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by Deirdre Blake posted Jul 25 2014 9:05AM
Do you already have kids, but have another one on the way and you're worried about how they'll adjust?
Spotsy Regional Medical Center is stepping in to help with a sibling Class at :00 a.m. tomorrow, for kids ages two through nine. They'll hear about what a new baby will mean in their house and make a big brother/big sister craft to take home. It's free to attend and the classes are usually held once a month.
by Deirdre Blake posted Jul 25 2014 9:04AM
Even if you're not planning to run the Marine Corps Marathon this October, you can still be involved.
Its' making a call for volunteers to help with everything from packet pick-up and manning water stations to people helping out that have skills like massage and medical training. You could volunteer anytime from October 23rd until the 26th. Sign up at www.marinemarathon.com.
by Deirdre Blake posted Jul 25 2014 9:03AM
If you want to run for a good cause, but think you're not in good enough shape, a local doctor is here to help. Dr. Daniel Gray of Pratt Medical Center is hosting a free eight week "Couch to 5K" program.
It's in preparation for the ninth annual Baron "Deuce" P. Braswell Run Against Teen Violence on September 20th. The training will be every Tuesday and Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at the Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center's main entrance.
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by Deirdre Blake posted Jul 25 2014 9:02AM
You never know when your kids can be put in a dangerous position.
A former employee at a boarding school in Caroline County is charged with 13 counts of child endangerment. Caroline County Sheriff Tony Lippa says 13 male students of Abundant Life Academy were forced to do drills in a swamp in 35-degree weather, then made to wash off in a lake. Many of them got sick as a result.
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Topics : Law_Crime
Location : Caroline County
People : Tony Lippa
by Deirdre Blake posted Jul 25 2014 9:00AM
It looks like tornadoes are continuing to become more of a reality here in Virginia.
The National Weather Service confirmed that an EF-1 tornado touched down at Cherrystone Family Camping & RV Resort in rural Northampton County yesterday morning. State Police say that it killed a New Jersey couple and more than two dozen were hurt.
Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe has cut a political fundraising trip short tp go see the damage the tornado did yesterday. More than 13-hundred people were at the campground in tents, campers and cottages when the storm hit, knocking down trees and flipping over some campers.
One woman says the sky turned jet black and hail that was as big as an inch was falling.
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by Deirdre Blake posted Jul 25 2014 8:57AM
A summer time tradition in are gets under way today. The 276th annual Fredericksburg Agricultural Fair kicks at 5:00 tonight at the fairgrounds on Airport Ave.
There's lots of stuff to do for all ages from farm animals, food and rides to a bunch of new entertainment. The King BMX Stunt Show from America's Got Talent performs Monday and Tuesday nights. It runs for 10 days straight and you can get more at www.fredericksburgfair.org.
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by Deirdre Blake posted Jul 25 2014 8:56AM
Some reconstruction of the Metrorail system continues this weekend, but the biggest changes on the ride, if you're taking in DC as a tourist, will be on the Red Line.
It starts at 10 tonight and runs through Sunday. Service on the new Silver Line also starts tomorrow at noon, so be ready for changes on the Blue Line from it and some longer waits between scheduled trains.
by Deirdre Blake posted Jul 25 2014 8:55AM
If you love horses and history, the Meadow Event Park in Caroline is the place to be tomorrow and early Sunday.
It's hosting a historic family reunion of equestrian descendants of the Meadow. The Thoroughbred Heritage Horse Show will bring in 51 horses that are related to the famed racehorse Secretariat. A special ceremony is at 12:30 p.m. tomorrow. The show is free and open to the public.
by Deirdre Blake posted Jul 25 2014 8:54AM
The first formal debate of the campaign season is this Saturday morning at the Greenbrier Resort in West Virginia.
The Virginia Bar Association invited Democratic Incumbent Senator Mark Warner to face off against Republican challenger Ed Gillespie. Libertarian Robert Sarvis won't be there, since the VBA's president says he doesn't meet its' criteria for invitations.
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Topics : Politics
Location : West Virginia
by Deirdre Blake posted Jul 25 2014 8:53AM
A northern Virginia Congressman is standing up for the rights of animals and wants to have cosmetics being tested on them banned.
More than 50 other lawmakers are joining Jim Moran of Arlington on the Humane Cosmetics Act. It would phase out animal testing for makeup in the U.S. within a year, and on what's imported within three years.
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by Deirdre Blake posted Jul 24 2014 9:26AM
Hopefully you already saw the letter, but if you're a Dominion Virginia Power customer in King George, don't expect to blow dry your hair after a shower this Saturday morning and afternoon.
Its' crews will be doing work on some local distribution facilities and have to cut the electricity from 7:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. In case the schedule changes, make sure your acount info's current so they can call you.
