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County opens $9M judicial center

The new Westmoreland County Judicial Center — a facility that has been in the planning stages for 25...

Longtime educator takes over at W&L High School

Longtime educator takes over at W&L High School

When Dashan Turner was a boy growing up in a small town in Mississippi, one of his teachers told him...

Montross council productive July meeting

On July 22, Montross Town Council quickly took care of electing officers for the new fiscal year. R....

Westmoreland County’s Parker Farms Supplies Produce to East Coast

Westmoreland County’s Parker Farms Supplies Produce to East Coast

Parker Farms, headquartered near Oak Grove with 2,000 acres of produce growing along the Rappahannoc...

“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...

 

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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

Commission approves Fox Meadow subdivision plan

Westmoreland County’s Land Use Office was bustling with developer activity when the county approved a preliminary plan for Clint and Linda Loeffler’s Fox Meadow Subdivision on June 14, 2005. Development activity had all but come to a halt when the couple returned this Monday to receive Planning Commission approval of a revised preliminary plan.

In 2005 new residential subdivision development had reached an all time high. The building industry was booming and developers such as Branson Cove’s Marty Miller and Northern Neck Subdivision’s Rich Ward had become household names. Money flowed to support the county’s

Read more: Commission approves Fox Meadow subdivision plan

Voting districts shift, check with registrar

Westmoreland County will be split by Virginia Senate Districts beginning with the November 2011 election.  Voters in local election districts 3, 4 and 5 will remain in the 28th State Senatorial District and will vote for the seat now held by Richard Stuart (R).  Voters in local election districts 1 and 2 have become part of the 4th State Senatorial District and will vote for the seat now held by Ryan McDougle (R).

After obtaining preclearance from the Department of Justice for our local redistricting plan, work began in the registrar’s office to assign all areas in the county accordingly by the new local plan as well as by the state’s new plan. 

It is very important to note that the State Senate lines are based on the old local election districts, not the new ones recently approved by the

Read more: Voting districts shift, check with registrar

Contradictory perspectives voiced at Westmoreland School Board meeting

Scott Duprey, retired Westmoreland school division teacher, addressed the county’s school board members during the July 18 meeting’s initial public comment segment. Butch Foutz of Ebb Tide Beach, retired union negotiator, delivered contrasting remarks during the session’s final public comment segment.

Duprey had learned in recent months of past School Division Superintendent Elaine Fogliani’s trips to South Africa and India. On Monday he sought answers. Had local taxpayers subsidized the trips? How could such excursions

Read more: Contradictory perspectives voiced at Westmoreland School Board meeting

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