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/ AMERICA WISHES HERO, STATESMAN JOHN GLENN 'GODSPEED' PAGE 2 MORE PHOTOS FROM LOCAL CELEBRATIONS OF SANTA, TREES AND TRIMMINGS PAGE 5 POLICE AND FIRE DEPARTMENT NEWS FROM AROUND THE REGION PAGE 2 O000W 000 0 TOWN BHELTON t 40t NUM,BER.,SQ ................................................................ ~ ........................................... HELP!NG.YQU,RELATE TO YOUR COMMU ,NITY ........................................................... WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER !.4, 2016 50 CENT:, poto courtesy oJ Stratford Hall held its annual Christmas celebration Saturday, which featured activities including dance songs and food from a 1774 holiday Christ' mastide. The Rappahannock Colonial Heritage Society performs their period dancing in the Great Hall. Visitors were encouraged to join in and mingle with the dancers, and to take a seat and enjoy the show. See more area Christmas photos on Page 5. Supervisors must approve suggested regulations RICHARD LEGGITT The Westmoreland County Planning Commission last week rejected an outright ban on frack- ing sought by environmentalists and instead recommended strict regulatory controls rather than a prohibition on the controver- sial process of injecting water or chemicals deep into the ground in the search for oil and gas. The planning commission rec- ommendation, which now goes to the Westmoreland Board of Super- visors, is similar to the solution ar- rived at the King George Board of Supervisors earlier in the year. The Westmoreland Board of Supervi- sors will hold a public hearing on the issue early next year. Westmoreland County is located in what is known as the Taylorsville Basin, a geological area thought to be rich in oil and gas deposits that can only be obtained by deep drill- ing hydraulic fracturing, a process that injects water and chemicals deep into the ground to release oil and gas. Westmoreland and King George are the first two counties in the area to consider zoning regula- tions of possible fracking activity. See FRACKING, page 4 .......... ' ........ ~r ....... " gl( r rn Statement notes GOP unity at federal level RICHARD LEGGITT First District Congressman Rob Wittman, who represents King George and Westmoreland counties, has bowed out of the 2017 Virginia gubernatorial race. Wittman announced his with- drawal last week in an email to sup- porters. Wittman was one of four candi- See WITTMAN, page 4 Wittman I[lil I, :ilE 1: L II LO01 $42.5M bond I., --- I I I ',\ " (.f I HI#IIIRI approvedfor.f.acility, / sports amenzties ' '\ " The Westmoreland Board of Super- ,,) ! ........ i I visors VotedofMonday night to Wash-begin A!i the process funding a new I z I ington & Lee High School. I esuperv,sorsvoted3to toa.ow I ----- "'-" I Westmoreland County Administrator Norm Risavi to begin the process of I ~J :,,~= ~-~'~"~%~ I I filing an application for obtaining a --- " Image courtesy of Westmoreland COunty Public Schools See SCHOOL, page 4 artist's rendering of the footprint for the new school. Facing manslaughter count for alleged heroin sale in King George RICHARD LEGGITT A Colonial Beach woman who was released on bond earlier this year, after she was charged with involuntary manslaughter in connection with a fatal drug overdose in King George County, was arrested last week on a new charge of drug distribution. Mary E. Trainum, 54, was ar- rested by the Tri-County Drug Task Force, which includes the Westmoreland and King George county sheriff's offices, at her home in the 100 block of 10th Street in Colonial Beach. Trai- num is being held without bond at the Northern Neck Regional Jail. Trainum had been arrested last July after a King George County grand jury indicted her as a result of the 2015 death of a 26-year- old man who died in King George from a fatal drug overdose. In ad- dition to involuntary manslaugh- See CHARGES, page 4 Trainum The Scholars p PATTY KELLY LONG Westmoreland County Public Schools The new CTE Director, Justin Savoy, is a very smart person. Everyone learned a lot more about his academic rewards when his former high school visits Washington and Lee High School seniors and Montross Middle School eighth-graders about the importance of finding scholarships. She used the success of Mr. Savoy as just one of her examples of finding the right school, the right scholarship, and the right fit for a student. Many of her clients have been quite school is a great opportunity to begin their searches, eventhough plans may change. Stu- dents have different dreams when first starting high school than when they finish. She remind- ed the students that everyone is unique as are the variety of scholarships that are available to Law enforcement holiday scams 'Tis the season for thieves RICHARD LEGGITT The Westmoreland and King George sheriff's offices are caution- ing citizens of the two counties to be cautious about possible holiday scares. '~ good rule of thumb: If it seems too good to be true, it prob- ably is;' said King George Sgt. Kecia Wharton. "While scams targeting our com- munities are frequent occurrences, this time of year scammers are out in full force trying to take advantage of all the Christmas cheer and good- will," said Westmoreland Sgt. Kim Simon. "Don't let scammers dampen your holiday spirits. Always remember to verify any charity before you donate, don't click through links in email ads or solicitations, and never give out said. Among the recommendations for citizens to protect themselves during the holidays are: Lock your vehicle and do not leave items in the passenger com- partment of your vehicle. Beware of scam artists contacting you by phone, email or mail seeking money. If you are shopping on line, con- firm the authenticity of the selling your before giving you information. Remember that the IRS does not contact you by phone asking for pay- ments. Be cautious about anyone who asks you to pay a processing fee. Don't forget, con-artists often use high pressure techniques or threats to try to get money. Check with your local law en- forcement agency if you feel you have been contacted by a scam artist. counselor, Ms. Carla Dickerson, visited Washing- ton & Lee High School recently. Dickerson is now known nationally as the Dickerson Scholarship Lady, and she spoke to a group of Washington & ..aining.,orp.rt. schol.r,hips stude.ts .urperso.alin.rmation inapub Illl[!!][lll[!!!!llll 1 with one youn~ lady earning over a million dollars lic place, online to an unsecured site in scholarships recently, or over the phone to a caller," Simon Dic'kerson reminded the students that high See.W&L, page 4 6 2 nalpress.com