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Historic Seven Springs

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Transformed into event venue and farm By Meredith Rigsby News Editor

After selling a handful of properties in 2014, Robert and Brett Hunnicutt, father and son and owners of Hunnicutt Construction, decided to try their hand at something new and in February purchased Seven Springs, a historical home in King William County surrounded by a 107 acre property. The venue is already open for booking for the early fall and can host anything from wedding celebrations, to farm to table dinners, to corporate retreats, among other events. The Seven Springs manor house was built sometime between 1725 and 1740 by the Dabney family. In the early 1980s, the property was expanded,

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Brett Hunnicutt and Brittney Schopen stand in front of the walkway that leads up to see Historic> 4 the historic Seven Springs manor house.

Aylett Country Day School receives $2,000 grant By Meredith Rigsby News Editor

ers Tavern was recently awarded one of 52 grants from the Chesapeake Bay Aylett Country Day School in Mill- Restoration Fund.

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Page County spoils Cavs title dreams again PAGE 12 2 Editorial 9 Community Calendar 7 Obituaries


Graduating high school


An achievement and a step forward By Meredith Rigsby News Editor


hen I graduated high school eight years ago, I remember sitting in a lawn chair in the middle of my high school’s football field, sweating in the heat of the summer sun and thinking to myself during the 45 minute ceremony, this is it? I had anticipated this moment for four years and now that I was there, it didn’t seem like such a big deal, or at least I didn’t feel any different. For some reason I always had graduation built up in my head as this ceremony where I walk out onto the field a high school student and walk off a graduate with a new sense of freedom, pride and self-confidence with the wind of ambition tousling my hair. In the moment that I walked across the stage and accepted my diploma, I did feel a sense of accomplishment, but as the initial “I did it!” feeling wore off as I walked back to my seat, not much was different. Graduating high school is a huge

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accomplishment, something that I think many people take for granted. But for graduates it can sometimes take a little extra time to feel like you really are moving on to the next stage of your life. For me, it wasn’t until I moved into my dorm room at Virginia Commonwealth University, and waved my parents goodbye as they made the trek back to Fredericksburg with one less person in the car, that I really felt a sense of freedom and accomplishment. I understand that not everyone goes to college, college isn’t for everybody. But whether you are moving into a dorm room, getting your own apartment for the first time or moving in with friends, the importance of graduating high school doesn’t really sink in until you move out of your parent’s house and get out on your own. Getting your high school diploma is a rite of passage that can set the stage for the rest of your working career. Without a high school diploma it can be hard to get hired at a job that is


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a step up from the after school gig you may have had during high school. And although working is rarely something people are jumping for joy to have to do, being able to pay some of your own bills, buy your own food and provide for yourself is a feeling unlike many others. Having a high school degree helps make it possible for you to be able to achieve this. A high school diploma should also evoke a sense of pride. You put your mind to something four years ago and now you have successfully accomplished what you set out to do. You now have the confidence to be able to decide what you want to do with your life next and go out there and do it. Life after high school is a wonderful time, when you have all of the freedom of a full-fledged adult, but not quite all the responsibility. So take risks, get out of your comfort zone and try new things and remember, you have already achieved a meaningful accomplishment, you have completed your high school education.

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adding several other living spaces including what is now the carriage house, the office, the guest house and the honeymoon cottage. In 1981, Seven Springs was restored and the project was overseen by the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. Because of the extensive restoration in the ‘80s, and the quality of the construction, the Hunnicutts did not have to do the type of extensive work that some of the other properties they had looked at would have required. Once the father and son duo purchased the property, they did a fair amount of painting to cover up darker colors in some of the rooms such as the basement and kitchen, they created a bridal suite out of the living room in the guest house, and they plan to do a slight remodel in the kitchen of the guest house. They also purchased all new furniture and worked on landscaping that had not been kept up. “The renovation in the ‘80s was very extensive and very detailed, and overseen by the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation,” Brett Hunnicutt said. “I mean, no expense was spared on anything that was done as far as research and custom everything, down to every single fence, piece of the fence, to the doorknobs to everything, there’s just all this detailed information, which is fantastic.” The bulk of the work on the property has been devoted to building a large barn and 3,500 feet of fencing for a sheep farm. Martin and Hancock Construction of Mechanicsville, whom the Hunnicutts have worked with in the past, built the barn and the fence. In collaboration with Lockhart Family Farms in Caroline County, the Hunnicutts’ Seven Springs venue and farm will house one of the largest flocks of Hog Island sheep in the U.S. Hog Island sheep are a heritage breed that have strong ties to early Virginia. Initially, Brett Hunnicutt thought it would just be a cool idea to have sheep at the property, but after talking with his father, Robert Hunnicutt, and with Josiah 4

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Lockhart, day-to-day operations manager for the Lockhart farm, they realized that the sheep flock would give them an opportunity to help preserve the breed and connect with local restaurants in the Richmond area. “They [the sheep] had been temporarily housed on the Lockhart Family Farm, who we’ve partnered with to manage our flock, and we’ve sold a handful to some local restaurants and chefs in Richmond

taken our wedding knowledge and been able to infuse it into Seven Springs and supplement where different relationships were maybe lacking,” Schopen said. “We were able to put in our two cents and our contacts and just really make it a cohesive kind of business.” Campfire & Co. has provided Seven Springs with its logo, website and other marketing materials. The website features pictures, a site

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Brides lovingly hold hands as they walk down the gravel driveway that leads to the Seven Springs manor house.

