- Last Updated on Saturday, 24 November 2012 10:21
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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.
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 August 2012 00:00
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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.
- Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 August 2012 22:48
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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.
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 15 August 2012 15:34
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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.
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 August 2012 15:07
- Published on Wednesday, 08 August 2012 15:07
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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.”
- Last Updated on Tuesday, 31 July 2012 21:56
- Published on Tuesday, 31 July 2012 21:56
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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.
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 July 2012 14:30
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“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.