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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

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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...

Murals will be a tough act to follow

Murals will be a tough act to follow

The three new murals painted by renowned artists Melanie Stimmell from Los Angeles, and Anat Ronen, ...

 

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W’md to join in Pax River study

District Planning Office Director Jerry Davis briefed the Westmoreland County Supervisors on a land use study involving the Patuxent River Naval Air Station and nearby jurisdictions. After considering the information Davis provided, the Supervisors agreed to participate in the land use evaluation. The commitment was expressed in an adopted resolution.

The adopted resolution of May 14 supporting the joint land use study for the Naval Air station explains that the “Naval Air Station (NAS) Patuxent River, Webster Field and the Inner Atlantic Test Range [located on southern Maryland’s lower end] is host to more than 50 tenant activities, including the Naval Air Systems Command and the Naval Air Warfare Center aircraft Division and [is] home to the full spectrum of Research, Development, Acquisition, Test and Evaluation (RDAT&E) for all of Naval Aviation, which are critical for the U.S. Navy and other branches of the American military and our allies.”

The resolution states that “the Naval Air Station (NAS) Patuxent River, MD is affected by growth and development around a perimeter of the installations that could eventually 

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Judicial complex timeline is delayed

The timeline for putting the new Westmoreland County judicial complex project out for bids was delayed by approximately one month due to revisions requested by members of the judicial community. The project’s bid advertisement was published in the Richmond Times-Dispatch on April 29.

No mention was made of the delay when the Westmoreland Supervisors met on April 9. During the last days of March, County Administrator Norm Risavi and judicial project architect and engineer Rick Funk had been busily preparing bids documents for the solicitation that did not immediately occur. The Journal reported at that time that U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development had agreed to finance the project with 

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Answers to county judicial center questions coming

In the last days of March 2012 Westmoreland County Administrator, Norm Risavi and consulting engineer Rick Funk were assembling a set of documents they would distribute to contractors and making final application for a loan from Rural Development in the amount of $9,124,000 in order to make good on the promise a past Board of Supervisors made to the seated judges twenty years before to build a new court house.

The loan application had to be submitted to the financing agency at U.S. Department of Agriculture by the end of March. The proposed judicial center RFPs (request for contractor proposals) were prepared for distribution in anticipation of contractor responses being returned to the local government during April 2012.

According to past discussions, the Westmoreland County Board of Supervisors will be expected to

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Commission to address dangers of eroding cliffs in Stratford Harbour subdivision

Stratford Harbour subdivision’s engineers of the 1960’s may have overlooked the hazards associated with the waterfront subdivision’s sheer cliffs that rise as high as 150-feet above the waters of the Potomac River and the Nomini. Storms have toppled pre-Bay Act homes over the edge of the tall cliffs and some homeowners have actually moved their houses to the landward side of streets where erosion has been most extreme.

During a work session on April 23, the Westmoreland Planning Commission reviewed applications for remedial action brought by a group of Stratford Harbour waterfront home owners. The Monument Drive properties are but a short distance upstream of the yard from which a woman in September 2010 sustained severe injuries when the land at the

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Sewer project the subject of Earth Day celebration

After at least five years of consideration and delays, the $7,300,000-plus Drum Bay, Tidwells and Glebe Harbor sewer project is well on the way to becoming a reality for 2,465 wastewater collection service customers. A letter of conditions addressed to Westmoreland County Administrator Norm Risavi on March 27 announced Rural Development’s intention to fund the project.

On April 20 prospective customers gathered at the Glebe Harbor subdivision club house to hear from United States Department of Agriculture Rural Utilities Service Administrator Jonathan Adelstein, who characterized the initiative as an Earth Day partnership between Westmoreland County, the Commonwealth of Virginia and the federal government.
“Support for infrastructure projects like these helps the environment, improves the lives of rural residents and ensures

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Westmoreland to resume budget deliberations

As this edition of The Journal goes to press, state lawmakers are gathering in Richmond for a vote on the latest budget compromise. Despite the Westmoreland County School Board’s official adoption of a 2012-2013 budget, county government efforts to formulate a budget were severely hampered by the locality’s inability to accurately project state levels of support. In the event of state revenue shortfalls, localities would be expected to raise additional revenues in order to support unfunded mandates.

The question of a budget work session schedule was addressed when the Westmoreland Supervisors met on April 9. Board Chairman Darryl Fisher addressed considerations that made it impossible for local budget efforts to proceed.

“There are some who want us to rush in and put something together,” Fisher commented.

“That’s difficult when all we have are fluid figures. That kind of haste is how you wind up with fictitious fund

Read more: Westmoreland to resume budget deliberations

Meth convictions continue

Robert Bruce Holcomb, Jr. appeared in Westmoreland County Circuit Court on April 6 and entered into a plea agreement in connection with charges resulting from the police investigation of the methamphetamine operation in upper Westmoreland County. The investigation began when police intercepted a letter at Haynesville Correctional Center about how to make methamphetamine. The letter led them to the homes of Larry Waybright and George Mills.

Surveillance of those homes and controlled buys led them to bring charges against Waybright, Mills, and several others who bought pseudoephedrine to be used in the production of the methamphetamine. Holcomb was caught after police discovered he had bought an unusually large amount of pseudoephedrine from several different places. When he was confronted, he confessed to buying the pseudoephedrine for Mills. He was convicted of conspiring to manufacture methamphetamine and

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