Richmond Area Robotics Students Inspire Bipartisan “Bus Box” Bill

Today, Governor Glenn Youngkin signed SB 774, patroned by Senator Siobhan Dunnavant, R-Henrico. This bill allows local
school boards to install boxes on the undercarriage of school buses called “bus boxes,” allowing for third-party logistics
companies to use school buses to transport packages between distribution centers. The “bus box” legislative proposal was
brought to Senator Dunnavant by the Robotics Team at Saint Bridget Catholic School.
“From day one, I have focused on providing Virginia’s students with a best-in-class education. The ‘bus box’ is a perfect
example of what’s possible when we foster innovation, provide the necessary educational resources, and encourage our
students to excel,” said Governor Glenn Youngkin. “I would like to thank Senator Dunnavant for her continued leadership on
our education priorities as well as the parents and coaches of these incredible students. Finally, I would like to congratulate
and thank the St. Bridget’s Robotics Team for reminding us all that when students are challenged, they can truly thrive.”
At the bill signing, the Governor and Senator Dunnavant were joined by the creators of the “bus boxes,” a Robotics team
composed of sixth through eighth graders from Saint Bridget Catholic School, known as“Clueless Robotics.” They received
national recognition at the FIRST LEGO League World Championship in Houston and were awarded the “Rising All-Stars Award.”
“I have been so humbled to learn from the Saint Bridget’s Middle School Robotics team, Clueless Robotics. They have
demonstrated the fearless pursuit of the possible,” said Senator Siobhan Dunnavant. “As a new robotics team, they won the
state championship and were awarded at The World Robotics Competition. They also imagined a practical solution to help
with the transportation of goods, tested it and then persuaded support for a legislative solution. They have learned the life
skills of teamwork, imagination and persistence can make anything possible. Congratulations and go Bull Dogs!”
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REC Responding to Outages Caused by Severe Storm

Rappahannock Electric Cooperative (REC) crews and contractors are responding to storm-related outages after two powerful storms rolled through the region Tuesday evening, bringing with them high winds and significant downpours.

 

As of 1:30 p.m., just under 600 member-owners remain without power as a result of about 90 separate outage events. The storms caused widespread tree damage, which is hindering access to some damage areas. Crews continue to discover broken poles and downed wires. Mutual aid assistance is arriving today to join the REC personnel in clearing trees and repairing damaged equipment.

 

“REC expects to restore the majority of the larger outage events by this evening, but some smaller outages — especially in the areas around Culpeper— could last into tomorrow,” said Casey Hollins, Managing Director – Communications and Public Relations.

 

As a reminder, if you receive an alert that your power has been restored but you are still without power, please report your outage again at myrec.coop/out, in MyREC SmartHub or by calling 1-800-552-3904.

For your safety, please stay at least 10 feet clear of any downed power line and anything it may be in contact with, and consider the line energized. If you see a downed power line, please call 911 and REC to report it.

REC provides electric service to over 172,000 connections in parts of 22 Virginia counties. With its general office in Fredericksburg, Va., the Cooperative operates and maintains more than 17,000 miles of power lines through its service area, which ranges from the Blue Ridge Mountains to the tidal waters of the Chesapeake Bay. For more information about REC, please visit www.myrec.coop. Follow REC on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.

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Fatal Crash in Warren County

Virginia State Police is investigating a single-vehicle fatal crash in Warren County. The crash occurred on Monday, (July 11) at 4:40 p.m. along Route 613 (Bentonville Rd) just east of Route 631 (Gooney Manor Loop).

A 1996 Ford F-250 was traveling east on Route 613 when it ran off the left side of the roadway and collided with a fence.

The driver of the Ford, Robert F. Santmyers, 84, of Rileyville, Va., died at the crash scene as a result of his injuries. Santmyers was wearing a seatbelt.

A passenger in the Ford, an 84-year-old female, of Rileyvillle, Va., suffered minor injuries in the crash and was transported to Warren Memorial Hospital for treatment. She was wearing a seatbelt.

A medical emergency is considered a factor in the crash.

The crash remains under investigation.

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Front Royal Construction and Closures

The Town of Front Royal will have contractor, General Excavation Inc (GEI) doing storm water drainage repairs with lane

closure on Duck Street between Riverview Drive and Cedar Drive July 18-29, 2022 between the hours of 7am-5pm. Signs

will be in place and flaggers will be directing traffic. Motorists are asked to use caution while driving in this area and be

aware of flaggers and crews working. Sorry for any inconvenience.

