Connect with us

Local News

Front Royal Cardinals’ Season Wrap Up



2019 Front Royal Cardinals

The Cardinals ended their season on Thursday with a double header. The tenacious team, left with only 14 players, split the double header with a 5-2 win over the Purcellville Cannons, and a 13-1 loss to the Woodstock River Bandits.

Although the Cardinals didn’t earn a spot in the Valley League Playoffs this year, it was still an exciting year for Cardinals baseball fans. On the mound, Shane Scott provided plenty of thrills. He ended the season with a 2.43 ERA over 44.1 innings pitched. His three wins and one loss showcased 27 strikeouts, while surrendering 44 hits for 12 earned runs, and he walked only 13 batters. Arrison Perez, who proved to be a clutch player late in the season, pitched 15.1 innings, striking out 19 batters, while only allowing 13 hits for five earned runs.

Offensively, the Cardinals batted either very hot or very cold. The Cardinals’ bats were led by Dylan Menhennett, who ended the season with a .331 batting average. He scored 33 runs, batted in 21 teammates, and mashed four homeruns. Tre Dabney provided plenty of hit power as well. He ended the season with a .325 batting average in his 22 games, scoring 15 runs and accumulating 15 RBIs. He crushed six homeruns over the course of the season. Other standouts included Derrek Orndorff, who led the team with seven home runs, Carson Bell, who earned three round trippers, and Trip Willis, who clobbered two homeruns. Bell also led the team in RBIs, batting in 24 teammates over the course of the season.

Easton Waterman, the Cardinals’ primary, and sometimes only catcher, worked more than 200 innings behind the plate in the last two months. When he wasn’t catching, Waterman played additional positions and always contributed to the game.

Coach Tony Hurla was always proud of the team’s fighting spirit and refusal to give up, even late in the season when thinning rosters required pitchers to hit, positions players to pitch, and most of the team to play at a position that was not their primary one.

As the sun sets on the 2019 season, Cardinals fans look forward to next season and know that they can always count on exciting baseball at the Bing.

Share the News:

Local News

Governor Northam unveils priorities for upcoming special session



~ Governor’s proposals include measures to reform policing, protect Virginians from eviction; close the digital divide ~ 

Governor Northam on Friday, August 14, 2020, unveiled his administration’s key priorities for the upcoming Virginia General Assembly special session, set to begin on Tuesday, August 18th.

Legislators will reconvene to address Virginia’s biennial budget, which has been severely impacted by the ongoing global pandemic. In addition, Governor Northam is proposing several measures to advance equity, reform policing, and protect the safety, health, and welfare of Virginians during this crisis.

“Virginians are hurting, and the Commonwealth is stepping up,” said Governor Northam. “Our country is battling both a health crisis and an economic crisis at once, so Virginia is advancing new programs to help people stay in their homes, care for the ones they love, and feel safe in the community.

“This starts with sound fiscal management and smart investments in our future. Careful planning has kept us from having to gut critical services or lay off state workers, like other states have done. I look forward to working with my colleagues in the General Assembly to advance long-overdue police reform and pass record investments in affordable housing and broadband, so we can continue to support Virginians during this unprecedented time.”

Below are several of Governor Northam’s priorities for the upcoming special session. Additional priorities will be announced at the Governor’s annual speech to the General Assembly Joint Money Committees, scheduled for 9:30 am on Tuesday, August 18th.

Safe, Affordable Housing
Access to safe and stable housing is critically important, particularly in the midst of the ongoing health crisis. That is why Governor Northam is proposing $88 million in state funding to combat evictions and to expand access to affordable housing. These investments include a historic $85 million investment in the Virginia Housing Trust Fund, which will complement federal CARES Act funding to expand access to affordable housing, reduce homelessness, and protect Virginians from eviction. The Governor is also proposing $3.3 million in funding to establish an Eviction Prevention and Diversion Pilot Program to reduce evictions in communities across the Commonwealth.

In addition, Governor Northam is proposing a pause on evictions until at least April 30, 2021, tied to the requirement that landlords and tenants work together on a payment plan and seek out financial assistance, including through Virginia’s statewide Rent and Mortgage Relief Program.

While Virginians remain safely housed, they also need access to critical utility services. The Governor’s package includes a moratorium on utility disconnections for electric, water, and natural gas utilities until 60 days after the current state of emergency ends.

