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Westmoreland, Colonial Beach join National Night Out celebration

Law enforcement joined with citizens from the area last week to celebrate National Night Out in West...

Montross' Bob Fox Project may be nearing its end

The Bob Fox Project in Montross, which has been providing food and gifts at Christmas for those in n...

Woman arrested in shed in Westmoreland allowed to remain free on bond

Judge Herbert Hewitt denied efforts by the King George Commonwealth's Attorney's Office last week to...

Stratford Hall Teachers learn about Virginia early history

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

Matematica 2016 Parents’ Night

Parents and students celebrated the 2016 Matematica program at Montross Middle School on

July 20. F...

GEAR UP students, parents attend national NCCEP conference

Two Washington & Lee High School GEAR UP students, Hazen Shryock and Destiny Crockett,

and thei...

 

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Waybright, Powers convicted on Meth charges

 

 Larry Lee Waybright and Crystal Lynn Powers were both convicted on Feb. 24, in Westmoreland County Circuit Court of charges arising from an extensive investigation of two methamphetamine labs in Westmoreland County. 
The authorities got wind of possible methamphetamine manufacture because of a letter intercepted by a corrections officer at Haynesville Correctional Center referring to the manufacture of methamphetamine.  A follow-up investigation led police to laboratories at the homes of Larry Lee Waybright and a neighbor who is yet to be tried. 
A confidential informant under the control of the police was sent to Waybright’s home to buy drugs.  Initially he bought Xanax.  Then Waybright started to brag about the manufacture of methamphetamine.  He offered to get meth for the confidential informant, which he did.  Three days later,  the informant returned and purchased more meth. 

 

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Supervisors move forward on coyote population control measures

The Westmoreland Supervisors voted last Monday to direct their staff to move forward with development of amended ordinance language that will facilitate control of unwanted coyote populations.

As this paper previously reported, Commonwealth’s Attorney Julia Sichol was asked to review existing local ordinances and offer guidance. Sichol delivered her findings in a memorandum addressed to County Administrator Norm Risavi on Feb. 3, suggesting that minor changes to

Read more: Supervisors move forward on coyote population control measures

Cople Elementary Closed for Public Safety

36 students were absent from Cople Elementary School on Thur. Feb. 16, and 30 more went home sick resulting in the Cople Elementary School closing on Friday due to illness. Nine teachers were also either absent or left that day from the illness.

The Virginia Department of Health has advised school officials that the illness is likely due to the Norovirus; a virus that causes the “stomach flu” or vomiting and diarrhea in people.

The virus is spread through person to person contact or coming in contact with either fecal matter or vomit. These bodily fluids can be spread if people who come in contact with them do not use proper hygiene procedures to keep them from spreading.

Read more: Cople Elementary Closed for Public Safety

Proposed tax hike in Westmoreland

The sky’s the limit,” was the message sent by elected Westmoreland County officials when the locality’s School Board and Board of Supervisors met jointly to discuss school division budget considerations that will drive 2012 tax rates.

The Westmoreland School Board requested an additional $2.6 million in local support one year ago and the Supervisors responded with a $750,000 increase. The Supervisors stood firm in their refusal to raise taxes and the county’s school division received 61% of the  taxes collected by the locality in the current budget year.

On Feb. 7 the Westmoreland School Board asked the Supervisors to give the county school division an additional $2,631,231 in local funding. The county’s real estate tax rate would jump from the current 46 cents per hundred dollar value to 65 cents, according to Westmoreland

Read more: Proposed tax hike in Westmoreland

Voter information for Westmoreland

The Republican Party Presidential Primary will be held on March 6, 2012. Candidates Ron Paul and Mitt Romney are the choices for this years’ Republican nominees.

Deadline to register to vote is Feb. 13. Most people with a voter registration card are registered, but in some cases having a card doesn’t necessarily mean you are registered says, General Registrar, Kristin Hicks. “They may have not voted in a while or they may have been removed

Read more: Voter information for Westmoreland

‘Buzz off!’ Buzzards causing a commotion in Montross

That’s what Montross officials are saying to a flock of an estimated 150 confused buzzards that have decided to stake claim to the downtown area of Montross each night to forage and roost, starting in the month of January.

Town manager, Brenda Reamy said they concentrate along the main drag of Route 3 making their rounds picking in dumpsters and scavenging anything they can find, generally ending up in the Old Courthouse area or behind the police station.

“They frequent the area behind the sheriffs department then move to the two radio towers in

Read more: ‘Buzz off!’ Buzzards causing a commotion in Montross

USDA loan would finance new courthouse in Westmoreland

The Westmoreland County Board of Supervisors has directed County Administrator Norm Risavi to file an application with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development for $9,123,040 in financing to support construction of the new judicial complex that the county plans to build.

“Rural Development is holding the largest appropriation in recent memory and the we need to get in line with an application,” County Administrator Norm Risavi told the Board of supervisors on Jan. 9. “The application won’t formally commit us to anything, but right now the interest is only 3.75 percent and we need to get in line.”

“I’d live to get on that list,” the Board’s Vice Chairman Woody Hynson said. A unanimous vote immediately followed directing Risavi to prepare and submit the loan application. Rural Development previously financed the county’s sewer projects with a combination of low interest

Read more: USDA loan would finance new courthouse in Westmoreland

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