WDSS Employment Open House

The Winchester Department of Social Services is hosting an employment open house on Tuesday December 6th

from 4-7 p.m. at the office building located at 24 Baker Street in Winchester.

Attendees will have the opportunity to speak with current employees and explore available career options.

Pre-registration in not required to attend, it is encouraged.

Onsite interviews will be granted to candidates who possess a baccalaureate in the human services field

or in any field accompanied by a minimum of two years appropriate and related experience in a human services-related area.

Questions about the WDSS Open House should be directed to Deputy Director Rebecca Hopkins at Rebecca.hopkins@dss.virginia.gov

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News Maker Tonja Phillips with Toys for Tots

News Maker Tonja Phillips is speaking with Scott Bradley about Toys for Tots.

News Makers are brought to you by Warren County, Together WE are Community.

In today’s interview Tonja and Scott go over how you can get involved with this amazing program, how you can

donate, and volunteer your time.

There are donation boxes throughout our region, and you can also make monetary donations at Marine Toys for Tots.

If you would like to apply for assistance you must do so before December 1st.

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Shop With a Sheriff – WCSOF

The Winchester City Sheriff’s office is excited to announce the annual “Shop with a Sheriff ” program is back this year.

The program will benefit the Evans Home for Children.

At this time, they are seeking monetary donations that will benefit this program directly.

If you would like to participate you can mail checks to:

Winchester City Sheriff’s Office Foundation

P.O. Box 2435, Winchester, VA 22604

Please make checks payable to:

Winchester City Sheriff’s Office Foundation or WCSOF

foundation is established as a non-profit 501(c)(3)

All donations must be received by December 19th, 2022.

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FCPS donate a Patsy Cline essay from 1948

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The Frederick County School Board announced by email that they have approved the donation of an essay written by Virginia Hensley also known as Patsy Cline to Celebrating Patsy Cline Inc.

The essay was written by Hensley/Cline in January 1948 when she was a 15 year old student in Frederick County Public Schools (FCPS).

The essay details Hensley/Cline’s desire to pursue a career as a cosmetologist.

On December 16 FCPS will officially turn the essay over to Celebrating Patsy Cline Inc. at 11 a.m.

The transfer of the document will be at the Patsy Cline Historic House at 608 South Kent Street Winchester.

Details on FCPS’s work to preserve historic records and how Celebrating Patsy Cline Inc.’s plans to share the document with the public is forthcoming.

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Frederick County residents are approved for a tax rebate

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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“Doc” Antle scheduled for court in Frederick County

Frederick County Court online documents have Bhagavan Kevin “Doc” Antle scheduled for a circuit court jury trail Oct. 31 through Nov. 4, 2022.

The Myrtle Beach Safari Owner became embroiled in the Tiger King scandal and series released by Netflix back in 2020.

Antle faces several counts of animal cruelty and selling endangered species some of which involved the now closed Wilson’s Wild Animal Park of  Frederick County.

The trail had already been delayed several times for unspecified reasons but is on the docket in Frederick County for a jury trial over the next five days.

The trail has once again been continued until June 12, 2023 due to illness suffered by one of Antle’s defense attorney’s family members.

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Handley High School celebrates 100 years

A Handley High School Steering Committee announced a 100-year celebration to honor the school’s legacy.

The announcement was made Oct. 26th on the steps of the famed school.

Currently the committee is looking for donations to help support an 18-month long celebration for the entire community featuring several activities in 2023 through 2024.

An appropriate donation of $19.23 is suggested to help with the activities.

The Committee is currently looking for nominees for 100 Handley Notables.

Notables are persons who have had an impact on the community and are a product of Handley High School.

The Committee has set up a website to offer information and allows you to keep up with the celebration here.

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Middletown resident’s Halloween supports St. Jude’s

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This year the reigning Middletown Halloween Contest winner Kelly Jenkins of 5th Street is participating in the National Skeletons for St. Jude’s campaign to raise funds for the Children’s research hospital.

The campaign has raised over $250,000 nationally in total to go towards the Children’s hospital where parents don’t have to pay to have their children cared for.

Jenkins’ participation in the Skeletons for St. Jude’s effort includes a QR code that can be scanned with a smartphone to connect to a website for additional information on St. Jude’s Children Hospital.

As far as the Middletown Halloween decorating contest is concerned the winner will be chosen by an independent group of judges the night of Oct. 28 and announced Halloween night.

The contest includes a $100 grand prize with a second-place prize of $50 and a third-place prize of $25.

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WPD announces the implementation of new technology

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Winchester Police Department (WPD) announced the implementation of new technology starting today.

The Winchester Emergency Communications Center has begun using new technology that allows callers to livestream to dispatchers.

The technology called Prepared Live gives eyes on scene capability to first responders.

When someone calls 911 they will be sent a link by text so the caller can voluntarily allow access to dispatchers to use their device’s camera.

The caller by activating the link will be able to livestream into the dispatch center.

The system also gives the caller the capability to upload a relevant picture or video that would assist with information on the incident.

The WPD and Emergency Communications Center is one of the first in Virginia to acquire this technology.

This will allow more data to become available to first responders in a faster fashion.

Erin Malloy the Director of the Emergency Communications Center calls the new technology a total gamechanger for first responders.

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VSP investigate a fatal accident in Frederick County

Virginia State Police (VSP) continue to investigate a fatal single vehicle accident in Frederick County.

A 2002 Jeep Grand Cherokee was traveling south on Back Mountain Road near Mountain Falls Boulevard when it crossed the solid yellow centerline ran off the left side of the road and collided with a fence and tree before turning over.

An email from VSP’s Public Information Officer Sergeant Brent Coffey confirms that the driver of the jeep 51-year-old Melinda K. Powell and passenger 76-year-old Clarke J. Powell both of Winchester died at the scene.

Neither victim was wearing a seatbelt.

A unidentified 40-year-old male passenger of the jeep from Star Tannery was transported to Winchester Medical Center for treatment of minor injuries.

The exact cause of the accident is still being investigated and still to be determined.

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