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Take part in the 1st annual Gobble Till You Wobble United Way Virtual 5K Run/Walk. Capture your run or walk using a fitness tracker or app and submit for a chance to win gift cards and other fun prizes.
We understand the importance of staying safe – this virtual race encourages runners and walkers to participate with a purpose also giving YOU the control of your own surroundings while you give back to the United Way. You get to be the decision-maker of where you would like your race to begin and end. Your course can take you through your neighborhood, your favorite park, or even on a treadmill.
Register yourself, your family, and friends to run or walk an individualized 5k (3.1 miles). This socially distant competition allows you to get active while making a difference in our community. Gift cards and other prizes will be raffled after the event.
To increase your chances of winning prizes, sign up family and friends, submit your best run/walk time, submit a photo of you in your holiday run/walk costume, even complete the Gobble Till You Wobble Challenge. Find out more information in your race instruction packet on Wednesday, November 18th.
Sherris G. Turner (1964 – 2021)
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Sherris G. Turner, 57, of Front Royal, Virginia, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, October 18, 2021, from complications of COVID-19 that she had contracted from the UVA Hospital during her three-week stay.
Sherris was born to the late Robert Jackson Turner Sr. and Catherine Downing Turner on August 11, 1964, in Front Royal, Virginia. She graduated from Warren County High School class of 1982 and was working towards her Peer Mentoring Certificate at Northwestern Community Services. She was adored by all her family and friends for her resilience.
Surviving Sherris are her mother; two sisters Robin Banjoman (Howard) and Jazan Turner, of Front Royal; Numerous nephews and nieces who she had loved and had loved her back immensely; and a special great-nephew Javontae Turner.
Sherris is predeceased by her brother Robert J. Turner Jr. and sister Stefinie Turner Johnson.
Services for Sherris will be private. A celebration of life will take place on Saturday, October 30, 2021, at 1:00 pm at 323 Pine Street, Front Royal, VA, 22630. Masks will be required to attend the celebration of life.
Donations can be made to the family to assist with covering the costs of the celebration of life. Donations may be mailed to 323 Pine Street, Front Royal, VA 22630.
Arrangements are being handled by Maddox Funeral Home in Front Royal, Virginia.
Virginia Department of Education Board Brief – October 21, 2021 Business Meeting
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October 21, 2021 Business Meeting
The Board approved the minutes of their meetings on September 22-23, 2021.
The Board adopted a resolution of recognition of the 2021 Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching State Finalists. They are:
- Raymond Cotter, an engineering teacher William Fleming High in Roanoke;
- Stephanie Harry, a chemistry teacher at Tabb High in York County;
- Yvette Lee, a mathematics and computer science teacher at John Randolph Tucker High in Henrico County;
- Melinda Liebau, a mathematics teacher at Green Run Collegiate in Virginia Beach; and
- Geraldine Maskelony, a mathematics teacher at the Arlington Career Center in Arlington County.
The Board also adopted a resolution of recognition to commemorate November 2021 as Family Engagement in Education Month.
The Board approved four consent items:
- Certification of Qualified Persons for the Office of Division Superintendent of School
- Quarterly Report of the Literary Fund
- Advisory Board on Teacher Education and Licensure Recommendation for Revisions to the Guidelines for Mentor Teacher Programs for Beginning and Experienced Teachers
- Approved Training Programs for the Treatment of Students with a Seizure Disorder
The Board approved the 2021 Prescriptions to the Standards of Quality (SOQ), which describe the foundational instructional programs and support services all schools must provide and drive approximately 85% of state funding for local school divisions. The Constitution of Virginia requires the Virginia Board of Education to prescribe SOQs for the public schools of Virginia, subject to revision only by the General Assembly. During odd-numbered years, the Board reviews the SOQs and prescribes amendments as necessary.
The Board reviewed proposed amendments to the Regulations Establishing Standards for Accrediting Public Schools in Virginia (also known as the Standards of Accreditation or SOA). The amendments are recommended by the Special Committee established by the Board to review the first years of implementation as well as identify the positive, negative, and unintended consequences of the 2017 SOA revisions. Action to approve this item will be requested at a future meeting, anticipated to be Nov. 18, 2021.
