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“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...

Westmoreland Sheriff’s report

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Patricia Faye Boone, 39, Colonial Beach arrested for assault on family member.
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Gregory ...

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...

 

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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"

Local election roster established in Westmoreland

After months of conjecture, the list of candidates standing for election in Westmoreland County’s November election is complete and the race has officially begun.
Incumbent Westmoreland County Sheriff C. O. Balderson, a Democrat, faces a challenge from Clyde N. Fisher, an Independent candidate and another Westmoreland county native.

Incumbent Commonwealth’s Attorney Dean J. Atkins has been challenged by Julia Hutt Sichol. Both Atkins and Sichol filed as

Read more: Local election roster established in Westmoreland

Rate set for personal property tax relief

The Westmoreland supervisors met last Friday and adopted a resolution that establishes the jurisdiction’s personal property tax relief rate for the 2011 tax year.

Commissioner of Revenue Carol Gawen told the supervisors that the commissioner’s office had double- and triple-checked the math and felt confident the numbers were correct. Relief had been dropped a percentage point when compared to relief conveyed one year before.

“The cost of new cars is higher,” County Administrator Norm Risavi then explained. A previously established sum held in

Read more: Rate set for personal property tax relief

Guns drawn in brief showdown in W’md

At  7:30 Wednesday evening, Aug. 17, Deputy Antoine Smith and Clarence W. “Juice” McKenney squared off with guns drawn, but no one was shot. 

Westmoreland County Sheriff’s Department received a call about a reckless driver in an orange Camaro coming toward Montross on Route 202.  Deputy Smith was driving toward Mt. Holly on 202 when he encountered the orange Camaro driving

Read more: Guns drawn in brief showdown in W’md

Montross Middle School, CB Elementary meet AYP

The numbers are in and Westmoreland County’s Montross Middle School met the national Adequate Yearly Progress requirement when student test scores were returned. The neighboring division’s Colonial Beach Elementary also made the grade, but other schools in the two divisions failed to deliver.

As a result of the 2010-2011 evaluation metrics, Westmoreland County and Colonial Beach are among Virginia’s 128 failing school divisions. Only four of the state’s 132 divisions passed.

Read more: Montross Middle School, CB Elementary meet AYP

Westmoreland rural additions work set to begin as early as September

The Westmoreland Supervisors met this Monday night with VDOT Northern Neck Residency Administrator David Brown and adopted the set of resolutions that allow the Department to begin work on rural additions as quickly as this fall. The action included a certificate that appropriate rights-of-way have been obtained.

The District 4 projects include a 0.15-mile stretch of Westmoreland Drive in the Westmoreland and Potomac Shores subdivisions that runs from Monticello Drive to Cedar Lane. That cost is $152,000. The same subdivisions’ Piney Forest Drive is to be added to the set of state maintained streets. The 0.25-mile project begins at Wakefield Drive and terminates at

Read more: Westmoreland rural additions work set to begin as early as September

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