers, who have been defeated just four times this season and were top-ranked in the Conference. The third meeting of the rivals had a slow start for both teams--missed shots, turnovers and fouls. Mid-way through the first quarter both teams had only posted one basket each. Then Chancellor went on a 7-2 run, including a steal and fast break layup. King George came back with two straight buckets sandwiched around the Foxes’ Anthony Howard taking a charge, closing the gap to just one point.

The Chargers hit two 3-pointers to finish the quarter, taking the lead by five, the closest King George would be for rest of the game. Chancellor’s full court press took a toll on the King George ball-handlers, slowing the Foxes down from their usual up-tempo game. Chancellor extended their lead by halftime to 31-19, with the game still within reach for the Foxes. But it wasn’t meant to be. Chancellor went into a well-executed stall offense early in the second half. That teamed with Chancellors’ full court press proved to be too much for the Foxes. Give King George credit though as they never gave up trying to get back within reach of the title. The Foxes’ De-Quan Whiting scored a game-high 15 points while Howard posted a double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds. Following the game, Howard was named Conference 22 Co-Player of the Year along with Chancellor’s Josh James.

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KGYAA registration news Staff Reports Continuing preparations for their rapidly approaching spring 2014 flag football campaign, the King George Youth Athletic Association (KGYAA) reports that they are coordinating an “extra” registration session this upcoming weekend. Because of recent weather conditions and an extremely high number of flag football and cheerleading registrations received last weekend, the KGYAA is looking to be at King George Elementary School this Saturday, March 1, between the hours of 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. It should be noted that in addition to hosting an “extra” session, the association is also endeavoring to add an “extra” hour to the event in the hopes of providing local families the greatest possible opportunity to register for participation. In terms of the number of participating families already registered, there is every indication that the KGYAA spring flag football program remains fairly popular. The association is currently projected

to field in excess of 20 teams once again. Speaking of teams, after this Saturday’s registration session concludes, the KGYAA will move quickly in organizing teams throughout its fielded divisions, approving and assigning coaches to lead these teams, finalizing its cheerleading squads, and otherwise preparing for the beginning of its 13th overall season of local King George football. As a community-based organization committed to fostering a family-friendly environment in which boys and girls can compete and have fun, the KGYAA employs an “open enrollment” approach with respect to registration. This is to say that all aspiring football and cheerleading participants are welcome, regardless of skill or experience. And the association does all it can to ensure that those in the community who wish to participate are given every opportunity to do so. For more information on the KGYAA and it spring programs, visit

Foxes over Falcons Leonard Banks Sports editor King George High School senior Sam Sharpe is the quiet, sixfoot, 190-pound intangible that has flown under the radar for the past five years. Whether it was contributing to the recent history of middle school and junior varsity championships, or the recent success of the Foxes varsity basketball team (nine consecutive wins), Sharpe has always been a factor in his team’s success. After contributing 18 points and five rebounds in the 51-39 win over the visiting Fauquier Falcons, during the semi-final game of the 4A North Conference Championship, Sharpe will no longer live in the shadows of his standout teammates. Fauquier vs. King George On Friday, at KGHS, during first quarter action, it appeared that the Foxes had their hands full against Fauquier High School (5-4, 12-9). Combined with Anthony Howard opening the game with a 3-pointer, and Eain Chase adding a fast break lay-up, the Foxes were ahead 5-0

within the first minute and a half of play. However, the Falcons fought back with a Jay Roberts 3-pointer and a jumper by Jeremiah Blackwell, to tie the game at 5-5. Moments later, after another tie at 7-7, the Foxes took the lead (10-7), when Sharpe scored a 3-pointer. Elijah Barbour took a page out of Sharpe’s book of long-range scores to nail a 3-pointer at the buzzer that tied the game at 10-10, going into the second quarter. During the second quarter, both teams exchanged leads and ties three times, before Howard scored one out of two foul shots, to give King George a 24-23 lead going into halftime. In the third quarter, the Foxes appeared to have found their rhythm, as De’Quan Whiting destroyed the Falcons’ offense with a series of assists that exposed holes in the Falcons’ defense. Sharpe nailed two foul shots to close out the quarter with a 35-28 lead. In the final quarter, the Falcons managed to add an additional 11 points to their total, while the Foxes matched their efforts as they continued to extend their lead. During the quarter, Sharpe scored 10 points.

