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School board also responsible, according to county officials

The Westmoreland County School Board s...

Lowry stepping down as county schools head

Lowry stepping down as county schools head

Westmoreland County Superintendent of Schools Rebecca Lowry resigned suddenly last week.  
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Stratford Hall hosting birthday bash for Lee

Stratford Hall hosting birthday bash for Lee

Stratford Hall, the 18th century plantation in Westmoreland County that is the birthplace of Robert ...

Courthouse Square in store for big makeover

Courthouse Square in store for big makeover

With the opening of the new $9 million Westmoreland Judicial Center last year and the remodeling of ...

Westmoreland woman killed in collision

A Westmoreland County woman was killed instantly Dec. 19 when the car she was driving was struck by ...

Oliff’s suit against police set for Feb. trial

Restaurant owner says he was falsely charged after sheriff’s department set up drug sting

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Westmoreland limits Halloween festivities to Sunday, October 31

The Westmoreland Supervisors borrowed a page from their Colonial Beach Council counterparts and adopted a resolution designating Sunday, Oct. 31 as the day for observing Halloween festivities.

According to the resolution, it is in the county's best interest to ensure that any Halloween events are as organized and safe as possible.

Read more: Westmoreland limits Halloween festivities to Sunday, October 31

Lynn Brownley now a twice-convicted felon

On Monday, Oct. 25, Lynn C. Brownley appeared in the Westmoreland County Circuit Court for his trial on the charge of possession of a controlled substance listed in Schedule I or II. This would be the second time Brownley was faced with the same charge. His last conviction was in 1989, and resulted in his stepping down as Commonwealth’s Attorney of Westmoreland County.

There was a written agreement signed by Brownley that he was pleading guilty to the charge, but there was no agreement as to sentence nor did things go as Brownley had hoped during the hearing. Brownley’s attorney asked the court not to find him guilty during the Monday hearing, but that was not to be.

Read more: Lynn Brownley now a twice-convicted felon

Developers have more time to finish stalled projects

Westmoreland Zoning Administrator Robert Fink has advised the jurisdiction’s Planning Commission of a change in Virginia law that the county needs to implement by making changes to its own ordinances.
On Oct. 4 Fink distributed a document detailing the new Virginia Code Section 15.2-3309.1, which the General Assembly adopted to address what the legislation describes as Virginia’s “housing crisis.”

Read more: Developers have more time to finish stalled projects

W’md Planning Commission completes Comprehensive Plan

After two years of effort with members of the county’s public and Northern Neck Planning District Director Jerry Davis, the Westmoreland County Planning Commission voted this Monday to accept what they consider a completed 2010-2030 Comprehensive Plan.
In September 2008 the commissioners and Davis launched the effort with a series of slide presentations in three geographically separated areas of Westmoreland. A citizen survey followed and citizens later served on committees that met with the commissioners and Davis to develop specific topics that have since been incorporated as part of the completed document.

Read more: W’md Planning Commission completes Comprehensive Plan

Pot busts total $63M following Sept. 22 raid

6,723 plants found in latest marijana grow in Richmond County
Between Aug. 11 and Aug. 14 law enforcement authorities seized and destroyed more than 14,000 marijuana plants in the Farnham and Newland areas of Richmond County. Last week authorities found another 6,723 marijuana plants growing in the Foneswood area.
According to Richmond County Sheriff Douglas A. Bryant, that Sheriff’s Office was assisted last Wednesday by the Northumberland County Sheriff’s Office and the Virginia State Police in    “random air searches of locations in the county for marijuana grow operations.

 

Read more: Pot busts total $63M following Sept. 22 raid

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

 

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