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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...

Inn at Montross has new lease on life

Inn at Montross has new lease on life

The historic brick building at 21 Polk St., Montross, has been many things.  

The original build...

Montross eyes moving election day

Montross Town Council discussed moving May elections to November at their Aug. 26 meeting. The move ...

Moving day at the judicial center

Moving day at the judicial center

Workers with moving trucks spent Aug. 23 unloading furniture and boxes at the new $9 million Westmor...

Bowen’s 20 years as area educator rewarded

Bowen’s 20 years as area educator rewarded

He’s named assistant principal at Montross Middle School

 

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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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

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