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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...

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Young boy saves grandmother

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Westmoreland County election results

With seven out of seven precinct reporting, it appears that Julia Hutt Sichol has received 62.66 percent of the vote to 37.33% for incumbent Commonwealth’s Attorney Dean Jefferson Atkins.
Sheriff C. O. Balderson has received 78.48% of the vote, 3133 votes to Clyde N. Fishers’ 845 votes.
Incumbent Commissioner of the Revenue Carol Gawen has received 60.39% of the vote.
Challengers Judy Bowman and Butch Foutz have received 26.2% and 13.37% respectively.
District One Supervisor has been reelected with 71.52% of the vote - 668 votes, to Paul Mountjoy’s 265 votes.
Rosemary Mahan has received 43.13% of the vote for District Two supervisor. Incumbent Russ Culver received 38.58% of the vote and Steve Bryant received 18.18% of the vote.
For the At-Large school board seat Gernard Reed has been elected with 37.72% of the vote. Scott Duprey and Kevin Garner received 32.36% and 29.81% respectively.
In the District One school board race Andrea Roane won 518 votes to Sharon Bedford’s 246 votes.

Fatal accident in Westmoreland

At 4:34 p.m. Friday afternoon, Nov. 4, Virginia State Police responded to a two vehicle crash on Route 202, Cople Highway approximately 1/4 of a mile east of Route 626, Beales Mill Road in Westmoreland County.
 
The crash occurred when the driver of a 2012 Honda Crosstour heading east on Route 202 crossed over the double yellow line and struck a 2005 Thomas School Bus.
 

The male driver and a female passenger in the Honda both died at the scene.  The driver of school bus # 47, suffered serious non-life threatening injuries and was flown by med-flight to the Mary Washington Hospital.  There were no students on board the bus at the time of the crash.

 
The crash remains under investigation.  The Westmoreland County Sheriff's Office assisted with traffic control and diverting traffic around the scene.  Route 202 was closed for nearly four hours to allow for the investigation and to tow both vehicles from the scene.
 

Deceased Honda Driver:  James A. Brown, 77, of 400 block of Madge Marsh Lane, Heathsville

Deceased Honda Passsenger:  Elizabeth Stokes, 70, of 400 block of Madge Marsh Lane, Heathsville

Injured Bus Driver: Beverly Smith, 65, of 300 block of Sonnet Lane, Montross

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Supervisors propose Courthouse Plan B

Culver, Roberson propose alternative to new 43,660 square foot courthouse

No meeting date has yet been set, but two Westmoreland Supervisors are in the process of requesting a special meeting to deliberate a possible Plan B they hope would satisfy judicial concerns associated with the county’s present court accommodations.
A substantial portion of the county’s public has been up in arms about the three-story, 43,660 square feet judicial center suggested by consulting architect Rick Fink during a March 1 meeting of the Westmoreland County Board. During that session, Fink told the Supervisors that Judge Taliaferro had reviewed the proposed building’s preliminary

Read more: Supervisors propose Courthouse Plan B

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

Read more: County will spend $105K on emergency communications

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

Read more: Hearing set on Birthplace grant

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

Read more: Washington and Lee receives provisional accreditation

 

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