Access to Broadband
A recent SCHEV report found that nearly 200,000 K-12 students and 60,000 college students across Virginia lack access to broadband at home. This disparity is particularly troubling as many school districts across Virginia plan a virtual start to the school year. To address this, Governor Northam is proposing a record $85 million to expand access to broadband for unserved communities. This historic investment in the Virginia Telecommunications Initiative (VATI) will fund last-mile broadband infrastructure across the Commonwealth during this time of need.

Historically Black Colleges and Universities
Historically Black Colleges and Universities play an essential role in reducing educational inequities, many of which have been exacerbated by the COVID-19 crisis. That is why Governor Northam is proposing a $15 million investment in Virginia’s public HBCUs. This funding will increase support for underserved students and will fund needed technology upgrades.

Police and Criminal Justice Reform
In July, Governor Northam directed the Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS), the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, the Virginia African American Advisory Board, and the Commission to Examine Racial Inequity in Virginia Law to develop policy recommendations and share input with the administration. Governor Northam has also communicated regularly with activists, community leaders, and law enforcement officials, and incorporated their feedback into his policy priorities.

The Governor’s special session priorities include measures to:

• Expand the criteria for which a law enforcement officer can be decertified, to include officers who are terminated due to law or policy violations or resign during an ongoing investigation;

• Empower Virginia’s Criminal Justice Services Board to initiate decertification proceedings when de-certifiable conduct is brought to the Board’s attention, regardless of written notice from a local law enforcement department;

• Require law enforcement officers to intervene when they see a colleague engaging in or attempting to engage in unlawful use of force;

• Standardize law-enforcement training across Virginia through development of statewide minimum training standards, curriculum, and lesson plans, to include use of force tactics;

• Mandate information-sharing between hiring agencies and previous employers and strengthen the vetting process of newly-hired officers;

• Create best practices for Civilian Review Panels and empower localities to establish review panels;

• Diversify the Criminal Justice Services Board’s Committee on Training to include representatives from civil rights and community organizations, and require opportunities for public input into the development of training standards.

In addition, Governor Northam and his administration are working closely with legislators on measures not outlined above, including proposals related to behavioral health, fair and free elections, and racial equity. Additional proposals will be announced at the Governor’s annual speech to the General Assembly Joint Money Committees, and the Governor looks forward to continued discussions with lawmakers throughout the special session.

Share the News:
Continue Reading

Local News

VDOT: Warren County Traffic alert for August 17-21, 2020



The following is a list of highway work that may affect traffic in Warren County during the coming weeks. Scheduled work is subject to change due to inclement weather and material supplies. Motorists are advised to watch for slow-moving tractors during mowing operations. When traveling through a work zone, be alert to periodic changes in traffic patterns and lane closures.

*NEW* or *UPDATE* indicates a new entry or a revised entry since last week’s report.

Mile marker 0 to 1, eastbound – Right shoulder closures for sign installation, Monday to Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Mile marker 1 to 15, eastbound and westbound – Overnight alternating lane closures for maintenance of various bridges, Sunday through Thursday nights from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. through August 21.

No lane closures reported.

No lane closures reported.

Route 659 (Hardesty Road) – Stop-and-proceed traffic pattern for pipe replacement between Route 603 (Howellsville Road) and dead end, 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. through September 10. Traffic width restriction of 9 feet.

Various roads – Flagger traffic control for utility tree trimming, Monday to Friday during daylight hours.

Vegetation management may take place district wide on various routes. Motorists are reminded to use extreme caution when traveling through work zones.

Traffic alerts and traveler information can be obtained by dialing 511. Traffic alerts and traveler information also are available at

The VDOT Customer Service Center can assist with reporting road hazards, asking transportation questions, or getting information related to Virginia’s roads. Call 800-FOR- ROAD (800-367-7623) or use its mobile-friendly website at Agents are available 24 hours-a-day, seven days a week.

Share the News:
Continue Reading

Local News

Skyline High School Scholarship Winners – Class of 2020



The Royal Examiner congratulates the following Scholarship Winners from Skyline High School. These scholarships will help students lessen the impact of college tuition costs, and decreases the number of loans that may be needed.

