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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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Supervisors move judicial project forward

The Westmoreland supervisors met Monday afternoon with consulting architect Rick Funk and the result was a determination to go forward with construction of a new judicial center.
Funk’s previous sets of preliminary drawings failed to satisfy the judges who currently hold court in the George D. English Building.
Judges previously put county government on notice that existing court accommodations pose safety hazards and do

Read more: Supervisors move judicial project forward

VDOT to replace Prospect Bridge

 

The 58-year-old Prospect Bridge on state Route 621 is going to be replaced. No construction dates have been established, but Virginia Department of Transportation has announced its intention to conduct an informational session on Wednesday, March 30.

Billed as a public hearing, the session will run 4-7 p.m. in A.T. Johnson auditorium. Residents will be able to review the proposed project plans and the National Environmental Policy Act documentation.

During the March 30 hearing and informational session, private citizens will have an opportunity to deliver oral or written comments on the bridge replacement project.

Read more: VDOT to replace Prospect Bridge

W’md to join regional EMS billing system

The Westmoreland supervisors voted last week to join Essex County and two other Northern Neck jurisdictions in creation of a regional billing service that promises to optimize collection of ambulance fees. The proposed in-house collection agency will be headquartered in Warsaw in the District Planning Office.

With the exception of Northumberland County, every jurisdiction on the Northern Neck has independently contracted with a private collection agency

Read more: W’md to join regional EMS billing system

County supervisors agree to land conservancy request

This Monday night the Westmoreland Supervisors agreed to accept conservation easements in partnership with Northern Neck Land Conservancy. Such partnerships were previously established in neighboring King George, Northumberland and Richmond counties with the Conservancy. A fifth partnership with Lancaster will be ratified at a later date.
Northern Neck Land Conservancy Field Director Joe Thompson returned on Feb. 14 to

Read more: County supervisors agree to land conservancy request

Brownley’s lawyer appeals sentence

On Jan. 25, 2011, defense attorney Frank S. Ferguson filed notice in Westmoreland Circuit Court of the appeal of the 14-month sentence Lynn C. Brownley received Jan. 3.
An appeal will be made to Virginia’s Court of Appeals “as soon as possible,” according to Ferguson. The judgment was entered in the Westmoreland County court Jan. 3 and the defense attorney has characterized the terms as overly burdensome and well above normally accepted guidelines that recommend no time in jail. The severity of the Jan. 3 sentence from Judge Taylor was not anticipated by Brownley or his attorney, Frank S. Ferguson. In addition to the 10-year incarceration with eight years and ten months suspended, Brownley was to be placed on total

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BoS to decide whether to take custody of open easements

When the Westmoreland Supervisors meet on the night of Feb. 14 a top action item will be acceptance or rejection of Northern Neck Land Conservancy’s December 2010 request that the county share custody of dedicated conservation easements. Acceptance would result in inspection and enforcement responsibilities.
Despite longstanding policies that encourage preservation of open space and the jurisdiction’s historically rural environment, the supervisors have taken the maximum amount of time allowed by law to deliberate the merits of the request. Other Northern Neck jurisdictions have already accepted joint custody of land conservancy easements.
According to the proposed agreement, the conservancy would be expected to provide the county with technical

Read more: BoS to decide whether to take custody of open easements

Volunteers needed to continue Montross Fall Festival tradition

Council may cancel 55-year-old event due to lack of participation
During October’s Town Council meeting, it was discussed the Town of Montross could lose the yearly Fall Festival due to lack of volunteers.  Fifty-five years of celebrating the first Saturday on October could be a thing of the past unless community participation drastically increases.

Read more: Volunteers needed to continue Montross Fall Festival tradition

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