WPD promote Officer Myrtle

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Winchester Police Department (WPD) Chief John Piper announced the promotion of Lieutenant Frank Myrtle to the rank of Captain.

Myrtle began his career in law enforcement when he  joined the WPD in 2002.

Myrtle has served as a Detective and Sergeant in the Criminal Investigation Division for over ten years.

Captain Myrtle has served the citizens of Winchester in other positions as well including as a Sergeant in the Patrol Division.

Myrtle has also been very active in volunteer activities including the Police Department’s Kids and Cops Camp.

Now Captain Myrtle will be the Commander of  the Administration Division of the WPD.

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Laurel Ridge Community College breaks ground in Fauquier

Laurel Ridge Community College announced ground breaking ceremonies occurred at its Fauquier Campus Center on Tue. Aug. 2 for the school’s Skilled Trades complex.

The new 8,000 square foot facility will provide space for plumbing, electrical, HVAC, heavy equipment operator, carpentry and welding programs.

The facility is set on a 62 acre piece of property that was donated to the Laurel Ridge Education Foundation.

Previously trade education at the Fauquier school was done on leased locations and modular buildings.

Through the Building the Future campaign and the PATH Foundation the school is more than halfway towards it’s $1.5 million goal to fund the facility.

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The bodies of a Front Royal man and his son are recovered

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The bodies of a 43 year old  Front Royal man and his 10 year old son have been recovered from the Potomac River.

ABC news affiliate WMRE reports that the Pimentel family had their 23 foot bowrider boat anchored on the Potomac near Swan Point in Charles County Maryland.

The Pimentel children ages 10 and 12 were swimming when they both began to struggle.

The father, Elias jumped into the water but he and his 10 year old son did not resurface.

The 12 year old boy was recovered and taken to the hospital with non life threatening injuries.

Dive teams were able to recover the body of the 10 year old around 10:45 Mon. night Aug. 1.

The father’s body was recovered around 11 a.m. Tues. morning Aug 2.

Maryland Natural Resources Police Officers conducted the recovery and investigation of the incident.

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FCPS name a new interim School Superintendent

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The Frederick County School Board announced the appointment of the new interim Superintendent.

Former School Board Chairperson Dr. John Lamanna has been named the new interim Superintendent of Frederick County Public Schools (FCPS) effective Aug. 8.

The School Board has also named former Assistant Superintendent of Administration Dr. Al Orndorff as the Interim Assistant Superintendent of Administration effective today Aug. 3.

The search for a permanent Superintendent for Frederick County Public Schools continues.

Mon. Aug. 15 is the first day of school for students in Frederick County with teacher workdays schedule Aug. 8-12.

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News Maker Matt Wendling on Warren County offerings

School is back in session next week Aug. 9-12 in Warren County and that means some changes for the town pool and other things.

We spoke to Warren County Planning Director Matt Wendling about the changes in our latest news maker.

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Matt tells us about the pool schedule change and activities being offered later this month.

He also tells us about a clean up effort being conducted.

Matt tells us that we can connect to all this through parks and recreation in Warren County.

Click here for Matt’s interview.

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Stanley Fire Department battles a devastating house fire

More information has been released about a house fire on Al Good Drive in Stanley.

Stanley Fire Chief Terry Pettit confirms by email that the fire was reported around 7 a.m. Monday morning Aug. 1.

The house on Al Good Drive is owned by Elizabeth Howard formerly of Manassas Virginia.

Howard was scheduled to move into the home the same day the house fire was reported.

When Firefighters arrived they found fire coming through the roof of the home and took nearly thirty minutes to contain it.

The house was being remodeled and renovated for several weeks before the fire.

Five unites and nineteen firefighters from Stanley Fire Department responded to the call with tanker crews from Luray assisting.

Page County Emergency Medical Service also responded but no injuries were reported.

Fire Crews remained on the scene for almost three hours to ensure the fire was out.

The house was a total loss with an estimated $400,000 in damage.

The fire also consumed a vehicle that was parked next to the home in a carport.

The fire appears to have started in the attic with the exact cause still under investigation.

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Items being collected to be taken to Eastern Kentucky

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After devastating flooding people in Eastern Kentucky are now expecting excessive heat.

Local business leaders have announced that items are being collected in Front Royal to take to Kentucky this week.

Right now specific items are being requested that include towels and washcloths, dog food, canned food with pull tops, bottled water, hygiene products, diapers and baby formula are some of the most important items.

Please make these all new items.

These items can be dropped off at Ellen Aders Office located at 23 Church Street Front Royal until Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m..

If enough items are collected a second truck will leave for Kentucky next week.

The recovery from the devastation will be a long slow process your donations are greatly appreciated and urgently needed.

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Gov. Youngkin appoints local business people to his administration

An email from Governor Glenn Youngkin confirms the appointment of several local business people to administrative positions.

Bryan Fairbanks President and CEO of Winchester Trex Company has been appointed to the council on revenue estimates in finance.

Allen Louderback of Luray has been appointed to the Cave Board of Virginia.

Page County’s director of Shenandoah Valley Soil and Water Conservation Charles Newton has been appointed to the State Water Control Board.

Thomas Moore Ty Lawson of Winchester has been appointed to the Commonwealth Transportation Board.

Car Credit Nation of Winchester President Chris Maher has been appointed to the state’s Motor Vehicle Dealer Board.

The Governor stated that these appointments will help create a best in class government for the state.

Additional appointments are found here.

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News Maker Reese and Dubrueler on an Evans Home fundraiser

The Henry and William Evans Home for Children in Winchester will benefit from a fundraiser being held at Winchester Mitsubishi.

We spoke with Henry and William Evans Home for Children representative James Dubrueler and Heather Reese of Mitsubishi in our latest news maker.

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James gives us a lot of information about the Henry and William Evans Home for Children.

Heather tells us about the August 20 fundraiser.

Both explain the need for the fundraiser and how it helps children in the area.

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Lt. Governor Sears joins Winchester National Night Out Tonight 8/2

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The Winchester Police Department (WPD) announced that Lieutenant Governor Winsome Earle Sears will be attending tonight’s National Night Out.

Sears will be with the Winchester Police Department showing her support for her local law enforcement and backing the blue.

She is scheduled to be at the Loudoun Street walking mall at 5 p.m. with the WPD.

The former Marine was first elected in 2002 to the house of Delegates and has continued to serve her country and state in a number of positions.

Sears is the first female Lieutenant Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Join the Lieutenant Governor and the over 40 vendors for free food and fellowship with local law enforcement in this National Night Out tonight Aug. 2.

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