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Former minister sentenced on child pornography charges

Posted on May 20, 2015 at 1:32 pm

Former Minister Edwin L. Pope was sentenced to five years with two years suspended on each of the six counts of the production of child pornography involving a child under the age of 15. He also received five years with no time suspended on one count of production of child pornography involving a 15-to-17-year-old and three years suspended on each of the possession of child pornography charges. Former Westmoreland County

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  • Revitalization close to realization: Town of Montross project continues

    Posted on May 13, 2015 at 12:14 pm

    Town Manager Brenda Reamy and Town Employee Dougie Norris.

    “Seems like it’s been forever, but there is a light at the end of the tunnel,” said Town Manager Brenda Reamy on the Re-vitalization project going on in the town of Montross. The project started back in 2011 and is funded by the Department of Housing Community Development. Director Jerry Davis of the Northern Neck Planning Commission serves as the project director. “Normally a management team consists of 10 to 15

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  • Angelo’s owner’s name cleared

    Posted on May 13, 2015 at 12:08 pm

    Bryan Oliff

      It was a long time coming, but Bryan Oliff finally had his day in court, and even though his malicious prosecution suit against Westmoreland County Deputy Anthony Darby was dismissed, no evidence or testimony stating that Oliff had knowledge or participated in the sale or use of Cocaine was ever submitted before the court. Oliff, owner of Angelo’s Pizza in Montross, has claimed his innocence since his arrest on

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  • Ribbon cutting for renovated Rankin’s True Value Hardware in Colonial Beach

    Posted on May 7, 2015 at 9:49 am

      A ribbon-cutting ceremony on Friday introduced residents and customers to the newly remodeled Rankin’s True Value Hardware in Colonial Beach. On hand was founder James A. Rankin, who started the business 50 years ago and has stores in Warrenton and King George. Loyd Alspaugh, who has served as general manager for 20 years, said of the remodeling, “It’s more of a modern upgrade from the previous layout. We tried

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  • Looking for an identity: Northern Neck Artisan Trail committee launches campaign for name search

    Posted on May 6, 2015 at 1:18 pm

    Emcee Tom Davis from WRAR and WNNT with Executive Director Sherri Smith.

    After all of the work that has gone into planning the Artisan Trail, the search for the trail’s name is under way. And the community’s help is needed. On April 27, the committee for naming the Artisan Trail in the Northern Neck held its initial meeting at Westmoreland State Park. “Naming a trail is the hardest thing we can do,” Executive Director Sherri Smith said. “It has to truly and

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  • Bridging law enforcement with community, building stronger bonds

    Posted on April 29, 2015 at 4:29 pm

    Deputy Kim Simon

    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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  • Colonial Beach Volunteer Fire Department seeks funding for roof replacement

    Posted on April 1, 2015 at 9:32 am

    Chief David Robey of the Colonial Beach Volunteer Fire Department met with town council to ask for needed funds. Robey, who had come to the council in 2013 and 2014, with the same issue approached the town council asking for funds to replace the 20-year-old roof atop the department headquarters. The station, which is located at 312 Colonial Ave has a flat rubber roof currently. The roof was last replaced

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