VH cuts the ribbon on new WM Hospital

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Valley Health (VH) cut the ribbon on the brand new $100 million Warren Memorial Hospital today Tue. 6/8.

The facility officially opens to the public at 6 a.m. on June 23 at 351 Valley Health Way Front Royal.

The three story building and adjoining medical buildings offer a refreshing patient centered environment for wellness and healing.

The facility reflects 21 century priorities on patient privacy, greater patient and family involvement in healthcare and convenient access to providers and outpatient services.

Valley Health’s President and Chief Executive Mark Nantz said it best at the ribbon cutting.

“This is a once in a career thing for a lot of people.”

Tours of the new hospital become available this Sat. June 12 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

You can reserve a tour time at valleyhealthlink.com/newwmh face coverings and social distance are required in the building.

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VSP investigate a fatal accident

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John L. Cunningham of Strasburg was killed in a head on collision in Warren County Sun..

The 33 year old was struck head on by 30 year old Charles J. Corathers of Front Royal.

Corathers’ vehicle crossed the centerline colliding with Cunningham on his motorcycle on Rt. 55 near Fort Valley Rd..

Corathers has been arrested and charged with driving under the influence, driving on a revoked license, possession with the intent to distribute drugs and possession of paraphernalia.

He is being held at the regional jail without bond.

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Waggin’ For Dragons event is set

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The United Way, Warren County Humane Society and the Front Royal Warren County Chamber of Commerce announce the annual Waggin’ for Dragons event.

The boat race is set for Aug. 7 and raises funds for Warren County Humane Society and other Community organizations.

Your invited to assemble your 21 member team for a great team building exercise in a tailgating type atmosphere.

This is one of the most popular events on the organizations involved calendar.

Visit the Warren County Humane Society website for more information.

Front Royal post water quality report online

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The Town of Front Royal has placed the 2020 annual Water Quality Report on line.

The report is also known as the consumer confidence report and is available here.

The report demonstrates the town commitment to providing it’s customers with the highest quality drinking water.

Residents can request a paper copy of the report by calling the Water Treatment Plant at (540) 636-7474.

During 2020 the town tap water met all U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Commonwealth of Virginia drinking water standards.

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A guide to down ballot races in Virginia’s primary election

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By Associated Press | Published June 8, 2021 12:35 p.m.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — While the Democratic race for governor has attracted the most attention, voters are also choosing Democratic nominees for other statewide offices in Tuesday’s primary election.

Attorney General Mark Herring is seeking a third term, but faces a strong challenge from Norfolk Del. Jay Jones. And six candidates are seeking the Democratic nomination for lieutenant governor.

Both Democrats and Republicans are holding nominating primaries for some House of Delegates seats and local races.

Virginia’s off-year elections typically draw national attention as a possible bellwether for trends heading into next year’s midterms.

Republicans chose their statewide candidates in a nominating convention last month. The GOP is looking to end a 12-year losing streak in statewide elections.

Early voting has been underway since late April. Polls are open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Virginia’s voter ID law was repealed last year, so people casting a ballot can sign an ID confirmation statement instead of providing ID.


Incumbent Mark Herring is seeking a third term, looking to fend off a challenge from Del. Jay Jones, who represents Norfolk.

A former state senator who became attorney general in 2014 and was reelected easily in 2017, Herring has pitched himself to voters as a progressive champion on abortion rights, gun control and immigrant-friendly policies and argued that his experience made him the best choice to keep the office in Democratic control.

Jones, a Black 32-year-old two-term delegate, has argued the office needs a fresh perspective and sought to cast Herring as slow to respond to the reckoning sparked by the police murder of George Floyd last summer.

Jones picked up Northam’s endorsement, but many other establishment Democratic figures, including two of the state’s most powerful Black lawmakers, have endorsed Herring.

The winner of the primary contest will face GOP nominee Jason Miyares, a former prosecutor and a member of the House of Delegates who so far has been campaigning with a focus on public safety.


Six Democrats are hoping for a chance to serve as lieutenant governor, a mostly ceremonial job that pays about $36,000 a year but is often a steppingstone to higher office.