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by Deirdre Blake posted Jul 24 2014 9:23AM

Summer travel has left the American Red Cross in a tough spot and it's got a looming blood and platlet shortage, already with 80,000 fewer recent donations.
Types O negative, B negative and A negative blood are especially needed. There's a drive next Tuesday at the Spotsy Regional Medical Center and then at several regional businesses and churches through August 10th. Get the whole list at www.redcrossblood.org.
by Deirdre Blake posted Jul 24 2014 9:20AM

Summer heat and traffic can make tempers flare, but take a moment to calm down, especially when you're driving.
Fredericksburg cops are dealing with another case of road rage. This time a Unionville man is arrested in Central Park after he cut off the car of a Stafford driver, then got behind it and ended up waving a gun at the man and his girlfriend. He also had two small kids in the back seat.
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Location : Unionville
by Deirdre Blake posted Jul 24 2014 9:18AM
If you buy tickets to ride VRE from the 7-11 at the intersection of Leeland and Deacon Roads in Stafford, today's the last day to get them there.
The business has been sold, so starting tomorrow the vendor spot will stop selling the tickets. VRE officials say they are trying to work with the new owner and looking for another nearby convenient store. Until then, a list of other Fredericksburg line vendors is on www.vre.org.
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by Deirdre Blake posted Jul 24 2014 9:17AM
The design for Riverfront Park in Fredericksburg, on Sophia Street, includes a tall mast that leans toward the Rappahannock River.
Some are saying it reminds them of the National Museum of the Marine Corps in Prince William. An Alexandria-based group is designing the concept for the 3.6 acres park. They will meet with the city's Architectural Review Board at a work session on August 4th.
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Location : Alexandria
People : William
by Deirdre Blake posted Jul 24 2014 9:16AM
If you live on work around the area of Dukes Creek marina, in the Lake Anna area, you could hear some odd noises again today. County officials say a film crew on site there will be responsible. You may hear what sounds like gunfire in the area from 8:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.
by Deirdre Blake posted Jul 24 2014 9:14AM
Good news you use the crowded Staffordboro commuter lot. The project to double its' size and add a thousand parking spaces there is almost done, but it means changes by the end of this week. At 7 Thursday night, one 130 spot area closes and a new 280 space one opens. Slow down, be careful and look for lots of signs on the new traffic pattern.
by Deirdre Blake posted Jul 24 2014 9:14AM
Before you hit the road for summer travel, make sure you know all the safety seat laws for kids in Virginia and neighboring states, even if you're just a family member and they're not your kids.
If you rent a car and can't bring a car seat with you, you can usually rent one from the company too. In Virginia, kids under a year 1 have to be in a rear facing infant seat, from one to eight, they need a child safety seat or booster seat and until they're 18, they all have to sit in the back seat.
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People : Know Virginia
by Deirdre Blake posted Jul 24 2014 9:13AM
All the recent scams reported should be a reminder to keep your personal information close and check your mail every day.
That information may be what helped a Spotsylvania woman open credit card accounts in three other local women's names. Cops traced a paper trail and a po box back to the woman and found the bogus cards in a safe and mail from 20 area residents in her house. She'd already been charged with embezzelment from her old job at Wells Fargo Bank.
by Deirdre Blake posted Jul 24 2014 9:11AM

Most of us know to check the Carfax report, especially if we buy a used model. Now the company's making it easier to know if it's been involved in wrecks.
The car re-seller can now get accident reports from police departments across the U.S. Carfax says in many cases, the reports now available through Crash-docs-dot-org are sold at the same price charged if you get them in person at the police station.
by Deirdre Blake posted Jul 24 2014 9:08AM
Police have now found a gun in the car of a man from Fauquier that sped away from a deputy and flipped over on Route 17, and died at a hospital.
Doctors found the gunshot wound after he was taken to the hospital. While cops were looking for the gun at the crash scene, another man slammed into the cruiser. He's facing DUI and other charges.
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by Deirdre Blake posted Jul 23 2014 10:33AM

Are you into craft beer and music? You can try some out and take some in at a festival at the Blue & Gray Brewing Company in Fredericksburg this Saturday.
Doors open at 6 p.m. and the concert will begin at 7 p.m. The bands range from The Pietasters soul roots and reggae to bluegrass and country. On-line tickets are 15 bucks through today, they're 18 at the door.
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by Deirdre Blake posted Jul 23 2014 10:32AM

A new memorial is rising near the National Mall that will be the first in Washington dedicated to veterans who come home with life-changing injuries.
