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Hospital stay can be costly surprise

A new state law could keep your stay at hospitals from being something even more costly than expected.

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Stafford school board lists 2015-16 priorities

Class size and division organization top the list of priorities after the Stafford County School Board got recommendations from an efficiency study, according to a news release.

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Fourth of July: Northern Virginia’s parades, festivals and fireworks

Want to have a sizzling good time this July 4? Check out our list of Fourth festivities around the region.

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Marines schedule training at Quantico base

Residents in the immediate vicinity of Marine Corps Base Quantico may hear more noise from ground/ aircraft training or range clearance operations from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, July 2. 

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Reversal schedule shifts this weekend on 95 Express Lanes

Reversal schedules on the 95 Express Lanes will be adjusted this weekend in anticipation of traffic to D.C. for the fireworks, and for out-of-towners heading home Sunday.

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Team Power Kix part of National Team wins in Spanish Open

The USA Taekwondo National Team of 40 members included eight members of Team Power Kix. Overall for the national team, the 2015 Spanish Open in Ponteveda garnered nine overall medals - one gold medal, four silver medal and four bronze.

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Williams: The training of dogs and raptors

This past weekend, just like millions of others, I went to the theater to see the opening of the movie “Jurassic World.” Even though I read the original Michael Crichton novel back in 1990 and ran to see the first movie a few years later, I wouldn’t necessarily call myself a loyalist of the franchise. I did see the second installment, “The Lost World,” but was so disappointed I skipped “Jurassic Park III.”

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NoVa lane closures for upcoming week

I-95 SHOULDER IMPROVEMENT PROJECT

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Stafford Bandits 10u fastpitch softball team wins state title

The Stafford Bandits 10u fastpitch softball travel team is the Virginia NSA State Champion after winning in Williamsburg on June 13 -14.

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Gold: It seems to me

 It seems to me…we are about four months away from election day and the citizens of Stafford County will soon have some important decisions to make. So it should be no surprise that campaigning is already underway and that I received my first phone call asking for my support. Clearly there was nothing wrong with the call and as matter of fact it was a wake-up call alerting me that I should start to learn exactly where the candidates stand on a number of issues that are extremely important to us.

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Adopt Solomon

Solomon is a 7-year-old Rottweiler that is a staff and volunteer favorite.

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Haynes has strong season in Yankees’ system

The Division III Lynchburg College baseball team had strong ties to Stafford the past season.

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Former head of medicine at Stafford Hospital sentenced to four years in prison

The former chief of medicine at Stafford Hospital was sentenced to four years in prison Friday for illegally distributing prescription drugs, resulting in at least one death.

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Supreme Court rules same-sex marriage legal in all 50 states

The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday ruled that same-sex couples across the country are entitled to the rights and privileges of marriage.

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Confederate flag in Stafford stays above the national fray

A Confederate battle flag still hangs alongside Interstate 95 in Stafford County, dozens of feet above the roadway and, seemingly, above all the criticism levied against similar banners.

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CAC change to aid security officers at military installations

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department's common access card is undergoing modification to make it easier for visually color-impaired security officials to identify bearers who are military, government or contractor civilians, or foreign nationals, a Defense Human Resources Activity official said recently.

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Dempsey Addresses Pay, Compensation in Online Discussion

 Questioners didn’t pull any punches during the Facebook town hall conducted by the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff this morning.

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Giant, Food Lion parent companies plan to merge

The corporate owners of Maryland-based Giant Food and North Carolina-based Food Lion announced plans Wednesday to join forces and merge the two companies.

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Stafford County man wanted in Dumfries shooting

A Stafford County man is wanted in a June 21 shooting in the 18100 block of Triangle Shopping Plaza in Dumfries, said Prince William police spokesman Jonathan Perok. The plaza is home to the Dumfries Police Department offices.

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Stafford school board prepares NCLB grant application

The Stafford County School Board on Tuesday approved its No Child Left Behind grant application in the amount of just over $2 million. The application is formerly known as Title I.

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NAACP to hold vigil at Stafford church for Charleston victims

The Stafford County branch of the NAACP is planning a vigil in honor of the late  Rev. Clementa Pinckney, former senator of the South Carolina legislature, and all the victims of the shootings in the church at Charleston, South Carolina.

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UPDATED: Thunderstorms leave widespread damage; power outages

A tree fell across a home in Lake Ridge during Tuesday's thunderstorms, displacing the residents who lived there, fire officials said.

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Niagara Bottling issues water recall

Niagara Bottling is issuing a recall due to concerns that one of its spring sources is contaminated with E. coli.

