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by Deirdre Blake posted Jul 9 2014 11:16AM
You can hold off on your "Summertime Blues." Fredericksburg lawmakers give Alan Jackson the green light to play his show next month at Celebrate Virginia line, expecting up to 8,000 people.
They had to approve the special permit because of the local Molly Hatchet ordinance. It was put in place after that 1983 concert drew 27,000 people here. So now shows over 5,000 need extra approval to get enough porta potties, security and emergency workers to the site.
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by Deirdre Blake posted Jul 9 2014 11:14AM
Do you live and vote in Spotsylvania County? You'll be helping decide whether to approve a more that $270 million bond referendum on the ballot this fall.
The borrowed money would help pay for schools, roads, public safety and other projects. The additional debt could potentially add 15 cents to the real estate tax rate, but any hike would happen over time, not all at once.
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Location : Spotsylvania County
by Deirdre Blake posted Jul 9 2014 11:13AM
If you're headed south on I-95 to get to the 133A exit for Falmouth, you'd better plan to head on down to make a u-turn toward Warrenton or hop onto Route 1 early. VDOT says it will close that exit ramp between 9:00 p.m. and midnight. It's so they can finish up work on installing an overhead sign.
by Deirdre Blake posted Jul 9 2014 11:06AM
Many of us saw what looked like a tornado off Route 3 near Fredericksburg's Central Park yesterday or have seen the pics on Facebook by now.
By definition, a tornado is a violently rotating column of air in contact with the ground that starts as a funnel cloud. What we saw was a "scud cloud." They are fragments of clouds that are unattached to and below a layer of higher clouds. They usually come on windgusts when rain-cooled air clashes with warmer air ahead of the thunderstorm.
by Deirdre Blake posted Jul 8 2014 11:17AM
The "no trespassing" signs were posted on the private property, when 18 year old Anthony Mandel Johnson,Jr. and his friends got to the Fredericksburg quarry for a swim last night.
The Fredericksburg Fire Department's Mike Jones tells us witnesses say the man was trying to reach a rope swing when he went under and didn't come back up. Divers found him and CPR was done there, before he was taken to a local hospital. A local college student also drowned there in 2006.
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by Deirdre Blake posted Jul 8 2014 11:15AM
Hot weather and traffic can make tempers fly, so be careful and keep yours in check to stay safe driving around town. Fredericksburg police say there were two more local road rage incidents over the holiday weekend. One happened Friday night when a 64 year old man got read-ended and then the car's driver punched him in the face. Then Sunday a man that almost got hit on Amelia Street got approached by that car's driver with a gun. Nobody's been arrested yet.
by Deirdre Blake posted Jul 8 2014 11:14AM
Planning a vacation doesn't have to be a headache or break the bank, depending on where you're going. There are already 11 places in the CityPass Booklet, from Boston, Chicago and New York to Tampa and Seattle. The book's got no wait in line passes for five top local spots in those places, from aquariums and zoos to museums and coupons. The run from 49 bucks at city-pass-dot-com.
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Location : BostonChicagoNew YorkSeattleTampa
by Deirdre Blake posted Jul 8 2014 11:13AM
Lots of police, emergency vehicles and some road detours are happening around the North Anna Nuclear Power station today. It's all part of Dominion Virginia Power and the Virginia Department of Emergency Management doing an emergency drill to test response to a terrorist attack. Power workers and nearly two dozen other local, state and federal agencies will be there. The annual drill's in response to heightened security since 9/11.
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by Deirdre Blake posted Jul 3 2014 8:36AM may be in for some tricky travel and hotel check-in delays if you're headed to a southern beach for the holiday weekend.
A hurricane warning is already in place for most of the Outer Banks of North Carolina, along with some mandatory evacuation orders.
Maggie Johnson with Accuweather says things should be much better by later tomorrow afternoon.
Locally, it's a cold front pushing in that will bring up storms and lots of rain later today into tonight. If you want to see what you might be headed to, check out the Ocean Isle Beach webcam at
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Location : North Carolina
People : Maggie Johnson
by Deirdre Blake posted Jul 2 2014 10:05AM

Grilling for the holiday cookout and planning to marinate your meat? There are some dos and donts.
The acid in most of them can tenderize and even kill germs, but do it in the fridge and not on the counter. Chicken and cubed meat can be marinated up to 2 days safely. Beef, veal, pork, lamb roasts, chops, and steaks can be marinated up to 5 days. If you plan to use some as a sauce, keep it separate or take the meat out and boil it first to kill bacteria.
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by Deirdre Blake posted Jul 2 2014 10:04AM

If you're traveling this weekend or summer, Triple A says carrying a mixed wallet can be your best protection against thieves and not having your trip ruined.
That means carrying a credit card, a debit card, some local currency if you're leaving the country and a pre-loaded money card. The pre-loaded option doesn't list your name or have a bank account link. It can also hold five country currencies at one time.
by Deirdre Blake posted Jul 2 2014 10:03AM
Do you travel down Route 3 to Spotsylvania's Harrison Crossing? If so, you'll notice VDOT's done some work to make it a little safer.
New lane markings have been painted there to fix the confusion that required you to change lanes if you were driving westbound. The markings are between Gordon and Harrison roads and will let left-lane traffic continue west on Route 3.
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by Deirdre Blake posted Jul 2 2014 10:02AM