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The Foxes boys’ indoor track & field team are all smiles as they celebrate their runner-up finish at the 4A North Regional Track & Field Championship.

Foxes boys indoor T&F soar at Group 4A North Regional Championship Leonard Banks Sports editor On Saturday, at the VHSL Group 4A North Regional Track & Field Championship, at Liberty University, in Lynchburg, the Foxes boys indoor track & field team stepped up to finish second, behind tournament host, E.C. Glass. Senior Davion Hutt became this year’s regional champion in the 55-meter dash with a time of 6.48. As for the Foxes girls, they finished sixth out of 20 schools. However, a number of Lady Foxes finished with solid performances, including Senior Brittany Williams, who placed third in the 500-meters dash, and set the school record with a time of 1:20.51. All six Foxes girls and boys relay teams qualified for the upcom-

ing state championships (Feb. 28 – March 1); however, an odd occurrence involving a collision between a runner and a track official nearly cost the Foxes boys second place. The 4x400-meter race was rerun with Ezugo Argulo running the lone leg, and as fate would have it, the Foxes boys finished third. If the boys had not defeated sixth place Amherst in the event, they would have dropped to third place as a team. After making a full recovery from an auto accident, Jonathan Graham finished second in the pole vault with a vault of 13’6”. According to Foxes indoor track & field head coach, Rudy Pekarek, Graham and Hutt are the school’s best chance to medal in the state championship. Twenty-seven boys and girls from King George have qualified to

compete at the state championship. Over 9,500 athletes from all over the state are scheduled to compete for the rare opportunity to qualify for All-State. Top Foxes girls’ finishers included: Brittany Williams, 500-meters, 3rd, 1:20.51; Miranda Green, 1000-meters, 5th, 3:11.05; Miranda Green, 1600-meters, 3rd, 5:17.71; Kristen Hornbaker, 3200-meters, 12:16.45; Elizabeth Hill, 55-meter hurdles, 6th, 9.29; 4x200-meter relay, 4th, 1:51.36; 4x400-meter relay, 2nd, 4:13.67; 4x800-meter relay, 2nd, 10:01.02; Heidi Colwell, pole vault, 3rd, 9’. Top Foxes boys’ finishers included: Davion Hutt, 55-meter dash, 1st, 6.48; Davion Hutt, 300-meter dash, 6th, 37.79; Ezugo Argulo, 500-meter dash, 3rd, 1:08.40; Jacob Watson, 3200-meters run, 3, 10:03.34; Earl

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It’s time to raise the minimum wage America’s minimum wage dates back to the passage of the Fair Labor Standards Act in 1938. The idea behind this New Deal legislation was to set a floor to how low wages could go. It was nothing more than that. At the time, it was hotly debated. Those opposed to it said that it represented too much of an David S. Kerr intrusion into the functioning of the domestic economy and if implemented would raise labor costs and force companies to lay off workers. These are still the arguments the opponents of raising the minimum wage still use today. Sadly, they’re just as weak and unkind to those just getting by as they were 76 years ago. America’s minimum wage was last raised in 2009 to $7.25 an hour. That’s

Letter to the Editor Dear Editor Another Sunday comes, and as I drive by the LE Smoot Memorial Library in the middle of the afternoon, the parking lot deserted indicating that I still cannot encourage my students to use this vital resource in our community for their outside of class assignments and homework. When will Sunday hours return to the LE Smoot Memorial Library? Why expand the building and resources if you can’t expand the opportunity for use?” Dee Strauss King George

