In Briefs: Salem Ruritan debuts new scholarship



The Salem Ruritan Club recently awarded three $1,500 scholarships and one $515 scholarship to graduating seniors. The recipients of the $1,500 scholarships were Jacqueline Barklund of Eastern View High School, Nathan Stewart of Culpeper County High School and Kelsey Parker of Rappahannock County High School. The $515 scholarship, a new scholarship awarded by the club this year, was designated for a student planning to study law enforcement or criminal justice. This year’s winner was Macy Hooper of Eastern View High School and Macy plans to continue her studies of criminal justice at James Madison University.

Enjoy your spirits responsibly

Virginia residents and tourists celebrating the three-day weekend will have more time to shop for distilled spirits during the Independence Day holiday. Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) stores will be open until 6 p.m. on Monday, July 4. And, for the first time, Virginia ABC stores will open at noon on Sunday, July 3. This is an hour earlier than stores were previously open on Sundays, and possible because of new legislation effective July 1.

Virginia ABC encourages those consuming alcoholic beverages for the July 4 holiday to enjoy their spirits responsibly and never drink and drive.


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Pat Kennedy presents Macy Hooper with scholarship at club’s May meeting


Expect detour, Rappahannock bridge to be replaced


The Virginia Department of Transportation will close the Route 622 (Rock Mills Road) bridge over the Covington River in Rappahannock County for approximately three weeks for rehabilitation work.

The structurally-deficient bridge, located about 1.5 miles east of Route 211/522 (Lee Highway) and 0.5 mile west of Route 621 (Hunters Road), will be closed beginning July 5. Weather permitting, the road is expected to reopen to traffic July 28.

A posted detour will direct westbound motorists north on Route 621, then left on Route 626 (Tiger Valley Road), and then left on Route 211/522 south, which carries traffic back to Route 622. Eastbound motorists will reverse the detour. During the closure, access to all driveway entrances will be maintained for local traffic.

A VDOT crew will replace the 1976 bridge’s existing timber deck with a concrete slab. The work also involves repairs to the bridge’s abutments and the surrounding embankments.

Message boards will be in place to notify the public of the closure and any weather-related schedule adjustments.

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Spiritual Care Support Ministries

Individual Counseling is available on Mondays in Culpeper at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, 1200 Old Rixeyville Road, Culpeper. All services are free. Learn more at or call Chaplain Liz Danielsen at 540/349-5814 for information and appointments. Sponsored by Spiritual Care Support Ministries, 76 W. Shirley Ave., Warrenton, VA.