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Posted on: February 10, 2021

Connecting Elderly with COVID-19 Vaccine Can Be Challenging

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Possibly the most common question asked of Board of Supervisors members and Stafford County staff is “How do I get the COVID-19 shot for my elderly relative?” The answer is both easy and difficult. The Virginia Department of Health (VD...

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Posted on: January 28, 2021

Stafford Works to Ensure Residents' Needs are Heard in Richmond

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Virginia's General Assembly meets for only a brief period every year, starting in January and ending after 60 days in even-numbered years and 45 days in odd years. Making sure the voices of constituents are heard in such a short period makes strategic pla...

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Posted on: January 27, 2021

Stafford's Close Relationships with Community Partners Key to Success During COVID-19

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Good relationships formed with trust and reliable expectations do not happen overnight. It takes time and communication. Stafford has worked for years to develop its relationships with the community partners it relies upon to assist residents. As a result...

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County News
Posted on: January 21, 2021

RAHD Asks for Patience as Vaccine Supply Is Limited

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Following a press conference by Governor Ralph Northam announcing vaccine distribution to areas with a denser population, the Rappahannock Area Health District (RAHD) is asking for patience from the public as local demand for the COVID-19 vaccine far outw...

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County News
Posted on: January 8, 2021

Governor Announces Plans for Vaccine Rollout

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Governor Ralph Northam announced plans this week for moving forward with distributing COVID-19 vaccinations to 8.5 million Virginia residents. He specifically laid out phases for vaccinations, which include giving the vaccine to those most at risk. He was...

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County News
Posted on: December 29, 2020

Stafford County Weathers 2020 and Reports Progress to the Community

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Traditionally, Stafford's sitting Chairman of the Board of Supervisor gives an update on the "State of the County" in December. This year's Chairman, Meg Bohmke, presided over one of the most complicated, difficult years on rec...

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County News
Posted on: December 22, 2020

Supporting the Stafford County Community in the Time of COVID

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Local governments participate in "table-top" exercises or drills to keep skills sharp – to be ready for emergencies. No training or experience up to this point could prepare anyone for a worldwide pandemic like the Coronavirus. The une...

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County News
Posted on: December 14, 2020

Stafford County Provides Financial Assistance to Utilities Customers Impacted by COVID-19

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Stafford County has been awarded $428,924 in CARES Act funds to assist all eligible utility customers of Stafford County with unpaid water/sewer bills. Assistance is only available for bills dated March 1, 2020 to December 30, 2020 and may not be used for...

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County News
Posted on: December 14, 2020

Access to Information Can Lessen the Impact of Winter

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Winter is coming, and now is the time to prepare to lessen the impact of inclement weather. There are occasions when conducting government business or services becomes difficult due to challenging weather. Both Stafford County and the Virginia Department ...

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County News
Posted on: December 10, 2020

Creating Infrastructure with Room for Future Growth

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Stafford County is making headway on a major utilities project that extends from U.S. Route 1 along Accokeek Creek to the Black Branch tributary. Crews are currently making steady progress installing pipelines along U.S. Route 1 and anticipate a completio...

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County News
Posted on: December 7, 2020

Help Change a Child's Life Through Foster Parenting

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When determining a child's placement, Stafford County Social Services operates on the fundamental belief that every child deserves a home and a family. Getting to that point requires dedication and investigation to determine the best possible sit...

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County News
Posted on: December 4, 2020

Temperatures are Dropping, Protect Your Water Pipes from Freezing

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As temperatures across Virginia start dropping over the coming weeks, now is the time to take steps to prevent unnecessary, expensive damage from freezing. Stafford County’s Department of Public Works has put together some helpful tips to protec...

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County News
Posted on: November 17, 2020

RAHD Works with Stafford County to Slow the Spread of COVID-19

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Virginia Department of Health (VDH) data from November 16, 2020, shows that Stafford has taken the lead in counts in the Rappahannock Area Health District (RAHD), a district comprised of Stafford, Spotsylvania, Caroline and King George counties and the ci...

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County News
Posted on: November 16, 2020

The VRE Is Taking Comprehensive Steps to Ensure Safety of Riders

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The Coronavirus pandemic and mass teleworking caused I-95 to be empty for several months with easy commutes for those who had to get out. With more people returning to work, the roads are becoming more crowded again. Stafford County is working with its tr...

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County News
Posted on: November 10, 2020

Six Ways to Responsibly Dispose of Used Cooking Oil

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When deep-frying chicken, stir-frying beef or sautéing vegetables, there is usually quite a bit of leftover cooking oil to dispose of after cooking.  Once poured down the drain, used cooking oil cools, hardens and then sticks to the si...

