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Stratford Hall program to highlight Virginia's enslaved cooks

Historic Stratford Hall, the Westmoreland County plantation that was home to the Lee family of Virgi...

St. James Episcopal Church in Montross holds homecoming

The Rev. Alan Hooker and the congregation of St. James Episcopal Church in Montross  welcomed f...

W&L Senior Night

Thirty seniors and their families attended the annual Washington & Lee High School senior night ...

Rain fails to dampen spirits at Montross Fall Festival

After receiving a midweek weather forecast that indicated clearing for the weekend, organizers of th...

W&L graduate sends inspiring letter from Iraq

A U.S. Army soldier serving in Iraq sent an inspiring letter last week to Washington & Lee High ...

Westmoreland artist shows rock ‘n’ roll art at General's Ridge Vineyard

Popular Westmoreland County artist Phil McKenney was featured at General's Ridge Vineyard over the w...

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W’md gears up for election season

2011 is a local election year in Westmoreland County. Terms end on Dec. 31 for all elected county positions except Circuit Court Clerk.
Aug. 26 is the deadline for local political parties to certify their candidates. Independent candidates must meet an Aug. 23 deadline in order to participate in the Nov. 8 election.

On July 5 some individuals had filed their intentions in the office of the Westmoreland Registrar. Sheriff C. O. Balderson, Commissioner of Revenue Carol Gawen, Treasurer Elizabeth Nash hope to serve in their elected positions for an additional four years.

Read more: W’md gears up for election season

Schools positioned to add personnel

Members of the Westmoreland County School Board and Board of Supervisors are gathered in joint session as this edition of The Journal goes to press. The objective is to complete work begun in the joint session of June 13, when the two boards struggled to reach agreement on issues associated with the adopted 2011-2012 budget.

The Westmoreland School Board and its community of support wanted to fund additional administrative and instructional positions. The supervisors continued to maintain a firm position that local taxes should not be raised during a recessionary period.

On June 13 School Board Chairman Daniel Wallace suggested the division would end its current fiscal period on June 30 with as little as $400,000 in unexpended revenue. The School Board has identified a need to add approximately $500,000 to the budget that will govern the 12-month interval that begins on July 1.

Unexpended revenues at the end of a budget period are refereed to as the fund balance. In Westmoreland County a past year’s fund balance has customarily been used by local government and the county’s school division as a cushion

Read more: Schools positioned to add personnel

Boards to resolve $500K funding issue

Supervisors, School Board will meet next Tuesday evening

The Westmoreland School Board made good on the intentions it established at a meeting on May 16, packing the supervisors’ June 13 meeting room with supporters of a request for an additional $500,000 of local revenue to support the county school division’s 2011-2012 budget.

The budget the supervisors adopted in late April allocates $8,112,578 in local revenue to support Westmoreland County’s schools. That number represents 61 percent of the approved budget’s general

Read more: Boards to resolve $500K funding issue

County will take care of Harris subdivision zoning irregularity

Richard C. Landon brought a Mabel Harris subdivision zoning problem to the Westmoreland Planning Commissioners this Monday afternoon. The commission listened and agreed to intervene.

The Harris subdivision is accessed from Polk Street and most of the subdivision is inside the incorporated limits of the Town of Montross. A portion of Landon’s lot crosses over into an unincorporated area of Westmoreland County.

To further confound matters, Landon’s Lot 12 and his grandparents’ Lot 13 are zoned Agricultural. The other Harris subdivision lots carry a Single Family Residential zoning designation.

Read more: County will take care of Harris subdivision zoning irregularity

IDA approves new sales agreement with O’Gara

Westmoreland County Industrial Development Authority (IDA) members Jim Latane, Bob Lynch, Steve Allen, Stanley Dixon and Rebecca Gillions met last Wednesday afternoon and accepted a sales agreement with O’Gara group that will expire on August 31, 2011.

The agreement is essentially the same as the sales contract approved by Westmoreland’s IDA in January, March and June 2009. O’Gara now has until August 31 to buy the county’s industrial shell building and surrounding 25 acres of industrial park property. The land is contiguous with 325 acres O’Gara Group previously bought from Bryan

Read more: IDA approves new sales agreement with O’Gara

O’Gara’s real estate contract set for action

The Westmoreland County Industrial Development Authority is scheduled to meet at 4 p.m. this Wednesday afternoon in A.T. Johnson auditorium and The O’Gara Group real estate purchase contract is that agenda’s action item.

The May 25 session is the authority’s first meeting since June 29, 2009, when upset residents packed the George D. English Building meeting room to voice their opposition to O’Gara Group’s stated intention to locate its tactical training facility in Westmoreland County.

In addition to concerns about unwanted impacts, the project’s opponents faulted county government officials for

Read more: O’Gara’s real estate contract set for action

County supervisors approve secondary six-year road plan

Westmoreland County’s Secondary Six-Year Road Plan was a public hearing subject when the supervisors met this Monday with Virginia Department of Transportation’s Northern Neck Residency Administrator David Brown. Taylortown Road was added to the list.
Brown, who assumed his managerial duties on Virginia’s Northern Neck earlier this year, did not present the customary slide presentation and copies of the plan were not available for local residents to review during the supervisors’ May 9 meeting. County officials were still awaiting copies of the proposed Secondary Six-Year Plan when the meeting started, but board members had previously familiarized themselves with the list of priorities.

Read more: County supervisors approve secondary six-year road plan

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