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Colonial Beach awarded $2,500 marketing grant

Governor Bob McDonnell has announced that Virginia Tourism Corporation will award $660,000 in matching grants to 45 local tourism initiatives as part of the Virginia Tourism Corporation Marketing Leverage Grant Program, of which Colonial Beach will receive $2,500. 

The tourism grant is provided through the Virginia Tourism Corporation (VTC) Marketing Leverage Grant Program and is specifically designed to leverage limited marketing dollars, stimulate new marketing programs through the creation of tourism partnerships, to develop a research-based marketing program with strong measures of success, and to extend the “Virginia is for Lovers” campaign.

Read more: Colonial Beach awarded $2,500 marketing grant

Could granting conditional use permit affect public school funding?

That’s the question school officials were asking the Colonial Beach Planning Commission at last Thursday’s regular meeting during a public hearing to grant a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) for a new private school for special needs students. 

Kathleen Fitzsimmons has requested a conditional use permit to utilize the former Westmoreland Baptist Church building located at 204 Garfield Ave. for a private school for special needs students in Colonial Beach.

The school located just across from the rescue squad would operate as the Gateway Private School and would feature an educational program designed to provide each youth with the opportunity to succeed in life, to find their own strengths and to make a commitment to a future of pro-social self sufficiency, according to the application submitted.

Read more: Could granting conditional use permit affect public school funding?

Colonial Beach Police nab suspected jewelry thief a block away

In the early morning of Aug. 2 Colonial Beach Police officer David Mundie tazed and apprehended Brian A. Gant from Maryland charging him with theft of a local jewelry store.

Mundie responded to a call from the alarm company for Grandma's Jewelry Box located at 509 Colonial Ave. at approximately 3:57 a.m. When Mundie arrived approximately two minutes after the call he met the owner of the jewelry store who had also been contacted by the alarm company.

Upon investigation Mundie and the owner found the front door of the establishment had been forced open and determined that an undisclosed amount of money had been stolen.

Read more: Colonial Beach Police nab suspected jewelry thief a block away

Colonial Beach High School to be named new emergency shelter

Colonial Beach is nearing its one year anniversary of three natural disasters that rocked the beach and surrounding area with multiple damages. 

A freak 5.8 earthquake, Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee caused considerable damage last August to the Town of Colonial Beach. Inspection of damage caused by the storms to the school’s old two story block building on what is currently the Elementary School Campus, revealed other damage from lack of maintenance, resulting in the school having to vacate the building and eventually build a middle school mod pod behind the high school. 

The two story building served the town as an emergency shelter for many years. 

Recognizing the need for a new shelter, the school board and superintendent are working closely with the council and the town to set up the high school, located on First St., with a generator that was donated from a citizen. 

The citizen purchased a 30 KW generator for his home but it was too large so he donated it to the school. 

Read more: Colonial Beach High School to be named new emergency shelter

What’s on the November ballot in CB?

Colonial Beach election ballots will have many choices in November. 

Aside from the obvious presidential election, residents will be voting for a new mayor and to fill four other vacant seats on town council and voters three write-in candidates for the school board office. 

Presidential elections usually result in more than just two presidential candidates. Kristin M Hicks said that aside from the Democratic and Republican presidential candidates others independents could come up before the election. 

Read more: What’s on the November ballot in CB?

 

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