Front Royal appoints EDA Director

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Last night the Front Royal Town Council officially announced that Steven Hicks will serve as Executive Director of the newly formed Front Royal Economic Development Authority.

Hicks will continue to serve as Town Manger as will, all at his current salary.

Both parties agreed this would offset the cost of hiring an Executive Director which will save taxpayers’ dollars.

Once again Front Royal is accepting applications to fill the board positions at

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A Take On Tiger

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Greetings from The Booth!

Nice to be back after a week on “Winter Break,” which was spent mostly bonding with my new puppy (I have the chew marks on my hand to prove it) and digging out cars from my driveway. No trip to Cancun this year…

Although I won’t be at Jopson Field to broadcast , the Shenandoah University Hornets are going to play a football game Saturday against Bridgewater. hard to believe, but the last time SU played football was mid-November of 2019. Because of COVID restrictions at BC, this will be only the 3rd game since the start of the program in 2000 that I will not be doing the play-by-play. Good luck to Coach Scott Yoder’s squad on Saturday afternoon!

Well, since everyone else has weighed in on the Tiger Woods car crash yesterday, I might as well add my take, and it’s probably nothing earth-shattering. I was somewhat amazed at the wall-to-wall news coverage, which reminded me of the infamous OJ Bronco chase from years ago.

While there is no real discussion of alcohol being involved in the crash, deputies have mentioned that the vehicle, a rented SUV, was travelling at a high rate of speed on the winding California road. Until the investigation is complete, there is only speculation. There is some talk that he was possibly late for an engagement and was hurrying to get to the appearance. Having a driver (not the golf-club variety), as so many high-profile celebs do, might have prevented the crash, but that is hindsight.

With Tiger’s injuries including several compound fractures, I couldn’t help but think of Washington Football Team quarterback Alex Smith and his amazing comeback from a gruesome leg injury. It took Smith 2 seasons and many surgeries before he got back on the field in 2020-21. And he isn’t 45 like Tiger. It will be a long road back.

That being said, Tiger Woods isn’t your grandfather’s 45 year-old pro golfer, with pot belly and cigarette hanging out of his mouth. He is a fitness fanatic, who would love nothing better than to step on to a tee box again, prove everyone wrong, and add yet another chapter to a career already filled with comebacks.

The book isn’t closed yet, but Augusta National won’t be the same this Spring…

Until the next visit from The Booth, Get Well Tiger, and GO HORNETS! BEAT BC!


Frederick County Officers are recuperating

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Frederick County Sheriff Office (FCSO) Deputies assisted Winchester Police (WP) in apprehending a suspect in a high speed chase Sunday.

Deputy Armstrong and his K-9 partner, Charo were slightly injured when the suspect’s vehicle was rammed by the deputy’s cruiser to stop the pursuit and protect oncoming traffic.

Deputy Armstrong was transporter to Winchester Medical Center for treatment of cuts, bruises and for observation.

K-9 Officer Charo was bruised in the incident and monitored by emergency veterinarians.

Both officers were released and are recuperating at home.

Felony eluding and other charges are pending against suspect Nicholas VanDyke of Winchester who was apprehended without further incident.

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Page County receives an Agriculture grant

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Governor Ralph Northam announced that Page County, Charlotte County and Grayson County will each receive a grant from the Governor’s Agriculture and Forestry Industries Development (AFID) Fund Planning Grant program to support local agriculture initiatives.

The grants will leverage funding from the Virginia Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission (TRRC), Opportunity Appalachia, and GO Virginia.

Page County will use the $12,000 AFID Planning Grant to support its Fresh Food Project to connect local farmers with local consumers and tourists with the goal of strengthening the region’s food system.

This project will build on the GO Virginia-funded Agricultural Enterprise Center Feasibility Study in Region 8 by identifying ways to establish a supply chain for locally-grown foods.

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) administers the AFID Planning Grant program and is accepting applications on a rolling basis.

Successful applicants demonstrate a clear need, a proposed solution, strong support from local government and the agriculture and forestry community, and the ability to provide matching funds.

Additional information about the AFID Planning Grant program is available here.

Questions about the program and applications should be directed to Jennifer Perkins at the VDACS.

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Parking at Front Royal’s the Gazebo is restricted

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Rear parking spaces in the Gazebo parking lot remain closed through March 29 to allow for site work to be completed in Front Royal.

Motorist are advised to use caution while driving in the area.

The entire Gazebo Parking lot will be closed starting Mar. 2 to allow for the delivery of the new bathroom structures to be placed by crane.

Any questions can be directed to Front Royal Public Works Mon. through Fri. 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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DMV offers more online services

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Virginia’s Department of Motor Vehicles is now offering more online services.

You can now go to to replace commercial driver’s license (CDLs), driver’s license learner’s permits, driver privilege cards or learner’s permits and limited duration driver’s licenses, permit or CDL.

Previously all of those required an in-person visit but because of COVID-19 restriction those and other options are now online.

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Sports: Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Tiger Crash, Caps Fall In OT, Jackets Sting Hokies

Golf icon Tiger Woods remains in a California hospital after a single-vehicle accident yesterday. Deputies say Woods hit a median with his rental SUV, causing the vehicle to roll some 700 feet before coming to a stop. The 15-time major winner suffered serious injuries to both legs, including several compound fractures. His surgery lasted well into the night.

Kasperi Kapanen’s overtime goal was the difference in last night’s 3-2 Pittsburgh win over the Capitals. Washington got goals from Richard Panik and Conor Sheary in the second period to take a 2-1 lead, before the Pens knotted things up at the end of regulation. The two teams meet again tomorrow night in DC, starting at 6:45 on The river 95-3.

Georgia Tech broke a 24-all halftime deadlock by outscoring Virginia Tech 45-29 in the second half on the way to a 69-53 upset of the number-16 Hokies last night in Blacksburg. Virginia Tech could not shake off the rust of a 16-day layoff, as they fell to 14-5 on the season.

Number-10 WVU avoided an upset last night as they beat TCU 74-66. The 16-6 Mounties led by as many as 16, but could not shake the Frogs in winning their 6th consecutive Big-12 road game.

15th-ranked Virginia is back on the court tonight as they take on NC State in C’Ville. Tip off is 6:30.

And Shenandoah University Men’s hoop plays at Eastern Mennonite tonight at 7.