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Spotsylvania School Board votes to make masking optional for students, visitors

The Spotsylvania County School Board voted 4–3 this week to remove the mask mandate for students and visitors to school buildings effective… Read more

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DONNIE JOHNSTON: Does our mental state play a role in when we die?

SOME 20 YEARS AGO, I wrote a column contending that more people die in January than any other month. Read more


New vaccine clinics planned in Fredericksburg area; other schedules adjusted due to weather threat

State adjusts hours of vaccination center because of forecasted wintry weather.  Read more



This is a list of some of the weather-related closings in the Fredericksburg area for Thursday, Jan. 20. This is an updated version of the … Read more


Snowy, slushy roads could greet Thursday travelers

UPDATE, 8 a.m.: The winter weather advisory has been updated to warn of rain changing to snow by the end of the morning commute, with snow … Read more


Supreme court refuses to hear city church tax case, lower court ruling stands

The U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear a case involving trustees of a Spotsylvania County church who filed a lawsuit against the city of Fr… Read more



Photos: 19-year-old woman sets record for solo global flight

The 19-year-old Belgian-British pilot Zara Rutherford set a world record as the youngest woman to fly solo around the world, touching her s… Read more


Today in history: Jan. 20

In 1981, Iran released 52 Americans it had held hostage for 444 days, minutes after the presidency had passed from Jimmy Carter to Ronald R… Read more


Celebrity birthdays: Jan. 20

Here are some of the notable people celebrating birthdays today, including Bill Maher, Buzz Aldrin, David Lynch, Melissa Rivers, Paul Stanl… Read more



Nuggets acquire Bryn Forbes from Spurs in 3-team trade

The Denver Nuggets acquired veteran wing player Bryn Forbes from San Antonio on Wednesday as part of a three-team deal that also included Boston. Read more


NBC will not send announcers to Beijing for Winter Games

NBC will not be sending its announcers and most hosts to the Beijing Olympics due to continued concerns about rising COVID-19 cases worldwide and China's strict policy about those who test positive. Read more



Toys of Christmas Past: The toys and tech that defined each decade

Did your favorite make the list? Here are the most popular toys since 1952. Read more


Watch Now: Festive options for visiting Santa during COVID-19

Malls, mail, and Zoom could help get your list into Santa's hands! Read more


Watch Now: Thanksgiving food myths debunked

Not all Thanksgiving dishes are as they appear Read more



Editorial: Spotsy school board - A reason to be concerned

Were we able to teleport Horace Mann (1796-1859), the father of American public education, to the past two meetings of the Spotsylvania Cou… Read more


Commentary: What to teach law students when there's no faith in SCOTUS

At the start of this new semester, we face a sobering reality. As law and political science professors, we’re in new territory: instructing… Read more

Letter: General Assembly must help small business

General Assembly must help small business Read more


The Ethical Life podcast: With workforce shortages, why isn't increasing immigration more popular?

Episode 30: Richard Kyte and Scott Rada also discuss whether automated traffic enforcement is a better way to keep people safe. Read more


Richard Kyte: Tolerance of profanity is a cultural failing

Commentary: We should not be complacent about the way the words we use shape our perception of the world around us. Read more

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Bingo resumes this Thurs., July 1 at 630pm, Saturdays 5pm and 1st Sat of the mo. (July 4th incl) 10… Read more

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Restaurant tax nears end, but city wants to keep it cooking

PASCAGOULA, Miss. (AP) — A restaurant tax in Pascagoula that was set to end this summer could be sticking around for awhile, officials said. Read more


Russia accuses West of plotting 'provocations' in Ukraine

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia accused the West on Thursday of plotting “provocations” in Ukraine and disguising its alleged intentions by fomenting concerns about Moscow planning aggressive military action in the neighboring country. Read more


UK lawmaker says Johnson critics face government 'blackmail'

LONDON (AP) — A lawmaker from Britain’s governing Conservatives accused the government on Thursday of blackmailing opponents of Prime Minister Boris Johnson, as the party's internal rifts deepened. Read more


The No. 1 Reason to Claim Social Security at Age 62

Many of us will have little choice -- we'll have to start at 62. Read more

How to crush your holiday debt

The holidays have left without a trace. Well, almost. Long after the decorations have come down, you still have debt hanging around. Read more