News Maker Preston Knight on SVEC awarding funds

Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative (SVEC) awarded the funds from Operation Round Up recently.

As we do every first Fri. of the month we check in with SVEC to see what’s the latest for the month.

In our latest news maker we spoke with Event and Communication Manager Preston Knight about SVEC.

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Preston tells us that voting in the SVEC Board of Directors will soon end with the results announced on Aug. 11.

He also tells us who received funding form the Cooperative’s Operation Round Up.

Preston also explains how any nonprofit can apply for funding for the October release of funds.

Click here for Preston’s interview.

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EIP reports high levels of bacteria in the Shenandoah River

An Environmental Integrity Project (EIP) published report indicates high levels of bacteria in the Shenandoah River and it’s tributaries.

The most recent samples indicate at least three quarters of Virginia’s water monitoring stations in the Shenandoah Valley were found to have high levels of fecal bacteria.

These levels are much higher than the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends for swimming.

These bacteria levels are high due to animal waste washed into the river and its tributaries.

The Virginia General Assembly did approve the allocation of a record $265 million for farm pollution control that includes fencing around streams.

That allocation becomes available in fiscal 2023 and 2024 to help protect the river.

A map of some of the safer areas for swimming can be found here.

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Increased emergency presence expected in Winchester through 8/10

The City of Winchester announced through their CitE-Newsletter that increased emergency presence and personnel is to be expected at the Shihadeh Innovation Center today Aug. 5 through Wed. Aug 10.

The activity will take place behind John Handley High School today Aug. 5 until 6 p.m. for training exercises.

The activity will include Winchester Police, Fire and Rescue personnel and vehicles between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. each weekday.

Training and exercises are scheduled to be conducted today Aug. 5 and again Mon. Aug. 8 through Wed. Aug. 10.

The training exercises will involve several emergency agencies in the City of Winchester and may cause some brief heavy traffic near and around Handley High School.

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VA. and W.Va. Sales Tax Holiday begins today 8/5

Virginia and West Virginia Sales Tax Holiday begins today Fri. Aug 5 lasting through Aug. 7 in Virginia and Aug. 8 in West Virginia.

Certain school supplies that cost $20 or less per item will be Virginia and West Virginia sales tax free during the holiday.

Some clothing and footwear priced at $100 or less will also be included in the holiday as well.

A number of emergency preparedness items are also sales tax free in Virginia as well.

Visit for details on the annual Virginia Tax free holiday.

Visit for more information on West Virginia’s tax free days.

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News Maker Robert Hupman on helping Kentucky

Necessary and requested  items are being collected to be taken to Kentucky.

The items can be taken to 23 Church Street Front Royal through Fri. Aug. 5.

We spoke with Robert Hupman about the relief effort in our latest news maker.

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Robert tells us about this effort to help Kentucky residents affected by the flooding.

He also tells us about his Hazard Mill Farms location and how the property is open for nonprofits who can apply for use of the land.

Robert also tells us about the possibility of another truck making it’s way to the Kentucky in the future.

Click here for Robert’s interview.

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Laurel Ridge Community College breaks ground in Fauquier

Laurel Ridge Community College announced ground breaking ceremonies occurred at its Fauquier Campus Center on Tue. Aug. 2 for the school’s Skilled Trades complex.

The new 8,000 square foot facility will provide space for plumbing, electrical, HVAC, heavy equipment operator, carpentry and welding programs.

The facility is set on a 62 acre piece of property that was donated to the Laurel Ridge Education Foundation.

Previously trade education at the Fauquier school was done on leased locations and modular buildings.

Through the Building the Future campaign and the PATH Foundation the school is more than halfway towards it’s $1.5 million goal to fund the facility.

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The bodies of a Front Royal man and his son are recovered

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The bodies of a 43 year old  Front Royal man and his 10 year old son have been recovered from the Potomac River.

ABC news affiliate WMRE reports that the Pimentel family had their 23 foot bowrider boat anchored on the Potomac near Swan Point in Charles County Maryland.

The Pimentel children ages 10 and 12 were swimming when they both began to struggle.

The father, Elias jumped into the water but he and his 10 year old son did not resurface.

The 12 year old boy was recovered and taken to the hospital with non life threatening injuries.

Dive teams were able to recover the body of the 10 year old around 10:45 Mon. night Aug. 1.

The father’s body was recovered around 11 a.m. Tues. morning Aug 2.

Maryland Natural Resources Police Officers conducted the recovery and investigation of the incident.

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News Maker Matt Wendling on Warren County offerings

School is back in session next week Aug. 9-12 in Warren County and that means some changes for the town pool and other things.

We spoke to Warren County Planning Director Matt Wendling about the changes in our latest news maker.

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Matt tells us about the pool schedule change and activities being offered later this month.

He also tells us about a clean up effort being conducted.

Matt tells us that we can connect to all this through parks and recreation in Warren County.

Click here for Matt’s interview.

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Stanley Fire Department battles a devastating house fire

More information has been released about a house fire on Al Good Drive in Stanley.

Stanley Fire Chief Terry Pettit confirms by email that the fire was reported around 7 a.m. Monday morning Aug. 1.

The house on Al Good Drive is owned by Elizabeth Howard formerly of Manassas Virginia.

Howard was scheduled to move into the home the same day the house fire was reported.

When Firefighters arrived they found fire coming through the roof of the home and took nearly thirty minutes to contain it.

The house was being remodeled and renovated for several weeks before the fire.

Five unites and nineteen firefighters from Stanley Fire Department responded to the call with tanker crews from Luray assisting.

Page County Emergency Medical Service also responded but no injuries were reported.

Fire Crews remained on the scene for almost three hours to ensure the fire was out.

The house was a total loss with an estimated $400,000 in damage.

The fire also consumed a vehicle that was parked next to the home in a carport.

The fire appears to have started in the attic with the exact cause still under investigation.

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Lt. Governor Sears joins Winchester National Night Out Tonight 8/2

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The Winchester Police Department (WPD) announced that Lieutenant Governor Winsome Earle Sears will be attending tonight’s National Night Out.

Sears will be with the Winchester Police Department showing her support for her local law enforcement and backing the blue.

She is scheduled to be at the Loudoun Street walking mall at 5 p.m. with the WPD.

The former Marine was first elected in 2002 to the house of Delegates and has continued to serve her country and state in a number of positions.

Sears is the first female Lieutenant Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Join the Lieutenant Governor and the over 40 vendors for free food and fellowship with local law enforcement in this National Night Out tonight Aug. 2.

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