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Republican National Committee accuses Spotsylvania official of trademark infringement

By JEFF BRANSCOME, Free Lance-Star (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

The Republican National Committee is accusing Spotsylvania County Supervisor Greg Cebula, a self-proclaimed “independent conservative,” of trademark infringement because at least some of his campaign signs depict a logo “confusingly similar” to the iconic GOP elephant.

VaNews July 28, 2017


State GOP panel overrules Spotsy party on Board of Supervisors nominee

By JEFF BRANSCOME, Free Lance-Star (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

Spotsylvania County Supervisor Chris Yakabouski has become the Republican nominee in his bid for re-election, despite resistance from the county’s GOP leadership. He was initially denied the nomination at the Spotsylvania Republican Committee’s mass meeting last month, highlighting his feud with some county GOP leaders.

VaNews June 27, 2017


Tea party leader files complaint against Spotsylvania supervisor

By JEFF BRANSCOME, Free Lance-Star (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

The chairman of the Fredericksburg Virginia Patriots tea party group has submitted what he calls a “formal complaint” against Spotsylvania County Supervisor Chris Yakabouski. Michael Hirsch took issue with a quote from Yakabouski in a recent Free Lance–Star article questioning the veracity of comments by Hirsch about school system expenses. Hirsch wrote in his complaint to County Administrator Mark Taylor that he was “offended by this attack, and my standing in the community has been damaged.”

VaNews April 11, 2017


Fredericksburg-area residents attend Trump's inauguration

By JEFF BRANSCOME, Free Lance-Star (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

Henry Basilica popped up from his seat on the Virginia Railway Express train. He’d just overheard a lady behind him say she had two spare tickets to the presidential inauguration. “How much are the two extra tickets going for?” asked Basilica, 19, a senior at Spotsylvania County’s Riverbend High School. He voted for Democrat Hillary Clinton, but that didn’t matter on Friday. The high-schooler had a chance to witness history: Republican Donald J. Trump’s inauguration as 45th president of the United States.

VaNews January 21, 2017


Spotsylvania planners endorse proposal that would allow mosque expansion

By JEFF BRANSCOME, Free Lance-Star (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

The Islamic Center of Fredericksburg achieved a small victory Wednesday toward the plan to expand its mosque in Spotsylvania County. The Planning Commission unanimously recommended lifting a requirement that 5 acres next to the mosque be developed as two multi-tenant retail buildings. The Islamic Center hopes to buy about an acre of that land from Silver Cos. to add parking and put an addition on its 3,100-square-foot mosque at 7020 Harrison Road, according to Islamic Center trustee Samer Shalaby.

VaNews January 5, 2017


Spotsy mosque hopes to expand existing site

By JEFF BRANSCOME, Free Lance-Star (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

A Spotsylvania County mosque is moving forward with a plan to expand its current site rather than build a bigger facility nearby after the proposal to relocate inspired an anti-Muslim backlash. But the Islamic Center of Fredericksburg’s proposed expansion project must clear several hurdles.

VaNews September 16, 2016


Citizens meet about high speed rail in Caroline

By STAFF REPORT, Caroline Progress

Nancy Long is the Caroline County Supervisor for the Port Royal District, but at her June 28 Community Meeting at the Upper Caroline Fire Department in Woodford a large portion of the many citizens who crowded into the room were from Spotsylvania County, and even Hanover County was represented. The big draw was a chance to hear guest speaker Paul Agnello, Chief of Transportation/FAMPO Administrator for the George Washington Regional Commission, discuss the aspects of the possible high-speed railroad bypass around the eastern side of Fredericksburg.

VaNews July 28, 2016


Judge drops assault charge against Spotsylvania supervisor

By JEFF BRANSCOME, Free Lance-Star (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

A misdemeanor assault and battery charge against Spotsylvania County Supervisor David Ross was dismissed Tuesday after a lengthy trial with testimony from several elected officials. Substitute Judge Ted Brenner, who presided over the trial in Spotsylvania General District Court, called the sworn statements from 13 witnesses “wildly divergent” before dropping the charge. ... The case—which stemmed from an alleged incident at a Spotsylvania Republican Committee meeting Feb. 25—is an example of the divide within the county GOP. Ross was the committee’s chairman at the time.

VaNews June 22, 2016


Spotsylvania not ready to scrap proffer policy just yet

By JEFF BRANSCOME, Free Lance-Star (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

The Spotsylvania County Board of Supervisors isn’t ready to throw out a policy recommending voluntary fees from homebuilders just yet. The supervisors voted 6–0 Tuesday to delay a decision on a proposal to scrap the county’s cash proffer policy in response to the state’s recent ban on “unreasonable” proffers. Supervisor David Ross was absent.

VaNews June 15, 2016


Spotsylvania, Stafford consider eliminating developer fee policies

By JEFF BRANSCOME, Free Lance-Star (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

Spotsylvania and Stafford counties may eliminate policies recommending voluntary fees from homebuilders in light of the state’s recent ban on “unreasonable” cash proffers. Both counties collect cash proffers from residential developers in exchange for rezonings, with the payments going toward new infrastructure such as schools and roads. But a law signed by the governor in March clamps down on the fees, allowing proffers only if they cover costs “specifically attributable” to a development.

VaNews May 26, 2016