already,” Brett Hunnicutt said. “So it’s [the sheep] been featured at some nice restaurants from Richmond like Pasture and Comfort, and it’s also been used in some farm dinners.” Brett Hunnicutt also has been working with event coordination and design company, Wood Grain and Lace Events and branding company Campfire & Co., both Richmond-based. Christine Greeberg, owner of Wood Grain and Lace, has helped consult Brett Hunnicutt throughout the entire process, even before the home and property were purchased. Wood Grain and Lace also provided Seven Springs with its venue manager, Brittney Schopen, who now works for both companies. “I would just say we’ve just kind of

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Robert and Brett Hunnicutt stand together at Seven Springs property.

map and a list of preferred vendors for everything from catering to bridal attire to pictures to videography to florists. Since it was purchased in February, the Hunnicutts have put a lot of time and effort into Seven Springs to make it an aesthetically pleasing and what they hope will be an enjoyable event venue. The decorations and color palette choice is meant to give Seven Springs a light and airy feeling. But what really sets Seven Springs apart is what has not been done. Brett Hunnicutt and Schopen have made it a point to keep the decor on the property and throughout its buildings very basic. “We have tried to keep our decorations very minimal out here, we wanted to kind of create a little more of a blank canvass for people to come out who want to decorate it the way they want,” Schopen said. “You could have an event here every weekend and it never look the same. We are really flexible with where things can be held on the property. We want the couple that’s coming out to get married or the person holding an event out here to be able to imagine whatever they want and we want to be able to make that happen.” From the start, the county has been a supporter of the Seven Springs project and what it could contribute to the community, Brett Hunnicutt said. “The county has been incredibly supportive of what we’re doing. I brought them out there in the very beginning, in December, long before we purchased it, told them what we were doing, they’ve guided us all along the way,” Brett Hunnicutt said. Brett Hunnicutt also shared with the county that he hopes to eventually allow school children to come out and learn about the sheep and about the history of the property. “We just want to try to be as diverse as we can, and grow with improvements and be good stewards of the property,” Brett Hunnicutt said. “We don’t have any plans to make any major changes, take any buildings down or anything like that we just want to keep making improvements and involving as many good people as we can.”

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tion Bay Fund Advisory Committee announced it had awarded 52 grants totaling $264,461.79 from 2014 sales of “Friend of the Chesapeake” special license plates. The grants have been approved by the governor and the legislative money committees. A total of 102 grant proposals were received by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation from schools, colleges, universities, civic nonprofit organizations, soil and water conservation districts, planning district commissions, states agencies and local governments. The advisory committee is authorized to award grants to organizations that provide environmental education and restoration and conservation projects for the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries. Aylett Country Day School plans to use the $2,000 grant from the Chesapeake Bay Restoration Fund to support field trips to Tangier Island and the Mariner’s Museum and to enable students to participate in the Bay Foundation Canoe Program. Students will have the opportunity to take a look into a waterman’s way of life, the oyster and crab industry and how state regulations affect the Bay. “If you really think about where we are located, I mean, we have

students from seven counties and so we’re right along the Mattaponi River, Rappahannock River and Pamunkey River, and they all feed into the Bay, so it was just a good science resource to use with our middle schoolers,” Robin Taylor, an administrator at Aylett Country Day School that applies for the grant each year, said. “The Bay and our rivers are the best outside classroom that you have if you want to learn about its tributaries.” Through the use of the grant, sixth graders are offered an introduction to the Bay, seventh graders are able to continue their studies through water testing and monitoring, and eighth graders are provided a more in-depth, hands-on learning experience. This year, eighth graders grew their own oyster bed and monitored it throughout the year, Taylor said. Aylett Country Day School has received this

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responders. Sullivan said Mihalcoe was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash. On Thursday, June 18, Sullivan, speaking on behalf of Col. David R. Hines, sheriff, “We extend our sincerest condolences to the family and friends of Brian Mihalcoe.”



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Sullivan said Mihalcoe was driving a 1998 Ford F-150 pickup truck that was traveling west, left the right side of the road and struck a tree. The fatality took place around 3:15 p.m. in the area of Thunderbird Lane. A citizen witnessed the wreck and contacted emergency

DAISY ATKINS Daisy Vernice Bareford Atkins, age 91, of Tappahannock, passed away on Sunday, June 21. She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph Ryland Watkins; parents, Mr. and Mrs. Tom Bareford; brothers, William and Isley Watkins; nephew, Gary Rowell; and her sister, Reather Bareford Rowell. She is survived by her nephew, Edwin W. Rowell; and numerous cousins. Daisy was a longtime member of Upper King & Queen Baptist Church until she moved to Tappahannock in 1986. Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 24, in the Marks-Bristow Funeral Home, Tappahannock. Interment Upper King & Queen Baptist Church Cemetery. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service in the funeral home. LUCIAN BURCH Lucian “Russell” Burch, 37, of King William, went to be with the Lord on Thursday, June 18. He is survived by his wife, Cynthia Burch;


daughters, Alexis Burch and Amber Arborgast; son, Allan R. Burch; brothers, Wayne, Lewis and Spencer Burch; sisters, Diane Baker and Denise Trousdale. The family will receive friends Monday from 5 to 8 p.m. at B.W. White Funeral Home, Route 360, Aylett, Virginia. ROSA LEE CADDELL Rosa Lee Caddell, 87, of Walkerton, Virginia, went to be with the Lord and her mother on Monday, June 1. She was a member of the Upper Mattaponi Indian Tribe and Indian View Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Rosemary Robinson; and grandson, Randy. She is survived by her son, Danny Caddell; daughter, Patty Hundley (John); grandchildren, Kathryn (Jake), Dennis, Adam, Benjamin and Joshua; brothers, Linwood and Edmond Adams; sisters, Verna Custalow and Helen Chance. The family will receive friends Wednesday, June 3, from 6 to 8 p.m. at B.W. White Funeral Home, Aylett, Virginia, where services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday. Interment at Indian View Baptist Church Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the

