Wed06012016

Last updateTue, 31 May 2016 2pm

A sweet day!

A sweet day!

Tom and Martha Crimmins of Westmoreland County were at the Kinsale Strawberry Festival Saturday help...

Improved First Fridays kicks off

Improved First Fridays kicks off

Market Days moves for bigger, more fun event
Montross First Fridays are back this weekend, and the We...

County mulls increasing Placid Bay’s road user fees

The Westmoreland County Board of Supervisors, acting on a request from the Placid Bay Civic Associat...

Westmoreland County Sheriff's Office arms citizens with self-defense skills

Westmoreland County Sheriff's Office arms citizens with self-defense skills

The Westmoreland County Sheriff's Office, in conjunction with the 8th Annual Candlelight Vigil ...

Westmoreland Sheriff's Office Arrests

April 19:
Robert Clifton Creel, 49, of Colonial Beach was charged with stalking and assault and batte...

Montross residents work to reinvigorate Bob Fox Project 

A group of Montross residents met recently at the Westmoreland Volunteer Fire Department to talk abo...

 

 20160323cctower

 

Office-for-rent Jrnl Bldg 20130925

Citizens thank supervisors for meeting room with sunshine

The Westmoreland Supervisors met this Monday in the old A.T. Johnson auditorium with a video camcorder recording their deliberations and sunlight pouring through the room’s large windows.
On Aug. 26 county government published an announcement that it would move all of its public meetings to the A.T. Johnson Museum auditorium. Not stated in the notice was local government’s previous refusal to allow its public meetings to be videoed, photographed or recorded in the G.D. English Building meeting rooms it shares with the Westmoreland County courts.
This week’s meeting began with Board of Supervisors Chairman Darryl Fisher’s highly detailed explanation of his decision to reinstitute his practice of delivering a prayer prior to the conduct of the Board’s official business.
Describing himself as a Baptist pastor, Fisher pushed the envelope of what the constitution can allow.

“I’ve been inundated with requests to reinstitute prayer,” he related. “As a Baptist pastor, I believe that Jesus Christ is the son of the living God, but because there are many beliefs, I try not to be offensive, but I try to pay homage to him to whom it is due.
“I am true to my convictions and even when it’s not popular, you have to hold to your convictions.”
Everyone pledged allegiance to the American flag. Fisher then told the county’s public, “You can have a seat. We’re not in church.
“Father God,” began the pastor and Board Chairman, “You have given us another opportunity to come together.”
“I ask that you let the spirit of civility reign down. I ask that you control this meeting.”
Fisher advised that the meeting place had been changed “in order to have better accommodations for legal requirements.”
He was talking about the law that makes it illegal for a local government to prohibit use of audio and video recording devices in public meetings. Moving county government’s public meetings out of accommodations previously shared with county courts will help ensure courtroom security, public officials have alleged.
In order to move the meetings’ location, amendments were needed to rules of procedure adopted eight months before. For what many residents considered an interminable interval, discussion centered on where the private citizen’s video camera ought to point and how it should be focused.
A precise copy of the language eventually adopted by the Westmoreland Supervisors will become available at some later date. Essentially, the cameraman was directed to focus only on the Board members and any speaker whom Board Chairman Fisher chose to designate. At no time will the camera be allowed to focus on an audience response.
Video hobbyist Bob Quinn patiently stood at his tripod throughout the board’s discussion of what it considered appropriate camera protocols. The Sept. 14 meeting’s video will be posted on www.journalpress.com later in the week.
During Monday’s public comment segment, the board was applauded for changing its meeting place.
“Thank you for having your meeting here,” said Bonnie Balderson. “I didn’t like having to go through those metal detectors when I attended your [English Building] meetings last month and the month before. The sunshine is also better in this room.”
Rose Goodloe expressed a similar sentiment when she addressed the board.
“The sunshine is great in this room. It really does add to a difference in feelings,” said Goodloe as the volunteer’s camera dutifully recorded the action of the day.

Betsy Ficklin,  Staff reporter

 

 

Contact Lori Deem

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

540-709-7495 • 540-775-2024


 

Quikey

Bulletline


 

Balloon House


 link4

Wedding invitations and other announcements

 Other Journal Publications

201605source

2016kghomeshow  201605pr
2015montross 2015cbguide 2015kgcg
201511carcare 201511home  
201604getaway    

Contact Us

The Journal Press, Inc. P. O. Box 409, 10250 Kings Hwy. King George, VA 22485

EDITORIAL
Joel Davis
540-775-2024 Main
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

REPORTING
Leonard Banks
540-469-4196
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Phyllis Cook
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Richard Leggitt
540-993-7460
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

GRAPHICS
Leonard Banks
540-469-4196
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

ADVERTISING
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

ADVERTISING SALES
Narcene Ruczynski
540-709-7061
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Dennis Verdak
540-709-7076
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

COMMERCIAL PRINTING & SALES
Lori Deem, Print Shop
540-709-7495
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

COMMUNITY &
CHURCH EVENTS

Lori Deem
540-709-7495
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

OFFICE
Jessica Herrink
540-775-2024 (main)
540-469-4031
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Robert Berczuk
540-775-2024
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

MIS

Drue Murray
540-709-7288
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

SUBSCRIPTIONS
Bonnie Gouvisis
540-775-2024
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

PUBLIC NOTICES
& LEGALS

Lori Deem
540-709-7495
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.