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@ PREVENTION AWARENES EVENT DRAWS A CROWD SEEKING HEALTH INFO PAGE 4 THE SOURCE DAHLGREN BASE PARTICIPATES IN LIVE FIRE ,EXERCISE TESTING NEW TECH FOR WARFIGHTERS PAGE 8 N S POLICE AND FIRE DEPARTMENT NEWS FROM AROUND THE REGION PAGE 4 MIXED ADC 207 00000g 000001 SMALl.. TOWN PAPERS 217 W COTA ST SHELTON WA 98584-2263 h.n.l..nl..lhl...d.hlU..lUh,hill.llu.q.uh.lrlhl,, VOLUME 40, NUMBER 38 HELPING YOU RELATE TO YOUR COMMUNITY WEDNESDAY~ SEPTEMBER 21, 2016 50 CENTS Ca.LAeO nVe SCIENCE OUTDOOR LEARNING CTE Image courtesy of Westmoreland County Public Schools Westmoreland County offieials weigh desirable features against tax base RICHARD LEGGITT Westmoreland County Officials expressed surprise and regret last week after receiving an architect's report with the cost estimate for building a new Washington & Lee High School in Montross. The preliminary cost estimate for the new Westmoreland County high school contained in a 50-page preliminary architectural feasibil- ity report was $49 million, substantially higher than the cost of constructing new high schools in other rural localities in the region. "I know they want a school of the future," said Westmoreland Supervisor Russ Culver. "But I have told them if they stick to that price, it will be way, way in the future." Culver and other Westmoreland County officials pointed out that when the new high school is built, the county will be required by law to make a payment to the town of Colonial Beach -- which has its own high school --- that is equal to 18 percent of the cost of the construction of the new school to reimburse Colonial Beach for the portion of the school's funding paid for by the town's taxpayers. Westmoreland County officials estimated that would add another $8 million to the cost of building a new school, a significant financial burden for a rural county that has a relatively small tax base. "We want to help the students and the teach- ers have a new high school," said Culver, "but we also want to help the taxpayers. I think we can have a new high school without spending that kind of money." "What we need is a nice looking Mercury," Culver said. "What the architect is selling us is a new Cadillac." Culver and other county offi- cials estimated that the ceiling for an expendi- ture for a new high school may be somewhere between $35 to $43 million, which is similar to what Northumberland County spent to build its new high school. "Whenever you are building one of these public buildings," said Westmoreland Super- visor Woody Hynson, "price and architectural dreams come first, then comes reality. And, whatever you can afford is where you end up. But the real problem is whatever it costs, we have to give 18 percent of that figure to Colo- nial Beach." The architectural feasibility report present- ed to the Westmoreland County School Board and supervisors last week was done by the firm of Grimm and Parker, which has offices in the See SCHOOL, page 2 Marijuana, cocaine, Fentanyl seized RICHARD LEGGITT The Westmoreland County Sheriff's Office concluded a five-month undercover investiga tion last week with the arrests of five men and five women on drug charges. All were taken to the Northern Neck Re- gional Jail pending bond hearings. "I have continuously stated that we have zero tolerance for illegal drug activity," said West- moreland Sheriff C.I. Balderson. "That phi- losophy has not and will not change. Our effort to combat this type of activity is ongoing and unwavering." The arrests were made early Thursday morn- ing as part of an undercover operation with the Tri-County Drug Task Force, which includes officers from King George and Richmond counties as well as the Virginia State Police and the Naval Criminal Investigation Service. The months long undercover drug opera- tion, known as Operation Cold Shot, resulted in charges against the following individuals: Dwayne S. Cherry, Jr., 24, of Oak Grove, who was charged with distributing a controlled substafice and distributing drugs near a com- munity center. Lamtilvia L. Crowley, 24, of Colonial Beach who was charged with distributing a controlled substance and conspiring to distribute a con- trolled substance. Angelica M. Godbey, 24, of Colonial Beach who was charged with disffibuting a controlled substance and conspiring to distribute a con- trolled substance. Christina A. ]ones, 25, of Montross who was charged with two counts of distributing a con- trolled substance and two counts of conspiring to distribute a controlled substance and one count of child neglect. Steven R. Moore, 24, of Heathsville who was charged with distributing a controlled sub- stance and conspiring to distribute a controlled substance. Quintin D. Newman, 24, of Colonial Beach who was charged with distributing a controlled substance and conspiring to distribute a con- trolled substance. See DRUGS, page 2 Thousands of folks turned out at Stratford Hall Saturday and Sunday for the annual Wine and Oysters fundraiser. Photo courtesy of Stratford Hall Stratford Hall hosts thousands for annual fundraiser RICHARD LEGGITT Stratford Hall held its 10th Annual Wine and Oyster Festival Saturday and Sunday and hosted thousands of people for great wines, scrumptious seafood, arts and crafts. The popular event was a rousing success. The festival featured fun and his- tory, including free tours of the Great House. There was live music, a car show, barrel train rides and a replica of the boat that Capt. John Smith sailed up the Potomac River in 1608. Held every year on the third week- end of September, the wine and oys- ter event is one of Virginia's most popular events and featured wines from 17 Virginia vineyards and oys- ters from six oyster growers located in the Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula. There also was craft beer and cider from breweries in Fredericksburg, Richmond and Charlottesville as well as a wide range of arts and crafts. "What a great event," said Strat- ford Hall's Ion Bachman. "This year's festival success is due to the combi- nation of great wineries, local oys- ter growers, wonderful vendors, the See WINE, page 2 IIII!U!][III!!!!!IIII 21