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Volleyball, cross country teams ready for action

By Dave Lawrence
Sports Editor

CENTRAL GARAGE – The 2015 girls volleyball and cross country seasons are to begin, and King William's teams hope to continue the progress they were making last year.

In both cases, though, the Cavaliers face some challenges filling the shoes of a cohort of talented senior athletes that led their respective teams and graduated last year.

Girls volleyball

While the girls volleyball team will greatly miss the presence of Kayla Isaac and Eric Anderson, Isaac – was arguably their best player the last couple of years and who has graduated and is now attending Virginia Commonwealth University – has not entirely left a vacuum, coming back to help the Cavaliers in the preseason.

"Kayla was my best player," said King William head volleyball coach Bianca Cabrera. "She came on tryouts and she became my assistant. … She said that she'll be back in four years – or one year – to coach. We'll see if that's true."

While Isaac will not now be able to be quite so free with her time now that the fall semester at Virginia Commonwealth University has started, she and Anderson laid a solid foundation for the 2015 Cavaliers to build on.

This year's Cavaliers will have one advantage over last years' talented but at times fractious team, however.

"Last year we had the talent, but we had the attitude," Cabrera said. "We could have won more, but the attitude killed us. This year, we have talent … but we're happier. We try to work with each other, to understand what we need to do, when we have to move. … They stop the practice and try to help the ones that are new, to say, 'No, this is where you have to be.' They're starting to understand when you leave, there's somebody coming up."

King William's likely starters include outside hitters Caliegh Agee and Hannah Ratliffe, middle hitters Kyleigh Bell and Sheniya Johnson, setters Emily Glazebook and Delaney McKinney, and libero Devin Jenkins.

Cabrera expects a good season, especially because of one on-court skill this team is stressing this season.

"It's going to be a good season, no matter what," Cabrera said. "What we're working on is passing. If you have a team that can pass the ball, that's all you [need]. Forget about hitting. If you can bring that ball up every single time, you make that other hitter mad and you can win the game."

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Cross country

The Cavaliers' cross country teams have been gutted by graduations, so they are, as head cross country coach Tommy Tupponce said, most definitely in rebuilding mode.

"We've got one senior girl this year who hasn't run before, and I've got one senior boy who ran as a junior last year," Tupponce said. "Then I've got mostly freshmen and sophomores – some that are new to the sport, and some that have been around. I've got two girls returning that ran varsity last year, and I've got three boys returning. Everybody else is new, so we're just working out the kinks right now. We'll see what we get at the end. It's going to be an interesting season."

Tupponce is optimistic, though, as he has until the end of the season to get everyone in shape.

For the most part, King William's elder leadership is rather young. The team captains, Parker Slack and Clayton Walsh, are just sophomores. On the girls' side, Haley Reed, who was their No. 2 runner last year, will be in the first or second position for the Cavaliers this year. Grace Topham, however, has been running strong so far this year and may claim the No. 1 spot for the King William girls.

"It's going to be a back-and-forth battle for them to be my No. 1 and No. 2," Tupponce said. "After that, it's anybody's game."

Dave Lawrence can be reached at dlawrence@mechlocal.com.

District Spelling Bee champ

Hamilton-Holmes Middle School eighth grader Travis Shumate was named 2015 District Spelling Bee champion for King William County Public Schools. Shumate won the Spelling Bee by correctly spelling the word "expertise." As the district winner, Shumate will compete at the Richmond Times-Dispatch Regional Spelling Bee, scheduled for Friday, March 13, at the University of Richmond. In order to participate in the county spelling bee, students from Hamilton-Holmes Middle School and Acquinton Elementary School first competed at the school level. The top five spellers from each grade level in grades three through eight were invited to compete in the KWCPS Spelling Bee.


District Spelling Bee champ

Photo courtesy of Kim Tupponce

Hamilton-Holmes Middle School eighth grader Travis Shumate was named 2015 District Spelling Bee champion for King William County Public Schools. Shumate won the Spelling Bee by correctly spelling the word "expertise." As the district winner, Shumate will compete at the Richmond Times-Dispatch Regional Spelling Bee, scheduled for Friday, March 13, at the University of Richmond. In order to participate in the county spelling bee, students from Hamilton-Holmes Middle School and Acquinton Elementary School first competed at the school level. The top five spellers from each grade level in grades three through eight were invited to compete in the KWCPS Spelling Bee.

Snow days bring about consequences, cruel realities

By Jim Ridolphi
Contributing Columnist

As I sat listening to ice pellets bounding off my front door, spring seemed a long way off for Virginians after suffering through one of the coldest spells in recent years.

After a week of frozen inactivity, residents prepared for winter's final push after the recent snow provided a welcome, or not, reprieve from our normal schedules.

The merits of time off due to snow are easy to note, but the downside of a week off for my school-aged children became painfully evident as the impending reality of Monday morning began to descend on their recently acquired snow bum personalities.

Almost three dozen eggs and as many gallons of milk later, the unscheduled winter break ended at my home.

Like many parents who didn't accomplish what they had expected that week, I was glad to see school doors open again, and big yellow buses in my neighborhood were a welcome sight.

I didn't envy the educators who had to pick up the academic pieces after an episode like that. If anything was clear during those days out of school, it was the lack of scholarly activity my kids enjoyed.

My futile attempts to guide them toward the library or perhaps a magazine during the seven-day hiatus were met with a lack of enthusiasm that mirrored their carefree attitude with hours off and nothing to do.

I feel fortunate, I think, to live next to a ready-made sled run. It's not the biggest hill in the world but has the right angle for a speedy ride with a safe landing zone.

After three or four days of incessant in and out of the house trips to the convenient hill, the thrill lessened, and the track lost its luster of excitement.

My children quickly redesigned the course, adding additional bumps in the middle of the hill to add excitement to their runs. I must admit some science was learned during this activity in the form of a new appreciation of gravity.

The first bump sent them airborne and the second flipped them over as they attempted time and time again to complete their newly abbreviated run.

They made minor adjustments until the hill was just the way they wanted it, making numerous tweaks in the angles of the bumps.

To a delirious parent who had spent too much time at home for an adult that week, the attraction of the hill was mystifying.

For one shining moment, the thrill of a downhill run on snow made video games, iPods, Kindles and the rest of their wide collection of technology seem insignificant.

So, perhaps there were lessons learned in a week that seemed, otherwise, wasted.As their unplanned winter break neared an end, my kids' faces became long and the excitement level returned to normal.

