News Maker Todd Jones on a bus trip to Nationals Park

Warren County Board of Supervisors have a new schedule for conditional use permit hearings.

We spoke to Warren County Director of Technology Todd Jones about it in our latest news maker.

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

Todd tells us of the Board of Supervisors change.

He also tells us about activities coming up in Warren County.

Todd wants you to know that time is running out to get in on a bus trip to Nationals Park July 16.

Click here for Todd’s interview.

To get in on the bus trip you should call Warren County Parks and Recreation at 540-635-7750.

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Best Golf Prank Ever

Greetings from The Booth!

A golf buddy said after our usual weekend round that this was a “nothing” time in the sports world, and there probably is some truth to that. Did anyone really care about the USFL after the first few games? Sure, Wimbledon is happening, and the Tour de France is certainly an acquired taste (although I like the event and will watch). NFL training camps are still a few weeks from opening. And then there are your Washington Nationals, who are on pace for a 100-loss season. How many of you would have thought that possible after their World Series title in 2019?

If you’re a golf fan, the sport’s final major, The 150th Open Championship, a.k.a. The British Open, happens next week at the Old Course at St. Andrews. St. Andrews is hallowed ground in the golf world, and I love the British Open, because it’s golf the way it was meant to be played: low to the ground, in the elements. When I think of The Open Championship, I think of cold, wind, and rain. I also think of 59 year-old Tom Watson almost winning the Claret Jug in 2009, as a bunch of us geezers were gathered around the TV at Rock Harbor cheering him on. Moments like that can only happen at the Open.

Speaking of golf, this time of year takes me back to what might have been the greatest golf prank ever played. It happened during a beach trip to Nags Head with a group of friends around 1987. It was a great week of beachin’, night life, and a round of golf during which the aforementioned prank took place. The group included longtime friend Kevin Funkhouser, who would be my best man 4 years later when I tied the knot. The foil of the prank was Todd Lyons, another member of our Martinsburg circle of friends and participant in the annual “Turkey Bowl” Thanksgiving football game at Rosemont School, among other things.

The round of golf started, as you might expect, with drink flowing freely, and somewhere on the front 9, Funkhouser was victim of the old “exploding golf ball” prank. If you’re unfamiliar, these are joke golf balls that explode on impact, and are good for a laugh. As we moved on to the back 9, no other gags were played as the laughs and libation continued. Late in the round, Lyons hit a beautiful approach shot within 3 feet of the pin. As we drove to the green, Funkhouser got out of the cart, walked onto the green to survey Lyons’ shot and said, “Hey Todd, is this your ball…great shot!” He then …well, let’s just say,  proceeded to water Lyons’ golf ball, if you get my drift. I don’t think I’ve ever laughed that hard on a golf course.

They say revenge is a meal best served cold. In this case…best served wet.

I look forward to being back in the Booth the week of the 18th! FORE!




SNZCBI receives 3 red pandas

The Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute (SNZCBI) announced the reception of three new red pandas.

The trio arrived at the Front Royal facility to breed and help scientists better understand their health.

The trio are described as sweet outgoing and always in the mood for food.

The pandas are named Scarlet, Xena and Taizong and are most active from dawn to dusk.

Most red pandas in North American Zoos are part of the Species Survival Plan for Red Pandas.

The scientist of the Survival Plan attempt to match Red Pandas for the most devise genetics as possible in their offspring.

Click here for pictures and more on the adorable trio.

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Governor Youngkin orders flags at half staff

Governor Glenn Youngkin in an email has ordered Virginia flags to be flown at half staff through at least sunset Sat. July 9.

Pursuant to President Biden’s  Presidential Proclamation to lower the United States Flag in honor of the lives lost on July 4.

Youngkin follows suit ordering the State flag to be flown at half staff at all state and local buildings and grounds as well.

This in honor and memory of the lives that were lost and those that were injured on July 4 at Highland Park Illinois.

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Warren County fire caused by improperly discarded fireworks

thanksgiving safety tips

The Warren County Fire Marshal’s Office reports that improperly discarded fireworks likely caused a blaze.

Firefighters responded to a house fire in the 2000 block of Long Meadow Road.

The garage portion of the home looks to have sustained a great deal of damage.

The fire looks to have spread to the roof of the home causing considerable damage.

Fireworks have often been used well beyond the fourth of July.

Warren County Fire Marshal’s Office reminds residents that the best way to dispose of any fireworks is to soak them thoroughly in a bucket of water before throwing them away.

This includes spent fireworks, unused or ones that didn’t go off.

Residents should double wrap soaked fireworks in two plastic bags so they don’t dry out.

Throw all wrapped fireworks in an outdoor trash can.

The investigation of the Long Meadow Road fire continues with details forthcoming.

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