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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 ...

hometown fun at the homecoming parade

The Colonial Beach High School PTA sponsored several homecoming events Oct. 31. The evening began wi...

CB council candidates split on sharing services with county

CB council candidates split on sharing services with county

The Colonial Beach Chamber of Commerce and the Colonial Beach Foundation hosted a candidates’ &...

Elementary students move into new home

Elementary students move into new home

Faces were beaming, despite carrying heavy loads of boxes, chairs, desks and other school supplies a...

Colonial Beach groups will team up to host fall festival

This year, the Colonial Beach PTA, Chamber of Commerce and Volunteer Rescue Squad are teaming up wit...

 

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Pier accident leads to loss of young life

A friendly game of tossing the football on the beach led to a tragic event that changed the lives of many people in Colonial Beach.
The May 23 accident started with the ball going into the river. Steven Biggins, an 18-year-old Colonial Beach senior, who, according to his mother, Angie Brann, was an excellent swimmer, tried to retrieve the ball by reaching down from the dock. When Steven could not reach it, he tried to climb back over the railing. He slipped, hitting his chest on the way down. It is believed he was knocked unconscious by the blow and was unable to come back up.

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Chief Hawkins Resigning

Police Chief Christopher C. Hawkins has resigned his position by way of a letter delivered over the weekend to Town Manager Val Foulds, effective June 28.   Hawkins has accepted a position as assistant police chief in Portsmouth, Va.  
Hawkins was selected and began serving as Police Chief in Colonial Beach on January 3, 2008.  Prior to that he had served for 13 years as a Virginia State Trooper.  Chief Hawkins effectively guided the department through a move to new headquarters.  More recently he led the department through a rigorous accreditation process before the Virginia Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission, which resulted in Colonial Beach Police Department becoming one of 79 departments out of 400 total law enforcement agencies in Virginia that have gained accreditation. In a recent report to Town Council, Hawkins was pleased to note that 2009 crime rates have shown a decline in every category.  

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Logo makeover

Colonial Beach’s mascot and logo got a facelift. At the May 19 meeting, the School Board approved three designs submitted by teacher and coach Jeremy Jack. “Petey” the pirate’s new look was inspired by senior Lindsey Graves’ submission in the competition the school held. Her design was sent to a professional logo company to be refined and finished. The school’s clipper ship logo was also updated.

Boating Accident

On Saturday, May 8, Smith Point Sea Rescue responded to a call from a 42” deadrise that was dead in the water and pressed up against a pound net just south of the Great Wicomico River. Those aboard the deadrise had made a cell call to family members requesting someone bring fuel. Two teenagers set out in a 22-foot skiff with 5 gallons of fuel. With 25 mph wind and 4- to 5-foot seas, those aboard the skiff successfully passed the fuel over to the deadrise. The skiff then swamped and flipped over inside the pound net, putting the two teenagers into the water. One of the boys was able to get hold of the net and get onto the deadrise. The second was briefly trapped under the skiff and had to remove his life jacket so he could get out from under the overturned boat. One of the boys got his hand caught between the two boats and received a deep gash in the palm of his hand At this point Smith Point Sea Rescue was called by those aboard the deadrise to assist. Six Sea Rescue members responded to the two boats docked on Cockrells Creeek.

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Colonial Beach: Meet the candidates

Colonial Beach may be a small town facing big problems, but the upcoming election on May 4 for three seats on Town Council and

two seats on the School Board has brought out 10 citizens who believe they have what it takes to turn the tide.

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Easter weekend arrests at the Beach

At 3:30 a.m. on April 1 the Colonial Beach Police Department conducted a search warrant in conjunction with the Tri-County Taskforce.
The State Police Tactical Team made entry at 220 Marshall Ave. at the corner of Marshall and Weems in Colonial Beach in the early morning hours and recovered five weapons, scales, more than $2,500, packaging material and more than 4 ounces of marijuana. Other drug-related items were also seized.
Following the raid the police were led to the 400 block of Wilder where the suspect, Jason Rader, a 30 year old white male of 220 Marshal Ave., was arrested for distribution of marijuana. The suspect’s vehicle was also seized at this second location on Wilder.

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13 tires slashed at the Beach

Colonial Beach Police Department reported that during the evening of March 26 and the morning of March 27 an unknown person or persons punctured 13 tires on 13 vehicles in the area surrounding and including the Rescue Squad on Wilder, Livingston and Dennison streets in Colonial Beach.
At least one of the vehicles involved belonged to a volunteer Rescue Squad member.
All vehicles involved were parked on the street. The Colonial Beach Police Department has one lead and the incident is still under investigation.
If you have any information about this incident the police urge you to call (804) 224-0377 where you can leave an anonymous message.

— Linda Farneth

Memorial for Jeff Malecha

More than 200 people came to a vigil for Jeff Malecha on Wednesday evening, March 24.

The vigil was held near St. Mary's Episcopal Church in Colonial Beach, across the street from the Espresso Station coffee shop. Father Ron Okrasinski, rector of St. Mary's, spoke at the vigil.

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