"I hope we don't have a word study test tomorrow," Jack said to his twin sister Emma.

"They wouldn't do that to us, would they?" she replied with a puzzled expression.

"I dunno. They may be mad over the week we've just missed," Jack responded with a sense of impending doom.

You can't say anything that consoles a child who is experiencing one of life's many lessons that appear with a not so subtle thud. They learned the cruel reality that, for every week off, there's always a back to work Monday morning looming.

On the bright side, spring is less than three weeks away.

Losing the "Virginia Way"

By Jim Ridolphi
Contributing Columnist

A couple of years ago, I attended a luncheon for a local airport commission. It was the standard event with the usual fare attended by local officials, friends and staff.

As a reporter, you learn quickly that the freebies offered at these types of events are not for you. There are always key chains, pens, screwdrivers and other knick-knacks that make up what I describe as a goodie bag for official functions.

These simple “gifts” usually contain the name of local advertisers or a company directly associated with the type of function at which they are available.


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From the news editor: Needs remain after holidays

By Jodi Deal
News Editor

Every Christmas season, my heart is warmed by countless stories about acts of holiday generosity.

From money and toys to pet supplies and food, people filled with the spirit of giving come out in force to make sure their neighbors have traditional meals on the table at Thanksgiving and Christmas. They pick out and wrap gifts to ensure that both locals and people far, far away have something to open on Christmas morning. They donate coats, shoes, scarves and gloves to protect perfect strangers from winter's bracing winds.

All of this giving makes a huge difference in the lives of those in need, to be sure. That said, it's important to remember that those needs exist all year long.

When the Christmas tree is put away and the leftovers are long gone, there will still be hungry families queuing up at local food pantries in an attempt to keep hunger pangs at bay on shoestring budgets. Children will still need coats, shoes and hats for winter's harshest months, which arrive at the beginning of the year. Elderly people will face tough choices between the food and medication that sustain them and the electricity needed to keep them warm in their homes. Parents will struggle to purchase all of the items their children need for school, and homeless pets will keep turning up in the county in need of shelter, food and medical care.

As we head into a new year, let's try to do so with these never-ending needs in mind.

Cleaning out a closet? There are several local charitable efforts that distribute clothes and household goods to people who are struggling. Spare canned goods, as long as they're not out of date, will help replenish the picked-over shelves at local food distribution centers and can provide variety in otherwise limited diets. If your kitty doesn't like her new bed or your dog turns his nose up at a different variety of canned food you picked up at the store, the Regional Animal Shelter is in constant need of supplies.

If you have coupons that allow you to load up on cleaning supplies, personal hygiene products, detergent and dish soap, plenty of local charities and outreach efforts would welcome your extras with open arms.

Should your pocketbook remain a little depleted after holiday shopping, there are plenty of ways to offer your time and energy in lieu of donated money or goods. From boxing up food for families, walking homeless dogs to planning this summer's Relay for Life, from helping take care of elderly people so their caregivers can have an afternoon off to assisting with a local scout group, there's plenty to do that won't cost you a dime, but will leave you with a warm heart.

The beginning of a new year provides an opportunity for a fresh start. Alongside new diets, exercise regimens and hobbies, consider taking up the charge of lending a regular helping hand in your community throughout the year.


Cavaliers eager for another deep playoff run

By Chip Knighton
For the King William Local

CENTRAL GARAGE – It's a new group of players with familiar expectations at King William High School, where third-year coach Dylan DeHart returns just six starters from last year's sectional finalist. And the keys to DeHart's no-huddle spread offense lie in the hands of a quarterback who can't drive himself to school.

Sophomore Ryan Huffman, just 15 years old, replaces Jacob Jones, now going through his first preseason at Christopher Newport University and one of three all-state selections for the 2014 Cavaliers, who went 10-3 and lost to Nottoway in the section championship. Whether they can advance past that postseason hurdle, which has tripped them twice before, will have a lot to do with his progression.

"Athletically, he's ready to go," DeHart said. "We've just got to keep teaching him the concepts, because he's a 15-year-old kid. "I'm very confident that he's going to have a very good year. He's just very young and will have a little bit of a learning curve."

DeHart is equally confident in the replacements for his other all-state players – running back Camajae Peatross (now at Emory & Henry) and wide receiver Austin Simons. The latter will be replaced by a committee of seniors, with returning starter Lafayette Pendleton, who has drawn interest from Old Dominion, Virginia Tech and VMI, taking over the lead receiver role. A pair of newcomers to the game, basketball players Michael Johnson and Tresean Mickens, will step into starting spots on the outside.

Taking over at running back is junior Taige Brown, a power back who doubles as a returning starter at defensive end. The front seven will be a strength as the Cavaliers transition from a 3-4 to a 4-3, with Varina transfer Terik Brown (no relation) slotting in at defensive tackle and Devin Berry-Tucker, the leading returning tackler with 96 stops in 2014, returning at middle linebacker.

The secondary is less settled. Huffman, who doubles as a strong safety, is the only defensive back returning from the 2014 two-deep. Johnson will get the first crack at the free safety spot, while Mickens will bring a physical, if inexperienced, presence at cornerback.

"He's the hardest-hitting first-year player I've ever seen," DeHart said. "We were worried about our run support on the outside, but he's done a fantastic job."

The new starters will be thrown into the fire quickly against a front-loaded schedule. King William opened at perennial power Madison County on Friday night and faces Bruton, Essex, Washington & Lee and Caroline before starting Tidewater District play, which has traditionally treated the Cavaliers well.

"Our first four or five games will be our measuring stick to see if we're where we want to be," DeHart said. "It's going to be a season-long process of trying to build the team. We have the potential to do some great things, but right now, we need more leadership on the team."

Chip Knighton can be reached at sports@mechlocal.com.

Golf team handles grueling schedule

By Dave Lawrence
Sports Editor

MANQUIN – The King William golf team was looking forward to a break after a stretch of four straight matches that ended in a less-than-ideal outing against Douglas Freeman and Maggie Walker Governors School at Richmond Country Club Wednesday.

"It's been up-and-down," said head golf coach Jay Blanton at a practice at Queenfield Thursday. "We've put together some decent matches. Out of the four, I would say we had two matches where we shot good for us, and then we had two matches where we didn't shoot that great. … I think that four-day stretch maybe got to us – and not seeing the course, too."

