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2nd annual Car Giveaway event

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When:
February 11, 2019 all-day
2019-02-11T00:00:00-05:00
2019-02-12T00:00:00-05:00
Where:
Auto Care Clinic
6768 Winchester Road | Front Royal
VA 22630
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Auto Care Clinic
(540) 635-2455

PURPOSE:

We are seeking nominations for someone in need of a good, used vehicle to get back and forth to work, school or medical appointments, who can afford to own a vehicle, but can’t afford to buy one.

TO NOMINATE SOMEONE:

Mail (or drop off) your Letters of Nomination before March 31, 2019 to:

Auto Care Clinic
6768 Winchester Road | Front Royal, VA 22630

Winner to be announced Good Friday, April 19, 2019

PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING:

  1. Please do not nominate yourself.
  2. Nominee must be at least 21 years of age and live within 20 miles of The Auto Care Clinic.
  3. Please include your contact information (name/address/phone) as well as the contact information (name/address/phone) for the person you are nominating.
  4. Please include why you feel the nominee is in need of a vehicle.
  5. Friends, family and employees of Bill Long’s Auto Care Clinic are not eligible.
  6. Vehicle must be insured, licensed and registered to the winner before receiving the vehicle.
  7. Vehicle is in good, used condition, as-is, without expressed or implied warranty. The Auto Care Clinic is not responsible for additional repairs, pre-existing or unforeseen, regarding the vehicle presented.

Good luck to all nominees!

Interesting Things You Need to Know

Three wedding photography trends you need to know about

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When:
February 11, 2019 all-day
2019-02-11T00:00:00-05:00
2019-02-12T00:00:00-05:00
Where:
Auto Care Clinic
6768 Winchester Road | Front Royal
VA 22630
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Auto Care Clinic
(540) 635-2455

Whether you spend two weeks or two years planning your wedding, it’ll be over in the blink of an eye. To ensure you capture the event with beautiful photographs you’ll appreciate for a lifetime, take a look at these three inspiring wedding photography trends:

1. Drone photography. If your wedding is taking place in a beautiful outdoor location, a drone can create awe-inspiring photos that are impossible to get from the ground. Since photography drones are basically miniature helicopters with cameras attached to them, be sure to hire an experienced and licensed operator to avoid disaster.

2. Smoke bombs. Photographers are now incorporating colorful puffs of smoke that add an unexpected and untraditional element to wedding photos. Available in any color, smoke bombs can be used in different ways to add touches of whimsy or drama to your pictures.

3. Photojournalistic photos. Also called reportage style photography, these photos have a more candid and natural look than traditional shots. While your photographer will likely still cue you for some pictures, they’ll be using smaller, less obtrusive cameras to capture intimate moments from your wedding ceremony and reception.

No matter what type of pictures you eventually want to see framed on your mantle, the key to having beautiful photographs you and your partner will love is to work closely with your photographer.

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Glossary of investment terms you should know

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February 11, 2019 all-day
2019-02-11T00:00:00-05:00
2019-02-12T00:00:00-05:00
Where:
Auto Care Clinic
6768 Winchester Road | Front Royal
VA 22630
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Auto Care Clinic
(540) 635-2455

Are you too embarrassed to ask about the difference between stocks and bonds or what it means to “diversify” your investment portfolio? Here’s a brief glossary defining some key investment terms.

Bonds: bonds are formal “IOUs” that specify how a loan will be repaid over time. Government bodies and corporations borrow money from investors to fund projects and pay them interest until the bond reaches maturity and is repaid in full.

Diversification: a diversified investment portfolio means having a mix of different assets to reduce risk. For example, you own stock in a variety of companies and also have bonds; you won’t lose everything if one company fails.

Liquidity: liquid investments can be cashed in or sold quickly. This is important if you’re investing on a short-term basis.

Mutual funds: with mutual funds, investors pool their money together into one professionally managed investment. An investing expert then determines where the money should go to generate the greatest returns for the investors.

Return on investment (ROI): the profit you make on an investment. It comes in two forms: income generated, including interest and dividends, and increases in values, which means you can sell your shares for a profit.

Stocks: stocks represent partial ownership of a company. When you buy stock, you become a shareholder and earn money when the company does well.

Now that you know some of the basic terminology, it’s time to get your feet wet and start investing.

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Warren County School Board calls special meeting

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When:
February 11, 2019 all-day
2019-02-11T00:00:00-05:00
2019-02-12T00:00:00-05:00
Where:
Auto Care Clinic
6768 Winchester Road | Front Royal
VA 22630
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Auto Care Clinic
(540) 635-2455

The Warren County School Board called a special meeting on February 13th to hear Superintendent Greg Drescher overview of PayPoint Compensation Study and the report on the Compensation and Benefits Study.

