Delays expected near VA-WV line tonight 8/17

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Motorists traveling northbound on Interstate 81 near the Virginia-West Virginia line may experience traffic delays this week with pavement repair scheduled in West Virginia.

The first work period will take place in the overnight tonight Aug. 17 from midnight to 6 am with minimal delays expected.

The second work period will begin at 6 pm on Wed. Aug. 17 until midday Thurs. Aug. 18  with significant delays anticipated.

Drivers entering 81 from exit 323 will come to a complete stop before entering the interstate.

The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) will monitor traffic backups and may recommend alternate routes if necessary.

Alternate routes may include Route 37 to 522 northbound or connecting to Route 340 from Route 7 or I-66.

Monitor travel conditions 24 hours a day 365 days a year in Virginia here in West Virginia here be sure to refresh the pages each time you open them.

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News Maker Jennifer Hall on a collection for teachers

The United Way of  the Northern Shenandoah Valley (UWNSV) will be conducting a collection effort to supply teachers with necessary items.

We spoke with the UWNSV’s Senior Director of Community Investment Jennifer Hall about this weekend’s effort in our latest news maker.

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

Jennifer tells us about the collection effort at the Walmart in Woodstock.

She also tells us about some very alarming statistics when it comes to teaching in the Shenandoah Valley.

Jennifer also tells us how you can help by making a donation of simple items.

There is also a need for volunteers to help with the drive itself.

Click here for Jennifer’s interview.

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Woodstock Authorities make an arrest in a structure fire

Woodstock Authorities report an arrest in a structure fire over the weekend.

The Shenandoah County Department of Fire and Rescue reported to a structure fire around 10 p.m.  Fri. Aug. 12 on West Locust Street in Woodstock.

The structure was fully involved when firefighters from several regional companies arrived.

By 2:10 Saturday morning the fire was under control.

During the investigation authorities reviewed security footage that revealed a person in distinctive clothing in front of the structure before the fire was reported.

The footage led to the arrest of Ray Boyd Kerns of Toms Brook.

Kerns has been charged with one felony count of burning or destroying a building or structure.

Kerns has also been charged with a count of intentionally destroying, defacing or damaging a building.

Kerns was a member of the Woodstock Fire Department and is currently suspended.

The Woodstock Fire Department report that they are cooperating fully with investigators.

The structure was a 1902 wood frame multi story abandon building owned by Lena Frances Keegan.

No other buildings were damaged and no injuries were reported in the incident.

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VSP adds 18 new troopers

The Virginia State Police (VSP) announced the addition of 18 new State Troopers. 

The Commonwealth added the new Troopers after commencement exercises from the State Police Training Academy in Chesterfield County Fri. Aug. 12.

After completing 28 weeks of training the 136th class of graduates will now face 6 weeks of more training under the guidance of a training officer.

The class of 2022 comes during the 90th anniversary of the VSP.

This class had graduates from all across the United States including Virginia, California, Iowa, Maryland, New Hampshire and Washington.

For information and details on other opportunities with Virginia State Police and the upcoming 137th class of recruits click here.

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Warren County Board of Supervisors discuss WCPS’s budget

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One of the items addressed by the the Warren County Board of Supervisors’ work session Tues. night Aug. 9 included the Warren County Public School (WCPS) budget.

The Board confirmed that the school budget is set for a review and feedback by both Board members and a WCPS liaison committee at a future meeting.

Board Chairperson Cheryl Cullers stated at the meeting that the Board never considered cutting salaries.

Cullers also reiterated the sentiment to disregard any comments regarding the budget that are found on social media.

The Board Chairperson suggested that if you have any questions regarding the budget to come to the board and talk to them.

The video of the full Warren County Board of Supervisor’s meeting is found here.

The issue of the budget specifically starts approximately 1 hour and 17 minutes into the meeting.

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River Report: 8-15-22

In our latest Shenandoah River Report, Riverkeeper Mark Frondorf previews the upcoming “Riopalooza” event on September 17th. Be a part of this bi-lingual event hosted by Potomac Riverkeeper Network, The US Forest Service, and The Virginia Department Of Wildlife Resources to celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month. Mark has all the details…brought to you by Front Royal Outdoors. Let Don Roberts and his great staff get you out on the South Fork before Summer slips away. Visit https://frontroyaloutdoors.com

FCSO reminds motorists of school bus safety

Children are back to school across the Valley with Frederick County Public Schools returning on Monday.

The Frederick County Sheriff’s Office would like to remind motorists to be extra cautious in school zones and around buses.

School zone signs will be turned back on during designated times.

Some of those with lower speed limits enforced.

Passing a school bus from any direction is a Class 1 misdemeanor under the Reckless Driving statute.

This is important because children entering or exiting a bus can be unpredictable.

The only time motorists can pass a school bus with it’s stop sign out is if the roadway is divided by a positive barrier like a grassy median or jersey wall.

Cars travelling in the same direction the bus must stop but those on the other side of the barrier may continue.

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SCSO warns of counterfeit money

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The Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office has already received calls about the use of counterfeit bills during the Yard Crawl.

They are encouraging the community to check their money by:

  • holding the bill up to light
  • looking for watermarks
  • comparing it to another bill of the same denomination
  • using an ultraviolet light
  • feeling for texture or thinness
  • inspecting borders and printing quality

If you believe you have received counterfeit money, contact the Sheriff’s office non-emergency number at 540-459-6100. 

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