The Cavaliers had recorded two 182s on a nine-hole outing Monday and Tuesday, then posted a 198 at Richmond Country Club Wednesday. Blanton noted that the Cavaliers had not seen Richmond Country Club's course before, which might explain the latter score.

The King William golfers did have a short break coming up, however.

"Hopefully with the weekend here now, we'll get a little bit of rest and come back and be rejuvenated," Blanton said. "We're not where we want to be right now. We need to be a little bit better."

Dave Lawrence can be reached at dlawrence@mechlocal.com.

Maggie Walker GS 171, Douglas Freeman 174, King William 198

(9 holes at Richmond CC, par 36)

MWGS: Qin 40, Snead 42, Lee 44, Zhao 45

DF: Murphy 39, Ingram 42, Holsten 45, Regnery 48

KW: Sims 47, Bernoski 49, Taylor 51, Stephens 52

The third time’s the charm for Gilbertson

By Dave Lawrence
Sports Editor

SALEM — King William's Tyler Gilbertson did not get to take the day off on his birthday, Feb. 20.

The Cavaliers' wrestler, a 220-pounder, had a long day of wrestling scheduled at the Virginia High School League Group 2A wrestling championships at the Salem Civic Center – a long day if he kept winning throughout the tournament, which was compressed from two days to one because of inclement weather.

The senior was not interested in knocking off early, however. He won his first-round match over Mark Frank of Virginia High School with a pin in 37 seconds.

Gilbertson won his semifinal match over Jaquille Fyffe-Blair of Bruton High School with a 4-2 decision.

Finally, as the clock passed 11 p.m. that evening, he defeated Madison High School's Dylan Berry 7-3 for his first state championship in three straight trips to the state final.

He was not inclined to complain about working that day, however.

"This is the best moment of my life," Gilbertson said. "It's my birthday today, and I couldn't have asked for anything better."

The Cavaliers had one other wrestler, Kevin Overstreet, advance out of the first round, but Overstreet was pinned by Grundy's Maverick Coleman in a 126-pound semifinal.

Overstreet settled for fourth after a dropping a 7-4 decision to Madison's Jalyn Simms in their consolation final.

The victory was a long time coming for Gilbertson, whose first trip to the state final – as a sophomore – ended in a pin and whose next trip last year ended in a triple-overtime loss.

"I've had plenty of preparation coming into this. I've lost it twice before," Gilbertson said. "It doesn't matter. It's all leading up to one sweet moment."

Gilbertson took an early lead 30 seconds into the first round with a takedown. Berry played catch-up from then on, but could not close the gap, and a pair of late takedowns by Gilbertson made it wider. All Gilbertson had to do was stay out of trouble.

"I just knew I was up. I wasn't going to be denied this time," Gilbertson said. "You've got to wrestle smart. You don't put yourself in bad positions to where he can score on you and you're going to win. You go out there, you score your points, you wrestle aggressive, and you'll come out on top."

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After winning and shaking hands with Berry and Berry's coaches, Gilbertson ran and leapt into the arms of assistant wrestling coach Dylan DeHart – who had been head wrestling coach when Gilbertson began four years ago.

DeHart was not quite ready for the leap, taking a shoulder to the nose and getting a bit of a bleed, but he said Gilbertson could have broken his nose after winning the state title.

"I'm just really proud of him, the strikes he's made from when I first got here – him being a freshman and not being a state qualifier to, you know, being a state champion," DeHart said. "It took him three tries, but that kid has worked his butt off. He went from somebody that I could work in the room every day and he couldn't hit a move on me and now I'm lucky if I can hit one on him.

"He truly took this thing running and he has continued to learn and learn and learn. He outgrew me. … I'm ready to see what he can do at the next level."

Andrew McMillion, who took over as head wrestling coach after DeHart took the helm of the Cavaliers' football team, said Gilbertson has been more than a student of the sport – he has been a leader pushing the coaches as well as his fellow wrestlers.

"This year, he was asking coach [DeHart] and I, 'Hey, take me to this tournament there. I'm going to this tournament. Can you come push us here? Will you stay and work with me after today?' He's the guy driving the train."

"Normally it's the coaches trying to push the wrestler to go to the next level. It was him saying, 'You give me more,' and forcing coach and I to do that much more to make him the state champion," McMillion added.

McMillion said Gilbertson deserved every bit of the accolades he won.

"Tyler is not only a champ on the mat, he's a champ off the mat," McMillion said. "He really wanted it. I give it to him – that kid, he deserves every bit that he's getting today. His future's wide open."

Dave Lawrence can be reached at dlawrence@mechlocal.com.

Group 2A championships

King William results

First round

120: Cody Pucket (Grundy) d. Shane Shannon (King William) 4-0; 126: Kevin Overstreet (King William) d. Jacob Hale (Grayson) 14-9; 145: Nate McKenzie (Martinsville) md. Kyle Harley (King William) 19-7; 220: Tyler Gilbertson (King William) p. Mark Frank (Virginia High) 0:37.

Semifinal

126: Maverick Coleman (Grundy) p. Overstreet 1:08; 220: Gilbertson d. Jaquille Fyffe-Blair (Bruton) 4-2.

Consolation final

126: Jalyn Simms (Madison) d. Overstreet 7-4.

Final

220: Gilbertson d. Dylan Berry (Madison) 7-3.


Warm clothing drive puts spotlight on giving

Contributed Report

The King William High School (KWHS) Chapter of the National Honor Society (NHS), students and staff worked together to collect hats, scarves and mittens.

The warm clothing decorated a tree located in the KWHS Library and served as a reminder to students of the importance of giving.

The drive began on Dec. 2 and ended on Dec. 19 with over 100 warm clothing items collected.

The donations were given to Peanut Butter and Jelly, a ministry of Sharon Baptist Church.

The King William High School National Honor Society, led by Kimberly Hicks, promoted the warm clothing event and encouraged all students and staff to donate.

It is the mission of the NHS to create enthusiasm for scholarship, to stimulate a desire to render service, to promote leadership, and to develop character.

Already this year, the NHS has participated in several community service projects, including cleaning up U.S. 30, participating in tutoring at the high school and elementary levels, and assisting the Head Start program.

Community service is an integral part of the National Honor Society.

NHS members are required to donate 10 hours per semester towards community service and an additional five hours towards tutoring.

Through the warm clothing drive and other community based service projects, the KWHS NHS is reminded that there is no greater reward during the holiday season than the gift of giving.

Historic Garden Week to spotlight 18th century houses

Contributed Report

The Garden Club of the Middle Peninsula will present the public tour, "18th Century Charm and Coastal Splendor of Essex County," from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, April 24, as part of Historic Garden Week in Virginia.

