FCPS receives grants for cafeteria upgrades

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Frederick County Public Schools was awarded four National School Lunch Program Grants totaling $113,240.

A total of $1.46 million was given to 54 schools from around Virginia in equipment grants.

New and replacement kitchen equipment will be distributed to Apple Pie Ridge Elementary School, Admiral Richard E. Byrd Middle School, and Sherando and Millbrook High Schools using funds from the grant.

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VSP investigate fatal crash in Fauquier County

Virginia State Police are investigating a fatal crash that occurred Thursday at 11:19 am at the intersection of Route 29, James Madison Highway, and Route 15 Business, N. James Madison St.

A 2005 Chrysler PT Cruiser traveling south attempted a left turn onto Rt. 15 where the driver crossed into the northbound lane and crashed into a 1995 Mack Dump Truck.

Diana Esry, 62, of Remington, died at the scene.

The 20 year old dump truck driver was not injured in the crash.

Both drivers were wearing their seatbelts.

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Front Royal fills Town Council seat

Front Royal has filled their vacant Town Council seat after appointing Dr. Melissa DeDomenico-Payne to the role.

She was born in New York and then moved to Front Royal where she is a graduate of Warren County High School.

She received her Bachelors Degree from Shenandoah University, Masters from Marymount University, and her Doctorate in Public Administration from Capella University.

Her career experiences include work in executive and administrative roles in non-profits and educational organizations.

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WCFR announce arrangements for Chief Cross

Warren County Fire and Rescue (WCFR) have announced by email the funeral arrangements have been made for the late Fortsmouth Volunteer Fire Chief Homer Larry Cross.

Maddox Funeral Home 105 West Main Street Front Royal will be handling the arrangements.

Family night is scheduled for Jan. 30 from 6 to 8 P.m.

The funeral service will include Fire and Military Honors on Jan. 31 at noon at the Riverton United Methodist Church 55 East Strasburg Road.

A procession will follow the service to Panorama Memorial Gardens.

The Cross Family will receive guest after the service at the Front Royal Volunteer Fire Station at 221 North Commerce Avenue Front Royal.

Chief Cross was found unresponsive Jan. 23 while on duty at the Fortsmouth Volunteer Fire Department.

The 74-year-old was pronounced deceased after lifesaving response was unsuccessful ending his more than 40 years of service to the communities.

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Authorities make an arrest in gaming machine robberies

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Fairfax County Police arrested two men who are accused of stealing a gaming machine from a convenience store.

Lenard Jones and Terrell Hardy both of Maryland were arrested Jan. 25 after a call from a 7 11 employee reporting the robbery according to ABC news.

Officers arrived at the 7 11 on Frye Road in Mount Vernon where the clerk reported the two men picked up the machine and loaded it into a silver truck.

This was the second time in less than a week that particular store had been hit.

Police stopped a truck matching that description not far from the store and parts of a gaming machine were clearly visible in the back of the truck.

According to a Fairfax Police report the two men are believed to have been a part of at least 7 other robberies of gaming machines.

The culprits have either opened the machine on site or literally carried the machine from the store.

Authorities are attempting to determine if the pair are a part of the same group that have done similar robberies along Interstate 81 in Shenandoah County and beyond.

In the meantime, authorities are suggesting that store owners secure the gaming machines and ATMs to the floor and make sure security cameras are operational.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact their local law enforcement.

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W.VA. Fire Marshal’s Office confirms 2 were lost in a fire

The West Virginia Fire Marshal’s Office reports that one adult female and a male juvenile were lost in a fire in their home in Martinsburg Jan. 23.

The fire was reported around 12:50 a.m. Jan. 23 with units from Bedington, Martinsburg and Berkeley County responding to a home at 90 Cottage Road in Martinsburg.

The initial call did indicate that there was at least one, possibly two people trapped inside.

Firefighters were able to evacuate one person from the home.

Extensive life-saving measures were initiated but were unsuccessful.

A second victim was found in the remains of the home and pronounced dead at the scene.

Firefighters encountered the fire in the home’s master bedroom where the blaze is believed to have started.

The rest of the home sustained considerable damage as well.

West Virginia State Fire Marshal’s Office with the Loudoun County Fire Marshal’s Office continue to investigate the exact cause of the blaze.

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VA. Unemployment numbers indicate job seekers in Dec.

Governor Glenn Youngkin reports that the number of employed Virginians rose by almost 4,500 in Dec.

The Virginia unemployment rate remains below the national rate of 3.5 percent.

The governor noted that the growth was overwhelmingly led by the private sector providing 86 percent of year over year job growth.

Job growth averaged 9,000 a month over the past year.

That growth is twice the 2021 average and 28 percent more than the pre-pandemic average in 2019.

Virginia unemployment rate remained in a narrow range of 2.6 percent and 3.0 percent for much of 2022.

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