Wilson’s Wild Animal Park sentencing

ABC News reports the sentencing of the owner of Wilson’s Wild Animal Park Keith Wilson and his nephew Christian Dall’Auqua on Fri. Mar. 25.

The two men pleaded no contest to a total of 44 misdemeanor counts of cruelty to animals.

A total of 119 exotic and agricultural animals were seized from Wilson’s Wild Animal Park  after a judge ruled that the animals were mistreated, neglected or deprived in 2019.

Under a plea agreement the two men received suspended sentences of 12 months on each count.

Under the agreement the pair are not allowed to work, own, posses, broker, buy, sell,trade, transfer or barter any exotic animals for a period of five years.

The court did rule that Wilson could own 125 agricultural animals and a dog.

Both men will be subject to unannounced inspections by police and licensed Virginia veterinarians over the next 5 years.

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Warren County Road Closure through at least Wed. 3/30

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Warren County Virginia Government announced the closing of Happy Creek Road at the Railroad Crossing near Dismal Hollow Road.

The closing starts today Mar. 28 and will be through at least Wed. Mar. 30 if not longer.

You will need to find alternate routes until the work is complete projected completion in 3 days.

Route 55 to Dismal Hollow road entrance at the Apple House or by way of Leach Run Parkway are the alternatives that will be open beyond the Railroad Crossing until Happy Creek is reopened to through traffic.

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2 new celebrities added to the SABF!

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A Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival (SABF) press release reveals two more guest added to the 95 Festival.

Former 2 time Washington Football Player and Podcast Commentator Fred Smoot will be speaking at the Sports Breakfast and riding in the Grand Feature Parade Apr. 30.

Joining Fred will be Former NASCAR Crew Chief and Emmy Award Winning Analyst Jeff Hammond who will also speak at the Sports Breakfast and ride in the Grand Feature Parade.

These two newly announced sports celebrities will join Julius “Dr. J” Erving, Tony Dorsett and Terry Bradshaw.

The Sports Breakfast is one of the biggest events of the SABF and tickets traditionally sell out quickly.

Tickets for all SABF events along with information on all events available at thebloom.com.

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TVRC Greater Good Awards

Top of Virginia Regional Chamber (TVRC) announced the winners of their Greater Good Awards.

The Greater Good Awards celebrate outstanding individuals and businesses for their  contributions to the quality of life and economic stability to the Northern Shenandoah Valley region.

TVRC Greater Good award winners include:

Entrepreneur of the Year Katrina Kimbro Smith.

Small Business of the Year Award went to Shaffer’s BBQ and Market.

Large Business of the Year Award went to Valley Proteins Inc.

David Kent of Signet Marketing won Emerging Leader of the Year Award.

Nonprofit of the Year Award went to Winchester Rescue Mission.

Frederick County Sheriff Lenny Millholland won Citizen of the Year Award.

With the Lifetime Community Impact Award going to Breakfast with Berry Lee.

Award winners are chosen by an impartial committee of past chamber members and board chairpersons.

You can nominate an organization or person for a Greater Good Award for next year’s  ceremony at regionalchamber.biz.

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Dr. Eric Bond named Superintendent of the year

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An email from Augusta County Public Schools confirms that Superintendent Dr. Eric Bond has been named Superintendent of the year for region 5.

Region 5 consist of 20 school divisions that make up the valley region.

Bond has been Superintendent of Augusta County schools since 2014 and has served on the Virginia General Assembly Joint Committee to Study the Future of Public Education.

Being selected Superintendent of the year for region 5 puts Bond in the running for the Virginia superintendent of the year award.

Superintendents from eight regions are competing for that honor.

The winner will be announced at the Association of School Superintendent Luncheon in Roanoke on May 2.

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River Report: 3-28-22

In our first Shenandoah River Report of the year, Riverkeeper Mark Frondorf follows up on last year’s algal blooms on the Shenandoah River and gives you a general outlook for 2022. Brought to you again by Front Royal Outdoors. Featuring an amazing selection of watercraft, including kayaks. Find out more by visiting https://frontroyaloutdoors.com