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Issues with largemouth

Posted on December 17, 2014 at 11:09 am

By Susan Pietras-Smith At the December quarterly Potomac River Fisheries Commission meeting, discussion over perceived levels of largemouth bass loomed large. The commissioners heard information on why the number of bass caught has gone down according to local fishermen. Joseph Love, Tidal Bass Manager of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources gave background on the none indigenous species. Directly following the United States Civil War a program to introduce largemouth

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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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Sports

Washington and Lee’s Jarret Sumiel (left) rises up to challenge Colonial Beach’s Lamar Lucas. The Eagles defeated the Drifters 60-57.

Washington and Lee Eagles basketball team edges Colonial Beach in close rivalry game

Posted on December 17, 2014 at 10:46 am

The Eagles Nest at Washington and Lee High School was alive and loud last Wednesday night when the Drifters Varsity Boys Basketball Team came to Montross to challenge the home team; and challenge they did.  The point lead changed several times during the night but ended with the W&L Eagles on top in a final 60-57 in their first Conference game.   The evenly matched teams both played hard and

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  • Colonial Beach girls basketball team dominates Washington and Lee in 56-10 victory

    Posted on December 17, 2014 at 10:43 am

    Colonial Beach’s Emily Parks matches up against Washington and Lee’s Rynesha Goode.

    The Colonial Beach Girls Varsity basketball team was carrying too much steam for the Washington and Lee ladies  throughout Wednesday night’s rivalry matchup in Montross.  The Drifters sailed past the Eagles in a one-sided 56-10 contest that lasted too long for the home team fans. The Colonial Beach girls came out aggressive from the starting whistle.  With their hands up and their zones impenetrable, they easily took possession of the

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  • Montross teenager and Westmoreland YMCA karate student earns Junior Black Belt

    Posted on December 17, 2014 at 10:38 am

    Emily Holden (right) with Sensei Melvin Stewart.

    Emily Holden, 14, of Montross, is a karate student at Westmoreland YMCA under Sensei Melvin Stewart. She has been a student for six years. On December 6, 2014, Emily tested and was promoted to the rank of Junior Black Belt. Only 1 in 5000 achieves this rank. She has put in a lot of hours of studying and physical training over the last year. Training included areas of self-defense, physical

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Lifestyles

Westmoreland State Park Food Drive

Posted on December 17, 2014 at 11:17 am

By Christopher Schmitt Westmoreland State Park is accepting donations in the form of dry or canned goods to give to the local food bank. Park Office Manager, Trisha Lewis, credited Business Manager Jim Wyman with coming up with the idea of donating to the Northern Neck Food Bank for the holidays. Lewis said, “Instead of us giving to each other here at the park, we decided we were going to

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  • A Colonial Beach Winterfest

    Posted on December 17, 2014 at 11:08 am

    By Susan Pietras-Smith Even with a week’s delay due to bad weather, the 2014 Colonial Beach WinterFest and Santa Parade drew a good crowd of the young and young at heart. Children from infants to tweens joined their parents and the town’s mayor to welcome Santa to town on the 13th. A bright sunny day greeted the gathered crowds as floats from local Girl Scout, Boy Scouts, and others led

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  • Getting to know your officials: Superintendent Rebecca Lowry

    Posted on December 10, 2014 at 12:55 pm

    Rebecca Lowry

    “I always knew I wanted to be a teacher. When I was in elementary school I used to cry when they would make me go home in the evenings…. I just really kind of loved it from the beginning.” Rebecca Lowry is Superintendent of the Westmoreland County school system and it would be hard for anyone to say that Dr. Lowry is not qualified for her position. With a PhD

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Entertainment

Rock band forms ties with Colonial Beach community

Posted on December 10, 2014 at 2:35 pm

A fast-rising rock group called “Swamp da’ Wamp” came to the First Annual Colonial Beach Bikefest to open for the nationally known group “Molly Hatchet” and stole the show as founder and lead singer/songwriter Gig Michaels fronted the band known for its unique eclectic mix of Southern rock, blues, classic rock and country sound. The group is now touring the USA, Canada and Europe, but while playing at the Bikefest,

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  • From sweets to Santa: Christmas in Kinsale

    Posted on December 10, 2014 at 1:10 pm

    Noah Anderson-Weiskircher and Kevin the Christmas Gorilla.

    Christmas in Kinsale on Dec. 6 was a day of contrasts and miracles, as legions of guardian angels spread their wings overhead and myriad warm-hearted, loving and optimistic visitors opened their hearts with generous smiles here on earth to raise a substantial sum to share with our less fortunate neighbors.  Prior to the event, we went ahead and put checks in the hands of Social Services, WRAR Christmas Wishes, the

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  • Dinner and Fellowship at First Baptist Church, Colonial Beach

    Posted on December 10, 2014 at 12:26 pm

    December 16, 2014 at 6pm: From First Baptist Church: Pre-Christmas “Feed the Community” Dinner and Fellowship Tuesday, December 16 at 6 p.m., 619 Jackson St., Colonial Beach, Rev. David Cunningham, Senior Pastor. Info: 804-224-7198.

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