Mattaponi Rescue Squad. CHARLES CARLTON Charles E. Carlton, 90, a longstanding business man of Sarasota, Florida, formerly of West Point, Virginia, passed away on May 27 at the Heartland Rehab Center. He was CARLTON the son of the late Eleanor and Granville Carlton. He was predeceased by three sons, an infant who died at birth, Charles Edward Carlton Jr. and David Preston Carlton; two brothers, William Randolph Carlton and James Preston Carlton. He leaves to cherish his memory his devoted wife, Dorothy Yarrington Carlton of Sarasota, Florida; a sister, Louise Hoskins Carlton of King and Queen, Virginia; a grandson, Eric Scott Newport of Spotsylvania, Virginia; and two nieces, Nancy Foley Carlton of Richmond, Virginia and Rannie Lou Brown of Palm Coast, Florida. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II see Obituaries 7

CURTIS CUSTALOW Curtis King Custalow, 73, of the Mattaponi Indian Reservation, went to be with the Lord on Thursday, May 28. He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Elsie Custalow; brothers, William Randolph “Bobo,” Phillip and Maurice; and sister, Joyce. He is survived by his children, Terrie, Maurice, Clint and Heather Custalow; brothers, Otho, David and Bernard Custalow; and sister, CUSTALOW Christine Custalow; grandchildren, Travis, Jessie, Monica, Serena, Eternity, Xavier, Austin, William, Little Curtis and Lonnie; great-grandson, Anthony; and former wife, Lisa. The family will receive friends on Sunday, at the Mattaponi Indian Baptist Church at noon; with funeral services beginning at 1:30 p.m. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. MARY GOODWIN Mary Gail Shiflett Goodwin, 52, of Mechanicsville, passed unexpectedly on May 29 in her home. Mary was born in Richmond and worked as an operations coordinator for Genworth Financial. She was a very generous person; always giving of herself, putting other’s needs before her own and welcoming many into her home. She was the foundation of her family. Her guidance, tough love and support-

BRENDA JONES Brenda Sue Jones, age 54, of St. Stephens Church, Virginia, passed away on Sunday, June 14. A funeral service will be held Wednesday, June 17 at 11 a.m. at Mattaponi Baptist Church, with Pastor David Anthony officiating. She is survived by her husband, David Jones; children, Candi and Trey Horton, Angela Jones, Elizabeth Jones, Brandi and Darrin Parkhurst, Sean Jones; eight grandchildren and one on the way; father, Richard Ethridge; two brothers and two sisters and many other extended family. The family will receive friends 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, June 16 at B.W. White Funeral Home, 7837 Richmond Tappahannock Highway, Aylett, Va. 23009, 804-769-3130. BRIAN MIHALCOE Brian Joseph Mihalcoe of Manquin, passed away on June 17. He was preceded in death by his grandfathers Ovid G. Taylor, Sr. and Andrew J. Mihalcoe, Sr. and step-grandfather Lt. Col. Eldon Henningsen, USAF Ret. Bri-

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having been drafted while a junior in Pleasant Hill High School. He remained in the South Pacific arena on the USS Peiffer Destroyer as a gunner until the war ended. After arriving home, he initially worked in the pulp wood business with his father for the Chesapeake Corporation, and then owned a general store in West Point, later entering the television business, enlarging to the TV/media and appliance business as well as entering the area of home dwelling rentals. Charles greatly enjoyed working with Little League Baseball, teaching the game to young kids. The family will receive friends at 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday, May 31, at Vincent Funeral Home, 417 11th St., West Point, Va. The funeral service will be held 2 p.m., Monday, June 1, at First Baptist Church of West Point, 414 Main St., West Point, Va., with interment following in Sunny Slope Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church, P.O. Box N, West Point, Va. 23181. Tributes may be posted at

an loved the Virginia outdoors, where he spent his free time fishing and hunting with his beloved coon hounds, Bloomin’ Valley Joker and Mihalcoe’s Iron Bell, Joker and Bell to their friends. He is survived by his father, Andrew Mihalcoe, Jr.; mother Diane


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ive nature will be sorely missed. She could often be found at home on the farm with her husband and beloved dog. Mary enjoyed riding her motorcycle, gardening, crafts and gatherings with family and friends. Mary is survived by her husband, Mark William Goodwin Sr. R.G., whom she married in May of 2000; her children, Stephanie Michelle Valentin of Linden, North Carolina, Colton Wescott Wyatt of New Kent, Shelbie Wyatt-Schools of King William, Maria D. Miller of GOODWIN Front Royal, Mark William Goodwin Jr. of Mechanicsville and Jessica B. Goodwin. She is also survived by her siblings, Dennis W. Shiflett Jr. of Mechanicsville, Sharon S. Hay of Fairhope, Alabama, Shirley S. Theisen of Marble Falls, Texas; her mother, Mary Virginia Kirby-Shiflett of King William, Virginia; and three grandchildren. Mary was preceded in death by her father, Dennis W. Shiflett Sr.; and her sister, Susie Woodson. The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 3 at the Mechanicsville Chapel of Bennett Funeral Home, 8014 Lee-Davis Road, where services will be held 11 a.m. Thursday, June 4. Interment private. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 11454, Alexandria, Va. 22312 or on the website.



