Night club shooting leaves Winchester man dead

Early Friday morning, a shooting occurred at the Touch of Texas nightclub in Bunker Hill, WV.

Upon arrival at the scene, authorities found Diata Johnson, 21 of Winchester, VA, shot in the parking lot.

He was transported to Winchester Medical Center but later died from his injuries.

Authorities at the scene identified the shooter but did not release his information.

The investigation is still ongoing and anyone with information on the shooting should contact the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Department at 304-267-7000.

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SamiCon at Samuel’s Library

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Samuel’s Public Library is hosting SamiCon today from 10 am – 4:30 pm.

As a part of Free Comic Book Day, families are invited to the library for a free comic and a day of video game themed fun.

SamiCon will feature a coding workshop from Coding Ninjas, Pokemon cookie decorating, arcade machines, escape rooms, and more.

There will also be a costume contest and performances by local magician Kevin Owens.

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Blandy Farm’s 32nd Annual Garden Fair

The 32nd Annual Garden Fair hosted by Blandy Experimental Farm is back for Mother’s Day weekend.

This year’s event is held at the Clarke County Fairgrounds from 9 am – 4 pm Saturday and Sunday.

This plant sale will everything you can imagine from unique plants and trees to gardening accessories as well as experts to provide tips on how to help your plants flourish.

The event will also feature live music and food trucks.

Entry costs $10 per car load with proceeds going to the Virginia State Arboretum at Blandy Farm.

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News Maker Greg Rogers on Gaf-n-Go rodeo

We are all invited to attend the Gaf-n-Go Line Worker’s Rodeo in Doswell Virginia.

This is an annual event that shows off the abilities of Electrical Line Workers.

As we do every first Friday of the month we spoke to Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative (SVEC) CEO and President Greg Rogers in our latest news maker.

The good news is brought to you by The Town of Front Royal.

Greg tells us about this fun and competitive event May 13 and 14.

He also tells us that any Line Worker is able to enter the competition.

Greg also tells us how the competition allows the general public to view the remarkable work that the Line Workers do all the time.

Click here for Greg’s interview.

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Wanted felon flees attempted arrest

Frederick County Sheriff’s Office reports the search for a wanted felon.

Frederick County Sheriff’s Deputies attempted to arrest Sara Michell Cox on Sat. Apr. 30 at the Route 50 Walmart parking lot.

Cox was able to escape by striking the Deputy with her vehicle in an attempt to flee.

A pursuit began at speeds that reached over 100 miles per hour on Northwestern Pike.

Cox’s driving became more erratic and pursuit was terminated for public safety.

Cox was driving a white 2021 or 22 Ford Mustang that is believed to be a rental.

The vehicle has a black soft top with an unknown vehicle registration.

Cox, who is homeless has been known to stay with friends in the Inwood, Capon Bridge, Martinsburg and Winchester areas.

She is currently wanted on charges of felony assault on a law enforcement officer, felony eluding, felony failure to appear on grand larceny charges.

Cox is also wanted for shoplifting, obtaining money by false pretenses and maybe facing other charges.

Anyone with any information on her whereabouts is asked to contact the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office.

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Rabies warning for Front Royal

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The Lord Fairfax Health District has issued a rabies warning for Front Royal.

The warning is due to the discovery of a raccoon with rabies on April 17th near the Royal Arms Apartments.

The raccoon is no longer a threat to the area but if you believe that you, your children, or a pet came in contact with that raccoon, they should call the Warren County Health Department immediately.

Any bite, scratch, or lick from an animal with rabies can lead to exposure.

The health department also issued a reminder to stay away from wild animals and keep your pet’s vaccines up to date.

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NFL Legend Terry Bradshaw leads SABF

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This year’s Grand Marshall for the Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival was Terry Bradshaw.

He was excited to finally make it to the festival after originally signing on two years ago.

Bradshaw was impressed by the amount of Steeler’s fans in the area and has his own ties to the region.

His favorite song to sing with his daughter is “Crazy” by Winchester native Patsy Cline.

Bradshaw said, “we have been singing that song together since she was 3 years old but my daughter is a much better singer than I am.”

The Hall of Fame quarterback reflected on his career and said what he is most proud of are his four Super Bowl victories.

“Anybody can have stats but to be a great quarterback you have to win,” said Bradshaw.

He then went on to discuss some of his favorite quarterbacks to watch play currently, “Tom Brady, Justin Herbert, Patrick Mahomes, and Matt Stafford have the stats and can win.”

When turning his focus to the newest Steelers quarterback Kenny Pickett he said, “I got to speak with him the day after he was drafted and congratulated him. Pittsburgh is a great franchise and will put him in a position to succeed. It’s the perfect fit. He’s smart and competitive.”

