WPS celebrates Grand Opening of Douglas School

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Winchester Public Schools will celebrate the Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting of the recently renovated and expanded Douglas School on Saturday, June 8th at 10 am.

The former school located at 598 N Kent Street served black students during segregation in Winchester from 1927-1966.

After integration, the building was used as an intermediate, elementary and preschool before being deemed unsafe.

The City of Winchester provided funding in 2021 to begin the renovations to house the school system’s central office, a community space, and a museum on honoring the history of Douglas.

Saturday’s ceremony will include remarks from local leaders and alumni followed by a car show featuring vehicles from the school’s era of operation.

The building and museum will be open to guests and light refreshments will be served.

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Backcountry camping permits go online

photo credit Scott Bradley Hesson with permission

Shenandoah National Park has announced that beginning January 11th at 10 am, backcountry campers will need to purchase permits online through recreation.gov.

The previous system of purchasing paper permits at the park website or designated locations will be eliminated effective January 10th.

There is a $6 permit fee, plus a $9 recreation fee per person.

For example, the total permit cost for a group of two campers will be $24.

The fee is not dependent on the number of nights and the usual entrance fee also applies.

Backcountry campers with a start date of January 11 or after will be required to purchase permits online: https://www.recreation.gov/permits/4675336

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Car seat safety check

Used by permission by the Warren County Office employee Sergeant Terry Fritts

In 2021, 740 children under the age of 13 were killed in passenger vehicle accidents and more than 100,000 were injured.

More than 36 percent of these children who died were unrestrained.

Warren County Sheriff’s Office is inviting the public to come out today, September 23rd.

Between the hours of 10 am and 2 pm to speak with their safety seat technicians.

They can answer your questions and ensure that your child’s safety seat is properly installed.

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News Maker William Huck prepares for Front Royal Family Fun Day

Scott Bradley speaks with News Maker William Huck as he gets ready for Front Royal Family Fun Day.

The celebration is in need of volunteers, parade entries, and sponsors to help make it a huge success once again.

Front Royal Family Fun Day is set for May 13th with a parade starting things off at 10 am.

News makers are sponsored by Warren County Together We are Community.

Click here for William’s News Maker.

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