Front Royal power outage affects thousands

Jan. 17 at 6 a.m. approximately 1,100 homes and businesses on the southside of Front Royal suffered a complete power loss.

The power loss affected the  citizens and businesses as well as Warren County Public Schools who delayed their opening by 2 hours.

Front Royal reports that power was lost to the Sprint Substation which is supplied by Rappahannock Electric Cooperative (REC).

REC determined that a tree was the cause of the loss of power.

While REC worked to remedy the transmission line tree issue Front Royal crews switched the load supply.

The town crews were able to restore power by 8:10 a.m.

REC crews were able to restore the supply to the substation by approximately 11:20 a.m.

The Front Royal energy services team including linemen, dispatchers and police officers all responded as quickly and safely as possible to restore power.

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W.VA. Attorney General reports another opioid settlement

West Virginia’s Attorney General Patrick Morrisey reports by email a settlement between his office and Walgreens for $83 million.

The settlement resolves a lawsuit that alleged the pharmacy chain failed to maintain effective controls on the distribution and dispensing of opioids in West Virginia.

Walgreens pharmacy is the latest to settle in a series of litigations that include Kroger, Walmart, CVS and Rite Aid.

Well over $177 million has been awarded to West Virginia in settlements since Sept.

The money will be distributed throughout the state to abate the massive problems caused by the flood of opioids into West Virginia.

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Goodbye RFK

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Greetings From The Booth!

Well, the NFL Super Wild Card Weekend is history, and now we move to the Divisional Round, with 4 games this weekend. Believe it or not, kids, the Washington football franchise used to be a big part of things this time of year. Under the legendary Joe Gibbs, the playoffs for the then-‘Skins was an annual expectation, not a “hope and a prayer.”

This week, demolition began on RFK Stadium in DC, the former home of the Redskins, who were 5-0 in NFC Championship games that were played there. It was an intimidating place for opponents to play, especially in big regular season games and in the playoffs. Unlike Fed-Ex Field, the stands at RFK were filled with raucous home fans who gave the ‘Skins a decided home field advantage.  In fact, the stands actually moved as the fans stomped and yelled for the Burgundy and Gold.

I have some personal memories of RFK Stadium, mostly fond ones. My first memory of RFK is my dad taking me to my first major league game to see my beloved Senators. I still remember the feeling of climbing that ramp in the upper deck and thinking I was going to tumble onto the green outfield grass below. And what a thrill it was to see my favorite player, Frank Howard, one-hand a home run off the Longines sign in left field.

When the Senators left, and the Nationals later came to town, I hosted a listener trip to RFK on July 4, 2006, and saw a young Ryan Zimmerman (who would become the face of the franchise) hit a game winning homer, one of many game winning blasts he would hit in his career. We went home happy that day!

My favorite football memory of RFK is the famous “seat cushion” playoff game against Atlanta in the 1991 Super Bowl season. The upstart falcons, led by Deion Sanders, strutted into RFK with MC Hammer and Evander Holyfield in tow, only to see the ‘Skins slop their way to victory. When a late, deciding TD was scored by Washington, fans en masse threw their souvenir seat cushions on the field. I was there that day, but for some reason, I held on to my seat cushion, but have no idea where it is today.

Being a fan of pro wrestling, I also had a chance to see an NWA “Great American Bash” card at RFK back in the day. Not the greatest view, but it was very cool seeing the likes of Dusty Rhodes and The Road Warriors in person.

And, of course, there were the many other concerts and events that were held at RFK over the years, but for me it will always be the home of the Senators and ‘Skins. And if you go down to the demolition site along the Anacostia River and listen closely, you may still hear the faint sounds of “WE WANT DALLAS…WE WANT DALLAS!”

Until next time from The Booth…RIP RFK!

RW

News Maker Meghan Bowers on a pet adoption event

The Humane Society of Warren County is holding an adoption event Jan. 21 at their Pick of the Litter Thrift Store.

We spoke with the Humane Society’s Executive Director Meghan Bowers about the event in our latest news maker.

News makers are sponsored by Warren County Together We are Community.

Meghan explains that this event will be held at the Shelter’s Pick of the Liter Thrift store at 450 S. Commerce Ave. Suite F for the convenience of perspective adopters.

She goes on to explain that several things will be happening including the possibility of free or lower cost adoption fees.

Meghan also tells us how the just held 4th annual Polar Plunge went.

Click here for Meghan’s news maker.

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