The Board approved the Report on Recommendations for Appropriate Staffing and Funding Levels Necessary for State Operated Programs (SOP) in Regional and Local Detention Centers to be transmitted to the General Assembly by November 1, 2021.
The Board approved the Fast Track Regulatory Action to Conform Definitions of “Traumatic Brain Injury” to ensure alignment in regulatory language and guidance. This action will clarify definitions that currently differ across regulatory chapters.
The Board reviewed the Board of Education’s 2021 Annual Report on the Conditions and Needs of Public Schools in Virginia, which provides an overview of the needs of public education, an update on student achievement and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, and highlights the Board’s work over the past year. Additionally, the annual report outlines the conditions of education funding as compared to other states, student enrollment trends, staff vacancies, and graduation and dropout rates. Action to approve this item will be requested at a future meeting, anticipated to be Nov. 18, 2021.
Board actions are unanimous or unopposed unless otherwise noted
The next meetings of the Board of Education are scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday, November 17 18, 2021. For more information, visit the Virginia Board of Education web page.
The Virginia Board of Education, established in the Virginia Constitution, consists of nine members appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the General Assembly. General supervision of the public school system is vested in the Board of Education, which prescribes standards of quality for the school divisions. Subject to the ultimate authority of the General Assembly, the Board of Education has primary responsibility and authority for effectuating the educational policy of the Commonwealth. The Superintendent of Public Instruction, also appointed by the Governor, serves as the executive officer of the Virginia Department of Education, an executive branch agency. The Virginia Department of Education implements statutory and regulatory requirements. The supervision of schools in each school division is vested in local school boards.
Russell Lee Whorton Figgins (1989 – 2021)
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Russell Lee Whorton Figgins, of Front Royal, VA passed away on Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2021, at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, MD following a five-week battle with Covid. Russ died on his 32nd birthday.
Russell was born on Oct. 19, 1989, in Charlottesville, Virginia, son of Russell L. Figgins and Beverly K. Figgins of Front Royal. He was a graduate of Skyline High School Class of 2007.
Russ will be long remembered for his happy-go-lucky attitude, his love of dogs, his voracious appetite for reading, his respectful demeanor to everyone he met, and his love of family.
In addition to his parents, Russell L. Figgins and Beverly K. Figgins, Russ is survived by a sister, Jessica Figgins, of Front Royal and a maternal grandmother, Sandra L. Whorton, of Flint Hill. He was predeceased by his maternal grandfather, Thurman F. Whorton, and his paternal grandparents, Abner and Berniece Figgins.
Russell is survived by many aunts, uncles, and cousins, whom he loved very much. He was especially close to his aunt, “Ant” Donna Grimsley, of Limeton. His family will cherish the warm memories of time spent together and the adventures shared.
Russell is also survived by close friends Pat Cooper and William “Plug” Matthews, whom he considered as family.
Russell had not been vaccinated when he contracted Covid and he regretted that decision. He told his mother, “Mom, I wish I’d listened to you and gotten the shot.” Sadly, they were the last words he ever spoke to her.
The doctors, nurses, and staff at Johns Hopkins took excellent care of Russell and supported the family with daily updates on his condition. They also implored us to “beg everyone you know” to get the Covid vaccination. While vaccinated people can contract the virus, nearly all Covid deaths are occurring in the unvaccinated.
Due to the high rate of Covid in the community, there will be no service. Arrangements are being handled by Maddox Funeral Home, Front Royal, Virginia.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Humane Society of Warren County, 1245 Progress Drive, Front Royal, VA 22630.
I-81 southbound slow roll scheduled in Frederick County on October 26th
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A slow-roll is scheduled on Interstate 81 in Frederick County on Tuesday, October 26 at 11 a.m. This operation, managed by the Virginia State Police, will take place in southbound lanes between exit 307 at Route 277 in the Stephens City area and exit 302 at Route 627 in the Middletown area. All slow-roll activity will conclude by noon.