To all residents of King George: If you feel the library needs to be open on Sundays, please let us know here at The Journal, let your supervisor know or let the library know directly. We were told funding was short to open on Sunday. Maybe they should rethink their schedule, and close a weekday, not a Sunday. What do you think? Lori Deem


substantially below the nation’s average hourly wage rate and as inflation has cut away at its buying power, many making this amount have fallen into poverty. Others, even with two earners making the minimum wage, often just barely make enough to stay above the poverty level. That’s why the President and a number of Congressmen and Senators, mostly Democrats, but also including some Republicans, would like to see it raised to $10.10. In the United States 27.2 million people are paid at or below the minimum wage. Many opponents have argued that this primarily represents young or entry level workers. This argument, which to hear some members of Congress discussing it assumes everyone making the minimum wage is a high school student working at a fast food restaurant, is wrong from the start. The average age of a person making minimum wage is 35 and is pretty much evenly split between men and women. Doesn’t sound like kids with after school jobs

to me. A commonly repeated argument against increasing the minimum wage is that it will force companies, because of higher labor costs, to lay off workers. While, historically there has occasionally, though not always, been a slight dip in minimum wage employment after the rate has been increased, it never lasts more than a few months and is quickly made up. The economic data is sound, but this argument never quite seems to die. In Virginia, though the bill won’t get very far, Democrats in the House of Delegates have been championing an increase in the state minimum wage to $8.25. It won’t pass. The General Assembly, with the lopsided GOP majority in the House, just isn’t interested, but with 6.8% of the Commonwealth’s workforce making at or below minimum wage it’s a noble effort. One thing many opponents to paying minimum wage forget as they espouse their desire to avoid interfering with industry is that when

the minimum wage falls too low the workers end up having to apply for government assistance. In a sense, this means that state and federal governments are subsidizing the prevailing low wage rates. If the minimum wage were raised, 4.8 million Americans would rise above the poverty level and reduce their dependence on government programs. As a taxpayer that has a distinct appeal and makes me question why so many in the Republican Party are so opposed to raising the minimum wage. Maybe if they considered the issue a bit more they might change their minds. After all, should this really be a partisan issue? The minimum wage is designed to be a floor that gives the lowest earning workers a break. It makes good economic sense, there are few downsides, and from a compassionate perspective, it’s the right thing to do. —Reach David Kerr at

Plan now for warmer days Abundant sunshine, higher temperatures and longer days make spring the perfect time to get outside and enjoy the great outdoors. Local parks may offer a slew of outdoor recreational activities to members of the community each spring, and there are bound to be a few seasonal offerings that focus on outdoor fitness. Taking your workout outdoors is a great way to enjoy pleasant weather and stay fit at the same time. In addition to exercise routines done at the gym, explore the following energizing outdoor activities to burn calories and soak up some springtime sun at the same time. • Hiking A nearby park or wildlife preserve that features walking trails is a good place to begin an outdoor workout. Some parks build exercise stations into their hiking paths, enabling visitors to vary their workouts along the way. Signs may also point out particular exercises that can be done during the hike, such as lunges or squats. Hiking is a good cardiovascular workout that is particularly beneficial when done on varied terrain. Mixing uphill and downhill portions of the trail with level ones will work the various muscles in the legs and also provide greater resistance to get the heart pumping. Hiking yoga is a new fitness trend that melds the classic poses of yoga

with the cardiovascular workout of hiking. Hikers can break up their workouts at various points by getting into yoga poses. By doing so, it’s possible to burn twice the amount of calories one would in a standard yoga session. There’s also the added benefit of being outdoors, which can boost your mood. • Outdoor sports Rev up the heart and cardiovascular system with sports you can play in the great outdoors. Eschew indoor racquetball for a game on an outdoor court. It’s easy to break a sweat and enjoy a good workout when a game of hoops is taken outdoors. Many parks include basketball courts where a few players can square off against one another. Pickup football or baseball is another way to enjoy physical activity outdoors, especially for those who may not be gym hounds. Both sports provide a cardiovascular workout while building muscle. When players are engrossed in the game, they may not realize they’re having fun and getting fit at the same time. • Cycling Major cities across the United States, including New York, Denver, Washington, D.C. and Minneapolis, now boast bike-sharing programs. Calories burned while biking vary depending on the length and intensity of a ride, but cycling is often

great exercise. Cycling is not only for city streets. Explore the various “rails to trails” programs that criss-cross the country. Defunct railway lines have been turned into walking and biking paths. Some hug coastal areas and feature impressive views. Especially adventurous riders can hop on a mountain bike and take to the hills. • Jungle gym and parks workout Use items in the park to tailor a complete workout. Park benches can serve as a workout bench where athletes can do push-ups, triceps dips and step-up exercises. Stretch on a jungle gym or use monkey bars to fit in some pull-ups. Some parks have their own fitness zones with exercise equipment built into the design. Hop onto a rowing machine or a hydraulic-based elliptical free of cost. Spring is a time when many people renew their love affair with the great outdoors and take advantage of all the outdoor events and activities at their disposal. Exercising outdoors is one way to soak up some sun while enjoying some fresh air and getting healthier. Note: King George has places for everyone to exercise outside. There’s no time like the present to start making plans for the coming warm days. There are parks, trails, playgrounds and more. Something for the entire family.

