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Washington and Lee Hosts Career Fair

Washington and Lee Hosts Career Fair

Twenty-nine local businesses made their annual visit to the Washington and Lee High School Career Fa...

WM Girl Scouts are Prepared

WM Girl Scouts are Prepared

Girl Scout Cadettes and Seniors of Girl Scout Troops 159 and 3212 in Westmoreland County met with Va...

Ribbon Cutting 2014 Caroline County Family YMCA

Ribbon Cutting 2014 Caroline County Family YMCA

Ten years ago, Barney Reiley, CEO of the Rappahannock Family YMCA group, met with the Caroline Count...

Weather has delayed the opening of new Westmoreland Judicial Center

Westmoreland County Executive Norm Risavi said this week that weather problems have delayed the open...

Showing their support

Showing their support

On Tuesday, March 10, 21 persons participated at the Westmoreland County Sheriff’s Office to have th...

Another W&L leader charged with DWI in Westmoreland

Parents, students and county officials were dismayed this week to learn that another prominent facul...

 

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O’Gara officials caught in FBI sting

O’Gara Group has fired the two United Kingdom employees who were arrested in Las Vegas on Jan. 19 for allegedly bribing an official of a foreign government in order to obtain business.
O’Gara employees David Painter and Lee Wares were among the 22 weapons and military equipment dealers attending a shooting and hunting trade show in Las Vegas when the FBI moved in. O’Gara Group has since terminated the two employees who were associated with the United Kingdom subsidiary known as Security Support Solutions.
O’Gara Group’s discharge of Painter and Wares is reminiscent of last year’s treatment of Ronald P. Boline, the O’Gara Group Tactical Operations Branch Manager engaged in development of a training facility in Westmoreland County. On Jan. 6, 2009, Boline lost control of his motor vehicle and was charged with driving under the influence. The charge did not stand, but O’Gara terminated Boline’s employment shortly after the arrest.

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Title I money frozen without W’md supervisors’ approval

County’s action adds urgency to schools’ call for change

Editor’s note: The weather prevented our reporter from attending this meeting. The story is written from the Board of Supervisor’s agenda and comments from Westmoreland residents who attended the session.

The Westmoreland supervisors met this Monday night. Although the room was packed, there were many who were unable to attend as the result of snow and ice.
The agenda included a not unusual school division action item. School Superintendent Elaine Fogliani had needed the supervisors’ approval of a $165,879.90 addition to the School Board’s instructional category. This was Title 1 federal money that had recently become available to the county schools. Because Fogliani could not be present and no one else had been delegated to represent the rather routine request, the Westmoreland Supervisors opted not to act.
For the same reason the supervisors decided to take no action on a resolution the School Board asked the supervisors to adopt in order to avoid the previously described scenario. When no one from the school division was present to represent that matter, the supervisors again refused to act.

Read more: Title I money frozen without W’md supervisors’ approval

Reassessment and audit will top Supervisors’ list

The Westmoreland County Board of Supervisors will conduct their first evening meeting of the new year on Monday, Feb. 8 beginning at 7 p.m. in the old A.T. Johnson auditorium.
With property reassessment concerns on the mind of just about every county citizen, the topic of the unanticipated increase in area land values is certain to be a topic of discussion.
The Jan. 27 deadline for citizens to challenge the findings of Pearson Appraisal Services Inc. has already passed, but members of the reassessment team continue to hold meetings with individual property owners who requested an opportunity to confer or challenge values associated with the 2010 real estate assessment notices they received in the mail approximately one month ago.

Read more: Reassessment and audit will top Supervisors’ list

County government takes lead in fight against water fee hikes

A Board of Supervisors December 2009 agenda item resulted in discussion of United Water Virginia’s State Corporation Commission application to more than double the fee it charges its water customers in Westmoreland subdivisions such as Glebe Harbor, Cabin Point, Ebb Tide Beach, Berkeley Beach and Potomac and Westmoreland Shores.
During the board’s December 2009 discussion, District 4 Supervisor Woody Hynson recalled prior county government and community efforts to fight United Water Virginia successors’ rate increase proposal and characterized the large company as a group of “water pirates.” All members of the Board agreed to oppose the fee increase proposal in 2010.
Last Tuesday the county government announced intentions to meet with Westmoreland’s United Virginia water customers on Jan. 20 in order to develop a strategy for fighting the proposal when the State Corporation Commission hears the question. County government later released the correspondence it sent last week to county subdivisions served by that provider.

Read more: County government takes lead in fight against water fee hikes

Higher property values are part of an ongoing pattern

Property owners throughout Westmoreland County are reacting as never before to a set of values returned last month by the county government’s Pearson Appraisal Service reassessment team. The results are in and reassessment notices have been distributed to property owners throughout the jurisdiction.

Read more: Higher property values are part of an ongoing pattern

Bank of Lancaster welcomes new Westmoreland County advisory board members

(left to right):  Doug Flemer, Chair of Bank of Lancaster’s Westmoreland County Reinvestment Advisory Board; new members Carey Geddes and Tom Collins; and Pam Fawver, Vice President and Branch Manager of Bank of Lancaster’s Montross Office. 

Bank of Lancaster welcomes its new Westmoreland County Advisory Board members, Tom Collins and Carey Geddes, each of whom will serve a three-year term.  Bank President and CEO Austin L. Roberts, III states “Our Bank values the individuals who serve on all of our Community Reinvestment Advisory Boards; these are important community outreach programs which are of great value to our Company.  Each Board member brings a unique perspective of community and business experience; and we seek and appreciate their input as our Bank continues to strive each day to meet the financial needs of the communities we are privileged to serve.”    

Read more: Bank of Lancaster welcomes new Westmoreland County advisory board members

O’Gara still expected to purchase county’s shell building, property

At a meeting Monday District 3 Supervisor Lynn Brownley confirmed O’Gara’s plans to purchase the county’s industrial shell building and surrounding 25 acres are still on track, but the closing will not occur until late March or early April.
“The O’Gara and Industrial Development Authority (IDA) contract has lapsed,” Brownly told citizens attending the Jan. 11 Westmoreland County Board of Supervisors meeting.

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