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County opens $9M judicial center

The new Westmoreland County Judicial Center — a facility that has been in the planning stages for 25...

Longtime educator takes over at W&L High School

Longtime educator takes over at W&L High School

When Dashan Turner was a boy growing up in a small town in Mississippi, one of his teachers told him...

Montross council productive July meeting

On July 22, Montross Town Council quickly took care of electing officers for the new fiscal year. R....

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...

 

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‘Buzz off!’ Buzzards causing a commotion in Montross

That’s what Montross officials are saying to a flock of an estimated 150 confused buzzards that have decided to stake claim to the downtown area of Montross each night to forage and roost, starting in the month of January.

Town manager, Brenda Reamy said they concentrate along the main drag of Route 3 making their rounds picking in dumpsters and scavenging anything they can find, generally ending up in the Old Courthouse area or behind the police station.

“They frequent the area behind the sheriffs department then move to the two radio towers in

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USDA loan would finance new courthouse in Westmoreland

The Westmoreland County Board of Supervisors has directed County Administrator Norm Risavi to file an application with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development for $9,123,040 in financing to support construction of the new judicial complex that the county plans to build.

“Rural Development is holding the largest appropriation in recent memory and the we need to get in line with an application,” County Administrator Norm Risavi told the Board of supervisors on Jan. 9. “The application won’t formally commit us to anything, but right now the interest is only 3.75 percent and we need to get in line.”

“I’d live to get on that list,” the Board’s Vice Chairman Woody Hynson said. A unanimous vote immediately followed directing Risavi to prepare and submit the loan application. Rural Development previously financed the county’s sewer projects with a combination of low interest

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County school budget will be topic at Feb. 7 joint meeting

The Westmoreland County School Board and Board of Supervisors will conduct a joint work session at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 7 to explore financial considerations associated with development of the upcoming fiscal year’s county school division budget. The meeting will be held at the Gerald B. Roane Center for Excellence at 171 Opal Lane in Montross.

The Westmoreland School Board met this Monday and reviewed draft budget considerations associated with the 12-month fiscal period that begins this July 1. The preferred proposal could

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Amendment would facilitate control of coyote population

Coyotes are converging on Virginia and the Westmoreland Supervisors are eager to enact new measures they hope will control the local population of predators.

The coyote population is on the rise throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia. When the Westmoreland Supervisors met last Monday, the Board directed County Attorney Tom Bondurant to draft an ordinance amendment that would allow the 35-to-40 pound mammals to be shot with rifles. The county’s current regulations only allow shotguns to be used to kill the unwanted predators.

Coyote sightings were officially acknowledged during Board of Supervisors proceedings in January 2011,

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W’md Planning Commission to meet Jan. 4

Next Monday will be a local government holiday in Westmoreland County. As a result, the Planning Commission’s customary first Monday of the month meeting time is moved to Wednesday, Jan. 4. The session will begin as usual at 1:30 p.m. in A.T. Johnson auditorium and the first order of business will be election of the new calendar year’s Planning Commission Chairman and Vice Chair. Commission Clerk Robert Fink will preside over the meeting until the Commissioners officially

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Residents continue to criticise new judicial center project

The Westmoreland Supervisors instructed a project architect to put the county’s new judicial center project out for bids, but criticism of the project’s scope remains heated despite the Dec. 12 action of the Board.

Even a square footage reduction of just under 3,000 square feet failed to make the new judicial center attractive to unhappy residents. A special Board of Supervisors

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Planning Commission sends amendments to supervisors

The Westmoreland County Planning Commission completed five months of deliberations this Monday and voted to send a set of subdivision ordinance amendments to the Board of Supervisors for approval. The effort was initiated at the request of Northern Neck Electric Cooperative, Inc.

On June 17, NNEC Vice President Pat Henry dispatched a written request to the Westmoreland Land Use Office advising that additional ordinance language is needed to ensure “that developers provide for adequate electric utilities when developing a subdivision. “When this does not occur,” the Vice President in charge of engineering

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