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Newman returns to the Black and Gold

Newman returns to the Black and Gold

Colonial Beach School Board members are very excited to welcome back former CB Elementary School Pri...

5th Annual Jet Ski Races begins Friday

5th Annual Jet Ski Races begins Friday

Colonial Beach will host the UWP- IJSBA Watercross National Tour, Liberty Cup portion of the Nationa...

Potomac Renaissance condos are movin’ on up

Potomac Renaissance condos are movin’ on up

The long planned second phase of the Potomac Renaissance Condominiums in Colonial Beach began buildi...

Council not responsible for delays

In an interview with Tracey Tunstall, Director of Federal Programs and current Interim Superintenden...

Street closings for this weekend's Jet Ski Races

To facilitate the Fifth Annual International Jet Ski Races July 18-20, Taylor Street from Wilder Ave...

Carpenter’s legacy will live on in building named after him

Carpenter’s legacy will live on in building named after him

On June 12, Commissioners, staff and guests gathered to unveil the new sign naming the Potomac River...

 

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Law Enforcement Torch Run to pass through Colonial Beach

On June 6, the Colonial Beach Police Department will once again host a leg of the Law Enforcement Torch Run through Colonial Beach. At 11 a.m. runners will gather at the Beach Gate Shopping Center (700 McKinney Blvd).  After leaving the shopping center, the runners will go east on Colonial Ave., turn south on Washington Ave., go east

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Colonial Beach Honors our fallen for Memorial Day

A large crowd of almost 200 people gathered outside the cannon in Colonial Beach on Memorial Day. Citizens, family of fallen soldiers and fellow military joined in mourning the loss of great men and women who paid the ultimate sacrifice in service to our country, as well as celebrating the lives of those still with us.

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Placid Bay is rebuilding

The small community of Placid Bay is rebuilding not only their community but trust as well. Dr. John L. Johnson, president of Placid Bay Civic Association and the Westmoreland County Sheriff’s Office have teamed up with the community to help make their neighborhood a safer more relaxed place to live.

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Two shot during a party early Monday morning

An 11-year-old boy and a 46-year-old man are both in the hospital with gunshot wounds. Sadly no witnesses have come forward to help catch the assailant.

The boy has been in critical condition since last night, May 27, hours after being shot while sleeping in the back seat of a burgundy Cadillac earlier that morning at 2:30 a.m.

The shooting occurred at a residence on Dameron Way in Oldhams, VA.

Police believe the bullets were intended for the adult victim, who was in serious but non-life threatening condition according to reports last night.

Investigating officers told Sheriff C. O. Balderson that upon arrival there appeared to be 100 to 150 party goers at that location. The group had gathered for a weekend celebration and said the party was just ending when a suspect, or suspects, shot eight rounds into the car.

With over 100 people at the scene, no witnesses have come forward to give information, however Sheriff Balderson believes they have at least one person of interest on Tuesday. Balderson would not say if the person of interest was a witness or a suspect.

Both victims are currently at MCV. Last night the boy was in critical condition but did have improvement. It is not clear what his injuries are or if the boy will suffer any long term problems as a result of the shooting.

Witnesses are urged to come forward with any information by either calling Detective Jay Mitchell at (804) 493-8066 or by going on the Sheriff's Office website. www.westcoso.us and leaving an anonymous tip.

 

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Three car accident at Halls intersection

VDOT will have one more accident to add to its study of the Hall's intersection at Routes 205 and 628. Luckily no fatalities resulted from the incident.
Two cars collided at the intersection at State Routes 205 and 628 causing a pickup truck to flip to its drivers side and slam into another vehicle. No serious injuries were reported.

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Colonial Beach Welcomes Mr. Hipple

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The Colonial Beach School Board is pleased to announce the hire of Andrew S. Hipple as the Colonial Beach Middle/High School Principal effective July 1. Mr. Hipple earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Pennsylvania State University in Agriculture Education and a Master of Education degree through California University of Pennsylvania.

Mr. Hipple comes to Colonial Beach from Rappahannock County Public Schools where he has worked as an Assistant Principal at both the elementary and secondary level. He was a classroom teacher for ten years in Virginia and Pennsylvania before becoming a school administrator. In addition, Mr. Hipple has been employed as a post-secondary technical school administrator.

Mr. Hipple and his family, wife Melissa, and three teenage children, Britton, 18, Nicholas, 17, and Libby, 13 will be relocating to the Colonial Beach area in June.

“I am excited to begin a new chapter in Colonial Beach Public Schools. It is an honor to serve the Colonial Beach community by working with the School Board to prepare young minds that will serve our community well. I am looking forward to meeting and working with teachers and staff, students, parents, and community members.”

School budget approval bring tears of Joy

Superintendent Kathleen Beane was very emotional when she heard the news that Colonial Beach Town Council approved the 2013-2014 school year budget.

The budget amount approved was almost $400,000 more than last year's budget due to reduced federal funding and the need to replace three aging trailers used for classes on the elementary campus.

Three of the elementary school trailers on the elementary campus are in deplorable conditions according to school board officials and need to be replaced.

The school board has been scrambling to find a solution if the money did not come forward to replace trailers before next year. One alternative was to use the school gymnasium to conduct classes in.

However school officials were concerned about utilizing the gym, which is attached to the condemned 100 year old school building. The gym has been deemed safe but capacity is limited to 49 people by the fire marshal and heating and cooling bills for the gym are astronomical.

While discussing the renovations that would be needed to utilize the gym for classes, the school officials also discussed the need for a new cafeteria roof. These discussions sparked another alternative; move the Elementary School Campus to the High School Campus.

School officials said that the elementary school would remain a separate self-contained campus, but would be located on the property at 100 First St., along with the high school and the middle school.

Officials can breath easy now and start planning for the move right away, to ensure the elementary school is located on the HS campus as soon as possible.

According to Tracey Tunstall, “Realistically we would like it to happen before the new year, hopefully in the first month,” but there are several actions that need to take place before the move can be complete. Tunstall said the school is usually at the mercy of the utility companies schedules such as Dominion Virginia Power and Verizon.

The council is now tasked with finding funding, only four officials admitted they would raise real estate taxes only if absolutely needed but all agreed to commit to the school system and work diligently to find a funding solutions without raising taxes.

All these details will be discussed in more detail in the May 22 edition of the Journal Press.

Linda Farneth

CBVFD conducts a controlled burn

On Saturday, May 11, Colonial Beach Volunteer Fire Department (CBVFD) conducted a controlled-burn of a 100-year-old house on Jackson St. This was a training exercise, and had been requested by the current owner, Joyce Gunderson. The old house sparked some controversy after the town asked Gunderson to have it removed

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