Frederick County opens new Election office as voting begins

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The Virginia Department of Elections announced that in person early voting begins September 22 for the November 7 General Election.

Frederick County announced that the new office of Elections and General Registrar is now open.

The new location is 343 Sunnyside Plaza Drive Winchester.

This location is the old Food Lion Shopping Center on North Frederick Pike Route 522 across from the Matins store.

Office hours are 8:30 a.m. 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday beginning Friday September 22.

It is important to make sure that the General Registrar has your current address to ensure that you are voting in the proper precinct.

To vote you are required to have a proper ID like a Virginia Drivers License or DMV issued identification card.

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Winchester Regional Airport prepares for Girls in Aviation Day

The Winchester Regional Airport is hosting Girls in Aviation Day this Saturday, September 23rd, from 9 am to noon.

Local girls from 8-18 are invited to participate in activities to learn about aviation and inspire them to consider a career in the industry.

The event features aircraft displays, drone presentations, flight simulators and more.

This is the second year the event has been held in Winchester and despite doubling capacity, all tickets were claimed within 24 hours.

Event Organizer and Director of Development for STEM Flights Carley Walker said, “The community interest in aviation is evident by how many- and how quickly- people registered. We see a significant demand for aviation programming in our region and we are ready to create more exciting opportunities to satisfy that need.”

This community interest is significant to an industry which is suffering from an ongoing pilot shortage.

For more information about Girls in Aviation Day, click here.

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News Maker Todd Jones on Samuel’s Library and more

Samuel’s Public Library and Warren County have reached an agreement for funding for the next quarter.

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

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

Todd tells us where an agreement is being ironed out with the library funding for at least the next quarter has been approved.

He also tells us about some inductees for the latest class of the Warren County High School Lawrence Sweeney Shifflett Athletic Hall of Fame.

Todd also tells us there is still room for you to join the team at the Warren County Government Complex.

Click here for Todd’s latest news maker.

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Prosecution expects to wrap their case against McDonald this week

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Court documents from the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia confirm that the jury was excused from the Jennifer McDonald trial on September 19.

Once again health issues appear to be the reason although officially listed as unexpected circumstances.

Four days of the trial were already canceled earlier in September due to someone involved in the trial testing positive for COVID-19.

During the absence of the jury and defendant time was spent by Judge Dillion and other court officials to review some court procedures.

Those procedures included final jury instruction and the need for a witness to return to court from her home in Virginia Beach.

Most of the 70 witnesses subpoenaed by the prosecution have already testified in the 15 days that have been held.

In fact, Federal prosecutors expect to wrap up their case either September 20 or 21 although documents show no court September 21 currently.

Jennifer McDonald, the former Executive Director of the Front Royal Warren County Economic Development Authority remains free on bond.

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Sports: Thursday, September 21, 2023

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LCSO request the public’s help in a crash investigation

The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO) is asking for the community’s help in an investigation related to a serious vehicle crash that occurred September 18.

Preliminary investigations revealed that a black Nissan Altima traveling south on Route 28 at approximately 6:50 p.m. struck a semi-truck.

The truck overturned and caught fire as a result of the impact.

A blue Toyota Prius was also struck by the Nissan.

The driver of the semi was pulled from the wreckage by citizens and transported to the hospital with life-threatening injuries.

The driver of both the Altima and Prius had to be transported to the hospital and have since been released.

The driver of the Altima, Jose A. Espinosa, has been arrested and faces numerous charges.

The 18-year-old Espinosa has no fixed address and was using forged tags and driving without insurance with additional charges pending.

Speed was likely a factor in the crash in the ongoing investigation with authorities asking anyone with information to call.

If you were in the vicinity of the crash or saw events leading up to the collision call the Loudoun County Sheriffs Office at 703-777-1021.

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Early General Fund revenues exceed forecast by $204.8 million

Governor Glenn Youngkin announced the general fund revenues are ahead of forecast by $204.8 million.

The 3% increase compared to August of 2022 demonstrates a strong economic position for the Commonwealth.

Among the major revenue sources, corporate income tax revenues have exceeded forecasts.

Virginia also saw its highest labor force participation rate since November 2012.

Secretary of Finance Stephen Cummings pointed out that, “It is too early to draw conclusions about full year revenue collections… The next two months will provide a better indication of Fiscal Year 2024 revenue trends.”

A link to the full August revenue report is available here

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News Maker Christine Kriz on Power Up Your Business

Laurel Ridge Community College will host their first ever Power Up Your Business conference in October.

We spoke with Christine Kriz the Director of Laurel Ridge Small Business Development Center about it in our latest news maker.

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

Christine tells us that this is the biggest small business conference in the valley with speakers and breakout sessions to take advantage of.

She tells us that there will be a number of opportunities to network with those who own and operate their own business.

Christine also has an added incentive to get tickets for the event before October 1.

Click here for Christine’s news maker.

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