WVDNR releases new hunting regulations

West Virginia state seal. Used by written permission by Chief Deputy and Chief of Staff of West Virginia Chuck Flannery

The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources released new hunting regulations for white-tailed deer, wild turkey, and black bear that will go into effect on July 1.

Some of the major changes include a limit of two antlered deer bags unless in a West Virginia CWD Containment Area where three antlered deer may be taken by Class XS license holders.

Hunters in nine counties including Berkely, Jefferson, and Hampshire counties will be required to kill an antlerless deer in the county before killing a second antlered deer in the county.

Another change in Jefferson County includes new transport regulations for deer carcasses due to the confirmed spread of chronic wasting disease in the region.

Hunting season dates have also changed for antlerless deer and fall wild turkey season and Jefferson County has been removed from the late October-early November turkey hunting season.

A full list of the new dates and other changes is available here.

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FCSO open an investigation of a fatal shooting of a Clarke County man

The Frederick County Sheriff’s Office (FCSO) reports the opening of an investigation into what appears to be an isolated incident involving a fatal shooting.

In the evening of June 25 at approximately 7:15 an incident took place in the Fairfax Pike area near Double Tollgate.

\The incident involved the death of an as yet unidentified 52-year-old Clarke County man.

This investigation is in the early stages and assistance from the public could make all the difference in helping resolve it.

FCSO is asking anyone who traveled Route 340 and Fairfax Pike June 25 between 7 and 7:20 p.m. who may have witnessed suspicious or dangerous activities to call the office at 540-662-6162.

Any information can also be relayed anonymously if you prefer by using the Winchester, Frederick, Clarke Crime Solvers tip line or by using the P3 app from your smart phone.

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CCSO ask VSP to assist in investigation of a fatal car chase and crash

Used with permission of Clarke County Sheriff Travis Sumption

Clarke County Sheriff Travis Sumption confirmed by email that Virginia State Police (VSP) are assisting in an investigation of a fatal car chase and crash.

On the evening of June 24 a Clarke County Deputy using radar clocked a driver going 82 in a 55 mile per hour zone at the intersection of Harry Byrd Highway and Bee Lane.

The Deputy initiated a traffic stop which was ignored by the driver and he turned onto Kimble Road.

The driver rode through a stop sign with disregard and speeds reached up to 115 miles per hour at one point.

The pursuit lasted less than two minutes and ended with the suspect’s Hyundai Sonata crashing on Kimble Road.

Clarke County Sheriff’s Office requested that VSP continue the investigation.

The Clarke County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) will also perform an internal investigation.

An internal investigation is standard procedure for all pursuits involving the Sheriff’s Office.

VSP Public Information Officer Brent Coffey confirmed by email that the crash occurred at approximately 9:50 p.m. June 24.

The VSP investigation identified the driver as 21-year-old Zachery W. Smallwood of Berryville.

It is evident that Smallwood lost control around a curve left and the road.

During the event the car struck several trees and came to rest after striking a power pole guide wire.

Smallwood was not wearing a seatbelt and was ejected from the vehicle and perished at the scene.

Speed was likely the cause of the vehicle leaving the road.

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Shenandoah Valley students shine at VA FFA Convention

FFA students from across the Shenandoah Valley shined at the 98th Virginia FFA State Convention held at Virginia Tech this week.

Signal Knob Middle School took home one of the top honors as they were named the 2024 Superior Junior Chapter of Virginia for the second year in a row this morning.

Signal Knob’s Emmalee Hamrick individually placed 2nd in the state for the Creed Speaking Contest and will represent Virginia FFA at the National FFA Conference in Massachusetts this October.

At the high school level, two Frederick County Students and a Rappahannock High School student were selected as State Officers for the 2024-2025 school year.

Keller Cooley of Sherando High School will serve as Vice President, Brealyn Durbin of James Wood High School was chosen as the Treasurer, and Rappahannock’s Ryan Livesay will be the Sentinel.

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News Maker Todd Jones has Warren County pool news and more

As you might imagine the Warren County pool has been one of the busiest hottest spots in the County lately.

Warren County’s Director of Technology Todd Jones has some important pool information in our latest news maker.

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Todd tells us who the pool guards and employees of the week are from last week too.

He also tells us of some early pool closings to be aware of.

Todd also has information on another nachos and nerf party coming July 13.

Click here for Todd’s latest news maker.

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