Virginia permit transparency website

Governor Youngkin announced on Friday the Virginia Permit Transparency (VPT) Website to bring more efficiency to the permitting process.

The VPT provides the public with a centralized location to track the daily status and timeline of critical steps for Commonwealth of Virginia’s

Users can search permit applications or filter results by fields such as agency, application number, locality, and more.

VPT can be accessed at Permits.Virginia.Gov.

As of Friday, the permits of three agencies were available on the website: Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), Virginia Energy (ENERGY), and the Virginia Marine Resources Commission (VMRC).

Additional agencies will be added in the coming months.

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Trails reopen

photo credit Scott Bradley Hesson with permission

Shenandoah National Park has announced that all trails around Rapidan Camp have reopened.

These areas were previously closed due to the Quaker Run Fire and the hazard of trees that had been weakened by the wildfire.

On November 17th, the Quaker Run Fire was declared 100% contained.

The wildfire affected 3,937 acres on private, state, and federal lands.

About 700 acres were within Shenandoah’s boundary.

Shenandoah’s complete fire ban remains in effect.

All open-air fires are prohibited, including in picnic areas and campgrounds.

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Dominion Ridge Academy hosts successful archery tournament

provided by Carrie Hill

Dominion Ridge Academy (DRA) hosted a successful archery tournament this past Saturday, October 21st in Front Royal.

The event attracted 62 archers from five public and private educational institutions from as far away as Southern Maryland.

This tournament demonstrated outstanding marksmanship by several DRA students.

The highlight of the event was by high school sophomore Madison McCoid, who not only scored first place for high school girls with a score of 286 out of 300, but also the tournament leader.

Further notable achievements from DRA archers included:

  • Elementary boys:
    • Jenson George – 1st Place
    • Levi Hill – 2nd Place
    • Nikolaus Leypoldt – 3rd Place
  • Elementary girls:
    • River Plott-D’Elia – 1st Place
  • Middle School boys:
    • Logan McCoid – 2nd Place
  • Middle School girls:
    • Avery Philpot – 1st Place
    • Paige Fletcher-Perez – 2nd Place
    • Abigail Winner – 3rd Place
  • High School girls:
    • Madison McCoid – 1st Place

Coach Jason Herndon, reflecting on the event, shared, “The progress and accomplishments of our students have been wonderful to witness. Several have surpassed their personal bests, making this tournament particularly special.”

DRA eagerly anticipates hosting more such events, underlining its commitment to promoting skill, sportsmanship, and fostering a community spirit among students.

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Car seat safety check

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

In 2021, 740 children under the age of 13 were killed in passenger vehicle accidents and more than 100,000 were injured.

More than 36 percent of these children who died were unrestrained.

Warren County Sheriff’s Office is inviting the public to come out today, September 23rd.

Between the hours of 10 am and 2 pm to speak with their safety seat technicians.

They can answer your questions and ensure that your child’s safety seat is properly installed.

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