Winchester plans emergency response exercise

The City of Winchester will hold a full scale emergency exercise on October 1st.

The training exercise will take place at John Handley High School from 8 am to noon and include the city’s public safety departments, public schools, and supporting agencies.

The simulated scenario will involve an active threat at Handley.

The goal is to assess first responders and school staff’s readiness in the event of a threat.

On that date, there will be increased traffic around Handley, John Kerr Elementary, and Quarles Elementary.

There will also be numerous road closures in those areas.

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Healing Field of Honor returns to Winchester

Annual Community Grant

The Healing Field of Honor is back for its second consecutive year in the lawn of John Handley High School.

Over 1000 flags will be on display in a patriotic tribute to honor first responders, military members, or just anyone who is a personal hero.

The opening ceremony featured local keynote speakers, a C-17 flyover, and a parachutist on Thursday afternoon.

The display will remain available for 24 hour viewing until the closing ceremony on May 30th at 3 pm.

Flags can still be purchased online or on location with all proceeds going to the Winchester Rotary Charitable Foundation.

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SABF Country Music Party features local talent

Shenandoah Apple Blossom 2022

Sam Grow and Ryan Jewell took the stage for this year’s Country Music Party for the Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival.

The headliner, Sam Grow, returned for his third Apple Blossom but the first as the main performer.

Grow said, “The number one reason I wanted to come back is because of the people. These are amazing, salt of the earth people. When they called and asked me to headline, I was honored.”

Ryan Jewell, a Warren County High School alumni, was excited to return to the festival for his second year in a row. “I love having the event back at the Wilkins Center. The energy is much better this year with a full slate of events,” said Jewell.

Kara Britz, an alumni of John Handley High School, also graced the stage taking time out of her schedule which includes touring with former Country Music Party headliner Blake Shelton and backing up artists on The Voice.

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SABF recognizes local athletes

Shenandoah Apple Blossom 2022

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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Authorities across VA. investigate several bomb threats

Several sources report bomb threats at schools across Virginia on Fri. Apr. 1.

The Winchester Police Department (WPD)  and Winchester Fire and Rescue responded to a bomb threat at John Handley High School Friday.

After a thorough investigation it was determined to be a non credible threat.

Several schools in the state received similar threats.

Broadway High School and Bridgewater College had reports of suspicious packages being at the schools.

After investigations all threats were determined to be a hoax the all clear was given by authorities and schools resumed normal operation.

There was no evacuation deemed necessary at any of the schools at anytime.

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Rotary and JHHS create Healing Field of Honor

Annual Community Grant

John Handley High School and the Winchester Rotary Club came together to create the Healing Field of Honor.

The spectacle in front of Handley High School will be open through Memorial Day.

The display features up to 1000 flags which each represent an individual and their story.

The flags can represent all types of heroes ranging from veterans and first responders to loved ones and personal heroes.

The event is free to attend and flags purchased on site will raise funds for the Winchester Rotary Charitable Foundation.

Visit rotaryclubofwinchester.org for more information.

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Winchester Rotary looks to set up Field of Honor

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 The Rotary Club of Winchester with the National Colonial Flag Foundation is setting up a Healing Field of Honor at John Handley High School.

A flag display to honor men and women in the military, first responders and those wishing to memorialize a loved one.

The display will be over the Memorial Day weekend starting May 27 through May 31 then the flags will be given to the purchaser.

The Rotary would like to mount 1,000 flags on 8 foot poles that will be lit at night.

Flags are available for sponsorship with proceeds benefiting Winchester Rotary Charitable Foundation to help non-profits in the community.

Contact Winchester Rotary for information.

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