News Makers Royal Broadcasting Staff on 2023

The new year is fast approaching and the staff at Royal Broadcasting thank you for a great 2022 and are looking forward to 2023.

We check in with some of the staff members of Royal Broadcasting in our latest news maker.

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All of us reflect on the year 2022.

We look forward to 2023 and wish all of you the best in the new year.

One thing for certain, we all hope that you have a happy safe new year and thank you for this past year and look forward to working for you in 2023.

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Wholesome Foods expands in Shenandoah County

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Governor Glenn Youngkin announced that family-owned Wholesome Foods will expand in Shenandoah County.

Based out of Edinburg since 1964 Wholesome Foods will expand and add jobs to the region.

Nearly $1.2 million worth of investment funds will help the longstanding food distribution company expand.

The company plans to source nearly all livestock for the new facility from Virginia farms creating a new market for local cattle and hogs in the region.

Governor Younger and House Speaker Todd Gilbert both applauded and thanked Dean and Syvilla Pence for their commitment to the Commonwealth.

A Governor approved $40,000 grant from the Forestry Industries Development Fund will be matched by Shenandoah County funds to secure the expansion.

With the expansion Wholesome Foods will be able to expand their home delivery of poultry, meats, eggs and cheeses both locally and deeper into the mid-Atlantic region.

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Old Town Winchester will drop the apple at midnight 12/31

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Where the First Night Winchester organization folded after 35 years of their New Year’s  celebration.

Old Town Winchester confirmed that the tradition of the dropping of the apple to bring in the new year will happen this year.

The apple will be taken out of storage at the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley and set up at its traditional location at the intersection of Loudoun and Boscawen Streets.

This moment at midnight event will cause roads to be closed from Indian Ally to Cameron Street from 10 a.m. December 31 through 8 a.m. January 1.

Many Old Town Winchester businesses will be offering music and specials to end 2022 and bring in 2023.

Citizens are invited to step out and share the moment and watch the apple drop to bring in 2023.

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FCSO prepares for operation Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over

The Frederick County Sheriff’s Office (FCSO) announced their participation in the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign.

By utilizing funds from Federal and Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles highway safety grants the FCSO will be conducting checkpoints starting Dec. 30.

The activity is being conducted as part of the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign in part to help drivers rethink their decision to drive impaired.

The locations of the checkpoints will be moving to different areas of the county between 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. to prevent drivers from simply avoiding the checkpoint.

Every vehicle coming through a checkpoint is required to have a vehicle’s registration and inspection confirmed in what typically is less than a 5-minute period.

Summonses will be issued for expired tags, inspections, seatbelt violations, defective equipment or cellphone use or any other infractions that don’t necessarily involve impaired driving.

FCSO recommends drivers double check those compliance related items and obey established traffic laws to avoid citations.

The Code of Virginia states that any driver utilizing public highways who is requested to present their credentials by properly authorized Law Enforcement Officers shall do so.

These checkpoints do not violate a driver’s rights but are simply an effective way to ensure our roads remain safe.

Data shows that over 90 percent of those going through a checkpoint do so without a summons being issued.

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MSP rescue fallen hiker near Harpers Ferry

Maryland State Police (MSP) report the rescue of a fallen hiker near Harpers Ferry West Virginia.

On Dec. 27 around 4 p.m. a winter hiker had to be rescued after a fall near the Maryland Heights Overlook trail.

The Potomac Valley Fire Company enlisted the aid of the MSP Aviation Command to hoist the injured hiker who suffered a leg injury after her fall in a remote area of the trail.

A rescue technician via hoist landed at the side of the mountain and was able to package up the patient with the assistance of fire department personnel.

The crew was able to hoist the patient approximately 100 feet up to the Aviation Command helicopter.

The patient was loaded in and flown to the medical center for treatment.

Winter hikers are once again reminded to be prepared for just such emergencies with knowledge of conditions before they go.

Always pack provisions like warm clothing, snack food and water just in case of an emergency.

Several rescues have already had to be made in this early winter hiking season.

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News Maker Todd Jones on Warren County 2023

As we do every Thursday, we check in with Warren County in our latest news maker.

Today we spoke with Warren County’s Director of Technology Todd Jones in our latest news maker.

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Todd reflects on Warren County 2022 and the advances that have been made.

He also looks ahead and how the county is preparing for 2023.

