FCSO steps up patrols at Back Mountain Road

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Frederick County Sheriff’s Office (FCSO) is stepping up patrols of the Back Mountain Road area.

The road is consistently in the top five of area roads in crashes, aggressive driving and speeding.

In the course of an hour and a half on a random weekday recently, six speeding tickets, three summons and an arrest were made.

Including a summons involving a bus being passed on a double yellow line.

The FCSO is investigating options with VDOT and Frederick County Transportation to address the situation.

In the meantime the Traffic Division will be stepping up patrols to help improve safety on that stretch of road.

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Town of Front Royal is cleared of wrongdoing

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The Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has cleared the Town of Front Royal of wrongdoing.

The Warren County Sheriff’s Office asked the DEQ to investigate alleged illegal dumping.

The allegations involved the Town illegally disposing of sludge at the Warren County Transfer Station.

That action would violate laws, code and the town’s permit.

The DEQ found no such violation.

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SABF adds a celebrity to the Sports Breakfast

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Shenandoah Apple Blossom (SABF) has convinced Hogette Nickette to come out of retirement.

The NFL Hall of Fame Washington Super Fan will join Joe Theismann and Santana Moss at the Sports Breakfast Sat. May 1 at the Frederick County Fairgrounds.

Nickette also known as Nick Nerangis has helped raise millions of dollars for a variety of charities as a member of the Washington Hogettes.

Nick, in Hogette costume, will make a special appearance from 8 to 10 a.m. at the Apple Blossom event.

Ticket and information on all Apple Blossom events is at thebloom.com.

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River Report: 4-30-21

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In this edition of our twice-weekly Shenandoah River Reports, riverkeeper Mark Frondorf previews weather and river conditions for the upcoming weekend, and urges anglers to hold off on going for the smallmouth bass for a week or so. Our River reports are brought to you by Front Royal Outdoors. Don Roberts can help you plan your next outing on the South Fork. Visit them at https://frontrotaloutdoors.com

Northam updates mask mandate to align with new CDC guidance

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By Associated Press | Published Apr. 30, 2021 7:00 a.m.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam on Thursday updated the state’s mask mandate to align it with newly relaxed guidelines issued earlier this week by the federal government.

For most of the past year, the CDC had been advising Americans to wear masks outdoors if they were within 6 feet of one another. On Tuesday, the CDC said fully vaccinated Americans don’t need to cover their faces anymore outdoors unless they are in a big crowd of strangers.

Mask use is still required indoors and outdoors at large crowded events like concerts, sporting events, and graduation ceremonies, Northam’s office said in a news release.

The Democratic governor also revised his executive order governing pandemic-related restrictions to allow up to 1,000 spectators for outdoor recreational sports, effective immediately.

The move advances by two weeks a change that was scheduled to go into effect on May 15.

Northam has previously said he expects to be able to roll back the state’s remaining capacity limits in mid-June as long as Virginia’s virus-related metrics remain stable and vaccination progress continues.

(All contents © copyright 2021 Associated Press. All rights reserved)

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Sports: Friday, April 30, 2021

SU Schedule, Caps Fall To Pens In OT, WFT Draft Pick

On the Shenandoah University sports schedule today, Track & Field competes at the ODAC Outdoor Championships, and Women’s Lacrosse plays 2-seed Roanoke in the ODAC Semifinals. This weekend, Baseball, Softball, Men’s Lacrosse, and Men’s Tennis will be in action.

The Washington Capitals lost to the Pittsburgh Penguins last night in overtime 5-4. The Caps and Pens are now tied for first place in the NHL’s Eastern Division with 69 points. The two teams face off again tomorrow starting at 6:45 on the River 95-3.

With the number 19 overall pick in last night’s NFL Draft, the Washington Football Team chose Kentucky linebacker Jamin Davis. Davis is thought by some to be the most athletic linebacker in the draft, with ESPN’s Mel Kiper, Jr. listing Davis as the 14th best prospect overall. As expected, Jacksonville chose Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence. The NFL Draft continues through Saturday.

The Washington Nationals are back in action tonight when they start a weekend series against Miami. Despite being 9-12, the Nats are just one game out of first place in a sub .500 NL East. Air time tonight is 6:35 on Sports Radio 1450.

And, the 147th running of the Kentucky Derby will take place tomorrow at Churchill Downs. A limited number of fans will be allowed for the 6:57 pm post time. Essential Quality is the 2-to-1 favorite.

VDH has 3 walk in vaccination clinics available today Apr. 29

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Lord Fairfax Health District (LFHD) is seeing a decline in vaccination numbers.

Even with 600 appointments available only about 200 people are coming through the doors.

There are 3 walk in clinics being offered by the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) today Apr. 29.

First at Shenandoah University’s James R. Wilkins Jr. Athletics and Events Center from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m..

The second is at the Warren County Human Service’s Building Gymnasium from 2 p.m. until 5 p.m..

Both those clinics feature the Pfizer vaccine.

A drive thru clinic is being held at Shenandoah Fairgrounds from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m..

That clinic has the Moderna vaccine.

Those needing their second Moderna vaccination can do so at the fairgrounds if you have your vaccination card.

No appointments are required for any of these clinics today.

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WCSO issues a scam warning

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The Warren County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO) is warning of a scam where a caller might claim that you have missed Jury Duty and a warrant has been issued for your arrest.

If you pay a fine right away the caller insist the issue will be resolved.

The WCSO wants you to know they would never make calls like this.

If you have received such a call you should contact the Sheriff’s Department.

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LFCC will talk to you about their name change

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Lord Fairfax Community College (LFCC) is inviting the public to learn more about the process and the school’s aspirations regarding the name change.

The school will host a telephone town hall meeting May 6 at 6:30 p.m..

The public is invited to ask questions about the change.

Registration for the LFCC telephone town hall is available at lfcc.edu/name.

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Shenandoah 4-H offers scholarship

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Shenandoah County 4-H past and present Future Farmers of America (FFA) members are eligible for a scholarship.

The scholarship is 4-H Dairy Club endowed and meant to further education.

Preference is given to candidates who have dairy experience but any area of study will qualify.

Applications are available from school guidance departments, FFA advisors or the Shenandoah County Office of Virginia Cooperative Extension.

Applications must be submitted by May 15.

More information and applications are available here or by calling (540) 459-6140.

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