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by Deirdre Blake posted Mar 30 2015 10:54AM
A Spotsylvania County deputy gets medical treatment after being attacked by four Prince William teens, that broke into the Spotsylvania High cafeteria Saturday.
Captain Jeff Pearce with the Spotsylvania Sheriff'a Office says the door was open and the teens were breaking into vending machines, at the end of a basketball tournament, when the school's principal got there.
He tried to subdue the situation and said he was calling the cops and then they tried to physically intimidate him. A deputy got to the scene moments later and then they turned on him, a 14 year old punching him in the face. Pearce says that even though the shot caused the deputies face to be bloodied, he still kept them in control until backup arrived.
The boys range from 14 to 18 and are part of an at-risk program from Woodbridge. They are all charged with felonies... breaking and entering, malicious wounding of a law enforcement officer and assault by mob. Any or all of them could end up being tried as adults, if that's what the Commonwealth's Attorney decides to do.
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Location : Spotsylvania County
People : Jeff PearceWilliam
by The Associated Press posted Mar 30 2015 10:50AM
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) _ Frank Hammon, news director of WFLS-WNTX, was honored Saturday with the AP Robert Gallimore Distinguished Service Award for his nearly 40-year service to the broadcast industry.
The award, named after the Associated Press Chief of Bureau in Richmond between 1967 and 1985, is presented annually to someone who has made significant contributions to the broadcast industry in Virginia.
Hammon, 63, has led the news department at the Starradio Group's sister stations in Fredericksburg for 15 years.
"I had people who were willing to mentor me in certain things and those are the people who I appreciated along the way," he said. "Be willing to listen and learn and when the time is right and you move on, then you become the teacher."
Hammon began his broadcast career in 1977 in his native New York at WNTQ-FM in Syracuse. Within three months of starting the part-time job, he became assistant program director. He later moved to North Carolina and worked at WOJY and WOKX-WGLD in the Greensboro, High Point, Winston-Salem triad.
His reporting ranged from the police beat to business and a Discovery space shuttle launch. It also included live sports coverage of events in the Carolinas, Tennessee and Virginia for the ABC radio network.
In 1989, Hammon landed in Virginia at WFLS-FM. Throughout his 26 years at the Fredericksburg station, he covered stories relevant to the region. He was one of the first on the scene at the start of the sniper shootings in 2002 and the tragic Lisk-Silva murders, reporting live from the field.
When airliners plowed into the Pentagon and the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001, Hammon worked 10- to 12-hour shifts to keep the listeners in his community informed.
The Gallimore Award was presented by the VAPB at the group's awards luncheon and annual meeting at the Omni Hotel.
Hammon resides with his wife, Carol, in Caroline County.

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Sister sation WNTX-AM was the recipient of two awards. Assistant News Director, Deirdre Blake received a meritorious award for Best News Anchor. The station also won a superior award for Best News Documentary or In-Depth Report for "Focus: Ebola Awareness."



by Deirdre Blake posted Mar 30 2015 10:42AM
You'll start seeing Metro's new safety preparedness videos on local tv stations, starting this week.
In case of an emergency involving smoke or fire in trains, they talk about when and how to evacuate, what to know about the third rail, onboard intercom use and where to find emergency signs or exits. The 60-second versions are in English and Spanish and the one that's three minutes long is on www.wmata.com. See the video: https://youtu.be/eVkYTFfV90w
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by Deirdre Blake posted Mar 30 2015 5:01AM
Virginia State Police are investigating the weekend crash of a single engine plane that crashed and claimed the life of its' 16 year old pilot in Orange. It happened just after 9:30a.m. yesterday morning and the FAA and NTSB are trying to figure out what went wrong. Ryan Lee McCall of Spotsylvania was the only person on board.
The plane involved was a 1974 Piper, model PA28140 single-engine, fixed-wing aircraft small plane. It crashed at a field east of the Orange County Airport. Emergency responders from the Orange County EMS and Sheriff's Office also helped police at the scene. The Plane was owned by William Rushing III of Springfield, Va.