Five homes and gardens – four of which were built in the 1700s – are set within the scenic rural beauty of the Rappahannock River Valley: Shelba, Cherry Walk, Woodlawn-Sandy, Woodlawn (Trible) and Goldberry.

The tour features interior floral designs by talented garden club members, elegant furnishings and historic collections, 18th century and English inspired gardens, native gardens and restored outbuildings that reflect colonial life.

The five homes are located just off main thoroughfares north and south of Tappahannock.

Four homes are within a mile of each other just off of U.S. 360 in lower Essex County and the other, a coastal style home on the Rappahannock, is just off of State Route 17 north.

All proceeds from the tour support the mission of the Garden Club of Virginia: Restore historic gardens and landscapes; conserve Virginia's natural resources; inspire a love of gardening; and provide education for members and the general public.

Advance tickets are $25 per person. They will be available by mail by April 15. Those wishing to take part are to send a check payable to the Garden Club of the Middle Peninsula along with a self-addressed legal sized envelope to Kelly Gwathmey, 6357 W. River Rd., Aylett, VA 23009.

Tickets also will be available on tour day at each of the five houses and at St. Paul's Church at Millers Tavern.

The cost is $30 per person for all homes and $15 per site.

Tour headquarters will be located at St. Paul's Church at 7924 Richmond-Tappahannock Highway at Millers Tavern).

Lunch will be provided for $12 each by preorder at 804-769-0865. Pick-up at St. Paul's will be available.

For more information and to buy advance tickets, visit www.vagardenweek.org, click on "Tours" then "Friday, April 24th" then "Essex" or call Betty Anne Garrett at 804-443-2275.

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SHELBA
763 Dunbrooke Road,
Millers Tavern

Shelba is a modest 18th century Virginia planter's house situated on a working farm. The earliest part was completed during the Revolution and consisted of a side hall and large room with a sleeping loft above. In the 1790s, a parlor and loft were added to the hall. In the early 1800s, a separate kitchen was constructed; there is a penciled date of August 1815 in the English basement of the kitchen. Today, the old outside wall of the back is exposed in the connecting passageway between the dining room and the kitchen. A full English basement with brick floor is located beneath the main part of the house. High ceilings, a built-in bookcase lined with old wallpaper, a magnificent fireplace mantel with over mantel paneling, and mostly original heart of pine flooring are downstairs. There are eight fireplaces; seven of them are functional for word burning. Many windows have original glazing. Sheba contains Southern, mostly 18th century furniture and a collection of period engravings related to Washington, Jefferson, Franklin, Lafayette and other founders of the republic. The owners' love of music, books and art is readily apparent. Outdoors, 18th century inspired gardens as well as contemporary ones designed by Cynthia Carter speak to her passion for gardening. Shelba is open for the first time. Richard and Cynthia Carter, owners.

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WOODLAWN-SANDY
2009 Dunbrooke Road,
Millers Tavern

Woodlawn-Sandy, also referred to as the "Circus House," is a late 18th century frame, three-bay home with dormered gambrel roof and a large chimney at each end. The front doors, original to the house, open to a center hall with three-foot high wainscoting. Originally believed to have been built by the Wood family from Woodville, the house was acquired by Capt. P.A. Sandy in 1859. The home is complete with period antiques, including European bird themed prints and the owners' collection of antique clocks. During the 1940s, Woodlawn-Sandy was a winter resting place for a traveling circus known as the Johnny J. Jones Exposition. The English basement, with its built-in brick wine cellar, displays circus memorabilia honoring the property's unique history. Behind the house sits a large barn with high-pitched roof where circus carriages were stored. Notable is a summer kitchen house containing pottery and kettles indicative of the period and an antique Virginia farm table. A unique guest house repurposed from three chicken houses is adorned with 1940s New England cottage furniture, paying homage to the Mrs. Wyatt's roots. Stepping on crushed clam shells, one approaches English gardens that align a brick pathway and include perennials and numerous native plants. Steven and Elsbeth Wyatt, owners.

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CHERRY WALK
2459 Dunbrooke Road,
Millers Tavern

Built circa 1780 by Carter Croxton of Revolutionary War fame, Cherry Walk is an intact Eastern Virginia plantation complex. The property remained in the same family until 1982 when it was purchased by its present owners. The house is a four-bay brick dwelling with a dormered steep gambrel roof atop a high English basement. American and English antiques, period wallpapers, 18th century prints, watercolors and other collected pieces grace all of the rooms, together with the owner's art work. Of particular interest are the eight supporting outbuildings that also have been carefully restored: two dairies, smokehouse, summer kitchen/guest house, four-holed privy, an enlarged early barn, plank corncrib and late 19th century blacksmith's shop. In 1998, the owner designed a formal period garden behind the house. An entrance arbor leads to a central shell walk and cross walk which divides the area into four symmetrical gardens, each with a designated purpose: a swimming pool with surrounding perennial beds, a vegetable garden, an area for small and large fruits and herb/native plant garden. The wide variety of old native trees and shrubs, along with the gardens and evolving meadows, hum with the activity of birds, butterflies and other pollinators. Cherry Walk is listed on the Virginia Landmarks Register, the National Register of Historic Places and the entire property has been placed under a conservation easement with the Virginia Department of Historic Resources. Walter and Beverley Rowland, owners.

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WOODLAWN (TRIBLE)
4431 Richmond Highway,
Tappahannock

Built around 1750, Woodlawn is a classic example of a New England saltbox house with one and a half stories, five rooms, two chimneys and four fireplaces. It is the only extant saltbox house in Essex County. The roof rafters are continuous indicating the house was built as a saltbox. In the late 1860s, three feet were added to the back of the house. Despite the age of this house, all baseboards, chair rails and most of the window trim inside are original. The interior doors are original as well; they have five raised panels and a single panel at the top. Two of the doors have string latches. Much of the window glass also is original. The majority of the first floor and all of the second floor have the original flooring. The English basement is made of handmade bricks. Between the floors were ladders until the 1860s when narrow, steep steps were added. Outside there are gardens of vegetables and flowers that reflect the life of a farming family. The smokehouse in the yard is believed to be from the 1750s. Woodlawn is listed on the Virginia Landmarks Register and the National Register of Historic Places. Woodlawn is opened for the first time for HGW. Brother Mark Jenkins, Order of Saint Francis, owner.