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Have been going through the hundreds of emails that flood the news@ mailbox. One that particularly caught my eye this week was one about a Bailey’s Law” that is coming up for a vote. This law, would require pet shops and other pet sellers, to provide a certificate of origin, or information regarding the source location of an animal. There is a law banning the so called puppy mills here in VA. But, there is nothing to stop a pet seller from getting their stock from a puppy mill outside of the Old Dominion, and nothing that makes them tell a buyer where the animal came from. Reputable pet sellers have no problem providing back ground information on a pet. After all, their personal reputation is at hand. But a chain store, or disreputable seller can afford to “eat the loss” of a repeat buyer if that buyer got a “lemon” of a pet. We all know the importance of having background information on anything we bring into our home. Many of us are continually looking at labels to see where the item was made or produced. Some are choos-

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ing to avoid purchasing particular items from certain nations or countries. Others just want to stay with Made in the USA product. The same can be said for pet purchases. Most of the animals sold for pets are definitely made in the USA. That’s not the problem. We need to be sure the animals are not from a puppy mill or irresponsible breeder. We need to know the animal’s background. By passing these laws like the Bailey’s Law, perhaps we can reduce the number of mistreated or ill treated animals, stop the overbreeding/inbreeding and keep healthy pets on the market. Remember, there’s always the shelter or rescue groups to find a pet. Reach Lori Deem at



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Crouch denied bond while appealing conviction in cemetery fraud case Robert Crouch, who was sentenced to five years in prison, fined $35,000 and ordered to pay more than $84,000 in restitution for defrauding customers of the former Meadow-Brooke Memorial Gardens Cemetery in King George, will remain in jail while his case is being reviewed by the Virginia Court of Appeals. Crouch, 47, of King George, was convicted in a King George Circuit Court last year on nine counts of failure to deposit in the proper trust account, and five counts of receiving

money by false pretenses. The jury convicting him recommended the sentences handed down by Circuit Court Judge Martin Bass. Crouch appealed his convictions and was granted a hearing by the Virginia Court of Appeals.  In King George Circuit Court last Friday, Crouch sought to be released on bond while the appeal is pending. Commonwealth’s Attorney Keri Gusmann forcefully opposed Crouch’s bond request.   Crouch’s attorney, Christopher Reyes

of the public defenders office, told Judge Bass that the Commonwealth had not proven “the essential element� in the Crouch case- the charges of obtaining money by false pretenses. Reyes argued that Crouch could legally take money from the cemetery and transfer it to his other businesses. Gusmann said Crouch’s actions amounted to a classic “shell game� and were an obvious attempt to defraud cemetery customers. Reyes also told Judge Bass that Crouch had not actually violated the

law, citing a case decided in 1998, Rooney v. Commonwealth. The Rooney case had similar facts to the Crouch case, but Rooney was found guilty of embezzlement. Gusmann successfully argued that Crouch was found guilty of obtaining money by false pretenses, a different crime, and that different crimes have different elements of the offense.  In addition, Gusmann argued that the law was changed in 2005, and that Rooney was no longer valid law. Judge Bass ruled for the Common-

wealth and ordered Crouch to remain in custody while his appeal is being considered. The Virginia Court of Appeals’ decision to hear the appeal means the issue will be debated further in a full appeals hearing next Spring. After Friday’s bond hearing, Gusmann said, “The jury spoke loud and clear when they sentenced Crouch to five years. The only way to protect the community from a predator is incarceration.� “Crouch preyed on this community,� Gusmann said. “The denial of bond

today means he will not get the opportunity to further prey on our community during the time it takes the Court of Appeals to hear his appeal.�   Crouch was found guilty last year by a King George Circuit Court jury that listened to over 35 witnesses and reviewed 40 pieces of evidence. With his request for bond denied by Judge Bass, Crouch will remain incarcerated at the Rappahannock Regional Jail in Stafford County while his appeal is being considered. —Richard Leggett

