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Faith Christian Center helping to provide holiday meals RICHARD LEGGITT The Westmoreland County Department of Social Services is working with a number of church organizations, including the Faith Christian Center, to help provide hot and hearty Thanksgiving meals to more than 135 seniors and families in need. "I could not do my job without the help of the church organizations" said Joe Howell, the program coordinator for the Westmoreland Department of Social Services. "Faith Christian Center, for example, contacted us and said they wanted to do something at Thanksgiving for families in Westmoreland?' Faith Christian Center World Outreach, founded by Drs. Chastine REGION'S VETERAN and Ella Rock, is headquartered in Fredericksburg but opened a mission last year at 17503 Kings Highway in Montross. Tracy Smith, who along with his wife, Cordelia, pastors at Faith Christian Center, said the church was called to do outreach in Westmoreland County. "We are disciples of the Lord, and he expects us to give back;' Smith said. Smith, who is the son of longtime Westmoreland County music teacher Odessa Dixon-Smith, attended high school at Washington & Lee. Howell is working with Faith Christian Center, as well as Pastor Steve Allen of Grace United Methodist in Montross and several individual donors to provide Thanksgiving dinners to those in S HONORED Phyllis Cook The King George Ruritan Club's annual Veterans Day program proudly recognized four King George veterans, including three with service from World War II. Those honored, left to right, were Edith S, Gilmore - U.S. Army 1944-47; Walter B. Mason - U.S. Navy 1944-46; Howard V. Yarus - U.S. Navy - 1944-46; and Edwin Lee Frank, III - U.S. Marines 1967-] 996. The Nov. 11 program drew a large crowd to the King George Middle School auditorium and was emceed byTom Moffitt, with participation by the King George High School Junior ROTC Color Guard and Drill Team, St. Andrew's Legion Pipe & Drums and Boy Scout Troop 191, with a keynote address by Capt. Mary Feinberg, Commanding Officer Naval Support Activity South Potomac. ROCKFISH from page 1 No ladies competed Saturday. Day two of the tournament started out much calmer. The Rebecca-E went out again, and Captain Rob Howard, who had not made it out Saturday until almost 2 p.m. had better luck Sunday on the Latitudes. The crew hosted several special anglers, and everyone caught something. Special Angler Travis Smith brought in a 4.9-pound fish, earning second place for Sunday, and Morgan How- ard brought in the biggest catch of the weekend in the division with an 8.8-pound fish. In the Youth Division on Sunday, Jimmy Tippett brought in an 8.3-pound fish, winning first place, beating Jace Jett, who came in second with 6.2 'z pounds and Jacob Domdon at 5.6 pounds. On Sunday, Kiley Ferrari took first place in the Woman's Division with a 10.9-pound fish. Janet Markwith came in a close second at 10.5 igounds, and Carolyn Maxtire was not far behind in third place with a catch that weighed 9.8 pounds. In the Overall Category, the men dominated, with Chris Markwith in the top spot taking home both the Calcutta award and first place, with a combined purse of $5,600. Markwith's fish weighed in at a whopping 31 pounds, and his combined catch, which earned him the Calcutta award, was 41.5 pounds. Chris Long took second place with his 13.6-pound catch. David Morgans came in third with 12.9 pounds. Town of Colonial Beach Planning Commission PUBLIC HEARING The Town of Colonial Beach Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on Thursday, December 4, 2014, at 5:30 PM in the Colonial Beach Town Center located at 22 Washington Avenue, Colonial Beach, Virginia, to consider the certification and recommendation of: OFFICIAL ZONING MAP , ZOA-05-2014/ORDINANCE #656 AN ORDINANCE TO AMEND THE ZONING ORDINANCE OF COLONIAL BEACH BY ADOPTION OF AN OFFICIAL ZONING MAP. THE OFFICIAL ZONING MAP SHALL SHOW CURRENT ZONING DESIGNATIONS OF ALL PARCELS AND LOCATIONS OF PUBLIC ROADS WITHIN THE TOWN OF CQLONIAL BEACH AND IS INCORPORATED HEREIN BY REFERENCE AND IS HEREBY MADE PART OF THE TOWN'S ZONING ORDINANCE, THE OFFICIAL MAP IS CONTAINED WITH THE OFFICE OF PLANNING AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT, Town of Cololll Buoh Offiollll Znlno Mp lat,,i..l Any persons desiring to be heard in favor of or in opposition to the above is hereby invited to be present at the Public Hearing, A complete copy ofZOA-05-2014/Ordinance #656 can be obtained from on file