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GOLDBERRY
1023 Goldberry Lane,
Tappahannock

Overlooking the Rappahannock River and neighboring Blandfield Plantation is Goldberry, a sprawling coastal home with an open floor plan, heartpine floors and vaulted ceilings. Built in 1996, the home makes the most of its waterfront setting with a view of the river from each room. The interior of the home is elegant and eclectic, blending the old with the new. Inside is a mix of antiques and family portraits from Virginia and South Carolina, a historic map and artifacts from the owners' travels, resulting in elegant and comfortable living spaces. Of particular interest is the stone fireplace and hearth within the recently built fully modern kitchen/living room addition. The paneling, overhead beams and cabinetry are of pecky cypress from South Carolina. The mantel is a 150-year-old hand-hewn beam of solid chestnut. Unique to the fireplace are several fossils, each found by the owners' children, inlaid in the stone. On the riverside of the home is a grand porch sweeping the front of the house which steps down to a patio featuring a cannon from the French Napoleon era and brought back from Haiti. Goldberry is open for the first time. Charles and Linda Gilchrist, owners.

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23009
7-Eleven
5072 Rich-Tappahannock Hwy

Aylett Animal Hospital
8065 Rich-Tappahannock Hwy

Aylett Medical Center
7864 Rich-Tappahannock Hwy

Riverside KW Medical Center
4917 Rich-Tapp Hwy, Suite 1-B

Snap Fitness
7283 Rich-Tappahannock Hwy

Twin Rivers Realty
5833 Rich-Tappahannock Hwy

Vinny’s Restaurant
4915-A Rich-Tappahannock Hwy

23047
Woody’s Towing
31426 Richmond Turnpike

23069
Woody’s Garage
1776 King William Road

Hanover Post Office
13228 Hanover Courthouse Rd

23086
EVB Central Garage
20 Commerce Lane

KW County Admin Building
180 Horse Landing Road

KW County Social Services
172 Courthouse Lane

King William Veterinary
1242 Sharon Road

One Stop Market
2185 Rich-Tappahannock Hwy

Citgo Central Garage
5033 Rich-Tappahannock Hwy

Valero
12132 King William Road

23106
360 Hardware & Rental
625 Rich-Tappahannock Hwy

Andy’s Automotive
123 Commerce Park Drive

Essex Bank
4935 Rich-Tappahannock Hwy

King William Auction
109 Commerce Park Drive

King William Tire/Exxon
2105 Rich-Tappahannock Hwy

M&M Pizza
1418 Rich-Tappahannock Hwy

Manquin Post Office
2171 Rich-Tappahannock Hwy

Sharon Road Office Park
694 Sharon Road (Library)

23111
Essex Bank
6136 Mechanicsville Turnpike

The Mechanicsville Local
6400 Mechanicsville Turnpike

West Store
4225 Mechanicsville Turnpike

23116
Woody Hogg
9137 Chamberlayne Ave.

Balducci Realty & Builders
10173 Chamberlayne Road

From the Editor

We’re here to tell and share your stories, King William County

By Melody Kinser
Managing Editor

Hello, King William County!

You can call us “the new kid in town,” even though we expect most of you are familiar with who we are and what we do. 

Today is very special to Richmond Suburban News as The Mechanicsville Local officially debuts The King William Local. We’re sisters, so that means we’ll be in constant contact and swapping stories.

And, yes, that’s what we’re all about: stories. Specifically, we want to tell and share your stories.


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Pets of the month - July

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The Regional Animal Shelter always has healthy, friendly dogs and cats available for adoption. Summer is the season for litters of kittens, and this year is no different, according to shelter staff.

Right now, the shelter has kittens of all kinds – long-haired, short-haired and in all colors, including torti, tabby and tiger stripe.


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King William wins football opener

By Dave Lawrence
Sports Editor

MADISON – King William yielded a field goal to Madison County at the end of the Mountaineers opening drive Friday night.

But the visiting Cavaliers made sure they did the rest of the scoring from then on, rolling to a 38-3 victory over their hosts in both teams' season opener.

"They had a very lengthy drive that took up most of the first quarter. We ended up giving up a roughly 35-yard field goal," said King William head football coach Dylan Dehart. "Then they kicked it off and Michael Johnson ran it back roughly [90] yards for a touchdown. That kind of took the air out of them pretty quick."

King William quarterback Ryan Huffman ran for three touchdowns – the longest for 64 yards – and completed a 55-yard pass to wide receiver Lafayette Pendleton for another. Johnson added another touchdown on a 6-yard run.

Huffman completed 13 of 19 passes for 216 yards and finished with eight carries for 102 yards.

Dave Lawrence can be reached at dlawrence@mechlocal.com.

King William 38, Madison County 3

MC — Dove FG 39

KW — Johnson 90 kickoff return (conversion failed)

KW — Pendleton 55 pass from Huffman (conversion failed)

KW — Huffman 64 run (conversion failed)

KW — Huffman 2 run (conversion failed)

KW — Johnson 6 run (Brown run)

KW — Huffman 4 run (conversion failed)


Eagles put end to Cavaliers’ basketball season

By Dave Lawrence
Sports Editor

EMPORIA — King William's boys' basketball team is done with its season, but the young Cavaliers have had a good year.

Because of the weather last week, Conference 33 cancelled its basketball tournament, but King William, as one of the top four seeds in the conference, advanced to the Region 2A East tournament.

Unfortunately, the Cavaliers drew Greensville County, which had only three losses this season, in the opening round of the regional tournament.

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King William held its own against the Eagles into the third quarter but Greensville County took advantage of a 24-point third quarter to pull away for a 72-49 victory Tuesday night at Greensville.

The Cavaliers end their season at 9-10, but it is a significant improvement over last year for a team with just two seniors – Gray Shannon and Nick Byrd – on the squad.

"A good year – one game less than .500 – but we had some quality wins," said King William head coach Joe Harper. "We did some good things. I'm looking forward to next year."

The Cavaliers' inexperience this year caught up with them in the third quarter, when an inadequate presence on the boards left them with only seven points to show for that eight-minute effort.

"When we looked at the breakdown of scores, it was the second-chance points when we didn't box out," Harper said. "They missed the first shot, and our bigs simply were not boxing out and getting that rebound. [Greensville] got two shots, three shots, and that extended their lead. …

"We did nothing to take that away. Their big kid tips in, tips, tips. They were jumping over us because we weren't boxing out. All we were doing was jumping, and that's not going to get you anything with leapers like they've got. You've got to put a body on somebody."

