State Board of Education approves two regional lab schools

by Adele Uphaus MANAGING EDITOR AND CORRESPONDENT Last week’s approval by the state Board of Education of two new lab school applications brings the total new schools approved in Virginia to three – and two of them are connected with colleges in the Fredericksburg area. The Academy of Technology and Innovation (ATI) at the University […]

UMW graduate receives statewide award for volunteer work

by Adele Uphaus MANAGING EDITOR AND CORRESPONDENT Over her four years at the University of Mary Washington, 2023 graduate Meghan McLees volunteered at so many different Fredericksburg-area organizations that she can’t always remember them all. There was Downtown Greens, the Thurman Brisben Center, Stafford Junction, the regional Food Bank, Greater Fredericksburg Habitat for Humanity of […]

Specialty centers are coming to Stafford high schools in fall of 2024

by Adele Uphaus MANAGING EDITOR AND CORRESPONDENT Specialty centers are coming to Stafford County high schools in the fall of 2024. The School Board at its regular meeting on Tuesday approved a program of studies for high school that includes launching three specialty centers that will provide “enhanced four-year courses of study, preserve and integrate […]

Abigail Spanberger announces 2025 run for Governor

by Adele Uphaus MANAGING EDITOR AND CORRESPONDENT Despite what Republicans say, Democrat Rep. Abigail Spanberger doesn’t believe that her decision not to run for reelection to Congress and instead run for Virginia Governor in 2025 means control of her 7th congressional district seat is likely to flip. “I expect that someone will work really hard […]

Steve Maxwell, candidate for Spotsylvania Sheriff, requests manual recount

by Adele Uphaus MANAGING EDITOR AND CORRESPONDENT Steve Maxwell, who ran against incumbent Roger Harris for Spotsylvania Sheriff, has asked that the results of last week’s election not be certified until a manual recount has been completed. Maxwellj, who was endorsed by the county Republican committee, sent a letter to Kellie Acors, the general registrar […]

Spotsylvania School Board tables book policy changes indefinitely

by Adele Uphaus MANAGING EDITOR AND CORRESPONDENT The Spotsylvania School Board on Monday evening voted to indefinitely table proposed revisions to its policy and regulations concerning the selection and review of instructional materials. Berkeley district representative April Gillespie made the motion to table the revisions and was supported by board members Dawn Shelley, Nicole Cole […]

Veterans and first responders can find healing at Warriors Heart

When we call 911 on the worst day of our lives, we expect someone – a police officer, a paramedic, a firefighter – to come to our assistance. But where are we, asks Josh Lannon, founder and CEO of the addiction treatment facility Warriors Heart, when that first responder is having the worst day of his […]

Misleading Sample Ballots Continue to Roil Spotsylvania Polling Places

At several polling stations across Spotsylvania today, sample ballots with misleading information continued to be find their way into voters’ hands. At Battlefield Elementary School late this afternoon, the Advance was handed a yellow sample ballot with the header “Republican Sample Ballot,” and the man distributing the document referred to it as “a ballot from […]