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VDOT Prepared for Incoming Storm

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With weather forecasts projecting 6-10 inches of snow in the Stafford area, VDOT has mobilized and prepared to clear major roadways across the state.

More than 800 pieces of equipment are available in the Fredericksburg area, Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula to plow roads and apply sand and salt. Approximately 70 trucks are dedicated to clearing Interstate 95’s travel lanes and ramps.

Yesterday, VDOT pre-treated the interstate, primary roads and high-volume secondary roads with an anti-icing solution of salt brine. Anti-icing prevents ice from bonding to the pavement during inclement weather, which reduces the risk of hazardous travel conditions.

VDOT plans to work non-stop once the snow begins, making sure that all state-maintained roads are safe to travel. The goal is to have all major roadways cleared and passable within 48 hours after the storm has finished.

They have encouraged drivers to limit their time on the roads during the storm.

 

6-10 Inches of Snow Projected, State of Emergency Declared

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As Stafford and surrounding areas prepare from 6-10 inches of snow starting this evening, the Governor of Virginia has declared a state of emergency.

In declaring a state of emergency, the governor authorizes state agencies to identify and position resources for quick response anywhere they are needed in Virginia.

“Now is the time for Virginia to get ready for this storm,” said Governor McAuliffe. “This state of emergency declaration will empower the Virginia Department of Emergency Management, the Department of Transportation, the Virginia National Guard, and our electric and cable utilities to prepare for a storm that is predicted to create power outages and significant travel challenges across the Commonwealth over the next few days.

“Just as state government is preparing for this storm, I urge every Virginian to take proper preparations. Prepare to limit unnecessary travel during the storm, have emergency supplies on hand and be ready in the event that power in your area goes out.”

More information for residents to be weather-ready.

The National Weather Service has placed the area under a Winter Storm Warning, projecting more than 6-10 inches with a potential of 12 inches in areas elevated above 800 ft.

Because the snow will begin this evening, road conditions may be dangerous, although VDOT has already begun pre-treating the roads

Power outages are also possible over the course of the storm. More information about power outages from a Stafford County release:

Dominion Virginia Power – Customers who lose power can also report the outages through Dominion’s toll-free customer service line, 866-DOM-HELP (866-366-4357). The company will also issue periodic updates on Facebook and Twitter (DomVaPower).

Rappahannock Electric Cooperative – Should any power interruptions result from this storm, members may report their outages online at www.myrec.coop by clicking the Report Outage button at the top of any page. Those who prefer to phone in their outage report can call toll-free: 1-800-552-3904. Please keep in mind that increases in REC call volume may make it more convenient to use a smart phone and report outages online.

Also keep in mind that downed power lines are extremely dangerous. If you see one, stay away, and call 911 or REC immediately at 1-800-552-3904. For information about REC, please visit us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, or our website, www.myrec.coop.

While there are no reported closings, cancellations or delays at this time, Stafford Local will be posting updates throughout the storm for any closings that occur.

More information from a National Weather Service release:

…WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 8 PM THIS EVENING

TO 8 PM EST THURSDAY…

* PRECIPITATION TYPE…HEAVY SNOW.

* ACCUMULATIONS…6 TO 10 INCHES…WITH UP TO 12 INCHES AT

ELEVATIONS ABOVE 800 FEET.

* TIMING…SNOW WILL OVERSPREAD THE AREA FROM THE SOUTH BETWEEN

8 PM AND 10 PM WEDNESDAY EVENING. SNOW WILL BE HEAVY AT TIMES

WEDNESDAY NIGHT INTO THURSDAY MORNING. SNOW IS EXPECTED TO

TAPER OFF LATE THURSDAY AFTERNOON AND EVENING.

* TEMPERATURES…IN THE UPPER TEENS TO LOWER 20S WEDNESDAY

NIGHT…SLOWLY RISING INTO THE LOWER 30S THURSDAY AFTERNOON.

* WINDS…NORTHEAST 5 TO 15 MPH WEDNESDAY EVENING…BECOMING

NORTH AND INCREASING TO 10 TO 20 MPH WITH GUSTS TO 30 MPH LATE

WEDNESDAY NIGHT AND THURSDAY.