by Deirdre Blake posted Mar 26 2015 10:43AM
We could soon see more sidewalk cafes popping up outside restaurants all across Fredericksburg. Trying to be more business friendly, members of the City Council vote last night to waive the fees they were paying to have one. They will have to comply withwhere they are placed and both tables and decorations have to meet new regulations. It's the first major change to them in over ten years.
by Deirdre Blake posted Mar 26 2015 10:29AM
The streets in and around Spotsy are safer today after a major cocaine bust.
The Sheriff's office says four people are in a local jail accused of operating a cocaine trafficking ring in the county. All of the New York residents range in ages from 21 to 38. Approximately 26 ounces of cocaine, with an estimated street value of over $100,000 was seized by detectives. Another $16,000 in cash and several guns were also found.
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Samuell Ensley Jr.

Rose Marie Rivera

Natalia Silva


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Location : New York
by Deirdre Blake posted Mar 26 2015 9:45AM
The CEO of Lufthansa Airlines says he is "Speechless" that the co-pilot of the Germanwings airliner that crashed in the French Alps this week deliberately crashed the plane.
The pilot has, for whatever reason, stepped away briefly from the cockpit and is heard in recordings from the plane's black box, trying to bust back in. Screams of what were likely some of the 150 passengers on board were also on the tape. The investigation and search for remains has resumed today.
The U.S. State Department has confirmed that three of those passengers were from the United States. One of them, Yvonne Selke, was a long-time Booz Allen Hamilton employee from nearby, in Nokesville, Virginia. She was also traveling with her daughter Emily, who recently graduated from a university in Philadelphia. The identity of the third U.S. traveler has not been released yet, pending notification of their next of kin.
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by Deirdre Blake posted Mar 25 2015 11:05AM
If you are looking work, your chance to find it might be at a massive job fair at the University of Mary Washington Dalghren campus tomorrow from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. You can log on to www.jobzoneonline.com today to register and post a link to your resume, but bring copies with you too. Each company that will be there is also listed on the site with job listings and requirements.
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People : Mary Washington
by Deirdre Blake posted Mar 25 2015 10:56AM
Pay attention on I-66 because if you haven't seen some authorized commuter buses driving on the shoulders, you will.
They started rolling this week as part of a pilot program with VDOT. They are allowed on 6.3 miles that hook up with the shoulder of the Dulles Connector Road, they were already allowed to use. It's only allowed when main line traffic speeds drop below 35 miles an hour.
by Deirdre Blake posted Mar 25 2015 10:54AM
If you live in Spotsylvania and have a little one, now is the time to get them in line for the county's Head Start program.
Applications for the 2015-16 school year are being accepted and initial selections start on May 1st. They will keep taking applications until the program is full and throughout the year to keep build a waiting list.
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Location : Spotsylvania
People : Start
by Deirdre Blake posted Mar 25 2015 10:50AM
VDOT and the state transportation board get the final say, but it looks like we could be driving over the Martin Luther King Jr. bridge in Fredericksburg.
After some spirited discussion in its' chambers Tuesday night, Fredericksburg lawmakers take the vote to name the bridge over I-95 on Fall Hill Avenue for the civil rights leader last night. A new footbridge over the Rappahannock Canal could be named for Bess Turk who grew up here and gave the city 29 acres between Fall Hill Avenue and the Rappahannock River almost 20 years ago.
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by Deirdre Blake posted Mar 25 2015 10:41AM
Better news for veterans around the region that are still waiting to hear the outcome of a pending claim for disability.
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs launches an investigation this week into allegations of widespread mismanagement of claims at its Philadelphia office. Whistleblowers have complained of routine mishandling of claims and a report from the V-A's inspector general. The internal review should be done by by June.
by Deirdre Blake posted Mar 25 2015 10:38AM
Be ready for some delays on Fall Hill Ave, as you head from Route 1 to Route 3.
A single lane will be closed from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m., between the Rappahannock Canal Bridge and the Crestview Apartments at the top of the hill. You could see aflagging crew there Monday through Friday, for up to three weeks. Crews are clearing trees to eventually widen the road.
