Rt. 7 work in Clarke County is ongoing with light going active May 22

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The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) report by email the continued work on the safety-enhancement for Route 7.

The almost $2 million project encompasses about 2 and half miles between Route 606 and Route 601 in Clarke County.

Crews continue to widen shoulders, install rumble strips, along with upgrading guardrails, and new pavement markings.

Motorists on Route 7 eastbound can continue to expect single lane closures weekdays between 9:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Westbound single lane traffic is to be expected between 8 p.m. and 1 a.m. weekdays.

This construction work is expected to last through October 31 and is subject to weather conditions.

The project is funded by both federal and state dollars.

Along with that construction the new signal installed at the intersection of Route 7 and Hallowed Crossing Way in Frederick County has been flashing.

That light provides access to the Opequon Crossing Development along the south side of Route 7.

The light will go active on Wednesday May 22.

Dedicated lanes for both left and right turns are at the intersection.

Those traveling out of Hallowed Crossing Way will have 2 right turn lanes onto eastbound Route 7.

Those wishing to go toward Winchester will need to use the leftmost right turn lane and then make a U-Turn at the signalized crossover east of the main traffic signal.

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BCSD make an arrest of a man violating election laws

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Berkeley County Sheriff Department (BCSD) reports the arrest of a man violating West Virginia electioneering laws.

During Tuesday May 14 West Virginia Premieres Berkeley County Sheriff’s Deputies were called to a polling location on Needy Road for reports of trespassing.

A male subject at the polling location was asked to leave the property after being seen handing out pamphlets.

The subject later identified as George Melik-Agamiriam became very agitated and refused to leave.

Melik-Agamiriam actually met with the deputies in the driveway and handed them pamphlets when they arrived.

The deputies went into the polling place believing the subject they were after was inside the polling location.

Deputies were told that the man was previously inside with political pins on his shirt and attempting to distribute political pamphlets to voters.

The deputies learned that the subject was indeed the man that greeted them in the driveway.

After review of the pamphlets they were found to be in violation of West Virginia electioneering laws.

Those laws prohibit an individual to be present inside any official voting location attempting to distribute political materials that would affect individual citizen’s decisions in an election.

When confronted by officers the subject refused to provide identification and began to resist deputies orders.

Melik-Agamiriam is being charged with electioneering, trespassing and obstructing an officer.

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Stump The Duke: Sea Monkey Quiz

Thursday (5-16) was National Sea Monkey Day, a day to celebrate those tiny creatures that we had to have back in the day after seeing the ads in comic books. They’ve made a comeback and are a must-have, even today! This week’s Stumper is the Sea Monkey Quiz, as Scott Bradley sits in for The Duke. Play along…and get funky like a Sea Monkey!


SNP appoint an interim superintendent

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The Shenandoah National Park (SNP) report the appointment of an interim superintendent.

Lewis Rogers has been named the interim Superintendent of SNP during a search for a permanent replacement.

Former superintendent Pat Kenney retired April 30 after 34 years in National Park Service.

Rogers most recently was the superintendent at Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park.

Rogers took over as interim superintendent of SNP, Cedar Creek, and Belle Grove National Historical Park on May 1.

Kenney held the position of superintendent of those locations since 2020 and began his career in the National Park Service in 1990.

Rogers has 40 years experience in the National Park Service and has worked 12 different locations in various roles.

Those roles include everything from law enforcement to leadership to interpretive positions.

Rogers currently lives in Ashland Virginia with a wife and daughter and one son who lives nearby.

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VSP and PCSO warn of the 100 deadliest days of summer

Virginia State Police (VSP) and Page County Sheriff’s Office (PCSO) warn motorist that once the school year ends we entered the 100 deadliest days of summer.

Traditionally from Memorial Day through Labor Day weekend is some of the most dangerous especially for teen drivers.

Authorities are encouraging parents to make sure their teen drivers adopt safe driving habits.

As teens are new drivers with little to no experience on the road young drivers need to understand and adhere to proper driving behaviors.

Parents are encouraged to hold a conversation with their teen driver before handing over the keys to the car.

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News Maker Todd Jones with WCSB news and more

The Warren County Board of Supervisors continue to work the budget with Warren County Public Schools the last budget to be examined and finalized.

We spoke to the County Director of Technology Todd Jones about it in our latest news maker.

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Todd tells us that where the Board of Supervisors can allocate the funds what happens with the money is up to the School Board.

He also tells us the Warren County School Board has a meeting on the subject this week.

Todd also teases that the brand new tourism website is coming soon from Warren County.

Click here for Todd’s latest news maker.

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