Clarke County Sheriff Roper announces retirement

Clarke County Sheriff Anthony W. “Tony” Roper announced that he plans to formally announce his retirement at an event held in front of the Circuit Court on North Church Street in Berryville on Friday, April 21st at 4 pm.

Roper was a 1978 graduate of Clarke County High School who began his law enforcement career as a 911 dispatcher.

He also served as a Sheriff’s Deputy in Loudoun County before returning to Clarke County.

Roper is a founding member of the Northwest Virginia Regional Drug Task Force and the regional FBI Drugs and Violent Crime Task Force.

He took over as Sheriff in 2004 and was elected to his fifth term in November 2019.

Under his leadership, he helped the department reach accreditation by the Virginia Law Enforcement Professional Standards Commission in 2011.

Roper has served on numerous boards and plans to stay active with some of those after his retirement.

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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.

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SABF recognizes local athletes

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The Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival will recognize some of the area’s top athletes at the upcoming Sports Breakfast.

Athletes representing Warren County include Skyline’s Ethan Caperton and Warren County’s Will Waller.

Frederick County Public School’s nominated athletes include  Avery O’Roke of Millbrook, Ella Carlson of Sherando, and Jaden Ashby from James Wood.

Private school honorees include Mountain View Christian Academy’s Alle Jerles, and Legacy Christian Academy’s Mikayla Combs.

Handley’s Stephen Daley and Clarke County’s Dain Booker round out the high school honorees.

Olivia Weinel will represent Shenandoah University at the event.

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9/11 Commemorative events around the region

9/11 commemorative events to be held in the area include a 911 challenge at Skyline High School stadium Front Royal starting at 7:30 a.m..

The Strasburg American Legion will host a ceremony at 8 a.m..

The Woodstock Fire Department has a remembrance at 8:30 a.m..

 A ceremony at Lake Frederick starts at 9 a.m..

Middletown will release a video on the town Facebook page at noon.

Shenandoah University will hold a remembrance at 2:30 p.m..

Clarke County high school has a ceremony starting at 6 p.m..

All events will be held tomorrow the 20 year since the 911 tragedy.

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Lord Fairfax Health District open vaccination clinics at public schools

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Skyline, Warren County High Schools and Clarke County High School have been selected as COVID-19 vaccination clinics.

The Lord Fairfax Health District opened these clinics to help with herd immunity.

The Pfizer vaccine could be approved for children 12 and over as early as next week.

With the Pfizer approval more schools are expected to open clinics for younger students.

These clinics are for students and their families only with no appointment necessary.

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Clarke Co. new POD location

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The Clarke County Health Department announced that the second Point of Distribution (POD) for COVID-19 vaccinations will be held at Clarke County High School in Berryville.

The POD opens at 8 a.m. lasting until noon or as long as supplies last on Friday.

The new location is larger and offers better parking for those getting vaccinated.

The doors will open at 8 a.m. so they ask that you not arrive early to avoid unnecessary exposure to the weather and longer waits.

It is recommended that you register here to set up an appointment.

The Clarke County Health Department and Lord Fairfax Health District reminds residents that many more vaccination clinics will be opening in the months ahead.

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