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by Deirdre Blake posted Mar 20 2015 7:59AM
If you love shopping at the Deb store in the Spotsylvania Townce Centre or the Cache store in the Village shops nearby, you better hurry up.
Both of them will close since their companies filed for bankruptcy. They will have liquidation sales and the Cache will only take gift cards until April 5th. No closing date is set there though. The Deb Store will stay open until everything is sold.
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by Deirdre Blake posted Mar 20 2015 7:56AM
Demolition of the old Union Bank office in Ladysmith is underway.
Last week crews started gutting the interior and work to demolish the exterior started this week. Caroline County's first CVS drugstore will be built on the site, at U.S. 1 and Ladysmith Rd. It's scheduled to open by late summer.
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Topics : Labor
Location : Caroline County
by Deirdre Blake posted Mar 20 2015 7:54AM
A strong reminder to pay attention at intersections and to never give in to someone trying to get you to drag race.
It's what Fredericksburg police were told led to a broadside crash that shut down part of Mary Washington Boulevard for a half hour Monday night. They say the white Acura was speeding down Route 1 when it crashed into the side of a woman's Toyota, that was turning at the light. Both drivers went to the hospital with serious injuries. According to the Free Lance-Star, the Acura's driver, Michael Yanick, is charged with reckless driving and driving an uninsured vehicle. The Toyota's driver is charged with failure to yield the right of way.
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by Frank Hammon posted Mar 17 2015 12:08PM
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A Spotsylvania woman is behind bars following the shooting death of her husband.
County authorities say that 37-year-old Laurence Marie-Flora Smith called 9-1-1 just before 6 p.m. Monday saying that she had accidentally shot her husband.
After investigating the scene at their home on Harrison Road and interrogating Smith they determined the shooting of Sean Smith was not accidental.
She is charged with second degree murder and jailed without bond.
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by Deirdre Blake posted Mar 16 2015 7:51AM
Do you know how you're going to spend your 2014 tax refund yet?
The Virginia Department of Taxation says you could use to to restock your pantry, save for a Virginia 529 education plan or book a long put off doctor's appointment. If you really need to blow some of it on something fun, make sure it's no more than 10% of your refund. You could use the rest to pay down student loans, create a three to six month emergency fund pay off overdue bills or high interest credit cards or add to your retirement account.
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Location : Virginia
by Deirdre Blake posted Mar 16 2015 7:48AM
If your loved one is in the military and stationed in Afghanistan, they may not be coming home as soon as you thought.
The Obama administration is dropping plans to cut the number of U.S. forces there to 5,500 by the end of the year. Military leaders, want as many as 9,800 troops to stay well into next year. They're also talking about keeping about 2,000 for counterterrorism work beyond next year.
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by Deirdre Blake posted Mar 16 2015 7:47AM
Depending on where you live, you may have felt your bed shaking yesterday morning.
The U.S. Geological Survey says a magnitude-2.8 earthquake struck at 3:02 a.m., the epicenter about 6 miles south of Louisa. There are no injuries reported, but it was apparently felt more than 485 miles away, in Peebles, Ohio. The massive 5.8 quake centered there in 2011 caused millions in damage up and down the East Coast.
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by Deirdre Blake posted Mar 16 2015 7:45AM
Don't get too comfortable with your lighter jacket or t-shirt just yet. A cold front is pushing south of the Canadian border today and will bring us a big change later this week.
Temperatures in the minus 20s, 30s and even minus 40s have already taken over much of northern Alaska. Fredericksburg could see the low 50s by Wednesday, then the 40s and 30s at night. A chance for a rain snow mix even moves in Thursday into Friday.
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Location : AlaskaNorthern Alaska
by Deirdre Blake posted Mar 16 2015 7:44AM
It might be tough to drive just about anywhere and not see a VDOT truck and workers doing pothole repairs over the next few weeks.
