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Westmoreland Sheriff’s office Awarded

Posted on December 17, 2014 at 11:21 am

By Christopher Schmitt The Westmoreland Sheriff’s office won several law enforcement awards including 1st place nationwide in the law enforcement challenge and 2nd place statewide. C.O. Balderson and three of his deputies attended the Board of Supervisors meeting to accept the awards. The Supervisors amended their public agenda on Monday, December 8, specifically to allow a spokesperson from the Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police to present the awards in

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  • Westmoreland News wins Farm Bureau journalism award

    Posted on December 3, 2014 at 9:57 am

    The Members’ Choice Award, which honors media nominated by Farm Bureau members, was given to two non-dailies, The Westmoreland News and The Gazette-Virginian in South Boston. “We are amazed at the talent and dedication of our award winners,” said VFBF President Wayne F. Pryor. “It’s reassuring to know that there are still reporters and editors who understand the importance of our $70 billion industry and report it on a regular

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  • Beloved Westmoreland coach says farewell to youth league

    Posted on November 25, 2014 at 10:43 am

    George Hunter Jr. (right) with his son, George.

    With 20 years of experience under his belt at only 37 years of age, Montross resident George Hunter Jr. has become a beloved coach and community figure for youth, students and parents in Westmoreland County. But unfortunately for the Westmoreland Youth Association, Hunter is leaving the program to concentrate on other coaching responsibilities. Having gained a wealth of experience playing basketball for his church and the local YMCA, Hunter began

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Randy Furrow

Finding the right connection with local computer expert

Posted on November 19, 2014 at 10:35 am

Randy Furrow is a man known not only in Westmoreland County but also in Northumberland, Richmond and Essex Counties as a go-to computer expert. He may not always be at his store because he is making good, old-fashion house calls in order to doctor sick computers. After graduating from Oral Roberts University and becoming a pastor and music director for various churches, Furrow settled in and around the Northern Neck

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  • Carrying on the successful way for nearly 20 years

    Posted on October 8, 2014 at 1:40 pm

    Carry-On Trailer Corporation

      Westmoreland County based Carry-On Trailer Corporation is the largest private employer in the county, and with seven plants nationwide, it is the largest manufacturer of utility and cargo trailers in the USA. Carry-On is an American success story remarkably not only born in a bad national economy, but it didn’t exist as little as 19 years ago. When founder Jay Pearson was in the Future Farmers of America (FFA)

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  • Beach looking to entice businesses

    Posted on August 28, 2013 at 12:05 pm

    A three hour and thirty-five minute Town Council work session last Thursday produced more conversation than results for the town of Colonial Beach. The seven member council wants to establish an Economic Development Authority that would allow the town to purchase Rankin’s shopping center. The center could be used for the police department, zoning administration and possibly a town hall. Some buildings could be rented to local businesses. By law

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Guest Editorial: Medical pilots see the cost of drunk driving

Posted on April 19, 2013 at 12:12 pm

Seventeen million Americans admitted to driving drunk at some point in 2010, according to a recent study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Amazingly, if this same group of people lived in the same state, it would rank fifth in size between Florida and Illinois. Despite significant improvements over the last decade, the statistics remain sobering: 27 people die every day in alcohol related traffic crashes, representing more than

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  • Guest Editorial: Realize, Recognize, Reach Out

    Posted on April 9, 2013 at 4:05 am

    “I just want it to stop.” “It” is child abuse or neglect, and when Social Workers talk with child victims, this is a statement most often heard from them. Children love their parents and caretakers. Children want their caretakers to behave like parents and guardians, who love and cherish them—they want their caretakers to behave like parents they see on television. And children want to be with their families. They

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  • Putting down roots for veggies

    Posted on March 27, 2013 at 12:30 pm

    Vegetable gardening has seen a revival in the past few years.  There are as many reasons for growing your own produce as there are people planting.  Some of the more common reasons include food safety (knowing who produced your food and how), economics (although it is debatable whether growing your own saves you money), fresh food, and just the fun of it! Many people have never grown a vegetable garden

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