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All-women airplane race is on

More than 50 planes took off from Stafford Regional Airport on a hot summer morning to compete in the annual Air Race Classic.

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A Sunday each month brings music to Stafford's Pratt Park

Stafford Songfest Sundays! means live bands perform on Celebration Stage on  a Sunday of the summer months from 3 to 5 p.m. at John Lee Pratt Park in Stafford County.

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Stafford's McOsker campaigns for another term on school board

Dewayne McOsker Jr. has been the George Washington District representative to the Stafford County School Board for the past 3 years, and he would like to continue in the post.

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Adopt Peaches

Peaches is 9 weeks old and loves to be held.

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Northern Virginia lane closures for week of June 22

Road work scheduled for this week around the region.

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Blankenship: Sex changes novel, not new

Bruce Jenner’s publicity-drenched sexual transformation to sensational cover girl has raised some contradictory memories for me—not about myself, please understand—but about an acquaintance from my working days.

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Quantico Marines to train Tuesday

Residents in the immediate vicinity of Marine Corps Base Quantico may hear noise from ground/aircraft training on Tuesday, June 23 from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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Kerr: A tale of two Bibles

A few years ago in this paper on the anniversary of D-Day, I wrote an article about the invasion and all those who prayed in anticipation of the assault. Not just the soldiers, but all those who knew and cared for them.

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UPDATED: Destructive storms bring flooding, fires, tornado in Triangle

One to three inches of rain fell in the storms, which were accompanied by tornado warnings, fires caused by lightning strikes, a reported tornado in Triangle and funnel cloud sightings in Stafford and Spotsylvania.

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Stafford's Curtis Park goes retro for 40th birthday

The heat that soared into the high 80s brought out several hundred county residents to cool off Saturday afternoon at Curtis Memorial Park.

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Stafford County Animal Shelter closes cat wing

The county's Animal Shelter cat wing is closed temporarily after the ringworm fungus was found at the facility.

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Stafford students confident about money, worried about future

Today’s economy might be leaving students on edge but that does not take away from their confidence in money management.

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Adopt Blaze

Blaze is 2 years old, spayed, UTD on all vaccines and micro-chipped.

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Cortez: Reflections and after election perceptions

Establishment conservatives had an easy time during the past primary election, in spite of the tea party hype.

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Lady pilots ready for takeoff from Stafford Airport

Pilots from Virginia to New Zealand danced and socialized at the “Meet the Pilots” cookout Friday evening at the Stafford Regional Airport as they prepare for the 2015 annual Air Race Classic on Monday.

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Ceremony at Marines Corps museum opens Warrior Games

An opening ceremony at the National Museum of the Marine Corps kicked off the first Department of Defense Warrior Games on June 19.

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North Stafford grad hopes to start pitching at West Florida

Sean Kennedy is looking to get a new start, both on and off the field.

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Stafford Foundation plans Father’s Day giveaway

The Brown Foundation of Stafford will host the third Annual Father’s Day Giveaway and Event for 2015.

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Stafford’s Curtis Park prepares for 40th birthday party

A party for Stafford residents will mark the 40th anniversary of Curtis Memorial Park.

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Pair charged in Carriage Hill auto tampering

Two suspects are in custody and one at large following a June 10 incident of vehicle tampering in the Carriage Hill neighborhood of south Stafford, Maj. David Decatur of the Stafford County Sheriff’s Office said.

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North Stafford man hit with beer bottle

A North Stafford man was arrested in North Stafford on Monday evening for assaulting a neighbor with beer bottle, Stafford County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Bill Kennedy said.

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Department of Defense Warrior Games coming to Quantico

The 2015 Department of Defense Warrior Games, starting Friday and continuing through June 28 at Quantico Marine Corps base, feature eight sporting events with approximately 200 athletes representing teams from the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, U.S. Special Operations Command and British Armed Forces.

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Supervisors deny airport land-use plan, defer on homes near Austin Ridge

A proposed airport land-use plan was denied by a 4-3 vote Tuesday at a Stafford County Board of Supervisors meeting.

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NOVEC HELPS golf tournament raises money for charities

Ninety golfers and dozens of sponsors helped raise more than $22,000 for charitable and community groups at the NOVEC HELPS, Hands Engaged in Local Public Service, third annual golf tournament held recently at the Stonewall Golf Club in Gainesville.

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Stafford Sports Report

Only the tennis court and the track were left for local high school athletes in this spring sports season. All the other players and teams have finished, left to wait until next year or wonder what might have been. For what just took place, here is a recap.

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Adopt a few

These are the Fabulous Five kittens from the same litter: three solid black, two black and white.

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