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Three Colonial Beach men charged with arson in Colonial Beach school fire

Posted on April 29, 2015 at 12:39 pm

After more than a year of investigations, the Virginia State Police have announced the arrest of three men for the arson of the Colonial Beach Elementary School building on January 5, 2014. Parrish  Muse, 21, Thomas G. Peery, 24, and  Carlos Bermudez, 19, all of Colonial Beach were indicted by a Westmoreland County grand jury. The three men were arrested without incident on April 28. Muse and Peery were indicted

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Deputy Kim Simon

Bridging law enforcement with community, building stronger bonds

Posted on April 29, 2015 at 4:29 pm

Last September, Westmoreland County citizens saw the beginning of a community policing initiative that recognized denser communities as best served by the same officers in every shift, allowing officers to build relationships that entail the residents reaching out comfortably for any reason other than needing to dial 9-11. “I see residents asking me and other officers for advice about legality or illegality of certain things they might be thinking of.

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  • Citizens express concerns over addition of new bathrooms through Westmoreland County budget

    Posted on April 29, 2015 at 4:16 pm

    The Westmoreland County Board of Supervisors has planned no tax increases or cutbacks for the 2015-2016 budget. But Westmoreland residents expressed concerns regarding a proposal from County Administrator Norm Risavi to build a public restroom on the empty lot of the former sheriff’s office at a cost of about $60,000 when new handicap accessible restrooms were recently installed across the street in the Wakefield Building, which houses the Westmoreland County

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  • Attorney General Mark Herring gathers concerns from area sheriffs, police chiefs on public safety tour

    Posted on April 15, 2015 at 11:07 am

    Attorney General Mark Herring (at left) heard concerns from local law enforcement at the Northern Neck Regional Jail.

    Attorney General Mark Herring isn’t in charge of any police forces or local prosecutors, but he and his office can still be helpful to them, as he made clear in a meeting with such officials from the Northern Neck last Wednesday morning. The meeting at the Northern Neck Regional Jail was part of Herring’s second annual “Public Safety Tour” and drew sheriffs from Westmoreland, Richmond, Essex, King George and Northumberland

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Washington and Lee’s Danny Mundy played a central role in his team’s victory over Northumberland.

Washington and Lee baseball starts conference play 3-0

Posted on April 29, 2015 at 4:53 pm

The Washington & Lee Baseball Team finished its first full week of conference competition in impressive fashion.  With wins against Rappahannock and Northumberland, the Eagles improved their overall record to 8 – 5 and their conference record to 3 – 0. Entering the week 1 – 0 in the league after defeating Colonial Beach, the team matched up with the Raiders of Rappahannock on Tuesday.  Freshman starting pitcher Carson Bell

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  • Washington and Lee Eagles soccer team bests Middlesex, West Point

    Posted on April 23, 2015 at 6:00 pm

    Luis Chipres went on a scoring tear with three goals against West Point.

    Washington and Lee Girls soccer team defeats Indians 3-0   The Washington and Lee Varsity soccer squads have hit full stride into the spring season.  The Girls and Boys both traveled to Middlesex on Monday, April 13th.  The Lady Eagles put up a valiant fight and appeared in the second half to dominate control of the ball bringing up numerous scoring opportunities that were not to happen.  W&L Girls fell

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  • Washington and Lee boys baseball: A tale of two teams

    Posted on April 15, 2015 at 12:07 pm


    The Washington & Lee Varsity Baseball team has played eight of its scheduled 20 games before postseason play begins.  To this point, the team has shown potential of being a contender in the Region.  The team’s four wins have all been in convincing fashion and have been displays of solid pitching, defense and offensive production.  The four losses, on the other hand, have given insight into some of the team’s

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Little Paetynn Vaughan

A fighter from the earliest age: Westmoreland girl overcomes odds to embrace gift of life

Posted on April 29, 2015 at 4:22 pm

Paetynn Vaughan bounces around and plays and interacts with her surroundings like most any two-years-old. In fact, if you didn’t know any better, you would think she was born like most children, screaming and crying after the doctor’s slap and ready for a solid dosage of supplement. But Paetynn Vaughan wouldn’t be so lucky. Her battle of survival and beating the odds came from her own willingness to fight and

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  • Maniac Magee takes over Washington District Elementary School

    Posted on April 23, 2015 at 5:57 pm

    Mason Burkton with his Maniac Magee project.

    As part of the All School Read program, students at Washington District Elementary School have all been reading Jerry Spinelli’s novel “Maniac Magee.” Written by Spinelli in 1990, the novel explores themes of racism and homelessness. It is a story about an orphan boy who is looking for a home in a fictional town in Pennsylvania. As the story unfolds, Jeffrey  “Maniac”  Magee becomes a local legend for his feats

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  • 4-H Program, Westmoreland County and Montross Middle School: Call for volunteers, May 1

    Posted on April 17, 2015 at 12:40 pm

    The 4-H program of Westmoreland County is partnering with Montross Middle School to offer a financial literacy program called Reality Store  to 8th grade students during their career unit.  The Reality Store program culminates with a simulation event that requires help from the community.  Community volunteers are needed to person the stations that represent life’s daily expenses.  No experience necessary, all training provided on the morning of the event.  We would

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Homeowners gathered at a party in their honor at the home of Betsy and George Sisson held Sunday, April 12.

Exploring Kinsale as part of Historic Garden Week

Posted on April 15, 2015 at 12:33 pm

It’s time once again for Historic Garden Week across the Commonwealth and this year the Garden Club of the Northern Neck invites you to “Explore the Treasures of Kinsale” in Westmoreland County. The tour will be held on Wednesday, April 22 from 10am until 4pm, rain or shine. Five lovely homes in Kinsale and Hague are featured and may be visited in any order after you purchase a ticket at

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  • Kinsale Strawberry Festival, May 9

    Posted on April 15, 2015 at 12:29 pm

    Service with a smile --  Kinsale servers love sharing luscious strawberries with neighbors for a very good cause -- to help raise funds so Cople District VFD can continue to save lives and property.

    Strawberries galore (and homemade shortcake too) are coming to Kinsale for YOU on Mother’s Day Saturday, May 9, 2015, from 10-3 for the 5th annual Kinsale Strawberry Festival, a fund-raiser for Cople District VFD. So much will be going on in Kinsale you’ll want to spend quite awhile in town, having fun and listening to music by Black Coffee and Heavy Cream (11-3), at events stretching from the Firehouse to

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  • Auditions for ‘Harvey’ at Westmoreland Players, April 6 and 7

    Posted on April 1, 2015 at 9:20 pm

    Auditions for “Harvey,” a comedy by Mary Chase will  be held at the Westmoreland Players playhouse from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on April 6 and 7.  There are roles for six men and six women ranging in ages from 20 to 70. The characters are as follows: Myrtle Mae Simmons, a single woman who is looking to connect with a man but cannot because her uncle Elwood and his

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