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Montross council productive July meeting

On July 22, Montross Town Council quickly took care of electing officers for the new fiscal year. R....

Westmoreland County’s Parker Farms Supplies Produce to East Coast

Westmoreland County’s Parker Farms Supplies Produce to East Coast

Parker Farms, headquartered near Oak Grove with 2,000 acres of produce growing along the Rappahannoc...

“Bridge Closed” signs up on Rt 205

“Bridge Closed” signs were posted this week on State Route 205 in Westmoreland County as the Virgini...

14-year-old equipment endangering lives

Oak Grove VFD Chief Mike Gutridge recently advised that he is very concerned about the decaying cond...

Westmoreland Sheriff’s report

JUNE 16
Patricia Faye Boone, 39, Colonial Beach arrested for assault on family member.
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Gregory ...

VDOT to close Mattox Creek Bridge

The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT), which has promised to close the Mattox Creek Bridg...

 

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Land Transfers

LAND TRANSFERS - WESTMORELAND - MAY, 2012

- Fannie Mae to Sanford, Richard T. & Jean A., 1.390 ac., Cople Dist., $117,000.00

- Bank of New York Mellon to Ray, Douglas, lot 52, Mk. Jackson subdivision, Town of Colonial Beach, $35,500.00
- Hamlet Homes Corporation to Callis, Lawrence Eugene, et al, lot 38A, Bk. 29C, Town of Colonial Beach, $142,000.00
- Joy, Sadie W., Trustee to Travis, Donale E. Travis, Mar., lot 11, Blk. D, Ebb Tide Beach, Sec. A, Washington Dist., $20,000.00
- Professional Foreclosure Corp. to Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp., lot 22, Block 3, Lake View Sec., Placid Bay Estates, Washington Dist., $156,773.00

Read more: Land Transfers

Community Safety Day with Westmoreland Sheriff's Office

From left to right: Deputy Robert M. Pitts, Rex Gordon (Northern Neck Chevrolet employee), Tom Collins (owner of Northern Neck Chevrolet), Judith Wilcox with her son Jon Wilcox (winners of a child safety seat), Brittany Johnson (Northen Neck Chevrolet employee), and Byrd Newton (winner of a child safety seat)

The Westmoreland County Sheriff’s Office participated in a Community Safety and Information Day on Oct. 20, hosted by and held at Cople Elementary School. The sheriff’s office displayed its Community Policing Unit, distributed materials on firearm safety, provided child identity print kits and conducted child safety seat inspections. The inspections were conducted by Deputy Robert Pitts who is a certified Child Safety Seat Technician through the VCU Transportation Safety Training Center. The intent of the inspections is to reveal any improper installations as well as conduct demonstration and instruction on how to properly install child safety seats. Anyone interested in having an inspection conducted, please contact Deputy Robert Pitts at (804) 493-8066 or email 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.. In support of and in conjunction with the child safety seat inspections, Northern Neck Chevrolet and Wal-mart donated safety seats for the day's event which were given to those who participated in a hand drawing.

Sewer customers want to retain their septic systems

Following an advertised public hearing on Nov. 5, the Westmoreland County Planning Commission delivered a 4-0 vote that asks the board of supervisors to amend the zoning ordinance in order to allow new public sewer customers to maintain their septic systems after connecting to the county’s public waste water collection lines.

Read more: Sewer customers want to retain their septic systems

Board amends zoning to expedite sewer project

Too little interest was generated when members of county government offered to make sewage collection services available to Westmoreland residents in Drum Bay, Tidwells and Glebe Harbor neighborhoods. On Sept. 21, the county advised prospective service area customers that the deadline for purchasing the system’s $3,000 connections would be extended to Nov. 16, resulting in a 60-day extension of the initially stated target date. Failure to purchase a connection by the that date would result in a connection cost of $4,800.

Read more: Board amends zoning to expedite sewer project

Verizon Wireless continues coverage improvement efforts in Westmoreland

Verizon Wireless will be back on the land use action agenda when the Westmoreland County Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors convene the next set of meetings in November.
The cellphone and internet service provider received approval in September to construct a communications tower 300 feet in height at a Stratford Hall Road location. The initiative will improve reception in the Stratford Harbour community and surrounding areas.

Read more: Verizon Wireless continues coverage improvement efforts in Westmoreland

The saga of CrackerJacks’ search for a home for its fireworks event

Editor’s Note: If you have been following The Journal either on our web site (www.journalpress.com) or our Facebook site (The Journal Press, Inc.) you could have read about the saga of the CrckerJacks Fire Works Club’s request to hold an event in Westmoreland. Fortunately, things seem to be settled, but here is the news as it unfolded, written by reporter Betsy Ficklin and Colonial Beach Councilman Tim Curtin.

CrackerJacks Fireworks Club will not be holding its three-day fireworks and gun shooting event next week on the Colonial Beach Dragway property. Residential neighbors on Longfield Road and members of the Westmoreland County Board of Supervisors agreed during the Board’s October 10 meeting that so much noise over an extended period would not be acceptable.

Read more: The saga of CrackerJacks’ search for a home for its fireworks event

W&L now has accredited designation

The State Board of Education released its annual accreditation report and the cloud that hovered over Westmoreland County’s Washington and Lee High School once year ago is but a memory. Gone in the updated State Board of Education assessment is the county high school’s past year’s provisional accreditation rating.

Westmoreland schools have returned to the ranks of the 93 percentile range complying with Standards of Learning criteria. As reported in these pages one year ago, the federal government’s No Child Left Behind/Standards of Learning protocols mandated a continued raising of the bar in matters of testing metrics and types of diplomas awarded to a school division’s graduates.

Read more: W&L now has accredited designation

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