News Maker Rick Novak on dinosaurs coming to Front Royal

Front Royal’s Main Street will be shut down from Royal Avenue to Church Street tomorrow Fri. June 10.

The Jurassic Park Motor Pool Capitol Division will be hunting dinosaurs.

We spoke with Royal Cinema owner Rick Novak about the excitement expected to hit prehistoric downtown Front Royal in our latest news maker.

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Rick tells us about what to expect starting around 4 p.m. Fri.

He also has invited us all down to Main Street and confirms the times to be there.

Rick also tells us that the first 200 people to see the movie will receive a free dinosaur of their own.

Click here for Rick’s interview.

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VDOT postpones sinkhole repair on 81 in Shenandoah Co.

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An email from the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) announced the postponement of the sinkhole repair on 81.

The repairs of Interstate 81 North in Shenandoah County was scheduled to begin on June 8.

The work was postponement by the impending inclement weather that was predicted.

Rain can hamper the laying of asphalt.

Most VDOT work is subject to weather conditions.

The sinkhole at mile marker 268 in Shenandoah County has been temporally patched and is  being monitored closely.

VDOT will announce a revised repair date once plans are finalized.

The repairs are expected to cause a shutdown of 81 between mile marker 266 and 269 for a possible couple of days.

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Handley High School recognized as one of the best schools

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Winchester Public Schools (WPS) announced that John Handley High School has been named one of the best high schools by U.S. News and World Report.

Handley ranked in the top 40 percent of over 17,500 public schools in the nation.

In Virginia Handley ranked number 149 out of 333 schools in the state and number one in Winchester, Virginia Metro area.

The Virginia Metro area includes Winchester, Frederick County and Hampshire County West Virginia.

Schools are ranked on their performance and how well they prepare students for college.

Superintendent Dr. Jason Van Heukelum congratulated and thanked the staff in an email calling it an honor to be recognized in such a way.

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Money Talks

Greetings from The Booth!

With all quiet at Shenandoah University, we turn our attention to James Wood High School baseball, who as of this writing, is 2 wins away from a state championship. The 21-5 Colonels advanced to the semifinals Tuesday with a 5-1 win over Salem, and will now face Monocan on Friday in Fredericksburg. It’s worth noting that James Wood baseball hasn’t been to the state tournament since 1985. How long ago was that? Ronald Reagan was in his second term, Back To The Future was the top-grossing film, We Are The World was the number-one song that year, and in 1985, gas was $1.12 a gallon (I had to throw that in there). In other words, it’s been awhile. Good luck Colonels in your quest to bring a title back home this weekend!

Well, the PGA Tour and the golf world have been turned upside down by the rival tour known as the LIV Invitational Golf Series, which has it’s inaugural event this week in London. Some big names have defected from the PGA Tour, Bryson DeChambeau, Patrick Reed, and Dustin Johnson to name a few. Johnson was reportedly offered $125 million for joining the LIV. All who have joined the LIV now face action from the PGA Tour on a case by case basis, including suspensions.

Maybe the most notable name to join the LIV is Phil Mickelson. Mickelson, always a lightning rod for controversy, is coming off a self-induced 4 month hiatus from competitive golf, has decided to jump to the Saudi-backed LIV. You might remember that his comments about the Saudis earlier this year sparked some backlash.

The new LIV Tour is being funded by the financial arm of the Saudi government, valued at some $600 billion, so money is not going to be an issue. The controversy lies in the alleged human rights violations of the Saudis, who were also responsible for the assassination of Washington Post reporter Jamal Khashoggi in 2018. By financially backing sports leagues and organizations (like the WWE), the Saudis are being accused of something called “Sportswashing,” the practice of distracting the public from their abuses by funding sports.

At this week’s LIV press conference , Mickelson fielded the first 26 questions, including those about “Sportswashing.” While denouncing human rights violations, Mickelson is still taking the money from the Saudi-backed tour. This is yet another example of the hypocrisy that now permeates the sports world. The NBA and supposed social justice warriors like Lebron James have no trouble taking money from and climbing into bed with China, one of the world’s worst human rights abusers. James, in particular, is very outspoken in his quest for social justice, yet remains aligned with Nike, whose products are made by Chinese laborers who work under the crushing boot of the CCP.

Apparently, for Phil and his PGA Tour defectors…money talks.

Until the next visit from The Booth…GO COLONELS!








Norfolk Southern plans rail work in Clarke County

Norfolk Southern Corporation will be replacing railroad ties at the crossing on Berryville’s East Main Street possibly Monday.

The work was schedule to begin this week according to a Clarke County announcement.

The work is subject to weather conditions and has been delayed.

Detour signs are expected to be in place possibly today June 8 before work begins.

Once work begins U. S. Routes 340 and Virginia 7 will be the primary detour routes around E. Main Street in Berryville.

The railroad crossing work requires both travel lanes to be closed for the duration of the repairs which are expected to take at least 2 days.

Once the work on the Main Street Rail crossing is done Norfolk Southern Corporation will move up to the Boom Road crossing for additional work.

Motorist need to be aware of signage and detours expected in the days to follow.

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