News Maker Rachael Walker on Parks and Recs Activities

Warren County Parks and Recreation (WCPR) have had a busy time lately and they are not done yet.

We spoke with WCPR’s Recreation and Aquatics Specialist Rachael Walker about it in our latest news maker.

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Rachael gives us a review of what was a very successful annual  Father Daughter Dance.

She also tells us of some of the future events that are on tap for this year.

Rachael, being the Aquatics Specialist, also tells us that she is getting ready for Lifeguard training as pool season approaches.

Click here for Rachael’s latest news maker.

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Maryland man charged for soliciting a minor online

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of West Virginia announced the sentencing for Holden Borten, 25, of Gaithersburg, Maryland, earlier this week.

Borten was originally arrested following an attempted sexual encounter with someone he believed was under the age of 12.

Court documents and statements made claim Borten traveled from Maryland to Berkeley County, West Virginia with expectations of a sexual encounter with a minor in December of 2022.

When Borten arrived at the established location, he was met by law enforcement.

Following the trial, Borten was sentenced to 135 months in a federal prison.

Upon completion of his sentence, Borten will be placed on supervised leave for the rest of his life.

The investigation was led by the West Virginia State Police Internet Crimes Against Children Unit and the FBI.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Kimberley Crockett prosecuted the case on behalf of the federal government and U.S. District Judge Gina M. Groh presided.

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Virginia’s spring burning regulations begin

Virginia Department of Forestry used by permission from VDF Communication Specialist Cory Swift-Turner

The Virginia Department of Forestry (DOF) joins fire departments across the state to announce the beginning of the spring fire season and raise awareness for the 4 pm Burning Law that is now in effect through April 30th.

The statewide burning law prohibits outdoor burning before 4 pm within 300 feet of woods or dry grass.

Violation of the burning law is a Class-3 misdemeanor punishable with fines up to $500.

Those who allow a fire that results in property damage can be liable for suppression costs.

Between Virginia’s fall and spring fire seasons, the spring season accounts for more than 60% of fires in the Commonwealth with an average of 700 fires.

The rising temperatures, dry and windy weather, and abundant fuel from dead vegetation and leaves increase the potential for wildfires and make them difficult to extinguish.

The Virginia Department of Forestry wants to remind citizens to never leave a fire unattended, keep a shovel, rake or hose close by to control a fire, and avoid burning in windy conditions or adding fuel after midnight.

Individual cities or counties may have specific burn laws to keep in mind.

For more information on the 4 pm Burning Law, click here.

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Jefferson High School’s Symphonic Band receives WV’s top honor

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

The Jefferson High School Symphonic Band was named the West Virginia High School Concert Band for 2024, the highest achievement attained by a high school band in the state.

This is the 7th time since 2011 the ensemble has received the prestigious designation.

Bands from across the state compete annually for the title by submitting recordings of three separate pieces representing different musical stylings to a panel of judges selected by the West Virginia Music Educators Association.

The band began preparing for the January 26th audition in December and will perform at the Charleston Civic Center on March 1st during the annual Educators Association Conference. 

Director of Bands JP Lynch said, “Despite the time constraints, they practiced extra hard on their own so that our submission was ready by the deadline. I am humbled and grateful to work with such dedicated students. They never back down from a challenge that I put before them.”

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Chamber of Commerce prepares for Greater Good Awards

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The Top of Virginia Regional Chamber of Commerce is preparing for the annual Greater Good Awards which will take place on Thursday, March 7th at the Shenandoah Valley Golf Club in Front Royal from 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm.

The semi-formal celebration will host over 300 guests to recognize business leaders from the area with the purpose of celebrating “outstanding individuals and businesses for the contributions they make to the quality of life and economic stability of our region through genuine community commitment, dedication to excellence, and ethical and creative business practices.”