Drescher indicated that all of the work on these studies is about being competitive in the local market and not being done to just pay people more money. The local market includes all of the school divisions that touch Warren County and the City of Winchester. He also said that in order for WCPS to attract and retain a quality workforce, WCPS needs to offer competitive pay and benefits.

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Royal Examiner’s camera was there:

 

Related story: Warren County School Board Public Hearing on FY 2020 Budget 

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I-66 Outside the Beltway Project: Lane closures and traffic changes week of February 17, 2019

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When:
February 11, 2019 all-day
2019-02-11T00:00:00-05:00
2019-02-12T00:00:00-05:00
Where:
Auto Care Clinic
6768 Winchester Road | Front Royal
VA 22630
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Auto Care Clinic
(540) 635-2455

What’s Happening

As weather conditions allow, crews will continue corridor wide roadway maintenance and address issues as needed, with daily multi-lane closures during daytime and overnight hours on eastbound and westbound I-66. Additional construction activities include:

  • Constructing bridge abutments at Route 28 and I-495 interchanges
  • Constructing box culverts inside the Route 123 Interchange for shared-use path
  • Constructing retaining walls near Jermantown Road and Route 123 (Chain Bridge Road)
  • Grading, excavating, clearing trees and brush, and drainage installation at the Route 28, Route 123, Route 50 and I-495 interchanges, and other work zone location along the corridor
  • Clearing trees and brush at the future Balls Ford Park and Ride Lot near Manassas
  • Grading, excavating, and small charge blasting for storm drain trenches at the future University Boulevard Park and Ride Lot
  • Grading and excavating for the new E.C. Lawrence Park Access Road
  • Relocating underground and overhead utilities along I-66 and Route 28

The Transform 66 Outside the Beltway project will add express lanes stretching 22.5 miles from the Capital Beltway to Route 29 in Gainesville, rebuild major interchanges along the I-66 corridor, create thousands of new park and ride spaces, and expand trail options for cyclists and pedestrians. Learn more at Transform66.org.

Upcoming Lane Closures and Traffic Changes

The following planned lane closures are expected to have significant traffic impacts. All work is subject to change based on weather and schedule. Find the latest information on travel conditions and work zones by visiting 511virginia.org or downloading the Virginia511 app.


ROUTE 29 (LEE HIGHWAY) / GAINESVILLE

Route 29 North and South between Heathcote Boulevard and University Boulevard

  • Thursday, February 21, and Friday, February 22: 11 a.m. to Noon
  • Traffic will be temporarily stopped for up to 15 minutes for small charge blasting operations at the future Park and Ride Lot. Additionally, the ramp from I-66 West to Route 29 North (Exit 43B) will be temporarily closed for 15 minutes beginning at 11 a.m.

ROUTE 234 BUSINESS (SUDLEY ROAD) / MANASSAS

  • No significant traffic impacts are scheduled.

ROUTE 28 (SULLY ROAD) / CENTREVILLE

  • No significant traffic impacts are scheduled.

ROUTE 286 (FAIRFAX COUNTY PARKWAY)

  • No significant traffic impacts are scheduled.

ROUTE 50 / FAIRFAX

  • No significant traffic impacts are scheduled.

ROUTE 123 (CHAIN BRIDGE ROAD) / OAKTON – CITY OF FAIRFAX

  • No significant traffic impacts are scheduled.

ROUTE 243 (NUTLEY STREET) / VIENNA

I-66 East and West from I-459 to Route 243 (Nutley Street)

  • Friday, February 22, and Saturday, February 23: 9 p.m. to 9 a.m.
  • Three lanes will be closed with periodic 20-minute stoppages between midnight and 5 a.m. to remove an overhead sign gantry.

I-495 (CAPITAL BELTWAY)

I-66 East and West from I-459 to Route 243 (Nutley Street)

  • Friday, February 22, and Saturday, February 23: 9 p.m. to 9 a.m.
  • Three lanes will be closed with periodic 20-minute stoppages between midnight and 5 a.m. to remove an overhead sign gantry.

Commuter Alternatives

VDOT and the project team have invested in a broad range of programs to help commuters and others stay mobile and safe during construction. Learn more about carpool, vanpool, telework, and commuter bus alternatives.

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Tim Ratigan announces to run for South River Supervisor

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When:
February 11, 2019 all-day
2019-02-11T00:00:00-05:00
2019-02-12T00:00:00-05:00
Where:
Auto Care Clinic
6768 Winchester Road | Front Royal
VA 22630
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Auto Care Clinic
(540) 635-2455

Mike McCool, Royal Examiner Publisher speaks with South River resident Tim Ratigan and his plans to run for the Board of Supervisors. Photo and video by Mark Williams.