Carl and Emily Thompson Charitable Trust Foundation – Top Academic Female Student  – Taylor Bolt

Carl and Emily Thompson Charitable Trust Foundation – Top Academic Male Student – Jake Ross

Acorn Scholarship – Adrianne Kinsey and Mia Ralls

American Legion Auxiliary Unit #53 Scholarship – Kirsten Renz

Angel’s Korner Scholarship – Chloe Phillips

Beautification of Front Royal – Chloe Phillips and Walker Wilkins

J. Berkeley Pomeroy Memorial Scholarship – South Warren Ruritan Club – Kristal Nguyen

Beta Rho Chapter of Alpha Delta Kappa Scholarship – Andrew Thompson

Calvary Episcopal Church Scholarship – Zane Clark and Kristal Nguyen

Cedarville Ruritan Club – Roberta Close Grove Memorial Scholarship – Kristal Nguyen

Dr. Craig Zunka & Joellen McNeal Scholarship – Matthew Presley and Kristal Nguyen

Francis “Lou” Clark Powell – Warren County Retired Teachers’ Association Memorial Scholarship – Victoria Dunivan and  Andrew Thompson

Front Royal Axalta Scholarship – Taylor Bolt

Front Royal Chapter #6 Order of the Eastern Star Scholarship – Mia Ralls

Front Royal Church of the Brethren “Circle of Love” – Thomas Stelzl

Front Royal Elks Lodge #2383 Scholarship – Teagan Johnson and Thomas Stelzl

Front Royal Little League Scholarship – Samuel Harris

Front Royal Moose Lodge #829 – Mackenzie Amos

Front Royal Rotary Club – Jenna Stanley

Izaak Walton League Scholarship – Jordan Kenney

John W. Evans V Memorial Scholarship – Carrie Gibson

Kiwanis Club Scholarship – Ashleigh Dickman

Loyd Family Education Foundation Scholarship In Memory of Cody Loyd – Kristal Nguyen

Madelyne Rose Memorial Scholarship for Justice – Destinee Manning

OH Yeah! Keith Sanker Honor Scholarship – Wyatt Spiker

Royal Fury Basketball Scholarship – Heather Brogan and Andrew Thompson

Shenandoah Area Secular Humanist Scholarship – Mia Ralls

Skyline Caverns – Sabrina Wilkins

Skyline High School “Band Aids” Scholarship – Reid McMillin-Goodwin

Sodexo Scholarship – Sophia Conrow, Hudson Fortney, Bryona Foster, Alexandra Haffer, Kayla Hudson, and Reid McMillin-Goodwin

“The Mat Time Award”/Outkast Wrestling, Inc. Scholarship – Morgan Robinson

Town of Front Royal Scholarship – Andrew Thompson

Harry G. Turnmeyer FR Credit Union Scholarship – Jacob Lowery

Virginia Sheriffs’ Institute Scholarship – Teagan Johnson

Warren County Girls Little League Scholarship – Carrie Gibson

Warren County Sheriff’s Scholarship – Morgan Robinson

Warren County Youth Cheerleading Association Scholarship – Aaliyah Chunn

Warren County Education Association Scholarship – Jordan Kenney

Warren County Farm Bureau – Ashley Foster

Warren County Retired Teachers Association Memorial Scholarship In Memory of Robert Leonard, Frank Moxie and Fern Perry – Jordan Kenney

Warren County Rotary Club – Zane Clark, Jordan Kenney and Mia Ralls

Warren Memorial Hospital Foundation Scholarship – Megan Haun, Adrianne Kinsey and Matthew Presley

Wells Fargo National Bank Scholarship – Kristal Nguyen

Wells Family Scholarship – Jordan Kenney, Adrianne Kinsey and  Thomas Stelzl

WHAT MATTERS “Hometown Scholarship” – Andrew Thompson

Winchester Frederick County Conservation Club, Inc. Scholarship – Chloe Phillips

Women of the Moose Scholarship – Heather Brogan

Lord Fairfax Community College Scholarships

Michael E. Smith Principal’s Scholarship – Chloe Phillips

SHS College Career Pathways Scholarship – Avery Smith

SHS College Board Scholarship – Mia Ralls

Blue Ridge Technical Center Awards

Pam McInnis Award – Teagan Johnson

Senior Carpentry Award – Benjamin Mandiak

Senior Nurse Assistant Award – Emily Nicola

Skyline High School Athletic Honors & Scholarships

SHSAA Scholarship – Emma Benson, Heather Brogan, Aaliyah Chunn, Zane Clark, Sayf Smadi, Andrew Thompson

