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Stratford Hall program to highlight Virginia's enslaved cooks

Historic Stratford Hall, the Westmoreland County plantation that was home to the Lee family of Virgi...

St. James Episcopal Church in Montross holds homecoming

The Rev. Alan Hooker and the congregation of St. James Episcopal Church in Montross  welcomed f...

W&L Senior Night

Thirty seniors and their families attended the annual Washington & Lee High School senior night ...

Rain fails to dampen spirits at Montross Fall Festival

After receiving a midweek weather forecast that indicated clearing for the weekend, organizers of th...

W&L graduate sends inspiring letter from Iraq

A U.S. Army soldier serving in Iraq sent an inspiring letter last week to Washington & Lee High ...

Westmoreland artist shows rock ‘n’ roll art at General's Ridge Vineyard

Popular Westmoreland County artist Phil McKenney was featured at General's Ridge Vineyard over the w...

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Grant will fund Monroe Birthplace improvements

County Administrator Norm Risavi received notice one week ago confirming the Commonwealth Transportation Board’s June 20 decision to award $371,000 in federal Transportation Enhancement Program funds to Westmoreland County. The monies will be used to create a timeline interpretive trail on the James Monroe Birthplace property.

The Journal successfully reached Monroe Foundation President Bill Thomas after learning that the funding was approved. Thomas spoke enthusiastically about the latest site development project and prior efforts that include development of a visitor center that is open to the public each summer on Saturdays and Sundays.

“We were delighted to learn of the grant announcement which will help to add value to the natural and historical aspects of the James Monroe Birthplace Park,” Thomas commented. He issued a challenge to those present on Monroe’s birthday earlier this year “to do all they can to enhance Monroe’s legacy in the coming year.”

Read more: Grant will fund Monroe Birthplace improvements

W’md courthouse can be built without a tax hike

Westmoreland’s new court house project became more appealing when local officials and their public learned this Monday evening that the proposed construction project can go forward without a need to increase county tax rates.

The Board of Supervisors and Industrial Development Authority (IDA) met in joint session on July 30 to review contractor bids proposals and entertain the anticipated project’s financing options. Assuming the role of administrative agent, the IDA will reconvene at 6 p.m. on Aug. 20 in A.T. Johnson auditorium to conduct a public hearing and deliver a vote accepting or rejecting the 40-year loan the federal government has made available to finance the construction project.

Read more: W’md courthouse can be built without a tax hike

Erica corner: Construction on a new store approved

“It will be nice to have a location where we don’t have to go ten miles to get a jug of milk,” Cabin Point resident Russ Culver told the Westmoreland Supervisors during a hearing on July 9.

Culver’s stated sentiment is shared by residents of Tidwells, Cabin Point, Glebe Harbor, Erica, Mount Holly and the extended Machodoc Neck community. The little country store at the intersection of Erica and Mount Holly roads went out of business during the past winter, but prospective buyer Don Hess has plans to rebuild as quickly as Fall 2013.

Read more: Erica corner: Construction on a new store approved

Kaine's wife campaigns in Montross

 

Anne Holton, wife of candidate for the U.S. Senate, Tim Kaine,  toured Montross Wednesday and then spoke to a packed luncheon at the Art of Coffee about her husband’s philosophy and goals.  She said that this is the first time she has been able to campaign for her husband, who has been a city councilman and mayor of Richmond, Lieutenant Governor and Governor of Virginia. She was prevented from campaigning earlier  because she was a juvenile judge in Richmond and prohibited from participating in partisan politics.  

Read more: Kaine's wife campaigns in Montross

Ebb Tide Beach asks for help

It was nearly 20 years ago that the Westmoreland Supervisors adopted a nuisance ordinance intended to rid the county’s residential areas of unsightly structures in immediate danger of collapse, abandoned motor vehicles and other kinds of unwanted clutter.

Prior to that ordinance’s adoption, the issues were bitterly debated in public hearings that were widely publicized. The ordinance the local government adopted has not been easy to enforce.

On July 9 Michael A. Bonacci addressed the Westmoreland county board. He was sent by the Ebb Tide Beach Community Association to get an answer to a set of nagging questions “relative to neighborhood code violations and the county response to said violations.”

Bonacci gave the Supervisors copies of the correspondence that had been collected since July 2011 concerning offending Ebb Tide Beach properties where ordinance violations have occurred with no abatement.

“This journey began last July, but we’ve been trying to understand the role of the county in something we’ve been trying to get resolved ever since 2001,” the man began.

“The problem we have is getting worse and worse.”

Read more: Ebb Tide Beach asks for help

Judicial Center costs are greater than expected

Westmoreland County has received the bids it solicited from prospective Judicial Center contractors and the costs are greater than had been previously supposed. If the low bid is approved when the Supervisors reconvene in a July 30 joint session with the county’s Industrial Development Authority (IDA), the construction cost will be established at $190 per square foot instead of the initially hoped for $150 per square foot cost.

The joint meeting of July 30 promises to be a real humdinger. People expressed profound displeasure during the Supervisors’ July 9 session, when it was announced that contractor bids were back and the county would move forward with its plans.

Read more: Judicial Center costs are greater than expected

Homeowners in Placid Bay will pay additional taxes

It became official when the Westmoreland County Board of Supervisors held its Monday, July 9 meeting. The Board delivered a unanimous vote to impose an additional set of taxes on Placid Bay property owners. The subdivision has now officially become a sanitary district.

Placid Bay subdivision lost its dam during the Tropical Storm Lee event in September 2011. Streets were destroyed and many residents were stranded in their homes for an extended period. Work is still in process to repair the damage resulting from the unprecedented flooding that occurred.

Street conditions were a community concern some twenty years ago, when Placid Bay civic leader Bobbie Bailey sought assistance from the county government. 

Read more: Homeowners in Placid Bay will pay additional taxes

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