VA. NAACP files a lawsuit against Shenandoah County School Board

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The Virginia State Conference of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (VA.NAACP) filed a lawsuit against the Shenandoah County School Board June 11.

The lawsuit alleges the school board violated the U.S. Constitution’s Civil Rights Act of 1964, specifically Title 6.

The VA. NAACP allergies the reinstatement of confederate names of two schools violates the Equal Education Opportunity Act.

The School Board voted 5 to 1 on May 9 to revert to the names Stonewall Jackson and Ashby Lee to the High and Elementary Schools respectively.

As a result of the vote the President of the VA. NAACP Reverend Cozy Bailey believes the School Board reaffirmed their commitment to White Supremacy.

Bailey states that the school board is celebrating a race-based rebellion against the United States with their vote.

The law firm of Covington and Burling along with the Washington Lawyer’s Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs is representing the Virginia State Conference of the NAACP.

The firms are acting on behalf of itself and members impacted by the actions of the Shenandoah County School Board.

The firms are filing on behalf of the families of students who attend Shenandoah County Schools.

According to the complaint, forcing black students to attend a school honoring confederate leaders creates a school environment that denies them an equal opportunity to an education.

The action action taken by the Shenandoah County School Board violates black students right to equal protection under the 14 amendment.

The action also violates the student’s first amendment right of free speech according to the complaint.

The Shenandoah County High School was constructed in 1959 initially as an all-white school.

The construction took place five years after the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in the Brown Vs. Board of Education case.

It wasn’t until the 1963-64 school year that the first black students were enrolled in the school according to the NAACP press release.

The full complaint from the VA. NAACP is found here.

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Clarke County Fire and Rescue respond to carbon monoxide incident

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Clarke County Fire and Rescue reports three adult residents were transported to an area hospital for potential carbon monoxide poisoning June 6.

Fire and Emergency Medical personnel responded to the report in the 800 block of the Westwood Road area in Berryville.

A family cat suffered apparent carbon monoxide exposure and was found deceased in the home.

While answering the call emergency crews recorded elevated carbon monoxide readings on their gas meters inside the home.

Crews worked to ventilate the home to address the situation.

Carbon Monoxide levels slowly deceased, and the cause was determined to be a leaking propane tank.

The appropriate propane company was called in and corrected the problem before the gas was turned back on.

First responders encourage everyone to install carbon monoxide detectors in their homes to prevent a similar occurrence.

Never use any gas, oil or coal powered engines indoors and only in well-ventilated areas.

It is important to know the symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning like headache, dizziness, shortness of breath.

More severe symptoms include nausea and vomiting.

Should you suspect carbon monoxide poisoning call 911 immediately.

Find out more about the threat of carbon monoxide poisoning from any fire and rescue department.

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Skyline Drive crash sends 5 to trauma centers

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Warren County Fire and Rescue (WCFR) reports response to a single vehicle crash on the Skyline Drive.

The call was answered at approximately 3 a.m. on June 11 at mile post 6.

On arrival personnel found a vehicle with significant damage after colliding head on with a tree.

There were multiple people with injuries around the wreck and two were trapped in the vehicle and had to be extracted.

Air care was called in to transport the victims to local trauma centers.

Emergency crews were on the scene for approximately 2 hours.

The actual cause of the crash has yet to be determined but motorists are reminded that the Skyline Drive maximum speed limit is 35 miles per hour and in some locations less.

Caution is always advised due to the possibility of slick conditions and the possibility of  animals in the road.

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News Maker Justin Kerns on ways to win prizes in Winchester Frederick County

Winchester Frederick County Visitor Bureau has some opportunities to score some prizes with both the breweries and farmer’s markets of the area.

We spoke to the Executive Director of the Visitor’s Bureau Justin Kerns about it in our latest news maker.

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Justin tells us the passport program enables a person to go to the various brewers and farmer’s markets to fill out the passport and turn it in for prizes.

He tells us where to get a passport and the places to go to fill it out.

Justin also tells us the various prizes that are available for making the trip around what’s called the Brew Trail and Farmer’s Market rounds.

Click here for Justin’s news maker.

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