Todd also has information about some of the activities available from the county in the new year and his hopes for 2023 as well.

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The Inflation Reduction Act

U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine released the following statement regarding key health and climate

provisions from the Inflation Reduction Act —legislation the senators helped pass in August to help Virginia lower

drug and energy costs, improve access to health care, and tackle climate change—that will go into effect on January 1,

2023: “This year, we were proud to have helped pass the Inflation Reduction Act, historic legislation that will lower

costs for Virginians while also tackling climate change, which is wreaking havoc on Virginia communities. We are

thrilled that essential pieces of this law will go into effect on January 1 to help bring down health and long-term

energy bills for families across the Commonwealth, by increasing access to affordable health care and helping

Virginians diversify their energy sources.” Provisions in the Inflation Reduction Act to lower prescription drug costs,

help more seniors and low-income Virginians get access to the vaccines they need to stay healthy, and help more

Virginians get health care coverage: On January 1, 2023: Penalties on drug manufacturers that increase prices: Starting

in 2023, manufacturers will be required to keep the increase in the cost of their drugs at or below inflation. Free

vaccines for Medicare recipients: Starting in 2023, people with Medicare will not have to pay to receive vaccines

under Medicare Part D, which includes vaccines for shingles, HPV, MMR, diphtheria, and pertussis. 4.1 million

people with Medicare received a vaccine under Medicare Part D in 2020, including 85,000 Virginians. A $35 cap on

the cost of insulin: Starting in 2023, out-of-pocket costs for insulin—regardless of how much a patient needs—will be

capped at $35 per month under Medicare. As of 2020, over 74,000 Virginians with Medicare Part D used insulin and

paid, on average, approximately $51 per month out-of-pocket to purchase the drug. Some people are currently paying

up to $900 a month for the insulin they need to stay alive. Extension of ACA subsidies: During the pandemic,

Congress enhanced subsidies under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to help lower health care premiums for millions of

Americans. Beginning on January 1, the Inflation Reduction Act will extend these enhanced subsidies through 2025 to

help make Virginians’ health insurance more affordable. Over 300,000 Virginians were covered by the ACA in 2022.

On April 1, 2023: Limits to inflation effects on certain drugs: Starting April 1, 2023, people with Medicare may pay a

lower coinsurance for some Part B drugs if the drug’s price increased faster than the rate of inflation. On October 1,

2023: Free vaccines for Medicaid recipients: Medicaid and CHIP will cover vaccines for all Medicaid-covered adults.

Currently, vaccine coverage is optional for states. Provisions in the Inflation Reduction Act that kick in on January 1,

2023 to address climate change by helping cut dangerous pollution across Virginia: Boosts to clean energy

investments: An expanded tax credit for clean energy manufacturers will incentivize investment in and production of

renewable energy technologies like solar power and offshore wind. $4 billion of these investments have been reserved

exclusively for use in coal communities. All clean energy tax credits include a bonus for meeting domestic

manufacturing requirements related to steel, iron, or other manufactured components. Improvements to Home Energy

Efficiency: Homeowners will be able to receive up to 30 percent back through tax credits for making energy efficiency

improvements to their home generally up to a maximum of $1,200 per year but potentially up to $3,200 if

improvements include heat pumps, heat pump water heaters, or biomass stoves. Increased Access to Electric Vehicles:

Qualified individuals will get up to a $7,500 consumer credit for the purchase of new electric vehicles. Incentives will

also go into place to help ensure those vehicles are produced in North America. Qualified individuals will also be able

to receive a tax credit of up to $4,000 for certain used electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids purchased through a

dealership. In order to qualify for the full value of the credit, the vehicle must: have a battery capacity of at least 7kW

hours; generally, be a model at least two years old; and be sold by a participating dealer that is licensed in the

jurisdiction. For new vehicles, eligible taxpayers include single filers with incomes under $150,000 annually and

households with joint incomes under $300,000 annually if the head of household earns under $225,000 annually. The

vehicle’s price is limited to $55,000 for compact vehicles and $80,000 for SUVs, vans, and pick-ups. For used EVs,

single filers must have an income under $75,000 annually or $150,000 as a household, as long as the head of

household makes under $112,500 annually. The used vehicle’s price is limited to $25,000.