* IMPACTS…ROADS WILL BECOME SNOW COVERED AND SLIPPERY. TRAVEL

WILL BE DANGEROUS WEDNESDAY NIGHT AND THURSDAY. HEAVY WET SNOW

COULD LEAD TO SOME POWER OUTAGES.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR HEAVY SNOW MEANS SEVERE WINTER WEATHER

CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED OR OCCURRING. SIGNIFICANT AMOUNTS OF SNOW

ARE FORECAST THAT WILL MAKE TRAVEL DANGEROUS. ONLY TRAVEL IN AN

EMERGENCY. IF YOU MUST TRAVEL…KEEP AN EXTRA FLASHLIGHT…

FOOD…AND WATER IN YOUR VEHICLE IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY.

More than 12-inches of Snow Possible for the Region

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Stafford is currently under a Winter Storm Watch, as snow is projected to begin on Wednesday evening and continue into Thursday evening.

While Stafford is expected to have more than 5 inches of accumulation, some models from the National Weather Service project more than 12-inches of accumulation throughout the region.

There is concern that heavy, wet snow could lead to some power outages during the storm.

More information from a National Weather Service release:

…WINTER STORM WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM WEDNESDAY EVENING

THROUGH THURSDAY EVENING…

* PRECIPITATION TYPE…SNOW AND SLEET

* ACCUMULATIONS…THE POTENTIAL FOR 5 OR MORE INCHES OF SNOW AND

SLEET.

* TIMING…SNOW IS EXPECTED TO MOVE IN FROM THE SOUTH WEDNESDAY

EVENING. SNOW MAY MIX WITH SLEET AND RAIN LATE WEDNESDAY NIGHT

AND THURSDAY. THE SNOW COULD BE HEAVY AT TIMES WEDNESDAY NIGHT

AND THURSDAY.

* TEMPERATURES…IN THE MID TO UPPER 20S WEDNESDAY NIGHT…

SLOWLY RISING INTO THE LOWER AND MIDDLE 30S THURSDAY AFTERNOON.

* WINDS…NORTH 15 TO 25 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 35 MPH.

* IMPACTS…ROADS MAY BECOME SNOW AND SLEET COVERED AND

SLIPPERY. TRAVEL MAY BE DANGEROUS WEDNESDAY NIGHT AND

THURSDAY. HEAVY WET SNOW COULD LEAD TO SOME POWER OUTAGES.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A WINTER STORM WATCH MEANS THERE IS A POTENTIAL FOR SIGNIFICANT

SNOW AND SLEET ACCUMULATIONS THAT MAY IMPACT TRAVEL. CONTINUE TO

MONITOR THE LATEST FORECASTS.

 

Road Repairs Reduce Rt. 631 to Single Lane

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Drivers traveling on Rt. 631 (Coal Landing Road) in Stafford for the next two weeks may experience delays while repairs are being made to the road.

The work zone will be active from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday-Saturday, during which time only one lane will be accessible.

The project is scheduled to be complete by February 22, although snow and poor weather conditions may extend the project.

More information from a VDOT release:

The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is stabilizing an embankment along Coal Landing Road, and re-paving a portion of the road. Specialized equipment, a soil nail launcher, will create a retaining wall by drilling holes beneath the roadway, and inserting steel rods into the ground. The rods are covered with a mesh wire net and anchored with bolts. The entire surface is then covered with shotcrete, a concrete material.

Work must be performed during daytime hours, when temperatures are warm enough for the concrete substance to properly set, holding the retaining wall in place.

Flaggers will direct traffic through the work zone.

This work has been scheduled weather permitting, and inclement weather may extend the project schedule beyond Feb. 22.

 

Stafford Hospital to Celebrate 5-Year Anniversary

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Stafford Hospital on Hospital Center Blvd. in Stafford is set to celebrate its fifth year of serving the local community on February 27, 2014.

The hospital, founded by Mary Washington Healthcare, has been recognized by the Stafford County Board of Supervisors for their outreach programs in the community, including art contests for young children, and their sponsorship role in the county’s 350-year anniversary.

The Stafford 350 is an organization in Stafford County that is hosting events to commemorate Stafford’s historical legacy and their future as a growing county. For more information on how to get involved with the 350-year celebration, click here.

Changes are ahead for Stafford Hospital, as they celebrate their anniversary and their President and Chief Executive Officer, Fred Rankin’s decision to retire in December of this year.