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County News
Posted on: November 6, 2020

Quick Action by Stafford County Secures Broadband Funding

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Upon hearing that Virginia was releasing $30 million in CARES Act money for fast-tracking broadband, Stafford County turned an application around within ten days to secure $525,000 in funding to potentially connect up to 4,800 residences in Hartwood and R...

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County News
Posted on: October 29, 2020

Reduce Stormwater Runoff Pollution: Only Rain Down the Drain

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According to data from the Chesapeake Bay Program, stormwater runoff is the fastest growing pollution source to the Chesapeake Bay. The good news is that Stafford County residents can significantly reduce that pollution by merely removing debris and worki...

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County News
Posted on: October 22, 2020

Stafford Program for Young Adults with Disabilities Wins Best New Program Award

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Stafford’s Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities (PRCF) wanted to create a program to make its staff more inclusive and picked up an award for its efforts. The program, Stafford Connects, was designed to provide mentorship and job explorati...

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County News
Posted on: October 15, 2020

Stafford Bond Transportation Work Ongoing

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Stafford County continues efforts on transportation projects identified in the 2019 Transportation Bond Referendum. Stafford County’s Department of Public Works has completed several road widening safety improvements. The County remains dedicate...

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County News
Posted on: October 14, 2020

Help Stafford Make the Holidays Bright for Needy Families, Children and Seniors

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This year has left many people feeling things are out of control, but one thing you can control is bringing joy to others. Consider contributing to the Stafford Department of Social Services Holiday Program, and brighten the upcoming holidays for a strugg...

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County News
Posted on: October 1, 2020

Celebrate Halloween 2020 Safely

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Like everything else fun in 2020, COVID-19 is affecting the way we celebrate and disrupting years-old traditions. That does not mean we cannot still have fun. In particular, with a little bit of thinking ahead and preparation, Halloween 2020 can be just a...

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County News
Posted on: September 24, 2020

Public Invited to Comment on New FEMA Flood Maps in Stafford County

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Changes are coming to the Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRM) for Stafford County. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is proposing updates to the maps, which could remove some places from flood maps and add some new places. Homes and businesses i...

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County News
Posted on: September 22, 2020

Innovative Investment Improves Infrastructure

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Destructive trenching and lengthy road closures used to be par for the course when it came to replacing or repairing aging sewer pipes. With over 500 miles of underground sewer pipes, Stafford County routinely investigates new, more efficient techniques f...

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County News
Posted on: September 17, 2020

Voting: Find the Most Reliable Source of Official Information with the Stafford Voter Registrar

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It can be hard to pick out official guidance from the avalanche of information flooding social media, news channels and other radio and television, podcasts and your friends. Stafford’s citizens will have the opportunity to vote on Tuesday, Nove...

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County News
Posted on: September 4, 2020

Stafford Moves Forward with Establishing Diversity Advisory Coalition

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Stafford’s Board of Supervisors moved closer to the establishment of a Diversity Advisory Coalition this week by passing a resolution to create the Board-appointed coalition. Plans call for seven members, one from each voting district in Staffor...

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County News
Posted on: August 27, 2020

New Plaque Erected at Shelton's Cottage to Honor Irma Clifton

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Users of the Belmont-Ferry Farm Trail might notice a new addition near the path. A plaque has been erected next to the ramp to Shelton’s Cottage along River Road. The plaque recognizes and honors long-time Stafford resident Irma Clifton, who pas...

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County News
Posted on: August 25, 2020

Drive-Thru Rabies Clinic Provides Quick and Easy Protection

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Have your cat or dog vaccinated at Stafford’s drive-thru Rabies Clinic on Saturday, September 19, 2020. The cost is $10 per pet, and you must pre-register online or by visiting the Stafford Treasurer’s Office. Stafford Animal Control i...

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County News
Posted on: August 14, 2020

Plan Ahead to Complete DMV Business

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As of Monday, August 17, 2020, Stafford’s DMV Select in the Treasurer’s Office will be open only by appointment due to the huge demand for its services. Appointments may be made and a list of the transactions you may complete at Staffo...

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County News
Posted on: August 11, 2020

How to Vote Absentee

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Many Stafford residents have recently received mailings from a group called the “Center for Voter Information” containing a request for an absentee ballot with a return envelope addressed to the Stafford County Voter Registrar. The mai...

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County News
Posted on: August 3, 2020

County Asks Residents to Prepare

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Tropical Storm Isaias is moving up the East Coast, generating a wide array of warnings and watches in its path. Stafford County is under a flash flood watch – with three to six inches of rain forecasted, a coastal flood watch – with tw...

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County News
Posted on: July 28, 2020

Stafford Works with Schools on Virtual Field Trip

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Each year, both the Aquia and Little Falls Run wastewater treatment facilities host an array of curious grade-schoolers and residents eager to learn about where all the wastewater goes. Due to COVID-19, many schools are shifting to virtual learning and ar...

