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Kilmarnock Meets To Help Low Income Residents With Health Care

The Kilmarnock Town Council meets this evening to ensure medical care for low income residents.

The special meeting of the Kilmarnock Town Council was called to execute a Memorandum of Understanding with Bon Secours Rapphannock General Hospital.

The agreement will make the Northern Neck hospital eligible to receive federal reimbursement for care provided to low-income people who are not eligible for either Medicare or Medicaid.

Last year the hospital provided approximately $1.4 million in services to these residents without reimbursement.

Northern Neck Student Gets Perfect ACT Score

A Northern Neck teenager is in pretty rare academic company. She recently received word that she aced her ACT placement test. Saetbyull Park of Warsaw, a senior at St. Margaret’s School, earned the highest possible ACT composite score of 36. Just how rare is that achievement? Fewer than one-tenth of one percent of high school students taking the ACT match it. According to ACT officials, in the nationwide 2016 graduating class, only 2,235 out of nearly 2.1 million graduates scored a 36.

Northern Neck Establishes African-American Education Trail

The Northern Neck Tourism Commission is establishing an African-American Education Trail, showing the history of African-American education in the region.

In the post-slavery period, churches and other private organizations established schools for African-American children in the five Northern Neck counties. The Northern Neck Tourism Commission is building an interactive map of these schools on its website, so that visitors can easily locate and learn about them.

Home Sales Slow In Richmond

The Richmond Metro housing market slowed considerably last month.

The Long and Foster Market Conditions Report for October shows a big drop in the number of homes that sold during the month.

The number of units closing in October was down 5% compared to the previous October and down 11% from September. But it might not have been because people didn't want to buy a home.

There was a huge drop in available inventory – down 5% from September but plunging 18% from October 2015. When home buyers did find a house to buy, they paid more for it.

One Last Show For The Late Bill Martz

Art lovers are getting one last chance to view a collection of work by Northern Neck wildlife artist Bill Martz, who died last year.

Over his nearly 40 year career, Bill Martz created hundreds of paintings, most capturing the unique qualities of the Northern Neck. In a 2007 interview with WCVE, Martz compared his work to that of a preservationist.

MARTZ: I look for the things that are disappearing, the watermen, the boats, before they do totally disappear.

Hurricane Matthew Pushes Shrimp Into Chesapeake

People who live along the tidal Chesapeake are enjoying a rare occurrence, most likely courtesy of Hurricane Matthew. The Chesapeake is famous for its blue crabs and oysters, but shrimp not so much.

Normally you have to be in the Atlantic to catch these delectable creatures. But in the last week fishermen in the rivers that feed the bay report large schools of very large shrimp have appeared.

Area Business Leaders Express Concerns

A University of Richmond survey of CEOs has exposed some economic concerns among area business leaders. The quarterly survey from the UR Robins School of Business and the Virginia Council of CEOs found that chief executives in central Virginia are still concerned about the presidential election, as well as what they see as a sluggish economy.

The survey measures things like projected hiring, capital spending and sales over the next six months. The outlook in the third quarter was about the same as the second quarter.

Menokin Gets Makeover

In the Northern Neck, a historic landmark is getting a twenty-first century make-over.

Menokin, in Richmond County, was the home of Virginia patriot Francis Lightfoot Lee, a signer of the Declaration of Independence. Much of the house collapsed in the late 1960s but Menokin Foundation Interim Director Leslie Rennolds says artisans and engineers are slowly rebuilding the house from the rubble.

Rennolds: “It’s so exciting to watch these piles of rubble that you’ve looked at every day for six years and all of a sudden they’re being transformed back into walls.”

Virginia Home Sales Up In August

Nationwide, existing home sales declined in August for the second straight month. In Virginia, it was a different story.

The number of Virginia homes that sold in August surged 12.5% over August 2015. Virginia Association of Realtors President Bill White says the biggest gains came in the urban markets of Richmond, Tidewater and Northern Virginia.