 

 

Snowflakes Expected Today, Throughout Week

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The National Weather Service has put the area under a Hazardous Weather Outlook, and is projected snow in Stafford starting today and throughout the evening. Little to no accumulation is expected for today’s snowfall.

There is also a forecast warning of snow in Stafford on Wednesday and Thursday.

More information from a National Weather Service release:

THIS HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK IS FOR EASTERN WEST VIRGINIA…

NORTHERN AND CENTRAL VIRGINIA…AND CENTRAL AND WESTERN MARYLAND

WITH THE EXCEPTION OF GARRETT COUNTY.

.DAY ONE…TODAY AND TONIGHT

LIGHT SNOWFALL ACCUMULATIONS ARE LIKELY FROM MID AFTERNOON

THROUGH EARLY EVENING…PARTICULARLY ACROSS WESTERN AND NORTH

CENTRAL MARYLAND…THE EASTERN WEST VIRGINIA PANHANDLE AND INTO

NORTHERN VIRGINIA.

.DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN…MONDAY THROUGH SATURDAY

LOW PRESSURE COULD BRING WINTRY PRECIPITATION TO THE AREA DURING

MIDWEEK.

 

Sex Trafficker Sentenced to More than 24 Years

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A New York man, Taleek Sherrod Swinney, was sentenced today to more than 24 years in prison, as well as 20 years of supervision after release for his role as a sex trafficker in several states, including Virginia.

Acting U.S. Attorney Boente commended the Stafford County Sherriff’s Office for their role in implicating Swinney, and for their commitment to stopping sex trafficking.

“Swinney was one of the most violent sex traffickers ever found in the Eastern District of Virginia,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Boente. “My office will continue working to bring to justice sex traffickers who use violence to prey upon vulnerable women, and I thank our partners at Homeland Security Investigations and the Stafford County Sheriff’s Office for their commitment to this issue.”

“Stafford County Sheriff’s Office Deputies have received extensive training in the signs and indicators of sex trafficking,” said Stafford County Sheriff Charles Jett. “This one case clearly illustrates that a strong partnership with law enforcement agencies nationwide, both federal and local, can bring violent criminals such as Swinney to justice.”

Throughout the case, information came to light that helped to display Swinney’s cruelty and disregard for the women he trafficked. Now that he is behind bars, his victims will be able to heal and move on from their difficult ordeal.

More information from a Stafford County Sherriff’s Office release:

Taleek Sherrod Swinney, also known as “Kash da Pimp,” age 26, of Jamaica Queens, New York, was sentenced today to 294 months in prison, followed by 20 years of supervised release, for operating a sex trafficking ring using violence, force, and threats to victimize multiple women and girls. Swinney also was ordered to pay to the victims over $500,000 in restitution.

Dana J. Boente, Acting United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia; Scot R. Rittenberg, Acting Special Agent in Charge of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), Washington; and Stafford County Sherriff Charles E. Jett, made the announcement after sentencing by United States District Judge Leonie M. Brinkema.

“Swinney was one of the most violent sex traffickers ever found in the Eastern District of Virginia,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Boente. “My office will continue working to bring to justice sex traffickers who use violence to prey upon vulnerable women, and I thank our partners at Homeland Security Investigations and the Stafford County Sheriff’s Office for their commitment to this issue.”

“This sentencing marks the end of a life of misery inflicted on the victims of Swinney’s heinous sex trafficking operation. Swinney will be held accountable for his victimization and exploitation of these vulnerable women,” said Scot R. Rittenberg, Acting Special Agent in Charge, HSI Washington.

“Stafford County Sheriff’s Office Deputies have received extensive training in the signs and indicators of sex trafficking,” said Stafford County Sheriff Charles Jett. “This one case clearly illustrates that a strong partnership with law enforcement agencies nationwide, both federal and local, can bring violent criminals such as Swinney to justice.”

Swinney pleaded guilty to one count of sex trafficking on Nov. 4, 2013. According to court documents, Swinney has been prostituting women since at least 2006. He started in New York City, but later sex trafficked women and girls in multiple states along the East Coast from Connecticut to Florida, including in Virginia, Maryland, and Washington. As part of his operation, Swinney utilized the website Backpage.com to advertise the women and obtain commercial sex customers. At least one of his victims was a juvenile when Swinney began prostituting her.

