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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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County will not raise taxes

The Westmoreland supervisors met last Thursday morning and adopted the 2011-2012 budget and tax rates they had advertised for the April 21 public hearing. The April 28 action followed a series of deliberations that included a working session with the county’s School Board members.

Tax rates were held at 2010-2011 levels despite a request from the county School Board to deliver an additional $2.8 million in support from local taxpayers. The measure would have increased the real estate tax rate in Westmoreland from the current 46 cents per $100 value to 61 cents.
Despite the supervisors’ unwillingness to raise taxes to a level that would satisfy the School Board and the county school division’s community of

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W'md Supervisors execute agreement to purchase land for new high school

The Westmoreland Supervisors voted last Thursday to approve an installment contract for the purchase of property for a new high school. The purchase will be completed no later than July 30, 2016.

As many as 115 contiguous acres of property currently owned by Ferdinand F. Chandler, Jr., and Bonnie B. Chandler is identified in the April 21 sales agreement. The stated purchase price is $1 million.

The first payment of $250,000 will be made on or before July 30, 2011, followed by a second $250,000 payment on July 30, 2012. The purchase

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Westmoreland budget hearing draws unprecedented crowd

Twenty years ago Westmoreland’s Board of Supervisors conducted a budget in the American Legion Building immediately west of Montross. The English Building meeting place had been destroyed by fire in December 1990. Two reporters and one private citizen attended the budget hearing of 1991.

Last Thursday night hundreds of people attended the supervisors’ budget hearing in the old A.T. Johnson auditorium. Extra chairs were located and put in place to accommodate the unusually high turnout anticipated by members of the county government.

At issue was the supervisors’ unwillingness to fully fund the county school division’s budget request. The School Board had asked the county to

Read more: Westmoreland budget hearing draws unprecedented crowd

2010’s new Census figures shift county’s district lines

2011 is a local election year in Westmoreland County, but demographic changes reflected in last year’s census data necessitate changes in local election district boundaries that U.S. Department of Justice must approve.

As this edition of The Journal goes to press, the citizen panel the supervisors charged with crafting new local election district boundaries is sharing the most recent draft of its proposal with the public. Citizens

Read more: 2010’s new Census figures shift county’s district lines

Supervisors to face a battle over the budget

At 7 p.m. this Thursday evening, the Westmoreland supervisors and public will gather at A.T. Johnson auditorium to engage in a public hearing on the budget that will govern operations during the 12-month cycle that begins July 1.

According to the advertised proposal, tax rates will not change. The supervisors are adamant about not raising taxes in the midst of a recession, despite the Westmoreland school division’s request for the

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Westmoreland fugitive caught in Florida

Information provided to a Westmoreland County Sheriff's Office investigator Thursday led to the arrest of a local fugitive in Florida.

According to the sheriff's office Investigator William R. Lewko received information concerning the location of William Maurice Hudnall Thursday, April 14, at approximately 4:30 p.m. Hudnall had been a fugitive for an extended amount of time on several charges from at least three different law enforcement agencies.

After receiving the information, Investigator Lewko contacted the authorities in Gainesville, Fla. From the information that was shared, the Gainesville Police Department apprehended Hudnall just hours later.

"This is a prime example of how important citizen input, along with cooperation and communication, is to law enforcement," Sheriff C.O. Balderson said. "Without these three elements working together, a fugitive would still be on the loose. investigator Lewko and all of those involved in apprehending Mr. Hudnall are to be commended."

O’Gara’s Noe applauded by residents

The Westmoreland Supervisors’ A.T. Johnson auditorium meeting room was bursting at the seams when O’Gara Group’s training and services division president, Jim Noe, delivered the long awaited update on the tactical training establishment’s activities in Westmoreland County.

An O’Gara presence in Westmoreland County has not been universally popular, but Noe

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