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Records: Payment mess going on for months

School board also responsible, according to county officials

The Westmoreland County School Board s...

Lowry stepping down as county schools head

Lowry stepping down as county schools head

Westmoreland County Superintendent of Schools Rebecca Lowry resigned suddenly last week.  
Lowry subm...

Stratford Hall hosting birthday bash for Lee

Stratford Hall hosting birthday bash for Lee

Stratford Hall, the 18th century plantation in Westmoreland County that is the birthplace of Robert ...

Courthouse Square in store for big makeover

Courthouse Square in store for big makeover

With the opening of the new $9 million Westmoreland Judicial Center last year and the remodeling of ...

Westmoreland woman killed in collision

A Westmoreland County woman was killed instantly Dec. 19 when the car she was driving was struck by ...

Oliff’s suit against police set for Feb. trial

Restaurant owner says he was falsely charged after sheriff’s department set up drug sting

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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

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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. 

 

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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

Read more: Proposed tax hike in Westmoreland

Voter information for Westmoreland

The Republican Party Presidential Primary will be held on March 6, 2012. Candidates Ron Paul and Mitt Romney are the choices for this years’ Republican nominees.

Deadline to register to vote is Feb. 13. Most people with a voter registration card are registered, but in some cases having a card doesn’t necessarily mean you are registered says, General Registrar, Kristin Hicks. “They may have not voted in a while or they may have been removed

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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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