- Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 June 2010 17:59
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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.”
- Last Updated on Saturday, 05 June 2010 02:17
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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.
- Last Updated on Friday, 04 June 2010 14:30
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Updated: 10:10 p.m., June 4
The body of Perry Smith was found at approximately 7 p.m. this evening. Read more here.
Updated: 4:46 p.m., June 4
There is a $5,000 reward for information leading to the safe return of Perry Smith.
Anyone with information about Smith’s whereabouts please contact the Westmoreland Sheriff’s Department at (804) 493-8066.
Smith, 54, is 5'8" and approximately 125 pounds with graying brown hair and a beard.
Smith’s truck and wallet were left behind and he hasn't been seen since Wednesday evening, according to neighbor and employer Barbara Camp.
Smith has worked for Stuart Camp Plumbing for approximately 34 years and he lives on the Camp’s property.
Colonial Beach Police and the Westmoreland Sheriff’s Office began a search of the Camp’s 6-acre property on Buena Vista Drive last night, but it was called off because of the storm.
Law enforcement resumed the search this morning and expanded the search radius.
CBVRS, CBVFD, Virginia Marine Resources, CBPD, Westmoreland Sheriff’s Office, Virginia State Police, Department of Game and Inland Fisheries and the Northern Neck Jail all are participating in the search. The Department of Corrections brought out two bloodhounds. NCIS performed flyovers this morning, hoping to spot Smith.
Nothing was found today, according to the sheriff's office. The search will continue tomorrow with the boats.
— Kathy Flanagan and Leslie Kompara
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 June 2010 14:44
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Westmoreland County Zoning Administrator Robert Fink told The Journal this Tuesday morning that he is reviewing site plan material associated with O’Gara Group’s development of the Westmoreland-based tactical training facility’s driving course.
“O’Gara applied for a new phase [of development] a couple weeks ago,” Fink said. “The car control training course is on the same property as the shooting range and classrooms. The [site plan] material came in over a week ago, the county commented, and now we are waiting for more information to come in.”
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 June 2010 14:29
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The Journal missed what web postings suggest may have been the biggest event of the year in rural Westmoreland County. The annual Tri-State Punk Fest apparently came to 4618 Leedstown Road and as many as 27 punk rock bands delivered three days of live music performances in what a neighbor thinks was a clearing Northern Neck ATV Park operator and owner Frank Iannarelli created in a wooded area near the mud-bog tracks.
G.W. Fisher said the music rattled his family’s china right off the cupboard shelves and was louder and bigger than the previously held live music event. He said the lyrics were filled with the worst kinds of obscenities and were offensive to his own Christian standards.
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 June 2010 01:26
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Sears of Kilmarnock and Sears of Tappahannock are now openon Sundays from noon to 5 p.m.
“A driving factor behind this decision is that a good number of people in the Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula have relied upon and trusted the Sears, Craftsman and Kenmore names for decades,” owner Kyle Hodges said. “We wanted to make our products and services available to those folks for their Sunday projects around the home and yard.”
Both the Kilmarnock and Tappahannock Sears Hometown stores are locally owned and operated by Carol and Kyle Hodges. The Hodges are family-oriented and have deep social and religious ties to the community.Through the efforts of the Hodges and their dedicated teams, both of these Sears Hometown stores strive to adhere to, if not exceed the customer satisfaction standards established by Sears of Chicago back in 1886.
Sears Hometown Stores is a unique retailing concept thatcombines the feel and exceptional customer service of a small community store with the wide assortment of tools, appliances, electronics and lawn &garden merchandise offered by larger Sears stores. This unique format allows customers in small communities to have access to the great products and brands usually only found in Sears stores in large metropolitan areas.
Sears of Kilmarnock is located in the Lancaster Square Center next door to the Food Lion and can be reached at (804) 435-0920. Sears of Tappahannock is located in the Essex Square Shopping Center next door to Bella’s Pizza and a few doors down from the movie theaters and can be reached at (804) 445-8181.
In addition to the Sunday hours, both stores are open Mondays through Fridays 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturdays 9 a.m. to 6 p.m
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The meeting the Westmoreland Supervisors previously scheduled for last Wednesday with state lawmakers Pollard and Stuart and the local government’s consulting architect had to be canceled earlier last week.
According to the official notice issued by County Administrator Norm Risavi, the special meeting was canceled “due to a change in Senator Stuart’s schedule.”
On May 10 the supervisors met with Virginia Department of Transportation representatives who confirmed that state funding for road improvement projects has been substantially reduced and that it remains unlikely that more funding will be made available in next few years.
The supervisors envisioned the meeting with Delegate Albert Pollard and Senator Richard Stuart as an opportunity to express frustrations and ask that a new funding stream be identified or created in order to offset existing revenue shortfalls.
On June 1, County Administrator Norm Risavi disclosed no plans to reschedule the May 26 special meeting. Risavi instead addressed the second topic on the canceled meeting’s agenda that concerned construction of a new judicial complex in Westmoreland.
As long ago as July 2006 the discussions began concerning the commissioning of a county government, courts and law enforcement space needs assessment. The county’s space needs considerations took on a tone of greater urgency when Judge Harry Taliaferro requested in October 2009 that the county provide the courts with a new judicial center.
According to Judge Taliaferro, the George D. English Building’s judicial facilities are unable to fulfill contemporary security requirements and the housing of court records in the county’s old courthouse creates other kinds of logistical difficulties. The Westmoreland supervisors were put on notice that the time has come to construct a new judicial center.
County Administrator Risavi told The Journal he is currently attempting to schedule a meeting with all the judges that is mutually convenient. The judges and members of the county government will meet with the consulting architect from dBF Associates for the purpose of reviewing the options and contributing input to preliminary design considerations.
“The problem is, it’s difficult to schedule a time to meet,” Risavi said. “All the judges need to be present.”
He noted that the courts’ English Building facilities were never intended to be used as a judicial center.
Risavi additionally acknowledged the English Building’s age and said neighboring jurisdictions judicial centers are much newer than the facilities the courts use in Westmoreland.
Information associated with projected costs of possible construction options has not yet been released. The supervisors’ next regularly scheduled meeting will begin at 6 p.m. on June 14 in A.T. Johnson auditorium.
— Betsy Ficklin