Volunteers needed

The Handley Regional Library System is looking for teen volunteers this summer.

Consider becoming a volunteer at your local library!

There are so many benefits of volunteering, and here are just a few of them: You are giving back to your community, boosting your resume, learning new things and make new friends.

Although volunteering can be hard work at times, it is super fun, especially at the library.

You’ll be able to help librarians create displays and run fun programs, and you may even become a puppeteer!

To learn more about volunteering at the Handley, Bowman, or Clarke branches, please visit https://www.handleyregional.org/volunteer-library.

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Drought advisory continues

The “Drought Warning” enacted in August 2023 by the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality was lifted on Feb. 1st.

However, a “Drought Advisory” continues for the Shenandoah
drought evaluation region.

This includes the counties of: Augusta, Clarke, Frederick, Page,
Rockingham, Shenandoah, and Warren counties.

Although recent rain and snow have increased current moisture levels in soil, streams, and rivers a drought advisory remains in effect.

Long term precipitation deficits remain in the Shenandoah Valley.

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WCSO rejoins the Regional Drug Task Force

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

In a unanimous vote by the command board Warren County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO) has rejoined the Northwest Virginia Regional Drug Task Force.

The task force’s member agencies are able to combine resources to work together to identify, investigate, and arrest those involved in drug trafficking.

The collective effort enables effective law enforcement throughout the enter Shenandoah Valley in the fight against illegal drugs.

The Northwest Virginia Regional Drug Task Force is comprised of agents from Clarke, Frederick, Page and Shenandoah Counties.

The agency also includes all police departments in those counties in conjunction with the Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation.

According to the email news release Warren County Sheriff Crystal Cline calls rejoining the drug task force demonstrating the determination of her office to significantly impact the supply chain of drugs landing in Warren County.

 Last year the Drug Task Force seized nearly $2 million worth of illegal narcotics. 

The task confiscated nearly double the amount of fentanyl seized in 2021 alone.

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VA.’s Small Business Resiliency Fund includes Fred., Clarke and Page Counties

An email from Governor Northam announced the launching of the Small Business Resiliency Fund allocating almost $10 million in grants for 12 projects across the state.

The funds are expected to expand access to capital and provide technical assistance.

These grants are meant for COVID-19 impacted small businesses.

$700,000 of the funds are for projects in Frederick Co. and the town of Shenandoah and Warrenton.

Over $589,000 has been allocated for Clarke and Page Counties as well according to the email.

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VSP investigate a fatal accident in Clarke County

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An email from Virginia State Police (VSP) Public Information Officer Brent Coffey states that Senior Trooper R. Riggs was called to an accident in Clarke County.

The accident occurred Sat. Nov. 6 along Rt. 600 2 miles south of Rt. 7 around 4 p.m..

Trooper Riggs reports finding a 2003 Ford F-150 had collided with a tree.

Indications are that the drive had run off the right side of Rt. 600 over corrected crossed the double yellow line and ran off the left side of the road when he collided with the tree.

The driver of the Ford was identified as 30 year old Clayton Cummings of Berryville who died at the scene as a result of his injuries.

Cummings was not wearing his seatbelt and the accident remains under investigation.

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Clarke County offers a Citizen’s Academy

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In an effort to have residents learn more about government, Clarke County is offering a Citizen’s Academy.

The program begins in September and is designed to engage residents and elicit feedback.

The Academy meets the third Friday of each month through June from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with lunch provided.

Deadline to enroll is Monday September 6 at 5 p.m. here or call (540) 955-5100.

The first meeting of this first of it’s kind academy in Clarke County is Sept. 17 for residents 18 and over.

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Graduation ceremonies around the region

157 Clarke County high school graduates received their diplomas last night Jun. 10 before the rain fell at Feltner stadium.

Warren County and Skyline high schools hold their graduation ceremonies tomorrow Jun. 12.

Warren County’s commencement exercise will start at 8 a.m. at John Blanton Stadium.

Skyline hold’s their ceremony at 10 a.m. at Hawk Stadium with 229 students receiving diplomas.

Congratulations to all graduating seniors from the River 953.

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SPCA with Petco Love launch new tool to find lost pets

Today Fri. Apr. 23 is National Lost Dog and Cat Awareness Day.

The SPCA of Winchester, Frederick and Clarke Counties announced the launching of a Petco Love tool to help find lost pets.

A searchable national database is now available using facial recognition technology form Petco Love Lost.

The database is accessible today Apr. 23 to participating animal organizations nationwide.

Using uploaded photos which are immediately scanned to determine if the animal is at a participating shelter like SPCA of Winchester, Frederick and Clarke Counties or a neighbor’s home.

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