Gov. Northam’s response to events in D.C.

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After deploying members of the Virginia National Guard and Virginia State Police to respond to events in Washington D.C.

Gov. Northam stated that Virginia will be there for as long as it takes to protect our nation’s capital.

The Governor continued, we will pray for the safety of every member of the House and Senate all the staff and journalists everyone one who works in the Capitol.

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REC names new Western Manager

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Rappahannock Electric Cooperative (REC) has promoted Shawn McDonough to serve as REC’s Western Region Manager. 

REC’s western region includes portions of the counties of Albemarle, Clarke, Culpeper, Fauquier, Frederick, Greene, Madison, Orange, Rappahannock, Shenandoah, Stafford and Warren.

McDonough has over 31 years of experience in utility operations, including project management, engineering and leadership.

An REC release calls McDonough an accomplished project management professional and utility leader.

John Arp, vice president of engineering, operation and power supply went on to praise McDonough for his accomplishments.

Since joining REC in 2010, he has been an integral part of the project management team and a key contributor on several large-scale projects.

McDonough holds a Bachelor of Science in Electric Engineering from Youngstown State University and a Master’s degree in Computer Science from Hood College.

He received his Project Management Professional Certification (PMP) in 2014.

McDonough started at REC as a planning engineer, and became Director of Project Management in 2019.

McDonough began his new role Dec. 20, 2020.

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DMV offers driver privilege cards

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The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles is now offering driver privilege cards.

The cards are for individuals who are non-US citizens who cannot meet Virginia’s legal presence requirements.

The cards are available to those ineligible to receive a standard or REAL ID-compliant driver’s license in Virginia.

Customers may be eligible to obtain a driver privilege card if they meet the following criteria:

·       are a non-U.S. citizen who is a resident of Virginia

·       have reported income from Virginia sources or are claimed as a dependent on a tax return filed in Virginia in the past 12 months

·       do not have a driving privilege that is currently suspended or revoked in Virginia or any other state, to include insurance-related infractions

In order to obtain a driver privilege card in Virginia, the following documents must be provided:

·       Two proofs of identity (e.g., foreign passport and Consular identification document issued by country of citizenship)

·       Two proofs of Virginia residency (e.g., monthly mortgage statement and utility bill)

·       Proof of Social Security number (if one has been issued) or the individual’s taxpayer identification number (e.g., W-2 form or ITIN letter)

·       Tax return documentation (e.g. Virginia Resident Form, Virginia Part-Year Resident Income Tax Return Form or Virginia Nonresident Income Tax Return Form, filed in the past 12 months)

All documents must be originals and are subject to verification; however, printouts of approved online residency documents may be accepted.

To get more information or to set up an appointment go to

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Warren County appoints new Fire Chief

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Warren County Fire and Rescue Services (WCFRS) announced  the appointment of James Bonzano, II, as their new Fire Chief.

Bonzano joins Warren County from Arlington County where he served in the Arlington County Fire Department (ACFD) in progressively more responsible leadership roles over 34 years.

Bonzano has been Acting Assistant Chief, South Deputy Chief, Personnel Services Section Chief, and Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Battalion Chief.

Warren County’s board of supervisors voted in favor of the appointment yesterday.

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FCPS announce High School sports schedule

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Frederick County Public School (FCPS) announced a plan for the three high schools to compete in a revised fall, winter and spring sports.

Beginning with winter sports March 1 and concluding March 27.

The fall season will follow March 29 through April 24.

The spring season will begin April 26 and concludes June 16.

School Superintendent David Sovine says in a press release.

It’s prudent to delay the start of our high school athletics program until March in an effort to get beyond any spike in COVID-19 cases following the holiday season.

Where as the schedule differs with athletic seasons established by the Virginia High School  League (VHSL) FCPS teams will not be eligible to participate in VHSL postseason play.

FCPS teams competing in the spring season will be eligible for the VHSL playoffs. 

At the present time, FCPS does not plan to allow spectators  to attend any indoor athletic events.

As an alternative, the school division is working to make  such events available via a livestream over the Internet.

A limited number of spectators will be  allowed to attend outdoor events in compliance with the school division’s health and safety plan,  any executive orders that are in place at the time the events are held and guidance provided by the local health department.  

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Strasburg Fire Department receives new equipment

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The Strasburg Fire Department acquired a new piece of equipment that helps with the extraction of victims trapped in vehicles.

Rescue Engine 51 is a 2005 Seagrave Concorde XT Rescue Vehicle.

The rescue vehicle comes to the department by way of a donation from the Round Hill Fire Department.

A news release from the Shenandoah County Fire Chief, Tim Williams states that the new engine replaces two older trucks that will be sold “as is” minus department insignia.

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Woodstock Lions donate to 7 Bends St. Park

Woodstock’s Lions Club presented a $6,000 check to the Friends of Seven Bends State Park.

The funds are allocated for the future site of the River’s Way Natural Playground and Outdoor Classroom at Hollingsworth Road in Woodstock.

Construction on the site is slated to begin later this year.

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TVRC seeks Greater Good nominees

Do you know of a business or individual who has made a difference in the community?

Do you know of someone who should be recognized for an accomplishment?

You should nominate them for a Greater Good Award from The Top of Virginia Regional Chamber.

The awards celebrate outstanding individuals and businesses for their contributions to their community and the region.

The awards will be presented Thursday Mar. 18, 2021.

Nominees will be accepted in the categories of Small Business, Large Business, Entrepreneur, Citizen, Emerging Leader and Non-Profit of the year.

Nominees need to be submitted by Jan. 29, 2021.

You can make that nomination here.  

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City of Winchester closes two offices

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Due to COVID-19 exposure among the staff.

The City of Winchester’s Treasurer and Commissioner of the Revenue’s Offices in the Creamery Building at 21 S. Kent St. will be closed until Jan. 8.

The Commissioner of the Revenue’s staff for tax information, filings and business licenses will be available by phone or email.

The Treasure’s staff for tax payments and balances will not be available until the offices reopen.

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City of Winchester Councilors swearing in

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New and re-elected City of Winchester Councilors will be sworn in on Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021 beginning at 5 pm in the Rouss City Hall Council Chambers.

To limit the number of people in the room to compile with the Governor’s orders the swearing in will be one Councilor at a time.

Limiting the number of people in the chamber.

You are invited to watch the ceremonies at the City’s YouTube page.

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