Turkey Bowl Revisited

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Greetings From The Booth!

As this is Thanksgiving week, I hope we all take a moment and reflect on the things for which we are truly thankful. We at Royal Broadcasting recently finished our annual Camping For Hunger week-long food drive. In a challenging economy, this year’s CFH raised over 14-thousand pounds of food and about $17 thousand in monetary donations for Front Royal-Warren County C-CAP, and this would not have happened without the generosity of the community. Helping to unload all of that food from the Camping For Hunger Bus Saturday was a humbling an awesome experience, and made me even more thankful for my Thanksgiving meal.

As I write this post, several of our area high school football teams are still alive in the VHSL playoffs, and play in regional championship games tonight (Friday 11-25). The 2b title will go to either Strasburg or Central in what should be a great game. In a Class 3 regional championship game, the Warren County Wildcats have a tough task as they head to Nokesville to take on the talented Tigers. On paper, Brentsville looks like the prohibitive favorite but the games aren’t played on paper.

Thanksgiving always takes me back to a time when I was younger, faster, and less breakable. Like many weekend warriors across the USA, I always participated in a “Turkey Bowl” football game back in the day. For me, that game was usually played on the Friday of Thanksgiving weekend, and almost always at the Rosemont School lot in Martinsburg (WV). I had the honor of being the captain of  “Woodward’s Skins,” while our opponent was a team led by Todd Lyons, aptly named “Lyon’s Lions.” After all, it’s tradition that the Lions play on Thanksgiving, right?

Like any athletic field, ours had it’s unique qualities. The Rosemont lot ran adjacent to a blacktop playground, so “asphalt rash” was not unusual in one of our Turkey Bowl games. And, although two-hand tag was the preferred style of play, hard hitting was not ruled out. After a full afternoon of football, we left those games muddy, sometimes bloody, but full of memories that have filled the years.

At some point we all got old–I’m not sure exactly when that was–and the Turkey Bowls were just something remembered in group texts and phone calls as we all went our separate ways. But there are times when, as the saying goes, “my mind writes checks my body can’t cash,” and I’m pretty sure I can hit Kevin Funkhouser with a perfect spiral as he runs a fly pattern along the row of pine trees…

If you’re still fortunate to be able to play in your own Turkey Bowl, savor the time…it’s all too fleeting.

Until the next visit from The Booth, Happy Thanksgiving!





News Maker Todd Jones on Warren County coming together

Warren County congratulates C-CAP on the conclusion of a successful Camping For Hunger (CFH) campaign.

We spoke to Warren County’s Director of Technology Todd Jones about it in our latest news maker.

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Todd tells us how proud the Warren County Government is at the Community’s effort to support the CFH.

He also tells us of the upcoming Christmas activities on the way.

Todd also teases of all the new things to expect in 2023.

Click here for Todd’s news maker.

For more news from across the Shenandoah Valley, click here.

FRPD arrest an adult attempting to solicit a minor

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Front Royal Police Department (FRPD) announced the arrest of an adult attempting to solicit a minor.

The investigation began Nov. 9 and on Wed. Nov. 22 the arrest of Avery Wood of Charlottesville was made.

A proactive undercover investigation found Wood began unsolicited communications with a person he believed to be a 15-year-old female but in reality was an undercover Officer.

Some of the unsolicited material sent by Wood was Child Sexual Abuse Materials.

A designated meeting place was arranged within Front Royal and Wood traveled to the location to meet the detective posing as the female for lascivious intent.

The 53-year-old Wood was arrested and taken to the Regional Jail where he was ordered to be held without bond until his December 15 court date.

Wood is facing a 9 a.m. trail in Warren County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court.

Anyone with any information in this or any case involving the solicitation or exploitation of any minor should contact the FRPD.

Call Detective M.R. Ramey at 540-636-2208 or email mramey@frontroyalva.com.

The FRPD is an active member of the Virginia DC Metro Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.

For more news from across the Shenandoah Valley, click here.

Page County Authorities investigate a case of animal cruelty

Page County Authorities report the investigation of a case of animal cruelty.

Nov. 21 authorities found a female husky mix deliberately locked and chained to a barbed wire fence.

The animal was found in the vicinity of 651 Egypt Bend Road.

The animal was unable to move due to the chains and fence.

After several attempts by Animal Control they were finally able to free the dog without incident.

Anyone with any information or knows the dog you are asked to contact Page County animal control.

Contact Animal Control Officer Nations at 540-743-6571.

Pictures of the dog and it’s situation are found here.

For more news from across the Shenandoah Valley, click here.

SCFR respond to a fallen and injured hiker

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Shenandoah County Fire and Rescue (SCFR) with the Strasburg Fire Department (SFD) report responding to a fallen and injured hiker. 

The unidentified victim had taken a significant fall down a rock ledge at Buzzard Rock Trail.

The 54-year-old male was bleeding from his head and was found to be in and out of consciousness.

Around 1:30 in the afternoon Nov. 13 a staging area was established in the Buzzard Rock trail parking area with several fire companies reporting to the scene.

A request for help was sent to the U.S. Park Police Helicopter Eagle 1 unit as well.

High winds prevented Eagle 1 from being used.

After evaluation of the victim it was found he suffered from a severe head laceration, possible facial fractures with a possible fractured arm.

Crews transported the injured man by Stokes basket to a UTV.

Just past 7 the patient was transported to Warren County Airport where Aircare 6 transported him to UVA Medical Center.

In all 12 units of first responders reported to help in the incident.

For more news from across the Shenandoah Valley, click here.

Authorities’ update the Chesapeake shooting situation

Governor Glenn Youngkin ordered all United States and Virginia Flags to fly at half staff through sunset Nov. 27 in honor of the victims and families of the Chesapeake Walmart shooting.

Authorities reports confirmed that the shooter in the incident was 31-year-old Andre Bing an 11-year employee of the store eventually becoming the night manager.

Bing entered the break room and began shooting follow employees he believed to be negative toward him.

The victims have been identified as Lorenzo Gamble, Brian Pendleton, Kellie Pyle, Randall Blevins and Tyneka Johnson.

The final victim was only 16 years of age and was not identified because of his age.

Mayor Rick West of Chesapeake stated that the community will held a remembrance vigil in honor of those victims Mon. Nov. 28 at 6 p.m. at the City’s park.

A complete update on the investigation of the shooting and following ceremonies is available here.

For more news from across the Shenandoah Valley, click here.

News Maker Joanne Koszyk on final figures from CFH

The donations collected at the bus itself from the week of Camping For Hunger (CFH) have been calculated.

We spoke with the Executive Director of the Congregational Community Action Project (C-CAP) Joanne Koszyk in our latest news maker.

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Joanne gives us the final numbers from the week on the CFH bus.

She also expresses her and all of C-CAP’s gratitude for a tremendous community effort.

Joanne also explains that donations are still being accepted here.

The River 953 and Fox Sports Radio 1450 owner staff and management are also very grateful for the Community support of the annual week long CFH campaign again this year.

Click here for Joanne’s news maker.

For more news from across the Shenandoah Valley, click here.