- Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 February 2011 00:00
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Former school finance director will serve 2 years and 8 months
It was a fight to the finish with three hours of exhibits, charts, summaries, witnesses examination and cross examination and lots of emotional posturing between Commonwealth’s Attorney Dean Atkins representing Colonial Beach School Board and Mark Gardner, attorney for Barbara Worrell. Atkins and Gardner showcased experts in accounting and psychology as well as the current CB School Board Chairman, family members and friends of Worrell, each attempting to sway Judge Joseph Ellis’ sentencing decision.
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 February 2011 00:00
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There is a balancing act that takes place under Director of Planning and Zoning Gary Mitchell’s purview between the needs and wants of waterfront property owners and the town’s responsibility to fulfill the mandates contained in the Chesapeake Bay Preservation Act.
The Chesapeake Bay Preservation Act was adopted by the Virginia General Assembly in 1988 to guide and assist localities in an effort to preserve and enhance water quality in the Chesapeake Bay through land use decisions. Currently, Phase III of the Bay Act requires all 84 local governments subject to its provisions to enact ordinances
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 January 2011 15:29
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Colonial Beach School Superintendent Donna Power, School Board Chair Tim Trivett, and Elementary School Principal Kevin Newman took center stage on Wednesday, Jan. 19, to officiate at a ribbon cutting ceremony at the newly installed modpod unit at the elementary school. Newman cut the ribbon to the entrance to the modpod in front of a crowd of approximately 45 town officials and residents.
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 19 January 2011 00:00
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Drifter kids are smart — in fact they now hold the district title for scholastics. On Wednesday, Jan. 12, during high school academic competition, Colonial Beach defeated Washington & Lee 185-95 to win the Northern Neck District (NND) Scholastic Bowl Tournament.
On Saturday, Feb. 5, at 10 a.m., at Colonial Beach High School, the Drifters will represent the NND as the No. 1 seed, while Rappahannock, who defeated Lancaster 200-95, will be seeded second at the Region A Scholastic Bow Tournament.
Individual honorees for the tournament included the following students: First team – Anne Self (W&L), Caleb Gallagher (RHS), Jeremiah Brown (CBHS) and Tierney Mays (CBHS). Second team – Emma Hollowell (LHS), Will Perkins (LHS), Brad Daiger (W&L) and Andrea Walker (RHS). Co-coaches of the year are Vick Favazza (EHS) and Veronica Reynolds (CBHS).
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 January 2011 16:43
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Fourteen people kicked off the year with a shocking splash into the Potomac to help raise money for the Colonial Beach Elementary School library.
Danny Owens, owner of Ledo Pizza at the Beach, came up with the idea several months ago and made plans with Caroline Tiram from the Riverboat. But Owens had forgotten about the polar plunge plans until Thursday, Dec. 30 when Tiram gave him a call.
“We are very surprised at the interest and support that was generated in such a short amount of time,” Owens said. “Honestly, I didn’t think that two days would be enough time to pull it off. Caroline’s last-minute efforts really deserve most of the credit.”
The event, which is intended to be the inaugural dip for an annual tradition, raised $1,156. Another $400-$500 dollar in pledged donations are still expected. Continued donations may be dropped off at Ledo Pizza.
“We’re really excited that it generated so much support in such a short time,” Owens said. “I think we made a new tradition at the Beach.”
— Leslie M.A. Kompara, Bonnie Gouvisis, Kathy Flanagan
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 29 December 2010 00:00
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To begin the New Year in 2010, mother nature held this beach town captive during the first two months by dumping 8 inches of snow on Jan 30; then dumping 14 inches during “Snowmageddon” on Feb 5 and 6; and then dumping 8 more inches on Feb 9 and 10, the “Blizzard of 2010.”
When the new year starts off with a seemingly un-ending blanket of the cold white stuff that closes schools and makes travel tough, it begs the question: What’s in store for the rest of the year?
How did the beach fare in 2010? It was an eventful year, but a bit confusing for those of us who live in and love the town and try to follow what is happening. Following are a few highlights from 2010 written with tongue-in-cheek.
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 December 2010 00:00
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At approximately 11:30 a.m. on Dec. 17, at Westmoreland Circuit Court, before Judge Joseph J. Ellis, Barbara Marks Worrell pled guilty to 13 felony counts of embezzlement and one felony count of making false statements on income tax returns. The embezzlement charges allege that Worrell, former finance director for Colonial Beach schools, stole at least $337,000 from September 1997 through April 2009.
Mark Gardner, Worrell’s attorney, argued that Worrell be allowed to continue to remain out on bond citing she had been cooperative, was not a flight risk, was not a threat to the community, and further noting that her husband has health problems and her home is currently subject to foreclosure proceedings. Commonwealth’s Attorney Dean Atkins advised Judge Ellis “I will not object to his motion for release.”