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Puppy and kitten season is in full swing

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Mattaponi Crime Solvers Chairman Shirley Jones (center) and Treasurer Marian White (left) presents $1,000 scholarship to Stephanie Hicks (right).

Mattaponi Crime Solvers awards scholarship

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It’s that time of year again! Puppy and kitten season is in full swing! The Regional Animal Shelter has young, healthy puppies and kittens available for adoption! Kennel visiting hours are Monday-Friday 11am-4pm, Wednesdays 11am-6pm, and Saturdays 11am-2pm. DOnations of Dawn Antibacterial diswahing soap is need and can be dropped off at the shelter. For more information, contact us at 804-769-4983 or


At its monthly meeting on June 10, Mattaponi Crime Solvers, Inc. awarded a $1000 scholarship to King William High School Senior Stephanie Hicks. This scholarship is awarded annually to a high school graduate pursuing higher education in the field of law enforcement/criminal justice. Stephanie will be attending Longwood University in the fall and pursue a degree in cyber forensics and security.

During her high school career Stephanie was on the King William High School Principal’s Honor Roll and was a member of the King William High School National Honor Society. She also was very involved in volunteer work to benefit her community such as the American Cancer Society through Relay For Life and with her Church Youth Programs. Information submitted by Gene Campbell.

She is survived by nephews, Russell D. Williams Jr. (Diane), Richard E. Stewart (Lori) and James E. Stewart (Tracy); a niece, Sandra Williams; sister-in-law, LOIS STEWART Lois Williams Stewart, 83, went Rachel Williams; and numerous great-nieces and to be with the Lord Sunday, May nephews. Lois lived her life for the Lord with her ser31. She was born to the late Mary vice and membership at Liberty Baptist Church. A Alice Ashley and John Dudley funeral service will be held 1 p.m. Wednesday, at LibWilliams in Coldwater, King and erty Baptist Church, 15810 Liberty Road, Lanexa, Va. Queen County, Virginia. Lois was 23089. The family will receive friends an hour prior to preceded in death by her parents; the service at the church. Interment will follow in stepmother, Mary B. Anderson Lower King & Queen Baptist Church Cemetery, 204 STEWART Williams; her husband of 53 years, Timber Branch Road, Mascot, Va. 23108. Memorials E. (Wilford) Stewart; a brother, may be made to Liberty Baptist Church Building Russell D. Williams; a niece, Deborah Roberts; a Fund (address above). Tributes may be posted at www. brother and sister-in-law, Raymond and Ruth Stewart.

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Mihalcoe; sister Becky Newcomb; his niece and nephew, Macie and Drew Newcomb whom he dearly loved; Nanny Frances Henningsen and numerous other family members and friends. A visitation will be held at Monaghan Funeral Home; 7300 Creighton Parkway; Mechanicsville, Va 23111 Sunday, June 21 from 4 to 8 p.m. A Memorial Service will be held, also at the funeral home, Monday, June 22 at 11 a.m., interment to follow at Washington Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Brian’s name to the National Alliance of Mental Illness Mid-Tidewater at

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July 23

 A Family Movie Matinee will be held at the West Point Branch Library from noon to 2 p.m. Bring the whole family for a great movie on the big screen at the library. Popcorn and drinks provided by the Friends of the West Point Library.

 The Chesterfield Children’s Theatre is back with its adaptation of the perennial favorite children’s story – “Charlotte’s Web.” “Charlotte’s Web,” presented by the Chesterfield Children’s Theatre, will be performed at the Upper King William Branch Library at 4 p.m. and at the King and Queen Branch Library at 6 p.m.

July 15  Take a musical tour around the world and play along to a variety of dances and rhythmical styles performed with an array of familiar and exotic musical instruments at Rhythms ‘Round the World, taking place at the West Point Branch Library at 10:30 a.m.

July 16  A knit and crochet class will be held from 10 a.m. to noon at the Upper King William Library (door J around the back of the library). The class is available for those ages 8 and up. All knit and crochet skill levels are welcome. There is no cost to join, and the group shares techniques, patterns and help.

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morrow’s world. CAP’s educational programs help prepare youth of today to meet the challenges of a sophisticated aerospace/STEM society and understand its related global issues, especially as it pertains to national security. Standards based, educational materials are provided to classroom instructors free of charge which enhance the regular classroom material. Additionally, materials are provided for

July 28  Music & Karaoke @ the Library will take place at West Point Branch Library from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Ages 11-18 are welcome. Join us for a fun hour of music and karaoke. Snacks provided by the Friends of the West Point Library.

July 30-August 1  Cavalier Basketball Camp will take place at the King William High School gym from 3 to 6 p.m. for grades three through 11. The registration fee for the camp is $35 and includes a camp T-shirt. At the camp, attendees will be involved in conditioning drills, defensive

hands-on applications. King William’s JROTC uses text materials dealing with aviation history and this year has incorporated flight simulators, rockets, robots and radio-controlled model planes for the program. “The hands-on materials are a real plus for the program, and I am grateful for CAP’s support of our school,” Maj. Willard, senior aerospace instructor at King William High School, said. Civil Air Patrol is the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force with a three-fold mission of air search and rescue, cadet programs and

footwork and motivation drills. Funds should be made payable to Boys’ Basketball King William High School. Mailing address: King William High School attn. Boys Basketball 80 Cavalier Drive, King William, Va 23086. For further information call coach Harper at 804-769-3434 or email

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food web. Thursday is River Ecology Camp with water quality testing, exploring wetlands and learning how to protect our watershed. The camp goes from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. This is the fifth year this camp has been held. Instructors are VCE/MPRA volunteers and resource professionals from the Virginia Dept. of Forestry and the Virginia Dept. of Game and Inland Fisheries. The cost is $10 each day or $25 for all three days. Contact the King William/King and Queen Extension Office at 769-4955 for registration details. Registration will open on July 20. Registration must be in person and all forms completed with full payment. Acceptable payments can be in check, money order or exact cash amount only.

