Additional arrest made in Harrisonburg robbery

An additional arrest has been made in the April 25 robbery that occurred in Harrisonburg.

Harrisonburg Police report that the person who committed the robbery, Tevin E. White, was apprehended in Pennsylvania that weekend.

Now the victim in the robbery Travis Fogle has been arrested and charged as well.

Fogle retaliated by firing a gun several times at the fleeing car after the robbery.

After reviewing video and conferring with the Harrisonburg Rockingham County Commonwealth’s Attorney’s office it was determined that Fogle’s actions were illegal.

Fogle is seen walking to his vehicle and retrieving the pistol and firing multiple shots at the fleeing vehicle.

It was determined that Fogle’s actions endangered numerous bystanders.

The 27-year-old Fogle of Moorefield West Virginia has been charged with maliciously shooting into an occupied motor vehicle and has been released on an unsecured bond.

There were no injuries reported in the April 25 incident.

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Winchester Employer Expo features over 80 companies

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The Employer Expo is this Wednesday May 8 from 2 to 6 p.m. at the James R. Wilkins Jr. Athletic and Events Center at Shenandoah University.

Hiring managers from over 80 companies from Winchester, Clarke, Frederick, Shenandoah, and Warren County will be on site.

Basic Resume, mock interviews, job application workshops will be available along with professional head shot photography.

By completing a workshop participants can enter to win a scholarship with multiple scholarships available.

The event is free and open to the public to help the community offer a well-prepared workforce.

The Employer Expo is offered by the Workforce Initiative.

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SNP receives funds for preservation initiatives

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The Great American Outdoors Act (GAOA) Legacy Restoration Fund provided enhancements to a beloved route managed by the National Park Service.

Over 18 months and with a budget of $15 million, the Skyline Drive preservation initiative revitalized 56 miles and 19 scenic overlooks along this renowned national historic landmark and scenic byway traversing
the Blue Ridge Mountains within Shenandoah National Park.

The GAOA allocates $1.2 million for a park endeavor aimed at dismantling outdated structures and reinstating natural conditions in the Big Meadows area, recognized as a national historic landmark district, along with the Loft Mountain Campground.

Springtime travelers are in for safer and smoother journeys through the breathtaking vistas of  Shenandoah National Park.

Thanks to the Skyline Drive project, distressed pavement has been
restored, shoulders stabilized, pavement and road markings enhanced, and road surfaces treated to fortify structural integrity and prolong road life.

In addition, obsolete or deteriorating structures and facilities in Big Meadows and Loft Mountain Campground have been dismantled.

This includes office buildings, outdated housing, a comfort station, parking areas, picnic sites, and sections of the H-loop road and
campsites, totaling approximately $3 million in deferred maintenance savings.

The final phase of the project involves restoring natural vegetation in these areas, promising visitors a more harmonious landscape.

GAOA stands as a crucial component of a larger initiative to address the extensive backlog of deferred maintenance and repair needs across national parks.

With revenue sourced from energy development, GAOA grants the National Park Service up to $1.3 billion annually for five
years.

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News Maker Greg Rogers on the Line Worker’s Rodeo and more

It’s the first Friday of May and that means a check in with Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative (SVEC).

Today we spoke with SVEC President and CEO Greg Rogers in our latest news maker.

News makers are sponsored by Warren County.

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

Greg tells us that it is time for the annual Line Worker’s Rodeo and what is involved.

He tells us that SVEC Line Workers show off their skills and compete with other cooperative Linemen in Doswell Virginia.

Greg also tells us that SVEC will start doing their herbicidal maintenance and how the  cooperative uses environmentally safe materials to accomplish the work.

Click here for Greg’s latest news maker.

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Putting A Bow On The Bloom

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Greetings from The Booth!

Just some guy stuff today, as we recap the 97th Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival, which is also the 100th anniversary of “The Bloom.” (There was no Festival during the World War II years). The theme of the Apple Blossom Festival this year was “Locally Grown, Globally Shared,” which means that The Bloom is something that is uniquely ours in the Winchester/Shenandoah Valley area, but we open our hearts to the world every late April/early May. Over the years, it’s become a 2-week “pink & green” party. Like everyone who partakes, I have my own routine and traditions, and I’d like to share the past week with you.

My SABF began the week before last, with the Sponsor’s Reception, which is a gathering of those who represent businesses and organizations that embrace The Bloom. But it feels more like a family reunion. It’s the one time a year when I see some people I don’t see any other time of the year. It’s held at the beautiful George Washington Hotel, which is also celebrating it’s 100th anniversary this year. Great venue, great event, and a nice way to kick off the Festival.