 

​The Town of Front Royal’s contractor, Kickin’ Asphalt, will be milling and paving and line painting on N. Royal Avenue

between N. Commerce Avenue & W. 14th Street. Work will take place from 7am-7pm July 18-29, 2022. At times traffic

patterns will change having various lane shifts but message boards and proper signs will be in place. Motorists are asked to

use caution while driving in this area and be aware of crews working. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact

Public Works Monday-Friday 7am-3:30pm or After-Hours Non-Emergency Police Department at 540-635-2111. Public

Works, 540-635-7819

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SVEC Storm Damage Update

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As of 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, SVEC is working as quickly and safely as possible to restore about 660 outages, at about a dozen locations, in an effort to have everyone back on by Wednesday morning. At this time, because of the severity of storm damage, there are situations in Frederick County and northern Shenandoah County that may not have service restored until daylight Wednesday.

We advise members to please make appropriate accommodations if they live in those areas. We have as many crews working as possible to avoid lengthy outages.

For the latest outage numbers, please visit the Outage Center at svec.coop.

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Fatal Crash in Fauquier County Under Investigation

Virginia State Police is investigating a single-vehicle fatal crash in Fauquier County. The crash occurred on Monday, (July 11) at 2:50 p.m. along Route 215 (Vint Hill Rd) just east of Route 600 (Broad Run Church Rd).

A 2000 Ford F-350 was traveling east on Route 215 when it crossed a double solid centerline, ran off the left side of the roadway, and collided with a tree.

The driver of the Ford, David E. Kirby, 41, of Culpeper, Va., died at the crash scene as a result of his injuries. Kirby was not wearing a seatbelt.

Three passengers in the Ford, a 36-year-old female, a 19-year-old male, and a 12-year-old male, all suffered serious injuries and were flown to INOVA Fairfax Hospital for treatment. A fourth passenger, a 17-year-old male suffered serious injuries and was transported to Fauquier Health for treatment. None of the passengers were wearing seatbelts.

A medical emergency is considered a factor in the crash.

The crash remains under investigation.

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REC Announces Applications for The Power of Change

The Power of Change from Rappahannock Electric Cooperative (REC) is now accepting applications from local nonprofits seeking funding to support their communities. Across REC’s service territory, numerous nonprofits could benefit from funding, and The Power of Change is the perfect opportunity to help meet their needs.

“Over 30,000 REC member-owners round up their monthly electric bill or make other monetary donations to The Power of Change,” said Casey Hollins, Managing Director – Communications and Public Relations. “Twice each year, those donations are awarded to local nonprofits so that they can accomplish their mission and support their community.”

The Power of Change has awarded funds to a variety of nonprofits, including crisis support services, community reading programs, volunteer fire departments, environmental programs, performing arts centers and organizations that help feed families. “The funds donated by REC’s member-owners go right back into their community, allowing them to make a difference where they live and work,” added Hollins. “We encourage nonprofits to apply today so the funds raised by REC members can make a difference for your organization.”

If your nonprofit needs funding to complete or start a project, apply to The Power of Change. Visit thepowerofchange.org, fill out the application and return it to REC by 5 p.m. on Aug. 10.

REC provides electric service to over 170,000 connections in parts of 22 Virginia counties. With its general office in Fredericksburg, Va., the Cooperative operates and maintains more than 17,000 miles of power lines through its service area, which ranges from the Blue Ridge Mountains to the tidal waters of the Chesapeake Bay. For more information about REC, please visit www.myrec.coop. Follow REC on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.

Click here for Power of Change Applications.

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Laurel Ridge receives two Military Friendly designations

For the 12th year, Laurel Ridge Community College has been designated a 2022-2023 Military Friendly School. It was given a silver distinction. Also, for the first time, the college has been named a Military Spouse Friendly School.

The Military Friendly Schools list is created each year based on extensive research using a public driven Military Friendly Schools survey from participating institutions. The survey questions, methodology, criteria and weighting were developed with the assistance of an independent research firm and an advisory council of educators and employers.

Methodology, criteria, and weightings were determined by Viqtory with input from the Military Friendly Advisory Council of independent leaders in the higher education and military recruitment community. Final ratings were determined by combining the institution’s survey scores with the assessment of the institution’s ability to meet thresholds for student retention, graduation, job placement, loan repayment, persistence (degree advancement or transfer) and loan default rates for all students and, specifically, for student veterans.