Swinney required the women he prostituted to give him all of the money that they earned. Swinney frequently set a quota for the women, and those who failed to meet the quota were not allowed to eat.

As detailed in the statement of facts entered at Swinney’s plea, Swinney’s violence included beating one of his victims almost daily. On one occasion, Swinney used a metal rod to beat this victim, stopped to film the victim naked and bleeding, and then continued beating her. During this beating, Swinney fractured the victim’s nose and jaw. Swinney later showed this video to other pimps, including a co-conspirator known as “Prince Charming.”

Swinney often would beat victims in the presence of the other women that he was prostituting as a means of instilling fear in all of them. In one instance, Swinney lacerated a victim’s face and ear with a box cutter. When another victim became pregnant, Swinney forced the woman to obtain an abortion. In another instance, when one of Swinney’s victims refused to get out of his vehicle and walk the streets to obtain customers, Swinney threw her out of the moving vehicle. Later, when Swinney found out that one of the victims was cooperating with the government, he threatened her and her family with violence.

This case was investigated by HSI Washington and the Stafford County Sheriff’s Office, with assistance from HSI New York and the New York Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Michael J. Frank prosecuted the case on behalf of the United States.

 

 

Snow on the Forecast, Anti-Icing Begins on I-95

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This morning VDOT began anti-icing on I-95 in preparation for potential snowfall in the forecast for tomorrow.

The forecast calls for snow in the early morning tomorrow, and is expected to continue throughout the day in the Fredericksburg area.

Drivers should be alert, as the anti-icing vehicles will be moving slowly as they spray the road surface with an anti-icing solution.

More information from a VDOT release:

Trucks are equipped with sprayers to cover the road surface with an anti-icing solution. The salt solution or brine will prevent ice from bonding to the pavement during inclement weather. Motorists are encouraged not to pass the trucks during the anti-icing operation.

Based on the current forecast, crews will mobilize shortly after midnight in the Fredericksburg region to be prepared to treat and plow when the snow begins to fall during the early morning hours on Saturday, February 8 and continue throughout the day.

Crews in Westmoreland and King George counties will mobilize at 6 a.m. VDOT will continue to monitor the forecast and mobilize crews in the southern portion of the Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula as needed.

 

2nd Annual ‘Strong for Dom’ Event to Raise Funds for Pediatric Cancer

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Last year, six-year-old Stafford resident Dominic Beltran passed away after a long battle with neuroblastoma, and his family has decided to honor him and support funding for pediatric cancer research by hosting a second fundraiser, ‘Dining to Dominate Cancer’ today in Stafford.

The first ‘Strong for Dom’ event helped the family to raise funds for their son’s medical expenses, and this year they will continue to raise funds to help other children in need.

“Pediatric cancer is vastly underfunded, and most people don’t even know what the gold ribbon stands for. So we want to change that – raise awareness – and raise much needed funds,” said Margaret Beltran, Dominic’s mother and President of the Strong for Dom Foundation.

The fundraiser will take place from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the Mainstreet Grill and Bar in North Stafford, where the proceeds from diner’s meals will go towards pediatric cancer research.

The Strong for Dom Foundation will be selling t-shirts at the event, along with a 50/50 raffle, as well as a video slideshow with photos as a tribute to Dominic.

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Rt. 17 Work Zone to Impact I-95 Interchange

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Drivers on the Interstate 95 interchange and the International Parkway may run into traffic, as the speed limit has been temporarily reduced 45 mph to 35 mph.

The reduced speeds are a result of a $48.9 million dollar Rt. 17 widening project in Stafford that will expand Rt. 17 from four to six lanes on a two-mile stretch between McLane Drive and Stafford Lakes Parkway.

The project, which began in June 2013, is expected to be finished in December 2016.

More information from a VDOT release:

Effective immediately, the speed limit between the Interstate 95 interchange and International Parkway has been reduced from 45 mph to 35 mph. The lowered speed limit will be effective in both directions on Route 17 and encompasses the entire project corridor.

In July 2013, the speed limit was reduced to 35 mph between Celebrate Virginia Parkway and Stafford Lakes Parkway.

