BCSD and ATF investigate a gun store robbery in Martinsburg

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Berkeley County Sheriff’s Department report by email a robbery at a Martinsburg gun store.

On the morning of July 19 at approximately 4:50 BCSD Deputies responded to the report of an alarm sounding at 1514 Winchester Avenue Martinsburg.

The location is Green Monstah Firearms, but deputies did not find anyone inside.

The deputies did find the front door shattered and the security gate had been tampered with.

Due to the July 18 attempted burglary at 2A guns, Crime Scene Investigators were called in to assess the situation.

After reviewing security footage authorities confirmed that two subjects were involved traveling in a black Hyundai Elantra with Maryland registration.

The pair pulled up in front of the store and forced their way in with multiple weapons taken.

The registration of the vehicle led to an address in Hagerstown Maryland.

Maryland authorities went to the address on the registration but were unable to contact anyone inside the residence.

The authorities did find evidence that the vehicle was stolen.

This fits the mode of operation of the incident at 2A Guns and authorities continue to investigate.

Berkeley County authorities and the bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and firearms are involved in the investigation.

Anyone with any information on either incident is asked to contact the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Department at 304-267-7000.

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FCPS call a special meeting for the Capital Improvement Plan

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The Frederick County Public School Board reported by email a special meeting for a resolution to the Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) July 23.

At a joint meeting of the Frederick County Board of Supervisors (FCBS) and school board an examination of the school’s CIP took place.

The school board’s presentation focused on the next ten-year enrollment projections.

That and a look at the top three projects on the CIP took place.

Those projects include expansion of Middletown’s Elementary School, and expansion of Jordan Springs Elementary school.

The meeting also included the building of a fourth high school project as well.

Enrollment projections include a 1.1 percent annual growth district wide over the next 10 years.

These projections has James Wood High School over capacity by 2029 even with the current expansion project.

Millbrook and Sherando high schools will remain above capacity.

Current estimates and projections have those two schools at 127 percent capacity within 10 years.

The district is projected to go over Middle School capacity by 2027.

By next year Elementary Schools are projected to go over capacity.

The school board did confirm there are plans in place for expansion for Middletown and Jordan Springs Elementary Schools as well as plans for a fourth high school.

The collaborative meeting ended with both parties agreeing the problem needed to be addressed.

A resolution to the CIP will be presented to the school board for approval at their specially called meeting July 23.

If approved at that meeting a request for appropriations will be sent to the board of supervisors for consideration.

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Page County Visitors Center stays at Luray Train Depot

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The Luray-Page County Chamber of Commerce announced that the Board of Supervisors reached an agreement to continue visitor center operations at the Luray Train Depot for the next three years.

The agreement sought by Keith Guzy of the Board of Supervisors included the lump sum payment of roughly $95,000 renewable each year on a three-year agreement to provide the Chamber’s services to the visitor center.

Stipulations include the center will open from 9 am to 5 pm, seven days a week, for up to 360 days a year, with exceptions for acts of God like extreme weather.

The Chamber will also report visitor statistics and promote businesses in Luray and Page County.

The Board of Supervisors originally considered three proposals including the relocation of the visitors center, a hybrid model where the center would remain at the train station but no longer staffed by the Chamber, and the option they ultimately selected in leaving the visitors center at the train depot. 

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News Maker Angela Crawford on expansion of CASA

Blue Ridge Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for Children is expanding into Shenandoah and Page Counties.

Blue Ridge CASA is in need of volunteer advocates to help the children in the expanded area.

We spoke to the Agency’s Interim Director Angela Crawford about what we can do to help in our latest news maker.

News makers are sponsored by Warren County.

Experience Warren County Where History, Nature, and Family Come Together.

Angela tells us exactly what is expected of advocates in the court system.

She also tells us of the criteria and training that will be involved.

Angela also tells us that there is a special meeting of CASA in Woodstock August 2 to explain the concept and introduce the organization to the new communities.

Click here for Angela’s news maker.

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Extreme drought declared for the entire Shenandoah Valley and beyond

The entire Shenandoah Valley is now under extreme drought conditions with portions of West Virginia at severe to extreme drought levels.

These conditions are posted by Drought.gov and calculator by the Drought Management Task Force.

The conditions are organized by the Department of Environmental Quality.

The conditions are a result of the lack of precipitation so far, in what is recorded as the driest July since 1835 when records were first taken.

Current conditions widespread crop loss can be expected, dairy farmers will struggle, and streams will be low to no flow at all.

Wildfires are at increased possibilities if dry conditions continue.

Communities across the region are asking for additional water conservation efforts from all citizens of municipal water customers.

It is recommended that well water users watch their consumption as ground water levels are well below average.

Strasburg has declared a drought emergency with mandatory restrictions in place.

Front Royal, Woodstock, and Berryville have had mandatory restrictions in place since at least mid-July.

Some communities are instituting penalties for water overuse and abuse.

Check your communities’ standards to comply with the water conservation restrictions and regulations.

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VA Governor Announces Continued Job Growth

Virginia State’s Governor Glenn Youngkin announced continued job growth for Virginia.

This is due to the addition of 15,000 new jobs that were added in June.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) current employment statistics showed a significant decrease in the number of unemployed residents since last year.

These statistics are done every year to highlight economic progress and job creation efforts.

The statistics address unemployment and economic recovery.

Every year the state monitors and reports job statistics through the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

This establishes further initiatives for job creation.

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News Maker Sheriff Lenny Millholland on National Night Out Frederick Co.

As we try to do at least once a month, we check in with Frederick County Sheriff Lenny Millholland in our latest news maker.

News makers are sponsored by Warren County.

Experience Warren County Where History, Nature, and Family Come Together.

Sheriff Millholland has National Night Out on his mind and tells us that it is August 6 this year.

He also gives us a little history behind the event and how it has grown over the years. .

Sheriff Millholland tells us where to catch up with his staff and all the equipment that will be on display.

Click here for Sheriff Millholland’s latest news maker.

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Sports: Monday, July 22, 2024

VBL Scoreboard, Nats Complete Sweep of Reds, Schauffele Wins Claret Jug

James Wood powers Nats to a 5-2 win over Cincy with some 8th inning heroics. Courtesy Nationals Radio Network…

River Report: 7-22-24

In this edition of the Shenandoah River Report, Mark Frondorf has the latest on the low river levels in the area, but there is good news potentially on the horizon, with rain predicted this week. Brought to you by Front Royal Outdoors, where Don Roberts can help take the stress out of planning your next outing on the South Fork. Visit FRO at https://frontroyaloutdoors.com