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The long journey home

Editor’s note: This is the second of a three-part series about a lost brother and a little sister’s search and struggle to bring him home. Part one is available online at journalpress.com. The third installment will be featured in the May 11 edition of The Journal.

In 1962, long before Mickey Beard moved from Vienna to Colonial Beach, she was busy raising her family. The routine of school days and homework seemed to be front and foremost each day. But the nagging desire to bring her big brother, Staff Sgt. George Lewis “Rip” Winkler, World War II U.S. Army Air Corps veteran, home for a proper burial had never diminished.

Small things, like a bulldog statue, kept Rip’s memory part of daily life for Mickey.

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Revitalization meeting gives snapshot of CB

As part of an ongoing grant application to the Department of Housing and Community Development, Carol Rizzo and Bill Spivey of Land Studio, P.C. presented data on the current economic situation of Colonial Beach.  The data was rich with details and paints a realistic picture of the town that will serve as a springboard to future economic development.

Richard Hunt of Peloton Research Partners spoke to the approximately 70-plus citizens, several members of council, school board members, planning commission members and town administrative staff.  The presentation centered on economic development, which, according to Hunt, “is the sustainable increase in living standards and well being for a community’s citizens” and “provides a resilient quality of life.”  The data used was gleaned

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How Colonial Beach rebuilt its school system

It takes a special person to run for public office. First of all, you must have the passion to serve and you must be in tune with the community’s vision. You also really should have an outgoing personality, as representing the voting public demands a lot of public interaction. And you should hold strong ethics and the ability to work with others.

But every once in a while someone runs for office with a determined attitude to put things right, to effect positive change — to re-write a locality’s future. Such was the case when one week before the 2008 May elections for Colonial Beach School Board, Tim Trivett decided to throw his hat into the ring and run for office.

Read more: How Colonial Beach rebuilt its school system

Worrell sentenced to 70 years

Former school finance director will serve 2 years and 8 months

It was a fight to the finish with three hours of exhibits, charts, summaries, witnesses examination and cross examination and lots of emotional posturing between Commonwealth’s Attorney Dean Atkins representing Colonial Beach School Board and Mark Gardner, attorney for Barbara Worrell. Atkins and Gardner showcased experts in accounting and psychology as well as the current CB School Board Chairman, family members and friends of Worrell, each attempting to sway Judge Joseph Ellis’ sentencing decision.

Read more: Worrell sentenced to 70 years

CB’s Mitchell reports on Chesapeake Bay Act Phase III requirements

There is a balancing act that takes place under Director of Planning and Zoning Gary Mitchell’s purview between the needs and wants of waterfront property owners and the town’s responsibility to fulfill the mandates contained in the Chesapeake Bay Preservation Act.  
The Chesapeake Bay Preservation Act was adopted by the Virginia General Assembly in 1988 to guide and assist localities in an effort to preserve and enhance water quality in the Chesapeake Bay through land use decisions.  Currently, Phase III of the Bay Act requires all 84 local governments subject to its provisions to enact ordinances

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