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Three charged with arson in Colonial Beach school fire

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Earth Day festivities include tree planting

Earth Day festivities include tree planting

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Colonial Beach Pier a lure for water lovers

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Giving back at the Beach

Editor’s note: This is the first in a series of articles focused on volunteerism in the Town of Colonial Beach. Watch future editions to see men and women who are doing their part (and often more) to benefit their community.

You’re invited to walk with The Journal on a literary journey to find the heart of Colonial Beach.  Emotions run strong when people talk about the beach.  It’s either a great place to live or a small town that can’t seem to find its way — a small town that saw its heyday in the 1940s and 1950s when it was known as “The Playground of the Potomac,” a place that has not yet been able to recapture that title.  
Colonial Beach has always been a town driven by a citizenry split along two lines, the “been heres” who miss the old days and oppose change and the “come heres” who are looking for the amenities a beach community offers, while demanding convenience and a higher level of services.  These days the town struggles to fund the school system, maintain infrastructure and create and implement local regulations that maintain the quest for a better quality of life while not discouraging tourism.  

Read more: Giving back at the Beach

Parking problems plague the Beach

Issues include the location of the kiosk and handicap spaces

Pay to park at the Wilder lot gets bad reviews from one local realtor, prompting questions of why?  Why is the kiosk located at the back of the lot? Why are there no designated handicap spaces?  Why are there no designated spaces at all?  And, finally, why was a town employee seen writing with a permanent marker on the brand new signs?
Local commercial real estate agent Ralph Peregory, an agent with Exit Realty Expertise in King George, and his wife, Mande, came to Colonial Beach Saturday to celebrate his birthday at the Riverboat.  Peregory, who uses a wheel chair to get around has never been one to back away from a challenge.  But maneuvering his wheel chair across the gravel to get to the kiosk located on the back right side of the lot, and then maneuvering back to his truck to place the ticket on his dashboard, and then blazing a trail to the Riverboat, has Peregory rethinking future visits to the beach.

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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.

Read more: Colonial Beach: Meet the candidates

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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