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Memorial Day at the Beach

Loved ones, friends, residents and military organizations gathered to pay tribute to fallen soldiers from our town that paid the ultimate price for our freedom. 

The first Memorial Day service I attended for a newspaper over 20 years ago, the weather was cold, windy and wet. My thoughts strayed from the speaker to the men and women who fought under much harsher weather conditions in Vietnam, fighting in fox holes and enduring heavy rains flooding in the cold jungles. Today it seemed ironic that our more recent fallen soldiers have been fighting in harsh 

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Tri-County Task force thwarts gang activity

The Tri County Task force has served warrants on two more individuals, Dwayne C. West 27 of Colonial Beach and Hayes J. Johnson, 30 of Hague as a part of Operation Impact.

Both individuals were incarcerated at the time and are being held without bond at the Northern Neck Regional Jail. West and Johnson will come before the Westmoreland Circuit Court on June 1.

West has been charged with two counts of actively participating in a street gang, namely “Pound Property”.  

Pound Property has been listed on the State Police Website as a gang for years according to Chief Kenneth Blevins Sr.

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Tri-County Task force makes 21 arrests in Operation Impact

Tri-County Task force makes 21 arrests in Operation Impact 

The Tri-County Task Force arrested 21 suspects for various charges of distribution of Schedule I or II controlled substances as a part of Operation Impact.

The first three arrests involved George B. Oliff of Montross, owner and operator of Angelo's Pizza. 

Oliff was charged with five counts of distribution of an imitation controlled Schedule I or II substance. 

Oliff is a respected businessman in the community of Montross and there is no doubt the charges against him will come as a shock to many residents. 

Oliff is a member of Industrial Development Revitalization Committee and was very supportive of the O'Gara Group coming to Westmoreland County. 

Along with Oliff, Josh R. Sanford, 31 of Montross was arrested Wednesday morning and is charged with one count of distribution of an imitation controlled Schedule I or II substance. 

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CB will become independent in July

Due to our recent census count, Colonial Beach will now be in charge of maintenance, repairs and new road construction for secondary roads in the town starting July 1.

This does not mean that taxes will go up, since quarterly reimbursements will be sought after from VDOT for all roadwork.

For now the town will advertise for bids on roadwork until they decide what repairs can be handled by town staff and if new employees will be brought on for roadwork. All work must be completed to VDOT standards. Yearly inspections by VDOT will determine if funding remains available. 

In the case of paving new roads, the road must be first adopted into the highway system by VDOT then will be paved by the town if it is a secondary road. 

VDOT will continue to maintain Colonial Ave. and the ‘Y’ at the Beach Gate where it connects to Route 205. 

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Board of Zoning Appeals grants partial variance

Paul and Susan Flint have 30 days to appeal the Board of Zoning Appeals decision.

The Flints applied for a variance that would allow them to over-ride the setback rules allowing for the construction of a 10 x 10 foot deck and a 10 x 14 foot gazebo in the rear of their property located at 28 Lincoln Ave.

The board granted the recommendations of the building and zoning staff, which would allow for construction only on an existing concrete slab but Mr. Flint was not happy and said, “That is not as large as the survey we submitted and the plan proposed. I’m not sure that a deck of that size would be practical because it is so small.”

The property in question has an existing slab that measures 92 square feet and is covered with gravel. The couple want

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