The governor says the state is determined to get a handle on the near craters on some of the state's more than 50-thousand miles of roads. They say everyday drivers are their best defense to doing a better job. When you see one, report it online at 5-1-1-virginia-dot-org or call 1-800-F-O-R-Road.
by Deirdre Blake posted Mar 16 2015 7:42AM
The former editor and co-publisher of The Free Lance-Star was a voice for freedom of press and journalism has passed away at the age of 89.
Charles S. Rowe died Friday at a hospital in Florida. He and brother, Josiah P. Rowe III took over the newspaper after their father died in 1949. He is survived by his wife, Lee Pelham Rowe, three children, two stepchildren, and his brother. A memorial service is scheduled March 21st in Fredericksburg.
by Deirdre Blake posted Mar 13 2015 10:33AM
Local Delegate and Speaker of the House Bill Howell is the first lawmaker to file all of the paperwork to be listed in the ballot to run for office again.
He submitted signatures of more than 1500 local voters along with the application. He'llface off against Stafford challenger Susan Stimpson for the 28th district seat. It represents part of Fredericksburg and Stafford. All 100 of Virginia's House and all 40 Senate seats are up for election on November 3rd.
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Location : Virginia
by Deirdre Blake posted Mar 13 2015 10:31AM
Fredericksburg's Mayor will be on hand at the Boys and Girls Club to launch the Connect 2 Compete program tomorrow morning.
They are partnering with Cox communications to hand over 75 free computers to qualifying families in the region. They can also get high speed access for under ten bucks a month. Families need to have at least one child getting free lunches at school, not be a Cox high speed customer in the last 90 days or have outstanding bills. More than 75 percent of K-12 teachers assign internet-based homework today.
by Deirdre Blake posted Mar 13 2015 10:30AM
Are you into Civil War history or learning about military command?
It's part of a lecture by Civil War Historian Eric J. Mink at the old historic Courthouse in Bowling Green Sunday. He'll talk about the Overland Campaign on 1864, the toll of battles on the military, combat and strategy. The Gettysburg native has worked with the National Park Service for over 20 years. The event Sunday kicks off at 2:00 p.m.
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People : Eric J. Mink
by Deirdre Blake posted Mar 13 2015 10:27AM
Ready to get decked out in green and gear up for the ultimate Irish celebration next week early? The annual Fredericksburg St. Patrick's Day Parade is Saturday, March 14th from 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. There will be fire trucks, classic cars, high school marching bands, Irish dancers, horses, other local businesses and area pageant winners. It's in the Spotsylvania Business Park on Dill Smith Drive in Fredericksburg. Get more at www.visitfred.com.
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by Deirdre Blake posted Mar 13 2015 10:14AM
You can catch some free entertainment this weekend and see the new technology that will help students learn at the University of Mary Washington.
Its' digital auditorium opens in the Information Technology Cenvergience Center Saturday. They'll have presentations, film screenings and music from 10:00 a.m. until midnight. The two story building holds up to 130 people and will be used for lectures, classes training and entertainment.
by Deirdre Blake posted Mar 13 2015 10:12AM
Teachers in Spotsylvania that were given the option of early retirement only have until Monday to make a decision. More that 550 of them are being offered a one time incentive of 30 percent of their pay. It would mean about 18-grand for a teacher that makes 60-thousand-dollars a year. If 40 percent take the option, it would save the school system about 1-point-5-million-dollars. No word yet on how the money would be spent.
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by Deirdre Blake posted Mar 13 2015 9:26AM
Are you a part-time worker or anyone else that needs health insurance, but have not signed up through the federal healthcare exchange?
You probably already saw what it can cost you in a penalty if you already file taxes for 2014. There is help though. You can find local advice on what you need at www.virginianavigator.org. A special open enrollment to sign up runs from this Sunday through the end of April.
by Deirdre Blake posted Mar 13 2015 9:25AM
It seems like every time we turn around there's a new scam to put us on guard.
This time two businesses in Stafford were called by someone claiming to be from Dominion Virginia Power. The person told them they have a delinquent $400 bill, thathad to be paid within an hour by debit card or have their power turned off. One of the victims was warned that it was a scam by a grocery store employee, when they went there to by a card.
