Hiker falls 30 feet at Shenandoah National Park

photo credit Scott Bradley Hesson with permission

Rockingham County Fire and Rescue (RCFR) report the rescue of a hiker who had fallen in the Shenandoah National Park.

The hiker was discovered unconscious by Park Rangers after he had fallen approximately 30 feet from the backside of his campsite near Loft Mountain.

Rangers called RCFR to assist in the rescue effort Fri. morning Aug. 5.

National Park personnel then worked with the RCFR’s Tactical Rescue Team to reach the person and treat him for immediate injuries.

The person was pulled from the site after he was stabilized and airlifted to the UVA for trauma care. 

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Algal Mat Alert for Shenandoah River

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The Virginia Department of Health and Lord Fairfax Health District issued an Algal Mat Alert by email for the North Fork of the Shenandoah River near Strasburg.

The affected area begins at Route 644 and continues for approximately 11.5 miles to Route 611 including the boat ramp at Deer Rapids and other public access points.

Signs have been posted along the shore and at those access points.

Recreation may continue in those areas as long as the algae mats can be avoided.

Pets and livestock are recommended to be kept out of the water to avoid the mats as they may cause gastrointestinal illnesses and skin rashes.

Cyanotoxins levels were below or just above detection levels and contact with the mats can release more toxins.

Consuming cyanotoxins can be fatal for animals.

No disturbances to the town’s drinking water have been observed at this time.

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Nearly 500 bookbags donated by the community

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Local State Farm agents and community organizations are coming together to prepare kids to head back to school with a bookbag and school supply drive.

The total number of bookbags collected reached almost 500 with 270 coming from the Rotary Club of Warren County.

Another 200 backpacks were donated by the Kiwanis Club of Front Royal.

The Salvation Army, MDUB Chauffeur Services and other volunteers also helped to get these bookbags and supplies ready for local children who are getting ready for the school year.

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Roger Smelser receives Larry M. Funk Award

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The Warren Coalition awarded the Larry M. Funk Award for Outstanding Service to Children in Warren County to Roger Smelser.

This is a new award honoring the former Vice President and President of the organization who also served as the DARE instructor for the Warren County Sheriff’s Office.

Roger Smelser was honored for his work with Front Royal Little League as a coach, manager, and president for over 30 years.

Nearly a third of nominations for the award named Smelser.

They brought up his commitment to the children in his league and passion for volunteer service.

He was also an instrumental part in bringing Little League Baseball back to the WFTR airwaves.

He received an engraved crystal award and $500 cash.

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HRLS removes fines for children’s materials

The Handley Regional Library System is removing overdue fines from most children’s materials including books, CDs, audio-books, and DVDs regardless of the age of the person checking them out.

The items are still required to be returned.

John Huddy, the director of the Library System believes this will “improve literacy for the youth in our area and remove any barriers that our patrons may have to get access to our materials.”

Evidence has been cited by the American Library Association that eliminating fines increases sign up and library use.

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71st HamFest returns to Berryville

The 71st Annual Berryville Hamfest is back this weekend at the Clarke County Fairgrounds.

Gates open at 6 am with vendors starting at 8 am.

The event regularly draws 1500 people and there will be nearly 150 vendors from the HAM radio world selling all types of tools of the trade from vintage radios to the latest models.

VE Exams will be given starting at noon at the nearby Clarke County High School by the Laurel Amateur Radio Club VE Team.

Don’t forget to stick around for the raffle prizes.

For more information on the gathering, click here.

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News Maker Preston Knight on SVEC awarding funds

Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative (SVEC) awarded the funds from Operation Round Up recently.

As we do every first Fri. of the month we check in with SVEC to see what’s the latest for the month.

In our latest news maker we spoke with Event and Communication Manager Preston Knight about SVEC.

News makers are brought to you by Warren County Together We are Community.

Preston tells us that voting in the SVEC Board of Directors will soon end with the results announced on Aug. 11.

He also tells us who received funding form the Cooperative’s Operation Round Up.

Preston also explains how any nonprofit can apply for funding for the October release of funds.

Click here for Preston’s interview.

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EIP reports high levels of bacteria in the Shenandoah River

An Environmental Integrity Project (EIP) published report indicates high levels of bacteria in the Shenandoah River and it’s tributaries.

The most recent samples indicate at least three quarters of Virginia’s water monitoring stations in the Shenandoah Valley were found to have high levels of fecal bacteria.

These levels are much higher than the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends for swimming.

These bacteria levels are high due to animal waste washed into the river and its tributaries.

The Virginia General Assembly did approve the allocation of a record $265 million for farm pollution control that includes fencing around streams.

That allocation becomes available in fiscal 2023 and 2024 to help protect the river.

A map of some of the safer areas for swimming can be found here.

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VA. and W.Va. Sales Tax Holiday begins today 8/5

Virginia and West Virginia Sales Tax Holiday begins today Fri. Aug 5 lasting through Aug. 7 in Virginia and Aug. 8 in West Virginia.

Certain school supplies that cost $20 or less per item will be Virginia and West Virginia sales tax free during the holiday.

Some clothing and footwear priced at $100 or less will also be included in the holiday as well.

A number of emergency preparedness items are also sales tax free in Virginia as well.

Visit tax.virginia.gov for details on the annual Virginia Tax free holiday.

Visit tax.wv.gov for more information on West Virginia’s tax free days.

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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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