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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...

Westmoreland Sheriff’s report

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Patricia Faye Boone, 39, Colonial Beach arrested for assault on family member.
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Gregory ...

VDOT to close Mattox Creek Bridge

The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT), which has promised to close the Mattox Creek Bridg...

Murals will be a tough act to follow

Murals will be a tough act to follow

The three new murals painted by renowned artists Melanie Stimmell from Los Angeles, and Anat Ronen, ...

 

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Brownley faces second cocaine arrest

It happened again. District 3 Supervisor Lynn Brownley learned he was the subject of a multi-jurisdictional grand jury indictment and turned himself in to the Westmoreland County Sheriff's Office authorities on Wednesday afternoon.
Brownley spend Wednesday night in Rappahannock Regional Jail. On Thursday he appeared in the county's Circuit Court. A March 25 arraignment date was established and bond was set at $15,000.
This is the second time Brownley has faced a felony arrest associated with cocaine activity. The first arrest occurred in 1988, when he served as Commonwealth's Attorney and County Attorney in Westmoreland.
Circuit Court Judge Joseph Ellis has required Brownley to subject himself to drug testing and rehabilitation. He was additionally required to surrender his passport.


By Betsy Ficklin
The Journal

Supervisors agree to $100k lump sum appropriation

The Westmoreland Supervisors met last Tuesday evening and agreed to comply with a portion of the county school division’s request for lump sum funding. Action was delayed on Feb. 8 because no one was present to represent the county’s schools when that matter was considered. A heavy snow event had made it impossible for some residents and school officials to travel to that nighttime Board of Supervisors meeting.
County School Superintendent Elaine Fogliani was present to defend the school’s position when the supervisors met in recessed session on Feb. 23. She explained that the division needs to be able to spend the money that is already in the contingency fund. If a broader lump sum funding accommodation cannot be granted, $100,000 to $150,000 of the sum already held in contingency must become available for expenditure or the revenue will have to be returned to the state when the current budget period ends on June 30, 2010.
Fogliani acknowledged the economic difficulties that are currently being experienced at every level of government. Economic conditions make it more important than ever to utilize the revenue that already is in hand.

Read more: Supervisors agree to $100k lump sum appropriation

Promise of sewers caused county land values to soar

During the Westmoreland Supervisors’ regular February meeting the big discussion topic was the reassessment. Appraiser Fred Pearson delivered his best explanation of the reassessment’s higher land values and the public comment segment gave ordinary county residents an opportunity to weigh in.
Pearson explained that values have risen sharply in neighborhoods where county sewer is already in place. He explained that values rose similarly in neighborhoods were sewer systems are planned but have not yet been installed.
Westmoreland County Citizens Association (WCCA) President Kennon Morris was one of the first property owners to address the reassessment during that meeting’s public comment segment.

Read more: Promise of sewers caused county land values to soar

Pearson addresses county reassessment

Fred Pearson of Pearson Appraisal Service had a major spot on the Westmoreland Supervisors’ Feb. 8 agenda and residents who braved the winter weather conditions to fill the A.T. Johnson meeting room eagerly engaged in lively discussion of soaring land values the countywide property reassessment has returned.
“The economy is not good and has not been good for a couple of years,” Pearson told the supervisors and the Westmoreland County residents.
“From 2008 to 2009 property values have dropped,” he said. “Everybody tells me we’ve got these listings on properties. Everybody’s dropping their price on their property now.

Read more: Pearson addresses county reassessment

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.

Read more: O’Gara officials caught in FBI sting

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

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