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CB Council approves 6-cent tax increase

The Colonial Beach Town Council has voted 6-1 to raise the real estate tax rate by 6 cents. Councilw...

Potomac Riverfest draws big crowds to Colonial Beach

Potomac Riverfest draws big crowds to Colonial Beach

With skyrockets, sailing yachts and St. Barnards, the 64th Annual Potomac Riverfest wrapped up Satur...

CB School Board paves path for free lunches for all students

The Colonial Beach School Board took steps at its June 10 meeting to provide free breakfast and lunc...

Council moves forward on school demolition

The Colonial Beach Town Council has passed a resolution authorizing Mayor Mike Ham to execute an agr...

64th annual Potomac River Festival set for weekend

64th annual Potomac River Festival set for weekend

Get set for a swinging time this weekend as the Colonial Beach Chamber of Commerce hosts the 64th an...

Col. Beach senior wins Allstate Award

Charlottesville, VA – Nick Graves of Colonial Beach High School was chosen as one of 19 studen...

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Proposed Colonial Beach sign ordinance still prohibits flashing neon signs

The Colonial Beach Planning Commission has reviewed proposed changes to the town’s sign ordinance in Article 12 of the building and zoning regulations. A public hearing on the matter is set for Nov 1. The proposed changes came about after several complaints were filed against various business owners  for electronic/digital signs, neon signs and waving banners. Affected businesses added other signage to match other businesses creating what some residents referred to as the “sign wars”.

Read more: Proposed Colonial Beach sign ordinance still prohibits flashing neon signs

Former Colonial Beach School Superintendent Dies at age 74

Donald Ray Warner, Sr.,  74 of Woodstock, passed away Monday, October 8, 2012 at home after a 12 year battle with cancer.

Dr. Warner was born in Woodstock on Nov. 22, 1937, son of the late Gabriel and Sylva Heavener Warner. He was a former member of the United Methodist Churches in Woodstock and Colonial Beach and was presently a member of the Columbia Furnace Church of the Brethren.

Read more: Former Colonial Beach School Superintendent Dies at age 74

Citizens gather to help create future guidelines for CB

Colonial Beach has been awarded a $10,000 Mixed Use and Mixed Income Planning Grant from the Virginia Housing Development Authority.

The purpose of the grant is to assist funding for localities to create a set of development guidelines for mixed use properties (combined residential and business) and mixed income housing as well as other developments within the target areas.

Parcels being affected will be town and privately owned, but the guidelines will only be suggestions and will not be enforced by law.

 

Read more: Citizens gather to help create future guidelines for CB

Fatal stabbing at Beach Gate Inn in Colonial Beach

The son of victim holds her photo.  

 William H. Baker has been charged with murder.

Thompson's son holds her photo.

As  Elizabeth D. Thompson struggled with her attacker in the early morning hours of Oct. 3, she made a desperate call to  911. According to Westmoreland County Sheriff C. O. Balderson, “Westmoreland dispatch received a 911 cell phone call, at 1:13 a.m. on October 3, 2012 from the victim herself saying she was being stabbed and it was in progress.”

Immediately, Westmoreland dispatched deputies, Eric Molinares and  Charles Bowles.

According to a press release by Colonial Beach Police Chief Kenneth Blevins Sr. On Oct. 3 at approximately 1 a.m. while on patrol in the 800 block of Colonial Avenue, Sgt. M.A Russo observed activity in the parking lot of The Beach Gate Motel.

As Russo entered the parking lot to investigate the activity he was approached by several subjects reporting that a woman had been stabbed.
The victim lay on the ground in the parking lot in a pool of blood about 30 feet from her hotel room.

Read more: Fatal stabbing at Beach Gate Inn in Colonial Beach

School is in session for 2012-13

 

Colonial Beach schools kicked off the new school year with a triple open house last week. 

The new elementary school principal, Mary Fisher, said she was looking forward to the her first year here at Colonial Beach. 

A former Colonial Beach student from kindergarten to seventh grade, Fisher has returned to her childhood home after receiving an impressive education and built a long resumé. 

Read more: School is in session for 2012-13

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

 

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