 The Mattaponi and Pamunkey Rivers Association, in partnership with Virginia Cooperative Extension, is offering three days of fun and learning about the rivers Tuesday, August 18 through Thursday, August 20. Children ages 8 through 14 are invited to attend one or all three days of activities at Sandy Point State Forest. Sandy Point State Forest is located on the Mattaponi River in Recurring/ongoing King William. Each day of the events camp will concentrate on a different theme. Tuesday will  The school board of King be Fish Camp and includes William County will meet at fishing, seining and learn6 p.m. with closed session ing about fish. Wednesday and 7:00 p.m. for the regular is Critter Camp. Campers meeting at Hamilton-Holmes will hike to an eagle’s nest, Middle School on the followdissect owl pellets and learn ing dates: July 21 and August about who eats who in the 18. In the event of a change,

public notice will be given prior to the meeting date.  The Joy Club meets at noon the second Tuesday of each month, usually at Shepherd’s Methodist Church on Route 360 in St. Stephen’s Church. The non-profit, non-denominational organization raises money to help people in need in a variety of ways. For more information about the group, including final information on where each month’s meeting will be held call Marie Carter at 4432853, or Dee Dee Becker at 769-4137.

Mondays  King William Parks and Recreation hosts BeeFIT Burn and Firm total body workout each Monday from 5 to 6 p.m. and from 6 to 7 p.m. Available for women ages 1665, Burn and Firm uses light to moderate weights and lots of repetition with no heavy lifting. Additional Nutrition and Wellness Symposiums offered to all BeeFIT participants. A certified personal trainer will coach participants through every workout to ensure moves and techniques

are safe and effective. All barbell sets and plates are provided by BeeFIT Services. To secure a spot in the class or get information about discounts and membership fees, contact Monica Howell at 804-370-5091 or Monica@  From 9 to 11 a.m. King William Parks and Recreation will offer Little Kookers handson kids’ cooking classes at McKendree United Methodist Church. All supplies are included. Little Kookers will provide aprons and hats if participants do not bring their own. The cost of the class is $22 and those interested can register online or visit the King William Parks and Recreation office.  From 12 to 3 p.m. King William Parks and Recreation will host BINGO at the King William Volunteer Fire and Rescue Squad Building. BINGO will be held from noon to 2:30 p.m. the first Monday of each month. BINGO is free to play and is available for ages 50 and up. Bring a snack to share with the group. Drinks and door prizes are provided.

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Above, A King William High School senior smiles for the camera as she readies herself to cross the stage. Top right, King William High School graduating senior Erin Anderson gives speech to her class. Students at KWHS decorate their hats to make themselves individuals among the crowd. Graduating senior Quin Sherman beams as he proudly displays his high school diploma. Students lean out of the school bus and wave goodbye to teachers and staff for the summer. Below, Teachers and staff say farewell to students as they exit the parking lot one last time at the close of the 2014-2015 school year.


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Indians struggle for recognition in their own land By Janeal Downs and Cameron Vigliano Capital News Service


irginia’s original inhabitants are seeking formal recognition from the federal government, but they face opposition from casino interests and other groups. The Pamunkey, whose most famous member was Pocahontas, and other Native American tribes in Virginia want federal recognition that would open the door for housing, education and other financial assistance. The casino giant MGM, which is building a gaming resort on the Maryland side of Washington, D.C.’s National Harbor, is urging the federal government not to recognize the Virginia tribes. MGM has raised several objections, including accusations that the tribes have been racist and sexist. However, Native Americans say the real reason for MGM’s opposition is that the company fears that federal recognition would allow Native Americans to open competing casinos in Virginia. (The Virginia tribes have not expressed interest in doing so.) “It’s pretty infuriating to me – in a way, it’s insulting – because they think that’s the only reason a tribe wants to be recognized is for casinos,” Wayne Adkins, an assistant chief of the Chickahominy tribe said. 11 tribes recognized by Virginia The commonwealth of Virginia recognizes 11 tribes: the Mattaponi, Upper Mattaponi, Pamunkey, Chickahominy, Eastern Chickahominy, Rappahannock, Nansemond, Mona-

can, Cheroenhaka, Nottoway and Patawomeck. Six were approved by the General Assembly in 1983; the others were added by legislation since then. None of those tribes are recognized by the U.S. government. There are 566 federally recognized tribes. A tribe can obtain recognition from the U.S. Congress or from the U.S. Interior Department’s Bureau of Indian Affairs. The Pamunkey tribe applied to the Bureau of Indian Affairs. The agency is expected to decide by the end of July. Six Virginia tribes have formed a coalition to seek recognition from Congress. The Virginia Indian Tribe Alliance for Life includes the Chickahominy, Eastern Chickahominy, Monacan, Nansemond, Upper Mattaponi and Rappahannock tribes. (Initially, the Pamunkey tribe also was a member of VITAL.) Adkins is president of the alliance. With federal recognition, a tribe is treated like a separate nation with a level of self-governance. It also is eligible for funding and services from the Bureau of Indian Affairs. “That whole congressional process is just a whole other ball game itself. It’s completely different than state recognition,” Adkins said. “I’m hoping that the Pamunkey will get their federal recognition; they’d be the first in Virginia to get it.” The importance of federal recognition The Pamunkey were among the indigenous tribes to come in contact with the first wave of English settlers in the early

17th century. “The Virginia Indian tribes have played an integral role in our Commonwealth’s and our country’s history, and it is a grave injustice that the federal government has failed to grant them federal recognition,” said U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va. He is co-sponsoring legislation to award federal designation to the six tribes represented by VITAL.

