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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Spotsylvania student injured while boarding school bus

by Adele Uphaus MANAGING EDITOR AND CORRESPONDENT A 14-year-old student was struck by a motorist while attempting to board a school bus in Spotsylvania in the early morning of Nov. 15. The driver, a 20-year-old, failed to yield to the bus’s displayed stop signs and flashing lights, according to a press release from the Spotsylvania […]

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 […]