the Department of Planning & Community Develop- ment, 905 McKinney Blvd., Colonial Beach, Virginia 22443, 11/19/14, 11/26/14 BRIEFS Two county residents plead guilty in court Westmoreland County Commonwealth's Attorney Julia Sichol has obtained guilty pleas from two county residents on domestic abuse and drug fraud charges. Both pleas were entered Nov. 14 in Westmoreland County Circuit Court. Reginald Dupree, Jr. was charged with strangulation and third offense domestic assault. He entered a plea of guilty to domestic assault and battery, third offense. Dupree was sentenced to five years in prison, with four years and six months suspended. "He will be on indef'mite supervised probation, have to complete a batter's intervention program, participate in substance abuse treatment and submit to random drug screens," said Sichol, who added that Dupree had two previous convictions for domestic assault on the same victim. Elizabeth G. Hamilton entered a plea of guilty to prescription fraud. The Rite Aid in Montross contacted the sheriff's office after receiving a call from someone claiming to be calling from a doctor's office, Sichol said. When the pharmacy called the doctor's office to see if they had called in the prescription, they were informed they had not, she said. Hamilton had no prior convictions, and although she entered a plea of guilty to a felony, she was treated as a first offender. She was placed on supervised probation, ordered to participate in substance abuse treatment, perform 100 hours of community service and submit to random drug screens. Dahlgren base joint land use forum set for Dec. 3 King George is hosting its third forum on a joint land use study at 7 p.m. Dec. 3 at the Dahlgren campus of the University of Mary Washington offU.S. 301. The ongoing study looking at the communities around the Naval Support Facility Dahlgren, including King George and Westmoreland counties in Virginia, and Charles and St. Mary's counties in Maryland. The study's objective is to accommodate growth and development, while at the same time sustaining base missions. A draft 0fthe study will be available later this month at www.dahlgrenjlus.com. CB council OKs division of land sale money The Colonial Beach Town Council approved an ordinance Nov. 13 that defines how money from the sale of property will be distributed  the future. need. "I believe we will be able to serve 135 families" Howell said. Families selected by the county will be provided a card allowing them to pick-up their Thanksgiving dinners Nov. 23. "Part of the dinners will be provided to seniors who are living in the Parker Run and Mill Pond Village nursing facilities," Howell said. "We are working with Bay Aging on delivering those?' Howell said people still can contribute to the Thanksgiving dinner program. "We will be accepting donations right through Thanksgiving;' he said. "After Thanksgiving, we will begin accepting donations for Christmas and will do that through Christmas Eve. There are a lot of people in need?' State, counties available to help pick health plans STAFF REPORT While the second enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act started Nov. 15, state officials still are debating whether to expand the state's Medicaid program. Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe has made Medicaid expansion a centerpiece issue, but the Republican- controlled General Assembly has so far refused to accept the federal expansion money, including during a special session in September. The issue is expected to be debated again in the next regular General Assembly session, beginning in Jan- uary, with legislators on both sides of the aisle expected to introduce legis- lation to explore whether or not, and possibly how, to expand Medicaid coverage in Virginia. In the meantime, McAuliffe is trying to make it easier for all Virginians to participate in the federal healthcare marketplace. He recently unveiled a new website, www.coverva.org, which has information about enrollment and insurance plan options, including locations in Fredericksburg available for in-person assistance. Local social services officials said their offices are concentrating on helping income-eligible residents get insurance, but information proceeds from the sale of town-owned property would be distributed between the fire department (5 percent), rescue squad (5 percent) and school division (10 percent). Councilwomen Wanda Goforth and Linda Brubaker opposed the idea, saying since the distribution of money from these types of sales