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Posted on: December 7, 2018

Winter Weather Information Always Accessible

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Winter is coming and now is the time to prepare so that you are ready before the first snowflake falls. Stafford County strives to be open at all times for citizens to conduct business, but there are occasions when the weather makes that challenging.

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Posted on: December 6, 2018

Stafford Gymnastics Produces First Division I Signee

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When Abigail Whitehead steps on the Rutgers University campus next fall, she will take a little bit of Stafford County with her. Abigail, or “Abbey” as she is called, will enroll as a student athlete, representing the Stafford Gymnasti...

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Posted on: November 19, 2018

Stafford Devises a Strategic Plan to Take the County into the Future

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When people start to think about what Stafford County will look like in 2040, all sorts of ideas and thoughts come to mind. The tricky part is taking the time to create a meaningful path on which to build upon for the future. Over the summer, Stafford&...

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Posted on: November 16, 2018

Multiple Options Make for Easy Payments

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Stafford County Real Estate and Personal Property taxes for the second half of 2018 are due Wednesday, December 5, 2018. The Stafford Treasurer’s Office encourages citizens to pay by the due date to avoid additional penalties. There are many con...

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Posted on: November 13, 2018

Good Samaritans and Fire and Rescue Personnel Save Citizen's Life

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When Jim Kendrick left his Hartwood home on September 10, 2018, he did not know that he was about to become part of an elite group of people – the less than 8% of people annually who survive in experiencing cardiac arrest outside a hospital. Une...

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Posted on: October 29, 2018

Pet Adoption Process Enhanced by New Animal Shelter

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Stafford’s new state-of-the-art animal shelter opened almost five months ago, and its meaningful impact is already being felt at the shelter and in the lives of Stafford’s homeless animals. The spacious shelter gives animals more room ...

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Posted on: October 24, 2018

Stafford to Honor Veterans with Special Ceremony

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Stafford’s Armed Services Memorial is unique in that it is meant to be a living memorial – it honors the living as well as those who made the ultimate sacrifice. When volunteers on the Armed Services Memorial Commission and Working Gro...

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Posted on: October 23, 2018

Common Stafford Courts Questions Answered

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One of the most popular topics of calls to Stafford’s Citizens Assistance Office is where and how to use the courts. People want to know where to get concealed weapons permits, where to pay fines and how to get a marriage license. Is there someo...

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County News
Posted on: October 18, 2018

Virginia Cooperative Extension Offers Many Things to Stafford’s Residents

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Root rot, leaf spots, brown patch – these are all things Stafford residents may be noticing in their yards right now. Thanks to a rainy spring, summer and so far, fall, our landscapes are seemingly under attack. Do not despair. There’s...

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Posted on: September 27, 2018

Stafford and Fredericksburg Work Together to Make the Rappahannock River Safer

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Members of Stafford Fire and Rescue and its Swift Water Rescue Team were looking for a better way to locate recreational users in trouble on the Rappahannock River. They teamed up with the City of Fredericksburg to install a “mile marker&rdq...

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Posted on: September 20, 2018

Joint County Effort Enhances Safety of Students

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Communication is critical in a time of emergency. This school year, thanks to a concerted effort between Stafford County Government, the Sheriff’s Office, Schools and a local Motorola contractor, Stafford’s school bus drivers will be a...

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County News
Posted on: September 10, 2018

Update - Brooke Road Closing for Safety Improvements

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UPDATE TO STORY: The date of the start of the four-month closure to the Stafford County Brooke Road safety improvement project has changed. The project will now begin on Monday, September 24, 2018, due to a utility moving delay and the impending impact fr...

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Posted on: August 31, 2018

Annual 9/11 Ceremony Honors Lives of Service

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While the events of September 11, 2001, affected the entire country, there was an extra significance for those in the New York City and Pentagon sites. Members of the Stafford Sheriff’s Office assisted in both New York City and the Pentagon in t...

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Posted on: August 30, 2018

Stafford Seeks to Help Identify Invasive Noxious Weed

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It looks like Queen Anne’s Lace on steroids. However, it’s infinitely more dangerous and should be reported. What is it? It’s called Hogweed, an invasive, dangerous weed whose appearance is in direct contrast to its name. Alt...

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Posted on: August 23, 2018

Landfill Efforts at Sustainability Proving Successful

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A few years ago, the Regional Landfill was facing a deficit and an uncertain future. The Rappahannock Regional Solid Waste Management Board (R-Board) came up with a strategy to put the landfill back on track financially, and those steps appear to indicate...

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Posted on: August 17, 2018

Stafford Asks for Citizen Input on Future Bike and Pedestrian Trails

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When it comes to planning new bike and pedestrian trails, Stafford County is looking to the experts for advice – the people who use the trails. Stafford is updating its Bicycle and Pedestrian Facilities Plan and is asking for citizen input. The ...

