NWS confirms another tornado in Virginia

The National Weather Service (NWS) has confirmed at their website that an EF-0 tornado struck Rockbridge County Fri. May 6.

Strong straight line winds were reported with an EF-0 tornado embedded in them.

The winds struck just south of Fairfield Virginia and ran northward for a little more than a quarter mile ending north of Fairfield.

Winds were recorded at 85 miles per hour at the beginning dropping to 70 then to 60 miles per hour at the end of the path.

Damage occurred to the siding of a church and several barn outbuildings along with uprooted or broken trees along the path.

No injuries were report in the winds.

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The first volunteer fair is scheduled for Sat. 5/14

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Congregational Community Action Project (C-Cap) and the Wednesday Group are hosting the first Warren County Volunteer Fair on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m..

The fair was announced at the Front Royal Chamber of Commerce website to be held at Samuel’s Public Library.

Nonprofits that will be there include Habitat for Humanity, Salvation Army, Warren Coalition and more.

Any nonprofits interested in participating in the fair should contact Samuel’s Public Library in Front Royal.

Contact Michelle Toss at Samuel’s Public Library at (540) 635-3153.

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SVEC awards scholarships to students

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Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative (SEVC) announced recipients of their $1,000 scholarships.

In an SEVC Event and Communication Manager Preston Knight news release there were 11 recipients of $1,000 scholarships from the cooperative.

Including Alicia Bare and Claire Shirkey of Mountain View high school, Alex Bogner of Luray, Morgan Dellinger of Turner Ashby, Tyler McDonald of Sherando.

The cooperative has contributed over $150,000 to area youth over the last 31 years through their operation round up.

For more information on the scholarships go to svec.coop.

Meanwhile the Regional Association of  Electric Cooperatives awarded the Worth Hudson $1,000 scholarships to Ava Grace Flory of Turner Ashby, Emma Snider of James Wood and Page County’s Alden Turner.

Those scholarships named in honor of  the regional cooperative’s foundation’s founder Worth Hudson.

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Strasburg Police investigate an assault and robbery

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Strasburg Police are investigating an assault and robbery at the Strasburg Visitor’ s Center.

An email from Strasburg Police Chief Wayne Sager confirms that an assault and robbery occurred at the Visitor’s Center at 33229 Old Valley Pike Mon. May 9 around 4:30 p.m..

Strasburg Police arrived shortly after the report but not before the suspect fled in an unknown direction.

A female employee with the Town of Strasburg was assaulted by the suspect and was treated at the scene.

The employee was able to give a description of her assailant.

She described him as a white male 5 feet 7 or 8 inches tall.

He was wearing a gray shirt and pants with combed back gray hair.

He was believed to be in his late 50’s or early 60’s.

Strasburg Police believe it was an isolated incident with no further threat to the community according to the email. 

Anyone with any information on the incident is asked to contact Detective Chris Nixon at (540) 465-5230.

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News Maker Ford Carson explains the new 826 area code

The new 826 area code will begin to be issued in June in Virginia.

This means some changes will have to be made for those of us in the existing 540 area code beginning this Sat. May 14.

We spoke with State Cooperation Commission (SCC) representative Ford Carson about the change in our latest news maker.

The good news is brought to you by The Town of Front Royal.

Ford explains what will have to happen to complete a call starting Sat..

He also explains what will not change for the 540 area code.

Ford also gives us the time line of all these coming changes.

Click here for Ford’s interview.

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VSP investigate a fatal accident in Fauquier County

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Virginia State Police (VSP) are investigating a two vehicle fatal accident that occurred Sat. May 7 in Fauquier County.

An email from Sergeant Brent Coffey confirms that Miss. Shenandoah County Fair 2015 and 2016’s Miss. Virginia Association of Fairs Pageant winner Jensen B. Hoover was killed in the accident.

The VSP investigation indicates that Hoover’s vehicle traveling east on Route 50 in Fauquier County crossed the double yellow center line and collided head on with a vehicle heading west.

