VH’s former CEO and President is honored for his past service

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Valley Health (VH) announced by email that their former President and CEO Mark Merrill has been awarded for his past services.

Sept. 22 the Virginia Hospital Healthcare Association gave Merrill the Distinguished Service Award.

The award is presented to a past or current Chief Executive Officer with a long record of performing outstanding valuable and unique services to the hospital and healthcare community.

After spending 11 of his 35 year long career in healthcare Merrill retired from VH in 2020.

During his 11 years at VH Merrill is credited with many significant achievements such as completing new facilities or renovations at VH’s six hospitals among other accomplishment.

Merrill was recognized by the Top of Virginia Regional Chamber in 2016 at the  Greater Good Awards.

Most recently Merrill continues to serve the commonwealth being appointed to the State’s Transportation Board by then Governor Northam.

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Strasburg Police respond to a stabbing

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The Strasburg Police Department report that they responded to a stabbing and barricade situation on Eberly Street Sept. 27 at 7:20 p.m.

On arrival Officers found a male victim suffering from multiple stab wounds to the head.

The unidentified victim was transported and treated at Winchester Medical Center.

The suspect in the stabbing is believed to be Jordan Sowder who authorities believed was barricaded in the residence at 184 North Eberly Street in Strasburg.

After a perimeter was established the Virginia State Police Tactical Team gained entry to find Sowder was gone.

An arrest warrant was issued for Jordan O’Neal Dale Sowder.

The19 year old Sowder was apprehended by the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office and faces the charges of the class 3 felony of malicious wounding.

Anyone with any information regarding the incident is asked to contact your local law enforcement office.

You can call the Strasburg Police Department with any information at 540-465-5230.

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Front Royal Police Officers are honored by VACPF

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The Front Royal Police Department announced the recognition of two Officers by the Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police Foundation (VACPF).

Officers Suess and Martin were presented with the 2022 VACPF Life Saving Awards at the Town Council meeting Sept. 26.

After the duo were awarded, the Front Royal Departmental Life Saving Award Medals only months ago.

Police Chief Magalis submitted their actions to the VACPF who review actions by Police Officers from across the state.

The Association chose Sergeant Eric Suess and Officer Rachael Martin for the state life saving awards.

The Association honored the two officers for their courage and tenacity in executing the rescue of an invalid elderly couple from a fire on June 15 of this year.

A video of the Officer’s actions is found here.

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News Maker Ann Cushmane on Clarke County’s Fish expansion

Food insecurity has become an increasing problem for many in the region with the demand greater then ever.

The Fish organization in Clarke County is taking on the problem with expansion of their services.

We spoke with the Vice President and Director of the Fish Pantry Ann Cushmane about their expansion in our latest news maker.

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

Ann tells us about Fish and how it operates.

She also tells us about the expansion for Fish services known as the Community Table.

Ann tells us about the new mobile food distribution operation to reach the over 1,300 people that are food insecure in Clarke County.

Click here for Ann’s interview.

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