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County opens $9M judicial center

The new Westmoreland County Judicial Center — a facility that has been in the planning stages for 25...

Longtime educator takes over at W&L High School

Longtime educator takes over at W&L High School

When Dashan Turner was a boy growing up in a small town in Mississippi, one of his teachers told him...

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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Supervisors take note of Older Virginians Month

The Bay Aging buses that take older residents to grocery stores and doctors are busy on Westmoreland County roads. At Bay Aging’s request, the Westmoreland supervisors joined Governor Bob McDonnell and governing bodies from other Virginia jurisdictions in adoption of a proclamation identifying May 2010 as Older Virginians Month.
Language specific to Westmoreland cites recent United States Census Bureau data, relating that “one out of every nine baby boomers will live to be at least age 90. In Westmoreland County, the Census Bureau estimates that by the year 2020, the 65 and older set will increase to 4,299 people and to almost 4,800 by 2030.
Since 1963, the United States Administration on Aging has championed according May the referenced designation, and this year’s theme is, “Live Strong! Live Long!” The ini-tiative attempts to celebrate and promote “the diversity and vitality of today’s older Americans who span several generations.”
“Healthy lifestyle choices can prevent or control many of the region’s leading causes of death linked to smoking, physical inactivity, poor diet, chronic diseases and alcohol abuse,” the proclamation relates.
“There is now strong scientific evidence that it is never too late for healthy lifestyle choices to positively impact the physical, emotional and mental health of older persons. Older Virginians are encouraged to make healthy lifestyle choices that will help them live strong and long in order to maintain their independence in their homes and communities and avoid institutionalization.”
This year’s theme is intended to provide encouragement for people of every age to educate themselves and others “about the advantages of a healthy lifestyle and to access available resources in our communities and online.”

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Failed sewer authority’s debt results in litigation

The reasons the supervisors went behind closed doors with legal counsel following completion of the public deliberations of May 10 were another mystery until the public learned a creditor of the failed Montross-Westmoreland Sewer Authority has gone to court in an effort to collect the fees that consultant purports he is owed.
It will be two years this Thursday since the Westmoreland supervisors, the Sewer Authority and Montross Town Council convened the joint session that authorized the county government to acquire the failed authority’s assets and public debt obligations.
On April 23, 2010, Waste Water Management Inc. of Fairfax filed papers in Westmoreland Circuit Court asking the court to compel the failed authority, Westmoreland County, Montross Mayor David O’Dell, Montross Town Manager Brenda Reamy, Montross Council Councilman Joseph King, Authority member Bonnie Chandler and Westmoreland Supervisors Darryl Fisher and Russell Culver to pay Waste Water Management the $50,000 it is owed for that firm’s design services and another $350,000 in damages associated with failure to meet the outstanding debt obligation.

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Regional jail bond retirement was occasion to remember long service of Sheriff Jackson

Board Chairman Woody Hynson had the late, but long-serving Westmoreland County Sheriff, Buddy Jackson, on his mind this Monday when the supervisors met with the Davenport & Company, bond counsel they share with the regional jail authority, to retire the bond issue that built the jail that paid for itself sooner than supposed.
The bonds were issued to support construction of a jail immediately outside the incorporated limits of Warsaw that would be shared by Westmoreland and Richmond counties and the Town of Warsaw.

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Next sewer project is single May 10 public comment topic

Westmoreland County Citizens Association (WCCA) President Kennon Morris was the only speaker during the May 10 Board of Supervisors meeting’s public comment segment.
The local government’s new and old public sewer projects were the subject addressed by Morris during the last minutes before the supervisors recessed for a luncheon meeting at the nearby Bay Aging establishment.
Morris told the supervisors he has attempted to make sense of county’s most recent audit of sewer accounts. “The question,” he noted, “is are these systems paying for them-selves?”
The WCCA president recalled a 2009 Board of Supervisors action to raise the systems’ monthly service fees, a consideration not reflected in the public auditors’ review of an accounting period that ended last June 30.

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Tourism is topic at Westmoreland Supervisors’ meeting

Northern Neck Tourism Commission Chairman Paul Reber met this Monday with the Westmoreland County Board of Supervisors to provide an update on efforts to bring tourists to Virginia’s Northern Neck.
Reber was accompanied by Northern Neck Planning District Director Jerry Davis, whose office works in partnership with the region’s Tourism Commission to facilitate and promote tourism.
The centerpiece of the May 10 presentation was the recently created colorful marketing brochure that has been made available at tourist destinations throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia and beyond. A working skipjack, George Washington and Stratford Hall are depicted on the brochure’s cover.
Reber explained the commission’s effort to bring tourist trade to the region “by capitalizing on our natural, historical, cultural and recreational resources” and by “increasing lodging and dining opportunities in a way that enhances the local community and visitor experiences.”
A promotional website, northernneck.org, has been revamped and Reber reported that site visits increased as much as 11 percent from January to February 2010. The most visited pages on the site were home, lodging, events, map and real estate.

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W’md’s alternative school calendar goes to BOE

 

It was a discussion topic on March 22 and last week the Westmoreland School Board sent the division’s alternative calendar consideration to Virginia’s Board of Education.
If the request is approved, the county’s 2010-2011 school year would begin on August 10.
Westmoreland School Superintendent Elaine Fogliani announced last month that the General Assembly failed to act on a measure that would authorize local school boards to establish calendars to determine a division’s instructional time.
When the General Assembly did not respond, the request was forwarded to the State Board of Education. According to Fogliani, as many as 77 Virginia school divisions cur-rently have the alternative instructional calendar in place.

 

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Congressman Wittman delivered keynote address at Monroe birthday event

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.

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