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County opens $9M judicial center

The new Westmoreland County Judicial Center — a facility that has been in the planning stages for 25...

Longtime educator takes over at W&L High School

Longtime educator takes over at W&L High School

When Dashan Turner was a boy growing up in a small town in Mississippi, one of his teachers told him...

Montross council productive July meeting

On July 22, Montross Town Council quickly took care of electing officers for the new fiscal year. R....

Westmoreland County’s Parker Farms Supplies Produce to East Coast

Westmoreland County’s Parker Farms Supplies Produce to East Coast

Parker Farms, headquartered near Oak Grove with 2,000 acres of produce growing along the Rappahannoc...

“Bridge Closed” signs up on Rt 205

“Bridge Closed” signs were posted this week on State Route 205 in Westmoreland County as the Virgini...

14-year-old equipment endangering lives

Oak Grove VFD Chief Mike Gutridge recently advised that he is very concerned about the decaying cond...

 

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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

Brownley submits letter of resignation

Tension was building at the A.T. Johnson Building as the Westmoreland County supervisors came in one by one.  The county attorney was there.  People were beginning to fill up the chairs.  This was to be a meeting about what to do about the new drug conviction against Lynn Brownley, member of the board from the Third District.
Just as the meeting was about to start, someone handed Chairman W.W. Hynson a letter signed by Lynn Brownley, and sent by e-mail at 1:34 p.m., Thursday, October 28, 2010, the day of the board meeting, from Brownley to the office of the county supervisor.  It was addressed to the citizens of Westmoreland County, including the Board of Supervisors.

Read more: Brownley submits letter of resignation

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