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Colonial Beach Town Council votes 6-1 to turn off Ustream video for council work sessions

Posted on January 28, 2015 at 3:15 pm

Even though he called for transparency in government while running for election, Eddie Blunt, the new vice-mayor of Colonial Beach, has had the Ustream video turned off for all town council work sessions. Two years ago, the council began streaming all council meetings on the town’s Ustream account. This service is used by many citizens of the town, particularly with work sessions, due to other obligations that do not allow

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  • Montross Middle School named a GEAR UP School

    Posted on January 23, 2015 at 9:46 am

    Governor Terry McAuliffe recently announced that Virginia is one of just ten states recently awarded federal funds through the Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) grant from the U.S. Department of Education. Administered by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV), sixteen school districts in Virginia were selected to participate in the program. Montross Middle School is one of the grant recipients. “Expanding access

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  • Congressman Rob Wittman to guest host The John Fredericks Morning Radio Show

    Posted on January 22, 2015 at 4:42 pm

      It’s The Rob Wittman Show. Round three.Congressman Rob Wittman (R-VA) will guest host The John Fredericks Morning Radio Show for the third time on Friday, January 23, 2015 from 6:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.Wittman last commanded the microphone as a guest host for Fredericks in April 2014. The John Fredericks Morning Show is heard on WHKT AM 1650 in Hampton Roads and WNTW AM “The Answer” in Richmond and throughout Central

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  • Northern Neck welcomes new Virginia State Police Area 2 commander

    Posted on January 22, 2015 at 12:27 am

    From left: Sgt. Davis, 1st Sgt. Kaplan, Sgt. Smith, and Mrs. Bonnie Slaw, Area 2 Office Secretary Senior. Mrs. Slaw, a Richmond County native and resident, has served as the Area secretary since 1992.

    For 1st Sgt. Jeremy S. Kaplan, moving to the Northern Neck was kind of like coming home. Kaplan, of Mechanicsville, grew up visiting Westmoreland County with his family for long weekends on the river. “I’ve always enjoyed the rural beauty and laid-back, friendly nature of the Northern Neck,” said Kaplan, the new Virginia State Police Area 2 Office commander in Warsaw. “So, when this position became available, I immediately submitted

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  • Westmoreland County Department of Social Services is accepting applications for a Family Services Specialist I/II

    Posted on January 21, 2015 at 4:40 pm

    The Westmoreland County Dept. of Social Services is accepting applications for a Family Services Specialist I/II.  Information regarding the responsibilities and qualifications is available on the Virginia Dept. of Social Services website for job  vacancies at  All applications must be submitted online as directed and received no later than 5:00 p..m.; Monday, January 26, 2015.  MAILED, EMAILED, FAXED OR HAND-DELIVERED APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.

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  • Westmoreland citizens share concerns about possible local biosolids facility

    Posted on January 21, 2015 at 12:09 pm

    Several Westmoreland County citizens met in a public forum hosted by the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality to discuss the controversial issue of a biosolids facility being constructed on Richmond Road. According to DEQ, Biosolids is a term that refers to solid, semisolid, or liquid materials removed from municipal sewage and treated to be suitable for recycling as fertilizer. Many of the citizens who attended were visibly outraged at this

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  • Westmoreland County Public Schools Superintendent Resigns; Board Begins Search

    Posted on January 16, 2015 at 12:54 pm

    From Westmoreland County Public Schools: Dr. Rebecca Lowry submitted a letter of resignation to the Westmoreland County School Board during the closed session of the January 12th school board meeting. Ms. Iris Lane, Board Chair and District 2 Representative, issued the following statement on behalf of the Board: “On January 12, 2015, the Westmoreland County School Board accepted Dr. Rebecca Lowry’s letter of resignation from the Superintendent’s position effective June 30,

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  • 40 years of community service recognized at Westmoreland Volunteer Fire Department’s annual banquet

    Posted on January 14, 2015 at 12:35 pm

    Corey Landon, Ricky Landon, Eddie Weston and John Pitts were among the many who received awards for their service with the Westmoreland Volunteer Fire Department.

    Walt Gompers from the Prince Georges County Fire Department was the guest speaker for the event.  Gompers is a 30-year veteran of the fire department and has taught over 1,000 firefighters and over 3,000 volunteers in fire school.  Gompers served as an inspector for many years in the department. “When I came by for a visit, I was absolutely amazed that the number one truck in Company Two was perfect.

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  • Montross Volunteer Rescue Squad celebrates 25 years of helping community and saving lives

    Posted on January 14, 2015 at 12:14 pm

    Suzanne Tolson, pictured standing, speaks during the banquet  as U.S. Congressman Rob Wittman and Lisa Dodd look on.

    Montross Volunteer Rescue Squad celebrated “25 years of excellence” Friday night. The MVRS anniversary took place at the annual awards ceremony and installation of officers banquet. The evening began with a social hour where squad, life and charter members gathered for appetizers and conversation. Congressman Rob Wittman was in attendance. Vicky Beasley has been Rescue Chief for the last two years but said she currently has a lot on her plate,

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