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Front Royal Brewery medals in Beer Army – Beer Wars competition

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Photo courtesy of Front Royal Brewing Co.

Front Royal Brewing Company (FRB) of Front Royal, VA has won medals in three categories in the Beer Army – Beer Wars competition, held in January 2019. This commercial beer judging contest was sponsored by the Army Foundation. The event was open to all commercial breweries and was sanctioned by the Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP). All judging was done by BJCP certified judges and beer industry leaders. Medals of Gold, Silver and Bronze were awarded to the top three finishers in each beer judging category.

FRB took home two gold medals and a silver. In the Vienna Larger category FRB’s Linden Larger took a gold medal; in the American Porter category, the Knight of the Valley also won a gold medal; and in the Historic Beer category, we took a silver for our Hauptstrasse Kottbusser.

“This is one of the first national beer competitions we entered with of our main production beers, and we are thrilled to take home medals for three of our submissions,” said Tim Arndt, FRB’s head brewer. “One of my goals as a brewer is to re-introduce and give new life to classic heirloom beer styles, and we are pleased to see our Hauptstrasse Kottbusser was one of the winners in the Historical Beer category. I think this shows there is a strong interest in classic beer styles brewed with a twist,” added Arndt.


The Beer Army Foundation is a 501c(3) nonprofit community outreach organization. The Foundation’s Mission is to promote education, volunteerism and economic impact while advocating craft brewing and the beer industry in general by creating and hosting beer related events in the communities that support the foundation.


Front Royal Brewing Company is an upscale production brewery, full service restaurant and live music venue located on historic Main Street, Front Royal in Virginia’s beautiful Shenandoah Valley!

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Chief District Judge Albertson poised to hear Henry bond arguments

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Michelle ‘Missy’ Henry continues to wear jailhouse garb pending a third date for her bond hearing this Tuesday, July 23. However, she will remain housed at RSW Jail until that hearing, rather than be returned to the Manassas jail she was transferred to on June 25. Photo RSW website

Former Front Royal-Warren County Economic Development Director Michelle “Missy” Henry had a second bond hearing continued Friday, July 19. Henry appeared with co-counsel Ryan Nuzzo and David Hensley near the end of the 9 a.m. morning docket at 12:07 p.m. The hearing was over at 12:10 p.m.

Judge William W. Sharp reaffirmed his recusal from all EDA matters, then continued Henry’s bond hearing to Tuesday, July 23, on the morning docket. Sharp indicated that 26th Judicial District Chief Judge Bruce D. Albertson would be present to hear arguments at that time. As chief presiding district judge Albertson is responsible for naming a substitute judge to hear EDA civil and criminal cases in the wake of Judge Sharp’s recusal and Judge Clifford L. Athey’s move away from circuit court duties as he prepares to take a seat on the Virginia State Appeals Court on September 1.

Sharp submitted a written recusal on July 12, citing what might be called “small-town syndrome” – a personal or professional familiarity with many involved parties either named as defendants or potential witnesses in EDA matters. Albertson is based out of Harrisonburg.

Discussing their client’s situation outside the courtroom Friday afternoon, Henry’s attorneys said it was their understanding that not only would Albertson be present to hear and make a ruling on bond arguments Tuesday, but was poised to name a substitute judge on the criminal and civil matters arising from the EDA fraud investigation. They said it was also their understanding that appointment could be a self-appointment.

“Missy” Henry became the second person indicted criminally by the Special Grand Jury empanelled to investigate potential criminality tied to the EDA financial fraud investigation begun in mid-September 2018. The first criminal indictments handed down were against Henry’s former boss, former EDA Executive Director Jennifer McDonald. McDonald was arrested by Virginia State Police on special grand jury sealed indictments May 24, Henry on June 24.

It appeared that at least five Henry family members were present to see Tuesday’s developments unfold. In arguing for bond at Henry’s first hearing on June 25, the day after her arrest, Nuzzo pointed to Henry’s long and deep community ties. He also noted that the events named in her two embezzlement indictments surrounding the EDA’s B&G Goods small business loan and asset dispersal on the old Stokes Mart property dated to 2014 to 2016.

