2022-10-19 E-Edition

Robinson’s Rating Upgraded

Essex High School football standout Kamren Robinson has been elevated to a four-star rating by the 24/7 sports recruiting rankings, which were updated last week. In July, Robinson gave a verbal commitment to play collegiately at the University of Virginia. He is the highest rated commit in Virginia’s 2023 recruiting class. A 6’2”, 215-pound linebacker, Robinson selected UVA over offers […]

On Hallowed Ground: Honoring the Legacies of the Enslaved and Free of Nomini

It is hidden, really. In the woods. Halfway down into a gully, along a sparsely-traveled road in Westmoreland County. A stone, placed by local church members in 1988, marks the location of an unknown number of graves at the Old Quarters Cemetery in Westmoreland. The cemetery, which sits on land that was once part of the Nomini Hall plantation, served […]

Essex Social Services Short

$2.1 MILLION For CSA Costs

The Essex County Board of Supervisors recently learned that the county’s Social Services Department will need an additional $500,000 in funding to cover expenses for the Children Services Act (CSA). The Virginia law is designed to assist at-risk youth and their families. Children who have been identified as needing one of the following are eligible for CSA services: • Foster […]

Essex County Public Schools

Assistant Superintendent Resigns

Following a nine-year stint with Essex County Public Schools, Dr. Tara Temple submitted her resignation to the Essex County School Board last week. Temple, the school division’s assistant superintendent, told the Rappahannock Times she plans “to pursue other opportunities.” “I have enjoyed my many years with Essex County Public Schools,” Temple said. “The relationships I have formed with students, staff, […]

Creating Sustainable Independence

“Just Harvest” presented an Urban Winter Gardening Workshop at First Baptist Church, Tappahannock on October 15 featuring Just Harvest’s Jay Grebe (above), a Rappahannock Tribal citizen, and Amyrose Foll, founder of Virginia Free Farm. Grebe demonstrated cooking with homegrown whole foods using simple techniques as well as indoor gardening strategies. Foll, an enrolled member of the Nation of Misisquoi Sokoki […]

Essex Adopts Updated

Zoning Ordinance & Map

During a brief October 11 business session, the Essex County Board of Supervisors voted to approve the county’s updated zoning/ subdivision ordinance and a zoning map. The supervisors heard no comments regarding either document during a public hearing held that evening. Board of Supervisors Chairman Rob Akers (Greater Tappahannock District), noted that the zoning/subdivision ordinance and the zoning map will […]

K&Q Supervisors Discuss

Tax Increase and a Failing Well

A recent increase in property taxes was a major topic of discussion, during the King and Queen County Board of Supervisors’ meeting on October 11. “I’m here to be the voice of opposition to the increase in King and Queen’s personal property tax revenue,” said county resident Richard Kay, speaking about the fifteen percent jump during the public comment portion […]

Tappahannock Receives $125K Grant From Federal Program

The Town of Tappahannock announced last week that it has received $125,000 in federal grant monies from the USDA to help with the purchases of new equipment. “The Community Facilities Loan and Grant program is great for small rural communities like Tappahannock,” Town Manager Eric S. Pollitt said. “The program helped us afford purchasing this new equipment, saving taxpayers money.” […]

Food Bank To Launch Aquaponics Center

The Healthy Harvest Food Bank in Warsaw will soon be home to an innovative endeavor. A groundbreaking ceremony was held October 12 for the Healthy Harvest Fresh, a state-of-the-art aquaponics production facility and educational center. It will be the first of its kind on the East Coast. Aquaponics is a combination of fish and plant production and hydroponics (growing plants […]