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Posted on: August 10, 2018

Stafford's Continued Partnership with Hospital Brings Benefits to Community

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One of the biggest negative impacts to an individual’s wellbeing is the lack of access to insurance and consistent healthcare. Stafford’s Department of Social Services is continuing to work with the Stafford Hospital Community Benefit ...

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Posted on: August 2, 2018

County Departments Teaming Together to Clean Up Historic Port of Falmouth.

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Record rainfalls have hit the Historic Port of Falmouth Park hard. According to the National Weather Service, different parts of Stafford County received rainfall amounts in a range of six to fifteen inches during the month of July alone, most of which ev...

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Posted on: July 27, 2018

Annual National Night Out Celebration Coming Up in Stafford

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Smiles are the first thing you notice about Stafford’s annual National Night Out celebration at Stafford Marketplace. Last year, more than 8,000 people enjoyed the fantastic family-friendly event sponsored by the Stafford Sheriff’s Off...

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Posted on: July 19, 2018

Belmont Ferry Farm Trail Extension Coming Soon

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Construction has begun on Phase 4 of the Belmont-Ferry Farm Trail which will connect at the current terminus in the John Lee Pratt Memorial Park and tie the trail into the Chatham Bridge, providing safe access to the City of Fredericksburg for pedestrians...

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Posted on: July 18, 2018

Call for Volunteers to Help with Yankees in Falmouth Cleanup

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The recent historic flooding of the Rappahannock River this spring continues to affect the area around it. The latest misfortune has fallen on a cherished community event known as “Yankees in Falmouth.” It is at risk of cancelation due...

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County News
Posted on: July 13, 2018

Summer Reading at Stafford Libraries

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Libraries are great when we need to study, a place to meet with friends, or enjoy a wonderful learning environment built for everyone, especially in the summer. Stafford County partners with the Central Rappahannock Regional Library System to operate the ...

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Posted on: July 11, 2018

Wayside Project to Improve Courthouse Area Utilities Infrastructure

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Stafford County Utilities is beginning a project in the “wayside area” near the intersection of Hope Road and U.S. Route 1 to improve sewage drainage in the Stafford Courthouse area. The project will take approximately nine to ten mont...

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Posted on: July 6, 2018

Deciding When to Call 911

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Most people know to call 911 during an emergency but what if you’re not sure it’s an emergency? When should you call 911 or when should you call the Sheriff’s Office non-emergency number? Lt. Lee Peters of the Stafford Sherif...

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Posted on: July 5, 2018

Stafford Saves You Time with DMV Select and DMV Connect

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With local Virginia Department of Motor Vehicle (DMV) offices located at Massaponax and the far end of Garrisonville Road, it can be difficult for people living in between to squeeze in a trip to the DMV. Stafford fills that gap by providing DMV Select se...

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Posted on: June 26, 2018

New System Safeguards Health of Fire and Rescue Personnel

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Stafford County is installing exhaust capture and removal systems in its stations to protect the health of its Fire and Rescue personnel. The diesel engines parked in the bays of stations produce a mixture of toxic gases and particulates from the combusti...

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Posted on: June 20, 2018

Widewater State Park Set to Open in Fall 2018

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A beautiful new 1,100-acre state park is set to open on the Widewater peninsula in late September. The park, which is bordered by both the Potomac River and Aquia Creek, is being built in three phases with a $43 million budget. It will feature recreationa...

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Posted on: June 13, 2018

Where Do You Go to Do That?

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Stafford County Government has many departments which serve the public – which means, it can be hard to figure out where to start when you have a question. We’ve polled our employees and come up with the 15 Most Asked Questions in Staf...

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Posted on: June 7, 2018

New Animal Shelter Designed to Enrich Lives

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Stafford’s new Animal Shelter is designed to enhance the lives of animals giving them an improved chance at adoption, and in turn, adding positive additions to the families in the area. Gone are the days of concrete block buildings with no natur...

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Posted on: May 24, 2018

Summer Increases Driving Concerns

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Stafford County reminds you that the long days of summer mean more people on the road and outside. Take the time to be a little extra cautious to keep everyone safe. Children are out of school, which means more kids are playing in and around neighborhood ...

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Posted on: May 16, 2018

Awards Applaud Preservation Efforts in Stafford

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Historic preservation does not happen without vision, dedication and hard work. In Stafford, a county whose history stretches back to 1664, many people are committed to keeping that history alive. The Stafford County Historical Commission names awardees o...

