Wanted felon flees attempted arrest

Frederick County Sheriff’s Office reports the search for a wanted felon.

Frederick County Sheriff’s Deputies attempted to arrest Sara Michell Cox on Sat. Apr. 30 at the Route 50 Walmart parking lot.

Cox was able to escape by striking the Deputy with her vehicle in an attempt to flee.

A pursuit began at speeds that reached over 100 miles per hour on Northwestern Pike.

Cox’s driving became more erratic and pursuit was terminated for public safety.

Cox was driving a white 2021 or 22 Ford Mustang that is believed to be a rental.

The vehicle has a black soft top with an unknown vehicle registration.

Cox, who is homeless has been known to stay with friends in the Inwood, Capon Bridge, Martinsburg and Winchester areas.

She is currently wanted on charges of felony assault on a law enforcement officer, felony eluding, felony failure to appear on grand larceny charges.

Cox is also wanted for shoplifting, obtaining money by false pretenses and maybe facing other charges.

Anyone with any information on her whereabouts is asked to contact the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office.

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Winchester searches for a new Development Services Director

A City of Winchester news release announced the departure of Shawn Hershberger.

Winchester’s Development Services Director Shawn Hershberger has submitted his resignation effect May 27.

Hershberger has accepted a position in the private sector with Energix Renewables.

Hershberger began his service with the City in 2017.

As Development Services Director Hershberger oversaw the Economic Development, planning, zoning, inspections, tourism and Main Street divisions.

Hershberger has also served as the Executive director of the Winchester Economic Development Authority.

While a nationwide search for Hershberger’s replacement is conducted the City Manager’s Office Program Manager Patrick Elwell will serve as interim Development Services Director.

Deputy City Manager/Chief Financial Officer Mary Blowe will serve as Executive Director of the Winchester Economic Development Authority in the interim.

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FCPS hire a new Principal and Administrator

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A news release from Frederick County Schools (FCPS) announced the hiring of a new Principal and Administrator.

FCPS has placed Shawn Muir in place of the retiring Sharon Cooley as the new principal of Indian Hollow Elementary School.

Dr. Tabitha Reeves will be taking over the duties of Ralph Reese as the new program administrator at the Northwestern Regional Educational Programs at Senseny Road School.

Cooley is retiring after 32 years in the Frederick County Public School system.

Reese has been in Reeves new position since 2008.

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Little League Memories

Greetings From The Booth!

With the 95th Shenandoah Apple Blossom in the books, we try to shake the inevitable Bloom hangover (figuratively, if not literally) and gather some forward momentum. A quick Shenandoah University update–congrats to Men’s Lacrosse, who earned their first-ever ODAC tournament win earlier this week, and good luck to all the Hornet teams still alive in their respective ODAC tourneys. SU Baseball plays a best 2-of-3 this weekend in an opening round ODAC series. The Hornets sit on 29 wins, and hopefully there are more “W’s” before they are done!

It’s time again for Little League Baseball, and my mind wanders back to my LL days at Oatsdale Park in Martinsburg, WV. Whatever your idea of Heaven is, I truly believe that in Heaven we get to go back and re-live some of our best moments in life, moments that we maybe didn’t savor enough in our youth. My Little League days were filled with many of those moments, and I would go back in a heartbeat if I could. Here are just a few:

Tag Day, when we would dress in our Little League uniforms and stand on Queen Street, asking for donations to the Martinsburg Little League. My first experience in sales.

Opening Day ceremonies, when all the teams would be introduced player by player by PA Announcer Charlie Trayer. The season was an eternity, and it was all ahead of us.

A night when my lowly Dodgers took down the powerful Yankees. Their players included Keith Brooks, who would go on to play professionally in the Giants organization. After the game, the impromptu chants of “We beat the Yanks” echoed through Oatsdale. If we played them 100 times they would  win 99 times, but that was our night.

The feel of a brand new baseball placed in my hand by the umpire as I walked to the mound.

The taste of the concession stand hot dogs. For some reason, those boiled dogs always tasted better after a win.

Somehow spearing a hot one-hopper at first base, and having my coach, Sonny Johnson, say to the rest of the team, “that was a pro play.”

Making the All-Star team.

I would happily re-live some of the not-so-good moments, too, like failing to close out the aforementioned Yankees after an otherwise masterpiece of a pitching performance. Boy, did my Dad give it to me good, after that one.

Or, slipping on a wet outfield at All-Star practice and snapping my arm in two, ending my dreams of playing for that 1972 team. In many ways that was a great memory because I was allowed to stay on the team, relaying signs to our pitchers by rubbing my cast during games. Our All-Star travels would take us to Philippi, where several years later I would return as a student at Alderson-Broaddus College.

There is a classic Twilight Zone episode where a man returns to his hometown, where he meets his boyhood self. The man’s father tells the older version of his son, “you have to go back where you came from, this is his time now.” It’s such a bittersweet moment, as he tries to tell his younger self to savor every ice cream cone, every carousel ride, every skinned knee.

I’m pretty sure I would say something like that to the 10 year-old Randy Woodward.

Good luck to all the Little Leaguers out there, and until the next visit from The Booth…GO HORNETS!





News Maker Karen Poff on a Money Management Series

Virginia Cooperative Extension Service will offer a Money Management series in the valley.

We spoke with Virginia Cooperative Extension Service Family and Consumer Sciences Extension Agent Karen Poff in our latest news maker.

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

Karen tells us how the series will help any family with managing their money.

She also tells us how Virginia Cooperative Extension has a program focusing on retirement.

Karen has the details on how to get in on the program that starts May 16 in Front Royal and May 17 in New Market.

Click here for Karen’s interview.

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