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Another factor was the Eagles' getting warmed up enough to run their press after a long weather-related break that prevented practice, much less games.

"We had not touched a basketball since last Monday," Greensville County head coach Les Young. "The kids were just trying to get back into the swing of things in that first half – not that they weren't aggressive or that the press wasn't successful. … By the third quarter we got back into the swing of things."

Harper will miss the services of Shannon, a starter, and Byrd, who gave the Cavaliers quality minutes off the bench. Shannon, while he would have loved to prolong his basketball career, appreciated the progress his team made this year.

"Compared to last year, when we had around a three and 15 season, I think it's been a big improvement," Shannon said. "I would have liked to go out positive for this year, but nine and 10, I'll take that. … I'm pretty proud of what we have accomplished."

Dave Lawrence can be reached at dlawrence@mechlocal.com.

KING WILLIAM (9-10) — Micken 7, Robinson 4, Shannon 5, Stewart 6, C. Parker 1, Brown 4, Gaines 0, S. Parker 0, Leach 14, Byrd 0, Longest 4, Mathews 4. Totals 17 12-25 49.

GREENSVILLE COUNTY (21-3) — Robinson 3, Jones 2, Astrop 2, Anderson 8, Patrick 5, Gillus 0, Peebles 8, Jordan 9, Harding 14, Mason 3, Meredith 4, Gordon 8, Muhammad 2, Clayton 2, Young 2. Totals 32 2-10 72.

King William..15 12 7 15 — 49

Greensville....16 19 24 13 — 72

3-point goals — KW: Stewart 2, Shannon; GC: Jordan 3, Robinson, Harding, Mason.


Calendar of Events

Third Tuesday

The Lions Club of King William meets the third Tuesday of each month at St. David's Episcopal Church near Cornerstone. Dinner will be served dat 6:30 p.m., with the meeting starting at 7 p.m. To become a member, one pays a $30 charter member fee plus $70 annually, which is split into two biannual payments of $35.

Second Monday

King William Public Schools Education Foundation meets at 6:30 p.m. in the conference room of King William High School. The group is a tax-exempt, nonprofit charitable foundation with a goal of raising money to enhance and expand educational opportunities for the students of King William County through community-wide participation and philanthropy. The first goal of KWPSEF is to fund eventual construction of a fine arts complex at King William High School. Learn more by clicking the KWPSEF link at the top of the school division's home page, www.kwcps.k12.va.us, or by calling Renee Mills at 769-7142.

Second Tuesday

The Joy Club meets at noon the second Tuesday of each month, usually at Shepherd's Methodist Church on U.S. 360 in St. Stephen's Church. The nonprofit, non-denominational organization raises money to help people in need in a variety of ways. For more information about the group, including final information on where each month's meeting will be held, call Marie Carter at 804-443-2853 or Dee Dee Becker at 804-769-4137.

Second Thursday

CornerStone will host its monthly $6 dinner deal with pickup at 6 p.m. at 8270 Richmond Tappahannock Highway in Aylett. Menu selections include crab cake or meatloaf sandwiches with a choice of side and soda. Pre-orders are requested by calling 804-769-2996 or emailing theccdc@gmail.com. All proceeds will benefit the programs of The CornerStone Community Development Center.

Third Tuesday

The King William County Planning Commission meets at 7 p.m. in the Board Room at the County Administration Building at 180 Horse Landing Road. For more information, contact LaVerne Otto, Building and Planning, by phone at 804-769-4969 or e-mail lotto@kingwilliamcounty.us.

The King William County School Board meets at 6 p.m. in the Hamilton-Holmes Middle School atrium. The board first convenes in closed session before the public portion of the meeting, which usually begins at about 7 p.m.

Fourth Monday

King William County Board of Supervisors meets at 7 p.m. in the Board Room at the County Administration Building at 180 Horse Landing Road in King William. For more information, contact Bobbi Langston, deputy clerk to the board, at 804-769-4927 or blangston@kingwilliamcounty.us.

The King William County Social Services Board meets at 5:15 p.m. at the Human Services McAllister Building. For more information, contact Ann Mitchell, Social Services director, at 804-769-4905 or amitchell@kingwilliamcounty.us.

Last Tuesday

The King William County Board of Zoning Appeals meets at 7 p.m. in the Board Room at the County Administration Building at 180 Horse Landing Road. For more information, contact LaVerne Otto, Building and Planning, by phone at 804-769-4969 or e-mail lotto@kingwilliamcounty.us.

Fourth Thursday

King William Outreach, a group aimed at connecting service programs, organizations and volunteers, meets at 3 p.m. at the L.T. McAllister Building at 172 Courthouse Lane in King William in the courthouse complex. Learn more about community needs and what you can do to help. For more information, email kwoutreach@kingwilliamcounty.us.

Fourth Saturday

Peanut Butter Jelly Time will be from 9 a.m. to noon on the fourth Saturday of each month. PBJT offers free clothes, blankets, toys, shoes, books and more for babies, children and teenagers. The program welcomes new or gently used donations from people in the community to be passed along to needy families. The distribution site is on U.S. 360 in Central Garage across from Vinny's and Food Lion in the brick house. To make donations, call Hope at 804-543-5359 or Bobbie Bohr at 804-543-7602.

Third Thursday

Free Afternoon Off for Caregivers!Bring your senior loved ones to a special event on the third Thursday of every month. Caregivers get an afternoon off (1 to 5 p.m.) — while their seniors enjoy fellowship in a safe Christian environment with fun-filled activities planned especially for them. For information and registration, call 804-769-4407. Sponsored by United Methodist Women, McKendree UMC, 4347 Manfield Road, Manquin.

Storytimes

The Pamunkey Regional Library Storytime is a fun learning experience that parents, caregivers, and children can share together. Storytimes include stories, songs, finger plays, and crafts for children.Wednesdays — Family 10:30 a.m. (all ages)

Programs

UKW Book Club — 7 to 8 p.m. Monday, March 23 and 7 to 8 p.m. Monday, May 18, Ages 16 and up are invited to take part in a lively discussion at the library. Stop by or call the library at 804-769-3731 for the title to be discussed.

Keeping Chickens — 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, March 21. Ages 16 and up are invited to take part if they're considering keeping chickens at home. Landre Toulson, Virginia Extension Cooperative agent, will provide information about the care and maintenance of chickens in the locality.