The Nation’s Revolution began in Westmoreland County 248 years ago On Feb. 27, 1766, facing the onerous burden of the Stamp Act, Richard Henry Lee and Francis Lightfoot Lee of Stratford Hall rallied 115 men from Westmoreland County and surrounding counties to Leedstown on the banks of the Rappahannock River to launch a protest that would become the foundation for the Declaration of Independence ten years later. The document they signed that day, the Leedstown Resolves, threatened

“danger and disgrace� to anyone who paid the stamp tax. The Leedstown Resolution was one of the first deliberate acts of sedition against King George III, and one that placed the Lees and the state of Virginia at the forefront of the coming revolution. On Feb. 27, 2014, the Northern Neck of Virginia Historical Society will host a commemoration of the 1766 Leedstown Resolutions at Menokin’s Martin Kirwan King Center in

Warsaw. The event will begin at 10 a.m. The guest speaker will be Bill Horn, an educator and historical authority. Horn will lead a discussion of about Richard Henry Lee and Francis Lightfoot Lee. Richard Henry Lee was the author of the Leedstown Resolutions, and he and his brother, Francis Lightfoot Lee, were signers of both the Leedstown Resolves and the Declaration of Independence. In 1765, the British Parliament

had imposed a Stamp Act that required many materials in the American colonies to carry an embossed revenue stamp to offset expenses of the British troops stationed along the American frontier. Forceful and fiery patriots, Richard Henry Lee exhorted the concerned and apprehensive Virginia planters and farmers who showed up at Leedstown to stand up against the crown and its taxes. The actions tak-

UMW offers class credit to veterans & active duty military Veterans in King George and Westmoreland counties and active military personnel serving at the Naval Support Facility in Dahlgren will be able to get college credit for the skills they have acquired in the Service as a result of a new policy proposed by the University of Mary Washington (UMW). The UMW proposal, which is in response to legislation enacted by the Virginia General Assembly three years ago directing state colleges and universities to offer incentives to veterans and military personnel, will begin on July 1, pending approval by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia. John Morello, UMW Associate Provost for Academic Affairs, said, “The Virginia

Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2011 established a goal of conferring approximately 100,000 additional undergraduate degrees by 2025. One strategy for meeting this goal is to increase degree completion by non-traditional students, a category that often includes military-related students.� Morello said all UMW military-related students, including those at UMW’s Dahlgren campus, would receive the same benefits, regardless of where they take courses. The new proposal is likely to be very popular with personnel at the Dahlgren Navy Base and the many veterans in King George and Westmoreland. The new class credit proposal means UMW students

change bases or assignments. Those students can learn remotely, as long as those credit hours don’t exceed the transfer credit limit. Morello said he is hopeful the new proposal will increase the number of military-related students at UMW. Many who serve in the military took in-depth courses, such as computer programming, which would be relevant to their education at UMW. “ I do not know if other states are taking action of this sort,� Morello said.   “I do know that Governor McDonnell’s Executive Order 29 articulated a goal of making Virginia the nation’s most veteran-friendly state.� The new UMW proposal is a giant step in that direction. —Richard Leggett

can receive up to eight class credits, which is the most any student can count toward a UMW degree. Military-related personnel can also receive credit for military training courses, such as their occupational specialty, at a maximum of 30 credits. In addition to the new class credit proposal, UMW is also adopting new policies that will offer veterans and military personnel priority registration, allowing them to register for classes before regular course selection by other students. The University currently has a residency requirement, requiring a large portion of classwork must be done on campus. Morello said UMW is waiving that for military students, who may have to

en that day by Lee, his brother and the others, including four brothers of George Washington, are considered the beginning of America’s fight for freedom. An original signed copy of the Resolutions, written in Richard Henry Lee’s handwriting, is held at the Virginia Historical Society in Richmond, VA, and the text of the Resolutions is displayed on a marble plaque at the Westmoreland Court-

house in Montross. The Westmoreland County site of the signing of the resolutions, Leedstown, in 1766, was a busy Virginia port. There was a steady stream of vessels moving up and down the Rappahannock River, carrying goods and supplies to and from the colonies. Nearby, there was a ferry across the river connecting Westmoreland County to Essex County.   —Richard Leggett