Award categories include:

  • Small Business of the Year
  • Entrepreneur of the Year
  • Non-Profit of the Year
  • CTE Teacher of the Year
  • Citizen of the Year
  • Emerging Leader Award
  • Lifetime Community Impact Award

The event will also include dinner, a cash bar, and opportunities to support the Chamber Foundation’s scholarship fund for local youth.

To register the event or view a list of this year’s nominees, click here

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Martinsburg Police respond to gun shot victim

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

Martinsburg Police responded to reports of shots fired at 3:08 AM today, February 14th, on the 400 block of W. Race Street.

Shortly after arrival, officers spotted a man who appeared to be in need of urgent medical assistance.

The male victim suffered multiple gunshot wounds and received lifesaving care from officers on the scene until paramedics from the Martinsburg Fire Department arrived to care for the victim.

He was then transported to a local hospital where he remains in stable condition.

The crime scene was established along W. Race Road with Martinsburg P.D. and the West Virginia State Police working closely to document the area.

Traffic diversions have been placed in the area between Queen and College Streets from Byrd Avenue to Raleigh Street.

Martinsburg Police request the community’s patience while the scene is processed.

The incident remains under investigation and anyone with related information should contact the MPD Detective Bureau or the Berkeley County Crime Solvers hotline at 304-264-4999.

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News Maker Alison Teetor on Clarke Co. Conservation easement

The Dorsey family of Clarke County are the most recent recipients of the Wingate Mackey-Smith Land Conservation Award.

We spoke to Clarke County Conservation Specialist Alison Teetor about the award in our latest news maker.

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Alison tells us what the easement means for the county and how the award is granted.

She also tells us how much land has been conserved by the Dorsey family and how much land is preserved in Clarke County.

Alison also tells us how those that win the Wingate Mackey-Smith Land Conservation Award are selected.

Click here for Alison’s news maker.

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Sports: Thursday, February 15, 2024

Northwestern District Class 4 Coach and Player of the Year Awards swept by Handley, Bull Run District tournament updates, JMU hosts Georgia State in a doubleheader tonight

Valley Health announces new partnership for rehabilitation services

Valley Health announced a new partnership with Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation, one of the most comprehensive rehabilitation providers and one of the largest not-for-profit independent rehabilitation hospitals in the country.

This partnership will expand access to high quality acute rehabilitation services and implement industry best practices in specialized physical medicine and rehabilitation.

The transition to Mary Free Bed will begin on March 3rd and include 60 current inpatient rehabilitation team members currently located at the Cork Street Rehabilitation Center.

The change will not impact other Valley Health outpatient or inpatient staff at other facilities.

Mark Nantz, president and CEO of Valley Health said, “We are excited to welcome Mary Free Bed and add their expertise to our rehabilitation operations. Both organizations share a strong commitment to creating excellent patient experiences and this strategic partnership further supports Valley Health’s mission to serve our community by improving health.”

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SCCF Executive Director Debbie Irwin resigns

The Shenandoah Community Capital Fund announced the resignation of Executive Director Debbie Irwin.

She is leaving the role to begin a new job in early March.

Irwin served an integral role in SCCF since joining the organization in October 2017.

During her tenure, she spearheaded impactful projects to support local businesses, entrepreneurs, and community development efforts.

Through her commitment to the SCCF and community, she helped to drive more than $4 million in state and federal funds to the region to create numerous partnerships that continue to drive entrepreneurial progress in the Shenandoah Valley.

Irwin said, “It has been an immense pleasure to serve as Executive Director…I’m extremely confident that the SCCF team will continue to drive the organization forward. Their big thinking, passion for entrepreneurship, and dedication to the Shenandoah Valley will keep SCCF thriving.”

The Capital Fund’s Board of Directors will begin a search for a new Executive Director.

Ryan Hall, Director of Growth and Revenue, will assume the responsibilities until a selection is made.

The Shenandoah Community Capital Fund is a non-profit organization that envisions a Shenandoah Valley where every person has access to the resources, knowledge, and support needed to start, grow, and sustain a business.

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