News Maker Mark Sutphin on the Spotted Lanternfly

The Spotted Lanternfly continues to be a concern as it’s spread widens through the valley and beyond.

We spoke with Virginia Extension Service Official from Frederick County Mark Sutphin about the insect in our latest News Maker segment.

The good news is brought to you by the town of Front Royal.

Mark talks about the insects origin and the destruction it can cause.

Mark also tells us where and how the insect has spread.

He spoke on what can be done about the Spotted Lanternfly as well.

Here is Mark’s interview.

 

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Shenandoah County Fair have to make show adjustments

There is a flash flood watch in effect for the area tonight through late Wed. with a possible 3 to 5 inches with some areas receiving a possible 8 inches of rain.

Shenandoah County Fair reports it will hold tonight’s demolition derby Aug. 31 rain or shine.

The pig scramble has been moved from Wed. Sept. 1 to Thur. night Sept. 2 with plans to hold it inside if conditions warrant.

With regrets the Marshall Tucker Band show for Thur. Sept. 2 has had to be canceled due to illness.

Refunds for the Marshall Tucker Band show are available from the fair.

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VSP lose a K-9 Officer

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Virginia State Police (VSP) are saddened to report the loss of a K-9 Officer last night.

VSP Trooper Jesse Lewis and his K-9 partner Duke worked with the U.S. Marshal’s Fugitive Task Force out of Fauquier County.

K-9 Duke was in pursuit of subjects involved in a hit and run in Shenandoah County when he suffered heat exhaustion.

Despite emergency medical treatment K-9 Duke did not survive his condition and died with Trooper Lewis and family by his side.

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FCSO arrest a homicide suspect

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The Frederick County Sheriff’s Office have arrested 18 year old David Austin Rowe on second degree murder charges.

Rowe reported to authorities that his 63 year old grandmother Dianna Lynne Swaner of Quail Run Lane Frederick County appeared to be deceased.

According to the press release investigators concluded that the victim had been murdered.

Rowe who has had a history of violence has been charged with the investigation continuing.

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Front Royal Police closed Commerce Ave. for 6 hours

Front Royal Police responded to an accident in the North bound lanes of Commerce Avenue for over 6 hours on Sunday.

A semi truck rolled over after its load shifted while the driver attempted a left turn.

The contents of the container spilled on to the right of way causing the closer of  Commerce Avenue north of South St..

The 31 year old driver, William Haines of Hagerstown has been charged with reckless driving.

No injuries were reported in the incident.

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LFCC Workforce Solutions offer a job fair at Fauquier

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Lord Fairfax Community College’s Workforce Solutions and Virginia Career Works will host a job fair at the Fauquier Campus Sept. 8 from 4 to 7:30 p.m..

This will be at the Fauquier Campus at 6480 College Road Warrenton.

Employers looking for employees within 30 to 45 days are encouraged to get involved with the fair.

Participation is free with all industries welcome.

Call Donna Comer for more information at 540-351-1044 or click here for forms and information.

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News Maker Casey Hollins on REC and avoiding disconnection

Rappahannock Electric Cooperative (REC) is asking their 5,000 member owners who are behind on their bills to contact them as soon as possible.

In our latest News Maker segment we spoke with REC Managing Director of Communications and Public Relations Casey Hollins.

Casey tells us what members owners who are behind can do to avoid possible disconnection.

Casey also tells us about organizations that are able to help if circumstances are overwhelming for those who are behind.

The good news is brought to you by the Town of Front Royal.

Here is Casey’s interview.

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VA. sends aid to Louisiana/W.VA. prepares for Ida

Hurricane Ida hit Louisiana with 150 mph winds Sunday Aug. 29 and is headed to Mississippi.

Virginia sent support to the devastated areas better than 24 hours before the storm struck land.

Over 200 electrical crews, Virginia Red Cross and Mercy Chefs were all on their way to Louisiana and other areas.

Meanwhile West Virginia’s (W.VA.) Governor Jim Justice is issuing a state of preparedness ahead of the storm’s remnants impact.

The remnants of Ida are expected to strike Tomorrow Aug. 31 in W.VA. than onto towards Virginia with heavy rains Wednesday Sept. 1.

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NVRDGTF arrest 83 on narcotics charges

A collaborative law enforcement effort called Operation Valley Venue 9 produced 83 charges and over $130,000 in illegal drugs confiscated in the Northern Shenandoah Valley.

The three day operation enabled the arrest of individuals for illegal narcotics in the City of Winchester, Clarke, Frederick, Warren, Shenandoah and Page Counties.

The Northwest Virginia Regional Drug and Gang Task Force netted 73 felony charges, 8 probation violations and 2 misdemeanor charges.

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