Gov. Youngkin releases funds to support tourism

Governor Glenn Youngkin announced in an email that more than $300,000 in matching grant funds will be awarded to 64 small business partners in Virginia.

The Microbusiness Marketing Leverage Program is designed to leverage local marketing dollars with matching state funds to increase visitation and traveler spending in the tourism off season.

This funding cycle, local partners will commit more than $782,000 in private sector funds to match the Virginia Tourism Corporation funding.

The collaborative funding will provide more than $1 million in new marketing activity focused on small business and off-season visitation.

Ultimately the funding will impact 189 combined partners and support over 400 jobs.

The goal is to bring in year-round overnight visitation supporting small businesses and jobs in localities across the state.

The Virginia Tourism Corporation will have additional marketing program grants and sponsorship rounds opening throughout 2023.

More information is available at

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BRNGTF make a narcotics arrest

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The Virginia State Police report by email that on Nov. 4 32-year-old Spicy D. Penn was arrested following the execution of a search warrant in the 400 block of Virginia Avenue in Culpeper.

The Blue Ridge Narcotics and Gang Task Force (BRNGTF) seized an undisclosed amount of cocaine along with a firearm and almost $6,500 in currency.

Penn has been charged with one felony count of possession of a schedule one two drug.

Penn also faces a felony count of possession of a firearm while in possession of that drug.

Currently Penn is being held on a secured bond at Culpeper County jail.

The BRNGTF is composed of law enforcement from Culpeper, Fauquier and Rappahannock Sheriff’s Offices.

Warrenton, Culpeper, Orange Police Departments and Virginia State Police also assist in the the BRNGTF.

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Gov. Youngkin extends his flag order for UVA

Governor Youngin by email has ordered all flags of the United States and the Commonwealth of Virginia at half staff today Nov. 17.

The flags will be at half staff at all local, state and federal buildings until sunset Nov. 17 in respect and memory of the victims of the University of Virginia shooting.

This in honor of the University of Virginia the families of the victims and the Charlottesville Community.

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News Maker Andrea Cosans of WFCC-CAP on renovations

The Winchester Frederick County Congregational Community Action Program (WFCC-CAP)   has gone through some expansion and renovations.

We spoke with Executive Director of WFCCAP Andrea Cosans about the changes in our latest news maker.

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Andrea tells us about a recent anniversary celebration for C-CAP.

She also tells us the enormous number of people the organization helps.

Andrea also tells us how you can help support C-CAP.

Click here for Andrea’s news maker.

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