Apple Pie baking could win you cash

If you are an apple pie baker you could win $100 or $50 at the Shenandoah Apple Harvest Festival Sept. 18.

Applications are being accept on a first come first serve basis and have to be submitted by Sept. 16.

This year’s contest has two age categories to include 12 to 18 years of age and 19 year olds and up.

Only 12 pies in each age category can be accepted so hurry to register winchesterappleharvest.com/contest.

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SCIDA distributes $450 K to small business

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The Shenandoah County Industrial Development Authority (SCIDA) has distributed over $450,000 of COVID-19 relief grant money.

The money has gone to 30 county small businesses for COVID-19 relief.

The county’s small business COVID-19 recovery assistance grant program ends Aug. 24.

The funds have been received through the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development.

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SCT and ED receive a $20 K grant

Shenandoah County Tourism and Economic Development received a recovery and marketing grant of $20,000.

The grant is the largest awarded by the Virginia Tourism Corporation (VTC).

The funds are to help in the recovery of the losses the industry suffered last year.

The funds will help digital and marketing campaigns and help create monthly blogs.

Some funds will also go towards Shenandoah County’s 250 commemorative in Jan. 2022.

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National Night Out is tonight 8/3

From Frederick to Page Counties Law Enforcement and First Responders will celebrate National Night Out tonight Aug. 3.

This is a chance to meet and thank those that protect our communities.

Search National Night Out at the River953.com to find where and when activities will be happening in your area.

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Strasburg rallies in support of those affected by the explosion

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Strasburg residents and businesses came to the aid of area residents and first responders affected by the Valley Milk Plant explosion.

Some businesses in and around the King St. explosion had to close on Fri. but have since been able to open.

A couple of businesses that may take as long as a month to reopen are Blue Ridge Hospice and On Second Thought Consign and Theft.

Structural assessment and correction have to be made to those businesses before they are able to reopen.

Some Strasburg businesses supplied food to both displaced residents as well as to first responders.

One business remained closed Fri. but did provide comfort stations for those who responded to the incident.

The cause of the explosion remains under investigation.

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An explosion occurs at Strasburg’s Valley Milk Products Plant

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Emergency crews responded to an explosion at the Valley Milk Products Plant at 412 King Street Strasburg this morning.

The explosion occurred around 3:45 a.m. Fri. morning Jul. 30 with the cause still being investigated.

None of the plant’s 18 employees were there at the time and no injuries were reported.

Some residents also reported the strong smell of ammonia in the air around the plant.

A hazardous material crew was called in to conduct an investigation as well.

Strasburg police are advising caution while traveling in and around the King Street area.

As of 11:30 Route 55 into or out of Strasburg was permitted with an undetermined time reopening.

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VA. Food Access Investment Funding for Shenandoah County

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Gov. Northam announced that 15 projects across the state will receive a total of $620,000 in Virginia Food Access Investment Funding.

The funds include $25,000 to New Market’s Jon Henry General Store in Shenandoah County.

The store currently offers a produce box for SNAP/EBT customers that includes fruits and vegetables.

At the same time the box leverages the Virginia Fresh Match program.

The funding is expected to support expanded cooler capacity and enable an expansion of the Virginia Fresh Match program at the store.

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22 people indicted for meth distribution in Shenandoah Valley

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A 10 month investigation resulted in 22 people being indicted by a grand jury for their involvement in distributing methamphetamine.

The investigation included arrested of people suspected of distributing in Central Virginia as well as the Shenandoah Valley.

The Grand Jury returned indictments of racketeering and distributing methamphetamine within a 12 month period while acting as a leader of a criminal enterprise.

The indictments included a charges of racketeering against Kristopher Ian Horn of Linden.

The cases are being prosecuted by the office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney for Nelson County.

The investigation was conducted by the Skyline Task Force in conjunction with the Jefferson Area Drug Enforcement Task Force (JADE).

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SCSO seeking information on child porn suspect

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Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) is seeking information in the investigation of John Augustine Sims.

The 36 year old Front Royal resident has been implicated in a child pornography case.

Sims, a former employee of Kidz Rec, is facing a number of charges involving photographing and possessing child pornography.

Sims is believed to have had contact with other juveniles in the area.

If you have any information on Sims or have had a negative encounter with him contact Investigator Jameson Cowgill at (540) 459-6100.

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VSP will use new DNA testing in 23 year old Strasburg case

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With new advancements in DNA testing and tactics Virginia State Police (VSP) hope to solve a 23 year old Strasburg case.

According to the news release from VSP the new DNA testing will greatly aid in advancing the case.

The case involves the Jul. 23, 1998 disappearance of then 10 week old Allyson Kathleen Dalton.

As well as help with the investigation of the same day murder of Allyson’s mother Sylena Jo Dalton.

State Police are still encouraging anyone with information related to the 23 year old case to call (540) 829-7400.

Allyson was last seen on Jul. 23, 1998 with her mother Sylena who was found stabbed to death in her second floor apartment on Charles St. Strasburg.

Allyson’s father who was seen at the apartment the morning of the murder and disappearance continues to cooperate with authorities.

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