The American Veterans Disabled For Life Memorial is set to be dedicated October 5th. Glass walls will carry inscriptions and photos. Bronze silhouette sculptures will represent their service and a ceremonial flame will burn on the water's surface.
by Deirdre Blake posted Jul 23 2014 10:31AM

If you live in Colonial Beach, hopefully you already got the word to boil your water before you drink it.
It comes after a routine test at a home on July 8th tested positive for E-coli that could now affect about 25-hundred homes. The town is flushing pipes and adding more chlorine, before taking more samples. E. coli's an indicator the water could be contaminated with human or animal wastes.
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Location : Colonial Beach
by Deirdre Blake posted Jul 23 2014 10:29AM

When you see a black Dodge Dakota parked around the area with writing all over it, it's not a mistake, but the owner's idea, after a deer hit the side of the truck.
When Bowling Green resident and Physicist Jason Phillips got a quote to fix it, he decided to paint it with chalkboard paint and leave out chalk for people to write on it as a social experiment. So far he says, there's not been one bad word, just things like "Carpe diem," "Inspire," "Give back" or "Live Long and Prosper."
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by Deirdre Blake posted Jul 23 2014 10:27AM
Have you wondered how much Stafford has really grown when you sit in traffic around the area?
The answer is alot and the proof's in lawmakers agreeing that the county will need to invest in a sixth high school. Expansions are already planned at Brooke Point, Mountain View and Colonial Forge high, that will each get about 200 more students by 2019.
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Topics : Education
Location : Mountain View
by Deirdre Blake posted Jul 23 2014 10:26AM

Are you already wondering if it's worth it to drive on the new tolled express lanes when they open and how much more your commute will set you back?
You can already check the average price to travel before they open or before you get on the road next year. Price Alerts are available now by setting up an on-line account, then you can get the info by e-mail or a text. Just log onto www.495expresslanes.com.
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by Deirdre Blake posted Jul 23 2014 10:25AM
Stafford resident and chef Chris Kyler is richer in experience, but doesn't have the title of "Food Network Star."
He became the seventh finalist to be cut on the July 13th episode. He says he started cooking after he was inspired by a Disney Cookbook his Mom bought him as a kid. For now he'll continue to work on the success of his A+ Catering, that runs out of mobile kitchens and does events in northern Virginia and DC.
by Deirdre Blake posted Jul 23 2014 10:25AM
Higher meat and cheese price will mean it'll cost you a little more, to have a picnic at home for ten people this summer, but it's still be cheaper than going out.
American Farm Bureau Federation data shows it's still less than $6 per person for a menu that includes hot dogs, cheeseburgers, pork spare ribs, potato salad, baked beans, corn chips, watermelon, lemonade and chocolate milk.
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by Deirdre Blake posted Jul 23 2014 10:24AM
Some long awaited raises are coming to people that work for Caroline County Schools. The school budget gots a green light with lawmakers and adds extra federal and state money, on top of what was already approved. It will mean a step increase for the county's teachers and a 4 percent raise for support staff, which includes bus drivers, teachers aides and nurses.
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Topics : Education
Location : Caroline County
by Deirdre Blake posted Jul 23 2014 10:22AM
Here's a warning for StubHub customers. It's the latest online seller to be hit by a security breach.
The site and a law enforcement official say cyber thieves got into more than a-thousand customers' accounts and fraudulently bought tickets for events through the online ticket reseller. Cops expect to make arrests in the case, which appears to have sprawled across international borders.
by Deirdre Blake posted Jul 23 2014 10:20AM
Police from Virginia and Fauquier are looking for the person accused of shooting a 24 year old man that died after leading a deputy on a high speed chase.
That happened after Corey Chamberlain started tailgating the marked car and then sped off. He ended up losing control and flipping over on Route 17. Doctors at Inova Fairfax Hospital found young man's gunshot wound, but there was no weapon in the car or where it wrecked.
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Location : Virginia
by Deirdre Blake posted Jul 22 2014 11:08AM
- Don't be alarmed by the bells you'll hear going off at the University of Mary Washington's Fredericksburg and Stafford campuses tomorrow.
It'll test its area warning system at 10:00 a.m. Along with the alarms, emergency alerts will go out to the UMW community, but it's all just a quarterly test to make sure it is working properly.
by Deirdre Blake posted Jul 22 2014 10:54AM
You probably talk to your kids about how to stay safe when they're out in public, but now they can learn from the professionals.
The Fredericksburg Police Department is holding a Rape Agression Defense class designed for kids on Tuesday nights next month. Pre-register through Fredericksburg Parks and Rec at www.fredericksburgva.gov.
by Deirdre Blake posted Jul 22 2014 10:52AM
More than 40 percent of people surveyed across northern Virginia and DC say they're still planning to hit an amusement or water park this summer.
