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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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O’Gara litigation outcomes delayed

Retired Circuit Court Judge Jay T. Swett of Charlottesville spent four hours in Montross this Monday, Sept. 20, to preside over a set of challenges to local government actions and O’Gara Group’s ability to locate its counter-terror training establishment in Westmoreland.
Nothing was resolved during the judge’s brief visit. Ream after ream of boxed paperwork was distributed and at the end of the day the judge ordered the attorneys to present their closing arguments in writing this November. Judge Swett will review those briefs and then render his determination.

Read more: O’Gara litigation outcomes delayed

Risavi pitches new judicial center concept

Westmoreland County Board of Supervisors Chairman Woody Hynson kept the promise he made to citizens. When the supervisors met on Monday, an extra hour was added at the end of the meeting for the purpose of explaining the need to build a new judicial center.
Accompanied by Rick Funk, the architect who authored Westmoreland’s space needs assessment and developed draft plans for an $11 million judicial complex on the English Building property, County Administrator Norm Risavi talked about the past and made it clear that the project has been in the works for many, many years.

Read more: Risavi pitches new judicial center concept

Supervisors honor Maguire’s memory

BOS credits former member with county’s use of CB wastewater treatment plant

The Westmoreland Supervisors took time out this Monday to remember board colleague Jack Maguire, who passed away Thursday after a long battle with cancer.
“We have lost someone who was on this board for a long time,” began Board of Supervisors Chairman Woody Hynson.
“This county and the Town of Colonial Beach would never have had a working relationship with the sewer agreement had it not been for Jack Maguire, who represented District 5.
“Jack always said we could work it out. He stuck in there and said over and over that he knew the county and town could get together because coming to an agreement would benefit both groups. I give Jack the credit for having the Washington District sewer.”

Read more: Supervisors honor Maguire’s memory

Public encouraged to attend Sept. 14 meeting

Montross revitalization 

Sept. 14 will be the second of three meetings concerning the upcoming Downtown Revitalization Plan.  The Town of Montross has secured a Department of Housing and Community Development Planning Grant for an economic restructuring plan and physical improvements plan for the downtown totaling $25,000.  The town has also secured two Virginia Housing Development Association Mixed-Used/Mixed income Planning Grants for $10,000.
Several community visioning sessions have been held and a management team comprised of local leaders and business people are in place to guide revitalization efforts.  The Land Planning & Design Associates team will provide planning updates and use visioning materials already prepared by the Clay Christensen Group and other sources.  
The resulting Revitalization Plan will act as the foundation for future endeavors and assist in securing additional Community Improvement Grant funding as well as funding from other sources.
This meeting will be held at the fire department at 7 p.m., on Sept. 14, and is open to the public.  There will be a PowerPoint presentation and then those present will divide into groups to formulate ideas as well as suggestions.  Town officials ask for as much community participation as possible at this important meeting.

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Churches seek to serve beyond their four walls

Operation In As Much volunteers head out into the community Friday, Sept. 24

Pastor Doug Davis from Rappahannock Baptist Church has been working hard on an innovative  community project called ‘Operation In As Much Project.’
He first learned about this community-based program while attending a conference a few years ago.  The idea was originally developed by David Crocker, pastor of Snyder-Memorial Church in Fayetteville, N.C., whose church averages about 450 volunteers who go out into the community on a Saturday twice a year. His idea has quickly spread across the United States and has had great success.  When Davis discovered how much this area would benefit from this program, he didn’t hesitate. He saw this as the perfect opportunity to implement it here immediately.

Read more: Churches seek to serve beyond their four walls

Wakefield Furniture will be new museum and visitor center annex

The effort of an entire decade has been realized. Westmoreland County Museum and Library has bought the old Wakefield Furniture building in downtown Montross.
The old County Museum was built in 1941 and is situated between the old furniture store and the Montross Inn. The museum’s upstairs research library was home to county and Northern Neck Historical Society properties and archives.
The initial intention had been to construct a large new wing that would house Historical Society and county archives and exhibits. By late 2008 the costly proposition had been abandoned and Historical Society bought the Everett and Myrtle Marsh home for use as its research library and headquarters in 2009.

Read more: Wakefield Furniture will be new museum and visitor center annex

W’md School Board starts search for a new superintendent

The Virginia School Board Association’s Gina Patterson met last Thursday with Westmoreland School Board members and the result was the board’s immediate release of the timeline that will govern efforts to replace outgoing division superintendent Elaine Fogliani.
Elaine Fogliani served as Westmoreland County School superintendent for six years. At the strike of midnight on Aug. 31 the Charlottesville native became a member of the University of Virginia faculty.

Read more: W’md School Board starts search for a new superintendent

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