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Member of local Native American tribe stands proudly next to the American flag.

U.S. Rep. Rob Wittman, a Republican who represents Virginia’s 1st Congressional District, also is a sponsor of the legislation. “The history of these tribes is intertwined with the birth of our nation, and their federal recognition status is long overdue,” Wittman said. “I’m proud to work with the Virginia tribes to ensure that they are granted the recognition that they have been denied for far too long.”

To obtain federal recognition, a tribe must show that it has existed as a community since at least 1900, that its members can trace their lineage to the historical group and that it exercises political influence or authority over its members. Virginia Indians face extra hurdles in meeting those requirements. For one thing, the Virginia tribes lack formal treaties with the U.S. government because they made peace with England well before the establishment of the United States. Moreover, the Virginia Indians were victims of what some call a “paper genocide”: In 1924, the Virginia General Assembly passed the Racial Integrity Act, which destroyed birth records, marriage certificates and land titles of Virginia’s tribes. At the time, the registrar overseeing Virginia’s Bureau of Vital Statistics was Walter Plecker, a white supremacist intent on preventing interracial breeding. Seeking to purify the white race in Virginia, he forced Indians and other nonwhites to classify themselves as blacks. “Through his campaign of racial classification, Plecker denied the Virginia American Indians their inherent birthright by removing the category of ‘Indian’ from birth and marriage records,” according to the VITAL website. Gregory Smithers, an associate professor of history at Virginia Commonwealth University, said tribes that receive federal recognition enjoy certain benefits. “They’re not going to get rich from becoming federally

recognized, but there are federal annuities that are administered through the Department of Interior,” Smithers said. “Leaders of those tribes then have the responsibility of allocating those funds to things like health care services, schools, the maintenance of roads and basic infrastructure.” Some tribes have used their federal designation to open casinos. The legislation sponsored by Kaine and Wittman would explicitly prohibit the Virginia tribes from offering gambling. In March, the bill won approval from the U.S. Senate Indian Affairs Committee. It is awaiting a vote by the full Senate. Meanwhile, the staff of the Bureau of Indian Affairs said it believes the Pamunkey tribe meets the criteria for federal recognition. The bureau was supposed to act on the tribe’s application by March 31 but delayed its decision because of questions and objections raised by opponents of federal recognition. What the opponents say The objections to the Pamunkey petition for federal recognition are laid out in documents filed last year with the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Companies that sell gasoline and cigarettes, for example, complained that federal recognition would allow the tribes to sell those products without collecting state taxes. MGM National Harbor, a $1.2 billion facility scheduled to open in 2016, filed its comments jointly with a group called Stand Up for California.

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Page County spoils Cavs title dreams again By Mike Barber Richmond Times-Dispatch

Fall sports practice dates set

RADFORD – One by one, Kayla Huffman’s teammates wrapped their arms around her, brushed her hair out of her face and told her how much they’ve loved playing with her. For the second straight season, Huffman and King Williams’ three other softball seniors, Erin Anderson Essence Jackson and Megan Jenkins, saw their quest for the program’s first state title fall short. “It’s very frustrating,” Huffman said, still fighting back tears in the dugout. “It’s all we wanted was a state championship.” Behind its accomplished quartet of seniors, King William (23-1) has won three straight regional crowns and lost just seven games the past four seasons. But the prize it desired most eluded it again Saturday. Just like last year, it was Page County High School (24-1) – a team King William beat earlier in the week for the regional title – that handed the Cavaliers a gut-wrenching defeat in the final game of the year, winning 6-2 on a fourthinning grand slam by junior lead-off hitter Kate Gordon, a JMU commit. But it was small ball that helped push the Panthers to

their second straight 2A title. Senior Cassie Hutton went 3 for 3, all bunt singles, scoring twice. Her bunt single in the fourth inning could have been the difference in the game. There were two outs when she beat out the bunt for an infield single, extending the inning and bringing Gordon to the plate with the bases loaded. “It’s something we worked on toward the end of the year just because she’s very fast,” Page coach Alan Knight said. “The first time she tried it was in our last regular-season

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King William pitcher Kayla Huffman (left) has been a significant contributor to the Cavaliers’ success the past four years, which includes three straight trips to the Virginia High School League state championship tournament. But the senior ended her high school career in despair (above) after falling to Page County 6-2 for their second straight loss to the Panthers in the Group 2A title game at Radford University.

game.” Gordon then drove a Huffman offering over the fence in center field for a grand slam, her 17th home run of the year. “We could have been out of it,” King William co-coach Barbara Baker said. “At that point, a 2-1 ballgame. They did what they had to do to win. They used their speed and athleticism and put the ball in the right place.” As her teammates packed up their gear and headed out of the dugout, Huffman stared back out at the field at the

