News Maker Shannon Urum on a Suicide Prevention Run

A motorcycle run to raise awareness of suicide prevention is planned for September 18 with several stops in the valley.

We spoke to Prevention and Wellness Services Coordinator at the Northwestern Community Services Board Shannon Urum about it in our latest news maker.

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Shannon tells us this ride will start in Warren County and end in Luray with stops along the way.

She also tells what is expected at each stop and who benefits from the event.

Shannon also tells us how to get involved as either a rider or volunteer at one of the stops.

Click here for Shannon’s interview.

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Stanley Fire Department battle a major blaze

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An email from Stanley Fire Chief Terry Pettit confirms a major fire south of Stanley.

The Stanley Fire Department responded to a Sunday Morning building fire at Purdham Hill Road around 11:20.

Firefighters arrived to find the building fully involved with the fire threatening a nearby camper, pickup truck and a neighbors storage building.

The residents of the house attempted to extinguish the blaze but they could not contain it and had to back away.

Preliminary investigation indicates the fire was caused by a generator being used.

However the exact cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Total damage to the camper, pickup, neighbor’s storage building and the initial fire site was approximately $30,000.

Pettit reports the building where the fire started was owned by Lisa Good of Stanley and was uninsured.

The fire took about 20 minutes to contain with five units responding with 25 firefighters  remaining on the scene for a little over an hour.

No injuries were reported with the Page County Sheriff’s Office assisting in the investigation.

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Monkeypox case confirmed at Sherando High School

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Sherando High School sent a letter to families and staff informing them that a person at the school has monkeypox.

The Frederick County Health Department which is in the Lord Fairfax Health District confirmed the Frederick County Public Schools of the case.

Although the person was in school while infectious the health department is not aware of any high risk interaction the individual had with students or staff.

As recommended by the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) the person will stay home and isolate until it is safe to be around others.

In addition the school division is adhering to other recommendations from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to prevent the transmission of monkeypox.

Officials are working closely with the individual to find out if and who they may have had close contact with and if action is required.

Those who have developed any symptoms should remain isolated from both people and pets cover any liaisons and contact their health care provider.

Symptoms include rashes resembling pimples and blisters and may include fever, headache, backache, chills and cold like symptoms.

The school system will provide updates as needed on any and all health concerns.

Questions can be directed to the Frederick County Health Department at 540-722-3470.

The Virginia Department of Health provides additional information on monkeypox here.

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Distrusting The Climb

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Greetings from The Booth!

It was great to put on the headphones and call a football game this past Friday. I hadn’t done play-by-play for a high school football game since the ’90s, but football is football, and after some early rust, I fell into the old routine again. It helped that we had a good game to call, as Skyline went on a final 81-yard game-winning drive, scoring a TD with just 1:34 left to play. It was fun to get back into The Booth, and I look forward to bringing you our area Game Of The Week with broadcast partner Ryan Rutherford.

Well, I wanted to wait a few days and let my emotions die down after my West Virginia Mountaineers lost to the hated Pitt Panthers in the renewal of The Backyard Brawl this past Thursday night. The 38-31 loss still stings, mainly because WVU was in control of the game late in the fourth quarter, and like so many times before, they broke my heart.

I don’t say this lightly–I no longer “trust the climb.” Mountaineers’ Head Coach Neal Brown, who once again was outcoached, and showed no ability to manage the clock in the game’s final frantic moments, sent a clear message to his offense when the game was on the line in the final stanza. With WVU leading 31-24 and facing a 4th and less than a yard to go with around six minutes left, decided to try to draw Pitt offsides, and then punt. The Mountaineers had been running the ball effectively to that point and with a first down, would have grabbed firm control of the game. As the underdog, WVU had nothing to lose by going for the first down.

Instead, Pitt went on the game-tying 91 yard drive, and would win the game in the final minutes on a pick-six. We WVU fans have seen this movie all too often. I wish they’d change the ending.

Contrast the above with a few years back when the Mounties scored against Texas (at Texas) in the final seconds of a back-and-forth affair, and trailed the Longhorns by a point. Head Coach Dana Holgorsen asked his quarterback, Will Grier, “do you want to win the game?” When Grier answered in the affirmative, Holgorsen said famously, “then let’s go win the (expletive) game!” and went, successfully, for the 2-point conversion. Now, I’m no fan of Dana Holgorsen, but I give him credit for trying to win the game, as opposed to trying not to lose.

Neal Brown tried not to lose.

I ran into a fellow WVU fan at Rock Harbor Golf Course this past Sunday, who reminded me that had WVU gone for the first down and failed, we would have been equally upset at Brown. He is probably right. After all, most of us are oscillating fans with 20/20 hindsight. Having admitted that, I will say that I am generally ok with errors of commission, as opposed to errors of omission.

We are at the point in this so-called “climb,” where almost is not good enough.

Until the next visit from The Booth…LET’S GO MOUNTAINEERS!



VSP ask for the public’s help in a Winchester investigation

The Virginia State Police (VSP) announced by email that they are seeking the public’s input regarding an hit and run in Winchester.

The incident occurred approximately 9:15 p.m. Sept. 3 at the intersection of Route 7 Berryville Pike and Gateway Drive.

An unknown vehicle possibly a dark colored truck or SUV ran the stop light at the intersection ramming a southbound Lexus sedan that was attempting a left turn.

The suspect’s vehicle did not stop at the scene but now should have front passenger side damage.

The 56 year old unidentified female driver of the Lexus from Winchester was uninjured in the accident.

Anyone with any information on the accident is asked to contact the Virginia State Police Trooper N. Hobbs at 540-662-3313.

You can also email with any information.

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News Maker Brian Patrick on Skyline Indie Film Festival

The 10th annual Skyline Indie Film Festival features over 55 independently  made films and starts Sept. 8.

We spoke with Co-Director and Festival Founder Brian Patrick about the festival in our latest news maker.

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Brian gives us a little history behind the festival.

He also tells us where you can catch some of the showings this year.

Brian also tells us how you can submit a film and get involved either by watching films or submitting your own film.

Click here for Brian’s interview.

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