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by Deirdre Blake posted Mar 13 2015 9:24AM
Do you slug north for work from the Staffordboro Commuter lot off Route 610?
You might see some VDOT folks there soon, worried about backups around the pick-up line during the morning commute. It's hoping to make the a.m. pick-up and afternoondrop-off areas run a little smoother and to encourage more carpooling. Check out the survey https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/5RWNCCL
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People : Stafford Easier
by Deirdre Blake posted Mar 12 2015 10:19AM
The general lottery for a spot in the 40th Marine Corps Marathon starts tomorrow.
Yesterday, runners snapped up every registration into the Marine Corps 17.75K race in Prince William County, March 28th, in under 8 minutes. No matter where they finish in that race, they are guaranteed a spot in the October marathon. Get into the lottery March 13th on www.marinemarathon.com
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by Deirdre Blake posted Mar 12 2015 10:12AM
Are your kids already thinking about peeps and coloring easter eggs? Their chance to get an early glimpse of the Easter Bunny is this weekend. Breakfast with the Easter Bunny is in the Food Court of the Spotsylvania Towne Centre this Saturday at 10:00 a.m. Registration with customer service runs through today. It's five bucks a kid and only cash is accepted.
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by Deirdre Blake posted Mar 12 2015 10:11AM
The drive is about to change at Route 1 and Hickory Ridge Road in Spotsy and you can see what it will mean tonight. The meeting is in the cafeteria of Riverview Elementry School from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. You can stop by anytime to see the design plans for the planned new turn lanes, ask VDOT staff questions and give your feedback.
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by Deirdre Blake posted Mar 12 2015 10:09AM
Don't forget tonight is the last chance to speak out on a possible fare hike to ride VRE.
The meeting is at City Hall on Princess Anne Street in Fredericksburg ar 7:00 p.m. The four percent bump would start in July and there would be an increase for Amtrak step up tickets too. Officials are waiting to see if people show up this time. They don't know if the weather was a factor, but nobody showed up to speak at a hearing February 18th in Stafford.
The July 1st changes would mean that from here to Union Station, it would cost $12 more a month and 40 cents a trip. The money would help build bigger platforms and add more cars to trains so more people can get off I-95.
by Deirdre Blake posted Mar 12 2015 9:17AM
Two Spotsylvania County parents are in trouble and an infant is still fighting for its' life.
The baby's birth parents, Janine Heerick and Leonard Parker III were arrested on Tuesday and the four month old had to be airlifted to the VCU Pediatric ICU with suspicious injuries on March 2nd. Six felony arrest warrants were obtained on Heerick and Parker and both are charged with several counts of child neglect and cruelty. The pair are in a local jail and the infant is still listed in critical condition.
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Location : Spotsylvania County
by Deirdre Blake posted Mar 11 2015 8:25AM
Are you already signed up for Fredericksburg City's alert system?
You better get ready for it to transition to a new alerting system. To make sure you don't miss any important messages, you MUST sign up for the new system no later than April 1st on https://member.everbridge.net/index/453003085611679#/signup. Your current information will not carry over to the new system. Examples of these alerts include Weather, Traffic, City Closings, Parks & Recreation Information and much, much more! The new system will also send emergency notifications to groups of people living in a specific geographic area within the city.
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Location : Fredericksburg City
by Deirdre Blake posted Mar 11 2015 8:23AM
Do you know how to spot funny money? The Charles County Sheriff's Office is coming together with the Secret Service and police across Virginia to warn that some is back in circulation. There has been an increase in counterfeit cash, especially 50s. If it is real, you will feel the difference in the paper and texture and see raised ink. If you think you are given one, contact your local police or sheriff's office.
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Location : Virginia
by Deirdre Blake posted Mar 11 2015 8:20AM
It could soon cost less to own a car and boat in Spotsylvania, but taxes stay the same on real estate.
The proposed county budget there would drop the average car tax by $1.25 and lower the boat tax by about 53 cents. The real estate would stay 86 cents for every hundred dollars that your home is worth. You'll get a chance to speak out at a public hearing on taxes rates and the county budget, that take affect in July this month. The hearing is on the 26th at Courtland High School. It starts at 6:30 p.m.