Radford softball stadium, where she’ll play next year as a college freshman, and set herself a new goal. “Hopefully I’ll get at least a Big South championship on this field,” she said. “I’m looking forward to it.” King William 6, Grayson County 2 RADFORD — King William High School’s softball team has more than enough offense to make up for pitching mistakes. Senior Kayla Huffman, the Cavaliers’ pitching ace, doesn’t

make many. So even after Huffman gave up a two-run homer in the first inning to Grayson in the 2A state semifinals, no one in King Williams’ dugout was too worried. “It was the first inning,” Huffman said after the victory. “We still had seven innings to play and, the way we’ve been hitting the ball, I was fine. I was comfortable. Our offense is so strong. Our coaches have been preaching two-out hitting all year and see Cavs> 13

CENTRAL GARAGE – King William High School has announced its fall sports practice dates for students in grades 8 through 12 for the 201516 academic year. All aspiring athletes must have a current physical completed after May 1, 2014, using the revised Virginia High School League form. Forms can be picked up at the high school or downloaded from the VHSL website at under the section “Forms and Publications.” Football Football practice begin for both varsity and junior varsity begins on August 3 from 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Roger Brookes Field. Equipment will be issee Practice> 13

Rough inning dooms state tournament hopes problem: They could get runners in scoring position, but could not get them across the plate. “Offensively, we had like three innings where we had two runners on base and either couldn’t move the runners up during an at-bat or get a base hit to score the runs,” Blanton said. “When you get opportunities, you’ve got to take advantage of them.” Part of King William’s problem was Strasburg’s

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CENTRAL GARAGE – King William had just one rough inning, but it was enough of a rough inning to put it in a hole it couldn’t emerge from. The Cavaliers gave up three runs in the first inning to visiting Strasburg and could never get a run across of their own as they fell to the visiting Rams 4-0 in a Region 2A East semifinal. The win clinched for the Rams a state berth in the Virginia High School League Group 2A state baseball tournament at Radford University, which begins Friday. King William was one of the last eight teams standing in Group 2A, but that was little consolation, especially for the team’s seniors. “When you get to this point, you don’t want [the season] to end,” said King William head coach Jay Blan-

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we executed that today.” King William struck for a run in the second, three in the third and two in the fourth. Huffman settled in to shut out the Blue Devils over the final six innings as the Cavaliers beat Grayson County 6-2 on Friday at Radford University, where Huffman will play next year. Undefeated King William (23-0) advanced to the state title game for the second straight season and, for the second straight year, will face Page County, a team it beat 10-9 in last week’s region fi-

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King William pitcher R.C. Sutton throws to first baseman Jonathan Payne to hold Strasburg baserunner Ryan Smoot in the Cavaliers’ 4-0 loss to the Rams in a Region 2A East semifinal.

ton. “When you get to the last eight teams and you can kind of taste that final four and making that trip to Radford. … It’s tough when you get a taste of it and it’s right there and you can’t achieve what [your] goals were. Our guys set the goal high from the benal. Pitching from the circle she’ll occupy next year in college, Huffman struck out 11 batters. “We knew she was a good pitcher,” said Grayson coach Tim Hollingsworth. “I thought today she pitched even better than what I was anticipating. She was on. We battled, but we didn’t get enough hits.” And Huffman got stronger as the day wore on, including striking out the final two Grayson hitters she faced to end the game. “She shook off that first inning and only got stronger as the game went on,” said King William co-coach Barbara Baker. “I sat over there

ginning of the year. They said they wanted to go to Radford. They wanted to be in the final four.” Strasburg had three hits the first inning, but multiple King William errors contributed to the three-run lead that forced the Cavaliers into

comeback mode the rest of the game. “We spotted them three there in the first,” Blanton said. “They’re a very good team and they’re very well disciplined – and they’re experienced. … You can’t give them runs like that.” While the Rams added another run in the fourth inand I said, ‘Each inning she’s ning, the Cavaliers had a getting stronger and stronger.’ In each inning, she just seemed to be picking up steam.” Practice Grayson (19-7) got the continued from > 12 kind of start it hoped for. Senior Autumn Halsey doubled with two outs and senior Grace Circle followed by sued July 20-23 for summer launching a home run to left weightlifters. field. Summer weight room “She’s capable of doing hours will be on Monday that. That didn’t surprise me,” through Thursday from 8 to said Hollingsworth. “We just 10:30 a.m. or from 5 to 7:30 didn’t get enough of them. We p.m. knew we’d have to score five A mandatory banquet for or six runs to win. They got players will be held on July 29 theirs and we didn’t.” at 6 p.m. at the Ruritan Club. Huffman was the reason why. Volleyball Mike Barber can be reached Volleyball practice begins at mbarber@timesdispatch. on Aug. 3 from 5 to 8 p.m. at com. the King William High School

pitcher, Garrett Richards. Richards, in his first complete game of the season, struck out 10 Cavaliers in earning the win. “I just tried to throw strikes and have my defense back me up in the infield and the outfield, and they did. They backed me up all over the place,” Richards said. “They made great plays. It was awesome.” Dave Lawrence can be reached at

Girls do well at states By Dave Lawrence Sports Editor

RADFORD – King William had a solid unit heading to the Group 2A meet at Radford University. The Cavaliers finished third, just one point behind second-place Wilson Memorial 48-47. Maggie Walker Governor’s School swept the meet, winning team championships in both the boys and girls competitions. gym. Cross country Cross country practice begins on Aug. 3 from 8 to 10 a. m. at the King William High School track. Cheering Cheering practice begins on Aug. 3. Practice and camp dates have already been distributed to cheer team members. Golf Golf practice begins on Aug. 3 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Queenfield Golf Club in Manquin.