Laurel Ridge scored especially high in the graduation and job placement category, exceeding the standard by more than 94 percent. Other areas in which the college excelled included support and retention of student veterans, financial aid and assistance, and culture and commitment.

Laurel Ridge Associate Vice President, Student Services and Academic Support, Caroline Wood praised the college’s veteran academic advisors/school certifying officials Jeanmarie Corrado and Sharon Painter.

“Jeanmarie and Sharon serve dual roles as both academic advisors to their assigned students, and also as LFCC’s designated school certifying officials, which involves interpreting and certifying a complex menu of students’ educational benefits available through the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Defense,” said Dr. Wood. “Both Jeanmarie and Sharon think of their offices within our Campus Veterans Centers (one in Middletown and one in Fauquier) as a ‘one-stop-shop’ for our student veterans and their families. They also serve as a general resource and referral agent to local Veterans Affairs services and programs. Their commitment to their students is noteworthy.”

Serving veterans, and their spouses and dependents is “an honor,” according to Painter.

“From inquiry to graduation, Laurel Ridge Veteran Services is dedicated to serving student veterans, active-duty service members, guardsmen and women, reservists, and their spouses and dependents through an array of support services designed to help them navigate their transition to higher education and to ultimately achieve their educational goals,” added Corrado.

More than 1,800 schools participated in this year’s Military Friendly School survey, with 785 earning the Military Friendly designation. Just under 350 schools earned the Military Friendly Spouse designation.

“Military Friendly is committed to transparency and providing consistent data-driven standards in our designation process,” said Kayla Lopez, National Director of Military Partnerships, Military Friendly. “Our standards provide a benchmark that promotes positive outcomes and support services that better the educational landscape and provide opportunity for the military community. This creates a competitive atmosphere that encourages colleges to evolve and invest in their programs consistently. Schools who achieve awards designation show true commitment in their efforts, going over and above that standard.”

The Military Friendly Schools list will be published in the May and October issue of G.I. Jobs magazine and can be found at www.militaryfriendly.com. The Military Spouse School list will be published in June in the Military Spouse magazine.

To learn more about veteran services at Laurel Ridge, please visit www.laurelridge.edu/veteran.

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Suspicious Packages under Investigation

Several roads were blocked off yesterday in Winchester. From the post office on North Pleasant Valley Road and the area

of Jim Barnett Park to Cork Street. In a joint effort between Virginia State Police, Winchester Fire & Rescue, Frederick

County Sheriff’s Office & Frederick County Fire Marshal’s Office the roads were opened back up and now currently under

investigation by the Virginia State Police. If anyone has any information or witnessed the placing of the suspicious boxes

please contact VSP.

804-674-2000 or email at vsp.virginia.gov

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Maryland man arrested for indecent liberties with a child

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PRESS RELEASE

 

On Saturday, July 2, 2022, Warren County Sheriff Patrol Deputies conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle and identified the driver as a 23-year-old male, Kevon Fontaine Gregory Curtis, and a 14-year-old female passenger. Patrol Deputies determined that Curtis drove from Silver Spring, Maryland to pick up the juvenile. Curtis was charged on July 2nd with Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor, and the juvenile was transported home.

 

Through further investigation the Criminal Investigations Division (CID) uncovered the elicit relationship that began through Instagram. Curtis and the juvenile female met in person on several occasions in Warren County during the months of April and July 2022 for the purpose of smoking marijuana and sexual intercourse.

 

Mr. Curtis was interviewed on July 10, 2022 and arrested on three charges of Carnal Knowledge of a Juvenile. He was transported to Rappahannock Shenandoah Warren (RSW) Regional jail where he went before the magistrate and is currently being held without bond. The court date for these charges was set for August 18, 2022, at 9:00 a.m. in Warren County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court.

 

The Warren County Sheriff’s Office is an active member of the Northern Virginia/DC (NOVA/DC) Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force, which is coordinated by the Virginia State Police. The Warren County CID encourages anyone having information regarding the solicitation or exploitation of any minor to contact the Warren County Sheriff’s Office.

 

Anyone with further information regarding this case is asked to please contact Investigator K.M. Hajduk at (540) 635-7100 or by e-mail at khajduk@warrencountysheriff.org

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