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by Deirdre Blake posted Mar 10 2015 9:50AM
Your chance to help a local restaurant get some recognition for its' good eats is here.
FoodE on Caroline Street is in the running to win Virginia's 2015 Lovers of Culinary Challenge, but need your help. Their chicken and waffles has advanced to round 16 and that voting ends today. Then the contest goes on bracket style each week, until their are only two left.
The winner will be announced on April 7th. Cast your vote through www.virginia.org/culinarymadnesschallenge.
by Deirdre Blake posted Mar 10 2015 9:48AM
Recent bad weather postponed the Potomac National's seasonal job fair, but it's rescheduled for tomorrow and Thursday.
Interviews will be at the team stadium from 4:00 to 7:0 p.m. each day. Front office officials are looking for folks to work with the public from April 9th through September and maybe playoff games too. They are hiring for everything from concessions and waiters to food vendors, ticket sales and receptionists.
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by Deirdre Blake posted Mar 10 2015 9:41AM
A child is diagnosed with cancer every three and a half minutes in the U.S., but your chance to help with the fight is this weekend.
The annual St. Baldrick's Day event is being held at Paddy's Steakhouse on Route 610 in Stafford this Sunday. Folks sign up, raise money and then get their head shaved that day, between 2:00 and 5:00 p.m. You can donate to a shavee in advance on www.stbaldricks.org and search for Paddy's Steakhouse.
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by Deirdre Blake posted Mar 10 2015 9:40AM
The real work on the busy intersection at Route 1 and Harrison Road Spotsy won't start for a year, but we could see some activity there as early as this week or next.
VDOT crews will start trimming trees and Dominion Virginia Power will move utility poles around. Three buildings that house local businesses will eventually be torn down too. When it's all done, more new lanes should ease delays, especially during the rush-hours.
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by Deirdre Blake posted Mar 10 2015 9:39AM
Do you ride VRE, have a smartphone and want to be involved in a test of new mobile ticketing? The Virginia Railway Express is looking for volunteers to test the new mobile app before it's released this spring or summer. You can take the survey to seeif you would be a good candidate. Check out www.vre.org under "What's New" and Beta testers, through this Friday.
by Deirdre Blake posted Mar 10 2015 9:37AM
More delays are on tap if you planned to drive on the I-95 Express Lanes, headed north, through this Saturday.
Crews will be doing some work from Garrisonville Road to Boundary Channel Drive from 8:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m. through Thursday and then from 11:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. on Friday and Saturday. Then the will be in the I-95 main lanes, closing two to the right tomorrow night, from 10:30 p.m. until 5:00 a.m. on Thursday.
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by Deirdre Blake posted Mar 10 2015 9:34AM
If you're a runner and want to be a part of the People's Marathon this fall and don't want to risk not getting in through the lottery, be ready.
Sign up for the 17.75K Marine Marathon in Prince William Forest Park starts at noon tomorrow and will likely sell out in minutes. Getting a spot in that race, on March 28th will guarantee you a spot in October race. Sign up at www.marinemarathon.com.
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by Deirdre Blake posted Mar 10 2015 9:33AM
Local parents and teens are asked to get involved in the conversation about lowering the risk of teen drinking and driving, that often leads to wrecks.
The data is being collected by VCU's Community Collaborative for Youth and Families. The first local meeting is tomorrow at the Snow Branch Library on Courthouse Road in Spotsylvania from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. then at the England Run Branch in south Stafford next Wednesday.
by Deirdre Blake posted Mar 10 2015 9:29AM
Expect delays on I-95 around the U.S. 17 interchange this week as crews work on the bridges over road.
Overnight, lanes will be closed southbound side through Thursday. Each night a single lane will be close from 7:30 to 10 p.m., then double-lanesclose from just after 10 p.m. until 4:30 a.m. A single lane will close again until 11 a.m. It's for more permanent repairs to potholes that crews started work on last month.