Amazing River Critters — 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 8, Ages 4 to 11 (and their families) are invited to take part in a fun and educational program during Spring Break. Chris Mernin, VA Extension Cooperative agent, will introduce local rivers and the creatures living in them.

Mothers' Day Tea and Make 'n' Take Craft — 11 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 2. Ages 10 and up are invited to make 'n' take your own flower corsage while enjoying tea and refreshments provided by the Friends of the UKW Library.

Children's Book Week Movie Morning — 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 9. Celebrate Children's Book Week with your friends and a movie based on a popular children's book. For title information, call or visit the library. Refreshments will be provided by the Friends of the UKW Library.

System-wide Programs/Observances — Teen Tech Week (March 8-14) – "Libraries Are for Making" — This program will showcase the non-print resources and services available to teens and their families at the library. This year, the theme pays tribute to the idea of the library as a makerspace where they can explore, create and share content.

National Poetry Month (April 1-30) — The event will celebrate poetry and its vital place in American culture. Children's Book Week (May 4-10) — This is the longest-running national literacy initiative in the country dedicated to instilling a lifelong love of reading in children.

March 17

Notice is hereby given that the School Board of King William County will hold School Board Meetings beginning at 6 p.m. with Closed Session and 7 p.m. for the regular meeting at Hamilton-Holmes Middle School on the following dates: March 17, April 21, May 19, June 16, July 21 and Aug. 18. In the event of a change, public notice will be given prior to the meeting date.

From the News Editor: Sick? Keep those germs at home

By Jodi Deal
News Editor

A few weeks ago, I woke up feeling stuffy and tired with a scratchy throat.

But I was up against a tough deadline that day and was contending with schedules that had been juggled to accommodate holidays.

I crawled out of bed and started making a to-do list of the tasks ahead. As a shower opened my sinuses a bit, I convinced myself that I was probably just fighting off some bug or possibly feeling the effects of allergies.

"You'll be fine," I thought. "And, besides, you don't have time to be sick."

Within 30 minutes of my arrival at the office, I was heading back out the door. It wasn't allergies. I wasn't fighting a cold — that fight had already been lost. I was sick — sneezing, coughing, aching and tired. Rest, fluids and tissues were the prescription, and my germs needed to be far away from my coworkers.

I'm glad I didn't stay long. It only takes one person to infect a whole office, then their spouses, children, relatives and friends with the bug of the moment.

No deadline was worth me sitting in an office feeling lousy, especially in the age of email and telecommuting, and, more importantly, nothing on my plate was worth the risk of getting others sick.

Luckily, I had a good, old-fashioned cold — not the flu, which has struck more than a few people I know in recent weeks.

This season, the flu shot is less effective than it has been in years past.

According to a report released on Jan. 15 by the Centers for Disease Control, getting a flu vaccine reduced a person's risk of having to go to the doctor because of the flu by just 23 percent. Since the CDC began monitoring effectiveness in the 2004-2005 flu season, that percentage has ranged from 10 to 60 percent.

What has happened this year isn't unprecedented — viruses, including influenza, are ever-changing.

This season, the viruses that rose to prominence have drifted from the viruses researchers found early and based the vaccines. That could happen any year.

That said, I got my flu shot, and, if I start to feel fuzzy again, I'll be staying close to home.

When you feel sick, you owe that to not only yourself but to those around you — especially those who have contact with very young children or older loved ones, both of whom are at higher risk for complications from the flu.

This year, like every year, the Virginia Department of Health is offering no-nonsense tips for keeping yourself and others well.

The aforementioned obvious step, staying home if you're sick, can be easier said than done for folks with busy jobs. Keeping kids home from school if they seem sick can be even tougher, logistically speaking. That said, it's important.

Other seemingly obvious but often ignored tips include washing your hands well and frequently, and teaching children to do the same.

Adults and children alike also should remember that if they must cough or sneeze, it's best to do so into a sleeve or a tissue, not your bare hands. Either way, wash your hands afterwards.

And, for goodness sake, if you think you're really sick, possibly with the flu, seek medical attention.

According to the CDC, the flu usually comes on suddenly. Symptoms can include fever, feeling feverish or chilly, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headaches, fatigue and sometimes vomiting and diarrhea.

No matter what might be ailing you, it's good to check in with a doctor. And if you do have the dreaded flu, nowadays, there are anti-viral medications that can reduce both the severity of your symptoms and the length of your illness.

However, those medications should be given within 48 hours of the onset of symptoms, and the earlier the better, according to the CDC.

You're never too busy to take care of yourself.

No one has time to be sick, but — when sickness strikes — it's up to you to make the time.

Listen to your body, and remember the old adage, "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure."


Pets of the month: January 2015

Photos provided by the Regional Animal Shelter

The Regional Animal Shelter always has plenty of pets available for adoption, including male black kitty Midnight, left, and his sister Marnie, a buff-colored female. Both are about 1 ½ years old and were surrendered to the shelter because a child in their home is severely allergic to cats. Both are spayed/neutered and up to date on all vaccines, and are good with dogs, cats and children.

Browse available animals at the Regional Animal Shelter at www.petfinder.com by typing in the zip code 23086. All animals up for adoption are posted there.

Learn more about animals available for adoption or ways you can help by calling the Regional Animal Shelter at 804-769-4983, emailing animalshelter@kingwilliamcounty.us or dropping by the shelter at 20201 King William Road in King William. The shelter is open for adoption visitation from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.


Pets of the month: Lookin' for love in all the wrong places?

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The Regional Animal Shelter always has healthy, friendly dogs and cats available for adoption, like the ones seen here. Animal Shelter officials pointed out in their monthly adoption press release that Valentine’s Day is a perfect time to pick out a new best friend.Browse available animals at www.petfinder.com by typing in the zip code 23086. All animals up for adoption are posted there.

Adoption visiting hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Wednesdays and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays. Learn more about animals available for adoption or ways you can help by calling the Regional Animal Shelter at 804-769-4983, e-mailing animalshelter@kingwilliamcounty.us or dropping by the shelter at 20201 King William Road in King William.

FeedMore pantry aids 200-plus

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Early last month, more than 7,000 pounds of food was given away in the rural community of Walkerton by FeedMore's Mobile Pantry truck.

Over 200 clients lined up on the front lawn of a 135-year-old structure, Mizpah United Methodist Church, in King and Queen County.

Standing in line together was a diverse group. Some carried canes and some were in their 80s and some in their 90s. What brought them all together under the bright blue sky was a need for food.

