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Lowry addresses school payroll problems

Speaking to the Westmoreland County Board of Supervisors, Rebecca Lowry, the county’s superintendent...

Records: Payment mess going on for months

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.  
Lowry subm...

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 ...

 

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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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Mudbog operator wants to expand activities

Mudbog operator Frank Iannarelli met with the Westmoreland Planning Commission during a June 28 work session to consider expanding the list of activities permitted on 14 acres of Business General-BG property at 4618 Leedstown Road.
The work session’s agenda cover sheet described Case # 1007-SE-01 as a “Request by Frank & Shelia Iannarelli, 4618 Leedstown Road, Colonial Beach, VA 22443 for a Special Exception permit to allow any and all outdoor commercial activities as defined in the zoning code.
“In particular, the request included mud or dirt racing and recreation with off road trucks and motorcycles, ball fields, and open field ATV (all terrain vehicles) riding,” the agenda cover sheet relates.
“However, camping is specifically excluded from the request. The property is located at 4618 Leedstown Road, parcel 73 as shown on Zoning District Map 17, Washington Magisterial District.”

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BOS, state lawmakers tackle transportation

Supervisors, Stuart and Pollard engage in funding summit
The Westmoreland Supervisors met last week with Virginia Senator Richard Stuart and Delegate Albert Pollard for the purpose of soliciting creation of a revenue stream dedicated to road im-provement needs.
At the end of the day the only accomplishment was the exchange of frustrations, Pollard’s distri-bution of dismal statistics detailing the state’s diminished revenues, and Stuart’s certainty that state lawmakers lack the will to introduce any new tax in the currently distressed economic envi-ronment.
Board Chairman Woody Hynson’s extemporaneous opening comments set the tone for every-thing that followed in the exchange of June 16.
“I think we all know what the problems are,” Hynson told the Senator and Delegate. “We hear daily from our constituents and we consider it our duty to warm you all up on what we hear from the 17,000 people in this county every day.

Read more: BOS, state lawmakers tackle transportation

Sheriff’s office earns reaccreditation

It was a big deal for the late Sheriff C. W. “Buddy” Jackson and Lt. Bill England when the Westmoreland Sheriff’s Office received its initial accreditation in June 2006. The accomplishment was not diminished when current Sheriff C. O. Balderson and Lt. England celebrated the department’s reaccreitation on June 14 with the members of the Board of Supervisors.
To date the Virginia Law Enforcement Professional Standards Commission has only conveyed the accreditation status to 82 of Virginia’s 450 law enforcement agencies. The Colonial Beach Police Department joined those ranks earlier this year, and Lt. England was credited with providing training assistance to the Colonial Beach personnel.
According to Monday night’s discussion, the commission assessors delivered a unanimous finding of program compliance. Lt. England served as accreditation manager.
The award is conveyed at four-year intervals. A former Virginia State Trooper, Balderson was elected to the office of Westmoreland County Sheriff in November 2007.
The new sheriff immediately instituted personnel and other departmental changes. He addressed the subject of that office’s reaccreditation during the supervisors’ June 14 meeting.
“This is a very humbling experience for me,” Balderson said. “Unless you have people who carry it out, the award is nothing but words on paper.”
Balderson then gave credit for the accomplishment to “all the Sheriff’s Office employees.”
“We thank you for all of the effort and the training,” Board of Supervisors Chairman Woody Hynson told Sheriff Balderson and Lt. England. “We are very proud of you.”
Four years ago the Westmoreland Sheriff’s Office was one of 55 Virginia law enforcement agencies meriting receipt of the award. In both instances, review of the department and its performance standards was exacting.
The Sheriff’s Office became the subject of a multitude of on-site audits and reviews. In each instance, personnel had to demonstrate to peers that they possess, utilize and appropriately follow the exacting sets of standards and procedures.

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Punk fest generates discussion

Tri-State Punk Fest was June 7 Planning Commission topic

A neighbor’s complaint and last week’s report in these pages concerning the Tri-State Punk Fest allegedly held in the Leedstown woods generated considerable discussion when the Westmoreland Planning Commission met this Monday afternoon.
Commission Chairman John Felt introduced the topic with an observation that web postings promoting the May 21 through May 23 event had included language that described on-site camping accommodations.
Felt immediately suggested that overnight camping in the woods associated with that 4618 Leedstown Road address was a violation of the county’s zoning regulations. He asked Zoning Administrator Robert Fink to share his knowledge of what did or did not occur.
Fink said he believed there had been “a party at [Frank] Iannarelli’s.
“We received no complaint until the Tuesday after it allegedly happened,” he continued.
“I examined the site  [on June 4]. Mr. Iannarelli said it was not a paid event and that [the music] was not very loud. [He said] there were never more than 50 or 75 people on the property.”

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UPDATE: Search ends, body found

Updated: 10:10 p.m., June 4

The body of Perry Smith was found at approximately 7 p.m. this evening by Colonial Beach Police Chief Christopher Hawkins.

Smith was found 3/10 of a mile from his residence, Sheriff's Major John Hoover said.

Hoover said there doesn't appear to be any signs of foul play. Smith's body will be autopsied by the medical examiner.

Smith, 54, was last seen Wednesday evening, and search parties spent Thursday evening and Friday canvassing the area.

Smith, a well-known face in the community, worked at Stuart Camp Plumbing for 34 years. 

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