Aerospace company selects VA as rocket launch site

Governor Glenn Youngkin announced that Firefly Aerospace has selected Virginia as the new launch site for its orbital Alpha rocket.

Firefly Aerospace plans to launch Alpha in 2025 from the Virginia Spaceport Authority’s location on Wallops Island.

The Alpha rocket provides responsive, reliable launch services for commercial, civil, and national security missions with the capability of launching more than 1,000kg into low-Earth orbit in 24 hour notice.

Bill Weber, CEO of Firefly Aerospace said, “Governor Youngkin and his teams at Virginia Spaceport Authority and the Virginia Innovation Partnership Corporation are great partners as we expand Firefly’s launch services for both Alpha and MLV. Their support is enabling greater launch schedule flexibility while simultaneously creating new, high-tech jobs in Virginia.”

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Winchester Police investigate a second shots fired incident in a week

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The Winchester Police Department (WPD) report the investigation of the second case of shots fired in a week.

In the early morning hours of  June 20 officers responded to the area of Peyton and Braddock Streets.

Several reports were taken that shots had been fired along with evidence taken.

Investigators were able to gather evidence and talk to witnesses who were awakened by the shots.

Several shells were recovered imbedded in various buildings in the area, but no injuries were reported.

This is the second incident of shots fired in the course of a week.

Previously shots were reported on June 13 where a vehicle stopped in the middle of Berryville Avenue with a male suspect getting out and shooting at a person riding a scooter.

The person on the scooter began to fire back at the male standing outside the vehicle.

Bullets struck both vehicles and buildings but again no injuries were reported.

Several shells were recovered in that incident around the 675 area of Berryville Avenue.

Anyone with any information on either incident is encouraged to call the WPD at 540-662-4131.

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ACSO arrest 2 after a malicious wounding in Churchville

The Augusta County Sheriff’s Office (ACSO) reports an arrest of 2 men after a malicious wounding that injured 2 women.

Deputies responded to a shots fired incident at the intersection of Buffalo Gap Highway and Churchville Avenue around 10:30 p.m. June 22.

On arrival deputies found two female victims at the scene with single gunshot wounds to the legs.

The women one 17 the other 19 were taken to the hospital and are currently in stable condition.

The two were able to report that the suspects left the scene in a black Ford Mustang.

Further investigation and recovery of evidence led to the identification of two suspects.

Later that morning Isaiah J. and Matthew T. Cassell were taken into custardy.

The 21-year-old Isaiah has been charged with 3 felony counts of displaying a firearm in a threatening manner while committing aggravated malicious wounding.

Isaiah also faces 2 felony counts of aggravated malicious wounding severely injuring a victim and attempted malicious wounding.

The 20-year-old Matthew faces 3 counts of capias for violating conditions of bond.

Matthew also faces accessory in the use of a firearm in commission of a felony.

Matthew also faces charges of accessory in aggravated malicious wounding.

Both are being held in the Middle River Regional Jail without bond.

ACSO investigators continue to investigate the incident with additional charges still possible.

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Winchester and Mt. Jackson receive state grant funds

The Winchester City Main Street Sculpture Tail will receive $75,000 and Mount Jackson 5 will receive $50,000 in grant money from Virginia.

The grants are part of $690,000 announced by Governor Youngkin that will help fund 16 projects across the state in Virginia Main Street Communities funds.

The funding is to revitalize historic commercial districts to help expand small businesses in Virginia.

Governor Youngkin stated that by investing in small business communities and historic downtown Virginia helps to grow local economies ensuring that the state is open for business.

Virginia Main Street Downtown Investment Grants support Advancing Virginia Main Street Communities and are intended to fund complete projects.

The funds may also provide seed funding for new projects or provide gap financing that allow a project to become fully funded.

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News Maker Lisa Wilt of Red Cross on a blood drive for Katie

A blood drive in honor of Katie Teets Bradshaw happens Tuesday June 25 at Backseat Events Center.

Representatives of Katie’s Comfort House will be on hand as well.

We spoke to American Red Cross Account Manager Lisa Wilt about the event in our latest news maker.

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Lisa tells us that an important transfusion of blood kept Katie going for her wedding before her tragic death at the age of 28.

She also tells us that Katie’s legacy will live on in Katie’s Comfort House.

Lisa also tells us how the blood drive is supporting Katie’s Comfort House.

To make the appoint to give the gift of life at this event click here.

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