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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...

VDOT work on Mattox Creek Bridge begins this week

VDOT work on Mattox Creek Bridge begins this week

The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is beginning what will be a two-year project to reb...

Former W&L Principal enters guilty plea to DWI charges

Andrea Roane, former principal of Washington and Lee High School, whose arrest for drunk driving in ...

W&L’s new football coach is Northern Neck legend

W&L’s new football coach is Northern Neck legend

Hopes for the 2014-2015 edition of the Washington & Lee Eagles varsity football team just got a ...

 

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Fatal accident in Westmoreland

At 4:34 p.m. Friday afternoon, Nov. 4, Virginia State Police responded to a two vehicle crash on Route 202, Cople Highway approximately 1/4 of a mile east of Route 626, Beales Mill Road in Westmoreland County.
 
The crash occurred when the driver of a 2012 Honda Crosstour heading east on Route 202 crossed over the double yellow line and struck a 2005 Thomas School Bus.
 

The male driver and a female passenger in the Honda both died at the scene.  The driver of school bus # 47, suffered serious non-life threatening injuries and was flown by med-flight to the Mary Washington Hospital.  There were no students on board the bus at the time of the crash.

 
The crash remains under investigation.  The Westmoreland County Sheriff's Office assisted with traffic control and diverting traffic around the scene.  Route 202 was closed for nearly four hours to allow for the investigation and to tow both vehicles from the scene.
 

Deceased Honda Driver:  James A. Brown, 77, of 400 block of Madge Marsh Lane, Heathsville

Deceased Honda Passsenger:  Elizabeth Stokes, 70, of 400 block of Madge Marsh Lane, Heathsville

Injured Bus Driver: Beverly Smith, 65, of 300 block of Sonnet Lane, Montross

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Supervisors propose Courthouse Plan B

Culver, Roberson propose alternative to new 43,660 square foot courthouse

No meeting date has yet been set, but two Westmoreland Supervisors are in the process of requesting a special meeting to deliberate a possible Plan B they hope would satisfy judicial concerns associated with the county’s present court accommodations.
A substantial portion of the county’s public has been up in arms about the three-story, 43,660 square feet judicial center suggested by consulting architect Rick Fink during a March 1 meeting of the Westmoreland County Board. During that session, Fink told the Supervisors that Judge Taliaferro had reviewed the proposed building’s preliminary

Read more: Supervisors propose Courthouse Plan B

County will spend $105K on emergency communications

The emergency radio communications system Westmoreland has relied upon since 1999 is in immediate need of a refurbishment and the result is the county supervisors’ Oct. 12 approval of a $105,000 expenditure not listed in the local government’s current operating budget.

The emergency radio communication system used by law enforcement and emergency services relies on communication towers and the Carmel Church unit that serves the county’s lower end now has an electrical back-up unit that has failed. Spare parts cannot be obtained because the

Read more: County will spend $105K on emergency communications

County residents applaud proposed Monroe trail

The Westmoreland public enthusiastically embraced county government’s latest James Monroe birthplace development proposal. When the Oct. 12 hearing ended, the Westmoreland Board of Supervisors delivered a vote authorizing staff to apply for a Virginia Department of Transportation enhancement grant to fund the project.

Prior development initiatives resulted in creation of access roads, parking area and a visitor center that offers interpretative displays and is open to the public during the summer weekends. A portion of the publicly owned 80-acre property is leased to the James Monroe Memorial Foundation and the Foundation has its own plans to build a replica of the Monroe family home.

Cost estimates associated with the latest development proposal were provided last Wednesday when Zoning Administrator and Planning Director Robert Fink delivered an updated briefing to the county supervisors. Projected costs brought forward in a 2001

Read more: County residents applaud proposed Monroe trail

Hearing set on Birthplace grant

Paves way for further development of Monroe Birthplace

On Oct. 10, 2001 the Westmoreland Board of Supervisors adopted a master plan detailing development of the county’s James Monroe Birthplace Park. The county government later forged a partnership with the James Monroe Memorial Foundation and work began on development of the plan’s initial phase. The Foundation leased a section of the former Monroe Farm with plans to develop a replica of the Monroe

Read more: Hearing set on Birthplace grant

Washington and Lee receives provisional accreditation

The Westmoreland County School Board and division administration saw this one coming. The bars were raised with respect to test scores and high school graduation standards, and the State Board of Education reported last Thursday that Washington and Lee High School did not meet the new standard for full accreditation.

Washington and Lee was instead accorded provisional accreditation. It was already

Read more: Washington and Lee receives provisional accreditation

Stranded Placid Bay Estates residents say they are on the "Dark Side"

 

Lakeview drive dam Friday evening. (Brandi Cobb)


 

Saturday morning, Lakeview Dam is completely gone. (Brandi Cobb)

Roughly 50 stranded residents virtually cut of from civilization in Placid Bay Estates are calling themselves residents of the “Dark Side.”

Residents on the dark side are frustrated, worried, confused and feeling left out in the cold.

Tonya Hawkins asked “How are emergency vehicles going to get to us in an emergency, fire trucks can't even reach us out there.”

Parents don't want to send their kids to school having to navigate the dangerous foot path created on Lakeview Dr.

William (Billy) Cobb who owns his own company is losing thousands of dollars being unable to get his equipment out to work.

Residents on the dark side are banding together but feel the rest of the subdivision has left them high and dry.

Read more: Stranded Placid Bay Estates residents say they are on the "Dark Side"

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