News Maker Greg Rogers on Gaf-n-Go rodeo

We are all invited to attend the Gaf-n-Go Line Worker’s Rodeo in Doswell Virginia.

This is an annual event that shows off the abilities of Electrical Line Workers.

As we do every first Friday of the month we spoke to Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative (SVEC) CEO and President Greg Rogers in our latest news maker.

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

Greg tells us about this fun and competitive event May 13 and 14.

He also tells us that any Line Worker is able to enter the competition.

Greg also tells us how the competition allows the general public to view the remarkable work that the Line Workers do all the time.

Click here for Greg’s interview.

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WPD arrest murder suspect

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Winchester Police Department (WPD) confirm in an email the arrest of a murder suspect.

Officer have arrested and charged 32 Jessie Nathaniel Simms with second degree murder as a result of the investigation into the death of 37 year old Nathaniel Jones of Winchester.

At 1:30 the morning of May 6 authorities responded to reports of a fight in the Henry Avenue area.

As officers approached they were advised by dispatch that 911 calls indicated a male had been shot.

Jones was found and pronounced dead at the scene.

A search warrant was obtained for Simms’ residence on Henry Avenue where a handgun was found.

Simms and the victim were acquaintances and this is believed to be an isolated incident.

Simms is being held in the Northwestern Regional Adult Detention Center without bond.

Anyone with any additional information is asked to contact the WPD as the investigation continues.

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SCSO arrest child pornography suspect

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Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) announced an arrest in a child pornography case.

Deputies executed a search warrant in Maurertown in reference to the investigation.

On May 5 James Clifford Hawkins was placed under arrest on two counts of knowingly possessing child pornography and five counts of failing to register or verify registration information or knowingly providing false information to the Sex Offender and Crimes Against Minors Registry.

Hawkins is scheduled to appear in juvenile and domestic relations district court on June 16.

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FCFR and FCSO investigate fire death

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The Frederick County Fire Marshal’s Office confirmed in an email the investigation of an incident early May 5.

The Frederick County Fire Marshal’s Office in coordination with the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office are conducting an investigation into a fire that involved the death of a victim.

Frederick County Emergency Communications received a call of a structure fire at 665 Pifer Road.

Units from Star Tannery were the first to arrive around 5:50 a.m. yesterday May 5.

Crews found the enclosed back porch of the house was fully involved with fire.

An adult male occupant of the house reported that a disabled female occupant was unaccounted for.

Crews initiated a primary search finding the remains of the victim in the engulfed back porch.

The investigation of the incident continues including a complete autopsy by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner of Virginia for positive identification.

The origin of the fire is still to be determined.

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River Report: 5-6-22

In this edition of the Shenandoah River Report, Riverkeeper Mark Frondorf updates us on local water levels, as lots of rain is expected this weekend. Our reports are brought to you by Front Royal Outdoors. Don Roberts and his staff can get you out on the beautiful South Fork. Visit


News Maker Kristin Derflinger of SCCF on mircroloans

Shenandoah Community Capital Fund (SCCF) is offering microloans to new and small businesses and entrepreneurs.

We spoke with SCCF Microloan Program Manager Kristin Derflinger in our latest news maker.

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

Kristin tells what the loans are for and how to apply.

She also tells us how the loans are awarded and number uses for the loans.

Kristin also tells us of the other programs and services provided by SCCF.

Click here for Kristin’s interview.

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WPD make a major drug arrest

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A news release from the Winchester Police Department (WPD) announced a major narcotics arrest on April 29.

California resident Obamdidamu Newton was arrested in a Winchester motel room on Valley Avenue.

The proactive enforcement officers of the WPD led to a search of Newton’s room which netted approximately $30,000 in narcotics and a firearm.

A backpack in the 35 year old Newton’s room was found to contain, all approximate amounts.

Eight ounces of Methamphetamine, 27 grams of Crack Cocaine, a quarter pound of Marijuana, 2.5 ounces of Psychedelic Mushrooms and 75 Ecstasy pills.

Authorities also confiscated almost $5500 in currency and a stolen 9 millimeter handgun from Newton’s room.

Newton faces charges of possession of a firearm after being convicted of a felony and possession of a stolen firearm.

Newton also faces times 5 possession charges with the intent to distribute narcotics.

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First Night Winchester concludes its run

An email from The First Night Winchester Board of Directors announced the decision to dissolve its operations.

The factors that led to that decision included unseasonable weather, COVID-19 and reduced sponsorship among others.

For the past 35 years the family oriented celebration of the New Year has been held in Old Town Winchester.

Proceeds remaining from admission sales to the event have been donated to the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley (MSV).

The Museum was chosen because of their mission to preserve the cultural life and heritage of the Valley.

The MSV has been a long standing partner of the First Night Celebration with a variety of children’s activities each year.

The First Night Winchester board hopes the MSV will be able to carry the torch and re-image the event for future celebration.

Deputy Director of Communications of the MSV Julie Armel said it is too early to tell what  the event will be like in the future.

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