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County News
Posted on: July 23, 2020

Census Participation Impacts Needs of Pandemic and Future Health Needs of Stafford

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Decisions that affect access to healthcare are often made years in advance, using data from the United States Census. Population data is used to inform decisions on where to put a hospital, how many doctors are needed in an area, what kinds of public serv...

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Posted on: July 22, 2020

County Dedicates CARES Act Funding to Help Support Students, Community Partners and Businesses

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One of the main issues revealed by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic is the inequity of access to broadband. In Stafford, that issue manifested itself in education and teleworking. When Stafford County was granted $13,338,365 in Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Ec...

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County News
Posted on: July 10, 2020

Stafford County State of COVID: Vigilance Still Needed

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COVID-19 has not gone away as it continues to stay active throughout the country, especially in states like California, Arizona, Texas and Florida. Stafford’s rate of infection has remained relatively low over the last couple of months, allowing...

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County News
Posted on: June 24, 2020

Stafford Opening New Fire Station 14 – Blueprint for Future Firehouses

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Not so long ago, Stafford’s Fire Station 14 at 53 Shelton Shop Road looked more like an old country farm than a working fire station in one of the busiest parts of the County. After a few upgrades, the station now looks like a modern, cutting-ed...

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County News
Posted on: June 22, 2020

State of Stafford’s Parks Offerings This Summer

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With the Fourth of July quickly approaching, Stafford’s recreational options have improved slightly since the Memorial Day kickoff to summer. Stafford is in Phase II of the Governor’s Reopening Plan for Virginia. Our beaches have opene...

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Posted on: June 16, 2020

An Array of Resources for Those Struggling from Coronavirus Fallout

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Many people in our community have been affected by the closings resulting from Coronavirus and might still require assistance for the first time as we begin to reopen. Starting the process of getting help can be overwhelming, but it does not have to be as...

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County News
Posted on: June 10, 2020

Kids in Hot Cars: What You Can Do to Prevent Tragedy

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Children’s bodies heat up three to five times faster than an adult’s body does. Those sensitive bodies combined with cars that heat up like greenhouses are a deadly mix. Fifty-one young children perished in 2018 in hot cars, the deadli...

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County News
Posted on: June 8, 2020

Stafford’s Waters Provide Fishing for Every Type of Angler

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Between the Potomac and Rappahannock rivers, Lake Mooney and all the streams and marshes around the county, Stafford is blessed with around 71.5 miles of tidal shoreline and countless non-tidal. And where there is shoreline, there is opportunity for fishi...

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County News
Posted on: May 28, 2020

The Chatham Bridge Closure and What It Means for Stafford Residents

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South Stafford’s Chatham Bridge is expected to close in June 2020 and will remain closed until fall 2021. Traffic will be detoured for an estimated 16 to 18 months for the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) to complete the major improv...

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County News
Posted on: May 27, 2020

Preparing for Hurricanes and Other Emergencies During COVID-19

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With the continued presence of COVID-19 and the 2020 Atlantic Hurricane Season starting soon, Stafford officials emphasize the importance of being prepared. Commonly, residents are asked to make a family emergency plan, stock up on supplies and make sure ...

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Posted on: May 26, 2020

To Intervene with a Baby Animal or Not: That Is the Question

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In recent weeks, there has been an uptick in calls to Stafford Animal Control and posts on social media about animal babies that appear to be orphaned. Did you know that in 75% of these cases, the animals should just be left alone? Wildlife parents are su...

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County News
Posted on: May 21, 2020

Memorial Day Weekend 2020: What You Can Expect in Stafford County

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In Stafford County, Memorial Day weekend is highly anticipated as the kickoff to summer. With its vast recreational choices on two rivers, multiple parks and trails, swimming pools, cultural attractions, restaurants and shopping, there is something for ev...

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County News
Posted on: May 18, 2020

Stafford County Participating in a COVID-19 Mapping Program Pilot

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Stafford is participating in a cutting edge pilot program designed to use technology to analyze biological data from wastewater to help identify and predict the spread of COVID-19 and other infectious diseases. The County is one of only four sites in Virg...

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County News
Posted on: May 12, 2020

Stafford Cancels the Memorial Day Ceremony Due to COVID-19

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Stafford County announces that it regrettably cancels the Memorial Day 2020 Ceremony at the Stafford Armed Services Memorial due to the COVID-19 pandemic along with adhering to CDC and State guidelines regarding social distancing and the Governor&rsqu...