Tim Ratigan announces his run to fill the South River spot on the Board of Supervisors. Tim stopped by our studios to speak with Royal Examiner publisher Mike McCool:

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Legislative Update

Weekly wrap-up from Senator Mark Warner

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February 11, 2019 all-day
2019-02-11T00:00:00-05:00
2019-02-12T00:00:00-05:00
Where:
Auto Care Clinic
6768 Winchester Road | Front Royal
VA 22630
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Auto Care Clinic
(540) 635-2455

With the President’s signature on the bipartisan border security deal, the Trump shutdown mess is over, for now. Sen. Warner voted to keep the government open, as he had consistently throughout the funding debate. Now that the Senate has adjourned for the President’s Day recess, he heads out for a road trip across Virginia next week.

FINALLY

The President signed into law this afternoon the bipartisan funding and border security bill, averting another disastrous government shutdown.

The legislation fully funds the government through September 30th and includes numerous provisions the Senators championed to benefit Virginia, including a salary boost for federal workers and more funding for Chesapeake Bay restoration.

Sens Warner and Kaine released the following statement on the government funding bill becoming law.

“We’re relieved hundreds of thousands of federal employees won’t have to go without pay again because of President Trump’s determination to shut the government down, but these hardworking public servants are sick of us lurching from crisis-to-crisis every couple weeks,” said the Senators. “While we’re glad this bipartisan package includes many key Virginia priorities, it’s inexcusable that it does not include back pay for federal contractors, who are still hurting from the last shutdown. We hope Congress will finally pass legislation to address this issue.”

On the President’s national emergency declaration for border wall funding, the Senators said,

“We made significant investments in border security done the right way, and there’s no good reason President Trump should do a political power grab for more. When national security leaders brief us on the big security threats against our nation, they are not asking us for a wall. The President is just saying this is an emergency so he can get his vanity project, and it’s deeply concerning that he’s trying to build it by pulling from military construction funds, which is money that should be going toward projects like fixing military family housing and making security improvements to our bases.”

Click here for a list of the many provisions Sens. Warner and Kaine supported on behalf of Virginia that were included in the appropriations bill.

Before the vote on the funding bill, Sen. Warner took to the Senate floor to call on his colleagues to pass legislation providing back pay for low and middle-income federal contractors.

After the vote, Sen. Warner vowed to continue fighting to pass his contractor back pay bill, as well as legislation — such as Sen. Warner’s Stop STUPIDITY Act — which would end the practice of government shutdowns.

Sen. Warner also introduced legislation this week that attempts to undo some of the financial hardship facing federal workers and contractors harmed by the shutdown. The Protect Federal Workers’ Credit Act would protect the credit reports of federal workers and contractors who were hurt by the longest government shutdown in U.S. history.

This bipartisan bill would require credit bureaus to remove negative information that was placed on the credit reports of federal workers and contractors who missed payments as a result of a government shutdown. The bill would apply to the recent shutdown and any future government shutdowns.

OUT OF TIME

On the Senate floor this week, Sen. Warner urged his Senate colleagues to take immediate action to ensure that 1,200 retired coal miners—500 of whom live in Virginia—do not lose their healthcare coverage by the end of the month.

In his remarks, Sen. Warner asked Senate leaders to protect miners who risk losing crucial benefits if a bankruptcy court allows the Colorado-based Westmoreland mining company to shed its obligations to provide healthcare to retirees. Sen. Warner joined several colleagues on the floor to urge passage of the American Miners Act, legislation that would secure pensions and healthcare benefits for the nation’s retired coal miners.

“We’ve got a crisis right now,” Sen. Warner said on the floor. “We talked about the Westmoreland bankruptcy, 1,200 miners. Five hundred of those live in Virginia. If we can’t get a solution on this deal right now on the American Miners Act, then a lot of those miners and their families are going to go without relief, because their day of reckoning is already upon us.”

The bill would also stabilize the Black Lung Disability Trust Fund that provides critical benefits for retirees suffering from this deadly disease. More than 25,000 coal miners and their dependents rely on the fund, but Congress needs to act to renew funding for the program. Failure to renew the tax that supports the fund would be particularly devastating for coal miners in Southwest Virginia, who have been disproportionately affected by an advanced form of the disease known as complicated black lung.

PARKS AND LEGISLATION

This week, the Senate passed a bipartisan public lands bill that permanently reauthorizes the Land & Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). This permanent funding is key to preserving and protecting Virginia’s rich history and beautiful landscapes. By providing long-term security for this critical program, communities across the Commonwealth will be able to continue caring for our natural resources and history for future generations to enjoy.