Clinic launches effort to purchase a state-of-the-art X-Ray machine Dr Dean, Dr. Canizares and Theresa Gauvin RN of the Community Care clinic have launched a Fundraiser to purchase a DEL Medical RT100, a state of the art X-ray machine and fund ancillary services for an X-ray department. A donor is bearing 30% of the retail cost if the clinic can raise the remaining cost. Currently King George lacks x-ray services. Dr. Dean, Community Care Clinic Medical Director explained that “By having this caliber of equipment on site it allows us to immediately diagnose a fine line fracture or lung disease rather then sending a patient in pain 25 miles down the road, only to face more wait time. We would splint a fracture which in many cases allows the patient to make an appointment with the orthopedic surgeon as opposed to going to the ER and waiting.�

“With this machine we can easily splint and cast in our orthopedic room provided by ProHealth Services, LLC� added Theresa Gauvin, RN. Individuals who would like to donate may do so directly at the Community Care Clinic office at 11131 Journal Parkway, , the Community Bank of the Chesapeake in Dahlgren or the offices of The Journal. Donations to the purchase of the x-ray machine and other vital functions of the community clinic of even five dollars are greatly appreciated. The Community Care Clinic is a 501(c)(3) notfor-profit and all donations are tax-deductible. Next week The Journal will run a feature of all supporting businesses. Don’t miss your chance to provide a critical and very beneficial medical tool to our community!!

Classifieds HELP WANTED Part Time Office Cleaning Position; Monday through Friday 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm in Dahlgren. Must have clear results on background check with NO CRIMINAL record. Must be a U.S. Citizen. Must be 18 or older. Please contact B&B Maintenance of Maryland Inc. at 301769-2300, or preferably email application requests and questions to: 2/26p Rouse Farming, Inc. in Seven Springs, NC is hiring 6 temporary Farm workers from 03/24/201412/15/2014: 40 hrs/ week. Worker will plant, cultivate, and harvest tobacco by hand. Worker will plant tobacco plugs using tobacco transplanter

machine. Chops weeds between plants using hand tools such as hoes and shovels. Worker will top and sucker tobacco to remove tobacco flowers. Harvest workers may move along rows and break off ripe leaves of tobacco, place on trailer, and move in unison with the field vehicle. Workers are required to work in fields when tobacco leaves are wet with dew or rain. Workers may assist in removing tobacco from barn. Workers must have 1 month general farm work experience. The use or possession or being under the influence of illegal drugs or alcohol during working time is prohibited. Workers may be requested to submit to a random drug or alcohol tests at no cost to the worker. May operate

We are pledged to the letter and spirit of Virginia’s Policy for achieving equal housing opportunity throughout the Commonwealth. We encourage and support advertising and marketing programs in which there are no barriers to obtaining housing because of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, elderliness, familial status, or handicap. All real estate advertised herein is subject to Virginia’s fair housing law which makes it illegal to advertise “any preference, limitation, or discrimination because of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, elderliness, familial status, or handicap or intention to make any such preference, limitation, or discrimination.� This newspaper will not knowingly accept advertising for real estate that violates the fair housing law. Our readers are hereby informed that all dwellings advertised in this newspaper are available on an equal opportunity basis. For more information or to file a housing complaint call the Virginia Fair Housing Office at (804) 367-8530. Toll free call (888) 551-3247. For the hearing impaired call (804) 367-9753.