You'll need and EZ Pass or an EZ Pass flex to drive on the I-95 express lanes when they open next year, but now you can get one easier.
They were already sold at some local Giant stores, but now a partnership with VDOT will get them sold at 30 offices across the state. The Fredericksburg and Stafford DMVs and some in northern Virginia are on that list. The cost 35 bucks, and that money goes toward toll credit.
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by Deirdre Blake posted Jul 2 2014 10:00AM

It might start to look more like a beach destination after the town of Colonial Beach gets almost $800,000 from the state to revamp the boardwalk there, along the Potomac.
The primary goal is to get it in a lot better shape. The money will also pay for a pedestrian plaza at the end to connect to the boardwalk, that's now a dead end.
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by Deirdre Blake posted Jul 2 2014 10:00AM
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Hundreds packed the small U.S. Marine Memorial Chapel at Quantico yesterday for Staff Sergeant David Stewart's funeral.
He was killed in Afghanistan on June 20th, during his fifth combat tour and leaves behind a wife and two young kids. After the service, a long funeral procession traveled to Quantico National Cemetery, for a 21-gun salute. Four white doves were set loose and flew in circles above the service.
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Topics : Human Interest
People : David Stewart
by Deirdre Blake posted Jul 2 2014 9:59AM

Be warned if you've got a little one. In a string of recalls, Graco announces recalls of buckles used on almost two million infant car seats.
Seats affected were manufactured between July 2010-May 2013 and include SnugRide Classic Connect, SnugRide Classic Connect's 30 and 35, the SnugRide Click Connect 40, and the Aprica A30.
by Deirdre Blake posted Jul 2 2014 9:58AM
Look for alot more cops on the roads for the holiday weekend travel. It's part of a national effort known as Operation CARE, which stands for Combined Accident Reduction Effort. State police want you to be especially careful if you're driving south as Tropical Storm Arthur brings rain and could be a hurricane by the end of the week. Last year's holiday weekend, more than 11,000 drivers got speeding tickets.
by Deirdre Blake posted Jul 2 2014 9:55AM

Fredericksburg line tickets for VRE's special holiday Firecracker trains to DC for the fireworks Friday night are sold out, but there are still about 300 tickets on the Manassas line.
Tickets will be sold until tomorrow at the VRE office on King Street in Alexandria or through 703-684-1001. They're 10 bucks a pop round trip and leave Manassas Park, Burke Centre, Backlick Road and Union Station, starting at 4:45 p.m.
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Location : Alexandria
by Deirdre Blake posted Jul 2 2014 9:54AM

If you're planning to head to a North Carolina or even Virginia Beach, you could face some tricky weather for the start of the holiday weekend, depending.
A hurricane watch is already in place for part of North Carolina's coast. The Tropical Storm's maximum sustained winds today are 60 miles an hour, but it could be upgraded to a hurricane by tomorrow. It'll move fast though and should be far north of Virginia by later Friday.
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by Deirdre Blake posted Jul 2 2014 9:52AM
Want a way to give back to the community this holiday week? Think about donating a pint of your blood and helping save three lives.
The American Red Cross has already started to see shortages with the summer travel season underway. There's a drive locally at the Walmart on James Madison Highway in Culpeper from 2 until 6 p.m. tomorrow. Sleep and eat well today and hydrate. All the area drives are always listed at red-cross-blood-dot-org.
by Deirdre Blake posted Jul 2 2014 9:51AM

People with breathing problems, like asthma, should stay inside or limit their time outdoors today and maybe run errands this morning or this evening. The heat advisory from noon today through 7:00 p.m. will mean a higher risk for bad air quality, heat exhaustion or heat stroke. If you work outside, get into the shade some and drink lots of water or gatorrade.
by Deirdre Blake posted Jul 2 2014 9:50AM
It's an important chapter in history for the tiny town of Port Royal in Caroline County. This week, new boundaries created make it five times the size it used to be, up from 78 to 481 acres. The new town limits are now about 500 feet west of U.S. 301, and fold in the intersection of U.S. 301 and U.S. 17. Port Royal doesn't collect real estate or personal property taxes, but makes money from grants, parking decal fees, local sales, business license and utility taxes.
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Location : Caroline County
by Deirdre Blake posted Jul 1 2014 11:44AM
If you're a Dominion Virginia Power customer, like lots of us, your bills in the coming years will probably stay steady or go up a little. Thanks to new legislation, in effect today, the company will get to write off $400 million of its' profits for nuclear energy research. Without the change, we'd have been due refund next year and a rate cut in 2017.
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People : Virginia Power
by Deirdre Blake posted Jul 1 2014 11:43AM
We remind you all the time to lock your cars and take any electronics or valuables inside, because most of the thefts from them are just a crime of opportunity. It happened to four people early last Friday morning in the wayside area, in Stafford. A 17 year old boy in a mask was taken into custody for taking an iPhone, an iPad Touch, jewelry and cash. Thanks to a neighbor out walking his dog, all the stuff was found and returned.
by Deirdre Blake posted Jul 1 2014 11:42AM
Most of us slow down or wait for bicycles on area roads, but staring today, the law changes on the amount of room you have to give them. Cars now have to leave a 3-foot space while passing bikes, up from the two feet required before. The plan, sponsored by a Spotsylvania Senator, also covers mopeds, animals and animal-drawn vehicles. We're the 21st state to pass this kind of law.
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