Rotary and JHHS create Healing Field of Honor

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John Handley High School and the Winchester Rotary Club came together to create the Healing Field of Honor.

The spectacle in front of Handley High School will be open through Memorial Day.

The display features up to 1000 flags which each represent an individual and their story.

The flags can represent all types of heroes ranging from veterans and first responders to loved ones and personal heroes.

The event is free to attend and flags purchased on site will raise funds for the Winchester Rotary Charitable Foundation.

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Shenandoah County gets housing relief

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Shenandoah County residents who need help with living expenses may finally find some relief.

The Emergency Food and Shelter Program awarded $50,277 to provide rent, mortgage, and motel assistance to families in need.

The local board awarded the full grant to a nonprofit organization based in Winchester, Faithworks.

The agency provides housing assistance throughout the Northern Shenandoah Valley and were the only local group to apply for funding.

Faithworks is accepting applications until October 25, 2021 or until all funds have been allocated.

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Newtown Heritage Festival’s virtual version

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Newtown Heritage Festival returns this year but in a virtual version called Newtown on the Net.

This free event will take place on and begin at noon and last into the evening.

Participants will be able to take a virtual tour of historic Stephens City and learn about some of the local businesses.

Some of the top local musical acts will grace their virtual stage including Souled Out, The Robbie Limon Band, and more.

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3rd Annual Strawberry Fest at West Oaks

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West Oaks Farmers Market will host their 3rd annual Strawberry Fest today rain or shine.

The festivities kick off at 9 am and will wrap up at 6 pm.

Admission is free and some of the activities offered include a pick your own strawberry patch, hayrides, a bounce house, a petting zoo, food and beer vendors and more.

Starting at noon, there will be live music provided by BlackJack the Band followed by Trainwreck. 

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Winchester homicide suspect arrested

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Homicide suspect Demetrius Brown has been taken into custody.

US Marshals apprehended the 18 year old in Fairfax County near noon yesterday Thur. May 27.

The suspect has been arrested on a murder warrant obtained by the Winchester Police Department (WPD).

Brown is a suspect in the death of Jaiden Myers of Wilson Blvd. Winchester.

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Shenandoah County Schools name a new Superintendent

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The Shenandoah County School Board approved the appointment of Melody Sheppard as the new Superintendent of Shenandoah County Public Schools.

Sheppard has 23 years experience as a school administrator.

For 8 years Sheppard served as the Assistant Superintendent of Warren County Public Schools.

Sheppard takes over for the retiring Superintendent Mark Johnston July 1.

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VSP ask for safety first over the holiday

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The Virginia State Police (VSP) are reminding travelers to bring their Safety First Mindset to the roadways this Memorial Day Holiday.

The National Click It or Ticket seat belt campaign is in full force throughout the holiday.

VSP will be especially watchful for distracted driving, speeding as well as impaired driving.

With 22 lives having been lost in accidents since Wed. May 26 safety is imperative over the holiday weekend.

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The house arrest for Clarke Co. Capitol insurgents suspect reduced

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The house arrest of the  Clarke County resident accused of being a part of the Jan. 6 Capitol insurgents has been reduced.

Thomas Edward Caldwell is now allowed out weekdays 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and weekends from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m..

The change is to allow Caldwell to visit his lawyer and doctor.

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Memorial weekend events around the region

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Memorial day programs in the region include the Healing Field of Honor at Handley High School through Mon. May 31 with a closing ceremony beginning at 3 p.m..

Stephens City’s ceremony is Sat. May 29 at 10 a.m. at the Veterans Memorial followed by the Newtown on the Net event.

Front Royal’s ceremony will be at the courthouse beginning at noon Mon. May 31.

A Mon. May 31 remembrance will be held at the Veteran’s memorial in Middletown beginning at 1.

Strasburg’s service will be at 11 a.m. Mon. May 31 at the Capon Street Cemetery.

Woodstock’s service at W.O. Riley Park begins at 10 a.m. Sun. May 30.

Fisher’s Hill will hold a service at 5 p.m. Sun. May 30 at Fisher’s Hill cemetery.

Edinburg’s service will be Mon. May 31 at 11 a.m. at the VFW Post.

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River Reports: Memorial Weekend

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In this edition of our twice weekly Shenandoah River Reports, our resident Riverkeeper, Mark Frondorf, has some great safety reminders as you get out for the Memorial weekend holiday. Have fun, but be safe on our beautiful waterways!

We’ve also included a special Memorial Day edition of the River Report, as we remember what Memorial Day is all about.

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