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Bowen’s 20 years as area educator rewarded

Bowen’s 20 years as area educator rewarded

He’s named assistant principal at Montross Middle School

County opens $9M judicial center

The new Westmoreland County Judicial Center — a facility that has been in the planning stages for 25...

Longtime educator takes over at W&L High School

Longtime educator takes over at W&L High School

When Dashan Turner was a boy growing up in a small town in Mississippi, one of his teachers told him...

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...

 

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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

Westmoreland Supervisors ‘no’ CrackerJacks Fireworks Club request for Colonial Beach

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.

CrackerJacks Fireworks Club was represented by Daniel Clark during the Wednesday night proceeding in A.T. Johnson auditorium. Clark said he advised Westmoreland's local government authorities of the club's intentions during the first weeks of August and was advised of the jurisdiction's fireworks permitting regulations. He said the dragstrip was selected as the event location "because it's noisy place already."

Read more: Westmoreland Supervisors ‘no’ CrackerJacks Fireworks Club request for Colonial Beach

BOS debates new fire station criteria

Representatives from existing volunteer firefighting organizations and representatives from the proposed Stratford Hall volunteer fire fighting organization me with the Westmoreland supervisors on Sept. 13. Resulting in the Supervisors’ stated intention of ratifying a formalized set of uniform guidelines for establishing any new fire station in Westmoreland County.

During the meeting, the board adopted the motion delivered by District 2 Supervisor Rosemary Mahan that deferred any action on the Stratford Hall fire station question until the set of uniform minimum parameters are in place. Board Chairman Darryl Fisher tasked a subcommittee with drafting the official criteria.

 

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Montross irons out details for revitalization of downtown district

The Montross Revitalization Committee met last Thursday with representatives of the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development.  Associate Director, Denise Ambrose and Community Development Specialist, Kyle Meyer, met with the group to iron out contract negotiations for the administration of the community development block grant in the amount of $530,000 recently approved for the Town of Montross. 

Read more: Montross irons out details for revitalization of downtown district

Tri-County Narcotics Task Force arrest 15 in Operation Heat Wave

In the morning hours of Wednesday, Sept. 26 the Tri-County Narcotics Task Force rounded up 14 people on various drug charges. The first arrest in Operation Heat Wave occurred on Sept. 25 and the 15th arrest was of an individual who is incarcerated at Rappahannock Regional Jail on unrelated charges.

Police also seized narcotics, a handgun, ammunition and drug paraphernalia to include scales and a smoking device at the residence of Charles B. W. Sneed, age 20 of Colonial Beach.

Wednesday's round up began at 4 a.m. and ended around 7:30 a.m.; processing suspects took until around 9 a.m.

All but two individuals were held without bond and were arraigned in Westmoreland Juvenile and Domestic Court to allow the swiftest court opportunity.

Sheriff C. O. Balderson said that all arrests were conducted without incident and the investigation is continues with other arrests pending.

Operation Heat Wave has been ongoing for five months and is a combination of efforts by the Westmoreland County Sheriff’s office, King George County Sheriff's Office, Caroline County Sheriff's Office, Virginia State Police and the Naval Criminal Investigative Services.

Read more: Tri-County Narcotics Task Force arrest 15 in Operation Heat Wave

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