Terry also believes that Carson Wentz should succeed in Washington with the Commanders, “as long as he gets protection. He was unfairly criticized after his injury, but I am rooting for him. He’s a good person and I like to root for good people.” 

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SABF Country Music Party features local talent

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Sam Grow and Ryan Jewell took the stage for this year’s Country Music Party for the Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival.

The headliner, Sam Grow, returned for his third Apple Blossom but the first as the main performer.

Grow said, “The number one reason I wanted to come back is because of the people. These are amazing, salt of the earth people. When they called and asked me to headline, I was honored.”

Ryan Jewell, a Warren County High School alumni, was excited to return to the festival for his second year in a row. “I love having the event back at the Wilkins Center. The energy is much better this year with a full slate of events,” said Jewell.

Kara Britz, an alumni of John Handley High School, also graced the stage taking time out of her schedule which includes touring with former Country Music Party headliner Blake Shelton and backing up artists on The Voice.

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Sewer repairs leave roads closed

The Town of Front Royal will be making sewer repairs May 1-4 from 7 pm to 6 am.

The repairs will leave portions of Crescent Street from Main Street to Chester Street closed.

Peyton Street will also be closed from Royal Avenue to Chester Street.

Snyder Environmental Services have been contracted for the repairs and will have signs in place at their work location.

Motorists should use caution in this area and may need to plan alternate routes.

If you have any questions please contact the Public Works department.

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The Valley Today: Conversations You Might Have Missed

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If you missed any of the conversations this past week on The Valley Today, you can still have a listen to the podcast(s) here: thevalleytodaypodcast.com

On Monday’s episode, Janet talked with Tyler Hinkle, Shenandoah County’s Planner as part of an ongoing series following the work on Shenandoah 2045 – Shenandoah County’s comprehensive planning process. Joining the pair to talk about the collaboration that happens between the localities was Erick Moore, Director of Planning & Development for the town of Mount Jackson and his counterpart in Woodstock: Jill Jefferson, Urban Designer & Neighborhood Planner. Each explained their comprehensive plan development/updating process and talked about past plans. Click here to listen.

On Tuesday’s episode, Janet & co-host Justin Kerns traveled to Geraghty’s Micro Farm & Market for their conversation with Dayna Geraghty, co-owner & first-generation farmer. Dayna explained the concept of homesteading and how their farm started off as a way to simply feed their family in a healthier, more sustainable way. Their plan was to educate others by sharing their day-to-day successes and struggles in the hope that they could inspire others to grow their own food. Three years ago, it became their family business. She told us how they came up with the term “micro farm” because their property was substantially smaller than most of the traditional farms in our community. Because they sit on only eight acres, their need to raise livestock that is more manageable and easier on the land was vital and they needed to maximize each and every square foot. On their micro farm you’ll find several different breeds of bantam chickens, furry pigs known as KuneKune (pronounced cooney cooney) and a small herd of Nigerian Dwarf goats. Click here to listen.

On Wednesday’s episode of The Valley Business Today, Janet talked with Christine Kriz, Director of the Lord Fairfax Small Business Development Center about their business counseling services and a new program they’re offering through a partnership with the Loudoun County Small Business Development Center. Christine gave details for their newest program – a food and beverage accelerator cohort that is being offered to all businesses in the counties of Clarke, Frederick, Warren, Shenandoah, and Loudoun, plus the City of Winchester and Leesburg. She explained that this program is for businesses that have a food item or non-alcoholic beverage that they sell and are trying to increase their distribution. Click here to have a listen.

On Thursday’s episode, Janet traveled to the Active Living Center in the War Memorial Building at Jim Barnett Park to chat with Winchester City Parks Director, Chris Konyar and Maggie McCampell Lien their Public Information Officer. The pair explained their current undertaking: surveying city residents to get feedback about the parks in their neighborhoods. There are nearly 16 neighborhood parks scattered throughout the City of Winchester with the ultimate goal of having a park within 10 walking minutes of every neighborhood. Chris talked about the importance of these local parks and why getting feedback will be vital to maintain and grow them to fit the neighborhoods they serve. You can visit their website to take the survey online: https://www.winchesterva.gov/parks or attend one of the feedback sessions they’ll be hosting throughout the summer. Click here to have a listen.

On Friday’s episode, Janet officially kicked off the returning summer series: Farmer’s Market Fridays. Each month (maybe more!) she’ll highlight a local farmer’s market, fruit stand, or farmer on the show.  Today she featured her favorite farmer’s market in the area during a conversation with Karie Griffin, Market Manager for Clarke County Farmer’s Market. Karie gave the details for their 27th season of Clarke County Farmer’s Market. The market will open at 8am on Saturday, May 7 and then run every Saturday from 8am – 12pm through October. The opening day festivities will feature over 30 vendors, live music, a kid’s craft table, and a petting zoo. Click here to have a listen.

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