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Charles Chamberlain, 91, drove himself to the Mobile Pantry in his faded blue 1992 Cadillac. A heavy-equipment operator for 50 years, he sat in a folding chair with his cane and waited as 17 volunteers hurriedly packed paper grocery bags with an assortment of canned food, boxed food and perishables and set them on the lawn where clients could walk up and carry away two bags of groceries.

He said he was thankful for the Mobile Pantry, which visits his community every other month. "I appreciate the food," Charles said. "I couldn't do any better than this as far as I'm concerned."

He lives alone in a house and is thankful his children visit him and call him regularly.

Standing in line, Benjamin Moore, 57, of King William County, said he is a self-employed roofer and painter but business has been slow.Plus, he has done some $1,500 roofing jobs for less than half price.

Referring to the two bags of food, he said, "This will last a couple of weeks."

Clients are pre-qualified to receive food from the Mobile Pantry through their local social services department.

Josephine DeLoach of King and Queen County received two bags of food and said, "This food will help. There are disabled people here, living from check to check. Some are elders who don't have jobs. They get Social Security checks and they are really struggling. Some of the younger ones here have four or five kids."

Most of the clients at the Mobile Pantry live in houses in rural areas.

"There are no apartments here and no industry here," said Maura Cluck, a Mobile Pantry volunteer and member of the church. "This does so much for the community and the 200 families here from two counties."

The oldest volunteer, Jean Mitchell, 85, a widow since 1981, stayed busy for several hours, putting food in bags.

"I'll probably sleep better tonight. I enjoy doing this. It makes you feel good to volunteer," she said.

FeedMore serves neighbors across Central Virginia's 31 counties and five cities, spanning nearly one-third of the state.

Through partnerships with businesses, faith-based, nonprofit, public and other organizations, FeedMore offers comprehensive hunger solutions that target the region's most vulnerable neighbors: children, families and seniors.

From FeedMore's distribution center that provided food for 17 million meals last year, the Hunger Hotline that connects people to nearby pantries, to FeedMore's Meals on Wheels home deliveries, FeedMore's multi-tiered approach to hunger relief targets the many gaps in our region.

Kids Cafe provides 2,200 snacks each day at 63 sites for children ages 5 to 18 and provides supper at 42 of those sites each weekday during the school year.

FeedMore's Backpack program provides 12,000 meals every weekend to kids who might otherwise go hungry most of the weekend.

For more information, visit www.feedmore.org.


Community journalism:why we do what we do

By Melody Kinser
Managing Editor

The Goochland Gazette, one of our sister publications in Richmond Suburban News, is celebrating 60 years of serving the residents of Goochland County. Editor Roslyn Ryan recently wrote an editorial that merits sharing some excerpts.

We have witnessed the scandal swirling around Brian Williams, who had been considered a most trusted TV newsman. To quote Ryan, "Williams' alleged stretching and molding of the truth has left many shaken, and certainly served to further erode the trust of those who had previously questioned the integrity of the media."

That's when she stated the sentiment of our business, which is truly devoted to community journalism.

As we move onward into 2015, which, by the way, is The King William Local's third anniversary, we agree with Ryan's statement reaffirming "our commitment to our readers and to restate our pledge to provide the highest quality newspaper" for King William County. This is our goal with every issue, every month.

She continued, saying, "It may not always be good news that we share, but you can rest assured that it will be gathered and delivered with integrity and fairness, and with a premium placed not just on getting it first but on getting it right."

Throughout our communities, the publications that make up Richmond Suburban News work to share the stories of our families, friends and neighbors. And it is because of our relationships with our readers that community is the word at the heart of what we write and how we tell the story.

We take advantage of what appears in print and online — with your support and encouragement.

And, yes, we welcome your opinions about how and what we're doing.

This is a partnership. The King William Local celebrates three years with the people of our communities. You make that difference.

Ryan was right in telling readers that we want to tell your stories and celebrate what makes our home unique.

That's what community journalism is committed to every day.

Melody Kinser can be reached at mkinser@mechlocal.com.

Pet of the month: February 2015

Photo provided by the Regional Animal Shelter

The Regional Animal Shelter always has plenty of pets available for adoption, including Klondike, a laid-back male Maine Coon kitty that is about 4 years old. Klondike came into the shelter as a stray, shelter officials said, but is very friendly and seems to love other cats. He also enjoys being brushed, and curling up beside humans or sitting in their laps.

In February, the animal shelter is running a "Sweet Adoption Deal." Adoption fees will be waived for all pets and Indian Rivers Human Society will pay for half of the cost of spay or neuter surgery. That means those who adopt dogs will pay only $50, while those who adopt cats will pay $35.

Can't adopt? While the sweet treats humans share aren't appropriate for animals, shelter officials are looking for other ways to make February special for animals in their care. The Regional Animal Shelter is seeking donations of specialty treats, like Beggin' Strips, T-Bonz, Canine Carryouts and Pup-peroni or others to make abandoned and homeless pets' stay at the shelter more pleasant.

Browse available animals at the Regional Animal Shelter at www.petfinder.com by typing in the zip code 23086. All animals up for adoption are posted there.

Learn more about animals available for adoption or ways you can help by calling the Regional Animal Shelter at 804-769-4983, emailing animalshelter@kingwilliamcounty.us or dropping by the shelter at 20201 King William Road in King William. The shelter is open for adoption visitation from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.


Summer’s bounty meant to be shared

By Jodi Deal
News Editor

I don’t have a green thumb — far from it, unfortunately. 

That said, I’ve feasted on lots of free, fresh, local produce this summer. 

My husband and I boiled up enough corn to feed an army last week, thanks to a thoughtful co-worker who has a family corn field. Every worker in my office got a huge shopping bag brimming with the stuff. 

A few nights later, we turned a whopping bag full of fresh basil into an impromptu hummus-based pasta sauce, supplementing leftovers and gifted food with a little bit of olive oil and cheese. 


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Looking back at our first year serving you

By Jodi Deal
News Editor

What a year.

Today’s edition marks our one year anniversary of sharing your news in the pages of the King William Local, and plenty of exciting memories have been made.

We’ve gotten an inside look at an alpaca farm, and have gotten to know members of the Joy Club, who raise money to help folks who are sick or in need. We learned about a special Veteran’s Day celebration spearheaded by a King William High School graduate, and highlighted an enterprising Eagle Scout who donated his time to help make operations easier at the Cornerstone, which provides food, clothing, school supplies and health services to lots of local residents. 


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