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Washington and Lee Hosts Career Fair

Washington and Lee Hosts Career Fair

Twenty-nine local businesses made their annual visit to the Washington and Lee High School Career Fa...

WM Girl Scouts are Prepared

WM Girl Scouts are Prepared

Girl Scout Cadettes and Seniors of Girl Scout Troops 159 and 3212 in Westmoreland County met with Va...

Ribbon Cutting 2014 Caroline County Family YMCA

Ribbon Cutting 2014 Caroline County Family YMCA

Ten years ago, Barney Reiley, CEO of the Rappahannock Family YMCA group, met with the Caroline Count...

Weather has delayed the opening of new Westmoreland Judicial Center

Westmoreland County Executive Norm Risavi said this week that weather problems have delayed the open...

Showing their support

Showing their support

On Tuesday, March 10, 21 persons participated at the Westmoreland County Sheriff’s Office to have th...

Another W&L leader charged with DWI in Westmoreland

Parents, students and county officials were dismayed this week to learn that another prominent facul...

 

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$44M in pot seized

Richmond County Sheriff’s Office discovered 14,000 marijuana plants
Local law enforcement authorities received a tip last Wednesday that may have uncovered the presence of a violent Mexican drug cartel here on the Northern Neck.
With help from federal, state agencies and other local Sheriff’s Offices, the tip resulted in the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office’s confiscation and destruction of a $44 million marijuana crop and an arrest of one illegal alien.
In a phone interview on Tuesday morning, Richmond County Sheriff Douglas A. Bryant minced no words when praising the law enforcement agencies that provided their assistance and continue to lend specialized support.

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O’Gara Group has lease/option on former Scovill building in Montross

“The Hunter Technologies Building is under contract,” District 2 Supervisor Russ Culver announced during the August 9 meeting of the Westmoreland County Board of Supervisors.
“There’s a lease/option,” Culver continued. “I understand O’Gara is fixing it up and has it under lease/option at this time.”
The Journal talked to O’Gara Group President James Noe on Tuesday morning and Noe confirmed the truth of Culver’s Monday night announcement to the county residents.
“We signed the lease a week or so ago,” he stated. “We have a six-month lease with an option to buy.

Read more: O’Gara Group has lease/option on former Scovill building in Montross

Jerry Davis leaves Planning Comm. meeting in fit of rage

Jerry Davis leaves Planning Comm. meeting in fit of rage
Northern Neck Planning District Planning Office Executive Director Jerry Davis stormed out of this Monday’s Westmoreland Planning Commission meeting in a fit of outrage. His abrupt departure created uncertainty about the last leg of the jurisdiction’s efforts to construct its new Comprehensive Plan.
Work on a new Westmoreland County Comprehensive Plan began two years ago under the direction of the county planning commission and the district planning office. The Commission’s August 2 agenda stated an intention to consider adoption of a document that incorporated the set of changes and new materials submitted prior to the conclusion of the July 7 public comment segment.

Read more: Jerry Davis leaves Planning Comm. meeting in fit of rage

Planning Commission recommends approval of W’md mudbog request

Northern Neck ATV operator Frank Iannarelli’s latest mudbog request is on its way to the Westmoreland County Board of Supervisors following this Monday’s Planning Commission unanimous recommendation to move the project forward.
According to the agenda, the special exception permit would allow the owner of the 14-acre tract of BG, Business General property on Leedstown Road to add “mud or dirt racing and recreation with off road trucks and motorcycles, ball fields, and open field ATV (all terrain vehicles) riding.”

Read more: Planning Commission recommends approval of W’md mudbog request

Mudbog resolution may include ball fields for county kids

"There aren't a lot of big changes, just some modified conditions to consider," Westmoreland Zoning Administrator Robert Fink told The Journal when negotiations between Leedstown Road mudbog operator Frank Iannarelli and four sets of neighbors were concluded.
Neighbors participating in the negotiations that followed the July 7 public hearing on Iannarelli's request to offer additional mud and dirt racing activities on the 14-acre Business General, BG, property had previously made it known to members of the county government that already permitted mudbog activities disrupted that neighborhood. Other activities on the mudbog operator's adjacent larger parcel have been similarly criticized in public meetings.

 

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Citizens, BoS ask for O’Gara open house

Expressed interest in operations and site development, economic impact

Earlier this month O'Gara project neighbor Bonnie Balderson questioned the Westmoreland County Supervisors about operations on the security training establishment's site.
"What revenue is O'Gara Group bringing in to the county?" she asked the members of the Westmoreland County Board.
"O'Gara Group has been here for almost a year. I can hear shooting, but it hasn't been a nuisance. I now understand that they are adding a driving course. It would be nice if we could have a report on that.
"The revenue would help our county."

Read more: Citizens, BoS ask for O’Gara open house

Raising new ideas for complying with judicial center needs

When the Westmoreland Supervisors met last Monday, District 5 Supervisor Larry Roberson launched a discussion of how best to proceed with complying with Circuit Court Judge Harry Taliaferro's request for a new judicial center. According to preliminary findings, the facility will cost county taxpayers a staggering $12 million.
Also on the list of building priorities is a new county high school. Roberson proposed to move forward with property acquisition and the new high school construction project in order to free existing space at the old high school for county government.

Read more: Raising new ideas for complying with judicial center needs

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