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County News
Posted on: May 5, 2020

The Mission of Clean Water Continues throughout the Pandemic

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One of the biggest stories of the Coronavirus epidemic has been the shortage of toilet paper and the subsequent pipe issues caused by people using wipes and other substitutes. Stafford County has been no exception, and personnel from Public Works have bee...

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Posted on: May 1, 2020

Behind-the-Scene Heroes Continue to Help Those Who Need Assistance

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Not everyone who is on the front lines wears a uniform. Those who provide services and assistance to those who need help with everyday needs are on the front lines as well. The impact of lost jobs and stay-at-home orders has made these types of organizati...

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Posted on: April 21, 2020

Celebrating the Marvel of Clean Water on Earth Day 2020

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Do you ever wonder what happens to your water when you flush it or drain it? Stafford County takes care of that for you, and on Earth Day tomorrow, we ask that you work with us to continue to make the most of this precious resource. With a growing populat...

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County News
Posted on: April 20, 2020

COVID-19 Budget and Financial Impacts to Stafford County

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Just last month, the County was projecting a General Fund operating revenue increase of 4.7% or $14.8 million in the Proposed Fiscal Year 2021 Budget. The advent of COVID-19 changed the financial position of Stafford County along with localities across th...

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Posted on: April 17, 2020

Stafford Partners with Community in Continued Fight Against COVID-19

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Thanks to Stafford County’s proactive approach to COVID-19 response, we are in an excellent position to continue to fight the outbreak. With the increase in global demand for personal protective equipment (PPE) supplies, Stafford County official...

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Posted on: April 13, 2020

Stafford County Extends Online Input on Budget

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Public Input and transparency are the most crucial elements of Stafford’s annual budget process. With the Coronavirus changing the way the County does business, making sure residents know what the Board is considering and how they can provide co...

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County News
Posted on: April 10, 2020

Keeping Culverts Clear Helps Minimize Flooding

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As spring descends upon us and yard maintenance activities increase, residents should make sure to clear culvert pipes and ditches of any lingering leaves and debris. Because culverts are designed to collect stormwater runoff, they tend to fill quickly wi...

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Posted on: March 26, 2020

Stafford Stands Up Warehouse for COVID-19 Supplies

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With localities around the world searching for the same supplies to combat COVID-19, Stafford County has proactively set up a warehouse and logistical supply chain to ensure the Stafford community, as well as community partners, are prepared. Staffed with...

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Posted on: March 24, 2020

Good Flushing Practices Linked to Public Health and Sanitation

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Cleaning wipes, flushable wipes, paper towels and rags are being found in sanitary sewers at an alarming rate and causing major issues with sewer collection systems. Public Works’ employees are working hard in this unprecedented time to continue...

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County News
Posted on: March 23, 2020

Stafford Asking for Help with Masks

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In anticipation of a shortage of protective masks, Stafford County is asking for the public’s health in securing masks. The call for masks is two-pronged: businesses that have masks they are not using can donate them, and sewists are asked to se...

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Posted on: March 10, 2020

Virginia Flood Awareness Week Is March 8-14

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Flooding can be the most frequent and costly disaster in a community. The likelihood of inland, river and coastal flooding changes over time due to erosion, changing land use, changing weather patterns and other factors. The risk of flooding can vary with...

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Posted on: March 6, 2020

FY2021 Budget Update

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Following on the heels of several Budget Work Sessions, the Board of Supervisors voted to advertise the real estate tax rate at $1.03 and the personal property tax rate at $6.69 at its March 3, 2020, meeting (current tax rates). The Board will hold additi...

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Posted on: February 27, 2020

Healthy Habits for Preventing Respiratory Illness

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As Stafford County continues to monitor the coronavirus status for our community, an official from the Rappahannock Area Health District reassured area localities recently that the risk to residents in the United States is still considered low. Dr. Brooke...

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County News
Posted on: February 27, 2020

Voting 2020: Where to Find Information

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Because of its infrequency, voting is something many of us do not think about until it is once again that time of the year. We expect everything to be the same and to be able to roll in and vote. However, things can change, like the location of the Ferry ...

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County News
Posted on: February 21, 2020

The 2020 Census in Stafford: Historical and Modern Significance

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In the coming month, Stafford County residents will receive information via the mail asking them to complete the 2020 Census. County officials are emphasizing the importance of responding because the results of the Census provide critical data those lawma...

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County News
Posted on: February 20, 2020

Stafford's High School Firefighter Program Provides Jump Start to Future Careers

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As Stafford’s High School Firefighter Program nears the completion of its inaugural year, officials are pleased with the success of the program and would like to consider expanding it in the future with emergency medical technician (EMT) trainin...

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County News
Posted on: February 19, 2020

Aquia Town Center Update

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Stafford County recently rescinded its July 2019 Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Mosaic Realty Partners, the owners and developers of Aquia Town Center. The move follows Mosaic’s failure to perform specific maintenance requirements design...