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Posted on: May 15, 2018

Stafford to Remember the Fallen With Armed Services Memorial Ceremony

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A priority of the Stafford Armed Services Memorial Commission was to create a place where people could come for quiet contemplation to remember those who have fallen in service to our country. This year, Stafford will hold the first of an annual ceremony ...

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Posted on: May 10, 2018

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: The Mantra That Keeps Stafford Beautiful

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Tossing those cans and paper products into the recycling bin is a good practice, but there’s something you can do that is even better than recycling: reduce and reuse. Our grandparents were ahead of their time when they saved every scrap of alum...

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Posted on: May 2, 2018

Foster Parenting Changes Lives in Stafford County

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Most volunteers in Stafford County go home at the end of the day. Foster parents volunteer around the clock to give a child a sense of permanency, well-being and safety – the mantra of the Stafford Department of Social Services. May is National ...

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Posted on: May 1, 2018

Stone from Stafford's Government Island Receives International Interest

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Aquia sandstone, quarried from Stafford’s Government Island, will be the star of a special symposium at the White House in Washington, D.C., on May 2 as well as the centerpiece of an ongoing exhibit in Scotland. For this event, the White House H...

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Posted on: April 25, 2018

Stafford Continues the Budget Process with Tax Rate Adoption

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Stafford’s Board of Supervisors continued the FY2019 Budget process by holding public hearings on tax rates for real estate, the Garrisonville Road Service District and the Hidden Lake Service District. Before this meeting, the Board of Supervis...

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Posted on: April 20, 2018

Stafford Hosts Future Leaders in Student Government Day Event

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Seniors from Stafford’s five high schools came to Stafford County this week to get a glimpse of local government, even participating in a mock Board of Supervisors meeting. The students were there for Student Government Day, an annual event wher...

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Posted on: April 18, 2018

Join the Citizens Academy and Learn How Stafford Operates

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Local government comes alive at the Stafford Citizens Academy. During the weekly classes running May 3 – May 24, Stafford County staff members describe in detail the inner workings of the public decision process and the role that citizens can se...

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Posted on: March 28, 2018

Online Offerings Save Time and Streamline Services for Citizens and Patrons

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Stafford recently introduced an online permitting system, adding another offering to its system of online payments designed to streamline services for citizens and patrons. “Dynamic Portal,” an online application system, has been integ...

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Posted on: March 27, 2018

Stafford Moves on Partial Repeal of Cluster Ordinance

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Stafford’s Board of Supervisors passed a partial repeal of its cluster development regulations at the Board meeting on Tuesday, March 20, 2018, and in a separation action requested that the use of “open space” be fur...

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Posted on: March 14, 2018

Aquia Town Center Looks to Move Forward

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Mosaic Realty Partners continues to look forward with redevelopment plans for the Aquia Town Center, a multi-million dollar investment area that will significantly enhance the gateway to Route 1. The County supports Mosaic’s continuing efforts b...

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Posted on: March 12, 2018

Stafford Preparing to Flush Water System

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If you see water running down the street, don’t worry – Stafford Utilities is not wasting water; the water system is being flushed. Stafford is preparing to commence a “flush and burn” of the entire water system to ensure the continued delivery of high-qu...

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Posted on: March 9, 2018

Proposed FY2019 Budget Presented to Board

County Administrator, Thomas C. Foley, presented the Proposed FY2019 Budget to the Stafford County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, March 6. The proposed $573 million all funds budget addresses several of the board's priorities on public safety, education...

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Posted on: March 3, 2018

Rappahannock Regional Landfill Suspending Charges to Aid with Cleanup

The Rappahannock Regional Landfill is suspending charges at the Regional Landfill for storm debris until March 12, 2018. This action is to aid residents in cleanup from the high wind storm that hit the area. Residents of Stafford and the City of Frederick...

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Posted on: February 28, 2018

Stafford Utilities to Perform Smoke Tests in South Stafford

Neighborhoods in Stafford County range from post-war housing to brand new neighborhoods. The utilities infrastructure supporting these neighborhoods also varies in age. Stafford County is continually identifying ways to enhance its infrastructure to be mo...

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Posted on: February 12, 2018

Stafford Reconsidering Cluster Developments

Stafford officials are considering revamping the cluster development ordinance because it does not appear to be meeting the intended goals for land preservation and intended subdivision practices as envisioned by the Comprehensive Plan. The Planning Commi...

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Posted on: February 8, 2018

Annual YouthFirst Conference Brings Broadway Star and Solutions to Youth Services Professionals

King Mustafa heads the bill at the 12th annual Youth First Conference on Friday, February 9, 2018, at the Fredericksburg Expo Center. Alton Fitzgerald Brown, Broadway star of “The Lion King” and many other productions, will be the keynote speaker at the a...

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