TripAdvisor-dot-com says some will take in a community water slide, like the Dixon Park Pool in Fredericksburg or the Butler Road YMCA. Others will go to Kings Dominion, Six Flags or Water Country USA, which is ranked 5th in the nation.
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by Deirdre Blake posted Jul 22 2014 10:51AM
A reminder to talk to your older parents and loved ones in your life about who they trust with their money.
Another Stafford man in his 60s has been taken for over $26,000 by a con man pretending to be someone trying to award him a more than million sweepstakes. The suspect got all the money by saying the victim had to pay taxes before getting his prize.
The Virginia Lottery's launching its' own campaign and hopes "Play Smart" will make people be more careful when someone tells them they've won a large prize. In most cases, criminals email or call to tell you you've one a large prize, but need to pony up money for taxes and your personal information first.
Your credit cards are still at risk too. Look out for those small devices that can be attached to atms or the credit card swipes at the gas pump. A few local banks are reporting that numbers have been swiped after people got gas at a few WaWa pumps. In Fairfax, more of them are stealing info from ATM customers. And in recent weeks it happened with charges made at local Giant Food stores because of hackers.
by Deirdre Blake posted Jul 21 2014 10:03AM
The 2014 Training Camp for Washington's home NFL team gets underway in Richmond this Thursday.
Eleven of the days, through August 11th, will be open to the public for free. Getting a pass also registers you for a lottery into a fan appreciation day on Saturday the 2nd and to see them practice with the New England Patriot's the morning of August 6th. Get more at www.redskins.com.
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People : Lot More
by Deirdre Blake posted Jul 21 2014 10:02AM
It's been just over a year since texting while driving became something a cop can stop you for and give you a ticket and locally most people are playing it safe.
Fredericksburg cops charged 16 drivers for doing it last year. Spotsy charged nine and Stafford nabbed three. Police say it's still tough to figure out if a driver's texting or just talking on the phone, which is still legal.
by Deirdre Blake posted Jul 21 2014 9:59AM
Police in southern Kentucky say they got a surprise delivery after charging a man with shoplifting -- five pizzas showed up at the station.
Officers say 29 year old Michael Harp asked to make a call on his cellphone while being booked in. A short time later, police say, a pizza delivery driver showed up to deliver to "Officer Wilson," the name of the officer who arrested Harp. Police say they linked the call to Harp by tracking his cellphone number. So now he's also charged with identity theft and impersonating a police officer.
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by Deirdre Blake posted Jul 21 2014 9:23AM
Have you always wanted to know more about the ins and outs of plants, now's your chance. For a commitment of 6 hours a week for 3 months and just under 200 bucks you can earn a Volunteer Master Gardener designation.
After you're done it requires volunteering for 50 hours in the first year and 20 hours after that. Call or e-mail your local Cooperative Extension Office and applications for fall classes will be sent out next month.
by Deirdre Blake posted Jul 21 2014 9:19AM
You'll hit a snag in your drive at night on I-95 again this week. North and South from, the Prince William Pkwy. to Dumfries Rd., they'll be alternating double-lane closures with single 20 minute temporary total closures, at 3 a.m. Northbound through Thursday the work starts 10 p.m. and runs until to 4:30 a.m. Then Friday it's 11 p.m. to 9 a.m. and 10 p.m. to 9 a.m. on Saturday, just in time for the weekend getaway.
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People : William Pkwy
by Deirdre Blake posted Jul 21 2014 9:16AM
Service at the Fredericksburg Regional SPCA is expanding to full-time service on August 4th and bringing in a full time vet.
Dr. Robert Edwards will offer the public spay and neuter service for cats and dogs on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Vaccines will be offered on Fridays. The clinic also will offer routine services such as nail trims, ear cleaning, deworming and flea and tick treatments. Make an appointment now of you want to take your pet next month.
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by Deirdre Blake posted Jul 21 2014 9:12AM
If you ride Metro's Blue line from Virginia to work this week, you'll start seeing trains run every 12 minutes, thanks to the test of the new Silver line. Metro says half the trains an hour will now be eight cars long, rather than six though. So, you can also expect to back in or have to stand, depending on which one you're lucky enough to get.
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Location : Virginia
by Deirdre Blake posted Jul 21 2014 8:59AM
If you plan to get a jump on back to school shopping in the coming days, be smart and do your homework first.
Kendall Perez with Kinoli inc. says you don't have to always go the conventional route. You can check out drugstore sales, garage sales and dollar stores. If you do want to go to the big box stores, supplies under 20-bucks will be tax free throughout the state next Friday through Sunday. Clothes and shoes that are under $100 are also on that list.
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People : Kendall Perez
by Deirdre Blake posted Jul 18 2014 7:57AM
Most of us keep close tabs on what we owe and have paid the electric company, but a new scam is preying on the people that don't.
