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Beach officials assess housing needs

Beach officials assess housing needs

Eight residents are counting on the town winning a housing-needs grant to see improved living condit...

beach health center saved, to stay open

beach health center saved, to stay open

King George clinic owners ready to take over facility
Not so fast.
The planned closure of the Colonial...

Rockfish tournament

Rockfish tournament

Annual event takes on special meaning for several special anglers

Scouts collect food for thanksgiving

Scouts collect food for thanksgiving

Month-long drive yields about 2,100 pounds of food to be distributed by CB Baptist Church

Local Sco...

Colonial Beach election results

Edward Blunt, Michael Looney and Burkett Lyburn have won four-year terms to the Colonial Beach Town ...

Geddes: Bike Fest was good for businesses

While the final numbers from the first Colonial Beach Bike Fest won’t be known  until December ...

 

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Move Over Dumbo

Diane Christopher is shown here with her spectacular “Elephant-Ear” (Colocasia) plants in front of her home on Bancroft Ave. in Colonial Beach. She planted the bulbs originally in the spring 2011. That first year they didn’t grow to be this large. Each winter the foliage is supposed to be cut back and the bulbs dug up and brought inside for the winter, however Christopher decided to simply cover the bulbs with a heavy layer of mulch and try her luck.  As you can see, when spring came around the plants grew even larger than expected. People walking and driving by their home frequently stop by to comment on the size and beauty of the plants. To give you some perspective on just how large these plants are, Diane Christopher is 5’2” tall. We can’t wait to see how big these plants get next year! 

Robinson arrested

Michael Robinson, 50, of Colonial Beach was arrested Wednesday morning at home without incident and charged with 3 counts of petty larceny and 3 counts of embezzlement. 

The Westmoreland Sheriff’s Office was notified by Robinson's employer at the 7-Eleven in Colonial Beach that one of its employees might be stealing money, according to Sheriff C. O. Balderson. 

Detective William Lewko and Lieutenant Anthony Darby were dispatched toto the scene. After a brief investigation Robinson was taken into custody and released on his own recognizance. 

The alleged occurrences were reported to have happened between July 22 and 3, 2012. Robinson will have his first court appearance in Westmoreland General District Court on Aug. 28.

The incident is still under investigation and further charges are pending. 

Foreclosure sale set for Riverboat property

A legal notice appeared in the Free Lance-Star on Monday August 20, set to run for four consecutive weeks noting a foreclosure on property at 301 Beach Terrace in Colonial Beach. This address is the property on the Virginia site of the Riverboat. The deed of trust is in the name of Flanagan’s of Colonial Beach. The sale is to take place on Sept. 13, at 10:45 a.m. on the site of the property.
Bidders are required to have a $50,000 deposit or 10% of the sales price at the time of the foreclosure. Immediately after this sale, which is essentially the land and parking lot at the Riverboat, another foreclosure will take place involving the real property located in the state of Maryland, which is the Riverboat building.

Read more: Foreclosure sale set for Riverboat property

Stephen Kennedy, write-in candidate for mayor

 

Former council member Stephen Kennedy knows it will not be easy to win on write in votes, but he feels the town needs leadership. Something he feels the council has not had for the last four years. 

“I think we have become a town that is top heavy in management. If elected Mayor I’m going to make a concerted effort to look at every job in the town from the top to the bottom. Are we doing it best, are the people in those positions the best suited, and are they protecting the town’s assets the way they should?”

Read more: Stephen Kennedy, write-in candidate for mayor

Rescue Squad accident sends three crew members to hospital.

A single-vehicle accident involving a Rescue Squad may have been due to driver error.
At around 9 p.m. Sunday, August 19 a Colonial Beach Volunteer Rescue Squad, while returning from a transport to the hospital, skidded off the eastbound lane of Route 3 coming to rest on the driver’s side.
Three volunteer members of the Colonial Beach Rescue Squad were in the ambulance and sustained non-life-threatening injuries.
No patients were involved in the accident. Two crew members were transported and admitted to MaryWashington Hospital with some broken bones according to a press release from Rescue Chief, Wesley Melson. The third crew member, and driver of the vehicle was flown to Inova Fairfax Hospital for observation and released early Monday morning.
The cause of the accident is still under investigation. State police reported the driver overcompensated when the vehicle ran off the shoulder.
Chief Melson reported in his press release that the vehicle was traveling at normal speed in non-emergency mode and had no mechanical faults.
All crew members are expected to fully recover. More details will be forthcoming in the August 22 edition of The Journal.

-Linda Farneth

CBVRS Vehicle Involved in Accident

 

All 3 passengers in single-vehicle incident taken to hospitals and are recovering

Colonial Beach, VA (August 20, 2012) - At approximately 9:05 pm on Sunday, August 19, one of the vehicles (Medic 1-4) from Colonial Beach Volunteer Rescue Squad was involved in a single-vehicle accident while returning from taking a patient to Mary Washington Hospital.

Read more: CBVRS Vehicle Involved in Accident

Colonial Beach awarded $2,500 marketing grant

Governor Bob McDonnell has announced that Virginia Tourism Corporation will award $660,000 in matching grants to 45 local tourism initiatives as part of the Virginia Tourism Corporation Marketing Leverage Grant Program, of which Colonial Beach will receive $2,500. 

The tourism grant is provided through the Virginia Tourism Corporation (VTC) Marketing Leverage Grant Program and is specifically designed to leverage limited marketing dollars, stimulate new marketing programs through the creation of tourism partnerships, to develop a research-based marketing program with strong measures of success, and to extend the “Virginia is for Lovers” campaign.

Read more: Colonial Beach awarded $2,500 marketing grant

Could granting conditional use permit affect public school funding?

That’s the question school officials were asking the Colonial Beach Planning Commission at last Thursday’s regular meeting during a public hearing to grant a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) for a new private school for special needs students. 

Kathleen Fitzsimmons has requested a conditional use permit to utilize the former Westmoreland Baptist Church building located at 204 Garfield Ave. for a private school for special needs students in Colonial Beach.

The school located just across from the rescue squad would operate as the Gateway Private School and would feature an educational program designed to provide each youth with the opportunity to succeed in life, to find their own strengths and to make a commitment to a future of pro-social self sufficiency, according to the application submitted.

Read more: Could granting conditional use permit affect public school funding?

 

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