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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Front Royal Town Council select new member

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The Front Royal Town Council selected Jacob Meza to fill the unexpired term of Mayor Chris Holloway.

Meza’s experience on the Town Council and Planning Commission set him apart from the other candidates.

The loss of Mayor Tewalt and Vice-Mayor Sealock played a factor in his selection.

Meza has vast knowledge of the EDA lawsuit, infrastructure projects, COVID-19 and the Town’s budget.

Town Council will hold a special election in November 2021 for the seat.

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Frederick County Board is looking candidates

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The Frederick County Board of Supervisors is currently looking for applicants from the Shawnee and Red Bud districts to fill vacancies on the Social Services Board.

There is also one position open on the Historic Resources Advisory Board.

Committee information and a link to the application may be found at here.

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Winchester is awarded $9K for food and shelter

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The Winchester jurisdiction has been awarded $9,468 in National Emergency Food and Shelter aid and funding.

The funds are for local agencies providing emergency food, shelter or utility assistance.

The grant is awarded by the National Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP).

The aid is not intended to substitute or reimburse ongoing services or start new programs.

The monies are intended for the purchase of food and shelter, to supplement and expand current available resources.

For more information or to receive a copy of the application form visit the website of the United Way.

Deadline for applications is January 22.

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Berkeley Co. Sheriff seeks information

Two people are dead and one person has been injured after a shooting in the parking lot of Laddie’s  Bar and Grill in Martinsburg on Saturday night.

The shooting was reported just after 8 p.m. two of the victims were found dead at the scene with the third victim being transported to Berkeley Medical Center for emergency treatment.

His condition is unknown at this time.

Berkeley County Sheriff’s Department is enlisting the public’s help in the matter.

Anyone with any information is asked to get in touch with the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office at 304-267-7000.

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Front Royal Town Council goes virtual

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Tonight’s Front Royal Town Council meeting and work session at Warren County Government Center Board Room will begin at 7 p.m..

Due to current COVID-19 restrictions Citizens and members of the press are encouraged to stay home and watch the meeting live on the town’s website at or on Comcast channel 16.

The Town Staff will remote in to this session.

There is no public comment at this work sessions and special meetings.

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Handley Library’s Winter Reading Challenge

Handley Regional Library System which includes Clarke, Frederick Counties and the City of Winchester announces the 2021 Winter Reading Challenge: Books Like Us for kids and teens.

The Library systems program runs through the month of January with a chance to win online tickets based on the number of books read.

Library staff will also be conducting a series of programs online including interactive story time, teen video game nights, crafts and more.

All programs are designed to connect literacy and entertainment. Learn more and sign up for the Winter Reading Challenge here.

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Christmas Tree collection

Middletown will start picking up undecorated Christmas Trees that are placed curbside Monday Jan. 4 and Jan. 11.

The tree must be completely barren of any and all decorations or it will not be picked up.

The City of Winchester will pick up Christmas Trees Jan. 6 and 13.

Again the tree must be undecorated or it cannot be picked up.

The Town of Front Royal will pick up trees Jan. 6, 13, 20 and 27, 2021.

Again trees have to have all ornaments removed and no root balls will be allowed.

The Town of Luray will collect Christmas Trees Jan. 4 to Jan. to Jan. 15.

Have your tree curbside by 7 a.m. undecorated and no artificial tree will be collected.

Woodstock will be picking up trees through Jan. 22 if the tree is curbside undecorated any day before that date.

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Senator Chafin dies of COVID-19 complications

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Gov. Northam issued the following statement today on the passing of Senator A. Benton Chafin, Jr.

“With the passing of Senator Ben Chafin, Southwest Virginia has lost a strong advocate—and we have all lost a good man.

“I knew Ben as a lawmaker, an attorney, a banker, and a farmer raising beef cattle in Moccasin Valley, working the land just as generations of his family had done before him.

He loved the outdoors, and he loved serving people even more.

He pushed hard to bring jobs and investment to his district, and I will always be grateful for his courageous vote to expand health care for people who need it.

I have ordered the Virginia state flag to be lowered immediately in his honor and remain at half-staff until sunset on the day of his interment.

The Virginia Senator A. Benton Chafin Jr. passed away from COVID-19 complications last night at the age of 60.

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