For Michelle Henry’s family the wheels of justice must seem to be spinning in neutral. Royal Examiner File Photos/Roger Bianchini

“These are very old actions …If she was a flight risk she would have fled by now,” Nuzzo told substitute Judge Thomas D. Horne. Horne deferred a ruling on bond arguments due to his unfamiliarity with the case, continuing the matter to July 19.

Jail transfer sought
In a related matter, Henrys’ counsel filed a motion Thursday, July 18, to have their client moved out of the Prince William Manassas Regional Adult Detention Center some 44 miles out of this community and away from her family’s home base.

Of that move over an hour’s drive away following her first bond hearing on June 25, Henry’s “Motion To Compel Jail To Cancel Courtesy Hold” observes, “Without agreement of the parties or Order of this Court, the RSW Regional Jail, which is the holding facility for inmates and Defendants held without bond for Warren County, arranged for the transportation of Your Defendant … to the Prince William Manassas Regional Adult Detention Center, located at 9320 Lee Ave., Manassas, VA 20110 … This holding facility has an incredibly limited visitation schedule, including for legal visits, and has no direct phone line from which Counsel may contact their client.”

The defense motion included an attachment with the Manassas jail’s visitation schedule and rules. It showed two, 2-1/2-hour visitation blocks (8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.) and one 3-hour block (noon to 3 p.m.) per day; and a notation that “general population inmates” are allowed one 20 to 30-minute visit per week.

At the time of the transfer RSW Jail Superintendent Russ Gilkison indicated Henry was moved due to the high-profile nature of the EDA investigation locally and personal safety concerns. McDonald was transferred to the Fairfax Adult Detention Center for similar reasons on June 11.

“While RSW may have had good motives in being concerned for Your Defendant due to Your Defendant’s son being an employee of the Warren County Sheriff’s Department, the location they have chosen is unduly unfair to her access to Counsel and her family,” the defense motion for a jail transfer observes.

Contacted Friday afternoon, Gilkison said Henry was being transported directly back to the Manassas jail from the Warren County Courthouse when a notice from the court to keep her housed at RSW pending Tuesday’s bond hearing was received. So that transport will be redirected to RSW, Gilkison indicated.

Henry attorney Nuzzo said that were bond to be denied Tuesday, it is likely the court would hear arguments on the change of jail location motion submitted last Thursday. As an alternative to either the Prince William-Manassas Jail or RSW, the defense motion suggests the Northwestern Regional Adult Detention Center in Frederick County, a 27 mile, approximate half-hour drive.

6601 Winchester Rd – ‘Missy’ Henry will remain closer to home pending her Tuesday bond hearing. Her family hopes she will return home following that hearing which will come one month after her June 24 arrest.

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Meet EDA Board members Jeff Browne and Greg Harold – into the firestorm

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Greg Harold, Jeff Browne and Roger Bianchini in the Royal Examiner's studio. Photo and Video by Mark Williams, Royal Examiner.

In this July 18 video interview, Royal Examiner introduces two of the three newest Economic Development Authority Board of Directors members. Jeff Browne and Greg Harold were appointed by a unanimous vote of the Warren County Board of Supervisors on June 18. They were selected from an interview pool of 19, according to County staff.

They replaced two of the board’s longest-serving members, Greg Drescher and Ron Llewellyn, who jointly announced their resignations at the March 22 EDA board meeting, effective the following day.

Browne and Harold will join the EDA board’s newest member, Marjorie Martin, in their second, Martin’s first, EDA board meeting the morning of July 26.

Martin, whom Royal Examiner hopes to soon interview, was appointed Tuesday, July 16, following the unexpected resignation of EDA Board Vice-Chairman Bruce Drummond last week.

Drummond’s resignation continues turnover within the EDA board and staff as the investigation into financial fraud in EDA operations and consequent civil litigation and related criminal charges have proceeded.

Related or coincidental, that turnover includes the retirement or resignation of the entire three-person EDA staff: Marketing Director Marla Jones (retired) late 2017; Executive Director Jennifer McDonald and Administrative Assistant Michelle “Missy” Henry, resigned in December and March respectively; as well as three-decade Board Treasurer William “Billy” Biggs and long-time EDA bookkeeper Josie Rickard who both retired last October; as well as the above-mentioned Drescher, Llewellyn and now Drummond board resignations.

