Make safe driving part of your holiday plans

Virginia State Police is encouraging Virginians to make safe driving part of their holiday plans.

Please drive safely in the coming days so that everyone can reach their holiday destinations.

Preliminary data shows that as of December 20th, Virginia has had 76 fewer traffic deaths this year compared to that date in 2022.

Virginia has lost 813 people so far this year in roadway accidents.

If you are planning to attend a party this year, plan ahead.

Designate a sober driver or call a friend or family, call a cab, or use public transportation.

If you know someone who has been drinking, do not let them drive.

Arrange another safe way home.

Remain alert for impaired drivers and do not hesitate to notify law enforcement by dialing #77 to notify your nearest Virginia State Police Emergency Communications Center.

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News Maker Joanne Koszyk on final figures from CFH

The donations collected at the bus itself from the week of Camping For Hunger (CFH) have been calculated.

We spoke with the Executive Director of the Congregational Community Action Project (C-CAP) Joanne Koszyk in our latest news maker.

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

Joanne gives us the final numbers from the week on the CFH bus.

She also expresses her and all of C-CAP’s gratitude for a tremendous community effort.

Joanne also explains that donations are still being accepted here.

The River 953 and Fox Sports Radio 1450 owner staff and management are also very grateful for the Community support of the annual week long CFH campaign again this year.

Click here for Joanne’s news maker.

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City of Winchester expands real estate tax relief

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The weekly Winchester CitE-News letter announced the City has expanded the real estate tax relief program.

The net financial worth, household income and maximum tax relief limits have increased for those who need it most.

Applications must be submitted by April 1 each year for those 65 and over unless permanently disabled.

Contact the City of Winchester commissioner of revenue for all pertinent information.

Full details and an application are found by clicking here.

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Shenandoah Apple Blossom promises a full festival this year

Shenandoah Apple Blossom 2022

In a press release from Shenandoah Apple Blossom Executive Director Bradley Veach the theme for the 2022 festival is Bloomin’ Good Times.

The release went on to state that this year’s festival is a full slate of events after two years of a scaled back festival because of the pandemic.

All parades, dances, events, celebrities and festivities will be take place Apr. 22 through May 1, 2022.

The midway and carnival will also be available this coming 95th year of the Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival.

Announcements of future events and celebrities are fourth coming with tickets going on sale in Jan. 2022 at thebloom.com.

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Winchester Insight Citizen’s Academy is back for 2022

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The City of Winchester’s Insight Citizen’s Academy is back for 2022 with a new retreat format.

Attendees will get an inside look at local government, meet staff and tour facilities.

Space for the event is limited.

You are encouraged to register as soon as possible for the January 19 event at winchesterva.gov/insight.

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