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Beach manager defends decision to raze ex-school

Foulds says building was unsafe, and several residents complained
The Colonial Beach town manager sai...

1st Annual Colonial Beach Bike Fest

1st Annual Colonial Beach Bike Fest

1st Annual Colonial Beach Bike Fest

Bike Fest a roaring good time

Bike Fest a roaring good time

About 10,000 attend first annual event in county

Bikers from D.C., Maryland and Virginia and points...

Council puts CB school demolition on hold

The Colonial Beach Town Council put a stop to a demolition notice for the town’s former elementary s...

Old school’s future in doubt

Old school’s future in doubt

A town official has ordered the former Colonial Beach Elementary School to be demolished in about tw...

Council tries to cut taxes, told it can’t

Despite their best efforts and good intentions, the Colonial Beach Town Council was unable to reduce...

 

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Rise in income means no sewer grants

Due to the recent rise in town residents’ median income, reported by the U.S. Census Bureau, Colonial Beach cannot qualify for grant funding for water and sewer projects.

In May, the town applied for funding through the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund offered by the Department of Health. Since the application was submitted, new census data confirmed the median income

Read more: Rise in income means no sewer grants

Bradshaw incarcerated, facing new charges

Michael R. Bradshaw Jr. has three new charges to added to his list.

Previous charges

Bradshaw has been incarcerated at Northern Neck Regional Jail since March 26 when he was arrested in connection with break-ins in Montross and Oldhams. Bradshaw was also suspected of other crimes throughout the Northern Neck.

Read more: Bradshaw incarcerated, facing new charges

Record crowds flock to the Beach for fireworks

Colonial Beach officials feel that the Fourth of July holiday and weekend was a big success. Except for some complaints by motorists coming from the southern-most part of town (the Point), there were no other known complaints as of Monday, July 8.

Motorists coming from the Point in Colonial Beach reported wait times of up-to-two hours, where traffic was

Read more: Record crowds flock to the Beach for fireworks

Council members haggle over budget

Colonial Beach Schools’ budget has taken two hard hits over the last few years. The first was due to the continually deteriorating conditions at the elementary school campus, and the second came when government funding was reduced by roughly $800,000.

In 2011, the Colonial Beach area suffered damage from an earthquake and two named-storms, one of which dumped 21 inches of rain on the town in one day. After these storms left water damage in the bathrooms of the oldest and largest

Read more: Council members haggle over budget

Colonial Beach ready for a sparkling 4th of July

Colonial Beach will be celebrating the nation's 237th birthday on the 4th of July with a number of public activities culminating in a crowd pleasing, sparkling fireworks show along the Potomac River.

The fireworks, which will begin at 9 p.m. and last for almost 45 minutes, are a popular annual event that draws thousands of residents and visitors to the riverfront community each year.

Visitors come to Colonial Beach from Washington, Maryland, North Carolina and from across the Old Dominion as well as other areas to enjoy the beach community and its glittering 4th of July fireworks display.

Whether watching from a boat on the Potomac River just offshore, sitting on the beach on a blanket or viewing from the outdoor deck of a nearby restaurant, past audiences have labeled the 4th of July event absolutely spectacular.

In addition to the fireworks, other planned Colonial Beach activities include a day long fundraiser by the Colonial Beach Volunteer Rescue Squad, a 4th of July Golf Cart Parade, a bazaar, yard sale and raffle sponsored by St. Elizabeth's Catholic Church and vendor booths and concession stands along the Colonial Beach boardwalk.

Real estate tax increase defeated

Colonial Beach Town Council held a special meeting on June 27 to vote on advertised tax increases and the town’s budget for fiscal year 2013-14.

In the advertisement, the council proposed raising real estate taxes from $0.58 to $0.63 per $100 of value.

Read more: Real estate tax increase defeated

Beach denied grant

Despite Governor McDonnell announcing more than $6.8 million in Community Development Block Grant funding, Colonial Beach’s application was denied for the second year in a row.

But the last two years of planning have left a significant number of volunteers determined to move forward

Read more: Beach denied grant

Blues Fest at High Tides brings thousands to the beach

Several thousand blues fans enjoyed a rocking weekend featuring the legendary Bobby Messano, The Nighthawks and more than a dozen other blues performers in a three-day concert at High Tides on the Potomac.

Read more: Blues Fest at High Tides brings thousands to the beach

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