Bringing legislatures, public schools closer

Preschoolers at work on “gingerbread geometry.” Cosmetology students practicing in their in-school full-service salon. Elementary school gardens planted and tended by students and the community. A new middle-school chamber orchestra that practices on its own time. These are just some of the Fredericksburg City Public School programs and initiatives that local legislators visited during a […]

Taylor’s Book Choices Needs More Than His One Option

“There needs to be … in our society room for the whole intellectual buffet. And this material [SkyTree Books] is positive and enriching for kids. And we just want to give it an opportunity to have some attention, too.” — Mark Taylor, WRVA, ‘Richmond’s Morning News with John Reid,’ November 30, 2023 “Spotsylvania schools superintendent […]

The official Fredericksburg Christmas Parade hits the streets tonight!

The annual Fredericksburg Christmas Parade is one of the season’s most beloved traditions – an event for which, in my experience, a child who describes the smallest walk as “a hike” will happily hoof it ten-plus blocks, and that puts joy in the heart of the crowd-averse and holiday-skeptical adult. Here are five things to […]

This National Giving Day, Support Local News

Our area is an extraordinary place. We are diverse in our geography, history, and demographics, but united by a loved for this community we call home. The Fredericksburg Advance exists to give voice to all who live here, and to deliver the news each of us needs to make good decisions about the future we […]

Happy Thanksgiving

by Martin Davis EDITOR-IN-CHIEF We at FXBG Advance want to say “thank you” to our readers. In less than a year, we’ve moved from a simple blog to a full-blown news service covering local government, education, social issues, elections, books, the arts, and more. The reason? The overwhelming support we have received from our readers; […]

The Great Lives Series 2023

The 21st annual William B. Crawley Great Lives Lecture series will explore familiar historical, literary and cultural figures such William Shakespeare, George Washington and Martin Luther King Jr. It will also present the lives of lesser-known figures like Mary Lumpkin, an enslaved woman who established a school for Black men that became Virginia Union University; […]

Local elected officials endorse Spanberger for Governor

Fredericksburg Mayor Mary Katherine Greenlaw and Delegate-elect Josh Cole are among the 18 state and local officials who are endorsing Democratic Rep. Abigail Spanberger for Governor. Spanberger announced last week that she will run for Governor in 2025 to replace Glenn Youngkin, who is term-limited by Virginia’s constitution. She is the only declared candidate so […]

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 […]

This Thanksgiving, Write It Down

Editor’s Note: Share your favorite recipes with us (Thanksgiving themed or not) and we might use yours in our next Saturday issue. In our podcast recorded Wednesday night, Shaun Kenney, Cori Blanche, and I turned off the political discussions and turned on the memories. Thanksgiving memories, to be exact. The episode, which drops Monday on […]