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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...

14-year-old equipment endangering lives

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

 

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Wmd schools open without a hitch

Officials in Westmoreland County noted with relief the ease with which the new year’s school session began immediately following the Labor Day weekend. The 2011 opening had been delayed as the result of a succession of earth shattering natural occurrences.

Characterizing the initial days of the county school division’s 2012-13 session, Superintendent Rebecca Lowry remarked that there had been “no hurricane or earthquake, just a routine school opening. “Everything was much easier than last year,” she advised.

On August 23, 2011 Westmoreland was rocked by a 5.8 magnitude earthquake whose epicenter was 6 miles southeast of Mineral, Virginia. Hurricane Irene followed close behind, but impacts associated with the highly unusual earthquake and the hurricane were eclipsed when record rains resulted from the remnants of Tropical Storm Lee.

Now in her second year of service as Superintendent of the Westmoreland County School Division, Dr. Lowry remembers well the rocky manner in which the delayed 2011-12 session began. In addition to washed-out roads, Placid Bay subdivision residents were stranded for an extended period. Lowry and other school employees visited the most devastated neighborhoods. When the school session finally began, portions of Placid Bay were still inaccessible and Lowry and others personally delivered classwork to the stranded students.

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New Westmoreland Judicial Center project is officially approved

The Westmoreland Supervisors met on Sept. 10 and put their stamp of approval on the set of documents the jurisdiction’s Industrial Development Authority had ratified four nights earlier. As this edition of The Journal goes to press, all the ink has dried and Maryland-based building contractor W. M. Schlosser can begin preparing the ground immediately adjacent to the George D. English Building, where the new complex will stand.

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Risavi will serve as County Administrator until July 1, 2020

After two months of closed door deliberations, the Westmoreland County Board of Supervisors approved a final contract that will enable the County Administrator of 19 years to continue those duties until July 1, 2020. 

The contract made available to this reporter late last week is dated July 30, 2012 and is signed by County Administrator Norm Risavi, Board of Supervisors Chairman Darryl Fisher and County Attorney Thomas O. Bondurant, Jr.

Read more: Risavi will serve as County Administrator until July 1, 2020

Proposed tower would deliver stronger signal

A new Verizon Wireless communications tower will be the subject of next month’s public hearings when the Westmoreland Planning Commission meets at 1:30 p.m. next Wednesday and the Supervisors conduct their land use business at 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 10. Both sessions will be held in A.T. Johnson auditorium.

Verizon Wireless is still in the process of installing its infrastructure in the service challenged jurisdiction whose low lying waterfront areas are difficult to reach. Weak signals in areas where service has already been made commercially available results in operational limitations, despite the infrastructure that already is in place.

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Rumors of bomb threat explode

Citizens in Westmoreland shores were a little riled last Wednesday when Colonial Beach Volunteer Fire Department, Colonial Beach Volunteer Rescue Squad, Westmoreland Sheriff's deputies and the Dahlgren Department of Defense Bomb Squad showed up in their neighborhood.

Rumors quickly surfaced that a bomb threat was occurring on Holly Vista Drive even hours after the actual incident was over.

On August 22, Westmorleland Sheriff’s dispatch received a call from a citizen in the 1200 block of Holly Vista Drive reporting what could have been an explosive device.

Read more: Rumors of bomb threat explode

Supervisors seek disaster relief for farmers

The Westmoreland County Board of Supervisors met last Monday evening with Extension Agent Stephanie Romelczyk and the brief exchange resulted in adoption of a resolution that asks Virginia’s governor to designate the jurisdiction as a drought disaster area.

The Aug. 13 action had been in the works for nearly a month, as rainfall data and estimates of crop damage were gathered and evaluated. Romelczyk told the Supervisors that rainfall is nearly eight inches below normal and the outlook for the county’s farmers is becoming increasingly dire.

Read more: Supervisors seek disaster relief for farmers

Public hearing on judicial center set

The Westmoreland County Industrial Development Authority (IDA) public hearing previously scheduled for Monday, Aug. 20 has been moved back to Thursday, Sept. 6 at 6 p.m. in the George D. English Building’s General District Court Room. County Administration advised The Journal of the change in that meeting’s location on Aug. 16, two days after the previous edition of this paper went to press.

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