requires a council vote anyway, the ordinance was not needed. Bone said by keeping the money in a special fund, it identifies from where the money will be drawn and will limit spending. The ordinance passed, 5-2, with Brubaker and Goforth casting the dissenting votes. Truck fire closes Harry W. Nice Bridge A roaring fire closed both lanes of the Harry W. Nice Bridge over the Potomac River last week, causing a miles-long traffic jam on U.S. Route 301. The cause of the fire is being investigatied by the Maryland Transportation Authority. Fire and rescue units from King George were among those summoned to fight the fire, which occurred at about 10 a.m. Nov. 19, when a box track broke into flames while crossing the narrow 2-mile-long bridge. Traffic in both lanes was stopped for almost three hours. In September, Councilman Pete "The fire was extinguished pretty Bone introduced an ordinance that fast," said Tamory Winfield, the would ensure 20 percent of the athority's public information officer. M on signing up for health plans is available to all. They also will help with the new state initiative. "It hasn't trickled down to us yet" said Joe Howell, program coordinator for Westmoreland County Social Services. "We know it's coming, but we haven't gotten the details. As of now, we are continuing to help those who meet the state's criteria, low income, blind, age or disabled" Dave Coman, director of King George Social Services, said his office has "seen a vast improvement in the state's ability to receive and process Medicaid cases." During the first enrollment period last year, about 216,000 Virginians went online and purchased health plans at wwwhealthcare.gov, state officials said. Those who signed up last year or simply kept their previous coverage are encouraged to review their current plan's coverage options and compare them with what's changed and available this year with new price options. Another approximately 300,000 state residents qualify for tax cred- its from the federal marketplace but remain uninsured, officials said. Virginia was awarded a $9. miL lion federal grant, in part to hire more than 100 enrollment naviga- tors across the state. "But there was a lot of debris from the truck." The bridge, which was built in 1939, is the only Potomac River crossing between Washington, D.C. and the Chesapeake Bay and handles more than seven million vehicles a year. Body in Rappahannock identified as D.C. man, The King George County Sheriff's Office has announced a body found in the Rappahannock River by a fisherman last week has been identified as belonging to a man who disappeared Oct. 23 while visiting his mother in King George. Sheriffs officers said Anthony H, Gibson, 26, of Washington, D.C. came to King George Oct: 14. His mother reported him missing nine days later. Gibson's body was found in the river last week near Berry Plains Landing. Earlier this month, King George County Sheriffs officers responded to a report that a trail camera set up near the river to record wildlife had recorded an image of a man wading in the water. Sheriff s deputies, including a K-9 unit, searched the area near Millbank Road in King George but could not find Gibson. Gibson's body has been sent to the medical examiner!s office in Richmond, and the investigation into the cause of his death and how hiS body ended up in the Rappahannock River is continuing, officers said. New CB principal named LINDAFARNETH ementary School when she ad, Colonial Beach School System has welcomed another returning faculty member to what they call their A-Team. Superintendent Kevin Newman introduced the new elementary principal, Michelle Coates, to the school board last week. "If you're going to replace Mary Fisher (former elementary school principal), you have to find the Coates cream of the crop" Newman said. Coates had just completed her second day at Colonial Beach El- dressed the board at its Nov. 12 meeting. "I actually love being back home; this is home for me" she said. "My heart has always been in Colonial Beach and always will be?' Coates began her career in Colonial Beach when she started teaching third grade in 1994. During her 18 years in Colonial Beach, she began pulling double duty as a reading coordinator and school councilor in 2000. She remained a counselor for 10 years, but part of that time was spent in Spotsylvania County from 2008- 14, where she eventually took a position as an assistant principal. Coates has taken over as principal just as the elementary students move into their new classrooms on First Street ........ Faith Christian Center helping to provide holiday meals RICHARD LEGGITT The Westmoreland County Department of Social Services is working with a number of church organizations, including the Faith Christian Center, to help provide hot and hearty Thanksgiving meals to more than 135 seniors and families in need. "I could not do my job without the help of the church organizations" said Joe Howell, the program coordinator for the Westmoreland Department of Social Services. "Faith Christian Center, for example, contacted us and said they wanted to do something at Thanksgiving for families in Westmoreland?' Faith Christian Center World Outreach, founded by Drs. Chastine REGION'S VETERAN and Ella Rock, is headquartered in Fredericksburg but opened a mission last year at 17503 Kings Highway in Montross. Tracy Smith, who along with his wife, Cordelia, pastors at Faith Christian Center, said the church was called to do outreach in Westmoreland County. "We are disciples of the Lord, and he expects us to give back;' Smith said. Smith, who is the son of longtime Westmoreland County music teacher Odessa Dixon-Smith, attended high school at Washington & Lee. Howell is working with Faith Christian Center, as well as Pastor Steve Allen of Grace United Methodist in Montross and several individual donors to provide Thanksgiving dinners to those in S HONORED Phyllis Cook The King George Ruritan Club's annual Veterans Day program proudly recognized four King George veterans, including three with service from World War II. Those honored, left to right, were Edith S, Gilmore - U.S. Army 1944-47; Walter B. Mason - U.S. Navy 1944-46; Howard V. Yarus - U.S. Navy - 1944-46; and Edwin Lee Frank, III - U.S. Marines 1967-] 996. The Nov. 11 program drew a large crowd to the King George Middle School auditorium and was emceed byTom Moffitt, with participation by the King George High School Junior ROTC Color Guard and Drill Team, St. Andrew's Legion Pipe & Drums and Boy Scout Troop 191, with a keynote address by Capt. Mary Feinberg, Commanding Officer Naval Support Activity South Potomac. ROCKFISH from page 1 No ladies competed Saturday. Day two of the tournament started out much calmer. The Rebecca-E went out again, and Captain Rob Howard, who had not made it out Saturday until almost 2 p.m. had better luck Sunday on the Latitudes. The crew hosted several special anglers, and everyone caught something. Special Angler Travis Smith brought in a 4.9-pound fish, earning second place for Sunday, and Morgan How- ard brought in the biggest catch of the weekend in the division with an 8.8-pound fish. In the Youth Division on Sunday, Jimmy Tippett brought in an 8.3-pound fish, winning first place, beating Jace Jett, who came in second with 6.2 'z pounds and Jacob Domdon at 5.6 pounds. On Sunday, Kiley Ferrari took first place in the Woman's Division with a 10.9-pound fish. Janet Markwith came in a close second at 10.5 igounds, and Carolyn Maxtire was not far behind in third place with a catch that weighed 9.8 pounds. In the Overall Category, the men dominated, with Chris Markwith in the top spot taking home both the Calcutta award and first place, with a combined purse of $5,600. Markwith's fish weighed in at a whopping 31 pounds, and his combined catch, which earned him the Calcutta award, was 41.5 pounds. Chris Long took second place with his 13.6-pound catch. David Morgans came in third with 12.9 pounds. Town of Colonial Beach Planning Commission PUBLIC HEARING The Town of Colonial Beach Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on Thursday, December 4, 2014, at 5:30 PM in the Colonial Beach Town Center located at 22 Washington Avenue, Colonial Beach, Virginia, to consider the certification and recommendation of: OFFICIAL ZONING MAP , ZOA-05-2014/ORDINANCE #656 AN ORDINANCE TO AMEND THE ZONING ORDINANCE OF COLONIAL BEACH BY ADOPTION OF AN OFFICIAL ZONING MAP. THE OFFICIAL ZONING MAP SHALL SHOW CURRENT ZONING DESIGNATIONS OF ALL PARCELS AND LOCATIONS OF PUBLIC ROADS WITHIN THE TOWN OF CQLONIAL BEACH AND IS INCORPORATED HEREIN BY REFERENCE AND IS HEREBY MADE PART OF THE TOWN'S ZONING ORDINANCE, THE OFFICIAL MAP IS CONTAINED WITH THE OFFICE OF PLANNING AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT, Town of Cololll Buoh Offiollll Znlno Mp lat,,i..l Any persons desiring to be heard in favor of or in opposition to the above is hereby invited to be present at the Public Hearing, A complete copy ofZOA-05-2014/Ordinance #656 can be obtained from on file the Department of Planning & Community Develop- ment, 905 McKinney Blvd., Colonial Beach, Virginia 22443, 11/19/14, 11/26/14 BRIEFS Two county residents plead guilty in court Westmoreland County Commonwealth's Attorney Julia Sichol has obtained guilty pleas from two county residents on domestic abuse and drug fraud charges. Both pleas were entered Nov. 14 in Westmoreland County Circuit Court. Reginald Dupree, Jr. was charged with strangulation and third offense domestic assault. He entered a plea of guilty to domestic assault and battery, third offense. Dupree was sentenced to five years in prison, with four years and six months suspended. "He will be on indef'mite supervised probation, have to complete a batter's intervention program, participate in substance abuse treatment and submit to random drug screens," said Sichol, who added that Dupree had two previous convictions for domestic assault on the same victim. Elizabeth G. Hamilton entered a plea of guilty to prescription fraud. The Rite Aid in Montross contacted the sheriff's office after receiving a call from someone claiming to be calling from a doctor's office, Sichol said. When the pharmacy called the doctor's office to see if they had called in the prescription, they were informed they had not, she said. Hamilton had no prior convictions, and although she entered a plea of guilty to a felony, she was treated as a first offender. She was placed on supervised probation, ordered to participate in substance abuse treatment, perform 100 hours of community service and submit to random drug screens. Dahlgren base joint land use forum set for Dec. 3 King George is hosting its third forum on a joint land use study at 7 p.m. Dec. 3 at the Dahlgren campus of the University of Mary Washington offU.S. 301. The ongoing study looking at the communities around the Naval Support Facility Dahlgren, including King George and Westmoreland counties in Virginia, and Charles and St. Mary's counties in Maryland. The study's objective is to accommodate growth and development, while at the same time sustaining base missions. A draft 0fthe study will be available later this month at www.dahlgrenjlus.com. CB council OKs division of land sale money The Colonial Beach Town Council approved an ordinance Nov. 13 that defines how money from the sale of property will be distributed  the future. need. "I believe we will be able to serve 135 families" Howell said. Families selected by the county will be provided a card allowing them to pick-up their Thanksgiving dinners Nov. 23. "Part of the dinners will be provided to seniors who are living in the Parker Run and Mill Pond Village nursing facilities," Howell said. "We are working with Bay Aging on delivering those?' Howell said people still can contribute to the Thanksgiving dinner program. "We will be accepting donations right through Thanksgiving;' he said. "After Thanksgiving, we will begin accepting donations for Christmas and will do that through Christmas Eve. There are a lot of people in need?' State, counties available to help pick health plans STAFF REPORT While the second enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act started Nov. 15, state officials still are debating whether to expand the state's Medicaid program. Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe has made Medicaid expansion a centerpiece issue, but the Republican- controlled General Assembly has so far refused to accept the federal expansion money, including during a special session in September. The issue is expected to be debated again in the next regular General Assembly session, beginning in Jan- uary, with legislators on both sides of the aisle expected to introduce legis- lation to explore whether or not, and possibly how, to expand Medicaid coverage in Virginia. In the meantime, McAuliffe is trying to make it easier for all Virginians to participate in the federal healthcare marketplace. He recently unveiled a new website, www.coverva.org, which has information about enrollment and insurance plan options, including locations in Fredericksburg available for in-person assistance. Local social services officials said their offices are concentrating on helping income-eligible residents get insurance, but information proceeds from the sale of town-owned property would be distributed between the fire department (5 percent), rescue squad (5 percent) and school division (10 percent). Councilwomen Wanda Goforth and Linda Brubaker opposed the idea, saying since the distribution of money from these types of sales requires a council vote