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Sheriff’s Office Drug Interdiction Strategy yields Significant Seizur

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On December 19, 2022 at approximately 08:48 PM, Warren County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Tyler Poe stopped a white

2016 Honda CRV on Chester Street in the Town of Front Royal for disobeying a stop sign. Deputy Poe was assisted by

K9 Deputy Sean Gagliardo and Sergeant John Gregory during the stop.

While speaking with the driver, Shannon Marie Doyle-Melvin (age 25) of Front Royal, deputies confirmed that her

passenger, Brian Albarenga Alfero (age 22) of Front Royal was wanted on several outstanding felony warrants from

Warren and Rappahannock counties. The vehicle was also occupied by a fifteen-year-old family member.

A search of the vehicle revealed a 28-liter garbage bag full of individual bags of green leafy substance suspected to be

marijuana. The garbage bag contained sixty-five, one-ounce clear bags of purported marijuana.

A consensual search by Sheriff’s Office Deputies of a nearby private residence on the two hundred block of Chester

Street revealed more evidence of illegal drug possession and distribution of marijuana by the vehicle occupants, who

resided in this home. An additional sixty-five ounces of marijuana were recovered in various locations within the

residence. The total amount of marijuana seized weighed a total of 134 ounces, or approximately 8.375 pounds.

A recent report by the Oxford Treatment Center (Editorial Staff, May 2022) on the average cost of marijuana by state

illustrates the significance of this latest illegal drug seizure. According to the report the national average cost for an

ounce of high-quality marijuana is $326, which translates into $43,684 on this seizure. By comparison, medium

quality marijuana costs $266 an ounce, and would yield $35,644.

Shannon Marie Doyle-Melvin was charged with (PWID) possession with intent to distribute marijuana (§18.2-248),

and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. In addition to the five outstanding arrest warrants, Brian Albarenga

Alfero was also charged with possession with intent to distribute marijuana (§18.2-248), and contributing to the

delinquency of a minor. The male juvenile was arrested for PWID Marijuana, possession of Marijuana underage and

possession of nicotine.

Sheriff Mark Butler expressed his gratitude to the arresting deputies, and stated “this is a great example of how we can

work together to combat the flow of illegal drugs into our county. Our philosophy is to be proactive, and disrupt the

supply chain while arresting those that bring and sell drugs in Warren County.” Sheriff Butler states this is the latest of

many significant arrests and investigations that the Warren County Sheriff’s Office has initiated in 2022.

 

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Governor Youngkin Announces More Than $24.7 Million in IRF Grants

Governor Glenn Youngkin today announced more than $24.7million in 22 Industrial Revitalization Fund (IRF) grants.

IRF grants provide gap financing for construction projects aligned with local and regional economic development

strategies, primarily in distressed communities.

“The transformation of older, vacant or blighted structures into productive, usable spaces is crucial to catalyzing

economic growth to create thriving communities,” said Governor Glenn Youngkin. “The Industrial Revitalization

Fund continues to be an important resource for those redevelopment efforts, spurring regional partnerships, economic

development and job growth across the Commonwealth.”

The Industrial Revitalization Fund (IRF) leverages local and private resources to achieve market-driven

redevelopment of vacant and deteriorated industrial and commercial properties. The program is targeted toward vacant

non-residential structures whose poor condition creates physical and economic blight to the surrounding area in which

the structure is located. Projects were reviewed and evaluated competitively, with an emphasis on those with a high

level of blight, identification of impediments to economic development efforts, alignment with regional or local

strategies, availability of matching resources, the level of community distress where the property is located and an

identified and feasible end use.

“These funded projects are transforming deteriorated structures that impede future economic development efforts into

small businesses, tourism destinations, and sources of community pride,” said Secretary of Commerce and Trade

Caren Merrick. “Through IRF grants, we are able to make investments in both Virginia’s infrastructure and vibrancy

by supporting impactful projects, encouraging strategic collaborations, and fostering economic development efforts

across the Commonwealth.”

The 22 awarded projects will create over 600 jobs and leverage an additional $72.8 million in public and private

investment and include five mixed-use projects that will create nearly 200 new residential units. Since 2012, the IRF

program has funded 38 projects that have revitalized vacant, blighted buildings. These projects have generated more

than $121 million in other public and private investment and resulted in the creation of more than 485 jobs across the Commonwealth.

 

A FULL LIST OF THE 2022 INDUSTRIAL REVITALIZATION FUNDS AWARDED PROJECTS CAN BE FOUND HERE.

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