News Maker Todd Jones on Warren County’s Budget and more

The Warren County budget was approved last night June 28 by the Board of Supervisors.

We spoke to the Warren County’s Director of Technology Todd Jones about the budget in our latest news maker.

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

Todd gives us a through breakdown of the budget department by department.

He also tells us what’s planned for the Independence Day weekend including the fireworks displays in the county.

Todd also has information on a bus trip to National’s Park soon.

Click here for Todd’s interview.

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Front Royal woman pleads guilty to leading drug network

A news release from the United States Attorney’s Office confirms that a Front Royal woman has pleaded guilty to leading a drug network in Front Royal.

Candie Marie Calix  pleaded guilty to being the ringleader of a decade long oxycodone distribution network.

Calix sourced high dosage oxycodone pills from a doctor in Arlington.

The doctor, identified in court documents as simply Doctor 1, would prescribe the pills in far higher doses than therapeutic purposes.

The 40 year old Calix worked as an office manager for the physician in Arlington.

Doctor 1 prescribed almost 50,000 oxycodone pills in various strengths between 2012 and 2022 to Calix.

Calix’s relatives including her mother, grandparents, brother and husband would help distribute the pills.

Calix was also accused of recruiting at least 12 other Front Royal residents to become patients of Doctor 1 to obtain more oxycodone.

Those recruits would than give the larger dose pills back to Calix to be distributed and keep the smaller doses for themselves.

The network could net up to $5,000 a month in profits.

Calix could receive up to 20 years in prison in sentencing scheduled for September 28.

Co-conspirators of Calix, 56 year old Kendall Sovereign and 35 year old Jessica Talbott both of Front Royal pleaded guilty to their involvement in the network.

Both Sovereign and Talbott are set for sentencing September 21.

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Strawberries And Cream

Greetings from The Booth!

As we get ready to celebrate the long 4th Of July weekend, the awards and accolades continue to pour in for the Shenandoah University baseball team. Earlier this week the Virginia State Sports Information Directors Association handed out it’s all-state honors, and at the top of the list was Head Hornet Kevin Anderson, who was named VaSID Coach Of The Year. It’s his 4th such award, with 3 coming at SU, and his 9th overall Coach Of The Year accolade. Several of his players were also named by the organization.  Kyle Lisa, Henry Delavergne, and Calvin Pastel are first-team honorees, while Pearce Bucher and Frankie Ritter were second-team picks. Congratulations, guys!

I don’t often write about tennis, but this week the Wimbledon fortnight has begun across the pond, and the early shocker is the first-round loss by Serena Williams to 115th ranked Harmony Tan of France in a 3-set thriller. I didn’t realize this, but Serena is 40, which is Methuselah in tennis years. The ageless Williams has been so good for so long that it’s easy to forget that she is at the tail end of her career. She has been the Tom Brady of tennis. Serena was noncommittal when asked if the aforementioned loss was her final match, but my gut tells me that she doesn’t want to go out like this.

Thinking of Wimbledon takes me back to the mid-70s through the early 80s when I was really into tennis. Summer nights would find me either at Lambert Park or Oatsdale Park in Martinsburg with my Wilson T-2000 and a fresh can of balls from Coaches Supply, ready for a set or two. It was nothing to stay on the courts until 10 pm and beyond. I also bought the tennis mags and followed the fortunes of my favorites like Borg, Connors, and Evert.

What made tennis great in those days were the rivalries, and the rivalries were great because of the contrast in styles. There is nothing today that compares to the icy coolness of Bjorn Borg going against the fiery Jimmy Connors or the volatile John McEnroe. How about Chris Evert versus Martina Navratilova? Give me a comparable contemporary feud–I’ll bet you can’t (OK, I’ll give you Djokovic-Nadal). And tennis had some great villains. Ilie Nastase comes to mind, along with Connors and McEnroe. It was a great time to be a tennis fan.

And I would always wake up in time for “Breakfast At Wimbledon” on NBC. No one could call a match like Dick Enberg (“Oh my!”) and Bud Collins.  The matches would start early in the morning and continue into the afternoon on Wimbledon weekends, and there was little that could pull me away from the TV.

Eventually, my interest in tennis would wane, along with American prominence in the sport. But the two weeks of Wimbledon always has me scrambling to find a can of balls and that Wilson T-2000…

Enjoy the Fortnight, and until the next visit from The Booth…GO HORNETS!




Basye man charged: attempted aggravated murder of officers

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Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office announced the arrest of a suspect in an attempted aggravated murder of law enforcement officers.

Brandon Michael Fauber of Basye Virginia has been arrested and charged with 2 counts of attempted aggravated murder of 2 officers.

The incident began Friday June 24 when deputies arrived at a home in Basye. 

The officers were told by a witness that Fauber was barricaded inside the home with a weapon.

Fauber did fire one shot at 2 deputies missing both.

Attempts to talk Fauber out eventually worked and he was taken into custody without further incident.

Fauber will now face charges in Shenandoah County General District Court on July 15.

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