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“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, ...

Wmd Supervisors finalize budget

The Westmoreland Board of Supervisors met in special session Thursday night to finalize the county’s...

 

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Judicial complex financing may exceed reported $290,950

The Journal reported one week ago that Westmoreland County’s Industrial Development Authority (IDA) gave its approval to a loan application whose proceeds would fund a new judicial complex. According to available information, the county hopes to borrow as much as $9,124,000 from Rural Development, a U.S. Department of Agriculture agency that has funded the jurisdiction’s sewer projects. The deadline for submitting the application and ensuring an interest rate of 3.375 percent was March 31.

During the final days of March, County Administrator Norm Risavi and project engineer Rick Funk finalized loan application materials

Read more: Judicial complex financing may exceed reported $290,950

Montross reviews RFP for water tank repairs

At the March 12 Montross Town Council meeting members passed several resolutions and adopted several documents to finalize the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development Block Grant application requesting $530,000 from the VDHCD to help fund the Montross Downtown Improvement Project, which will cost $1,143,983.

Among the many documents adopted the town voted to adopt two new program designs; The 2012 Facade Improvement Program and the Revolving Loan Fund Program, that will assist business owners in making physical improvements leading to increased equity in their businesses and help the town achieve economic restructuring in the downtown area.

A revolving loan fund will be made available to either start up a new business or expand an existing business. If awarded, $140,000 from the block grant will be used as seed money for that part of the project. Once money is used for downtown since it

Read more: Montross reviews RFP for water tank repairs

W’md Supervisors adopt coyote ordinance amendment

After nearly three months of effort, the Westmoreland ordinance has been amended in a manner that promises to facilitate eradication of local coyote populations.

The nuisance predators have been reproducing at alarming rates in recent years and pose increased dangers to domestic pets, livestock and native wildlife. Prior ordinance language prohibited use of anything but shotguns to control the stealthy predators. Rifles can be lawfully used hereafter, although state laws continue to prohibit the shooting of predators with anything

Read more: W’md Supervisors adopt coyote ordinance amendment

Montross Block Grant in final stages

Montross Town Council held it’s first public hearing on Feb. 28, regarding their reapplication for a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) which, if granted, could net up to $750,000 to improve the downtown area of Montross.

The town is waiting for estimates from VDOT to settle the final amount it will request from the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development. Montross will present those figures at the continuation of the public hearing scheduled for 7 p.m. on March 12 at the town hall.

If granted, the money will be used for two types of improvements; physical changes which will focus on pedestrian safety in the downtown area and economic restructuring to benefit businesses.

Physical improvements will focus on three major pedestrian crosswalks over Route 3 in the downtown area of Montross; in front of the museum, the post office and the crossing from Angelo’s towards the Carrot Cottage property.

The third location is just east of a sharp curve on Route 3 going through the heart of Montross. This crossing’s surface would be painted to look like brick pavers to make it more visible. Recommended by VDOT, the cross walk would include in the improvements, lights in the pavement and signal lights to alert traffic traveling both ways on Route 3 that pedestrians

Read more: Montross Block Grant in final stages

Westmoreland School Division will partner with O’Gara

The O’Gara Group and Westmoreland County schools are developing an agreement that will enable the school division to utilize O’Gara’s nearby paramilitary training facilities to house a Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC)  program  until the jurisdiction’s new high school is built.

According discussions at recent county School Board meetings, development of a JROTC program at Washington and Lee High School would provide local educators with a mechanism for more optimally directing the energies and focus of students

Read more: Westmoreland School Division will partner with O’Gara

Waybright, Powers convicted on Meth charges

 

 Larry Lee Waybright and Crystal Lynn Powers were both convicted on Feb. 24, in Westmoreland County Circuit Court of charges arising from an extensive investigation of two methamphetamine labs in Westmoreland County. 
The authorities got wind of possible methamphetamine manufacture because of a letter intercepted by a corrections officer at Haynesville Correctional Center referring to the manufacture of methamphetamine.  A follow-up investigation led police to laboratories at the homes of Larry Lee Waybright and a neighbor who is yet to be tried. 
A confidential informant under the control of the police was sent to Waybright’s home to buy drugs.  Initially he bought Xanax.  Then Waybright started to brag about the manufacture of methamphetamine.  He offered to get meth for the confidential informant, which he did.  Three days later,  the informant returned and purchased more meth. 

 

Read more: Waybright, Powers convicted on Meth charges

Supervisors move forward on coyote population control measures

The Westmoreland Supervisors voted last Monday to direct their staff to move forward with development of amended ordinance language that will facilitate control of unwanted coyote populations.

As this paper previously reported, Commonwealth’s Attorney Julia Sichol was asked to review existing local ordinances and offer guidance. Sichol delivered her findings in a memorandum addressed to County Administrator Norm Risavi on Feb. 3, suggesting that minor changes to

Read more: Supervisors move forward on coyote population control measures

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