ACSO locks down Wilson Memorial High School

Augusta County Sheriff’s Office (ACSO) reports the temporary lockdown of Wilson Memorial High School.

Authorities were notified of an incident involving a burglary and the report of a stolen gun in the Stuarts Draft area.

Investigators determined that two juveniles were involved in the burglary and may have been in possession of the gun.

One of the juveniles is a student at Wilson Memorial High School and was attending glasses that day May 18.

Out of an abundance of caution Wilson Memorial High School was placed on temporary lockdown as authorities searched for the stolen gun.

The weapon was not on school property and the student was found and interviewed.

Juvenile Court Services have been contacted regarding the incident with charges pending on both juveniles.

Authorities confirmed there was never any immediate danger to the school or the public in the incident which remains under investigation.

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SCPS Employee is indicted on several charges and suspended

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Shenandoah County Public Schools (SCPS) reports that an employee with the school system has been indicted and suspended.

Tracy Ann Phillips, a teacher at North Fork Middle School faces 22 counts of obtaining money by false pretenses along with 19 counts of exploiting a student’s mental capacity.

Philips of Bayse Virginia was directly indicted by a Shenandoah County Circuit Court on May 10.

SCPS announced that Philips has been suspended from her position at North Fork Middle School.

The school system reports that it can not provide any additional information in the case at this time.

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Friday Tidbits

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Greetings from The Booth!

Just a few “tidbits” today from the Booth, and I’ll start with my alma mater, Martinsburg High School. The rest of the Mountain State is a bit nervous today because the Bulldogs are welcoming back their legendary football coach Dave Walker, who comes back home after a 3-year stint in the college ranks at D-II Concord. Walker left the ‘Burg after leading the Dogs to 8 state titles, good enough to have the stadium at MHS named after him. It says a lot that last year’s10-3 season with an appearance in the state semifinals was a disappointment, but that is the state of the football program at Martinsburg. Not that things were left in bad hands–Walker’s assistant Britt Sherman, who took over the program when Walker left, was 28-5 with a state championship of his own. He will remain as OC, so it looks like the band is back together. Better make room on that “Welcome To Martinsburg” sign for some more titles…

I wrote several weeks ago about rules infractions and the VHSL’s enforcement of them. This week an otherwise great baseball season at Millbrook High came to an abrupt end in the Northwestern District tournament, when it was discovered that the Pioneers used an ineligible pitcher in their quarterfinal game with Handley earlier in the week. The issue was pitch count, and although there was some question about how many pitches the young man threw in a game against James Wood last week, several electronic devices confirmed that he had gone over the limit and was ineligible to pitch against the Judges. The rule is clear and the issue is black and white. Thus, the Pioneers had to forfeit, and Handley moves on to play in a district semifinal next week. A gut punch, for sure, and  heartbreaking end to the season for Millbrook, who made it all the way to the state quarterfinals a year ago.

Finally, if you want to see some great baseball this weekend, head over to Bridgeforth Stadium in Winchester, where one of 16 NCAA Division-II regional tournaments will be played. The Shenandoah University Hornets, one of the top 5 teams in the country, will be the host team for the 3-day double elimination affair, joined by Christopher Newport, Immaculata, and The College Of New Jersey. The revamped Kevin Anderson Field is incredible and the baseball will be top-notch, so grab a hot dog and enjoy some good old-fashioned baseball this weekend!

See you next time for more Views From The Booth!


Sports: Friday, May 19, 2023

Nats Swept By Fish, O’s Fall To Angels, Cole Leads PGA Championship

Jeimer Candelario cracks a solo homer and RBI double in the Nats’ loss to Miami. Courtesy Nationals Radio Network…

American Red Cross holds a blood drive to honor young man

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The American Red Cross is conducting a blood drive May 19 at the Clarke County Parks and Recreation Gym 225 Al Smith Circle Berryville.

The blood drive is in honor of young Matthew Bell the second who passed away at the age of 13 in 2017.

Matthew was battling a disease that required numerous almost continues blood transfusions.

His memory and legacy is honored with this annual blood drive.

Several appointments are open for this May 19 blood drive.

You can make an appointment to donate here or use your own zip code here to find a blood drive near your home.

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SNP closes several trails during missing person search

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The Shenandoah National Park (SNP) announced the closures of six trails around the Mathews Arm’s area.

The closures were due to the ongoing search for a man who has been missing since May 5.

Mateo Luis Cobo Zevallos was last seen leaving home enroute to George Mason University.

Zevallos’s vehicle, a gray 2020 Honda Civic Sedan with Virginia tags was found parked in the parking lot at mile marker 21 on the Skyline Drive.

The 21-year-old Zevallos is a Hispanic male standing 5 feet 9 inches tall weighing approximately 190 pounds with black hair and brown eyes.

Zevallos was last seen wearing gray sweatpants black and white adidas sneakers, a gray/black/brown flannel shirt and maybe carrying a green north face backpack.

Zevallos may need medical attention.

If you have seen Zevallos call 1-540-999-3422 other questions or inquiries should be directed to 1-540-999-3500 extension 3183.

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News Maker Todd Jones on 911 upgrades and more

Front Royal Warren County have completed an upgrade to the emergency telecommunication equipment.

We spoke with Warren County’s Director of Technology Todd Jones about those upgrades and more in our latest news maker.

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

Todd tells us about those upgrades and how they affect the residents of both the county and town.

He also tells us of the retirement of one of the county’s vital employees.

Todd also tells us of some of the upcoming community events that Warren County Parks and Recreation has in progress or in the future.

Click here for Todd’s latest news maker.

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River Report: 5-19-23

In this edition of the Shenandoah River Report, Riverkeeper Mark Frondorf lets us know that right now is a perfect time to get out on the South Fork, as weather and river conditions are just right! Brought to you by Front Royal Outdoors. Don Roberts and his crew are ready to get you out on the river in a canoe, kayak, paddleboard, or tube! Visit and plan your next adventure!