Message boards and orange speed limit signs are in place to alert motorists of the reduced speed limit in the work zone. 

Pipes Rust, Dip Forms on Furnace Road Closing it for Next 30 Days

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You can blame two pipes below Furnace Road in North Stafford for closing the thoroughfare that links busy Garrisonville Road with three public schools: Garrisonville and Rockhill elementary schools, and A.G. Wright Middle School.

Here’s more in a press release from VDOT:

Motorists should follow the signs to use Joshua Road to reach their destination. Signs have been posted along the detour route.

Two 60-inch corrugated metal drainage pipes underneath Furnace Road have deteriorated and rusted away at the base, causing the pipes to sink into the soil. A dip has formed in the road’s travel surface over the pipes.

Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) crews have installed road closure signs at Furnace Road. Message boards have been posted along Garrisonville Road and Choptank Road to warn motorists of the road closure.

Emergency repair plans are underway to remove and replace the pipes, but the road is expected to remain closed for approximately 30 days.

Furnace Road also provides an important link between Garrisonville Road and Stafford’s Vista Woods neighborhood.

Stafford County Schools Announce Make-up Schedule for Missed Days

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Due to the recent storms and inclement weather, Stafford County Public Schools has modified their calendar to make up for the missed days for the 2013-2014 school year.

Currently the county has a negative balance of 1.24 days, which is based upon the state requirements for public school attendance.

This schedule may be modified further if inclement weather continues.

More information from a Stafford County Public Schools release on the schedule modification:

*Monday, February 17, will be a regular school day, and;

*The early release days on Friday, April 18, Friday, May 23, and Wednesday, June 11, will be changed to full days with dismissal at the regularly scheduled times.

Should further days or hours be missed, make-up days will include changing the teacher work day on April 4 to a regular school day and adding two days to the end of the school year on June 16 and June 17.

Graduation day for the high schools will not change. It remains on Saturday, June 14, 2014, at the high schools.

 

Stafford School Wins Math and Science Award

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A Stafford County school has received an award from the Virginia Mathematics & Science Coalition (VMSC) for the 2014 Programs that Work Awards. These awards are given to those that work with students in STEM fields, including mathematics, science, technology and engineering.

Katie Gnadt, the recipient of this award from Drew Middle School, was honored by Stafford County Public Schools for her work with her students on a project titled, “A Meaningful Watershed Experience”.

More information on the project from a Stafford County Public Schools release:

The Drew Middle School Meaningful Watershed Experience is a program intended to actively engage students in understanding their impact on their local watershed environment. Through this program students will gain an in depth understanding of their local watershed ecosystems, how the abiotic and biotic factors influence one another and the importance of humans as good stewards of the environment. Students participate in series of field activities developed to cover the Life Science standards of learning, while meeting the programs objectives. At the Friends of the Rappahannock, students use technologies to take and test water samples and collect macro-invertebrates to determine the health of the river at a given location. They use erosion boxes to explore how runoff is affected by various permeable and impermeable surfaces. With the assistance of the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, students collect and examine a multitude of species of fish. Samples are taken through electro fishing (performed by Alan Weaver’s team of biologists from the DGIF), as well as rod and reel fishing. All samples are classified, measured, counted, and returned to the river.

This project was completed with the cooperation of several local organizations, including The Friends of Rappahannock and the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries.

It was one of only eleven projects throughout Virginia to receive distinction in the Programs that Work program from the VMSC.

 

House Explosion Reported in Stafford

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A house explosion on Hopkins Branch Way in Stafford County was reported last night by the Stafford County Fire and Rescue Department.

Units responded to the call of the explosion, and there are indications that a gas leak may have been the cause. No injuries were reported.

More information from a Stafford County Fire and Rescue Department release:

On Saturday February 1, 2014 at 9:04 p.m. Stafford County Fire and Rescue Department units responded to a reported explosion in the Stafford Lakes Subdivision. Upon arrival units discovered a two story single family dwelling on Hopkins Branch Way with extensive damage. The earlier indications point to a gas leak that found an ignition source causing the explosion. Due to the condition of the dwelling search and rescue dogs are being used to complete a search the structure.

There were no reported injuries. The Fire Marshal Office is conducting an investigation to confirm the cause.

