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Early morning drug raids net 11 suspects in Westmoreland

A six-month undercover investigation by the Tri-County Drug Task Force resulted in two recent early ...

Westmoreland State Park becoming a go-to destination

Westmoreland State Park becoming a go-to destination

Majestic Westmoreland State Park, located on the Potomac River between George Washington’s birthplac...

Westmoreland County School Board searching for new superintendent

The Westmoreland County School Board recently held a public hearing to collect residents’  comments ...

Alpacas flourishing in Montross

Alpacas flourishing in Montross

When Ken Chatham first talked with his wife, Gwynne, about his idea of raising alpacas, she was skep...

W&L’s forensics stars head to VHSL state competition

Four Washngton & Lee forensics team members are heading to the Virginia High School League’s Mar...

Artifacts find requires add-on the plan for James Monroe Birthplace

The Westmoreland County Board of Supervisors voted Monday night to add to the funding for the develo...

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Voting districts shift, check with registrar

Westmoreland County will be split by Virginia Senate Districts beginning with the November 2011 election.  Voters in local election districts 3, 4 and 5 will remain in the 28th State Senatorial District and will vote for the seat now held by Richard Stuart (R).  Voters in local election districts 1 and 2 have become part of the 4th State Senatorial District and will vote for the seat now held by Ryan McDougle (R).

After obtaining preclearance from the Department of Justice for our local redistricting plan, work began in the registrar’s office to assign all areas in the county accordingly by the new local plan as well as by the state’s new plan. 

It is very important to note that the State Senate lines are based on the old local election districts, not the new ones recently approved by the

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Contradictory perspectives voiced at Westmoreland School Board meeting

Scott Duprey, retired Westmoreland school division teacher, addressed the county’s school board members during the July 18 meeting’s initial public comment segment. Butch Foutz of Ebb Tide Beach, retired union negotiator, delivered contrasting remarks during the session’s final public comment segment.

Duprey had learned in recent months of past School Division Superintendent Elaine Fogliani’s trips to South Africa and India. On Monday he sought answers. Had local taxpayers subsidized the trips? How could such excursions

Read more: Contradictory perspectives voiced at Westmoreland School Board meeting

Supervisors accept Courthouse Square redevelopment proposal

Montross is Westmoreland’s county seat and the town is in the midst of a redevelopment initiative.

At a meeting this Monday the Westmoreland Supervisors accepted a report delivered by the county’s Courthouse Square Revitalization Committee establishing the county’s role in the town’s refurbishment.

Early this year each Westmoreland supervisor appointed a private citizen to serve on the Revitalization Committee. Sharon Bedford, Iris Lane, Christiane Sanford, Kathy Waltermire and Gary Mitchell worked with County Planning Director Robert Fink to complete the set of recommendations that reflect consideration of a wide range of ways the county’s buildings might be used.

Committee deliberations included consideration of ongoing plans to construct a new judicial center that would house the Westmoreland

Read more: Supervisors accept Courthouse Square redevelopment proposal

W’md gears up for election season

2011 is a local election year in Westmoreland County. Terms end on Dec. 31 for all elected county positions except Circuit Court Clerk.
Aug. 26 is the deadline for local political parties to certify their candidates. Independent candidates must meet an Aug. 23 deadline in order to participate in the Nov. 8 election.

On July 5 some individuals had filed their intentions in the office of the Westmoreland Registrar. Sheriff C. O. Balderson, Commissioner of Revenue Carol Gawen, Treasurer Elizabeth Nash hope to serve in their elected positions for an additional four years.

Read more: W’md gears up for election season

Schools positioned to add personnel

Members of the Westmoreland County School Board and Board of Supervisors are gathered in joint session as this edition of The Journal goes to press. The objective is to complete work begun in the joint session of June 13, when the two boards struggled to reach agreement on issues associated with the adopted 2011-2012 budget.

The Westmoreland School Board and its community of support wanted to fund additional administrative and instructional positions. The supervisors continued to maintain a firm position that local taxes should not be raised during a recessionary period.

On June 13 School Board Chairman Daniel Wallace suggested the division would end its current fiscal period on June 30 with as little as $400,000 in unexpended revenue. The School Board has identified a need to add approximately $500,000 to the budget that will govern the 12-month interval that begins on July 1.

Unexpended revenues at the end of a budget period are refereed to as the fund balance. In Westmoreland County a past year’s fund balance has customarily been used by local government and the county’s school division as a cushion

Read more: Schools positioned to add personnel

Boards to resolve $500K funding issue

Supervisors, School Board will meet next Tuesday evening

The Westmoreland School Board made good on the intentions it established at a meeting on May 16, packing the supervisors’ June 13 meeting room with supporters of a request for an additional $500,000 of local revenue to support the county school division’s 2011-2012 budget.

The budget the supervisors adopted in late April allocates $8,112,578 in local revenue to support Westmoreland County’s schools. That number represents 61 percent of the approved budget’s general

Read more: Boards to resolve $500K funding issue

County will take care of Harris subdivision zoning irregularity

Richard C. Landon brought a Mabel Harris subdivision zoning problem to the Westmoreland Planning Commissioners this Monday afternoon. The commission listened and agreed to intervene.

The Harris subdivision is accessed from Polk Street and most of the subdivision is inside the incorporated limits of the Town of Montross. A portion of Landon’s lot crosses over into an unincorporated area of Westmoreland County.

To further confound matters, Landon’s Lot 12 and his grandparents’ Lot 13 are zoned Agricultural. The other Harris subdivision lots carry a Single Family Residential zoning designation.

Read more: County will take care of Harris subdivision zoning irregularity

 

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