tractor. $9.87/hr. (prevailing wage). Guarantee of 3/4 of the workdays. All work tools, supplies, and equipment furnished without cost to the worker. Free housing is provided to workers who cannot reasonably return to their permanent residence at the end of the workday. Transportation and subsistence expenses to the worksite will be provided or paid by the employer, with payment to be made no later than completion of 50% of the work contract. Report or send resumes to Virginia Employment Commission, Employer Services, Rural Services Unit, 703 E. Main St., P.O. Box 1358, Richmond, VA 23218, (804) 786-6094. or your nearest State Workforce Agency, Reference Job Order #10254415. 2/26p Part Time Kennel Help in King George. Call (540) 775-3083. 2/26p Maintenance/Handy Man Contractor; Part Time position available for apartment complex in King George, VA. Experience required in plumbing, cleaning, painting, minor electrical and carpentry, customer service skills, multi-tasking and time management. Send resume or letter of interest to Maintenance 1620 Price Dr., Farmville, VA. 23901. 2/26b Fox Towne Adult Day Care Center is now hiring for part time RN’s, LPN’s

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NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING KING GEORGE COUNTY PLANNING COMMISSION The King George County Planning Commission will hold a public hearing beginning at 7:00 p.m., on Tuesday March 11, 2014, in the Robert H. Combs Board Room of the Revercomb Administration Building at 10459 Courthouse Drive, King George, Virginia. Case Number 13-01-T02: Amendment to King George County Zoning Ordinance to create Article 13 Stormwater Management which creates a local Virginia Stormwater Management Program (VSMP) to comply with the Virginia Stormwater Management Act (§ 62.1-44.15:24 et seq). Amendment includes: stormwater provisions for administration; grandfathering, exemptions; exceptions; definitions, review of stormwater management plans; stormwater prevention plan requirements; stormwater management plan requirements; pollution prevention plan requirements design standards; specifications and methods; technical criteria for regulated land disturbing activities; off-site compliance options; design storms and hydrologic methods; long term maintenance requirements; monitoring and inspection requirements; enforcement provisions; hearings and appeals provisions; and schedule of fees. Documents related to the above cases are available for public inspection during the hours of 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday in the Department of Community Development, King George County Revercomb Administration Building. The public is invited to attend the above scheduled hearings and to express their views on the above cases. Those who are unable to attend the public hearings may submit their comments in writing to the Director of Community Development, 10459 Courthouse Drive, Suite 104, King George, Virginia 22485, prior to the scheduled hearings.

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Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014

The Journal


Spring chores for the outdoors Mark Fike If you own or lease a piece of land where you enjoy hunting, there are several things you might want to get busy doing before the warm weather arrives to stay. Those that plant plots for wildlife will want to get a soil test done as soon as possible. Seeds for planting plots are expensive. Last year, I purchased a bag of “game mix” and it cost me $50. I admit that the seeds sprouted, and plants came up quite well. The variety of wildlife on the property was testimony to proper planning. I hate to think what would have happened if the seed mix had not come up, or grew poorly. Soil tests will tell you what exactly is lacking in the ground where you want to plant. Soil test boxes/kits can be obtained from the local Extension office at 10087 Kings Highway. A $10 check is slipped into the box, and you mail it to Virginia Polytechnic Institute (VPI -or- VA Tech) to have the test performed. They will mail the results back to you. Any questions can be directed back to the Extension office and the Department of Agriculture agent. Many times (but not always), the test suggests that lime be applied to the ground to bring things back into balance. Liming is not hard to do. For small parcels, you can go over to Crop Production Services (near the landfill) and get a pickup load, and spread it either by hand or with a spreader. It can be ordered by the truckload, as well. I prefer powdered lime, because it is readily absorbed into the soil. However, pelletized lime has a

slower effect, but is not washed away or blown away as easily. Make the right choice for your situation. Getting a soil test will ensure that you don’t waste your time or money on seeds that won’t produce. POSTING boundaries Late winter and early spring are also a key times to re-POST property boundaries, and check them again for evidence of trespassing. I will be doing this chore very soon. With greenery coming on in about a month and a half, and turkey season coming, now is the time to get out and be proactive. It is unfortunate that we have to POST lines, but if you end up having to call the law about someone poaching or trespassing, you will have a much better case if your lines are clearly POSTED. Consider putting up a new sign every fifty yards or so, and then paint an aluminum stripe between the signs. Here is what the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF) says about POSTING land on their website: “The owner...may post property by (i) placing signs prohibiting hunting, fishing or trapping where they may reasonably be seen; or (ii) placing identifying paint on trees or posts at each road entrance and adjacent to public roadways and public waterways adjoining the property.” The paint mark is to be a vertical line of at least two inches wide, and by at least eight inches in length. The center of the mark is not to be less than three feet off the ground or water, and no more than six feet above the ground or water. These are to be visible to any

