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Orange County creates broadband authority

By AMBER GALAVIZ, Orange County Review

The Orange County Broadband Authority has received its charter from the State Corporation Commission bringing all Orange County residents one step closer to high-speed internet. The authority will have its inaugural meeting next Tuesday to adopt bylaws, review a budget and discuss broadband projects on the county’s horizon.

VaNews July 13, 2016


Code, right-of-way influence powerline structure options

By GRACIE HART BROOKS, Orange County Review

Citizens successfully lobbied Dominion to change the proposed route and scope of its latest central Virginia power line project, but they may not be as successful dictating what that line will look like when its constructed. Late last month, more than two dozen speakers shared their comments regarding the proposed Remington-Gordonsville transmission project.

VaNews May 19, 2016


County will reconsider home occupations

By AMBER GALAVIZ, Orange County Review

The Orange County Planning Commission is considering loosening the restrictions on the county’s definition of home occupations in its zoning ordinance. During a worksession Feb. 9, the board of supervisors agreed to have the planning commission review and revise the county’s current home occupation regulation, which Orange County Planning and Zoning Director Josh Frederick described as "strict."

VaNews April 5, 2016


Health market web glitches still a bother

By CHELYEN DAVIS, Free Lance-Star (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

R.J. Carr of Fredericksburg is self-employed and “paying out the nose” for insurance for his family. He’s hoping insurance through the federal marketplace, which went live a week ago, will be cheaper, particularly because he thinks he’ll qualify for some tax subsidies to help pay premiums. But a week later he still doesn’t know how much insurance through the marketplace will cost, or whether he’d get a subsidy, because he hasn’t managed to get far enough into the federal healthcare.gov website to sign up and shop.

VaNews October 9, 2013


Orange County supervisor candidates speak and spar at forum

By DAN MCFARLAND, Free Lance-Star (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

Candidates for Orange County’s District One Supervisor seat outlined their positions and answered questions at a Chamber of Commerce-sponsored forum Monday. Incumbent Supervisor Shannon Abbs and challenger Diane Strong sparred verbally on a number of points.

VaNews October 9, 2013


Nonprofit to acquire historic Germanna

By LINDLEY ESTES, Free Lance-Star (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

Fort Germanna, the 18th-century site both Gov. Alexander Spotswood and early Germanic immigrants once called home, will change hands again in October. Eighteen years after the University of Mary Washington ceased archeological work on the 60 acres in Orange County, the school is transferring ownership of the site to the nonprofit Memorial Foundation of the Germanna Colonies, also known as the Germanna Foundation.

VaNews October 1, 2013


Dumler has warrant out on him Orange County

By LIANA BAYNE, Daily Progress (Metered Paywall - 25 articles a month)

The Orange County Circuit Court says he’s a fugitive. And neither police nor his former fellow elected officials seem to know where he is. Months after ex-Albemarle County Supervisor Christopher J. Dumler occupied the public spotlight, he is a wanted man, charged with failing to appear at a hearing for a client he represented while working as a public defender in Orange.

VaNews September 23, 2013


Orange backs bypass study

By DAN MCFARLAND, Free Lance-Star (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

Orange County officials have decided to support continuing study of the alternate connector route proposed by Spotsylvania County Supervisor David Ross. Ross and Spotsylvania staff presented the idea Monday at a meeting with supervisors Lee Frame and Jim White, County Administrator Julie Summs and Planning Director Gregg Zody; Frame and White then explained the proposal to their fellow supervisors at the board meeting Tuesday.

VaNews September 12, 2013


Orange schools pass random drug testing

By DAN MCFARLAND, Free Lance-Star (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

Students who participate in extracurricular activities in Orange County schools next year will be subject to random drug testing. The School Board Monday passed, by a 4–1 vote, a measure that would require testing for “Students Involved with Competitive Extracurricular Activities.”

VaNews August 6, 2013


Albemarle, Orange participate in study to recruit, retain volunteer firefighters

By LIANA BAYNE, Daily Progress (Metered Paywall - 25 articles a month)

Across the state and nation, struggles to recruit and retain volunteer firefighters have hobbled fire departments. Nationally, there has been an 8-percent drop in volunteer firefighters since the 1980s. In Virginia, 70 percent of fire departments said in a study that they need more volunteers. Additionally, 62 percent of departments said they didn’t have a recruitment program and 74 percent said they didn’t have a retention program.

VaNews August 5, 2013