Clarke county announces public hearing for solar power plant

Clarke County has a public hearing set for Tuesday, January 16th, during the Board of Supervisors evening meeting to discuss a text amendment to “the solar power plant”.

The amendment to Section 5.2C (Business Uses) of the Zoning Ordinance modifies the location restriction in Use Regulation 1 to state that solar power plants must be located adjacent to, and within one mile of the electrical substations located at 234 Double Tollgate Road and 362 Ramsburg Lane.

A complete description of the amendment and clarification of terms can be found in the December 19th Board of Supervisors packet.

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Frederick County residents are approved for a tax rebate

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The Frederick County board of Supervisors announced the unanimous vote to provide Citizens of Frederick County a tax rebate.

Tax relief will be in the form of a rebate on personal property taxes in 2022.

Board of Supervisors Chairperson Charles Dehaven said the rebate will be reflected on the 2022 second half personal property tax bills.

Dehaven added that with assessments on personal property going up the board adjusted the tax rate to mitigate the results.

In order to facilitate a tax rebate for some items subject to personal property tax the board has extended the due date for the second half installment of personal property taxes to January 18, 2023.

Bills for the second half installment of personal property taxes will be mailed around Thanksgiving.

Second half real estate taxes will be mailed at the same time and will also reflect a January 18, 2023 due date.

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Warren County Board of Supervisors discuss WCPS’s budget

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One of the items addressed by the the Warren County Board of Supervisors’ work session Tues. night Aug. 9 included the Warren County Public School (WCPS) budget.

The Board confirmed that the school budget is set for a review and feedback by both Board members and a WCPS liaison committee at a future meeting.

Board Chairperson Cheryl Cullers stated at the meeting that the Board never considered cutting salaries.

Cullers also reiterated the sentiment to disregard any comments regarding the budget that are found on social media.

The Board Chairperson suggested that if you have any questions regarding the budget to come to the board and talk to them.

The video of the full Warren County Board of Supervisor’s meeting is found here.

The issue of the budget specifically starts approximately 1 hour and 17 minutes into the meeting.

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News Maker Tony Carter on leaving the Board of Supervisors

Warren County  Board of Supervisors member Tony Carter is leaving the board at the end of December 2021 after 20 years.

Tony also spent seven years on the Front Royal board of supervisors.

We spoke to Tony about the decision not to run again in our latest news maker.

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

Tony spoke on what led to the decision to not run.

Tony also spoke on some of the things he and the board accomplished over the 27 total years he was involved on the two different boards.

He also praised those that are and were in Warren County and Front Royal governments as well.

Click here for Tony’s interview.

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Today Oct. 4 is Viola Roberts Lampkin Brown Day in Clarke County

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Today Oct. 4 has been officially declared Viola Roberts Lampkin Brown Day in Clarke County.

The Clarke County Board of Supervisors made the distinction as Viola celebrates her 110 birthday today.

Viola was born on Oct. 4, 1911 in Hume Virginia the youngest of 13 children.

She and her family moved to Clarke County in 1918 where she has lived since.

Viola worked at the Church Street grand home the Knoll as a cook for several decades.

She moved back to the Springfield Farm in the 1960’s where she and her family worked when they first came to the county.

Viola is known as a supercentenarian and the only one in Virginia.

At last report there are only 6 supercentenarians in all of the United States.

A very happy 110 birthday to Viola Roberts Lampkin Brown of Berryville enjoy your day.

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Candidates Forum : Chamber of Commerce

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The Front Royal-Warren County Chamber of Commerce will hold a Candidates Forum on Thursday, October 21st at the Warren County Government Center beginning at 7 p.m.    

The event will include separate forums for Board of Supervisor, School Board, and Town Council candidates

These forums offer community members an opportunity to hear local candidates answer issue-based questions and gain insight to the candidate’s goals should they be elected.   The public is encouraged to attend, the forums will also be live-streamed and available for replay following the program.

Candidates will answer questions posed by the forum moderator.  All questions will have been submitted in advance.  Audience questions will not be taken at the event.  Only questions that are issue-based and are relevant to all candidates will be posed.  The public may submit questions for consideration to or by mail to 201 E. 2nd Street, Front Royal, VA 22630. 

For more information, contact the Chamber of Commerce at 540-635-3185.

VH updates its visitation policy for all hospitals

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Valley Health (VH) has updated it’s visitation policy in all its hospitals  due to the rise in COVID-19 cases.

Hospital visitation is limited to one care partner per patient per day at each of valley health’s hospitals with few exceptions.

The exceptions include end of life care, labor and delivery, pediatric and nicu patients and transitional care.

All visitors must wear mask while in any valley health facility.

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Warren County reinstates mask requirements

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AS transmission rates of the COVID-19 variant worsen, reportedly high in Frederick, Warren, Page and Shenandoah Counties.

Warren County joins the City of Winchester in reinstating mask requirements in government buildings.

All employees and visitors are now required to use mask inside any of the government buildings.

This is an effort to stop or at least slow the spread of the COVID-19 variant.

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Northern VA. 4-H Center Labor Day Weekend

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The Northern Virginia 4-H Educational Center is accepting registration for their Labor Day Family Camp for the long holiday weekend.

Staff led adventures this year include archery, canoeing, climbing wall and more.

This year the center also offers flexible registration for just part of the weekend if you can’t stay all weekend.

You can register for the holiday weekend here or find out more about it at

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SCSO expands the algae bloom on the Shenandoah

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Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) and Virginia Department of Health have expanded the algae bloom warning on the Shenandoah River.

Despite the recent rains the Virginia Department of Health have found additional toxic algae blooms in the Edinburg area.

People and pets should avoid the river in Edinburg northward.

Any questions can be directed to the SCSO at (540) 459-6100.

There is an in depth talk with River Keeper Mark Frondorf about the blooms here.

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