 

Snowflakes Expected in Stafford Tonight

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Snow is back in the forecast is back for us tonight. While Stafford County is not currently under a winter storm watch, nearby Loudoun County and counties in Maryland are under a winter storm  watch, with a projection of more than five inches of snow to begin tonight.

There is a possibility for wintry conditions in Stafford, with a mixture of rain and snow, although little snow accumulation is expected.

More information on the storm watch from the National Weather Service:

…WINTER STORM WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM THIS EVENING THROUGH

MONDAY AFTERNOON…

* PRECIPITATION TYPE…SNOW.

* ACCUMULATIONS…POTENTIAL FOR FIVE INCHES OR MORE.

* TIMING…RAIN WILL MIX WITH SNOW AFTER MIDNIGHT TONIGHT AND

EVENTUALLY CHANGEOVER TO ALL SNOW EARLY MONDAY MORNING. THE

HEAVIEST SNOW IS EXPECTED MONDAY MORNING. SNOW WILL MOVE OUT OF

THE AREA MONDAY AFTERNOON.

* TEMPERATURES…FALLING TO AROUND 30 MONDAY MORNING.

* WINDS…NORTH 5 TO 10 MPH.

* IMPACTS…ROADS COULD BECOME SNOW COVERED AND SLIPPERY…MAKING

TRAVEL DIFFICULT DURING THE MONDAY MORNING COMMUTE. SNOW WILL

REDUCE VISIBILITY TO BELOW ONE-HALF MILE AT TIMES.

 

 

 

Mary Washington Healthcare President to Retire

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Mary Washington Healthcare, owners of Stafford Hospital, will say goodbye to President and Chief Executive Officer Fred Rankin, who will be retiring in December this year.

Rankin joined Mary Washington Healthcare as president of Mary Washington Hospital in 1992. He was promoted in 1995 to president and chief executive officer of the not-for-profit MWHC regional system of healthcare facilities and wellness centers, which now includes 100-bed Stafford Hospital as well as 437-bed Mary Washington Hospital.

Rankin has been active in a host of community organizations, and currently serves, or has served, on the boards of the Rappahannock Area United Way, the Fredericksburg Regional Chamber of Commerce, Micah Ecumenical Ministries, Fredericksburg Regional Alliance, and Rappahannock Goodwill Industries.

On the professional front, Mr. Rankin has been very involved in the field of healthcare, serving for example as Board Chairman for the Central Atlantic Region of VHA, Inc., a healthcare provider alliance, and as Board Chairman for the Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association.

The Akron, Ohio native and graduate of Dartmouth College and the University of Pittsburgh, has led several changes and expansions to the Mary Washington Healthcare system in his time as President, including open-heart surgery, neurosurgery and the creation of Stafford Hospital.

“We’ve been blessed to have a great leader like Fred for a long time,” said John F. Fick, III, chairman of the MWHC Board of Trustees. “As a direct result of Fred’s leadership, we’ve remained ever committed to a noble mission, providing excellent healthcare for the citizens of our region regardless of ability to pay. And, through increasing grants from our Foundations, we’ve supported community organizations with more than $12 million in grant funding.”

“It has been my honor to work with the thousands of talented and caring Associates and healthcare professionals at Mary Washington Healthcare,” Rankin said. “It has been a privilege to be part of an exceptional, award-winning healthcare system that brings so many healthcare services of the highest quality to the residents of the greater Fredericksburg region. I will miss the relationships I have built with Associates, providers and community members. But I look forward to following Mary Washington Healthcare’s continued progress from my new vantage point as a retiree.”

The Board of Trustees for MWHC is currently looking for new candidates to transition into Rankin’s position, searching across the nation for qualified candidates.

 

Increased Patrols Expected for Superbowl Sunday in Stafford

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As part of the Fans Don’t Let Fans Drunk Drive Campaign, the Stafford County Sheriff’s Office will be increasing patrols throughout the county for Super Bowl Sunday festivities on Sunday.

More information from a Stafford County Sherriff’s Office release:

As part of the Drunk Driving Prevention Campaign the Stafford County Sheriff’s Office will have additional deputies out patrolling the roads in Stafford County to help ensure that the roads remain safe and Drunk Driver free on Sunday, February 2 – Super Bowl Sunday.

