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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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Patricia Faye Boone, 39, Colonial Beach arrested for assault on family member.
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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...

 

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Jerry Davis leaves Planning Comm. meeting in fit of rage

Jerry Davis leaves Planning Comm. meeting in fit of rage
Northern Neck Planning District Planning Office Executive Director Jerry Davis stormed out of this Monday’s Westmoreland Planning Commission meeting in a fit of outrage. His abrupt departure created uncertainty about the last leg of the jurisdiction’s efforts to construct its new Comprehensive Plan.
Work on a new Westmoreland County Comprehensive Plan began two years ago under the direction of the county planning commission and the district planning office. The Commission’s August 2 agenda stated an intention to consider adoption of a document that incorporated the set of changes and new materials submitted prior to the conclusion of the July 7 public comment segment.

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Planning Commission recommends approval of W’md mudbog request

Northern Neck ATV operator Frank Iannarelli’s latest mudbog request is on its way to the Westmoreland County Board of Supervisors following this Monday’s Planning Commission unanimous recommendation to move the project forward.
According to the agenda, the special exception permit would allow the owner of the 14-acre tract of BG, Business General property on Leedstown Road to add “mud or dirt racing and recreation with off road trucks and motorcycles, ball fields, and open field ATV (all terrain vehicles) riding.”

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Mudbog resolution may include ball fields for county kids

"There aren't a lot of big changes, just some modified conditions to consider," Westmoreland Zoning Administrator Robert Fink told The Journal when negotiations between Leedstown Road mudbog operator Frank Iannarelli and four sets of neighbors were concluded.
Neighbors participating in the negotiations that followed the July 7 public hearing on Iannarelli's request to offer additional mud and dirt racing activities on the 14-acre Business General, BG, property had previously made it known to members of the county government that already permitted mudbog activities disrupted that neighborhood. Other activities on the mudbog operator's adjacent larger parcel have been similarly criticized in public meetings.

 

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Citizens, BoS ask for O’Gara open house

Expressed interest in operations and site development, economic impact

Earlier this month O'Gara project neighbor Bonnie Balderson questioned the Westmoreland County Supervisors about operations on the security training establishment's site.
"What revenue is O'Gara Group bringing in to the county?" she asked the members of the Westmoreland County Board.
"O'Gara Group has been here for almost a year. I can hear shooting, but it hasn't been a nuisance. I now understand that they are adding a driving course. It would be nice if we could have a report on that.
"The revenue would help our county."

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Raising new ideas for complying with judicial center needs

When the Westmoreland Supervisors met last Monday, District 5 Supervisor Larry Roberson launched a discussion of how best to proceed with complying with Circuit Court Judge Harry Taliaferro's request for a new judicial center. According to preliminary findings, the facility will cost county taxpayers a staggering $12 million.
Also on the list of building priorities is a new county high school. Roberson proposed to move forward with property acquisition and the new high school construction project in order to free existing space at the old high school for county government.

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W’md sheriff’s office arrests Andersen

As this edition of The Journal goes to press, the owner and operator of Good Eats Restaurant, Stephen C. Andersen, is being arraigned in the Westmoreland General District Court on the charge of violating a protective order.
Andersen lost his wife, Sally Rumsey, during one of this year’s winter weather episodes and the woman’s mysterious death is still the subject of a continuing Westmoreland Sheriff’s Office investigation.
County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested Andersen at his restaurant on the afternoon of Saturday, July 10. He was transported to Northern Neck Regional Jail, where he was held without bond pending the outcome of the July 13 arraignment.

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New website promotes Westmoreland tourism

The Westmoreland County Tourism Council met last Wednesday with the Studio Ammons, de-signers of the upscale new Internet website designed to promote tourism. The PowerPoint presentation delivered by Terry Ammons explored the webpage offerings as they appear online.
The $25,000-plus effort initiated approximately two years ago was largely funded with grant monies obtained from the Virginia Tourism Corporation. Westmoreland Tourism Council Chair Doug Flemer described the result on Wednesday as “a new and exciting, innovative thing.”
Flemer expressed optimism that the site directly linked to the “Virginia is for Lovers” web ad-dress “will encourage visitors to come to Westmoreland County, stay for a couple nights, do some touring and then go back to Northern Virginia.”
The first frame that appears on the www.visitwestmorelandva.org web page is alive with shifting photographs of subjects familiar to local residents. On the lower right portion of the screen is a block of narrative crafted to entice site visitors to activate the “enter here” link that provides access to more detailed particulars.

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