County wide substance awareness, prevention, and resource fair

The Clarke County Sheriff’s Office and Clarke County Public Schools are inviting the community to attend the “Substance Awareness, Prevention, and Resource Fair”.

The Fair takes place on January 10th at Clarke County High School from 6 to 8 pm.

Information will be shared about drug abuse in our area by a DEA agent and staff from Northwestern Community Services.

The resource fair includes Northwestern Regional Drug and Gang Task Force, Clarke County Victim Witness Program, Connected Communities, and Social Services.

For information, contact Director of Student Services Frank Moore at (540) 955-6100.

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Backcountry camping permits go online

photo credit Scott Bradley Hesson with permission

Shenandoah National Park has announced that beginning January 11th at 10 am, backcountry campers will need to purchase permits online through

The previous system of purchasing paper permits at the park website or designated locations will be eliminated effective January 10th.

There is a $6 permit fee, plus a $9 recreation fee per person.

For example, the total permit cost for a group of two campers will be $24.

The fee is not dependent on the number of nights and the usual entrance fee also applies.

Backcountry campers with a start date of January 11 or after will be required to purchase permits online:

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VDOT issues an advisory for today 1/10

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An email from the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is once again this morning Jan. 10 warning drivers to drive with caution.

VDOT crews continue to treat icy spots on roads across the state with salt and ice melt and will do so until roads are deemed safe.

Caution is advised and monitoring roads at before departure is prudent before temperatures rise to help melt the ice.

However temperatures today are not projected to be much higher then freezing so ice is likely to continue to be a problem especially in shady spots, overpasses and bridges.

You can report hazardous road conditions at VDOT’s Customer Service Center at 1-800-FOR-ROADS (800-367-7623) or visit

In the meantime allow plenty of room between vehicles, break lightly and don’t pass snowplows.

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