“Driving sober or designating a sober driver will go a long way in making sure that Super Bowl Sunday is an enjoyable experience for everyone involved,” states Sheriff Charles Jett.

 

Before ‘n’ After Cafe Expands to Embrey Mill

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STAFFORD, Va.– The Before ‘n’ After Café on Wapole Street in Stafford has expanded into the county’s newest housing community Embrey Mill.

The eatery has opened its doors at Embrey Mill’s new community center, Embrey House, and will provide a full menu of appetizers, club sandwiches, Panini sandwiches, as well as fried foods like French fries, and fried macaroni and cheese. This is the second location for Before ‘n’ After Café which opened its first location in the Shops at Amyclae three years ago.

“With all of the development coming to the Courthouse Road corridor, we wanted to open up this new restaurant so we had bookended locations in the corridor,” said owner Josh Grein.

Unlike his Amyclae location, café at Embrey House does not have a full liquor license. The café will serve food by the community center’s pool during the summer.

Before ‘n’ After at Embrey house is open now 7-days a week from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The hours will be extended at springtime.

“We’re having our soft opening so we can figure everything out and see how it’s going to run,” said Grein.

A total of 10 new employees were hired to run the new café.

The Embrey Mill community is more than 830 acres of land boasting some 1,800 homes. In addition to the café, there is a pool and fitness center and four community parks. A new county-funded swimming facility was recently approved to be built for community and general public use.

 Photo credit: Before ‘n’ After Cafe, Amyclae location

Stafford Opens Rocky Pen Run Reservoir: County’s Largest Public Works Project in History

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A new reservoir, Rocky Pen Run, was put into operation Tuesday, as development and population in Stafford County continue to grow. With water reserves to help serve the county’s 134, 352 residents, it is considered the largest public work project to take place in Stafford.

More information from a press release from Stafford County:

“Our population has more than doubled in the last 20 years and the number of businesses and employee base has risen as well,” said Stafford County Board of Supervisors Chairman Jack Cavalier, Griffis-Widewater District. “Rocky Pen Run’s 5.5 billion gallon reservoir will allow us to meet the needs of both our private and corporate citizens for years to come.”

While the new reservoir will enhance service to customers in the southern and western portions of Stafford, the water can be pumped throughout the County based upon need. Rocky Pen Run will join Abel Lake and Smith Lake in supplying water to County customers. The new reservoir will draw water from the Rappahannock River, doubling the safe yield capacity of the water supply system from what exists today.

While one of the reservoir’s main functions will be providing water for local consumption, Rocky Pen Run will also be available for use as a recreation location, with opportunities for fishing, boating and kayaking. 

One important factor for this reservoir development was the innovative use of funding the project, as no taxpayer dollars were used.

The entire project has been funded through user fees charged by the Department of Utilities. Over the years, in anticipation of the Rocky Pen Run Dam, Reservoir and Water Treatment Facility, the County built up reserves from expansion fees. Expansion fees are one-time revenues paid by new users as they join the Utilities system. The project has been funded through those expansion fees as well as $61 million in bonds issued in 2012. Future debt service will be paid through expansion fees.

In the future, the county is looking at using this community resource to cool tech equipment, used in expanding Internet connectivity across Stafford.

 Photo credit: Stafford County 

Tissues Thought to be Part of CVS Robbery Scheme

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Investigator think that tissues doused in lighter fluid might have been used in a robbery at a CVS pharmacy on Va. 610.

The pharmacy at the corner of Va. 610 and Onville Road in North Stafford was robbed early Monday when a man jumped behind the pharmacy counter and grabbed Percocet. The pharmacist was assisting a drive-up window customer at the time the man jumped behind the counter, said Stafford sheriff’s spokesman Bill Kennedy.

The intruder then ran to the front of the store where another store clerk saw the man exit the building and jump into a silver-colored vehicle waiting in the parking lot. That car took off headed north on Onville Road in the direction of a main gate to Quantico Marine Corps Base.

Investigators later found the tissues on the floor of the store which had come from an open box that had been sitting on a shelf inside the store.

“It appears that the suspect may have planned to light the tissues on fire as a diversion tactic, allowing him access to the counter area in the pharmacy,” said Kennedy.

The tissues were not lit and no injures were reported. Anyone with information on this incident is encouraged to contact Stafford County Crime Solvers.

 

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