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by Deirdre Blake posted Mar 10 2015 9:08AM
Yesterday we reminded you to be careful on the road after Daylight savings time kicked in because more crashes were likely. It looks like the disruption of sleep means we need to be careful all week though.
Try to stay calm and take any heart medications you're on too. This entire week is known for a spike in heart attacks. Researchers in Sweden says they are almost four percent more likely. If you are a true night owl, it could take you three weeks to get used to the time change.
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by Deirdre Blake posted Mar 10 2015 9:04AM
Be ready for changes if your drive takes you to Fort Belvoir, near the Tulley Gate entrance between this week and April.
Lanes are shifting and some will close on and off in a quarter mile stretch from the Fairfax County Parkway and Backlick Road.VDOT's work will ultimately mean a new north and southbound lane, with a 32-foot wide median, for almost four miles, between Telegraph Road and Mount Vernon Memorial Highway.
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by Deirdre Blake posted Mar 10 2015 9:03AM
The final public hearing to speak out on a proposed four percent hike to ride VRE is this Thursday.
It was rescheduled for the snow and will happen at 7:00 p.m. at the Fredericksburg City Council Chambers. The hike would add $12.20 to a monthly pass for a train from Fredericksburg to L'Enfant and Union stations; $4.10 for a 10-ticket pass and a single ticket would be 45 cents more. It would take effect in July.
by Deirdre Blake posted Mar 9 2015 9:07AM
Have you driven down Eskimo Hill Road in Stafford, near the regional landfill this month?
You might have seen some extra trash tossed on the side of the road, like the complaints coming in to some local lawmakers. It seems to be happening more since the Regional Waste Management Board put a four-dollar dumping fee in place on the 2nd.
The fee is also in effect at the landfill in Fredericksburg.
by Deirdre Blake posted Mar 9 2015 9:05AM
While you're driving to work or around town this week, try to avoid all the potholes popping up everywhere.
VDOT crews responsible for fixing them on 58,000 miles of state roads say they need our help. Reporting where they are can help fight back against a flat tire, bent rim or wrecked alignment. Report them statewide at 1-800-FOR-Road (1-800-367-7623.) Locally, call your public works department.
by Deirdre Blake posted Mar 9 2015 9:03AM
Expect delays if you have to drive north near I-495 at the Dulles Access Road tonight.
As long as the weather allows, crews will be shutting down all the lanes there to put in an overhead sign. It will eventually let the shoulder be used by rush hours drivers. Single lanes will be closed starting at 10:00 p.m. and all of them will close twice, for 20 minutes a pop, after midnight. It will all be done by 5:00 a.m. tomorrow.
by Deirdre Blake posted Mar 9 2015 9:01AM
Even if you had a hard time getting enough sleep this weekend with the time change and feel groggy today, at least the cloud has a silver lining.
You could use the extra hour of light we'll have to get a jump on prepping the yard for spring, fire up the grill for dinner this week or just sit out and watch the sunset. And it will be a natural mood booster. You can get more of the feel good hormone seratonin just by being in the sun for an hour.
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by Deirdre Blake posted Mar 9 2015 9:01AM
Even though it's rare, lawmakers in the House and Senate in DC are agreeing on future plans for Amtrak.
They've passed a plan to approve almost two billion dollars to fund the service for the next four years. It could mean steady tickets prices, but don't head out for the trip too hungry. A Republican Congressman included tacking on the cost of labor in food sales. That could mean coffee and fancy sit-down dinners getting more expensive.
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by Deirdre Blake posted Mar 9 2015 8:51AM
You can get involved in group giving back and be a part of something big in the Burg' this May. The Marine Corps Marathon is looking for qualified groups to volunteer to adopt a mile at the Marine Corps Historic Half. You'll be responsible for cleaning up debris from the grass and road on your mile. Each person has to be at least 10 years old and the group gets a $300 stipend.
by Deirdre Blake posted Mar 9 2015 8:50AM
If your commute involves driving to get there or if you have a trip planned this month, save you better budget more money to fill up the tank.