McDonald and Henry are the only two people thus far charged in criminal indictments related to the EDA fraud investigation. Both are currently jailed out of county, McDonald without bond on 12 felony embezzlement or fraud charges, Henry on two embezzlement counts. Henry is scheduled for a once-delayed (June 25) bond hearing tomorrow, Friday, July 19.

Why jump into the EDA firestorm now, we asked Browne and Harold to open our interview:

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Virginia State Police investigating Fauquier County crash involving train

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Virginia State Police Trooper T.D. Greene is investigating two separate crashes that occurred at a railroad crossing in the Delaplane community of Fauquier County. The crashes occurred shortly before 6 p.m. Thursday (July 18).

A Hyundai Tiburon was traveling south on Winchester Road and approaching the railroad crossing near the intersection of Rokeby Road. The crossing’s safety arm began lowering and warning lights were activated to indicate a train was coming. Witnesses say that as the Hyundai began stopping prior to the tracks, it was rear-ended by a Toyota pickup truck. The impact of the crash pushed the Hyundai across the railroad tracks to the other side, but the pickup ended up on the tracks and became disabled.

With the train approaching, the Toyota’s 58-year-old female driver and her three juvenile passengers – a 14-year-old male, 12-year-old male and 8-year-old female – safely escaped the pickup truck on the tracks. But the train was not able to avoid striking the pickup truck. When it hit the pickup, the pickup truck was shoved off the tracks and struck the 58-year-old female.

The woman was transported to Winchester Medical Center for treatment of life-threatening injuries. The children were transported to Fauquier Health Hospital to be checked out. The 8-year-old was treated for a minor injury.

The 24-year-old male driver of the Hyundai was not injured.

The train conductor was not injured. The Norfolk-Southern train remained on the tracks.

Charges are pending as the investigation remains ongoing.

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Former RSW Corrections Officer arrested; held without bond

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Chasity R. Sherfey. Photo courtesy RSW Jail.

On July 9, 2019, the Warren County Sheriff’s Office was requested to respond and investigate an incident at RSW Regional Jail.

RSW Regional Jail staff reported that they received information that a former Corrections Officer at their facility, identified as Chasity R. Sherfey, may have been involved in delivering items to an inmate and having a sexual relationship with an inmate.

During the course of the investigation, interviews were conducted along with reviewing video footage and collecting other evidence.

On July 18, 2019, Chasity R. Sherfey, 39 of Stanley, was arrested and taken before a magistrate on the following charges.

  • § 18.2-474. Delivery of articles to prisoners or committed person (5 counts)
  • § 18.2-64.2. Carnal knowledge of an inmate, parolee, probationer, detainee, or pretrial or post trial offender (2 counts)

Sherfey was held without bond at RSW Regional Jail.

The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Investigator Baker at (540) 635-7100 or invbaker@warrencountysheriff.org.

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Shenandoah community leaders receive Unsung Hero Award

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Seated left to right – Mercedes Abbet Martinez, Quality Assurance Manager, Shenandoah Community Health Clinic (SCHC); Clare Matthews, Behavioral Health Team Leader, SCHC; Pam Murphy, Executive Director, SCHC. Standing left to right – Dr. Mark Johnston, Superintendent, Shenandoah County Public Schools (SCPS); Erika Richman, former Assistant Principal at Ashby Lee Elementary. SCPS; Debbie Litten, Student Services Supervisor, SCPS; Richard Koontz, Jr., School Board member, SCPS; Karen Whetzel, Chairperson of the School Board, SCPS.

Woodstock, VA – The Shenandoah Community Health Clinic (Shenandoah County Free Clinic and Shenandoah Dental Clinic) and Shenandoah County Public Schools (SCPS) have received a 2019 Unsung Heroes Award from the Virginia Health Care Foundation. They were recognized for their teamwork in increasing the availability of medical, dental, and counseling services to the students and families of Shenandoah County. Implementing a satellite clinic on the Quicksburg school campus in 2017, Shenandoah South Wellness Center, the effort expanded the following year to supporting professional counselors from Shenandoah Community Health Clinic to provide services at all of the area schools.

