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Records: Payment mess going on for months

School board also responsible, according to county officials

The Westmoreland County School Board s...

Lowry stepping down as county schools head

Lowry stepping down as county schools head

Westmoreland County Superintendent of Schools Rebecca Lowry resigned suddenly last week.  
Lowry subm...

Stratford Hall hosting birthday bash for Lee

Stratford Hall hosting birthday bash for Lee

Stratford Hall, the 18th century plantation in Westmoreland County that is the birthplace of Robert ...

Courthouse Square in store for big makeover

Courthouse Square in store for big makeover

With the opening of the new $9 million Westmoreland Judicial Center last year and the remodeling of ...

Westmoreland woman killed in collision

A Westmoreland County woman was killed instantly Dec. 19 when the car she was driving was struck by ...

Oliff’s suit against police set for Feb. trial

Restaurant owner says he was falsely charged after sheriff’s department set up drug sting

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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

County announces new deadline for prospective sewer customers

The $5,631,600.00 Glebe Harbor, Tidwells and Drum Bay sewer project received a boost when county, state and federal officials met a second time with prospective customers. County Administrator Norm Risavi this week expressed new confidence that the wastewater collection system’s 450-customer threshold will be surpassed prior to the November 16deadline.

A reporter’s review early this week of the set of maps identifying properties where connections already have been bought was inconclusive. The maps that will eventually be made available for viewing on the Westmoreland County internet web site had not been updated to reflect the most recent connection fee purchases.

Read more: County announces new deadline for prospective sewer customers

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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