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Early morning drug raids net 11 suspects in Westmoreland

A six-month undercover investigation by the Tri-County Drug Task Force resulted in two recent early ...

Westmoreland State Park becoming a go-to destination

Westmoreland State Park becoming a go-to destination

Majestic Westmoreland State Park, located on the Potomac River between George Washington’s birthplac...

Westmoreland County School Board searching for new superintendent

The Westmoreland County School Board recently held a public hearing to collect residents’  comments ...

Alpacas flourishing in Montross

Alpacas flourishing in Montross

When Ken Chatham first talked with his wife, Gwynne, about his idea of raising alpacas, she was skep...

W&L’s forensics stars head to VHSL state competition

Four Washngton & Lee forensics team members are heading to the Virginia High School League’s Mar...

Artifacts find requires add-on the plan for James Monroe Birthplace

The Westmoreland County Board of Supervisors voted Monday night to add to the funding for the develo...

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W’md School Board starts search for a new superintendent

The Virginia School Board Association’s Gina Patterson met last Thursday with Westmoreland School Board members and the result was the board’s immediate release of the timeline that will govern efforts to replace outgoing division superintendent Elaine Fogliani.
Elaine Fogliani served as Westmoreland County School superintendent for six years. At the strike of midnight on Aug. 31 the Charlottesville native became a member of the University of Virginia faculty.

Read more: W’md School Board starts search for a new superintendent

Commission revises draft Comp Plan

The Westmoreland Planning Commissioners, District Planning Office staff and nine county residents worked non-stop for two and a half hours this Monday afternoon to improve the language in a new Comp Plan’s final draft.
The commission conducted the advertised public hearing on the document in July and was poised to complete its comprehensive planning effort on Aug. 2, when District 3 Supervisor Lynn Brownley rocked the meeting room with critical remarks.

Read more: Commission revises draft Comp Plan

$44M in pot seized

Richmond County Sheriff’s Office discovered 14,000 marijuana plants
Local law enforcement authorities received a tip last Wednesday that may have uncovered the presence of a violent Mexican drug cartel here on the Northern Neck.
With help from federal, state agencies and other local Sheriff’s Offices, the tip resulted in the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office’s confiscation and destruction of a $44 million marijuana crop and an arrest of one illegal alien.
In a phone interview on Tuesday morning, Richmond County Sheriff Douglas A. Bryant minced no words when praising the law enforcement agencies that provided their assistance and continue to lend specialized support.

Read more: $44M in pot seized

O’Gara Group has lease/option on former Scovill building in Montross

“The Hunter Technologies Building is under contract,” District 2 Supervisor Russ Culver announced during the August 9 meeting of the Westmoreland County Board of Supervisors.
“There’s a lease/option,” Culver continued. “I understand O’Gara is fixing it up and has it under lease/option at this time.”
The Journal talked to O’Gara Group President James Noe on Tuesday morning and Noe confirmed the truth of Culver’s Monday night announcement to the county residents.
“We signed the lease a week or so ago,” he stated. “We have a six-month lease with an option to buy.

Read more: O’Gara Group has lease/option on former Scovill building in Montross

Jerry Davis leaves Planning Comm. meeting in fit of rage

Jerry Davis leaves Planning Comm. meeting in fit of rage
Northern Neck Planning District Planning Office Executive Director Jerry Davis stormed out of this Monday’s Westmoreland Planning Commission meeting in a fit of outrage. His abrupt departure created uncertainty about the last leg of the jurisdiction’s efforts to construct its new Comprehensive Plan.
Work on a new Westmoreland County Comprehensive Plan began two years ago under the direction of the county planning commission and the district planning office. The Commission’s August 2 agenda stated an intention to consider adoption of a document that incorporated the set of changes and new materials submitted prior to the conclusion of the July 7 public comment segment.

Read more: Jerry Davis leaves Planning Comm. meeting in fit of rage

Planning Commission recommends approval of W’md mudbog request

Northern Neck ATV operator Frank Iannarelli’s latest mudbog request is on its way to the Westmoreland County Board of Supervisors following this Monday’s Planning Commission unanimous recommendation to move the project forward.
According to the agenda, the special exception permit would allow the owner of the 14-acre tract of BG, Business General property on Leedstown Road to add “mud or dirt racing and recreation with off road trucks and motorcycles, ball fields, and open field ATV (all terrain vehicles) riding.”

Read more: Planning Commission recommends approval of W’md mudbog request

Mudbog resolution may include ball fields for county kids

"There aren't a lot of big changes, just some modified conditions to consider," Westmoreland Zoning Administrator Robert Fink told The Journal when negotiations between Leedstown Road mudbog operator Frank Iannarelli and four sets of neighbors were concluded.
Neighbors participating in the negotiations that followed the July 7 public hearing on Iannarelli's request to offer additional mud and dirt racing activities on the 14-acre Business General, BG, property had previously made it known to members of the county government that already permitted mudbog activities disrupted that neighborhood. Other activities on the mudbog operator's adjacent larger parcel have been similarly criticized in public meetings.

 

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