The News That Moved Us This Past Week: April 26 – May 3

The week just past saw a new Battle of the Wilderness, students arrested at UMW, an innovative school lunch program, another person leaving King George, and more bad news for Mary Washington Hospital.

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5. Battle of the Wilderness Resumes

In May of 1864, the Union and Confederate armies came face to face in the thickets of old growth forest along the Orange Turnpike and Plank Road along what now along the Orange County/Spotsylvania County line. It was the beginning of the Overland Campaign that would eventually doom the Rebels and re-unite the United States.

4. 12 People – Including Students – Arrested at UMW

Twelve people, including nine University of Mary Washington students, were arrested earlier this evening on initial charges of trespassing and transported to the Rappahannock Regional Jail, according to a source with knowledge of the proceedings.

3. Not Just Your Average School Lunch Program

Fredericksburg is turning a negative – a high percentage of students who qualify for free- and reduced-price lunch – to a positive; creative, healthy foods for students.

2. Another Resignation in King George County

The Advance has received confirmation that Richard Stuart Jr., King George County’s community development director, has resigned from his position.

1. Mary Washington Hospital Receives ‘D’ Safety Rating from Leapfrog

Mary Washington Hospital received a grade of ‘D’ in Leapfrog Group’s spring 2024 hospital safety ratings, which were released this week. It is the only hospital out of 72 in Virginia to receive a grade of ‘D’ from the independent, nonprofit watchdog group.

COMMENTARY: Why Mary Isn’t Sticking the Landing

When you have an LLC within an LLC moving within weeks and not months on a prime piece of property? There ought to be questions.

It’s Drew Time: Angry Like Jagger

Mr. Jagger, Mr. Do, and Mr. Drew. Yeah, it’s Drew Time!

NEW DOMINION PODCAST: David Keene and Awesome Wood

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David Keene is the co-founder of the Fredericksburg Workshop, a non-profit which exists to support woodworkers, carpenters, craft, and all sorts of hands-on experiences with tools most of us otherwise can’t afford. Unless you’re a member of the Fredericksburg Workshop, that is! Plus, the inevitable adolescent wood joke.

by Martin Davis