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hometown fun at the homecoming parade

The Colonial Beach High School PTA sponsored several homecoming events Oct. 31. The evening began wi...

CB council candidates split on sharing services with county

CB council candidates split on sharing services with county

The Colonial Beach Chamber of Commerce and the Colonial Beach Foundation hosted a candidates’ &...

Elementary students move into new home

Elementary students move into new home

Faces were beaming, despite carrying heavy loads of boxes, chairs, desks and other school supplies a...

Colonial Beach groups will team up to host fall festival

This year, the Colonial Beach PTA, Chamber of Commerce and Volunteer Rescue Squad are teaming up wit...

Beach manager defends decision to raze ex-school

Foulds says building was unsafe, and several residents complained
The Colonial Beach town manager sai...

1st Annual Colonial Beach Bike Fest

1st Annual Colonial Beach Bike Fest

1st Annual Colonial Beach Bike Fest

 

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Worrell waives her preliminary hearing

Barbara Worrell, former Chief Financial Officer of Colonial Beach Schools and former acting school superintendent, through her attorney, Mark Gardner, waived her right to a preliminary hearing this afternoon, Sept. 22, in General District Court of Westmoreland County.
Worrell stands accused of 13 felony counts of embezzlement of funds from Colonial Beach Public Schools from February 25, 2008, to April 10, 2009.  Worrell was placed on administrative leave in May 2009 after the Westmoreland Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office announced an inv

estigation of school finances by the Virginia State Police.
The charges stem from an investigation originally initiated by Tim Trivett, current chairman of the School Board, after accounting irregularities came to light during an audit of town finances which showed “significant deficiencies.”
Worrell was arrested in Westmoreland County on March 15, 2010, at approximately 6:30 p.m. by Sergeant James C. Wells of the Colonial Beach Police Department.
By waiving her right to a preliminary hearing, the 13 felony charges against Worrell will be presented before a Grand Jury in Westmoreland County in October.  The Grand Jury, after hearing evidence, will decide if there is enough evidence or probable cause to proceed and will then issue a formal indictment of all charges.  At that time the case will be moved to Circuit Court.
The court set a preliminary date of Dec. 17 for arraignment in Circuit Court and released the witnesses who had been subpoenaed for the preliminary hearing.
Among others, Tim Trivett, School Board Chairman; Janet  Brown, Finance Coordinator for Colonial Beach Schools; and Virginia State Police Special Agent Belinda Glover were present as witnesses.  Worrell remains out on bond.
She wore a black dress and sat with family members and friends who remained at her side.  

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