News Maker Karen Poff on a Money Management Series

Virginia Cooperative Extension Service will offer a Money Management series in the valley.

We spoke with Virginia Cooperative Extension Service Family and Consumer Sciences Extension Agent Karen Poff in our latest news maker.

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

Karen tells us how the series will help any family with managing their money.

She also tells us how Virginia Cooperative Extension has a program focusing on retirement.

Karen has the details on how to get in on the program that starts May 16 in Front Royal and May 17 in New Market.

Click here for Karen’s interview.

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Luray High School temporarily evacuated

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Luray High School was temporarily evacuated Monday afternoon May 2 after smoke was seen coming from the building.

Around 2 p.m. smoke was reported in the school’s common area when the fire department was called.

The school was evacuated for approximately 15 minutes as authorities investigated.

Fire personnel were able to determine the smoke was coming from a malfunctioning furnace.

Fire officials were able to remedy the situation quickly and students, staff and faculty were able to safely re-enter the building at approximately 2:15 p.m..

By 2:40 p.m. school officials posted on the Page County Public School website that the situation had been remedied.

The post goes on to praise the quick response of local emergency services.

Luray High School Principal Nicky Clark went on to praise the response of students and staff.

According to the post the principal said the students and staff handled the situation beautifully.

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Prince William County Authorities investigate shooting at school

Prince William County Authorities report they are investigating a shooting at a middle school.

On Sunday afternoon May 1 Authorities responded to reports of shooting during a youth football game at Benton Middle School in Manassas Virginia.

It has been confirmed by Authorities that two men were transported to the hospital for treatment for gunshot wounds.

Authorities are investigating to determine what led up to the shooting and identify the shooter.

The shooter, who remains at large, was described as a thin black male 5 feet 6 to 5 feet 10 inches tall with a medium complexion.

Ages or identities of victim nor shooter have not been released at this time.

The incident occurred during a flag football game at the athletic field at the middle school.

The incident remains under investigation.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Prince William County Authorities at (703) 792-7000.

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House of Hope’s Empty Bowl Supper nets $13,000

An email from House of Hope representative Jen Avery announced a highly successful Empty Bowl Supper event.

The event held last Sat. Apr. 30 in Front Royal was able to bring in $13,000 to benefit the House of Hope.

At one point in the event from noon to three lines were out the door of the Honey and Hops Brews Works where participants picked up bowls for their soups.

The soups were generously donated by 12 different area restaurants.

At least 12 different downtown merchants along with several civic minded individuals, organizations and groups helped in this year’s effort.

Once again this year Passage Creek Rising provided the entertainment downtown as they have for the past 7 years.

This year Passage Creek Rising added special guest Ed McCurdy of House of Hope to the entertainment.

Once again this year Arlene Link of Explore Art and Clay provided the hand crafted bowls for the soups.

The funds raised will help to run the House of Hope programs that assist men who are otherwise homeless and need to rebuild their lives.

For more information on the House of Hope click here.

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News Maker Kristen Laise on Of Ale and History

Belle Grove Plantation will host Of Ale and History this Saturday May 7.

This marks the return of the festival since the pandemic.

We spoke with Belle Grove Plantation Executive Director Kristen Laise about the return of the festival in our latest news maker.

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

Kristen tells us the festival is making a strong return with 13 breweries from all across Virginia.

She also tells us of all the activities that are scheduled for the day.

Kristen also tells us of the amenities available on that day.

Click here for Kristen’s interview.

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Leesburg suspect arrested in the death of his father

Leesburg Police have announced the arrest of a suspect in the murder of 57 year old Dean Lake.

Lake’s 21 year old son Schuyler has been charged with the death of his father, credit card theft and credit card fraud.

The investigation began on Saturday April 30 after a suspicious activity call in the 400 block South King Street.

Authorities found the 57 year old Lake deceased with trauma to his upper body.

There are no other persons of interest in the case with the 21 year Lake being held without bond in the Leesburg Adult Detention Center.

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Frederick County resident arrested for suspected arson

An email from the Frederick County Virginia Government confirms the arrest of a Frederick County resident for suspected arson.

Frederick County Fire and Rescue (FCFR) received multiple 911 calls reporting a structure fire in the 700 block of Fawn Drive in the Mountain Falls Park Subdivision.

While on the way to the fire dispatchers informed crews that a suspect was seen fleeing the scene.

Further information was received that the owner of the home had blown the structure up and left in a Ford F-150.

A Be On The Lookout Order (BOLO) was issued to stop and detain the individual for investigative purposes.

Virginia State Police and Frederick County Sheriff’s Office found the suspect in the area of Panther and Remington Drives.

Justin M. Snapp of 711 Fawn Drive was arrested for Driving Under the Influence.

Based on further information gathered at the scene of the fire and statements from neighbors authorities have added charges of Burning or Destroying a Dwelling or House to Snapp’s charges.

The fire on Fawn Drive involved the house a vehicle with smaller fires found on the grounds  around the house.

Estimated damage to the property is projected to be at approximately $130,000.

The incident remains under investigation anyone with information is asked to call the Frederick County Fire Marshal’s Office.

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Funds are available to assist Winchester residents

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The National Emergency Food and Shelter Program (NEFSP) has awarded Winchester an additional $9,000 in funding.

This and an additional $29,525 are to be used by local agencies to assist families in the City of Winchester.

The United Way of the Northern Shenandoah Valley (UWNSV) chairs the local board of the NEFSP and are accepting applications.

The UWNSV is able to offer the funds to agencies that provide services to Winchester residents.

According to an email from the UWNSV the additional funds are intended to supplement and expand current resources.

The funds are not to substitute or reimburse ongoing services or start new programs.

Applications, qualifications and additional information is available here.

Applications must be completed and filed by next Friday May 6.

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News Maker Jody Krupa on LVFD golf tournament

The Linden Volunteer Fire Department (LVFD) has a golf tournament set for May 14.

We spoke with organizer and Linden Volunteer Fire Department Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Jody Krupa in our latest news maker.

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

Jody tells us about the tournament and the some of the games and prizes involved.

She also tells us registration is currently open along with sponsorship availability through May 11.

Jody also tells us about the amazing amount of materials a volunteer fire department has to purchase and take care of out of pocket.

The responsibilities of a volunteer fire department are tremendous which is why it is so important to support these fund drives.

Click here for Jody’s interview.

To register and find out more about the tournament click here.

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NWS confirms an EF-1 tornado in Augusta County

The National Weather Service (NWS) confirms that an EF-1 tornado struck Fishersville in Augusta County on April 26.

The storm produced 90 mile per hour winds cutting a path 6 miles long and 75 yards wide.

Trees were snapped and uprooted.

Significant damage was recorded at a barn with a farmhouse losing its metal roof.

Wood from the barn lofted and was carried approximately 125 yards to become embedded in the ground in several directions.

The storm traveled west to east and finally dissipated in Waynesboro but not before ripping a steeple off a church and dropping a large tree onto a home causing considerable damage.

The tornado touched down in Fishersville at 1:04 p.m. and dissipated in Waynesboro at 1:15 p.m..

The NWS reminds citizens to heed tornado warnings when they are issued.

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