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CB school board OKs $1.8M insurance deal

The Colonial Beach School Board has voted to accept an insurance settlement offer of $1.8 million to...

Colonial Beach Important Notice

IMPORTANT NOTICE

Due to the relocation of

The Town Manager’s Office, Town Clerk’s Office and Treas...

Gym home  to 102 years of memories

Gym home to 102 years of memories

Today, the facility sits silently behind fences and yellow tape.

It’s a far cry from the raucous sce...

Yellow Ribbon Fund soldiers to be honored in CB

The Yellow Ribbon Fund is well-known for its work in bridging the gaps in funding and care for injur...

CB rescue squad will stay open

CB rescue squad will stay open

The Colonial Beach Rescue Squad will be allowed to remain in its home despite safety concerns expres...

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Rasing the flag

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FEMA obligates $31,000 reimbursement for Irene

FEMA has notified Colonial Beach that it has obligated $31,000 reimbursement for trash clean up on public property and storm preparations, for Hurricane Irene.

Because the reimbursement does not cover private assistance or pick up of private debris the town will bear the costs associated with residential removal of debris.

There is still more paperwork and red tape before the Town sees any of this money but it is still

Read more: FEMA obligates $31,000 reimbursement for Irene

Revitalization Plan reviewed

The Colonial Beach Business District Revitalization Management Team (Block Grant Committee) met on Dec 12 to review the Revitalization Plan’s last chapter on implementation and reviewed cost estimates for various proposed projects to utilize sought after revitalization grant money.

If approved the Business District Revitalization Grant could net the town up to

Read more: Revitalization Plan reviewed

Tim Trivett questions CB Volunteer Rescue Squad activities

Tim Trivett spoke out at Thursday’s Town Council Meeting as a private citizen airing concerns regarding activity by unnamed members of the Colonial Beach Rescue Squad. Holding leadership responsible, he raised concerns that vehicles with emergency tags were being driven at high speeds through town streets with no regard for public safety.
“For too long now, there have been a couple of vehicles that have emergency tags on them that’ve been flying up our streets, Bancroft and all into the town for emergencies and not showing any regard.” Trivett questioned whether the council would be liable for accidents resulting from a member responding to a call.
Trivett implied that some of these incidents were unwarranted, saying, “We have people that are untrained running to the scenes, to medical emergencies, it’s even after some of these scenes have already been secured and you have medical personnel there.”
Trivett also addressed the personal use of rescue squad saying, “these vehicles are being used for personal use, on a regular basis, on a daily basis!”

Read more: Tim Trivett questions CB Volunteer Rescue Squad activities

In with the old and out with the new

Residents polled agree on one thing, the town needs a facelift but everyone has different ideas about what’s best. The revitalization block grant committee must work to decide what changes the town will pursue.

In 2010, Colonial Beach received a Business District Revitalization planning grant of $35,000 to perform an analysis of the town and develop a comprehensive economic restructuring plan for the town’s historic business district in order to attract more tourists. The business district runs the length of Colonial and Washington Ave. as well as surrounding blocks towards the

Read more: In with the old and out with the new

Stabbing results in charge of attempted murder

On Tuesday, Sept. 20 at approximately 9:30 p.m. the Colonial Beach Police Department responded to a 911 call in the area of 11th Street and Myers Avenue in reference to a reported stabbing that had just occured.
According to Chief Kenny Blevins, Sr., upon arrival Cpl. K.W. Blevins Jr., Officers Lee Felts, Amy Molinares and Chris Kerns located a 34 year old male who had been stabbed several times during an altercation.
Colonial Beach Fire and Rescue responded providing first aid before arranging for the victim to be air lifted to Mary Washington Hospital in Fredericksburg, where surgery was performed and he is currently in stable condition in the Intensive Care Unit at that location.
The victim was able to provide information at the scene to officers that resulted in the arrest at approximately 10:30 p.m. of 45 year old Luis Angel Ramos Fernandez of Colonial Beach for Attempted 1st Degree Murder. Mr Fernandez is currently being held with no bond at Northern Neck Regional Jail in Warsaw, pending arraignment on that charge.
The investigation is continuing that may result in additional charges at a later date.
The Westmoreland County Sheriff's Office also responded to assist.

