2023-05-17 E-Edition

Revitalization Study Concluded; Councilors Briefed

The Tappahannock Town Council and Planning Commission were briefed last week regarding a Downtown Revitalization Plan that was recently completed by a consulting firm. Summit Design and Engineering began its work in June of 2022 and completed its task in February. The plan is still awaiting a preliminary engineering report which is a foundational study of the plan’s potential projects […]

Gayle Ashworth Set To Retire

Essex County Clerk of Court

Essex County Circuit Court Clerk Gayle Ashworth has announced her intention to retire effective July 1. Mrs. Ashworth made her announcement during the May 9 meeting of the Essex County Board of Supervisors. “This decision has been one of the hardest I have ever had to make,” Mrs. Ashworth said. A 1974 graduate of Hermitage High School in Henrico County, […]

Interim Service Lauded

Former Interim Essex County Chief of Emergency Services Tommy Hicks (left) was recognized for his one year of service during the May 9 meeting of the Essex Board of Supervisors. Assistant Chief of Emergency Services Kyle Durham (right) presented Hicks a unique commemorative brick collected from the July 2022 Prince Street fire.

K&Q Sheriff Certified

Sheriff W.R. “Rob” Balderson received the Virginia Sheriff’s Institute (VSI) certification designation at the VSI Training Conference in Hot Springs, VA on April 27. The recertification certificate was presented by Dr. Robyn McDougle associate Professor of Criminal Justice, L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). Although it’s a lengthy and voluntary process, the […]

New Chancellor Visits Rappahannock Community College

Since beginning his role as Chancellor of the Virginia Community College System on April 3, Dr. David Doré, embarked on a listening tour to the 23 Virginia community colleges. His tour culminated on May 9 with a visit to Rappahannock Community College’s Glenns and Warsaw campuses. Doré began his day at the Glenns campus, meeting with RCC’s Executive staff, followed […]

Essex Awarded $8.7 Million

Broadband Grant

Essex County is among 14 projects serving 20 localities that will receive more than $59.5 million in grants through the Virginia Telecommunications Initiative (VATI), which provides targeted funding to extend internet service to areas that are presently underserved by any broadband provider. The awards were an- nounced May 11. Essex is scheduled to receive $8,753,009, the highest amount awarded for […]

Murals Project Pitched

For Purdue Silos

A proposal to place murals on the silos at Perdue AgriBusiness- Tappahannock Grain Elevator along Hoskins Creek was well-received by the Tappahannock Town Council last week. Local resident William Croxton, who is a vice chairman of the Essex County Economic Development Authority, pitched the idea to Town Council during its May 8 business meeting. Croxton told Council that he reached […]

Va. Proposes More Funding For ‘Whole-Farm’ Approach

King and Queen County farmer Robert Bland remembers when his grandfather, who was also a farmer, told him he was “getting too dumb to farm.” His grandfather laughed when he said it, and Bland laughed too. “But from his point of view,” he said, “things changed so much that today he would’ve been lost compared to what he did in […]

Town Seeks Collaborative Opportunities With County

Tappahannock Town Manager Eric Pollitt visited the Essex County Board of Supervisors last week seeking collaborative efforts on a pair of capital projects. Pollitt told the supervisors that he and Essex County Interim Administrator April Rounds have been in discussions concerning a joint meeting between the two governing bodies in the summer or early fall. The Town Manager informed the […]