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Supervisors cite proximity to nearby home as reason

Supervisors cite proximity to nearby home as reason

The Westmoreland County Board of Supervisors has voted to deny permission for  giant farming op...

Oldhams man gets 20 years for shooting

A Westmoreland County man entered a plea of no contest Oct. 17 to seven felony counts in Westmorelan...

Appalachian Cherokees open museum and culture center

Appalachian Cherokees open museum and culture center

The Appalachian Cherokee Nation, one of the largest non-federally recognized Indian tribes in the Un...

Thousands flock to Montross Fall Festival

Thousands flock to Montross Fall Festival

The Montross Fall Festival has been a popular Westmoreland County event for more than 60 years, but ...

Montross Festival Winners

MONTROSS FESTIVAL PARADE WINNERS 2014

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Expansion seeks to illustrate county is more than just famous families

Expansion seeks to illustrate county is more than just famous families

The popular Westmoreland County Museum in Montross is in the middle of a $1 million expansion that w...

 

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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

Cople Elementary Closed for Public Safety

36 students were absent from Cople Elementary School on Thur. Feb. 16, and 30 more went home sick resulting in the Cople Elementary School closing on Friday due to illness. Nine teachers were also either absent or left that day from the illness.

The Virginia Department of Health has advised school officials that the illness is likely due to the Norovirus; a virus that causes the “stomach flu” or vomiting and diarrhea in people.

The virus is spread through person to person contact or coming in contact with either fecal matter or vomit. These bodily fluids can be spread if people who come in contact with them do not use proper hygiene procedures to keep them from spreading.

Read more: Cople Elementary Closed for Public Safety

Proposed tax hike in Westmoreland

The sky’s the limit,” was the message sent by elected Westmoreland County officials when the locality’s School Board and Board of Supervisors met jointly to discuss school division budget considerations that will drive 2012 tax rates.

The Westmoreland School Board requested an additional $2.6 million in local support one year ago and the Supervisors responded with a $750,000 increase. The Supervisors stood firm in their refusal to raise taxes and the county’s school division received 61% of the  taxes collected by the locality in the current budget year.

On Feb. 7 the Westmoreland School Board asked the Supervisors to give the county school division an additional $2,631,231 in local funding. The county’s real estate tax rate would jump from the current 46 cents per hundred dollar value to 65 cents, according to Westmoreland

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