Local representatives torn over SCOTUS decision

State representatives differ in their responses to the Supreme Court’s decision to reverse Roe V. Wade.

Governor Glenn Youngkin released a statement reminding residents of his pro-life stance.

He announced that he will pursue a ban on most abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy.

He claims to support abortion in cases of rape, incest, or if the child bearing parent’s life is at risk.

Senator Mark Warner stresses the decision’s removal of personal health care decisions and turning “back the clock on nearly 50 years of settled and reaffirmed law.”

Senator Warner also believes the decision could leave states the chance to attempt to restrict contraception.

West Virginia already has a law on the books that makes providing abortions a felony with up to 10 years in prison.

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Light pole falls on Bridgeforth Field

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As a result of the storms on Wednesday, a wooden light pole fell onto a fence at the newly renovated Bridgeforth Field.

The pole fell on the third base side of the field and missed the batting cages that were a part of those renovations.

The issue forced the Royals to swap Thursday’s home game and a future home game with the Purcellville Cannons.

Saturday’s game against the Front Royal Cardinals was moved up from 7 pm to 5 pm.

All future home games expected to start at an earlier time until the light pole is fixed.

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WMH celebrates one year anniversary

Warren Memorial Hospital is celebrating its one year anniversary in their $100 million facility today.

They started the morning off with the Hills to Wellness 5k which travels down Leach Run, Happy Creek, and John Marshall Highway.

Then the celebration will start at the hospital at 11 am.

They will have kids activities like a bouncy house, teddy bear clinic, and face painting.

There will also be educational opportunities like hands on CPR, fire and rescue vehicles to explore, and more.

Warren Memorial will also have information about their services and health and wellness checks for the family.

Lonnie Hill will be broadcasting live from the celebration, so make sure to stop by and say hello!

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REC restores power following storms

Rappahannock Electric Cooperative restored power to most of their members who experienced outages during Wednesday’s storms.

Most outages were due to uprooted or broken trees near power lines and poles.

As of 2 pm, under 360 members remained without power.

Those homes were in the hardest hit areas of northern Culpeper and Fauquier counties.

REC wants members to keep in mind that repairs must be done in a sequential manner with main lines coming first then individual tap lines.

For the latest information, head to www.myrec.coop.

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Shenandoah Valley Wine Festival takes over MSV

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The Shenandoah Valley Wine Festival is today from 1 pm – 7 pm at the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley.

There will be numerous local wineries and vineyards represented as well as craft and food vendors.

Live music will be playing all day with 3 different bands including Randy Black and Friends, Spencer Hatcher and The Ol’ Son Gang, and Don’t Look Up Band.

Tickets are $35 at the gate and include entrance to the galleries and gardens including the new Origami In The Garden Exhibit.

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WPRD’s 7th Annual Splash Bash

The City of Winchester’s Parks and Recreation Department is hosting their 7th Annual Splash Bash today at the Jim Barnett Park outdoor pool from noon – 6:30 pm.

This is a great way to kick off summer before the 4th of July weekend and check out the newly refurbished slide, diving board, and wading pool.

NREP took over the concessions stand this summer to provide students with disabilities job training while also raising money for the school’s new greenhouse.

There will also be a DJ and door prizes including a free month membership to the pool.

The regular pool fee structure applies.

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Community Leadership Program: A Leader’s Perspective

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The conversation for The Valley Business Today with host Janet Michael featured Kory Campbell, Director of Marketing & Communications and Vanessa McAllister, Director of Programs and Events for the Top of Virginia Regional Chamber to talk about the chamber’s recent move to Winchester Regional Airport and the Community Leadership Program. Click here to listen to the conversation.

The Community Leadership Program – now entering it’s 26th year – is a nine-month program that runs from September through May. The program begins with an orientation, followed by monthly sessions studying specific topics including:

  • Leadership/Teamwork
  • Non-Profits
  • Community Culture
  • Agriculture
  • Media
  • Government/Economic Development
  • Education
  • Health Care
  • Public Safety
  • Simulated Society
  • Community Problem Solving

The sessions are led by a combination of community leaders, professional facilitators, and specialists in the respective fields. This program is designed to provide insight into the challenges and opportunities that exist in the City of Winchester, Clarke County, and Frederick County, Virginia. Applications are being accepted through June 30 and can be found here: https://www.regionalchamber.biz/community-leadership-program/

Joining them for the conversation was Ben Savory, owner of Summit Events and a recent graduate of the Community Leadership Program who gave his perspective on the importance of programs like this. He told about the things that he learned about the community and explained what he plans to do with his newly obtained knowledge and insight.

Before they wrapped up the conversation, Kory gave details for the chamber’s move from Old Town Winchester to their new offices located in a hangar at Winchester Regional Airport. This move is temporary – 2 years – while a new business terminal is being constructed which will become the chamber’s new permanent home. He also talked about a few upcoming chamber events including: Business After Hours on June 29, 2022 at Shenandoah Valley Golf Club from 5:30pm – 7pm; Business After Hours on July 13, 2022 at Market Street United Methodist Church from 5:30pm – 7pm; and a Lunch & Learn about leasing standards on July 26, 2022 from 12pm – 1pm via Zoom.

For more information about chamber membership, programs and events, visit their website: https://www.regionalchamber.biz/ and follow them on Facebook.

News Maker Jennifer Coello on WMH one year celebration

Warren Memorial Hospital (WMH) will hold a one year anniversary celebration at their 351 Valley Health Way location.

The celebration will take place tomorrow June 25 at the hospital with the River 953’s Lonnie Hill on hand to help with the event.

We spoke with WMH Administrator Jennifer Coello about the celebration in our latest news maker.

News makers are brought to you by Warren County Together We are Community.

Jennifer tells us what will be happening at tomorrow’s celebration and more.

She also tells us about the hospital’s attributes.

Jennifer also tells us how great the past year has been in the new facility.

Click here for Jennifer’s interview.

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Furever Friday: Meet Popeye

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Welcome back to Furever Friday! Each week, we spotlight an adoptable Pet from the Humane Society of Warren County.

This week we’re featuring 10 year old pitbull Popeye. Popeye loves people and is very sweet. Popeye will need to be dog tested before he is adopted.  

If you are interested in giving Popeye a new home, please visit humanesocietywarrencounty.com  to fill out an adoption application. Once the application has been processed, a staff member will contact you with the next steps. 

You can also check out the Humane Society of Warren County’s adoptable pets on petfinder.com.

Furever Friday is proudly sponsored by Shear Elegance Pet Boutique. Shear Elegance Pet Boutique has been giving pets the love, care and respect they deserve since 2011. Visit them today off John Marshall Highway and on Facebook.

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FCSO arrest a murder suspect

The Frederick County Sheriff’s Office (FCSO) announced the arrest of  Michael Antonio Hill.

Hill is being charged with murder in the second degree in the murder of Rufus Holland.

The investigation began June 21 with a health and welfare check at Holland’s Kernstown home.

After arrival authorities found what appeared to be blood at the door and gained entry.

Further investigation determined  that Holland was the victim of a homicide.

It was determined by authorities that Hill and Holland knew one another.

Further investigation identified Hill as a person of interest.

Authorities determined that there was no ongoing threat to the general public.

Hill was located and arrested in Winchester without incident around 9 p.m. June 22.

At last report Hill was being held in the Northwestern Regional Detention Facility.

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