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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 ...

 

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O’Gara’s real estate contract set for action

The Westmoreland County Industrial Development Authority is scheduled to meet at 4 p.m. this Wednesday afternoon in A.T. Johnson auditorium and The O’Gara Group real estate purchase contract is that agenda’s action item.

The May 25 session is the authority’s first meeting since June 29, 2009, when upset residents packed the George D. English Building meeting room to voice their opposition to O’Gara Group’s stated intention to locate its tactical training facility in Westmoreland County.

In addition to concerns about unwanted impacts, the project’s opponents faulted county government officials for

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County supervisors approve secondary six-year road plan

Westmoreland County’s Secondary Six-Year Road Plan was a public hearing subject when the supervisors met this Monday with Virginia Department of Transportation’s Northern Neck Residency Administrator David Brown. Taylortown Road was added to the list.
Brown, who assumed his managerial duties on Virginia’s Northern Neck earlier this year, did not present the customary slide presentation and copies of the plan were not available for local residents to review during the supervisors’ May 9 meeting. County officials were still awaiting copies of the proposed Secondary Six-Year Plan when the meeting started, but board members had previously familiarized themselves with the list of priorities.

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County will not raise taxes

The Westmoreland supervisors met last Thursday morning and adopted the 2011-2012 budget and tax rates they had advertised for the April 21 public hearing. The April 28 action followed a series of deliberations that included a working session with the county’s School Board members.

Tax rates were held at 2010-2011 levels despite a request from the county School Board to deliver an additional $2.8 million in support from local taxpayers. The measure would have increased the real estate tax rate in Westmoreland from the current 46 cents per $100 value to 61 cents.
Despite the supervisors’ unwillingness to raise taxes to a level that would satisfy the School Board and the county school division’s community of

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W'md Supervisors execute agreement to purchase land for new high school

The Westmoreland Supervisors voted last Thursday to approve an installment contract for the purchase of property for a new high school. The purchase will be completed no later than July 30, 2016.

As many as 115 contiguous acres of property currently owned by Ferdinand F. Chandler, Jr., and Bonnie B. Chandler is identified in the April 21 sales agreement. The stated purchase price is $1 million.

The first payment of $250,000 will be made on or before July 30, 2011, followed by a second $250,000 payment on July 30, 2012. The purchase

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Westmoreland budget hearing draws unprecedented crowd

Twenty years ago Westmoreland’s Board of Supervisors conducted a budget in the American Legion Building immediately west of Montross. The English Building meeting place had been destroyed by fire in December 1990. Two reporters and one private citizen attended the budget hearing of 1991.

Last Thursday night hundreds of people attended the supervisors’ budget hearing in the old A.T. Johnson auditorium. Extra chairs were located and put in place to accommodate the unusually high turnout anticipated by members of the county government.

At issue was the supervisors’ unwillingness to fully fund the county school division’s budget request. The School Board had asked the county to

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2010’s new Census figures shift county’s district lines

2011 is a local election year in Westmoreland County, but demographic changes reflected in last year’s census data necessitate changes in local election district boundaries that U.S. Department of Justice must approve.

As this edition of The Journal goes to press, the citizen panel the supervisors charged with crafting new local election district boundaries is sharing the most recent draft of its proposal with the public. Citizens

Read more: 2010’s new Census figures shift county’s district lines

Supervisors to face a battle over the budget

At 7 p.m. this Thursday evening, the Westmoreland supervisors and public will gather at A.T. Johnson auditorium to engage in a public hearing on the budget that will govern operations during the 12-month cycle that begins July 1.

According to the advertised proposal, tax rates will not change. The supervisors are adamant about not raising taxes in the midst of a recession, despite the Westmoreland school division’s request for the

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