person approaching the property, and must be of aluminum color (18.2-134.1). According to 18.2135, it is illegal to destroy POSTED signs, and it is illegal for someone to POST lands of another without permission from the landowner or his agent. Fishing Get your boat checked out; right away if you plan on using it this spring. Waiting until April and a fine warm weekend is too late. Boat mechanics will not be the in mood to “rush” your boat through to get it on the water. By then, they will be swamped! Check the lower unit oil level; look for water in your fuel filter; check batteries; inspect wiring, both in the boat and on the trailer and vehicle. Is your propeller in need of replacement or repair? Grease fittings; inspect the trailer for corrosion; and find out if your boat has a license for the Potomac River. Correct these things now before you head out. Probably the most important thing to do is to check safety equipment on your boat, if you have not already. Find out if you have enough life jackets that are both serviceable and fit your companions. Do you have a throw cushion that meets the Coast Guard specs? Are your flares in order and still good? What about a noisemaker? Do your lights work? Are your spark plugs still serviceable? Once the river clears up, it might be a good idea (on a warm day) to take it down to the boat ramp and give it a test run. When you do, take a jacket or coat and a cell

phone in case some of that ethanol fuel leaves you without a working motor! The first few times I run my boat, I usually head “up tide” on the river to be sure that if something does happen, I can float back to the ramp. We hope to resume our fishing report in a few weeks. We are waiting until we begin getting sufficient reports to make it worthwhile to run them. With the cold winter this year, the fishing may be a bit slow to start. We will see. Meanwhile, get some of those chores done now, so on the nicer days you can enjoy the turkey woods, or the water.

Above: Change out POSTED signs with fresh ones so trespassers don’t have an excuse! Right: Check your fuel filter to be sure there is no water in your fuel. Below: Boat wiring is just one area you want to check before heading out this spring. These wires should be replaced due to salt corrosion.

Let’s have some fun ! ! Quite often I write on problems, diseases, insects, or something involved in the world of agriculture around us. However, as of now there are no crop diseases to deal with, no ponds weeds, no programs or cool, informative classes coming up, and it’s way too early to think about planting anything. So, for something different, I thought I’d do something a little out of the norm. This is a small match the answer with the question quiz on facts of agriculture. Hopefully, everyone that reads this will have fun and learn a thing or two about agriculture and our natural resources. An added bonus: the first person to bring this correctly answered game to my office (VCE office, 10087 Kings Highway, King George, VA) where Missy Fike will grade it will win a $20 gift certificate to Howard’s Restaurant and Bakery in King George! So, everybody got their thinking caps on? Use whatever means that work for you, like process of elimination, Google, or whatever. Let’s try this! MATCH THIS QUESTION TO THE CORRECT ANSWER IN THIS COLUMN What is: The number of square feet in an acre? 1200 pounds The average depth (in inches) of topsoil in soils in King George? 43,560 sq. ft. The pounds in a bushel of field corn? $100,000 The pounds in a bushel of oats? 56 pounds The average weight of a large, round bale of hay? 6 inches The number of loaves of bread produced by one bushel of wheat? 32 pounds The average cost of a brand new, 100 horsepower tractor? 35 gallons (a full bathtub!) The average cost of a 350 horsepower GM pickup? 21 days The gallons of milk a dairy cow produces daily? 73 The gallons of water a dairy cow drinks daily? $40,000 The days of incubation of a chicken egg? 7 gallons The number of people fed by a farmer in 1960? 200 – 225 pounds The number of people fed by a farmer in 2014? $450 The weight of a hog when it’s ready for market? 282 days, or 9 months The gestation time (period of time from breeding to birth) for hogs? $4.20 The gestation time period of cattle (hint: just like people)? 155 folks The cost, in dollars, to raise an acre of corn? 3 months, 3 weeks and 3 days The price a farmer received this year for a bushel of corn? 26 folks I suppose that is enough for now. I hope this wasn’t too difficult and that we learned a few things about agriculture. I will post the answers and winner in the next article. —Mike Broadus, Ag and Natural Resources, Extension Service

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