Casey Hollis says it's happening to their Rappahannock Electric customers, with calls coming from a bogus company employee. People are being told that they owe money for overdue electric bills and could have their service disconnected if they don't pay. Some of the calls are also saying that they need account info. to pay for swapping out a faulty electric meter.
If you do get a call, don't give out any information and report it to the REC fraud line at 1-800-552-3904.
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People : Casey Hollis
by Deirdre Blake posted Jul 18 2014 7:54AM

If you're looking for a job, don't be so desperate for work that you fall for a scam.
The folks with Taskforce Staffing in Fredericksburg say dealing with a live company is always best. In the most recent one, jobs are posted on Craigslist, but request a fee from 200 to 12-hundred-dollars for training. There's no job and then the agency refuses to give back what you paid.
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Topics : Labor
by Deirdre Blake posted Jul 18 2014 7:53AM
If you need to go to the HealthSouth Rehab Center in Fredericksburg, you can consider yourself in good hands if you get Margaret Simpson as a nurse.
The 17 year horse caretaker transitioned to human patients to be closer to home. Now the R.N. is a finalist in HealthSouth's companywide Outstanding Employee Achievement Awards. She is only 6 out of 23-thousand employees to get the recognition.
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People : Margaret Simpson
by Deirdre Blake posted Jul 18 2014 7:27AM
- A strong reminder to know where your teenagers are and what they're doing after a 17 year old from Stafford is arrested for burglary.
Police traced him to more than $150,000 worth of property, including guns, ammo, jewelry and foregign currency. He's charged with burglary, grand larceny and possession of burglary tools and is in the Rappahannock Juvenile Detention Center.
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by Deirdre Blake posted Jul 17 2014 9:54AM
Need a tranquil vacation to recharge your battery? You could win a week's stay in a cabin or campsite in one of Virginia's 36 state parks.
It's up for grabs in a photo contest sponsored by the Virginia State Parks system. The "Treasure the Moments," competion asks us to capture locations, scenic views or other attractions. You could also win two nights in a cabin, three nights of camping and park passes. The contest continues through August 13th.
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by Deirdre Blake posted Jul 17 2014 9:54AM
Do you ever want a good peanut butter and jelly sandwich in Fredericksburg that you don't have to make at home? Sprelly to the rescue.
The gourmet nut butter business is opening its first restaurant inside the Made in Virginia Store on Caroline Street this fall. It's a p-b and j with a twist though. You can get nut butter spreads and jams with different lunch meats, cheeses, bacon and fruit as well as jelly. get a preview at the Sprelly food truck at the Hunrhamp Park farmer's market every Saturday.
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by Deirdre Blake posted Jul 17 2014 9:53AM
The decision to outsource more work will mean a hit for more than 150 of Intuit's 500 employees in Stafford County.
They'll be laid off as part of a corporation-wide restructuring, but will work through the end of this month. The majority of them are in the customer service division. The software manufacturer's best-known for Quicken, QuickBooks, Mint and TurboTax.
by Deirdre Blake posted Jul 17 2014 9:48AM
You'd better plan for some extra time if you're taking Metro to DC this weekend.
Rail and other work starts at 10:00 Friday night. Trains on the Blue line from Virginia and the Orange line will run every 22 minutes and on Sunday, it's every 24 minutes. There will be shorter delays on the Green and Red lines.
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Location : Virginia
by Deirdre Blake posted Jul 17 2014 9:47AM
The organizers of the State Fair of Virginia are hitting the road to promote the expo this fall.
They've launched a bus named "Ginny," that will travel in the Richmond and Fredericksburg areas. Fair Facebook fans named it and it'll make stops at a Richmond Flying Squirrels game and Celebrate Virginia here in Fredericksburg. The fair in Caroline runs September 26th through October 5th.
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by Deirdre Blake posted Jul 17 2014 9:46AM
Good news for the Stafford parents of little Josh Hardy, who's spent almost seven months at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
He's returning home to Fredericksburg. His Mom Amiee posts online that his kidney function has returned and he no longer needs dialysis. His heart and lung function is in normal range too. You can follow the progress of the Hugh Mercer Elementary student at www.caringbridge.com.
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by Deirdre Blake posted Jul 17 2014 9:44AM
The local and online community is rallying to help the family of a Stafford man with a heart problem that died very unexpectedly Sunday.
A crowdfunding effort has already raised $15,000 to help with Wayne Beales funeral expenses, but a family friend wants it to help pay his wife Joni's mortgage for a couple months too. She wants her and their six kids, from toddlers to teens, can have time to grieve and not worry about money. You can help at www.gofundme.com
by Deirdre Blake posted Jul 17 2014 9:43AM
How much do you know about fracking? Do you want to know more? King George County residents are trying to learn what they can and share it with their neighbors, with the proposal for water and gas to be pumped into the ground there to release natural gas.
