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Westmoreland State Park celebrates with governor at 80th anniversary celebration

Westmoreland State Park celebrates with governor at 80th anniversary celebration

Governor Terry McAuliffe and two of his children joined Westmoreland State Park in celebrating 80 ye...

Montross kicks off summer

Montross kicks off summer

After being forced to cancel First Friday and Market Day last month because of rain, organizers were...

Sisson’s Produce ready for summer

Sisson’s Produce ready for summer

Several weeks of rain in May slowed the local fruit and vegetables market temporarily, but Sisson's ...

Stratford Hall board of directors selects new president

Stratford Hall board of directors selects new president

Stratford Hall, the home to the Lee Family of Virginia and one of the state's top tourist destinatio...

Stratford Hall to hold traditional trades fair

Stratford Hall to hold traditional trades fair

Annual event slated for May 28
Stratford Hall, the Westmoreland County plantation that was the home o...

Westmoreland VFD burns house at Stratford Hall in training exercise

Westmoreland VFD burns house at Stratford Hall in training exercise

The Westmoreland Volunteer Fire Department received valuable training for fighting a residential hom...

 

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Westmoreland Board of Supervisors approve auxiliary Sheriff’s Deputies

In an effort to help the Westmoreland County Sheriff’s Office deal with growing responsibilities and reduced resources, the Westmoreland Board of Supervisors Monday night approved the appointment of unpaid auxiliary deputy sheriffs.

“We have been asked to do more with a lot less,” Sheriff C.O. Balderson told the board of supervisors.  “Hiring auxiliary sheriffs who can be called in when they are needed is one way to do that.”

Balderson said Westmoreland County is blessed to have a number of retired police officers, sheriff’s officers and federal law enforcement officers living in the area. “These are experienced law enforcement people who can help us when there is a need,” the sheriff said.

The proposal calls for the county to appoint up to five new auxiliary deputies who will be certified, and who will wear uniforms and carry weapons when on duty.  \The board of supervisors approved the proposal unanimously after a brief public hearing. The board also restored $62,730 to the sheriff’s budget for the hiring of an additional 911 operator, filling a position that has been vacant.

Also approved was an appropriation of $170,000 requested by the Westmoreland County School Board. The funds are to be added to the 2012-2013 schools food service budget and will come from a fund balance remaining in the 2011-2012 food service budget. The board approved the appropriation by a unanimous voice vote.

Finally, the board approved a proclamation recognizing the contributions of the agricultural and forest industries to the county. The board declared March 18 through 22 as National Agriculture Week, to be observed in the county while the rest of the nation is also honoring agriculture as well.

“Agriculture provides our food and fiber, beautiful scenery and recreational opportunities and is the basis for our way of life,” the resolution stated. “Our agricultural and forestall bounty comes not only from the efforts of our farmers and landowners but by the blessings of fertile soil, beneficial rains and a moderate climate.”

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