Furrever Friday – Meet Janet

Meet Janet! Janet is a 6 month Beagle mix who came to the Humane Society as a stray. This little girl is FULL of energy and is bursting at the seams with enthusiasm! She will need a lot of exercise and playtime each day to get out all of her energy (if that’s even possible.) Janet is dog-friendly. However, she will need a playmate that doesn’t mind her annoying ways. She thinks she is part cattle dog and likes to nip the ankles and legs of her four-legged friends. We are unsure of cats but we believe using a slow proper introduction she would learn to coexist with kitty cats. She is likely going to be great with kids but we’d love for them to come to the meet and greet just in case!

Furrever Friday is Sponsored by Shear Elegance Pet Boutique, where they show your pet the love, care, and respect they deserve. Located at 918 John Marshall Highway Front Royal, Va. 22630

Janet is spayed, microchipped, vaccinated and 4DX tested. Apply on our website!

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Middletown Honors Former Mayor Neil Stallings

The Town of Middletown will honor former Mayor Neil Stallings on Saturday for their Arbor Day celebration. The town is planting a tree near the Post Office on Main Street at 3 pm in tribute to Stalling’s remarkable contributions to the community and dedication to public service. Stallings served as Mayor from 1972-1976 and left his mark on the town through his leadership, vision, and commitment to the town and fire department. He was also an integral member of the Laurel Ridge community, a lifetime member with 50 years of tenure for the Middletown Volunteer Fire and Rescue, and a Program Director for the Virginia Board of Health’s EMS Division. The tree planting symbolizes growth, renewal, and the enduring spirit of the community that Stallings embodied throughout his life.


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Christendom College Students Headed for a National Championship

Christendom College’s Rugby 7s team is competing for a National Championship this weekend. The team is ranked as the #1 seed in their bracket and will travel to Gaithersburg, Maryland for the Collegiate Rugby Championship. Christendom already possesses one rugby 7s National Championship and another full squad title. In 2022, they claimed runner-up after falling in the National Championship game and last season they finished in 9th place. Today’s game against Western Oregon is set to wrap up shortly. If Christendom wins, they will move on to face the winner of Duke vs Howard with the goal of advancing to Saturday’s semifinal and championship rounds. The team is still seeking funding to support the trip and you can help support them with a link available here.  https://www.christendom.edu/gift/crusader-rugby/


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Star Party Saturday

Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historic Park are hosting a Star Party on Saturday, April 27th beginning at 7:30 pm. Guests are invited to enjoy an evening gazing at the stars with the National Park Service and Shenandoah Astronomical Society. Telescopes will be available for use, or you are welcome to bring your own. Astronomical Society members on hand will assist with using their telescopes. To begin the viewing session, a park ranger will present a short interpretive talk about the significance of preserving the night sky. To join the star party, attendees will meet at Thoburn’s Redoubt on Bowman’s Mill Road. The location is in a remote area and there are no bathroom facilities on site. The property does not have a street address. To access the location from Route 11, turn onto Water Plant Road, then right onto Long Meadow Road and another right onto Bowman’s Mill Road before making the final right turn on to the property. The event is weather permitting so it is advised to confirm the program’s start time with the visitor’s center before arrival at 540-869-3051.

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Missing Woman Located

Fauquier Co. Sheriff's Logo used by permission by Fauquier County Deputy Jeffery Long

First responders in Fauquier County located a missing woman who wandered from her home into a nearby forest off Twin Oak Road in Midland, Virginia. On April 24th at approximately 2:45 pm, the Fauquier County Communication Center received a 911 call from a caregiver at the home of Deborah Sayler’s stating that the woman was missing, and the front door was left open. Sayler’s age and cognitive impairment added urgency to the situation. Upon arriving at the home, deputies and several search and rescue teams from the Virginia Department of Emergency Management and Emergency Operations Center began to canvas the area. Missing person descriptions were sent to residents around area along with the dispatch of K9 teams. By 6 pm, the search party grew to six teams, a helicopter from Customs and Border Protection, and several drones. At 8:04 pm, Sayler was located deep in a wooded area within walking distance from her home. Medics on site evaluated her and reported that she was in “good” condition” but was brought to a hospital in Warrenton out of precaution. The Fauquier County Sheriff’s Office thanked all the local citizens, agencies, and churches in the region that helped coordinate the response.


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Camping for hunger begins Monday

Frost has started to settle on the cars overnight, so that must mean that it is time for Camping for Hunger to begin.

Kick off will begin on Monday, November 13th for the News at Noon.

The River 95.3 radio station crew will be manning the bus 24/7 until November 17th.

They pull out early Saturday morning to deliver all donations to C-Cap.

Non perishable foods, money and gift cards can be dropped off anytime during the week.

Hope to see you all there!

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Gearing up for the 15th year of Camping for Hunger

For the 15th consecutive year, The River 95.3 and WFTR/Fox Sports 1450 will be hosting
‘Camping for Hunger,’ from Monday, November 13th through Saturday, November 18th to collection of food & monetary donations as well as raise awareness of hunger in the northern Shenandoah Valley.
Since 2008, donation totals for the Camping for Hunger Project have exceeded 190,000 pounds of food and supplies such as personal hygiene items and over $135,000 in cash and gift cards.
On average, the total amount of food and money collected each year provides approximately six months’ worth of food for C-Cap’s pantry program.
On-air personalities Lonnie Hill, Randy Woodward, Ryan Rutherford and Scott Bradley along with station owner, Andrew Shearer and other staff members will again take to sleeping on the bus, which will be parked at the Royal Plaza Shopping Center.
During the week-long camp-out event, The River 95.3 will broadcast live asking for community support and donations for Front Royal/Warren County C-Cap’s food pantry. In-person collections will take place during Camping Week at the bus and at area businesses and organizations.

A list of drop-off locations can be found by click here, along with an
online donation link, direct to C-CAP.
Royal Broadcasting President, Andrew Shearer commented, “For the 15th year, my staff and our neighbors will sacrifice a little of themselves, with either money, non-perishable food, or their time to help those in need. C-CAP has indicated they have seen a nearly 100% increase in requests for assistance in 2023.”
“Our partners for the past 14 years have included the Front Royal Police Department, Warren
County Fire & Rescue, Warren County Sheriff’s Department, Warren County Government,
Royal Plaza Shopping Center, Century Link, Dominion Ridge Academy, and C-CAP. These
organizations help us with the set-up and resources necessary to undertake such a large event. Numerous local companies host in-house food drives, which helps add to the totals and support. All donations stay in our local community,” according to Shearer.
The River 95.3 and WFTR/Fox Sports 1450 are committed to continuing to serve the community through direct-involvement events and activities. For more information, contact the station: 540- 635-4121; email: campingforhunger@theriver953.com or visit

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Sports Dogs HS Football Podcast: Week 11

The Dogs try to clear up the area VHSL playoff picture with a look back at the week 10 games…and break down the week 11 contests. Plus the Power Five, Player of the Week, and possible first round playoff matchups! Enjoy the games, and remember…be true to your school!

ryan rutherford

Sports Dogs HS Football Podcast: Week 9

We’re down to just a handful of weeks in the regular season, when the games take on more importance. The Dogs look back at week 8, and ahead to crucial week 9, plus our Power Five, and our Player Of The Week. Enjoy the games this friday, and remember…be true to your school!!!

The graves of Stonewall Jackson

Did you know that Stonewall Jackson has at least two graves in Virginia?

Hear the story of the well-known Civil War general and his strange tales of life and death.