- Last Updated on Wednesday, 28 April 2010 16:59
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Congressman Rob Wittman delivered the keynote speech this Saturday, when the James Monroe Memorial Foundation and friends gathered at Westmoreland County’s Monroe Hall to celebrate the 252nd anniversary of the birth of James Monroe.
Visitors attending the celebration on the Monroe birthplace property brought gifts that have been added to the collection of items displayed in the historic site’s visitor center. One new display item presented on Saturday is a photocopy of Monroe’s Masonic apron.
Wittman, who previously served as Montross mayor and Westmoreland Board of Supervisors Chairman, described the county where Monroe was born as “the cradle of democracy.”
Echoing his predecessor, the late Congresswoman JoAnn Davis, Wittman continued, “This really is America’s first district.”
Wittman acknowledged the work the Monroe Memorial Foundation has completed since 1927 to preserve the legacy of the nation’s fifth President. He additionally praised the initiatives of such groups as the Sons and Daughters of the American Revolution and the National Sojourners, whose toast to the flag has been a highlight of the annual birthday event in Westmoreland.
- Last Updated on Tuesday, 20 April 2010 21:50
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At 7 p.m. this Friday Westmoreland citizens will have their chance to make comments on the budget proposed for the 12-month period that begins July 1. Action will follow at 9 a.m. on Saturday, May 1. Both Board of Supervisors sessions will take place in the A.T. Johnson auditorium.
Additional local funding will offset major reductions in school funding from state and federal sources. An additional $347,956 from county sources will allow the Westmore-land school division to retain its teacher’s aides, middle school assistant principal and pre-kindergarten and algebra readiness programs.
An allocation of $300,000 will be made for non-mandatory programs such as the county’s 4-H program, Little League, Bay Aging, Bay Transit, the County Museum and Bridge House.
“Those are very worthwhile programs,” Board of Supervisors Chairman Woody Hynson said during an April 12 discussion of the budget draft.
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 14 April 2010 17:49
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Funding restored for assistant middle school principal and 8 instructional aides
The Westmoreland supervisors and county school division representatives worked long and hard this Monday afternoon and the result of the combined effort generated applause from the large group of school division supporters who gathered for the April 12 Board of Supervisors meeting.
At the end of the lengthy deliberations, funding had been restored to prevent next year’s elimination of the county school division’s assistant middle school principal and eight instructional aides.
On Tuesday morning, numbers were still being tweaked. Westmoreland would raise the tax it levies on machinery and tools in order to support the additional assistance the new budget will provide to the county’s school division.
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 07 April 2010 15:47
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Jerry Davis, of the Northern Neck District Planning Office, is the lead player in the effort to craft a new Westmoreland County Comprehensive Plan. This Monday Davis met with the county’s planning commissioners.
Davis presented a first draft of the new Plan in December 2009, but commission members faulted the draft’s abbreviated transportation section and tasked Davis with developing additional language.
On April 5 Davis delivered the revised draft to the commissioners. The expanded trans-portation section includes information gleaned from a regional transportation study.
“Transportation infrastructure is often the most capital-intensive activity of a locality’s planned development,” the newly worked overview begins.
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 31 March 2010 16:27
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Spring vacationers returning to part-time Westmoreland County homes are discovering it was a hard winter as they attempt to negotiate a path between the overflowing ditches and the pitted surfaces of the county’s narrow and winding secondary roads.
It’s spring vacation time in Westmoreland County and the traffic is heavier than it has been for many months, but vacationers are discovering they must share the roads with school bus traffic. The county school division’s spring break had been sharply abbreviated by weather events that occurred earlier this year.
Loss of a meaningful spring vacation was a discussion topic at last week’s county school board meeting. The holiday would be limited to April 2 and 5.
School Board members acted on the calendar revisions reluctantly. Days lost to snow events had to be restored and Standards of Learning (SOL) test performance was a big consideration.
Longer school day hours were a consideration that failed to take flight. Subjects needed to be taught before SOLs were administered or the exhausted students’ test scores would be low.
The school board members were advised that neighboring divisions were making school days longer in order to avoid disrupting spring vacation plans. It was stated that spring break is needed to preserve everyone’s morale.
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 31 March 2010 16:26
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The lawyers, the upset county residents and one or more O’Gara training facility principals gathered this Monday morning in Westmoreland Circuit Court to learn the fate of five pending litigations.
When the proceeding concluded, there were minor victories for all the players in the O’Gara exercise that began on January 12, 2009.
Parties wishing to challenge the local government’s O’Gara actions were still standing when substitute Judge Jay Swett concluded the business of March 29.
Two days had been set aside to settle the pre-trial business following a preliminary hearing teleconference in December 2009 between the judge and attorneys.
This week five attorneys and the substitute judge from the Charlottesville area designated September 20 and 21 as tentative trial dates. County Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) Attorney Roger Wiley was absent from the proceeding and his availability had yet to be established when this edition of The Journal went to press.
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 24 March 2010 15:16
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“It’s not too late to tell the supervisors that we are willing to have our taxes raised.”
The Westmoreland County School Board met this Monday and adopted the budget for next year. The new budget’s $16.3 million bottom line reflects a 12 percent revenue loss when compared to the division’s current operating budget.
The actual vote was 3 to 2, with Rosemary Mahan and Bryan Oliff delivering the dissenting votes. No School Board member willingly embraced the program and other cuts, but the need to adopt a balanced budget in a timely manner was openly acknowledged.
According to the discussion, it was late in the afternoon last Thursday when the state delivered its numbers to the county school division. Superintendent Elaine Fogliani and Finance Officer Linda Nettler immediately began cranking numbers in order to be ready for the budget hearing advertised for March 22.