Clarke County’s Commonwealth Attorney is promoted

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Virginia’s General Assembly has appointed Clarke County Commonwealth’s Attorney Anne M. Williams to serve as a General District Court Judge.

Clarke County reports that Williams will serve in the 26 Judicial Circuit of Virginia serving for 6 years starting August 1.

Williams has served as Clarke County’s Commonwealth Attorney since the retirement of Suzanne Mackall in April 2017.

The next Commonwealth’s Attorney for Clarke County and Town of Berryville will be named in August and serve until a special election is held.

Williams applied for the judgeship after the announcement that current General District Court Judge Chris Collins will be taking the Circuit Court bench after the retirement of Judge Brian Madden July 31.

Williams noted that a judge is a decision maker, it is a huge responsibility to decide legal issues.

A judge decides outcomes said Williams.

Williams noted that she hopes to perpetuate the culture of fairness to all participants in the courtroom.

Williams called her work in Clarke County an honor and privilege and she will miss her Clarke County co-workers.

The 42 year old Williams and her family moved to Clarke County back in 1989.

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SVFD respond to a major house fire before battling the brush fires

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Before helping with all the recent wildfires in the region, the Stanley Volunteer Fire Department (SVFD) reports responding to major house fire on March 20 around 8 a.m.

The homeowner Pamela Hanson could not escape the fire through the front door because of the amount of smoke.

She climbed out an upstairs window with one of her dogs onto the porch roof.

Neighbor Carlton Shifflet heard her cries for help and was able to assist Hanson down off the roof.

Hanson was transported to Rockingham Memorial and treated for smoke inhalation and released.

Unfortunately, a dog and two cats perished in the fire.

Fire Chief Terry A. Pettit credited Shifflett and smoke alarms for saving Hanson’s life.

The home is a total loss sustaining around $300,000 in damage.

Fire units from Luray assisted in the call along with Page County Sheriff’s Office and the Virginia Department of Forestry.

Because of the high winds and the home being in a heavily wooded area the remains of the house and surrounding area were covered in foam.

Hanson is staying with friends and firefighters remained on the scene for nearly 4 hours.

VSP introduces “Pathway to Trooper” program

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The Virginia State Police unveiled a new program designed to help young people accelerate their timeline to becoming a trooper.

The “Pathway to Trooper “program is designed for 18-20 year-olds to help them find employment while they wait to turn 21 by graduation from the Academy.

Through the program, young adults may join the State Police as an Emergency Dispatcher at one of seven locations.

The State Police will then reserve a spot in the Academy for that applicant once they become eligible.

The new program includes financial incentives:

  • $5,000 hiring bonus once becoming an Emergency Dispatcher
  • $5,000 retention bonus upon completion of basic training at the Academy
  • eligibility for a 10% salary increase upon completion of training.

The State Police are continuously hosting new Academy classes with the most recent group of 52 Troopers graduating in February.

To learn more about the program, click here

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News Maker Kathleen Hintz on a Quilters gathering

Clarke County’s Quilters have a gathering coming the second weekend of April.

We spoke to the the representative of a couple of Quilter Groups Kathleen Hintz about the event in our latest news maker.

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Kathleen tells us that this is the biggest gathering yet for the group with over 200 quilts on display.

She also tells us of some of the venders that will be on hand.

Kathleen also gives us the theme of this year and 2026 event so you can prepare.

Click here for Kathleen’s news maker.

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