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County News
Posted on: February 13, 2020

Help Coming for Hydrilla at Lake Mooney

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Hydrilla, an aquatic weed, is a problem for many bodies of water in Stafford County, including Lake Mooney. Stafford County officials are implementing a recommendation of the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (DGIF) to introduce white amur ...

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County News
Posted on: January 30, 2020

Volunteers Complement Service by Supervisors

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With more than 160 members, appointees on Stafford’s Boards, Authorities, Commission and Committees (BACCs) work behind the scenes to help carry out the work of the Board of Supervisors. Appointed by the supervisors, these members of the communi...

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County News
Posted on: January 16, 2020

The Unseen Role of the Dillon Rule

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Unless you read your college political science textbooks in your spare time, you may not realize Virginia is a Dillon Rule state. What does that mean? It means that Virginia is one of 39 states where the local government derives its power from the state. ...

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County News
Posted on: January 7, 2020

Stafford 2019: A Year of Accomplishments

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Outgoing Chairman of the Stafford Board of Supervisors Gary Snellings, Hartwood District, summed up a year of accomplishments in a “State of the County” video released recently. Chairman Snellings emphasized the work completed by the Board in the last yea...

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Posted on: December 20, 2019

Stafford’s 5.5 Billion Gallon Reservoir Turns Five

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On a frigid winter morning in 2014, members of the Stafford Board of Supervisors and special guests huddled in spitting snow and frigid temperatures in a valley upstream from the mouth of Rocky Pen Run. A cheer went up when former Stafford Board of Superv...

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County News
Posted on: December 6, 2019

Feature a Little Bit of Stafford on Your Tree This Year

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In 2000, the White House Historical Association celebrated the 200th anniversary of the White House by designing an exceptional Official White House Christmas Ornament: a blue ornament featuring a White House made from Aquia sandstone quarried on Stafford...

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County News
Posted on: December 4, 2019

Winter Is Coming: Protect Your Water Pipes from Freezing

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In the fall, as temperatures drop, it is important to be prepared for the effect of cold weather on your water pipes. Preparation means knowing how to prevent pipes from freezing as well as knowing what to do if pipes do freeze or burst in your home.

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Posted on: November 26, 2019

Proper Disposal of Leaves Is Integral to Keeping Storm Drains Clear

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As we approach the final drop of leaves from trees and the closing of fall, it is essential to properly dispose of leaves to help keep storm drains clear and contribute to the success of the County’s overall draining system. Yard debris, which i...

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County News
Posted on: November 21, 2019

Improper Disposal of Fats, Oils and Grease Is Driving Up Costs

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Fats, oils and grease (FOG) can cause big problems. In fact, the improper disposal of fats, oil and grease in Stafford’s sanitary sewer system is costing Stafford’s utility system more than $1.6 million a year in preventive and removal...

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County News
Posted on: November 13, 2019

Stafford Parenting Classes Support and Reaffirm Parents

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No matter how much one prepares, one can never be prepared enough for parenting. Each stage of a child’s life is accompanied by varying needs. Babies and toddlers require different care than elementary school age children. Middle school children...

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Posted on: November 4, 2019

A Day to Say Thank You: Stafford County's Second Annual Veterans Day Ceremony

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The numbers of the brave men and women who served in World War II, Korea and Vietnam who are still living are decreasing day by day. The time to appreciate them is now. This is why Stafford County built an Armed Services Memorial and why the County honors...

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County News
Posted on: October 31, 2019

Flushing Wipes Clogs Pipes

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Wet wipes are commonplace nowadays. Baby wipes to cleaning wipes, most of them end up in our toilets, causing major backups in the sewer system. These durable wipes may go down your toilet, but they do not dissolve quickly and will back up the plumbing in...

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County News
Posted on: October 28, 2019

Brooke Road Opens to Drivers

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The portion of the Brooke Road safety improvement project requiring the closure near Stagecoach Road has concluded. Officials opened the road over the weekend. The road is officially open today, Monday, October 28, 2019, to thru-traffic although there is ...

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County News
Posted on: October 24, 2019

Preparation Is Key When Dealing with Car Batteries

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At some point, most everyone who drives a car experiences a dead battery and needs to jump-start the battery. While this is a simple activity, it can be dangerous if certain precautions are not observed. Car batteries are lead-acid batteries that contain ...

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County News
Posted on: October 18, 2019

New OmniRide Route from Stafford County Adds to Commuting Options

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Stafford residents will have another choice added to commuting options on November 4 when OmniRide launches a ride service in the county. The new routes are Express bus routes from the Staffordboro Commuter Lot to L’Enfant Plaza and the Pentagon...