You gotta reserve a spot, but tonight at 6 p.m., you can check out a screen of teh movie Gasland at the Smoot Memorial Library. A Texas company has leased 84,000 acres in King George and four other counties with the hopes of drilling.
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Location : King George CountyTexas
People : George
by Deirdre Blake posted Jul 17 2014 9:42AM
At least for the time being, it's no longer a criminal offense to carry a joint in your pocket in most of the nation's capital.
DC's law decriminalizing possession of small amounts of marijuana takes effect today. It's not clear how long it will last though. The law replaces criminal penalties for possession of one ounce of pot with a $25 civil fine. Having more than that, smoking in public, and selling marijuana are still crimes.
by Deirdre Blake posted Jul 17 2014 9:40AM
Do you live in Spotsylvania and want more info on what's going on?
More than 15,000 people already signed up for spotsy alerts to get everything from weather warnings and school closings to updates on cancelled sporting events. It's free to register and you can customize what you get on www.spotsyalert.com.
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Location : Spotsylvania
by Deirdre Blake posted Jul 17 2014 9:40AM
Enjoy the nice weather for the next few days, but the damage from a couple days of storms has been dangerous.
Four people in a Ford Explorer learned how fast you can get in trouble from flash flooding Tuesday night. All of them escaped just before the truck was washed downstream from water at Hazel Run near Alum Spring Park. This month's rainfall if over the normal level in the city and between four and five inches has fallen in Spotsylvania.
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by Deirdre Blake posted Jul 16 2014 11:25AM
Thanks to the friendship of two college buddies from Virginia Tech, we'll be able to get some tasty new pizza in Fredericksburg by this fall.
Benny Vitale's will be in the former Old Town Grill and Cafe spot on Caroline Street and is named for a spot in Switzerland where Zach Toth and partner Chris Brown studied abroad together. It's the seventh in Virginia in the chain and promises us "quality New York-style pizza by the slice.
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Location : New YorkVirginia
by Deirdre Blake posted Jul 16 2014 11:24AM
Do you live in Stafford and want to get more involved in the school system?
The School Board is accepting applications for people to fill its' eight member advisory committee for 2014-2015. You'll need to attach a summary describing why you should be picked. Apply at www.staffordschools.net by August 11th.
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People : Stafford Taking
by Deirdre Blake posted Jul 16 2014 11:23AM
Most of us follow the warnings to keep our cars locked, but Fredericksburg Police say these days, that's not enough.
Six thefts from cars at a couple restaurants, the movie theatre and Funland in Central Park and a gym on Route 3, since last Saturday, have them worried. All of the cars were locked, but purses and other valuables were left in plain sight. Windows were broken to get to all of of the stuff that was taken.
by Deirdre Blake posted Jul 16 2014 11:20AM
Stafford was the hardest hit county for power outages from last nights storms, but Dominion Virginia Power crews had it down to under 300 out by this morning. People headed north from Fredericksburg still faced some dark intersections though, with power knocked out to over 1,000 in Loudoun County. Yesterday afternoon traffic got snarled at the Falmouth intersection for dark traffic lights. VDOT is investigating, but thinks it's because If you ever lose power, always report it. You can get your providers call-in number by texting POWER to 9-10-35.
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Location : Loudoun County
by Deirdre Blake posted Jul 16 2014 11:01AM
Coaches in Stafford are concerned for the future after the Virginia High School League bumps the Indians from group 6A to 5A, under its' new two year plan.
A lower number of kids projected to sign up to play sports is the reason. The Indians will join Brooke Point, Massaponax, Mountain View, North Stafford and Potomac in Conference 15. Some athletic directors say continued cuts to middle school sports and is are adding to their problems.
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Location : Mountain View
by Deirdre Blake posted Jul 16 2014 11:00AM
You can rest a little easier if you get sick or need surgery and go to Mary Washington Hospital.
The latest US News and World Report's Best Hospital report ranks it sixth in Virginia. It gets high marks for patient safety and eight of its specialties are scored as 'high performing." In case you're curious: The number one in Virginia is Sentara Norfolk General.
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Location : Virginia
by Deirdre Blake posted Jul 16 2014 10:58AM
The Marine Corps Heritage Foundation launches its Summer Concert Series at the National Museum of the Marine Corps tomorrow night.
The U.S. Marine Drum & Bugle Corps and Silent Drill Platoon,kick it off from 7:30 til' 9:00 p.m. It's expected to be a popular event, so get there early. All the events are free and no tickets are required.
