News Maker Donna Settle on Valley League Baseball

Valley League Baseball players begin arriving during the Memorial Day weekend.

We spoke with Front Royal Cardinals President Donna Settle about the upcoming season in our latest news maker segment.

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

Donna tells us about the current status on housing for the in coming players.

She also tells us the status of the sale of beer being approved at Bing Crosby Stadium at Front Royal Cardinal games this year.

Donna also tells us of a couple of free games including a July 3 double header with fireworks.

Click here for Donna’s interview.

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Hope Drive project opens in Winchester

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The City of Winchester has announced on their website the opening of the new section of Hope Drive.

There will be a ribbon cutting that is open to the public at 11 a.m. on Wed. June 1 at the intersection of Hope Drive and Wilson Boulevard.

Hope Drive will serve as a connector between Valley Avenue and Pleasant Valley Road.

The $8.3 million project began in January 2021 extending Hope Drive and realigning Papermill Road.

The project also included improvements of the storm water infrastructure along with the repaving of parts of  Papermill Road.

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Winchester resumes downtown road improvements

The City of Winchester announced on their website that they will resume the North Washington Street  downtown improvement project May 31.

Be aware that road closures and accessibility restrictions and detours will be in place.

The city contractor will resume replacing underground utility infrastructure in one block sections at a time.

This will affect West Boscawen and Amherst Streets first.

A temporary asphalt will be applied before moving to the next section which is Amherst to Piccadilly Streets.

Once replacements in both blocks is complete the road will be repaved and re striped.

The roads will be closed during the work which is expected to last six to seven weeks.

After completion of those projects be on the watch for other work to be announced for further future construction.

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School Systems across the region reassure communities

In the aftermath of the Uvalde Texas tragedy school systems across the region are offering counseling tips on how to talk to your children.

Both Page and Shenandoah County public schools have posted on their Facebook pages tips for parents and teachers on how to talk to their children about tragedies like the Robb Elementary School event.

Page County and other school systems  remind the communities  that they remain committed to providing  a safe and caring school environment by working closely with local law enforcement.

School systems across the region remind students, teachers and parents everywhere if you become aware of anything concerning notify school staff, resource officers or law enforcement immediately.

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W.VA. reaches a settlement with drug manufacturers

West Virginia’s Attorney General (AG) Patrick Morrisey announced in a news release that a settlement has been reached in a suit against drug manufacturers.

The AG’s office has reached a $161.5 million plus settlement with drug manufacturers Teva and Allergan.

The drug manufacturers were accused of fueling the opioid epidemic in West Virginia.

The Teva and Allergan are accused of engaging in campaigns to misrepresent the risks and benefits of opioid painkillers.

The AG asserts that this settlement and others will provide significant help to those affected the most by the opioid crisis in the state.

As a part of the settlement Teva will also supply West Virginia with $27 million worth of narcan.

The cash value of the settlement is believed the highest per capita in the nation.

The monies will be distributed among cities and counties throughout the state.

The overall amount secured thus far from opioid manufacturers and related parties is a total of $296.5 million plus.

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The Valley Business Today: Winchester Rescue Mission Expands

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The “Valley Business Today” conversation with host Janet Michael and co-host Kory Campbell, Director of Marketing & Communications with Top of Virginia Regional Chamber included Pastor Brandan Thomas from Winchester Rescue Mission to give details about his organization and their current expansion to Valley Avenue in Winchester. Click here to listen to the conversation.

Brandan talked about the services that Winchester Rescue Mission offers to members in need in our community.

Resident Shelter Programs meet the most basic and immediate needs of those experiencing homelessness. Each night, men, women, and families find a warm bed and safety from the streets at the Winchester Rescue Mission. The center for men can currently sleep up to 32 while their center for women can currently sleep 15. 

Case Management provides a case worker to work one-on-one with each person to develop a personalized plan to address needs including healthcare, mental health, literacy, and employment with the goal of helping them change unhealthy patterns of behavior, heal, and become a contributing member of our community.

Food Distribution and Community Meals are provided through a partnershiup with the local food bank, as well as grocers, stores, and other businesses that donate baked goods, meats, fresh produce, and other food items. The food distribution is open to anyone in the community currently needing food for themselves and their families.
Community dinner is served 7 days a week, 365 days a year at 5pm. The dinner is not only open to those finding shelter at Winchester Rescue Mission, but is open to individuals and families of the Winchester community. Click here to view the calendar.

Hygiene Services such as restrooms, hot showers and personal hygiene supplies as well as laundry facilities are available to all guests. The Winchester Rescue Mission’s shower and laundry facilities are also open to the community. ​Men can use these services Tuesdays and Thursdays 11:30am – 1:30pm. Women seeking to use these services should contact Winchester Rescue Mission to schedule a time for use.

Brandan also explained what the expansion to Valley Avenue will mean to the number of people they will be able to serve in our community – nearly double. They will also be able to expand their services to women and families, classroom space, and year-round emergency shelter. Get more details about the new building located at 2655 Valley Avenue by clicking here.

You can donate, volunteer, and get more information about Winchester Rescue Mission on their website: https://www.winrescue.org/  and by following them on Facebook.

Kory gave information about the “big move” the chamber is making to Winchester Regional Airport on June 16 and are looking forward to serving their members from the new location. He also gave us details for a few upcoming chamber events such as the Community Leadership Program graduation, Corporate Challenge, and Business After Hours.

Get more details about the Top of Virginia Regional Chamber on their website: https://www.regionalchamber.biz/  and by following them on Facebook.

News Maker Jim Bogaty on a Memorial Commemorative

A ceremony to honor veterans who gave all is set for Sat. May 28 at Veramar Vineyard.

The event begins at noon at the vineyard on Rt. 7 in Berryville.

We spoke with Jim Bogaty about this all day event in our latest news maker.

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

Jim tells us that there is a full day of activity planned.

He also tells us it will open with a full presentation of colors so Jim suggested coming early.

Jim also tells of all the amenities that will be available on Sat..

Click here for Jim’s interview.

For more news from across the Shenandoah Valley, click here.

LFCC’s President Blosser is recognized

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Lord Fairfax Community College (LFCC) soon to be Laurel Ridge Community College President Kim Blosser’s leadership has been recognized.

A news release from LFCC Public Relations Coordinator Sally Voth announced the recognition of Blosser.

The Shenandoah Valley Technology Council presented Blosser with the Glo Fiber Enterprise’s Dr. Noftsinger Leadership award.

The award was presented to Blosser at the Council’s TechNite22 event.

The award is given to a leader who has served as a catalyst for positive technology related activity.

Blosser and LFCC Workforce Solutions and Continuing Education were also nominated for the Innovation in Higher Education Award.

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Front Royal awards annual scholarships

The town of Front Royal Town Council announced the recipients of their annual scholarships.

Anthony Carter and Ian Hoelsher who are both seniors at Warren County High School each received a scholarship.

Senior Jocelyn Moyer of Skyline High School was also a recipient.

Each senior received a $1,000 scholarship which is awarded each year by the Front Royal Town Council.

Applications for scholarships usually open in Feb. and can be found here.

The scholarship are awarded to students looking to further their education as an undergraduate or in a trade school.

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