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Steps to revitalize a town in decline

What will it take to revitalize Colonial Beach — to restore the longed-for days when the town was known as the “Playground of the Potomac?”
Colonial Beach found its economic niche in the early 1900s when steamships would deliver tourists to its scenic river shoreline.  Hotels, amusement centers and restaurants flourished driven by money spent by urban tourists seeking time away from the metropolitan DC area and fun times on the water with family and friends.  

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Westmoreland drug raid nets seven arrests

On Thursday, Dec. 9, 2010, seven Westmoreland County residents were arrested during simultaneous drug raids throughout the county. Operation “Clean Sweep” began at 4 a.m. and ended with the seven being in custody of the Westmoreland County Sheriff’s Office without incident.

Except for one individual, those arrested had been indicted by the regional grand jury on felony and misdemeanor charges to include crack cocaine, marijuana and prescription drugs. As a result of the arrests and the execution of search warrants, drugs, paraphernalia and cash were seized.

The operation was conducted by members of the Tri-County Drug Task Force, which includes Sheriff Offices of Westmoreland, King George and Caroline counties, Colonial Beach Police Department, Virginia State Police, FBI and the Naval Criminal Investigative Service. Northern Neck Regional Jail officers and a helicopter from the Virginia National Guard Aviation Unit also participated in the raids.

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CBHS student selected for VASTS program

 

Colonial Beach High School junior Inesha Thompson has been selected to participate in the Virginia Aerospace Science and Technology Scholars (VASTS) program.
Thompson was selected by a panel based on her outstanding academic record, essay composition and letter of recommendation.  The Virginia Aerospace Science and Technology Scholars (VASTS) program is an interactive on-line science, technology, engineering and mathematics learning experience that includes 10 lesson modules with reading and research assignments, quizzes, simulations, discussion forums, case studies and a final project.  

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Dispute over mayor’s office continues

New noise ordinance, no more pay-to-play
 
Colonial Beach Town Council members came to an agreement, by way of e-mails and telephone conversations over the last several weeks, to provide Mayor Fred Rummage with office space at 700 Colonial Ave. (where the transit office is located), provided that the mayor indicate his acceptance by notifying council member Sparky Ridgely by Dec. 1, 2010.  In response to council’s proposed action, Rummage said “I do object. This is nothing more than an absolute insult.”  
Rummage further stated “to render me a room in the ‘outhouse’ — the abandoned public works department?  No, thank you.”  According to Rummage, he was not aware of and did not participate in any conversations or e-mails that occurred between council members in regard to his request to reinstate the mayor’s office at Town Hall.

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Colonial Beach man killed in crash

Westmoreland County – A man is dead following a three vehicle crash in Westmoreland County that took place Saturday morning, November 20, 2010.  At 5:35 a.m., Virginia State Police Senior Trooper O. B. Moody was called to the scene on Route 3, Kings Highway, east of Route 634, Meadow Lane.

A 1995 Ford Contour was traveling westbound on Route 3, when the driver stopped to make a left turn and yield the right of way to a 2000 Freightliner Dump Truck heading eastbound.  The Contour was struck in the rear by a 1990 Oldsmobile Cutlass and pushed into the eastbound lane of travel and struck by the dump truck. 

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