AAA Mid-Atlantic say gas prices are still going up and the climb is likely continue. The average price for a gallon of unleaded hit $2.46 in Virginia by Friday. It's also the national average and is 29 cents more than a month ago. Gas prices have been moving higher for 39 straight days.
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by Deirdre Blake posted Mar 9 2015 7:20AM
A four-day commemoration in Richmond will mark the 150th anniversary of the fall of the Confederacy's capital.
The commemoration is set for April 1-4. It will include programs, tours of the city's historic areas, and an evening projection of images on modern downtown buildings representing fires that burned as the city was evacuated. Richmond fell on April 3, 1865. Six days later, Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee surrendered to Union Gen. Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox Court House.
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by Deirdre Blake posted Mar 6 2015 12:43PM
You might be sleepy this Sunday and Monday morning, after you "spring forward," moving your clock up an hour before bed Saturday night, but don't panic.
Doctors say you should catch up on your sleep with a week and it could save you some money. Natural light from longer days will warm the house and you will use less lights. Consider putting the gym membership on hold and exercise outside instead. And if you live close by, you could also walk to work or run errands on foot to save on gas.
by Deirdre Blake posted Mar 6 2015 12:42PM
Do you still have old papers laying around the house that need to be shredded?
The University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg still plans to help. Many folks did get turned away during the "Recyclemania" day shred event this week, but we're told another one is being planned soon. UMW Director of Landscape Joni Wilson says they shredded almost 10-thousand- pounds of stuff. It's part of their eight week competition with many other schools across the country.
by Deirdre Blake posted Mar 4 2015 10:58AM
The wrecked police cars, flashing lights and all the commotion you may have seen this morning, on I-95 north at the Dale City Rest Area, is all about safety.
Three state troopers that were hit by cars and hurt within a week are speaking at the 10:00 a.m. event. The Drive to Save Lives Campaign is a reminder of Virginia's Move Over Law. When you see a police, rescue or recovery vehicle stopped with flashing lights, you are required to slow down and move over a lane, as soon as it's safe.
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by Deirdre Blake posted Mar 4 2015 10:56AM
Even though we're about to deal with another bout of winter weather, soon enough it will be other seasonal threats, like tornadoes.
A dozen of them hit Virginia last year, so it's time to get prepared. Nearly 400,000 people have already registered for the statewide tornado drill on March 17th. is intended to prepare businesses, schools and colleges, families and individuals in the event of a tornado. Get more at readyvirginia.gov.
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by Deirdre Blake posted Mar 4 2015 10:55AM
If the weather allows it, don't forget that you can come speak out locally tomorrow night on proposed hikes to the ride on VRE from Fredericksburg. The public hearing is set for 7:00 p.m. in the Fredericksburg City Council Chambers. The four percent jump would help pay for increases in running the trains. Amtrak step up tickets would also jump from three to five dollars.
by Deirdre Blake posted Mar 4 2015 10:54AM
Unless you are a die hard cold and snow lover, you're probably ready for Spring now, so enjoy the low 50s today because it sure won't last. Bill Deger with Accuweather tells us that a massive storm system headed this way will be responsible for our big change.
The key to accumulation in Fredericksburg and the surrounding areas will definitely be how quickly the temperature falls and the snow changeover. Rain is expected to turn into a wintry mix shortly after midnight tonight. The mix will change over to snow, probably toward the early morning hours. Forecasters say what does fall will be heavy and hard to deal with in the beginning, but could get more fluffy as the day goes on tomorrow. The best projections is that Fredericksburg and the immediate surrounding counties could get up to six inches by late tomorrow, into tomorrow night and then comes the return of dangerously cold temperatures.
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by Deirdre Blake posted Mar 3 2015 7:17AM
Fredericksburg Police are still trying to find the suspect they think could have started the entire wild brawl they responded to at Central Station on Princess Anne Street early Monday morning. It apparently involved more than 50 people inside and then more outside. One Fredericksburg was arrested nearby in connection after a police chase. They say one woman that had a seizure in the commotion was taken by ambulance to the hospital.
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