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Lowry addresses school payroll problems

Speaking to the Westmoreland County Board of Supervisors, Rebecca Lowry, the county’s superintendent...

Records: Payment mess going on for months

School board also responsible, according to county officials

The Westmoreland County School Board s...

Lowry stepping down as county schools head

Lowry stepping down as county schools head

Westmoreland County Superintendent of Schools Rebecca Lowry resigned suddenly last week.  
Lowry subm...

Stratford Hall hosting birthday bash for Lee

Stratford Hall hosting birthday bash for Lee

Stratford Hall, the 18th century plantation in Westmoreland County that is the birthplace of Robert ...

Courthouse Square in store for big makeover

Courthouse Square in store for big makeover

With the opening of the new $9 million Westmoreland Judicial Center last year and the remodeling of ...

Westmoreland woman killed in collision

A Westmoreland County woman was killed instantly Dec. 19 when the car she was driving was struck by ...

 

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Felt elected Westmoreland Planning Commission Chair

District 3 Planning Commissioner John Felt was elected to the position of Chairman when the Commissioners gathered this Monday afternoon for the first meeting of the new calendar year. He replaces former District 2 Planning Commissioner Robert McDermott, a patent attorney who opted to retire from public service when his appointment ended on Dec. 31.
The public learned of McDermott’s decision when the Supervisors met on Dec. 14. The Commission has been tasked with reviewing the by-right land use activities in every zoning district and were continuing a very time intensive effort on the development of the county’s Comprehensive Plan. The outgoing Commissioner had made it known that he needed more time to devote to his legal profession and was replaced by John Munson of Coles Point.

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County’s O’Gara Sales contract expired Dec. 31

The last sales agreement between the Westmoreland County government and the corporate soldier training establishment known as The O’Gara Group expired last week and no plans have been announced for the county’s Industrial Development Authority (IDA) to convene and execute another purchase contract.
The Westmoreland Supervisors will meet next Monday, one year after convening the late night joint closed-door session with IDA counterparts and O’Gara officials that rocked the rural jurisdiction to its core. A Circuit Court trial scheduled for March 29 and 30 will address questions resulting from the controversial January 2009 meeting and the sales agreement that was ratified late that night.
The initial sales agreement was scheduled to expire on April 1 but was extended shortly before the the expiration date.  A new contract was ratified  on June 29. That sales agreement expired at midnight on Dec. 31.

Read more: County’s O’Gara Sales contract expired Dec. 31

Westmoreland County’s trial is set for March 29 and 30

Last Wednesday’s hearings on the Ripol, Boyden and Hall complaints against Westmoreland County’s local government had to be postponed with substitute Judge Jay T. Swett.
Swett was unable to travel as a result of heavy snow accumulations in the Charlottesville area where he resides.
In a surprise move, the judge arranged a teleconference late last Tuesday afternoon that included all the attorneys associated with the set of claims against the county government. One day later, March 29 and 30 trial dates were established in the Westmoreland County Circuit Court.

Read more: Westmoreland County’s trial is set for March 29 and 30

Judge postpones hearing on FOIA considerations

Litigation O’Gara neighbors brought against members of the Westmoreland County government more than six months ago and the county’s countersuit against the petitioners won’t be heard this Wednesday.
Substitute Judge Jay T. Swett requested a postponement this Monday morning, following a winter storm that left record-breaking snow accumulation throughout the commonwealth.

Read more: Judge postpones hearing on FOIA considerations

Supervisors will hear by-right zoning question on Jan. 11

Four of Westmoreland’s five Planning Commission members met this Monday and delivered a unanimous vote recommending that the Board of Supervisors eliminate a set of by-right land use activities the commissioners believe may be incompatible with residential land use activity.
The Board of Supervisors public hearing and possible action has been scheduled for Monday, Jan. 11, despite the recently published public notice indicating that the hearing and vote would occur next Monday night.

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Suspect in Nov. 18 shooting is arraigned

The Westmoreland Sheriff’s Office reports that 19-year-old Kewaine Lendell Jones was arrested Thanksgiving morning at Neenah in the Jenkins trailer park.
Jones was arraigned on Tuesday, Dec. 1 in the county’s General District Court on felony charges of aggravated malicious wounding and use of a firearm in the Nov. 18 shooting incident.
According to published reports, 25-year-old Tyrell O. Brown was flown by helicopter to Mary Washington Hospital after being shot in his right cheek. The gunshot victim, whose condition was initially described as critical, has been released and is recovering from the wound.
The shooting occurred approximately three-tenths of a mile from Cople Elementary School and multiple county schools were placed in lock-down immediately after law enforcement authorities received notification of the incident.
Local Sheriff’s Office employees received assistance from the State Police as dogs and officers spent the next several hours combing nearby wooded areas in search of an armed man who had abandoned his motor vehicle and fled the scene on foot.
— Betsy Ficklin

Last week’s shooting near Hague concerns community

Multiple Westmoreland County schools were placed in lockdown last Wednesday following a shooting that occurred in a residential neighborhood located approximately three-quarters of a mile from Cople Elementary School.
Word of the shooting spread through the community as quickly as the landing of the one or more helicopters charged with transporting the gunshot victim to Mary Washington Hospital. Reports immediately circulated that an armed suspect had fled into the nearby woods on foot.

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