The LWCF provides states and local communities with technical assistance, recognition, and funding to help preserve their own history and create close-to-home recreation opportunities. In the span of four decades, Virginia has received more than $350 million in LWCF funding to protect dozens of national parks, wildlife refuges, forests, trails and more. This bipartisan package is supported by dozens of conservation and recreation organizations, including the National Wildlife Federation, the League of Conservation Voters, the Outdoor Industry Association, and the Nature Conservancy.

The lands package also reauthorizes the Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) Grant Program, which support the preservation of sites on HBCU campuses that are listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Last year, Virginia Union, Hampton University, Virginia State, and Virginia University of Lynchburg received grants totaling $2.27 million under the HBCU grant program.

In addition, the bill includes language Sen. Warner supported with Senator Kaine and the entire Virginia delegation, which designates the George C. Marshall Museum and Research Library in Lexington as the National George C. Marshall Museum and Library.

Senator Warner also re-introduced legislation this week, the Restore Our Parks Act, that would make the largest investment in history in our national parks. Years of chronic underfunding have left our national parks with a whopping $11.6 billion maintenance backlog.

This bipartisan bill, which Sen. Warner introduced with Sens. Rob Portman (R-OH), Lamar Alexander (R-TN), and Angus King (I-ME), would use existing revenues from mineral leases collected by the Department of the Interior to address approximately $5.6 billion of the highest-priority maintenance projects at national parks around the country. The legislation has the support of the Trump Administration, as well as a number of conservation groups and advocates for National Parks.

Currently, national parks in Virginia have a deferred maintenance backlog of more than $1 billion, ranking third behind only California and the District of Columbia in total deferred maintenance. For a detailed park-by-park breakdown of Virginia’s backlog, click here.

Over 100 organizations, including the National Association of Counties, the National Parks Conservation Association, and the Pew Charitable Trusts, have announced their support for the Restore our Parks Act.

GRAB BAG

Some highlights from the past week:

• NO ON BARR: In a floor speech, Sen. Warner expressed his opposition to the President’s Attorney General nominee, William Barr. He later voted against the Barr nomination in the final Senate vote.

• PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS: Sens. Warner, Cardin, Shaheen, and Baldwin introduced the Protecting Americans with Pre-existing Conditions Act, legislation that would prevent the Trump Administration from promoting “junk” health care plans that lack protections for people with pre-existing conditions and would increase health care costs for millions of Americans.

• Artificial Intelligence: Sen. Warner, Vice Chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, issued a statement on the promise of artificial intelligence technologies while warning against laissez-faire policies put forward by the Trump Administration.

• FROM SEA TO SHINING SEA: Sen. Warner, along with every Democratic member of the Virginia Congressional Delegation, co-signed a letter opposing seismic testing off the coast of Virginia. The seismic testing permits issued by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), which had been denied under the Obama Administration, are one step in the Trump Administration’s plan to open up the coastal waters off Virginia to potential oil and gas drilling.

• STUDENT DEBT: Sens. Warner and John Thune (R-SD) introduced legislation to help Americans tackle their student loan debt.

• SUPPORTING TEACHERS: Sen. Warner alongside a bipartisan delegation introduced the Teacher and School LEADERS Act, a bill which will reform Teacher Quality Partnership Grants to better support school leaders and allow for greater innovation in educator preparation.

• RAPTORS: Sens. Warner and Kaine were joined by every member of the Virginia Congressional delegation in urging U.S. Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson to relocate an additional F-22 squadron to Joint Base Langley-Eustis in Hampton Roads after Hurricane Michael severely damaged the air force base in Florida where the planes had previously been based.

WEEK AHEAD

Senator Warner will be traveling through Virginia next week, holding events in Blacksburg, Salem, Hardy, Martinsville, Danville, Lynchburg, and Charlottesville. The Senate is out of session until Monday, February 25.

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all-day 2nd annual Car Giveaway event @ Auto Care Clinic
2nd annual Car Giveaway event @ Auto Care Clinic
Feb 18 all-day
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PURPOSE: We are seeking nominations for someone in need of a good, used vehicle to get back and forth to work, school or medical appointments, who can afford to own a vehicle, but can’t afford[...]
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RMA’s Open House @ Randolph-Macon Academy
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RMA's Open House @ Randolph-Macon Academy
Randolph-Macon Academy invites you to come discover what “The Power of Rise” can do for your child at the next open house on Monday, February 18th. Tours begin promptly at 10:00 am and 1:00 pm.[...]
10:00 am The Power of Rise @ Randolph-Macon Academy
The Power of Rise @ Randolph-Macon Academy
Feb 18 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
The Power of Rise @ Randolph-Macon Academy
Randolph-Macon Academy invites you to come discover what “The Power of Rise” can do for your child at the next open house on Monday, February 18th. Tours begin promptly at 10:00 am and 1:00 pm. To[...]