Individual nominees from SCPS include Dr. Mark Johnston, Superintendent; Debbie Litten, Student Services Supervisor; Erika Richman, former Assistant Principal at Ashby Lee Elementary; Karen Whetzel, Chairperson of the School Board; and Richard Koontz, Jr., School Board member. Nominees from the Shenandoah Community Health Clinic include Mercedes Abbet Martinez, Quality Assurance Manager; and Clare Matthews, Behavioral Health Team Leader.

“As I hear story after story of the children being helped, I’m so grateful for this partnership that is making such a difference for these kids – and for the adults they will become.” said Pam Murphy executive director, Shenandoah Community Health Clinic.

Shenandoah County has been declared “underserved” by the federal government for dental, medical, and mental health services, meaning that there aren’t enough health providers for the population here. Programs like these are working to fill in those gaps in healthcare services for neighbors in need.

Shenandoah Community Health Clinic provides medical, dental and counseling services to families with Medicaid and other insurances. Sliding scale fees based on family income are available to residents of Shenandoah County. Please call (540) 459-1700 for questions about medical or counseling services, (540) 459-9333 for dental questions.

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I-66 Outside the Beltway Project: Lane closures and traffic changes Week of July 21, 2019

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Project construction continues throughout the corridor during daytime and overnight hours as weather conditions allow. Current activities include:

• Constructing bridge foundations at I-495, Route 28, and Route 234 Business interchanges, and Bull Run Drive overpass
• Constructing retaining walls along I-66 and Route 28
• Demolishing of structures

• Small charge blasting operations at the Route 28 interchange
• Clearing trees and brush, grading, and installing drainage throughout the corridor
• Demolishing closed ramps at Route 123 Interchange
• Grading and installing drainage at the future park and ride lots at University Boulevard (Gainesville) and Balls Ford Road (Manassas)
• Grading and excavating for the new E.C. Lawrence Park Access Road
• Paving of temporary realignment of Braddock Road
• Relocating underground and overhead utilities along I-66 and Route 28
• Corridor-wide roadway maintenance as needed

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 / GAINESVILLE
No significant traffic impacts scheduled.

ROUTE 234 BUSINESS (SUDLEY ROAD) / MANASSAS
I-66 West from Compton Road to Bull Run Rest Area
Friday, July 26, and Saturday, July 27: 9 p.m. to 9 a.m.
Three right lanes will be closed for crews to mobilize a crane for upcoming bridge work at Bull Run Drive. Drivers should expect occasional 20-minute stoppages and slowdowns along westbound I-66.

ROUTE 28 (SULLY ROAD) / CENTREVILLE
Route 28 North at ramp to I-66 East
Route 28 South at Braddock Road
Ramps from I-66 West to Route 28 North and South
Turn lanes from Route 28 North and South to Braddock Road
Braddock Road at Newton Patent Drive
Monday, July 22, through Friday, July 26: 11 a.m. to noon
Temporary stoppages of up to 15 minutes between 11 a.m. and noon on Route 28 North and South at the I-66 interchange, and on Braddock Road at Newton Patent Drive for small charge blasting at the I-66/Route 28 Interchange. Additionally, the ramps from I-66 West to Route 28 North and South will be temporarily closed for up to 15 minutes beginning at 11 a.m.

Route 28 North from Route 29 to north of Braddock Road
Route 28 South from E.C. Lawrence Park to I-66
Braddock Road from Newton Patent Drive to Route 28
Thursday, July 25: 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.
Two lanes will be closed on Route 28 North and South with a flagging operation on Braddock Road to implement a traffic shift for the temporary alignment of Braddock Road. Drivers should expect occasional 20-minute stoppages and slowdowns along Route 28 and Braddock Road.

ROUTE 286 (FAIRFAX COUNTY PARKWAY)
No significant traffic impacts scheduled.

ROUTE 50 / FAIRFAX
No significant traffic impacts scheduled.

ROUTE 123 (CHAIN BRIDGE ROAD) / OAKTON – CITY OF FAIRFAX
No significant traffic impacts scheduled.

ROUTE 243 (NUTLEY STREET) / VIENNA
No significant traffic impacts scheduled.

I-495 (CAPITAL BELTWAY)
No significant traffic impacts scheduled.

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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