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by Deirdre Blake posted Jul 16 2014 10:57AM
Did you know you could be in danger of being shot just for being in your house? Thankfully nobody was hurt, but Fredericksburg police are investigating several bullet holes in two houses, in Spotswood Estates off Lafayette Boulevard, early Sunday morning. The first people woke up to find them in the side of their house and a broken window. It was a similar story just down the street, but neither homeowner heard any gunshots.
by Deirdre Blake posted Jul 15 2014 10:50AM
To get more kids to stay in school and go to class, kids in Spotsylvania schools that miss some days from school, but aren't absent all the time are getting a little break. Right now, kids could get after-school detention and lose driving privileges after six unexcused absences. The vote by lawmakers will make punishment optional, from counseling to mandatory parent conferences. It will also revise letters sent to parents after students miss 10, 15 and 20 days.
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by Deirdre Blake posted Jul 15 2014 10:38AM
More good news of you like craft beer. You'll get to see what it's really like inside a brewery at the Capital Ale House's annual Oktoberfest on October 3rd.
The northern Virginia company that's filming "From Grain to Growler" will show its' new 40-minute movie. It's about the explosion of the craft beer industry and includes Stafford's Adventure Brewing Co. and Caroline's Rusty Beaver Brewery.
by Deirdre Blake posted Jul 15 2014 10:36AM
The warning's been out that extra police are patrolling the Fredericksburg Quarry after an 18 year old drowned there on July 7th, but some people aren't getting the message. Nine people, from ages 18 to 23, ignored the posted signs and have been charged with trespassing there since last Friday. It's a class 1 misdemeanor, punishable by up to one year in jail and a $2500 fine.
by Deirdre Blake posted Jul 15 2014 10:34AM
Look for some more delays on your drive on I-95 in Spotsy tonight and tomorrow night. From 9 p.m. til' 5 a.m., the on-ramp to the southbound side of the interstate will be closed from Route 1 at Exit 126/Spotsylvania. A contractor is doing milling and paving there. Before you leave home, check out 511-Virginia for real-time information on lane closures and congestion.
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by Deirdre Blake posted Jul 15 2014 10:31AM
If you have some stuff to do with the DMV, it'll be a little faster and more convenient today and tomorrow in Stafford. The mobile DMV issues eveything from EZ passes to birth certificate copies. It'll be at the Geico on Route 17 today and tomorrow from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.
by Deirdre Blake posted Jul 15 2014 10:21AM
Stafford authorities need your help to try and find the people responsible for an attempted armed robbery at a house off Mine Road in the Townes of Hampton Oaks around 6 yesterday evening.
A 19 year old and his 17 year old girlfriend were on the front porch when six to eight young men came up with a gun and then jumped the young man. They told the girl to go inside and get money. They ran off with nothing. Two of the men are black and a third is Asian.
by Deirdre Blake posted Jul 15 2014 10:10AM
Caroline County's first Verizon wireless store is set to open next month.
It still needs to hire a staff for the location in the Shops at Ladysmith. If you're interested, apply online at www.jobs.thewirelesscenter.com.
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by Deirdre Blake posted Jul 15 2014 10:09AM
Some of your yards and streets might have been littered with tree limbs and debris this monrning, after a promised line of strong storms rolled through early yesterday evening.
Most folks got lucky though and there were only a few hundred local power outages. Do look out for water from more rain that could cause problems on flood prone roads later today.
The Accuweather forecast shows that the Fredericksburg area faces the greatest threat for rain and storms this afternoon.
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by Deirdre Blake posted Jul 14 2014 10:05AM
Local police don't want you to be paranoid, but cautious is smart. The ones in Fairfax County are investigating skimmers placed near the swipe slot on ATMs at Sun Trust banks across that area.
Most banks are quick to contact you if there's a problem, but look out for the devices. They are hard to see and might make the swipe slot look thicker than normal.
Do you shop at Giant Food? Your bank probably already called you if you were on the list, but there's been some fishy stuff going on. Lots of its' customers had account authorizations for phony changes from New Mexico and other spots last week. A manager at Fredericksburg's Eagle Village store says they got a warning note from their corporate office. If you were hit, make sure you file your bank's fraud form for a credit.
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Location : Fairfax CountyNew Mexico
by Deirdre Blake posted Jul 14 2014 8:18AM
You may still be feeling the pinch in your wallet at the gas pump, but the average price of a gallon of regular has actually fallen 4 cents over the last three weeks to $3.67.
It's because crude oil prices fell over news that Libyan output has risen and Iraq's production was not harmed by recent violence. Tulsa, Oklahoma, has the lowest average price and the highest is in San Francisco.
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by Deirdre Blake posted Jul 14 2014 8:17AM
Some wild weather is on tap for the next couple days in the Fredericksburg region, but it won't really be from another "Polar Vortex," as the National Weather Service tweeted last week.