The slow roll is needed for blasting operations near I-81 that will take place on a developer’s construction site in the Middletown area.
All work is weather permitting.
Traffic alerts and traveler information can be obtained by dialing 511. Traffic alerts and traveler information also are available at http://www.511Virginia.org.
WCHS conducts National Honors Society induction ceremony
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On October 14, 2021, Warren County High School’s National Honors Society chapter held an induction ceremony. The chapter inducted twenty-six (26) new members. National Honors Society is a national organization dedicated to scholarship, character, service, and leadership. These new inductees will be a part of an organization of incredibly impressive alumni.
All new members received a certificate and their membership cards. Mrs. Jyoti Vasishta, NHS advisor, stated in her introduction speech: “Our chapter is proud to have been inducting new members since 1963 and today’s ceremony indicates the continuing emphasis on excellence that we represent for our school and community”.
Last year’s new members were unable to receive an official induction ceremony due to the pandemic. A part of the ceremony was dedicated to recognize and honor these members. These members also received the certificate and the membership pin.
Mr. Kenneth Knesh, Warren County High School’s principal, delivered an inspirational speech to students and parents in the closing.
“Tonight you join judges, lawyers, teachers, military officers, Ivy League graduates and yes, even a current rocket scientist at NASA as members of our NHS fraternity. Now your name will be among those distinguished alumni who proudly call Warren County High School their alma mater. They went on to do great things and we believe that you are destined to join them in helping to shape the world we live in and become future leaders of this great country of ours. Be bold, be brave and be the light of someone’s world.”
New members include: Alyssa Albritton, Genevieve Blodgett, Anthony Carter, Zane Michael Clark, Nicholas Foltz, Amanda Genari, Lacie Glascock, Ginger Gouda, Ian Hoelscher, Arthur Kresge, Audrey Moya Machuca, Gabriella Mangene, John Martin, Emily Mawson, Haley Oyler, Cayden Patton, Mason Polk, Landon Pond, Nicole Ranney, Julianne Rappole, Mia Santillan, Sara Waller, Sebastian Ward, Leah Webster, Olivia Yates, and Brian Zook.
Former members include: Paige Arndt, Madeline Bryant, Aidan Grupac, Cayla Kleinschmidt (Historian), Griffin Martin, Maya McKean, Joanna Mendez-Dorado, Savannah Mitchell, Mavryck Lance Mora, Emma Mullins, Sydney Nalls (Treasurer), Margaret Plosch, Taye Russell, Nathalie Schelin, Jordan Searcey, John Schultzaberger (President), Kiersten Stives (Secretary), and Francis Treutlein (Vice President).
By Emily Mawson, NHS Inductee
FR-WC Anti-Litter Council awards Fall 2021 Clean Business Award to Twi-Lite Motel
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On October 20th, 2021, Shiv Patel, co-owner and assistant manager of the Twi-Lite Motel located at 53 West 14th Street was presented with a framed certificate for the Fall 2021 Clean Business Award. The FR-WC Anti-Litter Council President, Justin Proctor nominated them for this award based on their efforts to maintain their parking and recreational pool areas clean and free of litter, cigarette butts and neatly presented to the public and their guests. They also were sited for having landscaping that accents and enhances the property as more than just another lodging facility in the entrance corridor to the Town of Front Royal. The ALC awards local businesses in the community with a framed certificate to recognize their contributions to protecting the environment through recycling and litter control and planting of landscaping and trees to improve the street views of the Town and County.
These contributions are made possible through a non-competitive grant from the Office of Environmental Education of the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, which promotes educational opportunities for the recycling, reusing, and reducing of litter and waste products in our everyday lives.
The Front Royal – Warren County Anti-Litter Council’s Mission is: “To educate, motivate and participate in the prevention of litter and to assist the citizens of Front Royal and Warren County to become better stewards of our environment.”
For further information on becoming a member or other ALC programs contact: Matt Wendling or Chase Lenz in the Warren County Planning Department at (540) 636-3354 or via e-mail: email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org