Sam Rasoul, who has represented Roanoke in the House of Delegates since 2014, has a fundraising lead and is seen in some corners as the frontrunner. Most of the Democratic establishment, though, has coalesced around two-term Del. Hala Ayala, who represents Prince William County.

Also running are: northern Virginia attorney and racial justice activist Sean Perryman; Norfolk City Council member Andria McClellan; businessman Xavier Warren; and Del. Mark Levine, who is simultaneously running for his House seat.

The winner will face GOP nominee and former Del. Winsome Sears, who 20 years ago became the first Black Republican woman elected to the Virginia General Assembly.

Sears, who came to the U.S. from Jamaica as a child and served in the Marines, served a single term representing parts of Hampton Roads in the House.


Voters will choose nominees in dozens of House primaries, settling the field of candidates for a fall general election shaping up to be intensely contested. Democrats will be on defense in November, attempting to hang on to their majority.

In the primary, Democrats have an unusually high number of intra-party challengers — 14 — while only three Republicans incumbents have opponents.

Both parties say they are confident their incumbents will do well.

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My Time In The Sun

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Greetings from The Booth!

With all quiet on the Shenandoah University sports scene and a bit of a down time for me in sports, I thought I’d take you down memory lane for one of the really great times in my life, my time with the Hagerstown (Md.) Suns, a Class-A minor league baseball team that came to the “Hub City” in the Spring/Summer of 1981. That year, the Suns would win the Carolina League championship, despite having no affiliation with one major league team.

At the time, I was working as the midday DJ and music director at WYII, a now-defunct country radio station in Williamsport, Md., a small town along the Potomac River in the shadow of Hagerstown. At age 22, and basically unencumbered by responsibility, save for a car payment, Summers were great. I did my radio show and performed a few other duties at the station during the day, and spent late afternoons hanging out by various hotel pools, and finding the watering holes that offered promotions like free taco bars. Life was good.

Life got even better when I was asked to “cover” the newly-arrived Suns. “Covering” the team consisted of hanging out in the press box of dilapidated Municipal Stadium every night during homestands, watching the games, calling in occasional updates back to the station, and eating ballpark food, courtesy of the Suns. As a lover of baseball, there was really no downside to that gig.

Occasionally I got to travel with the team to locations all over the Carolina League, where I got to hang around Suns’ manager Grady Little. Grady, who would go on to fame and fortune as a major league manager (.552 winning percentage), embellished us with story after story about life in the minor leagues. I was a sponge, soaking up as much baseball vibe as I could.

I also got to see players who would eventually make “the show.” One that stands out was Darryl Strawberry of the Lynchburg Mets. All you had to do was apply the “eye test” to see that Strawberry would go on to bigger and better things beyond the minors. He was a man among boys at the Class-A level, and a pleasure to watch.

The Suns would go through many transformations and affiliations through the years, even becoming a Nationals’ affiliate (Bryce Harper was a Sun). With the cancelation of the 2020 season due to COVID and the announcement that the Nats would not renew their affiliation with the Suns, the team ceased to exist.

I would leave Hagerstown in 1983 to start a new radio life in Winchester, but I will never forget those few Summers that I got to live the dream and hang around a professional baseball team. It was truly “my time in the Sun.”

Until the next visit from The Booth, stay cool…and GO HORNETS!


Sports: Tuesday, June 8, 2021

VBL Scoreboard, O’s and Nats Back In Action Tonight

In the Valley Baseball League last night, New Market scored all of their runs in the sixth inning and downed Winchester 5-3. Purcellville and Charlottesville were also winners. Among the games tonight in the VBL, Winchester hosts Purcellville, Front Royal makes the short trip to Strasburg, while Woodstock heads to New Market.

The Washington Nationals continue their 9-game road trip tonight with a stop in Tampa. The Nats are currently 24-32, seven games back of first place New York in the NL East. Air time is 6:40 on Sports Radio 1450.

Meanwhile, the Baltimore Orioles, who are 4-1 in June, start a short 2-game series with the Mets tonight at Camden Yards. First pitch is 7:05.

And, top-seed Novak Djokovic and number-3 Rafael Nadal advanced to the Men’s quarterfinals of the French Open tennis tournament. on the Women’s side, American Coco Gauff also moved on to the quarters.