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County News
Posted on: October 17, 2019

DEQ Issues Drought Watch Statewide

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Stafford County, as well as the rest of Virginia, received minimal rainfall over the last two months and high temperatures along the way. This situation has caused stream flows and groundwater levels around the state to be below normal. As a result, the V...

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County News
Posted on: October 15, 2019

Hydrant Flushing Coming to South Stafford

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To continue delivering the highest quality water possible to residents, firefighters and Stafford businesses, Public Works crews conduct hydrant flushing on a rotating basis throughout Stafford County. Crews will be flushing hydrants in the southeast port...

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County News
Posted on: October 8, 2019

2019 Transportation Bond: Bond Referendum Town Hall

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A Transportation Bond Town Hall will be held on October 24, 2019, for residents to come speak and find out more about Stafford’s 2019 Transportation Bond Referendum. The meeting takes place at 6:00 p.m. in the Board Chambers of the George L. Gor...

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County News
Posted on: October 3, 2019

Update on Brooke Road Reopening Delay

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Despite the delays in the reopening of Brooke Road, the project is on schedule, and, currently, running ahead of its contractual completion date of March 2020. Unfortunately, the portion of the project requiring the closure of Brooke Road is taking longer...

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County News
Posted on: September 27, 2019

Update: Brooke Road Reopening Delayed

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Update: Monday, September 30, 2019

During a VDOT safety inspection, some deficiencies were uncovered on the Brooke Road Safety Improvement Project prompting Stafford County and the project contractor to address the issues immediately to provide the level o...

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County News
Posted on: September 27, 2019

2019 Transportation Bond: Road Widening and Safety Improvement Projects

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Stafford’s Board of Supervisors is asking citizens to consider a $50 million bond referendum that could fund 35 road widening and safety improvement projects in addition to the eight major road projects. The road widening and safety improvement ...

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Posted on: September 19, 2019

2019 Transportation Bond: Major Projects

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Stafford’s Board of Supervisors is asking voters to consider a $50 million Transportation Bond Referendum that will be included on the election ballot November 5, 2019. Eight road construction projects, identified in Stafford’s Compreh...

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County News
Posted on: September 17, 2019

Preparation Is the Key in Emergencies

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A little preparation goes a long way, especially during a crisis. Putting systems in place when you are calm can help you when an emergency strikes. That is why Stafford is asking citizens to do a little planning and evaluating this year during September&...

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County News
Posted on: September 13, 2019

2019 Transportation Bond: An Overview of the Referendum

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Stafford’s Board of Supervisors is asking citizens to consider a $50 million bond referendum on the November 5 ballot. Stafford County is one of the fastest-growing counties in the Commonwealth, and the Board is committed to finding solutions to...

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Posted on: September 12, 2019

Citizen Help Critical in Success of 2020 Census

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The next United States Census takes place in 2020, and the response of Stafford’s citizens is critical for the success of the Census as well as future planning in Stafford. The Census determines Stafford County’s official population an...

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County News
Posted on: August 30, 2019

Annual 9/11 Ceremony Honors Lives of Service

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Stafford County invites all members of the public to its annual 9/11 ceremony to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice in trying to help the victims of September 11, 2001, attack as well as remember the civilian lives lost. Stafford County has he...

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County News
Posted on: August 19, 2019

Stafford Fire and Rescue Asks Citizens to “Fill the Boot” for MDA

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Labor Day will bring a familiar site to Stafford County’s local intersections – Stafford firefighters holding out a fire boot, asking for donations. The money goes to assist individuals, and the families who love them, from the harm of...

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County News
Posted on: August 1, 2019

Join the Community Party at National Night Out

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The annual National Night Out is a highly anticipated celebration in Stafford and this year, there are even more ways to enjoy it. The main event is being held at Stafford Marketplace and 13 neighborhoods are holding their own celebrations. Last year, mor...

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Posted on: July 29, 2019

Stafford Board Asks for Bond Referendum on Roads Projects

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Voters will consider a $50 million bond referendum in November to support transportation projects in Stafford County. At their June meeting, the Board of Supervisors voted to request the Circuit Court to order a referendum question be placed on the ballot...

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Posted on: July 23, 2019

Stafford's CERT Team Members Expand Services

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During a crisis, emergency services personnel are the ones who help victims. However, the conditions – fires, accidents, storms – that affect victims also impact the emergency services personnel. Who takes care of them? In Stafford Cou...

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Posted on: July 18, 2019

Community Forums to Gather Input on Stafford’s Culture to Plan for the Future

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There is one thing upon which all Staffordians can agree – Stafford has changed a whole lot over the last 50 years – going from approximately 25,000 residents to around 150,000. No matter what your perspective is on the matter, we can ...

