My Dad and Sports

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Greetings from The Booth!

Happy New Year! It’s nice to be back in the booth after being away due to the loss of my Dad, James, over the Holidays. He was 85, and for several years battled various health issues. It sounds like a cliche, but I take comfort in knowing he’s in a better place and is no longer suffering. In past blog posts I’ve written about sports being the common thread between fathers and sons, and I think that was the case with me and my Dad. In my recent visits to the nursing home and the hospital, we filled the gaps in our conversations with Washington Nationals baseball, Martinsburg High or Shepherd football, or the trials and tribulations of the Burgundy and Gold.

In recent years, whenever a batch of Nationals bobblehead figures came to the radio station, I always tried to take him one, and he ended up with a pretty nice collection. In a recent birthday card he sent to me, there is the handwritten note “the bobbleheads remind me of you,” so the next time I see his collection it will really hit me that he’s gone. My love of baseball comes from my Dad, who took me to my first major league game to see the Washington Senators at RFK Stadium. I’ve never had anything take my breath away like walking up the ramp and looking out over that green outfield grass from the upper deck. I was hooked for life.

He didn’t miss many of my Little League or Senior League baseball games and was always willing to throw the baseball or football around in the yard , even after a long day at the Schmidt Baking Company, where he worked for most of his life. And although he was my harshest critic when it came to sports, my Dad was my most vocal defender. I remember a time right after the last game of a Midget League football season, when he let the coach have it for playing me a whopping 26 seconds (and for mispronouncing our last name). That being said, my father wasn’t quick to dish out praise, so when you did get a compliment for something you did in a game, it meant something.

So, in closing, thanks Dad, for showing me how to figure earned-run and batting averages, for the endless high pop-ups that never seemed to come down, for teaching me how to run pass patterns, keep a scorebook, and the occasional “way to go.”

Enjoy that great seat in the upper deck…



VSP investigate an accident involving a school bus

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Virginia State Police (VSP) report by email the investigation of a two-vehicle accident that involved a Shenandoah County School Bus.

Jan. 9 at approximately 3:45 p.m. a 1995 Ford F-150 pickup reportedly rear ended a stopped bus on Route 11 South near Locust Grove.

Four children on the bus suffered minor injuries as a result of the accident and were transported to Shenandoah Memorial Hospital treated and released.

The driver of the pickup, 60-year-old Gregory A. Yew suffered minor injuries and was treated at the scene.

The 54-year-old unidentified female driver of the bus from Strasburg was left uninjured in the accident.

There were 51 children on the bus at the time of the accident including  the 4 that were injured.

The investigation continues with Yew currently facing reckless driving charges.

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PCSO Deputies make major arrest after a traffic stop

Page County Sheriff’s Office (PCSO) reports that Deputies conducted a traffic stop on Jan. 9 in the 2700 block of Farmview Road in Stanley.

As the stop progressed the driver of the vehicle 46-year-old David Stroupe fled the scene after it was discovered that he was wanted in West Virginia.

The passenger of the vehicle 52-year-old Daniel Day also attempted escape.

Both men were apprehended by Deputies with little effort and are being held without bond currently.

Further investigation revealed that the vehicle contained approximately 109 grams of what appears to be Methamphetamine.

Both men face several charges including possession of and intent to distribute narcotics  charges along with several vehicle and road violations.

Stroupe is also currently awaiting extradition to West Virginia.

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WCSO warns that the jury duty scam has hit the county

Warren County Sheriff's Office

The Warren County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO) reports receiving calls about the typical jury duty scam or court appearance scam in the county.

This is the scam where the caller identifies themselves as a Warren County Deputy with a warning that you missed jury duty or that you missed a court appearance.

The caller will go on to explain that a warrant will be issued for your arrest if you don’t pay a fine immediately.

This will never be done by anyone actually representing the Warren County Sheriff’s Office do not make any payment or give out private information involving a call like this.

If you receive a call of this nature simply hang up and report it.

The Warren County Sheriff’s Office is asking that you call them at 540-635-4128.

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News Maker Adam Packham on banners honoring Veterans

Local Leaders and Veteran Service Organizations like VFWs are organizing an effort to honor local Veterans with banners to hang in towns across the valley.

We spoke with Adam Packham about the effort in our latest news maker.

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Adam tells us that the website to find an application for a Veteran has just launch.

He also describes what a typical banner looks like and where they will be located.

Adam also tells us that space for this first year is limited so it is important to get the application in as soon as possible.

Click here for Adam’s news maker.

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