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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News Maker Jason Craig of VH on COVID-19 testing locations

As we have mentioned and Gov. Northam has confirmed in an email COVID-19 testing cannot be performed at hospital emergency rooms.

We spoke with Valley Health’s (VH) Director for Community Health Jason Craig about it in our latest news maker.

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

Jason confirms that emergency rooms are for emergency situations and not for COVID testing.

He tells us where test are to be preformed all across our region including Frederick, Warren, Shenandoah and Page Counties.

Jason not only tells us where testing is being done but what has to be done before you get that test.

Click here for Jason’s interview.

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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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Gov. Northam allocates $6.3 million for 15 projects

emergency funding for homeless

Gov. Northam announced an allocation of more than $6.3 million in Growth and Opportunity for Virginia grants.

The monies will help the Commonwealth continue addressing the economic impact of the pandemic.

The funding is set to support 15 projects in the state.

Those projects include $821,000 to be shared by Frederick, Shenandoah, Warren and Rockingham Counties to advance 6 sites for new or expanding businesses.

Over $60,000 will be shared between Page with the cities of Harrisonburg and Roanoke to support farmers, local producers and distributors impacted by COVID-19.

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