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Planning Director, Mitchell resigns

Colonial Beach is currently looking for a Planning Director to fill the shoes of Gary Mitchell, who ...

Colonial Beach boil water notice rescinded

Colonial Beach residents were given the ‘all clear’ on July 25, after being notified 3 days earlier ...

Colonial Beach drinking water contamination determination to notify public lies with Health Department

On July 23, at 10:15 a.m., The Journal spoke with Bennett Ragnauth, Engineering Field Director from ...

Colonial Beach - Boil your water

Don't drink the water, until it is boiled

Public Works Director Rob Murphy said that E-Coli bacteri...

Ellie Caruthers is a Colonial Beach Treasure

Ellie Caruthers is a Colonial Beach Treasure

Residents and visitors to Colonial Beach often walk the shores of the Potomac or prowl the town’s an...

Newman returns to the Black and Gold

Newman returns to the Black and Gold

Colonial Beach School Board members are very excited to welcome back former CB Elementary School Pri...

 

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Polar plunge to raise funds

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

2010 ushered in by Snowmageddon

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.

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Worrell: Guilty

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.”  

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Spreading Christmas Cheer

 

Member’s of Fancy’s Friends 4H Dog Club gathered at the Christmas tree for a group photo after performing for residents of the Westmoreland Rehabilitation Center last Sunday. The 4H Club members plan all aspects of the holiday musical program. Fancy’s Friends Therapy Dog Teams also join them at the annual event.

Steps to revitalize a town in decline

What will it take to revitalize Colonial Beach — to restore the longed-for days when the town was known as the “Playground of the Potomac?”
Colonial Beach found its economic niche in the early 1900s when steamships would deliver tourists to its scenic river shoreline.  Hotels, amusement centers and restaurants flourished driven by money spent by urban tourists seeking time away from the metropolitan DC area and fun times on the water with family and friends.  

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Westmoreland drug raid nets seven arrests

On Thursday, Dec. 9, 2010, seven Westmoreland County residents were arrested during simultaneous drug raids throughout the county. Operation “Clean Sweep” began at 4 a.m. and ended with the seven being in custody of the Westmoreland County Sheriff’s Office without incident.

Except for one individual, those arrested had been indicted by the regional grand jury on felony and misdemeanor charges to include crack cocaine, marijuana and prescription drugs. As a result of the arrests and the execution of search warrants, drugs, paraphernalia and cash were seized.

The operation was conducted by members of the Tri-County Drug Task Force, which includes Sheriff Offices of Westmoreland, King George and Caroline counties, Colonial Beach Police Department, Virginia State Police, FBI and the Naval Criminal Investigative Service. Northern Neck Regional Jail officers and a helicopter from the Virginia National Guard Aviation Unit also participated in the raids.

Read more: Westmoreland drug raid nets seven arrests

CBHS student selected for VASTS program

 

Colonial Beach High School junior Inesha Thompson has been selected to participate in the Virginia Aerospace Science and Technology Scholars (VASTS) program.
Thompson was selected by a panel based on her outstanding academic record, essay composition and letter of recommendation.  The Virginia Aerospace Science and Technology Scholars (VASTS) program is an interactive on-line science, technology, engineering and mathematics learning experience that includes 10 lesson modules with reading and research assignments, quizzes, simulations, discussion forums, case studies and a final project.  

Read more: CBHS student selected for VASTS program

Dispute over mayor’s office continues

New noise ordinance, no more pay-to-play
 
Colonial Beach Town Council members came to an agreement, by way of e-mails and telephone conversations over the last several weeks, to provide Mayor Fred Rummage with office space at 700 Colonial Ave. (where the transit office is located), provided that the mayor indicate his acceptance by notifying council member Sparky Ridgely by Dec. 1, 2010.  In response to council’s proposed action, Rummage said “I do object. This is nothing more than an absolute insult.”  
Rummage further stated “to render me a room in the ‘outhouse’ — the abandoned public works department?  No, thank you.”  According to Rummage, he was not aware of and did not participate in any conversations or e-mails that occurred between council members in regard to his request to reinstate the mayor’s office at Town Hall.

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