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Posted on: July 11, 2019

Priority on Healthy Growth: Using Public Input to Make Decisions

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Last spring, Stafford County successfully concluded a public engagement campaign to seek public input on Healthy Growth. The County received a robust response from citizens and other interested persons through individual interviews, roundtables, public in...

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Posted on: July 8, 2019

Brooke Road Closure Extended Through September

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The date for reopening Brooke Road to through traffic near Stagecoach Road has changed. The closure is being extended to late September. Brooke Road was closed to through traffic on September 17, 2018. Record-setting rainfalls impacted the progress of con...

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Posted on: June 25, 2019

Stafford’s July 4th Spectacular Promises Fun, Food and Fireworks

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Celebrate America’s 243rd birthday with food, fun and fireworks at the “July 4th Spectacular” at John Lee Pratt Memorial Park. Stafford hosts the annual event which is part of Fredericksburg’s July 4th Heritage Fest...

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Posted on: June 20, 2019

Stafford Completes First Road Study Project in Partnership with VDOT

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Drivers on Andrew Chapel Road will notice wider shoulders, a new layer of asphalt and brighter, freshly painted lane markings between Courthouse Road and Brooke Road. Work was recently finished on a joint "wedge widening" project to slightly wid...

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Posted on: June 19, 2019

Stafford Completes FY2020 Budget Process with the Adoption of CIP

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Stafford’s Board of Supervisors completed the Fiscal Year 2020 Budget Process on Tuesday, June 18, 2019, by adopting the FY2020-2024 Capital Improvement Program (CIP) with Planning Years FY2025-2029. This vote was the final step in a budget proc...

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Posted on: May 28, 2019

Hurricane Season 2019: Preparation Is Key

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The start of the 2019 Atlantic Hurricane Season is June 1 and comes on the heels of a record-breaking year of rainfall in Stafford County. Homeowners and business owners have already struggled with flooding in areas that have typically been dry in the pas...

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Posted on: May 23, 2019

Multiple Options Make for Easy Payments

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Stafford County Real Estate and Personal Property taxes for the first half of 2019 are due Wednesday, June 5, 2019. The Stafford Treasurer’s Office encourages citizens to pay by the due date to avoid additional penalties. There are many convenie...

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Posted on: May 20, 2019

Stafford Announces 2018 Historical Preservation Awards

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One of Stafford County’s chief charms is its abundance of history. One can drive a few miles in any direction and see interpretive signs, preserved sites and landmarks and highway markers. None of these things came about without the dedication a...

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Posted on: May 15, 2019

Priority on Healthy Growth: Public Engagement Results

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Stafford County recently sought out public input through the Healthy Growth public engagement process. Overall, the process received a robust response reaching over 30,000 people directly with project information, 2,500 online in education and dialogue, a...

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Posted on: May 14, 2019

Stafford Hosting Second Annual Memorial Day Ceremony at Armed Services Memorial

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Sgt. Charles Calvin Strong never met his daughter, Sophie. His wife, Taylor, was pregnant with her when Sgt. Strong was killed in 2014 while serving in the Marines in Afghanistan. He was 28-years-old. Taylor, a Stafford County native, and Sophie Strong wi...

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Posted on: April 19, 2019

Priority on Healthy Growth: Public Information Sessions

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The next phase of Stafford’s Healthy Growth efforts continues next week with two public information sessions with opportunities for public input. Stafford County is asking the public to weigh in on its vision of healthy growth at the sessions on...

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Posted on: April 12, 2019

Priority on Healthy Growth: Understanding the Process and Providing Input

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One of the most crucial steps towards facilitating public input is framing the discussion. Stafford’s Healthy Growth public engagement process consists of three public phases, one of which is complete.

On March 5, 2019, County staff presented the...

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Posted on: April 10, 2019

Bus Partnership Increases Commuting Options

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Stafford residents will soon have new commuter options to Washington, D.C., thanks to a partnership between Fredericksburg Regional Transit, the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation, the Federal Transit Administration and Marine Corps Bas...

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Posted on: April 5, 2019

Board of Supervisors Opts to Work Towards Amending Aquia Town Center Agreement

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Stafford’s Board of Supervisors voted at their meeting this week to amend and restate the Memorandum of Agreement (MOU) with Mosaic Realty Partners to allow Mosaic another opportunity to achieve development at Aquia Town Center. The amendment removes the ...

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Posted on: March 29, 2019

UPDATED: Trail Work to Close River Road Temporarily

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UPDATE 4.5.19:

Due to the complexity of the project, River Road will undergo a second closure from April 9 – April 11 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. each day. The project is the installation of a drainage pipe associated with Phase IV of the Belmont...

