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Oldhams man gets 20 years for shooting

A Westmoreland County man entered a plea of no contest Oct. 17 to seven felony counts in Westmorelan...

Appalachian Cherokees open museum and culture center

Appalachian Cherokees open museum and culture center

The Appalachian Cherokee Nation, one of the largest non-federally recognized Indian tribes in the Un...

Thousands flock to Montross Fall Festival

Thousands flock to Montross Fall Festival

The Montross Fall Festival has been a popular Westmoreland County event for more than 60 years, but ...

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MONTROSS FESTIVAL PARADE WINNERS 2014

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Expansion seeks to illustrate county is more than just famous families

Expansion seeks to illustrate county is more than just famous families

The popular Westmoreland County Museum in Montross is in the middle of a $1 million expansion that w...

Inn at Montross has new lease on life

Inn at Montross has new lease on life

The historic brick building at 21 Polk St., Montross, has been many things.  

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Judicial center project rests with Wmd IDA

The public hearing that Westmoreland Industrial Development Authority (IDA) will convene at 6 p.m. next Monday evening in old A.T. Johnson auditorium is the last chance residents have to express their sentiments concerning the 40-year debt service obligation and nearly $16,000,000 cost associated with the county’s proposed judicial center project.

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Grant will fund Monroe Birthplace improvements

County Administrator Norm Risavi received notice one week ago confirming the Commonwealth Transportation Board’s June 20 decision to award $371,000 in federal Transportation Enhancement Program funds to Westmoreland County. The monies will be used to create a timeline interpretive trail on the James Monroe Birthplace property.

The Journal successfully reached Monroe Foundation President Bill Thomas after learning that the funding was approved. Thomas spoke enthusiastically about the latest site development project and prior efforts that include development of a visitor center that is open to the public each summer on Saturdays and Sundays.

“We were delighted to learn of the grant announcement which will help to add value to the natural and historical aspects of the James Monroe Birthplace Park,” Thomas commented. He issued a challenge to those present on Monroe’s birthday earlier this year “to do all they can to enhance Monroe’s legacy in the coming year.”

Read more: Grant will fund Monroe Birthplace improvements

W’md courthouse can be built without a tax hike

Westmoreland’s new court house project became more appealing when local officials and their public learned this Monday evening that the proposed construction project can go forward without a need to increase county tax rates.

The Board of Supervisors and Industrial Development Authority (IDA) met in joint session on July 30 to review contractor bids proposals and entertain the anticipated project’s financing options. Assuming the role of administrative agent, the IDA will reconvene at 6 p.m. on Aug. 20 in A.T. Johnson auditorium to conduct a public hearing and deliver a vote accepting or rejecting the 40-year loan the federal government has made available to finance the construction project.

Read more: W’md courthouse can be built without a tax hike

Erica corner: Construction on a new store approved

“It will be nice to have a location where we don’t have to go ten miles to get a jug of milk,” Cabin Point resident Russ Culver told the Westmoreland Supervisors during a hearing on July 9.

Culver’s stated sentiment is shared by residents of Tidwells, Cabin Point, Glebe Harbor, Erica, Mount Holly and the extended Machodoc Neck community. The little country store at the intersection of Erica and Mount Holly roads went out of business during the past winter, but prospective buyer Don Hess has plans to rebuild as quickly as Fall 2013.

Read more: Erica corner: Construction on a new store approved

Kaine's wife campaigns in Montross

 

Anne Holton, wife of candidate for the U.S. Senate, Tim Kaine,  toured Montross Wednesday and then spoke to a packed luncheon at the Art of Coffee about her husband’s philosophy and goals.  She said that this is the first time she has been able to campaign for her husband, who has been a city councilman and mayor of Richmond, Lieutenant Governor and Governor of Virginia. She was prevented from campaigning earlier  because she was a juvenile judge in Richmond and prohibited from participating in partisan politics.  

Read more: Kaine's wife campaigns in Montross

Ebb Tide Beach asks for help

It was nearly 20 years ago that the Westmoreland Supervisors adopted a nuisance ordinance intended to rid the county’s residential areas of unsightly structures in immediate danger of collapse, abandoned motor vehicles and other kinds of unwanted clutter.

Prior to that ordinance’s adoption, the issues were bitterly debated in public hearings that were widely publicized. The ordinance the local government adopted has not been easy to enforce.

On July 9 Michael A. Bonacci addressed the Westmoreland county board. He was sent by the Ebb Tide Beach Community Association to get an answer to a set of nagging questions “relative to neighborhood code violations and the county response to said violations.”

Bonacci gave the Supervisors copies of the correspondence that had been collected since July 2011 concerning offending Ebb Tide Beach properties where ordinance violations have occurred with no abatement.

“This journey began last July, but we’ve been trying to understand the role of the county in something we’ve been trying to get resolved ever since 2001,” the man began.

“The problem we have is getting worse and worse.”

Read more: Ebb Tide Beach asks for help

Judicial Center costs are greater than expected

Westmoreland County has received the bids it solicited from prospective Judicial Center contractors and the costs are greater than had been previously supposed. If the low bid is approved when the Supervisors reconvene in a July 30 joint session with the county’s Industrial Development Authority (IDA), the construction cost will be established at $190 per square foot instead of the initially hoped for $150 per square foot cost.

The joint meeting of July 30 promises to be a real humdinger. People expressed profound displeasure during the Supervisors’ July 9 session, when it was announced that contractor bids were back and the county would move forward with its plans.

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