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Family forgives driver who killed woman in King George

Thanks largely to the victim's family, a man who ran off State Route 3 in King George County last year and killed a woman who was working in her yard will not have to serve any jail time. Christian Joseph Middleton, 21, of King George pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of reckless driving in Kin

FREE LANCE-STAR - 2017-09-22 13:37:00

Vulnerable NJ Republican navigates messy Trump era politics

WESTFIELD, N.J. (AP) - This is not President Donald Trump's dinner party. Republican Rep. Leonard Lance, standing in the middle of Ferraro's dimly lit restaurant dining room, says it's not necessary to build a wall along the entire U.S. border with Mexico. He raises concerns about the White House's

FREE LANCE-STAR - 2017-09-24 12:11:54

Turnpike, Parkway rest stop makeovers evoking mixed feelings

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - For hundreds of thousands of weary travelers driving along the East Coast, the numerous rest stops that line the New Jersey Turnpike and Garden State Parkway offer far more than simply a place to take a restroom break or have a small meal. The rest stops have become meeting plac

FREE LANCE-STAR - 2017-09-24 12:50:22

A last couple of "summery" days before a pattern change arrives later this week

Fredericksburg's first full week of astronomical autumn will begin with summer-like conditions and end with...well, fall weather. Today - Sunday - will close out this last weekend of September in "summery" fashion with afternoon temperatures once again boosting into the upper 80s. If there's any goo

FREE LANCE-STAR - 2017-09-24 12:35:00

White Oak Scout earns Eagle rank

Braden Kirk Clayberg was recently awarded the rank of Eagle Scout. He is a member of Troop 218 which is sponsored by the White Oak Volunteer Fire Department and meets at the Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 4123. Braden has been involved in scouting for more than 10 years, starting as a Cub Scout. He

FREE LANCE-STAR - 2017-09-24 03:00:00

FORUM COLUMN: Demeaning, degrading slave auction block should be removed

The Fredericksburg branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) finds the slave auction block at the corner of William and Charles streets in downtown Fredericksburg to be a narrow and negative representation of the history of African-Americans in and around Frede

FREE LANCE-STAR - 2017-09-24 01:00:00

FORUM COLUMN: Leave slave block where it is-and learn from it

"WE WILL sell a woman and five promising children." That headline is from an advertisement in a 19th century predecessor of the Free Lance-Star. Fredericksburg's slave block was a spot where guests of the Planter's Hotel bought and sold enslaved laborers for their large plantations. This block of st

FREE LANCE-STAR - 2017-09-24 01:00:00

Stafford childhood friends become award-winning authors

Ellie Whitney, Paige Edwards and Traci Abramson dreamed of becoming writers since childhood. The three women have participated in the same writing group for the past two years, and their success is now evident through the awards they have begun to accumulate. Besides meeting frequently to help criti

INSIDE NOVA - 2017-09-24 10:00:00

Proposed design of express lanes extension in Stafford to be unveiled

The proposed designs for a second Interstate 95 express lanes extension in Stafford County will be on display next week. The Virginia Department of Transportation will host a public hearing from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at Stafford High School, where attendees will be able to see plans and talk to VDOT st

FREE LANCE-STAR - 2017-09-24 01:00:00

Opinions divided on fate of slave auction block in Fredericksburg

Lee Lewis does not need a stone to remind him of his enslaved ancestors. So for him, the slave auction block in downtown Fredericksburg is nothing but a painful thorn. "That stone does not do anything for me than bring back sadness, resentfulness, and it doesn't help in healing the community," said

FREE LANCE-STAR - 2017-09-23 18:29:00

Manslaughter charge against ex-mayoral aide's son is dropped

HACKENSACK, N.J. (AP) - Prosecutors have dropped a manslaughter charge against the son of a former aide to Democratic New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio's wife in the stabbing of a teenager in New Jersey. Defense attorney Jeffrey Lichtman says the Bergen County prosecutor's office dropped the charge

FREE LANCE-STAR - 2017-09-21 20:36:37

Old church creamery establishes new production facility in Hanover County

Old Church Creamery, a family-owned business located in Mechanicsville, Virginia, has opened a new production facility in Hanover at 8098 Shady Grove Road. The company is a family owned business that was started in 2008 by Keith and Catherine Long in the Old Church area of Hanover County. The family

HANOVER HERALD-PROGRESS - 2017-09-21 16:09:00

EDITORIAL: Preserving Chesapeake Bay for future generations of humans-and Dolphins

CHESAPEAKE Bay is now the cleanest it's been in two decades. And according to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, portions of the bay and the James and Rappahannock rivers have met state standards for dissolved oxygen for the first time since 2005. Additional proof is the appearance of bottlenose dolphin

FREE LANCE-STAR - 2017-09-23 01:00:00

YOUR TAKE: What's your favorite thing about fall?

"Graves Mountain Apple Festival. We go every year and have been ever since high school. Great all-around fun for kids and adults."-Jessica Cline, Fredericksburg "Football!!"-Tracey Jones, Colonial Beach "Nothing! I love the lazy days of summer."-Marcie Mullins-Rice, Lake Anna "Everything moves at su

FREE LANCE-STAR - 2017-09-21 20:23:00

'The Good Place' Season 2 premiere recap: Total reset

Welcome back to "The Good Place"! It's actually The Bad Place! Spoiler alert! If you haven't seen Season 1, go do it now, for the sake of your comedic well-being, or just read my nifty summary that slides seamlessly into the Season 2 premiere. Eleanor Shellstrop (Kirsten Bell, perfect, as is her na

BALTIMORE SUN - 2017-09-21 17:35:00

Good News! Best Colleges In Virginia, DC | Can't Miss Fall Festivals | Best Places To Live | Best Staycation

From the best colleges in Washington, DC, and Virginia to can't miss fall festivals, the 'Best Gayborhood,' one of the Best Staycation spots in the metro, and Reston is named one of the best places to live in the USA, we've compiled some good news stories from Virginia and DC Patch sites this week.

PATCH - 2017-09-23 02:36:09

NAACP calls to move slave auction block from city's downtown

FREDRICKSBURG, Va. (AP) - An NAACP chapter is asking a Virginia city to move a slave auction block from its downtown. The knee-high stone block sits at a site where enslaved people were bought and sold in Fredericksburg. The Free Lance-Star reported Thursday that the stone has been stepped on, spit

FREE LANCE-STAR - 2017-09-22 20:28:22

United Way's Day of Action puts volunteers where they're needed

Some of the people who gave up a shift at the office to go out in the community and work on service projects embraced the change of scenery. "I'm not in my cubicle," said Terry Baxley Morton. "I spend most of my day driving a desk, so this allows me to get outside," said Kirk Clayberg. Both are Staf

FREE LANCE-STAR - 2017-09-23 01:30:00

Morrissey drops lawsuit against Wilder, is ordered to pay $1,000 in sanctions

Joseph D. Morrissey has dropped his lawsuit against former Gov. L. Douglas Wilder's defunct National Slavery Museum. Morrissey, a longtime Richmond-area attorney and former state delegate, had alleged that the organization, Wilder and developer Louis Salomonsky had failed to pay $130,000 in legal fe

FREE LANCE-STAR - 2017-09-23 01:00:00

Stafford County's Mystery Marine is being honored one year after his death

In some ways, Norka Kletzke wishes she could return to the overcast day last September when she buried her firstborn son. She wants to see, free from the freshness of her grief, the hundreds of people who lined State Route 610 in Stafford County to honor the man they'd known until then only as the M

FREE LANCE-STAR - 2017-09-22 20:30:00