anyway, the ordinance was not needed. Bone said by keeping the money in a special fund, it identifies from where the money will be drawn and will limit spending. The ordinance passed, 5-2, with Brubaker and Goforth casting the dissenting votes. Truck fire closes Harry W. Nice Bridge A roaring fire closed both lanes of the Harry W. Nice Bridge over the Potomac River last week, causing a miles-long traffic jam on U.S. Route 301. The cause of the fire is being investigatied by the Maryland Transportation Authority. Fire and rescue units from King George were among those summoned to fight the fire, which occurred at about 10 a.m. Nov. 19, when a box track broke into flames while crossing the narrow 2-mile-long bridge. Traffic in both lanes was stopped for almost three hours. In September, Councilman Pete "The fire was extinguished pretty Bone introduced an ordinance that fast," said Tamory Winfield, the would ensure 20 percent of the athority's public information officer. M on signing up for health plans is available to all. They also will help with the new state initiative. "It hasn't trickled down to us yet" said Joe Howell, program coordinator for Westmoreland County Social Services. "We know it's coming, but we haven't gotten the details. As of now, we are continuing to help those who meet the state's criteria, low income, blind, age or disabled" Dave Coman, director of King George Social Services, said his office has "seen a vast improvement in the state's ability to receive and process Medicaid cases." During the first enrollment period last year, about 216,000 Virginians went online and purchased health plans at wwwhealthcare.gov, state officials said. Those who signed up last year or simply kept their previous coverage are encouraged to review their current plan's coverage options and compare them with what's changed and available this year with new price options. Another approximately 300,000 state residents qualify for tax cred- its from the federal marketplace but remain uninsured, officials said. Virginia was awarded a $9. miL lion federal grant, in part to hire more than 100 enrollment naviga- tors across the state. "But there was a lot of debris from the truck." The bridge, which was built in 1939, is the only Potomac River crossing between Washington, D.C. and the Chesapeake Bay and handles more than seven million vehicles a year. Body in Rappahannock identified as D.C. man, The King George County Sheriff's Office has announced a body found in the Rappahannock River by a fisherman last week has been identified as belonging to a man who disappeared Oct. 23 while visiting his mother in King George. Sheriffs officers said Anthony H, Gibson, 26, of Washington, D.C. came to King George Oct: 14. His mother reported him missing nine days later. Gibson's body was found in the river last week near Berry Plains Landing. Earlier this month, King George County Sheriffs officers responded to a report that a trail camera set up near the river to record wildlife had recorded an image of a man wading in the water. Sheriff s deputies, including a K-9 unit, searched the area near Millbank Road in King George but could not find Gibson. Gibson's body has been sent to the medical examiner!s office in Richmond, and the investigation into the cause of his death and how hiS body ended up in the Rappahannock River is continuing, officers said. New CB principal named LINDAFARNETH ementary School when she ad, Colonial Beach School System has welcomed another returning faculty member to what they call their A-Team. Superintendent Kevin Newman introduced the new elementary principal, Michelle Coates, to the school board last week. "If you're going to replace Mary Fisher (former elementary school principal), you have to find the Coates cream of the crop" Newman said. Coates had just completed her second day at Colonial Beach El- dressed the board at its Nov. 12 meeting. "I actually love being back home; this is home for me" she said. "My heart has always been in Colonial Beach and always will be?' Coates began her career in Colonial Beach when she started teaching third grade in 1994. During her 18 years in Colonial Beach, she began pulling double duty as a reading coordinator and school councilor in 2000. She remained a counselor for 10 years, but part of that time was spent in Spotsylvania County from 2008- 14, where she eventually took a position as an assistant principal. Coates has taken over as principal just as the elementary students move into their new classrooms on First Street ........