The 29 year old Hoover from Winchester suffered life threatening injuries and was transported to Winchester Medical Center.

It was at the hospital where she succumbed to her injuries and passed away.

The unidentified 34 year old driver of the west bound vehicle from Upperville suffered life threatening injuries and transported to INOVA Hospital in Fairfax.

Three children in the Upperville vehicle were also transported to the hospital with life threatening injuries.

The three children include a 5 year old female an 11 year and a 12 year old male.

All involved in the accident were wearing their safety belts.

The accident remains under investigation.

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SNP expands by hundreds of acres

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Thanks to land protection efforts the Shenandoah National Park (SNP) will expand by hundreds of acres.

According to the Daily News Record in February 2021 the Shenandoah National Park Trust (SNPT)  purchased 225 acres of vacant land in the Browntown area.

The property was purchased from the Wildlife Center of Virginia for $200,000.

The SNPT closed the sale on land which borders the park on the west side of the Skyline Drive on September 16, 2021.

The SNPT will have to have the  land surveyed before it can be transferred to the National Park Service (NPS).

The purchase and donation extends the park’s boundaries and helps to protect the ecological integrity of the current boundary.

Once the land is transferred a National Park biologist can then determine if the land provides a habitat for any endangered or threatened species.

This is in addition to the recent purchase and donation by the SNPT of 900 acres in Page County.

The funds for the purchases comes from a settlement from damages done by DuPont to a Virginia waterway.

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LFCC holds 50 commencement ceremony this weekend

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Lord Fairfax Community College (LFCC) soon to become Laurel Ridge Community College will hold its 50 commencement ceremony this weekend.

An email from LFCC Public Relations Coordinator Sally Voth confirms that this is the first in person ceremony since 2019.

This year nearly 1,000 members will be graduating in an outdoor ceremony at the Middletown Campus.

A break down of this year’s glass includes 40 graduates from Clarke County 37 from Page County, 17 from Rappahannock County.

The number of Frederick County residents graduating this year is 228 with 114 from the City of Winchester.

There are 166 people from Fauquier County graduating this year.

Shenandoah County will see 106 residents graduate this year and 87 people from Warren County.

To make the event more manageable a ceremony dedicated to graduates in the health profession is being held Fri. May 13 at 2 p.m..

Another ceremony will be held on Sat. May 14 at 11 a.m..

This is the first outdoor commencement ceremony at the Middletown Campus in more than a decade.

More information on commencement is found here.

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News Maker Meghan Bowers on a HSWC Fundraiser

Saturday May 14 the Humane Society of Warren County (HSWC) will host the Rough, Tough and Scruffy fundraiser.

We spoke with HSWC Executive Director Meghan Bowers about the event in our latest news maker.

The good news is brought to you by The Town of Front Royal.

Meghan tells us about the variety of fun activities scheduled at Hazard Mill Farms.

She tells us it is a full day of boating, animal demonstrations, tubing and live music between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m..

Meghan also tells us how you can help by fostering an animal to make room at the shelter.

Click here for Meghan’s interview.

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Mount Jackson man receives 16 years for drug trafficking

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The Virginia State Police (VSP) announced the sentencing of a Mount Jackson man for drug trafficking.

Merle Brook Stephens was found guilty in January of one count of knowingly or intentionally possessing with the intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine.

Stephens also faced a count of a carrying a firearm in relation to a drug trafficking crime and one count of possession of a firearm in relation to a  drug trafficking crime.

The 53 year old Stephens also faced a count of possession of a firearm by a previously convicted felon.

Stephens received his sentence Monday May 9 after a three day jury trial and has been sentenced to 16 years in federal prison followed by five years of supervised release.

Stephens was arrested on December 7, 2018 as a part of a larger law enforcement sting operation.

At the time of his arrest Stephens was in possession of more than 323 grams of methamphetamine.

Stephens was found to be in possession of a loaded 45 caliber semiautomatic handgun with five loaded magazines over $3,000 in cash and variety of drug paraphernalia.

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