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CB PLANNERS SET GOALS FOR 2016 PAGE 4 DRIFTERS RUN INTO TROUBLE IN ESSEX'S PETERSON PAGE 4 VIRGINIA WHY NOT APOLOGIZE FOR SLAVERY? PAGE 2 ADC 207 000009 000001 f -WN PAPERS .: 7 W COTA ST I ELTON WA 98584-2263 .!,,qIMlili,,lhhll,lh,qlI,Wlq,,h,M,Miliill,il VOLUME 40, NUMBER 4 HELPING YOU RELATE TO YOUR COMMUNITY WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 27 \ \. u= Photos by Richard Leggitt A Colonial Beach boy, Noah Strickland, and his dog, Holly, were among the first to venture outside to play after the snowstorm passed. RICHARD LEGGITT A snowstorm with blizzard conditions that stretched from North Carolina to New York swept through the Northern Neck over the weekend dumping up to 20 inches of snow on King George and Westmoreland countiesandforcingbusiness closures, the cancellation of Sunday worship services and shutdown of the courts and most non-essential government offices. Most of the areas residents from King George to Kinsale took the advice of Gov. Terry McAuliffe and sheltered in place during the storm. Streets in communities in King George and Westmoreland resembled ghost towns covered with a white blanket from Friday night through Sunday morning. The fact that so many residents stayed home during the storm helped hold down the number of traffic accidents and weather-related deaths. According to the Virginia State Police there were only six fatalities statewide caused by the storm, and none in the Northern Neck. "Road conditions remain very slick and treacherous across the Commonwealth and the State Police and VDOT continue to advise folks to avoid unnecessary travel if possible;' said state police spokeswoman Corinne Geller. Schools across the area have been closed since Thursday and Friday and were expected to remain closed for part of this week. "The snow caused us to reschedule some games, but we've kind of gotten to where we expect it" Washington & Lee Athletic Director Malcolm Lewis said. "It happens just about every year, so we are flexible" Westmoreland County Administrator Norm Risavi said his county weathered the storm well, "despite the challenges." Risavi said when two ambulances got stuck during the storm trying to assist ailing patients, the county requested two Humvees from the National Guard from Powhatan, VA. "One of the Humvees, eqmpped with our medical personnel, will remain in the area this week" Risavi said. "Hopefully we will get the secondary and subdivision roads cleared in the next couple of days. The contractors weren't prepared for a snowstorm of this duration. Overall, most people took the governor's advice and stayed off the roads and that helped a lot" In King George, things also went smoothly with only minor difficulties. "Luckily, we didn't have See SNOW, page 8 Nicole Wilson, of Colonial Beach, pulled her two bundled up children, Jeremiah and Mikala, on a sled Sunday after the storm had passed. The dozens of varieties of seagulls that live year around along the Poto- mac River were anxious and hungry because of a lack of food after the storm. Many area residents helped feed them. A boat ramp on ice covered Monroe Bay in Westmoreland County is closed and covered with snow as a result of three days of blizzard conditions. Montross man drives truck off cliff, falls to his death JOEL DAVIS A Montross man died Wednesday morning in a single vehicle crash on private property in Westmoreland County. The crash occurred around 10:48 a.m. in the 1300 block of Poor Jack Road, according to a news release from the state police office in Warsaw. The driver of a Toyota pickup truck, Kevin A. Foxwell, 49 of Montross, Va., died at the scene; he was not wearing a seatbelt, according to the release. Virginia State Police Troope~ Victor Ubieta is investigating the crash. A 1999 Toyota Tacoma pickup wa, traveling on Poor Jack Road when ran offa cliffand landed about 75 feefl down on the shoreline, according tc the release. State Police Sgt. C.W. Davis said the incident is officially an unattendec death, and not a traffic accident. "[The victim] never was on th~ highway," Davis said. "That make, it an unattended death, not a fatal accident" Davis said the accident is sti[ under investigation. A cause has nol yet been determined. uncil About $~.3 million available for needs PHYLLIS COOK The Town of Colonial Beach has roughly $1.2 to $1.3 million set aside for capital improvements according to Mayor Mike Ham. The town vouncil met with town staff for four hours on Wed Jan 20 to decide how best to spend it. Town Clerk Kathy Flanagan said that, although the council has agreed on the items at their Jan 20 work session, they will formally vote on the matters at their next regular meeting in February. $200,000 boat ramp $300,000 public bathrooms including portable bathroom $22,000 for Town Center improvements $300,000 to purchase the building for town hall $135,000 for TAP grant match $143,000 remaining The council began by discussing the need to promote tourism. Ham stated that tourism tax revenues were up and the work the town has done to promote tourism is now paying off. After expenses the town netted in tax revenue $7,000 in 2014 and about $9,000 in 2015 from the Colonial Beach Bike Fest according to Ham. The town had to move town hall operations to 316 Douglas Ave. in the summer of 2014 after mold remediation in the Hawthorne location revealed possible asbestos and other hazardous materials. The building the town uses in for the new town hall belongs to the school system and was part of several buildings which were previously used to house the town's elementary students. ]-he rest of the buildings and structures have been demolished or removed. A fire in Jan of 2014 rendered the campus too dangerous to allow students to remainn so they were relocated to temporary modular units at the high school campus on First Street. Proceeds from the sale of the lot that housed the elementary campus will go to funding the new elementary school being built on the First Street campus. ]-he council must decide whether to purchase the building from the school at fair market value or relocate town hall. The council discussed the issue at their Jan 20 special meeting. Mayor Mike Ham said the council must either decide to move and put town hall up for sale, or purchase the building from the school system. Ham estimates the high end of fair market value for the building would be $300,000. town has already spent $130,000 to alter the building to fit the needs of the new town hall. Council tentatively agreed to set aside up to $300,000 to purchase the building. Town Clerk Kathy Flanagan See TOWN, page 8 Now you can follow local breaking news daily on our website at www.journalpress.com