Warren Coalition’s talent show

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Today Fri. Jan. 15 is the last day to get involved and show off your talent for a chance at cash prizes.

The nonprofit agency Warren Coalition is inviting Warren County and Skyline High School Students to show off their talents.

Whether you sing or dance do comedy or whatever show it off for a chance at cash prizes.

Potential contestants must preregister by  sending a message to Ryan Cubbage at Warren Coalition today Jan. 15.

Virtual auditions are due by Jan. 19 with in-person auditions by Jan. 26.

Warren Coalition was established to help fill gaps in health care and substance abuse awareness for the community.

Their mission is to make Warren County a safe healthy and drug free community.

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Area closures for MLK Day

The City of Winchester City Offices, Jim Barnett Park Recreation Center and Courts will be closed Monday.

WinTran routes have been canceled and Monday’s recycling collection has been moved to Wednesday.

A complete holiday and special events calendar for the City of Winchester is here.

The Town of Luray Business Offices will be closed on Monday, Jan. 18.

Front Royal’s business office will be closed Jan. 18 with Monday’s trash collection moved to Wednesday.

These closure are in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King’s holiday Jan.18,2021.

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Valley Health makes it easier to register for inoculations

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Virginia health officials have expanded the pool of people who are eligible for a COVID-19 vaccination.

Newly added to the Phase 1b inoculation plan are people age 65 or over and younger people with certain health problems.

To avoid long lines, waits and ensure you get the vaccination preregistration is recommended.

To register go to valleyhealthlink.com/c19vaccinations.

Valley Health hopes to add a phone line to register for those without internet.

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Front Royal Town Hall expands closure

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The Front Royal Town Hall will be closed to citizens and vendors until Feb. 1, 2021.

In an effort to protect citizens and employees the following will be in place.

There will be a phone number at the main entrance  of Town Hall for individuals to call to be seen by a Town employee for Permit services.

Permit services  will continue with customers and will be conducted in the conference room to provide for 6’ social  distancing as recommended.  

Town Hall drive thru lanes remain open for business.

One lane will be utilized for payments only;  the second drive thru lane may be used for all other transactions conducted with the Department of  Finance.

The Town will continue with normal processing and collection procedures related to utility  services.  

The Town anticipates longer wait times for those using the drive-thru services and recommends citizens to call  the Department of Finance at (540) 635-7799 to discuss any questions related to utility services or payments.

To avoid long delays the Town strongly encourages citizens to use an alternative method of payment  including:  

Website – https://frontroyalva.com for payments of Utilities and Tax Payments.

By Telephone – Please call the Finance Department 540-635- 7799  

By Mail – Check/Money Order can be sent to P.O. Box 1560, Front Royal, VA 22630.

Drop box – The drop box is located on the outside of the building just before the drive-thru window.

Due to high traffic an additional drop box is being installed in front of Town Hall.

Citizens are welcome and encouraged to use either drop box.  

It is the Town’s goal to operate effectively and ensure that all essential services are continuously provided and  that employees are safe within the workplace.

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Northam announces expanded eligibility for COVID-19 vaccine

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By SARAH RANKIN and ALAN SUDERMAN

By Associated Press | Published Jan. 15, 20214:30 a.m.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia officials announced changes Thursday that significantly expand the pool of people eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine as they also outlined plans for mass-vaccination clinics to speed up the pace of inoculations.

Gov. Ralph Northam said at a news conference in Richmond that the state would follow new federal guidance from President Donald Trump’s administration that urged states to immediately start vaccinating people who had previously been lower down the priority list.

Newly included in what’s called Phase 1b of the state’s distribution plan are people age 65 and older and younger people with certain health problems that make them more vulnerable to the virus.

“This means about half of Virginia is now eligible to receive the vaccine. That’s a major logistical effort, and it is not going to happen overnight,” said Northam, who also used the news conference to announce new guidance aimed at getting more public schools open for in-person instruction.

Demand for the vaccine is still expected to outpace supply, so not everyone newly eligible will be able to get a shot immediately.

The state is currently receiving about 110,000 doses per week, Northam said.

Dr. Danny Avula, who was recently tapped by the governor to direct the state’s vaccine rollout efforts, said Virginia would be introducing fixed-site mass vaccination centers that would be open six or seven days a week to help meet the eventual goal of vaccinating 50,000 people a day.

Residents can expect “movement” on mass-vaccinations sites as soon as next week, he said, adding that more vaccines will also be available in the coming weeks through private providers and pharmacies.

Only some parts of the state in northern Virginia, southwest Virginia and the Eastern Shore have moved into phase 1b so far.

Health districts in the rest of Virginia are still working to vaccinate the health care workers and long-term care facility residents in 1a.

But Northam said all health districts would be there “by the end of the month” and asked for patience as the state works through the complicated logistics.

“We need people to get this vaccine.

It is our only way out of this pandemic,” he said.

On schools, Northam said the state’s education department was issuing new guidelines on restarting in-person learning.

The governor said the state’s new policy is: “schools need to be open, and here are the ways to do that safely.”

The guidelines are not mandates and individual school districts will still have final say in how they operate.

Virginia currently has a patchwork approach, with some public and private schools offering in-person learning while others offer only virtual school.

Northam also said that he was looking at eventually adjusting school calendars so that schools operate year-round, instead of taking lengthy summer breaks.

Officials also addressed concerns about possible civil unrest in the capital city over the weekend or in the days leading up to President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration.

Northam said public safety officials were well prepared to prevent any violence and the Virginia National Guard would be available to provide support if necessary.

“If you come here and act out, Virginia will be ready,” Northam said.

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