Damaged Placid Bay roads and dams repaired

Residents no longer cut off

When three of the seven man-made dams in Placid Bay Estates and Westmoreland Shores gave way in sustained heavy flooding on Thursday, Sept. 8 after Tropical Storm Lee dumped almost 21 inches of rain on Colonial Beach residents were without water, sewer and a way out.

On Saturday PBE Water company announced that water and sewer systems were fully operational.

Larry Sprouse, President of PBE Water company, reported in a phone interview on Monday, Sept. 12, that despite washed out power lines and poles, Northern Neck Electric

Read more: Damaged Placid Bay roads and dams repaired

Severe rain leaves residents stranded

VDOT, Police, Fire and Rescue were kept on edge all night on Thursday, Sept. 8 and into the morning hours of Friday,  responding to trapped motorists in high, raging water all around the Colonial Beach area and throughout Westmoreland and King George Counties.

If Tropical storm Lee dumped its water on Texas it would have created 6 inches of rain for the entire state and ended the drought and wild fires, but it dumped its water on the East Coast instead.

Colonial Beach got more than its share of rain.

Flooding was compounded by the failure of several man made dams in the Placid Bay and Westmoreland Shores making these the hardest

Read more: Severe rain leaves residents stranded

Colonial Beach residents stranded by torrential rains from Tropical Storm Lee

State Route 205 in Westmoreland County was closed on Friday morning because the road had washed out. Matthew Green took this photo of a truck and an SUV in the gash cut in the road surface near Willie's restaurant.

Motorists were getting out of their cars and walking up to inspect the hole in Rt. 205. 

Hurricane Irene did not dump as much water on Colonial Beach as Tropical Storm Lee did.
After two days of heavy down pours and flood watches, Thursday evening's storms really packed a punch for residents.
What started around 5 p.m. with minor puddling and light sprinkles quickly turned into a deluge of water with no place to go.
Residents reported yards, basements and low lying areas flooding. Back yards began to look like rivers, cars began to get stuck in ditches and were quickly abandoned.
The water on Colonial Ave. and Jackson Street was reported to be waist deep by resident Bobby Hooker.
7-11 had to close its gas pumps, but the tanks have since been inspected, the gasoline is free of water and the pumps have been reopened.
Residents of 405 Livingstone were seeking a room tonight at the Colonial Beach Inn after a tree fell on their house and caved in their roof.
Three of the women at the Cooper Branch library were stranded for the evening unable to drive through the flooded streets of Colonial Beach.
Matthew Putman, a page at the library, reported that shortly after 6:30 p.m. flooding began in the back office of the library and started to soak into the main area. Employees moved all the books from the lower shelves as a precaution.
The library also suffered some leaking through out the roof and Putman reported that a mouse was found swimming in one of the bathroom toilets, no doubt fleeing from the overfilled pipes but was quickly flushed back down.
The Colonial Beach girls volleyball team were stranded in King and Queen. The School had to find the girls a hotel to stay for the evening.
Colonial Beach Fire Department called on King George Fire Department when they could not reach stranded motorists on Rt 205 at Wilkerson's.
A woman was reported to be stranded on Potomac Mills Road; dispatch stated that she was sitting on top of her car. Rescue crews dispatched included boat rescue.
Due to extreme flooding CB schools will be closed tomorrow.

Update: Colonial Beach police confirmed this morning that the only route out of Colonial Beach is Longfield (dragstrip) Rd. to Stoney Knoll Rd. Rt. 3 Kings Hwy. was closed this morning with road blocks at the stop light at Oak Grove and at the Westmoreland/King George County line. 

 The photo of the two vehicles which fell in to the ditch dug out in Rt. 205 was taken by Matthew Green. The photo came to The Journal from several different sources, but apparently it was Mr. Green who took the photo originally.


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