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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FRPD resolve an assault case with help from Marshal’s Ser. and MPD

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On Sunday September 17, the Front Royal Police Department (FRPD) report launching an investigation into a breaking and entering in the 900 block of South Marshall Street.

Upon arrival officers found a victim in front of the location suffering from life-threatening injuries as the result of an assault.

The victim was taken to Warren Memorial Hospital (WMH) before being transferred to Winchester Medical Center (WMC) for emergency surgery.

A suspect fled the scene before law enforcement arrived.

Monday September 18, Anthony M. Stewart was arrested by the United States Marshals Service and Martinsburg Police Department (MPD) Officers in Martinsburg.

Stewart is being held without bond awaiting extradition back to Virginia.

The 35-year-old Stewart is charged with aggravated malicious wounding, burglary and violation of protective orders.

Stewart’s court date is set for October 12 at 9 a.m. in Warren County Juvenile and domestic relations court according to an email from FPD.

Anyone with any information on this incident or on Stewart is asked to contact the FRPD at 540-635-2111.

Information can also be delivered to Detective M.R. Ramey at 540-636-2208 or email

For more news from across the Shenandoah Valley, click here.

Sports: Wednesday, September 20, 2023

Meneses Powers Nats To A Curly W, O’s Win 95th, Georgia Tops AP Poll

Joey “Four Bags” puts the Nats in the lead to stay in a win over the Chisox. Courtesy of the Nationals Radio Network…

Jennifer Wexton will not seek reelection next year

On World Parkinson’s Day April 20 Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton announced that she would do everything she could in her office to raise awareness of and fight the disease.

That followed her diagnosis and announcement of having the disease.

On September 18 the Congresswoman announced that she would not be seeking reelection next year.

After noticing her recovery from Parkinson’s wasn’t progressing as quickly as others in her support group a reexamination was called for.

Further diagnosis reveals that Representative Wexton is suffering from Progressive Supranuclear Palsy which is often misdiagnosed as Parkinson’s initially.

As Congresswoman Wexton put it this disease is a type of Parkinson’s on steroids.

The Congresswoman noted that there is no getting better from this disease but she will continue treatment options to manage her symptoms.

Wexton will complete her term in office and then spend more time at home with her husband, boys and loved ones.

Click here for the press release and additional information from Wexton’s support group Cure PSP.

For more news from across the Shenandoah Valley, click here.

German manufacturer selects the Shenandoah Valley for first U.S. operation

Governor Glenn Youngkin announced yesterday that Leiber, an international yeast products manufacturer, will open their first United States based operation in Rockingham County’s Innovation Village.

The manufacturer will invest $20 million to establish the facility which will create 35 jobs.

Governor Youngkin said, “We are thrilled to welcome Leiber’s first U.S. operation to Virginia… The company’s new facility in Rockingham County is in strategic proximity to the Shenandoah Valley’s robust beverage processing industry, and we are confident this new partnership is a recipe for success.”

Leiber refines brewers’ yeast to produce innovative products for humans and animals.

They also work with breweries worldwide to offload brewers’ yeast for upcycling in more than 65 countries.

To view the Governor’s announcement, click here.

For more news from across the Shenandoah Valley, click here.

News Maker Don Hindman on the Shenandoah Rail Trail

The state budget signed by Governor Youngkin last week includes $35 million to benefit the Shenandoah Rail Trail.

We spoke to the President of the Friends of the Shenandoah Rail Trail Don Hindman about it in our latest news maker.

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

Don gives us an in-depth progress report on the Shenandoah Rail Trail.

He also tells us who is responsible in government in helping to keep the project going.

Don also tells us how we can help in the effort to keep the project going and in the forefront of our government officials.

Click here for Don’s news maker.

For more news from across the Shenandoah Valley, click here.

The Winds Of Change

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Greetings From The Booth!

If you’re a Washington Commanders fan, don’t go ordering your tickets to The Big Game just yet. (We’ll leave that to the Dallas Cowboy faithful, who do that every September. If the NFL had it’s Super Bowl at the start of the season like NASCAR, the Cowboys would have more banners than their massive new stadium could hold.) But there is reason today to think things are moving in that direction. For the first time since 2011, the burgundy and gold have started a season 2-0, following their heart-pounding 35-33 win against Denver on Sunday.

As one player put it, “this feels different.” And it does. The Denver game could have ended like the countless games we’ve seen in the last 23 years: with a last second loss or a blown lead or a comeback that falls just short. We’ve seen that movie over and over, and the ending never changes.

Only, Sunday it did. Calls that would have gone against Washington in the Snyder era went in their favor. The football bounced their way , and the Commanders even got a fortuitous no-call on the 2-point conversion attempt by Denver that would have sent the game into overtime. That play followed a  50-yard “Hail-Mary” touchdown pass by Bronco quarterback Russell Wilson on the game’s final play. I’m sure a lot of you were grumbling something  like, “here we go again, same-ol same-ol” (I took out the expletives) as I did when that happened.

And, how many of you turned your TV to reruns of “Naked and Afraid” when the score was 21-3 Denver, and the Broncos threatening for more after a long punt return? Amazingly, the game turned on that drive with a Denver turnover, and the Commanders were able to weather the storm and get to within 7 at the half. A fired-up Washington defense shut down Wilson and the Broncos while Sam Howell and the Washington offense built a 35-24 lead late in the 4th quarter.

Old habits die hard, though. When Denver got to within 8 and the Commanders left Wilson with 56 seconds to work with, the familiar feelings of the Snyder era came flooding back. But, Washington found a way, and in the process scored it’s biggest road comeback since 1990. You remember that year, right? That season, the then-Redskins would make the playoffs at 10-6, laying the foundation for their Super Bowl year in 1991.

Let’s not get ahead of ourselves. Two games does not a season make. But, the winds of change are blowing, and at 2-0, the Commanders are finding ways to win, as opposed to finding ways to lose. It, indeed, “feels different.”

Until the next visit from The Booth…HAIL!


Virginia State Police welcomes 31 troopers to the force

VSP official patch and logo used by permission by Information Officer Brent Coffey

The Commonwealth graduated the 139th generation of Virginia State Troopers on Friday.

The 31 new troopers received diplomas during the commencement ceremony at the State Police Training Academy in Chesterfield County.

Throughout the 28 weeks of training, graduates received more than 1,300 hours of classroom and field instruction in over 100 different subjects including ethics, leadership, constitutional law, assisting those in a mental health crisis, de-escalation techniques, and emergency medical trauma care, among others.

Troopers will arrive at their assignments this week and begin their final phase of training which includes six weeks with a Field Training Officer.

Graduates from the 139th session come from a variety of states as well as the Dominican Republic, Haiti, and Saipan.

One local member of the class is James Lloyd Lakey II, who is from Strasburg and will be assigned to Frederick County.

The Virginia State Police is currently hiring for troopers in future Academy classes.

To learn more or apply, click here.

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Middletown mourns passing of former Mayor and volunteer firefighter

Our thoughts are with the Middletown community as Former Mayor Neil Stallings passed away over the weekend.

He served as Mayor from 1972-1976 and was a member of the Middletown Volunteer Fire and Rescue Company for over 50 years.

He was an instrumental part of the current EMS system used by the Company and was an instructor for 12 years, imparting his wisdom and technical knowledge to the next generation of first responders.

Stallings was dedicated to educating and helping young people in the community and he was able to guide numerous students in his role as a counselor at Laurel Ridge.

The official town announcement is found here.

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