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OPINION STATE SHOULD TOUGHEN REGULATIONS ON PAYDAY LENDING FIRMS PAGE 2 W&L HIRE NEW VARSITY HEAD FOOTBALL COACH PAGE 4 DEER POPULATION DECREASE RAISES CONCERNS AMONG WILDLIFE FANS PAGE 6 VOLUME 40, NUMBER 20 HELPING YOU RELATE TO YOUR COMMUNITY WEDNESDAY1 MAY 18, 2016 50 CENTS A dog from the King George Sheriff's Office searches a vehicle for illegal drugs. Law enforcement officers in King George ing for answers to a growing problem of drug abuse in the area. Photo by Kecia Wharton and Westmoreland are look- RICHARD LEGGITT but end up turning to heroin because it is easier to get and it is cheaper." Last month after drug abuse killed The concern of law enforcement two people in King George County officers is not just a question of crime and sent four others to Mary Wash- and punishment. "While we are ington Hospital, King George Sheriff charged with the enforcement Of the Steve Dempsey lamented the grow- law, our efforts are also proactive and ing abuse of illegal drugs in the re- we endeavor to provide information gion, especially heroin, and resources to anyone in crisis," "People who are addicted to her- said Westmoreland Sheriff's Deputy oin can't function and can't work " Kim Simon. Dempsey said. "Anytime an individual can be of- "The pursuit of heroin becomes fered -- and is willing to take -- a their whole way of life, they are al- pathway to treatment, our entire ways looking for ways to finance community improves," Simon said. their next buy of heroin. It is a day- "From the decrease in criminal ac- by-daything." tivity often associated with drug- In recent years, Dempsey andseeking behavior, to an increase in other law enforcement officers in lawful and productive citizen par- King George, Westmoreland and ticipation, everyone benefits when the Northern Neck have seen more that individual is able to overcome and more people who are addicted addiction." to heroin and other drugs including Addicts or family members of ad- opioids, dicts seeking treatment or help in "It is something we have been see- battling drug abuse addiction are of- ing for sometime," Dempsey said. "In most cases people find them- selves addicted to prescription pills See HEROIN, page 8 1 .I 1 .I RICHARD LEGGITT the auxiliary and has a husband who is a lifetime mem- bers of the CBVFD. Despite the rainy weather Saturday, the Colonial At Saturday's event, dozens of people showed up for Beach Volunteer Fire Department Women's Auxiliary delicious fried fish dinners with coleslaw and all of raised money for the fire department with a $10 per . trimmings, however, the crowd was not as big as the plate fish fry at the firehouse, auxiliary had hoped. "The storm hurt us a little bit," said "Every year we raise $11,000 to $15,000 for the fire Saulnier. department," said Amanda Saulnier, the president of Next up for the ladies auxiliary is a June 5th baby the auxiliary. "This year the funds will probably go to- contest and then on June 1 lth and 12th the annual CB- ward a new'roof on the firehouse." VFD ladies auxiliary carnival held in connection with "In previous years, we have helped fund equipment Colonial Beach's annual Riverfest. "We do a dinner just and breathing devices, whatever they needed,'.' said about every month," Saulnier said. "And other months Saulnier, who is serving her third year as president of we something like the Riverfest carnival." Photo by Bonnie Gouvisis Members of the Colonial Beach Volunteer Fire Department's La- dies Auxiliary wait to serve hungry customers at their Saturday fish fry. [he auxiliary raises $11,000 to $15,000 pet year for the fire department. In inln An unoccupied and uninhabited house at Stratford Hall was set fire Volunteer Fire Department. oto courtes) last week last week in a controlled burn training exercise for the Westmoreland RICHARD LEGGITT After receiving Stratford Hall's invitation to use the dwelling for The Westmoreland Volunteer fire training, the fire department Fire Department received valu- slated the house for destruction able training for fighting a resi- in April, but the high winds that dential home fire last week when battered the Northern Neck that they tackled the controlled burn month forced a postponement. of an unoccupied and uninhabited The fire training was' rescheduled house on the property for Strat- for May. ford Hall. Last week Westmoreland Vol- The fire department used the unteer Department members were destruction of the tenant house as able to successfully train on the a training exercise at the invita- fire at the house for three hours tion of Stratford Hall officials. "We and Stratford Hall officials were have a good relationship with the pleased to be of assistance. "We fire department and we're glad to appreciate all the time and effort be able to provide them with this that the Westmoreland Volunteer rare training opportunity for their Fire Department provides to the members," said Stratford Hall's county," said Refo. Executive Director Carter Refo. The single story house that was burned was located on the main campus of the 1,900 acre planta- tion that was the home of the Lee 1 IIII!l!!][llllk!l!l!!llll I Family of Virginia. The house was formerly used for staff housing but recently had been condemned. 6 2 R f