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VDOT to close Mattox Creek Bridge

The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT), which has promised to close the Mattox Creek Bridg...

Murals will be a tough act to follow

Murals will be a tough act to follow

The three new murals painted by renowned artists Melanie Stimmell from Los Angeles, and Anat Ronen, ...

Wmd Supervisors finalize budget

The Westmoreland Board of Supervisors met in special session Thursday night to finalize the county’s...

VDOT work on Mattox Creek Bridge begins this week

VDOT work on Mattox Creek Bridge begins this week

The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is beginning what will be a two-year project to reb...

Former W&L Principal enters guilty plea to DWI charges

Andrea Roane, former principal of Washington and Lee High School, whose arrest for drunk driving in ...

W&L’s new football coach is Northern Neck legend

W&L’s new football coach is Northern Neck legend

Hopes for the 2014-2015 edition of the Washington & Lee Eagles varsity football team just got a ...

 

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Supervisors deliver immediate 1.5% pay increase

The Westmoreland Supervisors met this Monday night and voted unanimously to deliver an immediate 1.5 percent salary increase to all county employees, teachers and Social Services Department workers.
One month earlier District 2 Supervisor Russ Culver introduced the subject. State workers were scheduled to receive a one-time bonus local workers lacked the standing to receive. County workers had received no cost of living adjustment for several years and Culver expressed concern that local employee health insurance costs were on the rise, diminishing net employee income during a difficult economic period.

Read more: Supervisors deliver immediate 1.5% pay increase

Hearing called to move next O’Gara acquisition forward

Earlier this year The Journal reported that O’Gara Group had the old Arrowhead Superfund Site property under contract and was actively investigating its ability to use the former manufacturing plant and surrounding property for training and other purposes.
EPA has since completed its scheduled review of the property’s Superfund status and a sign has been posted on the grounds providing notice of the public hearing scheduled for next Thursday morning in the A.T. Johnson auditorium.

Read more: Hearing called to move next O’Gara acquisition forward

Good Food, Good Samaritans

Volunteers prepare and arrange food outside Stan’s Skateland in Montross, Sunday, Nov. 28, for the Northern Neck Samaritan Food Ministry’s first meal outreach to feed the hungry in Westmoreland County. Check out next week’s Journal for the story and future dates for the monthly outreach.

Dorothy Dickerson Tate to fill District 3 vacancy

“I have a deep love and concern for our county, [and] I would like to thank the Westmoreland County Board of Supervisors for selecting me to represent the citizens of District 3,” Dorothy Dickerson Tate told members of the local press following the four seated Board members’ Nov. 22 decision to appoint the Westmoreland native to fill the vacancy resulting from popularly elected District 3 Supervisor Lynn Brownley’s Oct. 20 resignation.
The supervisors met in recessed session at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 22, and immediately acted on a county school division appropriations request. The current School Board budget’s facilities category received $200,000 in unexpended school division revenue. An additional $211,122.75 derived from non-levied sources was transferred from county government’s general fund to support the $411,000 roof replacement project at Cople Elementary School and to support repairs of a failing roof at the division’s transportation center.

Read more: Dorothy Dickerson Tate to fill District 3 vacancy

Mudbog neighbors bring suit against Board of Supervisors

Attorney Jan Smith of Montross has brought suit against Westmoreland County’s Zoning Administrator, Board of Supervisors and mudbog operators Frank and Shelia Iannarelli.
Papers filed on Nov. 5 in the Westmoreland Circuit Court allege that the supervisors approved Iannarelli’s special exception request in a manner that violated state and county laws. Smith accordingly asks the court to deliver a finding that the board’s Oct. 13 action was fatally flawed and should be considered void from the onset.
Jan Smith represents mudbog neighbors Gerald and Sherry Fisher. In recent years the Fishers have repeatedly complained to members of the local government about noise and other disturbances resulting from what they characterize as inappropriate land use activities on Iannarelli’s land.

Read more: Mudbog neighbors bring suit against Board of Supervisors

Hearing interpreter helps trial run smoothly

On Nov. 5, in the Circuit Court of Westmoreland County, James Whitney Harrison appeared for his trial before Judge Joseph J. Ellis.
Harrison, a short, round man with a beard like Santa Claus, was a familiar sight in Montross for a time, pushing his grocery cart with his worldly goods aboard.  Then he was arrested for destruction of property, attempted breaking and entering with the intent to commit a misdemeanor and attempted statutory breaking and entering.  It was not the first time he had been to court.

Read more: Hearing interpreter helps trial run smoothly

Vacant BoS seat to be filled Nov. 22

The Westmoreland Supervisors will reconvene this Monday’s session at 7 p.m. on Nov. 22 in the A.T. Johnson auditorium for the purpose of selecting the next District 3 Supervisor. The appointee will fill the position vacated by Lynn Brownley on Oct. 28.
Brownley resigned from the elected position after pleading guilty to a felony drug charge. Sentencing will occur in January 2011.
All five Westmoreland Board of Supervisors terms expire on Dec. 31, 2011. An election will be held next November and the District 3 winner will immediately assume the duties of the District 3 position.

Read more: Vacant BoS seat to be filled Nov. 22

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