Clarke county announces public hearing for solar power plant

Clarke County has a public hearing set for Tuesday, January 16th, during the Board of Supervisors evening meeting to discuss a text amendment to “the solar power plant”.

The amendment to Section 5.2C (Business Uses) of the Zoning Ordinance modifies the location restriction in Use Regulation 1 to state that solar power plants must be located adjacent to, and within one mile of the electrical substations located at 234 Double Tollgate Road and 362 Ramsburg Lane.

A complete description of the amendment and clarification of terms can be found in the December 19th Board of Supervisors packet.

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Celebrating 50 years of protecting endangered species

National Forests

The National Forests, across the country, are home to dozens of species of fish, frogs, and wildlife that are on the endangered species list.

The Endangered Species Act was signed on December 28, 1973, and has prevented the extinction of 99% of the species under federal protection.

The uninterrupted habitats that extend for hundreds of acres and areas of complete solitude give many species the space needed for recovery of their populations.

Each conservation effort has been a combined project for 50 years between individuals, organizations, and agencies.

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New Year celebrations around the region

Several New Year celebrations will be held across the region.

Festivities begin Sunday at 10 a.m. at the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley with a magic show.

It’s a full day of activities at the museum including two shows from the Blue Ridge Wildlife Center.

Old Town Winchester activities will begin at 5 p.m.

The celebration will be on the Loudon Street walking Mall including street performers, glow parties and laser light shows and the annual apple drop to bring in 2024 at midnight.

The second annual First Night Middletown will start at 6 p.m. at the Church Street Town Office.

The Middletown event will include a silent auction that will support the renovations at the B&O Railroad station for Winchester Model Railroad Club.

A Patsy Cline tribute will take place with Tracy Wygal who will be joined later in the night by Brian Withrow.

Luray will host a new year celebration starting at 8 p.m., Sunday night at the Rufner Plaza including music, kids’ activities, food, and hot chocolate.

Please be safe and enjoy the new year celebrations.

If you are bringing in 2024 with alcohol, drink responsibly as law enforcement will be on the watch to keep the region safe for all.

All 42 Virginia State Parks are hosting First Day Hikes all day on the first day of 2024.

A fun run will be held at the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley with check in at 8 a.m. on January 1.

Happy New Year from Royal Broadcasting and thank you for being with us in 2023 as we look forward to 2024.

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FCSO arrest suspect in bank robbery thanks to public tips

Frederick County Sheriff’s Office (FCSO) report the arrest of the suspect in a bank robbery thanks largely to tips and information from the public.

Tips and information from citizens, witness statements, and video surveillance review led to the would be bank robber’s identification.

Logan Carl Heironimus of Berkeley Springs West Virginia was identified as the likely suspect December 21.

Investigators made contact with Heironimus who told authorities that he was no longer in the Virginias but would be returning soon.

As a result of the contact and the information gathered a warrant for robbery was obtained for the 27-year-old suspect.

Heironimus turned himself into Killeen Texas authorities and was taken into custody on Christmas day and is now awaiting extradition back to Virginia.

On December 13 Heironimus appears to be the one who entered the Wells Fargo branch bank in Rivendell Court and handed the teller a note demanding money.

Heironimus indicated that he was armed but did not display a weapon and made off with an undetermined amount of money.

Frederick County Sheriff Lenny Millholland was quick to note that without tips and information from the community resolving the case would not have been as quick or successful.

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Laurel Ridge receives grant from Mike Rowe’s foundation

Used by permission by Laurel Ridge Community College

Laurel Ridge Community College was one of three community colleges in Virginia selected to receive a grant from the mikeroweWORKS Foundation.

Laurel Ridge, Blue Ridge, and Patrick Henry community colleges received grants of $85,000 to infuse mikeroweWORKS Work Ethic Certification curriculum into various trade programs.

The TV star of “Dirty Jobs” established the foundation and the S.W.E.A.T. (Skills and Work Ethic Aren’t Taboo) Pledge to focus on the principles of hard work, determination, and respect for others.

Students will participate in 12 one-hour workshops taught by instructors funded through the grant and in collaboration with Wichita State University Tech.

The work ethic curriculum will be embedded across programs offered through Workforce Solutions and through the newly opened Skilled Trades Center at the Fauquier Campus.

To learn more about the grant, click here.

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Martinsburg Police clarify body found reports

West Virginia state seal. Used by written permission by Chief Deputy and Chief of Staff of West Virginia Chuck Flannery

Martinsburg Police report a clarification on misinformation about a body being found.

There were no human remains found in or near the King Street apartment complex.

Rumors of such began circulating after an investigation of a domestic disturbance on December 26.

With the arrest of one individual and another receiving medical attention for a cut on their hand that issue was resolved.

At this time in the investigation the origin of the misinformation is not clear as authorities continue to track the source.

In an act of transparency the Martinsburg Police Department wanted the public to know that no human remains were found at any time.

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News Maker Todd Jones on what government has done for you

Warren County’s Director of Technology Todd Jones reminds us of the things that happen everyday but goes unnoticed unless it doesn’t happen in our latest news maker.

News makers are brought to you by Warren County.

Experience Warren County Where History, Nature, and Family Come Together.

Todd salutes the unsung heroes who are there everyday making things work in the county.

He also reminds us that we don’t notice or take note of those things unless they are not there as we take them for granted.

Todd also tells us what your Warren County Government has done and established in 2023 for the community.

Click here for Todd’s latest news maker.

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The Sports Dogs’ Top 5 for 2023

As 2023 comes to a close, The Sports Dogs reflect on their Top 5 sports stories of the year.

For a full breakdown of Randy and Ryan’s Top 5, check out the latest Sports Dogs Podcast here.

Randy’s Top 5:

  1. The sale of the Washington Commanders from Dan Snyder to Josh Harris, Magic Johnson, and their group.
  2. The Orioles stun the MLB to win the AL East and over 100 games.
  3. The Bob Huggins Era comes to an end in Morgantown after using homophobic slurs on a radio interview and then arrested for drunk driving.
  4. Martinsburg High School secures their 10th WV state championship since 2010
  5. Alderson Broaddus, Randy’s alma mater, closes it’s doors in Philippi.

Ryan’s Top 5:

  1. The debut of The River Rivalry trophy for the Warren County-Skyline football game.
  2. Millbrook High School alum Nazeeh Johnson plays a crucial role in the Kansas City Chiefs’ Super Bowl run.
  3. James Madison University’s final transitioning year to the FBS features Top 25 rankings, College Gameday, and after threats of lawsuits and litigation, the first bowl appearance in school history.
  4. Local schools earn state championships including Clarke County girls’ soccer and basketball teams and James Wood volleyball’s second consecutive title.
  5. Skyline basketball’s 26-1 season featuring the school’s first state semifinal appearance, a regional championship, and Zack Diggs becoming the first 1000 point scorer in Skyline history.

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