The City of Winchester has begun reassessments

The City of Winchester has begun their 2023 General Real Estate Reassessment.

The City’s Vendor for appraisals is Pearson’ s Appraisal Service.

Pearson’s Appraisal Service will be conducting reviews of properties within the city limits.

According to the City’s news release Pearson’s staff will be traveling in clearly marked vehicles and have proper identification.

If you are a property owner with information to share with Pearson’s regarding the assessment or your property or if you would like an interior inspection it is important to get in touch.

Those with anything to share or special instructions or request contact the City’s Real Estate Administrator by calling (540) 667-2048.

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Winchester man dies in West Virginia shooting

West Virginia State Police and Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office are investigating the fatal  shooting of a Winchester man.

According to a Journal report The Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office responded to an early Friday May 6 shooting at Touch of Texas.

Around 2:30 a.m. Deputies arrived at the Bunker Hill establishment to find a Winchester man shot in the parking lot.

The victim was identified as 21 year old Diata Johnson and was transported to Winchester Medical Center where he died from his wounds.

Johnson was shot after a dispute with another man at the establishment.

Authorities arrested 18 year old Dyreek Harris and charged him with wanton endangerment with a firearm.

Anyone with any information in the incident is asked to contact the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office at (304) 267-7000.

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4 hurt in Bunker Hill fight and shooting

The Herald Mail reports a fight and shooting at a gentlemen’s club in Bunker Hill West Virginia.

Berkeley County Sheriff’s Department Deputies responded to reports of a shooting Saturday morning May 7 at the Elysium Gentlemen’s club.

A large fight was reported at the bring your own beverage club on Winchester Road around 5 a.m..

An unidentified Virginia man was injured when he fell fleeing reported gunfire and was taken to the Berkeley Medical Center in Martinsburg.

Two other individuals who had been at the club were later reported at the Winchester Medical Center and treated for gunshot wounds.

Another was injured by broken glass after a bullet struck the windshield of the vehicle he was fleeing in.

Authorities are investigating the cause of the outbreak and the extent of the injuries involved.

Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office are being assisted by the West Virginia State Police on the investigation.

The Frederick County Sheriff’s Office and Virginia State Police  are also working on the case.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact authorities.

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News Maker Niki Foster on the return of Wine and Craft

The Virginia Wine and Craft Festival returns to Front Royal on May 21.

We spoke with Front Royal Chamber of Commerce President Niki Foster about it in our latest news maker.

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

Niki tells us about the return of the event after 2 years.

She also tells us about the wines that will be on hand for the event as well as beer being available.

Niki also tells us that she could really use some volunteers to help out.

Click here for Niki’s interview.

All the details along with ticket information and volunteer opportunity are available by clicking here.

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Two brothers die in boating accident in Page County

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The Daily News Record reports two brothers died in a boating accident on Sat. May 7.

The boating accident happened at Page County’s Government Pond.

The Department of Wildlife Resources received a report of an overturned canoe around 2 p.m..

Three brothers two 21 and one 19 years of age attempted to turn the canoe when the wind picked up and overturned their canoe placing all three men in the water.

One brother was able to swim to shore and call for assistance.

The Department of Wildlife Resources, Page County Sheriff’s Office, Page County Fire and Rescue and Stanley Dive Team were able to located the two brothers after a few hours search.

The identities of the three men has not been released.

None of the men were wearing life jackets.

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New guidelines for telework for Virginia Employees

Governor Youngkin announced by email new guidelines for work at home and telework for Virginia State employees.

This marks the first update to the telework policy in more than a decade in the state of Virginia.

Even with an already work from home agreement you must reapply for that status again by Friday May 20.

Applications are available at the Department of Human Resource Management website now.

Individual applications will be reviewed by Friday June 3.

All state employees are expected to return to their job function on-site, full time by Tuesday July 5 unless outlined by an approved executed new standard telework agreement.

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News Maker Greg Rogers on Gaf-n-Go rodeo

We are all invited to attend the Gaf-n-Go Line Worker’s Rodeo in Doswell Virginia.

This is an annual event that shows off the abilities of Electrical Line Workers.

As we do every first Friday of the month we spoke to Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative (SVEC) CEO and President Greg Rogers in our latest news maker.

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

Greg tells us about this fun and competitive event May 13 and 14.

He also tells us that any Line Worker is able to enter the competition.

Greg also tells us how the competition allows the general public to view the remarkable work that the Line Workers do all the time.

Click here for Greg’s interview.

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Wanted felon flees attempted arrest

Frederick County Sheriff’s Office reports the search for a wanted felon.

Frederick County Sheriff’s Deputies attempted to arrest Sara Michell Cox on Sat. Apr. 30 at the Route 50 Walmart parking lot.

Cox was able to escape by striking the Deputy with her vehicle in an attempt to flee.

A pursuit began at speeds that reached over 100 miles per hour on Northwestern Pike.

Cox’s driving became more erratic and pursuit was terminated for public safety.

Cox was driving a white 2021 or 22 Ford Mustang that is believed to be a rental.

The vehicle has a black soft top with an unknown vehicle registration.

Cox, who is homeless has been known to stay with friends in the Inwood, Capon Bridge, Martinsburg and Winchester areas.

She is currently wanted on charges of felony assault on a law enforcement officer, felony eluding, felony failure to appear on grand larceny charges.

Cox is also wanted for shoplifting, obtaining money by false pretenses and maybe facing other charges.

Anyone with any information on her whereabouts is asked to contact the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office.

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Winchester searches for a new Development Services Director

A City of Winchester news release announced the departure of Shawn Hershberger.

Winchester’s Development Services Director Shawn Hershberger has submitted his resignation effect May 27.

Hershberger has accepted a position in the private sector with Energix Renewables.

Hershberger began his service with the City in 2017.

As Development Services Director Hershberger oversaw the Economic Development, planning, zoning, inspections, tourism and Main Street divisions.

Hershberger has also served as the Executive director of the Winchester Economic Development Authority.

While a nationwide search for Hershberger’s replacement is conducted the City Manager’s Office Program Manager Patrick Elwell will serve as interim Development Services Director.

Deputy City Manager/Chief Financial Officer Mary Blowe will serve as Executive Director of the Winchester Economic Development Authority in the interim.

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FCPS hire a new Principal and Administrator

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A news release from Frederick County Schools (FCPS) announced the hiring of a new Principal and Administrator.

FCPS has placed Shawn Muir in place of the retiring Sharon Cooley as the new principal of Indian Hollow Elementary School.

Dr. Tabitha Reeves will be taking over the duties of Ralph Reese as the new program administrator at the Northwestern Regional Educational Programs at Senseny Road School.

Cooley is retiring after 32 years in the Frederick County Public School system.

Reese has been in Reeves new position since 2008.

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