$27 million for affordable and special needs housing

Governor Glenn Youngkin announced over $27 million in funding for 34 projects to provide affordable and special needs housing.

These projects will combine to create and preserve 1,990 units for low income and extremely low income households.

The funding will not only help moderate and low income families but also support unhoused populations by providing resources for rapid re-housing and long term solutions.

The process for Affordable and Special Needs Housing loans is highly competitive with 61 applications received requesting $73 million in funding.

For a full list of projects that were accepted, click here.

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Bridge construction in Broadway

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The Virginia Department of Transportation will begin work to replace the Lee Street Bridge over Linville Creek in Broadway.

Traffic will be diverted to a temporary bridge north of the existing structure.

Motorists should stay aware when traveling through the area for occasional lane and shoulder closures.

The work zone will be closed to pedestrians for their safety.

The project’s anticipated completion is April 26, 2024 with Fairfield-Echols LLC of Fishersville contracted for construction.

The original structure was built in 1951.

The new bridge will be 7 feet wider and include a 6 foot wide sidewalk.

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WCSO warns of new scam

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The Warren County Sheriff’s Office wants to make citizens aware of a new scam in the area.

An individual has made calls identifying himself as Deputy Moore of the Warren County Sheriff’s Office and asked for money or a warrant would be issued for their arrest.

The scam has been reported in a neighboring county, but the Sheriff’s office wants all local residents to be aware of the situation.

Deputies in Warren County will not contact you regarding payment.

If anyone calls stating that they work for the office, hang up and call 540-635-4128.

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Warren Coalition’s “Pay It Forward” challenge

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Warren Coalition’s “We See You, Warren County” campaign announced their August theme of “Pay It Forward.”

After encouraging residents to reach out to each other with different greetings, now they are challenging the community to take action and engage in acts of kindness throughout the month.

With personal finances in mind, the Warren Coalition wanted to remind people of some free to low cost ways to participate such as mowing your neighbor’s grass, volunteer at a local nonprofit, pick up trash along the road, or hand out ice pops at a local event like the fair or the upcoming National Night Out to remind others “It’s cool to connect.”

If you participate this month, send an email to celeste@warrencoalition.org or post on their WeCUWC Facebook group.

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SVSGEA Steam Show is back in Berryville

The Shenandoah Valley Steam and Gas Engine Association Steam Show is back in Berryville this weekend.

The festivities started yesterday at the Clarke County Fairgrounds and will continue through Sunday with activities for the whole family.

This year will feature Oliver tractors, Galloway engines, and White trucks.

There will also be live demonstrations, craft and food vendors, and live music from Bryan Sheppard tonight.

This evening will also include the always popular horse pull competition.

Tomorrow will be the second tractor pull of the weekend, with the first having taken place on Friday.

Children under 12 are free and can compete in the pedal tractor pull each day of the show at 2 pm.

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National Mutt Day at SPCA

Tomorrow is National Mutt Day and the SPCA of Winchester, Frederick and Clarke Counties is celebrating with an adoption special.

From noon to 5 pm on Sunday, adoptions to approved adopters will be just $31 at their location on Featherbed Lane in Winchester.

Mutts or mixed breed dogs can be wonderful and unique additions to the family.

They also tend to live longer than purebred dogs as they aren’t subject to inbreeding or the genetic disorders that come with a small gene pool.

Adopting a mutt also helps fight the cruelty and price gouging that comes with puppy mills.

To see the adoptable dogs, click here.

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VSP expand the investigation into an Officer involved shooting

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The Virginia State Police (VSP) confirm by email that they have been asked by the Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office to investigate the fatal officer shooting of  Sean McCormack of Strasburg.

The VSP have now confirmed that they have also been asked by the Woodstock Police Department Police Chief to investigate the incident.

McCormack was shot Mon. night July 25 after authorities attempted several times to get him to surrender peacefully but produced a weapon as he exited his home on Copp Road.

McCormack’s remains have been transported to the state Medical Examiner’s Office where an attempt to determined who fired the fatal shot will be made.

Officers from both Shenandoah County and Woodstock Police Department fired at McCormack.

As is standard procedure the Officers involved in the shooting have been placed on administrative leave.

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Loudoun County Authorities arrest an embezzlement ring

Loudoun County Authorities announced the arrest of three men accused of embezzling over $250,000 in a nearly two year span.

Francisco Aguilar Paz, Jose Aguilar Paz both of Leesburg and Raul Gozales Ascencio of Manassas face a number of charges including felony embezzlement.

Two of those men worked for Beckstrom Electric and conspired with the owner of a temporary worker agency.

The three conspired to created fake employees and charged wages through time sheets for Beckstrom Electric.

That scheme began in December 2020 and continued until May of 2022.

In addition the investigation also revealed that the three suspects were stealing scrap copper from job sites and selling it to make close to $47,000.

The three have been released on bound from the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center.

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