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Montross man maintaining Purple Martin Retreat

Montross man maintaining Purple Martin Retreat

On Father’s Day, George Henry Oliff of Montross spent time with his family. He had dinner with...

Greater Montross revitalization group seeking input from area residents

The Greater Montross Partnership for Revitalization wants ideas for spiffing up and encouraging grea...

First Friday evening events return for 2015

First Friday evening events return for 2015

First Fridays and First Saturdays are back in Montross. The joyful weekend activities will continue ...

Dam breach threatens historic Chandler’s Millpond in Montross

Dam breach threatens historic Chandler’s Millpond in Montross

Picturesque Chandler’s Millpond, a 300-year-old lake on Route 3 west of Montross, has been clo...

No new county taxes for Beach residents in Westmoreland budget

Supervisor Larry Roberson recently presented highlights of the Westmoreland County budget for the re...

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Young boy saves grandmother

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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

Read more: Voter information for Westmoreland

‘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

Read more: ‘Buzz off!’ Buzzards causing a commotion in Montross

USDA loan would finance new courthouse in Westmoreland

The Westmoreland County Board of Supervisors has directed County Administrator Norm Risavi to file an application with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development for $9,123,040 in financing to support construction of the new judicial complex that the county plans to build.

“Rural Development is holding the largest appropriation in recent memory and the we need to get in line with an application,” County Administrator Norm Risavi told the Board of supervisors on Jan. 9. “The application won’t formally commit us to anything, but right now the interest is only 3.75 percent and we need to get in line.”

“I’d live to get on that list,” the Board’s Vice Chairman Woody Hynson said. A unanimous vote immediately followed directing Risavi to prepare and submit the loan application. Rural Development previously financed the county’s sewer projects with a combination of low interest

Read more: USDA loan would finance new courthouse in Westmoreland

County school budget will be topic at Feb. 7 joint meeting

The Westmoreland County School Board and Board of Supervisors will conduct a joint work session at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 7 to explore financial considerations associated with development of the upcoming fiscal year’s county school division budget. The meeting will be held at the Gerald B. Roane Center for Excellence at 171 Opal Lane in Montross.

The Westmoreland School Board met this Monday and reviewed draft budget considerations associated with the 12-month fiscal period that begins this July 1. The preferred proposal could

Read more: County school budget will be topic at Feb. 7 joint meeting

Amendment would facilitate control of coyote population

Coyotes are converging on Virginia and the Westmoreland Supervisors are eager to enact new measures they hope will control the local population of predators.

The coyote population is on the rise throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia. When the Westmoreland Supervisors met last Monday, the Board directed County Attorney Tom Bondurant to draft an ordinance amendment that would allow the 35-to-40 pound mammals to be shot with rifles. The county’s current regulations only allow shotguns to be used to kill the unwanted predators.

Coyote sightings were officially acknowledged during Board of Supervisors proceedings in January 2011,

Read more: Amendment would facilitate control of coyote population

W’md Planning Commission to meet Jan. 4

Next Monday will be a local government holiday in Westmoreland County. As a result, the Planning Commission’s customary first Monday of the month meeting time is moved to Wednesday, Jan. 4. The session will begin as usual at 1:30 p.m. in A.T. Johnson auditorium and the first order of business will be election of the new calendar year’s Planning Commission Chairman and Vice Chair. Commission Clerk Robert Fink will preside over the meeting until the Commissioners officially

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