Prominent Winchester resident and former State Senator passes away

According to his Wikipedia page Harry Russell “Russ” Potts Jr. has died.

The former State Senator and 2005 Virginia candidate for governor’s cause of death has not been revealed at this time.

Potts stated a company in Winchester known as Russ Potts Productions Inc. in 1982 before going into politics.

Potts was first elected into the Virginia General Assembly as a Republican in 1991.

He was reelected by large margins of victory in 1995 and again in 1999.

In 2003 Potts defeated Mark R. Herring who would eventually become Virginia’s Attorney General.

Potts would eventually chair the Senate Education and Health Committee.

After his retiring from politics in 2008 Potts continued his commitment to education and was very involved with the Winchester Public School system.

With his production company Potts was able to orchestrate a series of yearly concerts that benefited the Winchester Education Foundation of which he served as Executive Director.

Russ Potts was 82 years of age.

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Winchester resident sees jail time for Capitol insurgents

Courthouse news is reporting that Winchester resident Edward Hemenway and his cousin Robert Bauer of Kentucky will be sentenced to 45 days in jail.

The pair received their sentence for their participation in the Jan. 6 insurgents at the U.S. Capitol.

Judge Tanya Chutkan told the pair yesterday Oct. 13 that incarceration was the only way to deter future violence.

Chutkan told the pair they were being punished for the decision to take the protest and turn it into a violent occupation of the U.S. Capitol.

The pairs criminal pasts was also taken into consideration in sentencing according to the report.

A total of 17 rioters have been sentenced so far out of 630 people facing criminal charges.

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Winchester resident pleads guilty to Capitol breach charges

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Winchester resident Edward E. Hemenway II pleaded guilty to parading, demonstrating or picketing  in a Capitol Building.

In Hemenway’s plea agreement charges of violent entry and disorderly conduct in a Capitol building and the two counts of disorderly and disruptive conduct will be dropped.

Hemenway faces six months in prison in his sentencing hearing Oct. 13.

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SVEC Good Samaritan Award goes to Winchester resident

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A Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative (SVEC) member receives the Good Samaritan Award.

Tina Marie Scully of Winchester is the co-founder of Froggy’s Closet, a downtown Winchester store.

Froggy’s Closet is a part of Families Reaching Out Group (FROG) that provides family mentoring and afterschool enrichment for children.

Froggy’s Closet also provides clothing, books, toys and other items for needy children.

Scully received the award from SVEC for her embodiment of the 7 Cooperative Principle of concern for community according to Brian Mosier president and CEO of the cooperative association.

SVEC has supported FROG through grants, recognizing the important role it plays in the area.

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