The Cavaliers scored in nearly every event they competed in. India Johnson and Shamyna Wilkerson led the team with two wins each: Johnson in the 100-meter dash and as part of the team’s winning 400-meter relay team with Wilkerson, Kayla Brown and Kaielle Pollard. Wilkerson also won the 200, with Johnson coming in second. Pollard finished fifth in the 100 dash and eighth in the 100 hurdles. A mandatory parent meeting for all sports will be held on Aug. 4 at 7 p.m. in the King William High School gym. An athletic booster meeting will be held on Aug. 3 at 6 p.m. in the King William High School cafeteria. To be eligible to compete for King William High School, students are required to maintain a minimum of a 2.0 GPA during each 9-week grading period. All fees/debts/ forms must be settled or completed prior to participation in athletics. For more information, contact Mrs. Rudolph (804-769-3434).

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Event-Packed RivahFest pleases thousands Contributed Report


APPAHANNOCK – RivahFest was a scorcher but even hotter were the entertainment and delicious festival foods coming off the grill. On Saturday, June 20, thousands of visitors and Tappahannock locals hit the pavement in search of last-minute Father’s Day gifts, kid-friendly activities, live music, fresh produce and over 20 other main events. “In 13 years, I have never had such fun!” David Broad RivahFest co-chair said. “It really warms my heart to see

edged the stiff competition on Saturday as all 10 youngsters sang their hearts out in front of an energetic crowd. Runner-up was Mikey Plante, and this year’s winner, singing “I Will Always Love You” and taking home a $1,000 cash prize, courtesy of Bill Talley Ford of Mechanicsville, was Tiara Robinson. Over on the Lowery’s Captain’s Grill patio, the competition was equally as riveting as cornhole teams went toe for toe for a better part of the day. Taking home first place and $300 were Allen “Rocky”

everyone dancing in the street (or relaxing in the beer garden) until the end of RivahFest day. Chris Quann did a fantastic job managing the Main Stage, recognizing sponsors and announcing contest winners. The Antique Car Show delighted with an impressive display of classic cars, hot rods, and muscle cars lining most of Water Lane and Gilchrist Field. Taking home the car prizes: Bill Bell, Best in Show; Mike Burton, Class Antique; Jimmy and Pat Greenwell, Hot Rod / Muscle; Bruce Hewitt, Antique >25 years. Celebrating their victory for

while restaurants and food trucks kept folks hydrated and bellies full with tasty treats. Add a live canon firing, Army National Guard fitness challenge, dunking booth, Rotary Crab Race, model railroad exhibit, wine tasting and many other components to the eventpacked summer festival, and you get thousands of happy RivahFest fans! Broad and co-chair, Sharon James, want to thank the Town of Tappahannock for their outstanding preparation work leading up to and during the festival, which made many

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Left, Local musicians entertain the crowd at RivahFest with upbeat tunes. Right, RivahFest Idol winner Tiara Robinson (left) and runner-up Mikey Plante (right) proudly display the checks they received as a prize.

friends and neighbors join by the river to explore all that RivahFest has to offer – a wonderful testament to this special town and time of year.” RivahFest Idol, sponsored and managed by the WRAR and WNNT team, didn’t disappoint as one of the festival’s most popular events. Featuring the highest ranking contestants from the preliminary rounds in May, the three judges acknowl14

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Rockwell of Virginia Beach and his partner, James Baldwin of Suffolk. Dawn Kennedy of Hanover and Dave Wright of Virginia Beach came in second while and Ronnie Coates of Gloucester and Ted Cecil of Hanover placed third in the tournament. Country music by the Pat Russell Band kicked off the early afternoon while the crowdpleasing North Tower Band got

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the fastest duck in the Rubber Duck Race, which supported The Haven Shelter, Boy Scouts and Women’s Auxiliary Tappahannock-Essex Volunteer Fire Department this year, were Natalie and Josh White of Atlas Family Chiropractic. Vendors in the Arts & Crafts Area and Merchants Market welcomed shoppers by the dozens with smiling faces and one-of-a-kind merchandise

folks comment on the appearance of Tappahannock and how enjoyable the RivahFest experience was this year! Thanks are also due to the several hundred volunteers who worked very hard to put on the show. Check www.facebook. com/rivahfest and for a complete photo gallery, to provide feedback and for more information on next year’s festival.

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They questioned whether the people who today call themselves Pamunkey Indians truly descended from the tribe that interacted with Capt. James Smith at Jamestown in 1607. There are big gaps in Pamunkey history, and at times the Pamunkey mixed with other tribes and with non-Indians, the opposing statement said. This information “undermines [the bureau’s] conclusions regarding descent from historical members of the Pamunkey tribe,” the document said. It also raises questions about discriminatory practices by the Pamunkey. The tribe had rules to “prohibit members from marrying African-Americans” and “prohibit women members from marrying non-Pamunkey men, from voting and from holding office,” according to MGM and Stand Up. Because of such practices, the NAACP and the Congressional Black Caucus also have objected to federal recognition for the Pamunkey. “Members of the Congressional Black Caucus are upset at the thought of federal recognition and potentially federal revenue going to a tribe with a deep history of what they perceive as racism,” Smithers said. He said rules against mixed marriages by Virginia Indian tribes should be viewed in the historical context of Jim Crow laws of the late 19th and early 20th century. “This is not in any way to sort of excuse the Pamunkey’s kind of exclusionary law. It is more to sort of explain the decisions that they made in this highly charged racial context,” Smithers said. “And the legacy of this stuff is coming out in the open with their case for federal recognition.”

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