The typhoon that hit Japan has altered the North Pacific Jet Stream, which will change weather patterns though. Here, we'll see storms and a little drop, but don't look for a lot less humidity. Seattle could see temps in the 90s, but Chicago's lows could dip into the 40s by mid-week.
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by Deirdre Blake posted Jul 11 2014 10:16AM
You'll be able to learn to fly in Stafford County. Aviation Adventures holds the grand opening of its flight school at Stafford Regional Airport from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. tomorrow. It will teach people how to be a private pilot, commercial pilot and certificated instrument instructor. Its other schools are in Manassas, Leesburg and Warrenton.
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by Deirdre Blake posted Jul 11 2014 10:10AM
If you've been thinking that the produce looks extra fresh and the corn you're buying from area Giant stores tastes extra sweet, it's because it is and does. The chain's stores are being stocked by Virginia farms this summer and three of them are from King George, Colonial Beach and Oak Grove.
Now through the end of July, you can also take a selfie in the produce department and post to Giant Food's Facebook page. Two people a week will then win a 25-dollar gift card.
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by Deirdre Blake posted Jul 11 2014 10:10AM
Little Brent Adams, Jr. was born with DiGeorge syndrome. It's a rare disorder that caused him congenital heart disease and the baby had open heart surgery in November. He also has compromised immunity, but it's been seven months since their last call to 911. Proceeds from a family-friendly event tomorrow will help the family pay for medical expenses though. It's at the Fredericksburg Fairgrounds from noon to 6 p.m. tomorrow. Tickets are $5 in advance, $8 at the door.
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by Deirdre Blake posted Jul 11 2014 10:09AM
If you had delays on your Metro Blue line ride yesterday afternoon, it was because of a problem with a train. Just after 2:30, officials say there was a loud noise and smoke when a covering over the third rail touched the rail itself at Smithsonian Station, on the National Mall. It's not clear why it happened, but no one was hurt.
by Deirdre Blake posted Jul 11 2014 10:08AM
They already had money in the budget to patrol hot spots for crime and other problems, so now the Fredericksburg Police Department will pay overtime to some Fredericksburg cops to patrol the Fredericksburg Quarry. A drowning there this week and issues with people continuing to trespass there led to the decision. Other officers will also patrol areas that have had more of vehicle break-ins in recent weeks.
by Deirdre Blake posted Jul 11 2014 10:06AM
You could end up seeing more trash on the side of the road in Stafford County, thanks to a vote by Stafford lawmakers.
It means the Rappahannock Regional Waste Management Board would stop collecting litter and put it back in the hands of residents. The plan would also take away the R-Board's responsibility of running the Belman Recycling Center in Fredericksburg. It's an effort to save the R-Board that's got a budget problem.
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by Deirdre Blake posted Jul 11 2014 10:05AM
Looking for something to do with the kids to kick off the weekends that's fun and will help them learn?
The National Aquarium in Baltimore is launching a new series of Friday night events to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Baltimore in 1812 that inspired the words for the national anthem. Tonight through September 12th, visitors after 5 p.m. will pay a reduced price of $18.12, until 8 p.m. There's also a special flag-themed scavenger hunt.
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by Deirdre Blake posted Jul 11 2014 10:04AM
Local athletes will benefit Friends of the Rappahannock and Operation Wounded Warrior as they tackle lots of muddy obstacles tomorrow in the third annual Tribal Quest.
It starts at 9:00 a.m., at Celebrate Virginia Live. Over 600 people will run the course, with groups of 200 launching in 30-minute intervals. Want do it last minute? On-site Registration opens at 7 a.m., for $105. We can watch the grueling journey for free and parking nearby is five-bucks.
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by Deirdre Blake posted Jul 11 2014 10:02AM
While you're out shopping this weekend, you might want to pick up some number 2 pencils, book covers, crayons and dry erase markers.
They are some of the things on the needs list for this years Stuff the Bus campaign in Stafford County Public Schools. It kicks off next Tuesday through August 22nd. There are lots of drop off locations in the county, so look for the yellow collection boxes and get all the spots on the Apple Federal Credit Union website.
by Deirdre Blake posted Jul 11 2014 10:02AM
It had a certain "eewww" factor to it - and now police in Manassas, have decided against going forward with plans to take sexually explicit photos of a 17 year old to prove a sexting case against him. The plan by police and prosecutors to take pictures of the teen in an aroused state had produced a wave of criticism. Police wanted the pictures to compare to photos he's accused of sending to his 15 year old girlfriend.
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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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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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
http://www.oceanislebeachvisitorsguide.com/beach-cam/items/6/86.You 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 http://www.oceanislebeachvisitorsguide.com/beach-cam/items/6/86.
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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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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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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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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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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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