Wednesday night was the Veterans Dinner/Show, a relatively new event, which is held at the spacious Wilkins Center at Shenandoah University. The American Bombshells, a modern-day spin on The Andrews Sisters, were fantastic, and there wasn’t a dry eye in the place when they sang “God Bless The USA.” I met some new friends at my table, and was honored to be part of an evening to say “thank you” to those who have served our country.

Thursday and Friday are “play days” at Apple Blossom for me. It’s become a Thursday Bloom tradition for me to have dinner in Old Town Winchester with my wife, and our usual spot is the Piccadilly Public House. Thursday night is the calm before the storm in OTW, as thousands converge on the walking mall on Friday, and Piccadilly is elbow-to-elbow. Not so on Thursday, as we were able to get a table outside, and have a nice meal of a bucket of soda pops, an appetizer, and a couple of pub burgers. Not to mention some nice quality time taking in the vibe of Apple Blossom.

Friday is “guy’s afternoon out” at the Bloom, with the third annual Denny Crane Pub Crawl (an unofficial Bloom event), so-named by yours truly and co-founding member & local musician Ted Barker, because we are both William Shatner fans. The late-morning started with a sandwich and beverage at the British-themed Union Jack, and after a short walk on the mall, back to Piccadilly in time to beat the afternoon crowd. The group Raised On Analog was smokin’, and I even got an unexpected shout-out from the stage from the band (thanks, Adrian!). Alas, the great day ended with me trying to get out of Winchester before things got crazy with the Firefighter’s Parade.

My 2024 Bloom concluded with the Apple Blossom 10k run on Saturday. Over 1000 runners had a cool, damp morning to navigate the 6.2 miles through Winchester–perfect conditions for the participants, not so much for the fans who lined the streets to cheer us on. After a slow first mile, I found my groove and was able to run a respectable 55:28. Not bad for a 64 year-old who ran a half-marathon the week before, and might have been a bit overserved on Friday afternoon. It was nice to end The Bloom on a “runner’s high.”

So, another Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival is in the books, and Bloom Hangover, which is a real thing, has already begun to set in. Until next year, I’ll have some great memories to cherish, and will be ready to make some new ones in 2025!  Happy Bloom from The Booth!

RW

 

 

SCSO warns on the dangers of leaving pets in your car

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With temperatures soaring and summer fast approaching the Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office (SCSD) urges pet owners to remember the dangers of leaving pets unattended in parked vehicles, especially during hot days.

Every year, countless pets suffer and tragically die from heatstroke after being left in parked cars.

Even on relatively mild days, the temperature inside a parked car can escalate rapidly, reaching lethal levels within minutes.

Dogs and cats are vulnerable to heatstroke as they are less efficient at cooling themselves down compared to humans.

To prevent incidents of heat-related pet emergencies SCSO offers the following tips:

  •  Never Leave Pets in Parked Cars: Even with the windows cracked open or in the shade, temperatures inside a car can rise rapidly, leading to heatstroke and death.
  • Plan Ahead: If you need to run errands or travel with your pet, make arrangements for them to stay home or have someone accompany you who can stay with the pet outside the vehicle.
  •  Be Aware of Signs of Heatstroke: Symptoms of heatstroke in pets include excessive panting, drooling, lethargy, vomiting, and collapse. If you suspect your pet is suffering from heatstroke, seek emergency veterinary care immediately.
  •  Provide Adequate Water and Shade: When spending time outdoors with your pet, ensure they have access to fresh water and shade to prevent dehydration and overheating.
  • Spread Awareness: Educate friends, family, and fellow pet owners about the dangers of  leaving pets in parked cars and encourage responsible pet ownership.

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VNG to partner with Finland

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Governor Glenn Youngkin has revealed that the Virginia National Guard (VNG) has been chosen as the U.S. counterpart to Finland for the Department of Defense National Guard Bureau State Partnership Program.

The official signing ceremony took place at the Finnish Ministry of Defense in Helsinki, Finland.

This partnership is anticipated to concentrate on various aspects, including combined air operations, defense against cyber threats, information and intelligence operations, combined land forces capability in cold weather environments, and support for disaster operations, and facilitating special operations training.

Virginia’s State Partnership Program with Finland builds upon over two decades of camaraderie and collaboration between the VNG and the Finnish Defense Forces.

By working hand in hand, the VNG and Finnish Defense Forces reinforce regional stability and security.

This agreement further solidifies the enduring U.S.-Finland partnership on various defense priorities.

It is poised to uphold transatlantic security and address any challenges
that may arise.

For further details on the VNG’s partnership with Finland, visit https://ngpa.us/26736

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