Commander Carson

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Greetings from The Booth!

As I start the new week, I’m a little burned out on football after a weekend full of it, but that will change as the week wears on. After calling the Strasburg-Warren County game on Friday night, I spent most of Saturday morning trying to figure out how to watch the WVU-Kansas game that night (I finally figured it out and had to spend $9.99 to get ESPN+ on my Fire Stick). I shouldn’t have bothered, as my Mounties were shocked by the Jayhawks in OT, 55-42. The last Kansas team to score that many points was probably their basketball team, so the seat is now pretty warm for Neal Brown, whose team is now 0-2 for the first time since 1979. He’s gotta go, but the buyout is $20 million, so don’t hold your breath if you’re a WVU fan.

That loss ruined an otherwise good weekend of football, as the Marshall Thundering Herd took down number-8 Notre Dame (whose own Head Coach is the first in Irish history to start 0-3 in his first 3 games. I’m no big Marshall fan, but they may be the best team in West Virginia right now.

On Sunday, the Carson Wentz era began in Washington as the NFL took center stage. I was a day of roller-coaster emotions, as the franchise quarterback de jour started fast, leading the Commanders to a 14-3 lead. Then, the offense bogged down as Wentz threw 2 really bad interceptions and the Jaguars took a 22-14 lead. “Commander Carson” then turned things around and threw 2 TD passes, including the game-winner to rookie Jahan Dotson with under two minutes to go in the 28-22 victory.

I think the game was a microcosm of what we’re going to get from Wentz–the highest of highs, like his 49-yard strike to Terry McLaurin in the fourth quarter, and mind-boggling lows, like the interception of a screen pass that almost cost Washington the game.

All that being said, I like the weapons that Wentz has at his disposal, and this could be a fun offense to watch as the season goes on. One game does not a season make, but Dotson looks like the real deal. His game-winning catch in the corner of the end zone was breathtaking. Commanders’ Offensive Coordinator Scott Turner found creative ways to get playmaker Curtis Samuel the ball on Sunday, and it was great seeing TE Logan Thomas in the lineup. RB Antonio Gibson had a solid day, and when the game mattered, McLaurin made the big play.

As a footnote, in what has become typical of this bumbling, stumbling embarrassment of an organization under Dan Snyder, an official Commanders truck outside Fed-Ex Field on Sunday was selling mugs with the team “W” over top of an outline of Washington state. The mugs quickly became unavailable, but it’s not clear whether they sold out or were pulled.

Good thing the Commanders were better at football than geography on Sunday.

Until the next visit from The Booth…HTTC!




DOE seeks the public’s comments on standards of learning

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Frederick County Public Schools (FCPS) announced that the Virginia Department of Education (VOD) is accepting public comment and input on History and Social Science Standard of Learning revisions.

Comments and input on the proposed 2022 History and Social Science Standards of Learning will be accepted through Sept. 25.

All comments and input received by that date will be considered for review and revision of the History and Social Science Standards of Learning.

More information is available here.

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Morgan County Authorities arrest a murder suspect

According to the Morgan Messenger Morgan County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) Deputies  have made an arrest in a murder.

The MCSO Deputies have charged 21 year old Gabriel Cardwell of Matinsburg with the stabbing death of a Berkeley Springs man.

Deputies responded to reports of a disturbance in the 9000 block of Winchester Grade Road around 1 a.m. Monday September 5.

On arrival authorities were informed that a man had tried to intervene in a domestic disturbance and was stabbed.

The victim is 47 year old Scott Mullen of Berkeley Springs who was found suffering from 13 stabs wounds.

Cardwell was found near the scene and reportedly told arresting officers that he stabbed Mullen but wasn’t sure how many times.

It is reported that Cardwell had come to the property to talk to a woman but was asked to leave several times but would not.

The unidentified woman came out of the house and was pushed by Cardwell.

Mullen tried to intervene when he was stabbed and shortly after died from his wounds at the scene.

The investigation into the incident continues with authorities asking anyone with additional information to come forward.

Contact the MCSO at 1-304-258-1067.

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WCFR respond to a fire that leaves an apartment a total loss

Warren County Fire and Rescue (WCFR) report responding to a structure fire in the 600 block of Royal Avenue Sept 6.

When firefighters arrived they found a two story multifamily apartment complex with fire emitting from a ground floor unit.

Firefighters initiated fire suppression and rapid search of 4 other apartments.

All occupants escaped the fire but it did claim the life of a house hold pet.

The fire rendered the apartment where the fire started a total loss and two other units sustained smoke damage.

All occupants were offered assistance from the American Red Cross Disaster Assistance Program.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation and anyone with information is asked to contact the Warren County Fire Marshal’s Office at 1-540-636-3830.

WCFR were assisted by Front Royal Police Department and Electrical Department.

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News Maker Lenny Millholland on consequences of threats

Last week the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office (FCSO) wrapped up their investigation involving threats to a school.

Now two 13 year old students face some serious charges.

We spoke with Frederick County Sheriff Lenny Millholland about the consequences for those making threats in our latest news maker.

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

Sheriff Millholland explains what a person who makes such a threat faces.

He Explains that such a threat will meet with serious and costly consequences.

Sheriff Millholland also explains these kind of threats can cause a number of problems for all involved from parents to students, school staff as well as his own staff.

Click here for Lenny’s interview.

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