Firefighters across the region battled 2 brush fires in Shenandoah County

Firefighters from across the region responded to 2 brush fires in Shenandoah County on July 16.

Shenandoah County Department of Fire and Rescue is asking that farmers be vigilant while making hay during these dry conditions.

Farmers are being asked to be mindful and prepared to act should a fire break out.

Everyone is asked to act quickly and tackle the fire and call authorities as soon as possible before it escalates.

The request for caution follows the outbreak of the two brush fires in Shenandoah County.

The first fire was reported in the Orndorff, Clary Road areas with another reported in the Woodstock Tower Road Fort Valley area.

Warren County Fire and Rescue (WCFR) reports they were called to assist Strasburg Fire Department (SFD) just past 1 July 16.

The Orndorff, Clary Road fire grew to consume approximately 40 acres due to winds and dry conditions with WCFR staying on scene for approximately an hour.

While assisting SFD assistance was requested to help with the Woodstock Tower Road Fort Valley fire.

Units arrived at the Fort Valley fire to find Virginia Department of Forestry (VDF) and other Shenandoah County Fire Units working a near 2 acre fire.

WCFR  personnel remained on that scene for approximately 3 hours.

In current weather conditions caution is advised when using any equipment that involves or radiates heat and always dispose of any smoking materials properly.

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High speed chase starts in Clarke County and ends in Fauquier County

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The Fauquier County Sheriff’s Office (FCSO) reports assisting Clarke County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) in the evening hours of July 14.

A vehicle was chased from Clarke County into Fauquier County ending in a crash in the Delaplane area.

After the crash the driver fled on foot.

Patrol deputies including canine units and a helicopter were called in to assist in the pursuit.

After a lengthy search Fairfax Two helicopter located the suspect near Interstate 66 just ahead of the canine unit Remi and he was taken into custody without further incident.

Marvin Cabrera-Ortiz of Woodbridge has been charged with Driving Under the Influence and eluding law enforcement.

The 24-year-old Cabrera-Ortiz is being held in the Fauquier County Adult Detention Center.

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Christendom College’s Quest named AD of the Year

The USCAA awarded Christendom College’s Patrick Quest as the Athletic Director of the Year and named him to the organization’s Board of Directors.

Quest has led the athletics department since 2015 and during his tenure, Christendom has won three national championships, five national runner-ups, and saw 333 student athletes named Academic All-Americans and another 83 as All-Americans.

This past year was one of the best in Christendom’s history which included the women’s basketball teams first national championship in an upset, the women’s track and field team finishing 3rd in the country, and national championship tournament appearances for the rugby teams and women’s soccer team.

50 student-athletes from this academic year qualified as Academic All-Americans and the varsity sports teams achieved a cumulative GPA of 3.51.

To view Christendom’s announcement on the award, click here.

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News Maker Katrina Carroll of Clarke County Humane Foundation

The next stop in the River 953 Furrever Summer campaign is Clarke County’s Humane Foundation this Saturday July 20.

We spoke to the Manager of the Clarke County Animal Shelter Katrina Carroll about the event in our latest news maker.

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Katrina tells us they are more then ready for our visit starting at 11 Saturday.

She even tells us that fees have been reduced to $25 for adoptions of a new family member and in some cases no fee at all.

Katrina also briefs us on an air conditioner struggle the animal shelter is experiencing currently and ways to help.

Click here for Katrina’s news maker.

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VDH issues an Algal Mat Alert in the Shenandoah River

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The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) announced an Algal Mat Alert for the North Fork of the Shenandoah River.

The alert extends for just over 11 and a half miles from Deer Rapids Bridge to Strasburg.

Where recreational users of the Shenandoah need to be alert, aware, and avoid the mats it does not pose a health threat currently.

Recreational users of the river will need to avoid the algae mats which are patchy and widespread throughout the area.

The current hot weather helps the blooms expand quickly so remaining vigilant is important.

Offices of drinking water in the region are monitoring and coordinating with waterworks for appropriate actions should they be necessary.

The algal mats have the potential to be toxic with results pending examination of the current water samples.

To remain safe swimmers and domestic animals should be kept away from the mats.

Should results from current samples prove to surpass safe swimming thresholds of toxins a warning will be issued to replace this alert.

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VSP investigate a fatal ATV crash involving a Strasburg woman

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Virginia State Police (VSP) report by email the investigation of a single vehicle fatal crash in the 600 block of Barbour Lane Clarke County.

On July 12 at approximately 7:15 p.m. a Kawasaki Side-by-side All-Terrain Vehicle attempted a sharp turn on private property and overturned.

Neither person riding was wearing their seatbelt.

The driver of the vehicle, Berryville resident Nicholas I. Ehrhardt, was left uninjured in the crash.

The passenger Madison S. Satterfield of Strasburg suffered life-threatening injuries.

The 22-year-old Satterfield was transported to Winchester Medical Center where she succumbed to her injuries.

The 24-year-old Ehrhardt has be charged with unauthorized use of a vehicle.

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Sherando graduate receives Mike Rowe WORKS scholarship

Sherando High School graduate Jericho Turman was a recent recipient of the prestigious Mike Rowe WORKS scholarship.

The mikeroweWORKS Foundation awarded a total of $2.4 million to over 300 future tradespeople in this round of scholarships.

Since the establishment of the Foundation ten years ago, they have distributed nearly $12 million to over 2000 Americans to begin their careers as plumbers, electricians, welders, mechanics, pipefitters, HVAC specialists, cosmetologists and more.

Turman was selected based on a rubric including his approved school and program, a video submission, strength of references, and overall ability to demonstrate a solid work ethic among others.

The Middletown native will use his funds to work towards a career in welding.

The next round of scholarships will begin accepting applications in February of 2025.

To learn more about the 2024 mikeroweWORKS Foundation scholarships, click here.

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News Maker Robyn Miller of WATTS on the opening of the cooling center

It is hot and dry and cooling centers are available around the region including the War Memorial Building and Handley Library in Winchester.

In Warren County the Public Safety Building, Community Center, and Government Center are open for cooling.

Clarke County’s Library, and Recreation Center are also available for cooling off.

We spoke with the Director of the Winchester Area Temporary Transitional Shelter (WATTS) about the opening of their facility in our latest news maker.

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Robyn tells us that showers are available at the WATTS cooling center.

She also tells us that food and water are available to help cool off and hydrate.

Robyn also tells us how we can help in the effort to keep the shelter going.

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