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Posted on: April 2, 2019

Priority on Healthy Growth: Public Input

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The Board of Supervisors identified healthy growth as a priority last fall when they adopted Stafford’s first-ever Strategic Plan and Stafford County 2040 Vision for the Future. The Strategic Plan calls for actionable steps over the next three y...

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Posted on: April 1, 2019

Stafford County Government Expands Efforts on Local Government in Education

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April 1 through 7 is “Local Government Education Week” in Virginia, and while Stafford County marks the annual celebration with a proclamation, the County strives to honor it with student opportunities throughout the year. This year, S...

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Posted on: March 28, 2019

Providing Public Input on the FY2020 Proposed Budget

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Stafford County is moving ahead with the FY2020 Proposed Budget process with a public hearing on Tuesday, April 2, 2019, at 7:00 p.m. To accommodate more participants, the location has been changed to the auditorium at Brooke Point High School, 1700 Court...

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Posted on: March 14, 2019

Hospital Joins the Stafford Race Series

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The Stafford Hospital 5K has a new name this year – the Spring Fever 5K Run/Walk, a Coldwell Banker Elite Grand Prix and Stafford Race Series – and a couple of new twists – a competition between members of the Board ...

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Posted on: March 7, 2019

Stafford's FY2020 Proposed Budget Process

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The Board of Supervisors and County staff have invested a considerable amount of time over the last year in careful and deliberate planning, resulting in the adoption of Stafford’s first-ever Strategic Plan and a 2040 Vision. These deliberate steps inform...

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Posted on: March 4, 2019

Boost Your Plants with Compost from the Regional Landfill

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Many people add perennials, new bushes and trees to their landscaping in the spring. Those tender new plants can have a tough time getting established when the heat of a Virginia summer kicks in. Did you know that compost not only provides plants with nut...

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Posted on: February 27, 2019

Remembering Some of the Greats During Black History Month

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Stafford’s Board of Supervisors presented its annual proclamation recognizing Black History Month to former County Attorney Alda White at its recent meeting. White was not only the first woman County Attorney in Stafford County, she was also the...

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Posted on: February 15, 2019

Stafford Social Services Awarded $20,000 Grant

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Stafford County and the Stafford Hospital have a long history of working together to improve the community. The hospital turns ten this month, marking ten years of a productive partnership with Stafford. One of the annual ways the hospital helps Stafford ...

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Posted on: February 12, 2019

Human Services Professionals Come Together for Annual Conference and Renewal

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When your job is to take care of others, you sometimes put your own needs aside. The goal of the annual Youth First Conference is to equip human services professionals serving youth and families with the skills to help them recharge and renew themselves t...

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Posted on: February 7, 2019

Brooke Road Closure Extended Through July

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There is news regarding the closure on Brooke Road near Stagecoach Road: the closure is being extended to July to shorten the overall duration of the project. Brooke Road was closed to through traffic on September 17, 2018, with an expected date of reopen...

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Posted on: February 6, 2019

Stafford County Defers Vote on Tax Incentives for Aquia Town Center Developers

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Stafford’s Board of Supervisors put the developers of the Aquia Town Center on notice Tuesday when they considered a resolution to rescind tax incentives extended to Mosaic Realty Partners, the developers and owners of Aquia Town Center. The Boa...

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Posted on: January 30, 2019

Stafford Board of Supervisors Kicks Off Year Full of Opportunities

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The Stafford Board of Supervisors kicked off their first meeting on January 8, 2019, welcoming a year of opportunities for engagement with the public. The first order of business was to elect a new Chairman and Vice Chairman, something the Board does annu...

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Posted on: January 23, 2019

Stafford Receives Matching Funds from State to Further the Preservation of Land

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Stafford County was notified last week that it was one of six Virginia localities receiving grants for farmland preservation. Stafford’s award, which comes from the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services/ (VDACS) Office of Farmland Prese...

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Posted on: January 18, 2019

Stafford Considers Cluster Subdivision Map as First Step in Smart Growth Analysis

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The Board will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, January 22, 2019, on the proposed Cluster Subdivision Areas map. The proposed map is the result of the Board of Supervisors charging the Planning Commission with conducting a comprehensive review of state-m...

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Posted on: January 15, 2019

Stafford County Seeking Citizen Input on Broadband Survey

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The Stafford County Telecommunications Commission, supported by Stafford County, is conducting a survey to analyze the availability of broadband in the county. The survey will also include collecting data on the way citizens receive broadband and their le...

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Posted on: January 4, 2019

UPDATE: Officials Holding Information Meetings on Transportation Study

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UPDATED: Two information meetings for the Comprehensive Road Evaluation traffic study of Stafford County were scheduled for this week. The first, scheduled for this evening, has been canceled due to inclement weather and and has been rescheduled for Wedne...

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