Hawks Water Scholarship sponsored by Air Serv of Front Royal, Jack Evans Chevrolet of Front Royal, and Skyline Athletic Association – Mackenzie Amos, Lauren Heflin, Morgan Robinson and Andrew Thompson

Students who have earned a credential or certificate through Lord Fairfax Community College:

Samuel Baugher – Certificate: General Education & Career Studies Certificate: Pre-Allied Health

Emma Benson
– Career Studies Certificate: Pre-Allied Health

Taylor Bolt
– Associate of Science Degree: Science; & Certificate: General Education

Heather Brogan
– Career Studies Certificate: Pre-Allied Health

Charles Carey
– Career Studies Certificate: Pre-Allied Health

Owen Chenery
– Career Studies Certificate: Pre-Allied Health

Kierstyn Cornwell
– Career Studies Certificate: Pre-Allied Health

Sydney Crafton
– Certificate: General Education

Ashleigh Dickman
– Career Studies Certificate: Pre-Allied Health

Eve Fincham
– Certificate: General Education

Hudson Fortney
– Certificate: General Education

Ashley Foster
– Career Studies Certificate: Pre-Allied Health

Alyssa Foxwell
– Career Studies Certificate: Pre-Allied Health

Marcus Funk
– Career Studies Certificate: Basic Electrical Tech; HVAC; & Industrial Maintenance Tech – Basic

Megan Haun
– Career Studies Certificate: Pre-Allied Health

Lauren Heflin
– Certificate: General Education

Kayla Hudson
– Certificate: General Education

Alex Lalumondiere
– Career Studies Certificate: Pre-Allied Health

Destinee Manning
– Certificate: General Education & Career Studies Certificate: Pre-Allied Health

Seth Mills
– Career Studies Certificates: Emergency Medical Technician & Pre-Allied Health

Kristal Nguyen
– Certificate: General Education & Career Studies Certificate: Pre-Allied Health

Jasmine Payton
– Career Studies Certificate: Pre-Allied Health

Mia Ralls
– Career Studies Certificate: Pre-Allied Health

Ethan Reinhardt
– Career Studies Certificates: Basic Electrical Tech; HVAC;  Industrial Maintenance Tech – Basic

Kristen Renz
– Career Studies Certificate: Pre-Allied Health

David Shenk – Career Studies Certificates: Basic Electrical Tech; HVAC; Industrial Maintenance Tech – Basic

Jenna Stanley
– Associate of Science Degree: Science; & Certificate: General Education

Jaime Stewart
– Career Studies Certificate: Pre-Allied Health

Sabrina Wilkins
– Certificate: General Education & Career Studies Certificate: Pre-Allied Health

Walker Wilkins – Certificate: General Education & Career Studies Certificate: Pre-Allied Health

Skyline High School Class of 2020 Graduation Ceremony

Share the News:
Continue Reading

Local News

LFCC and Shepherd University sign nursing transfer agreement



LFCC and Shepherd University have signed a new 2+2 (two years at LFCC and two years at Shepherd) R.N.-B.S.N. agreement that will provide a seamless pathway for nursing students from LFCC to earn their bachelor’s degree at Shepherd.

Under the agreement, LFCC students who earn an associate of applied science degree in nursing, have a minimum grade point average of 2.7, and who have not matriculated at any other institution of higher education will be guaranteed transfer admission to Shepherd to earn a bachelor of science degree in nursing.

“We now more than ever need healthcare professionals,” said Dr. Scott Beard, Shepherd provost, during a July 30 virtual signing ceremony. “We’re in an area with vulnerable populations where there is a lack of access to healthcare, and there’s a critical shortage of nurses and advance practice nurses nationwide, so this initial pathway from the R.N. to the B.S.N. is just one step in those students’ journeys.”

Dr. Anne Davis, LFCC vice president of academic and student affairs, called the agreement a win-win for students.

“This feels like it’s a great fit for our students because they’re accustomed to an environment with that personal touch and small class size,” Davis said. “I think Shepherd is a place where LFCC students will find a home, somewhere where they’ll be valued for who they are as a person. It’s an exciting opportunity. It’s pivotal for healthcare in the environment that we’re in now, so we thank Shepherd for opening its doors to our students and giving them this pathway.”

“We’re just thrilled to receive Lord Fairfax students,” said Dr. Sharon Mailey, dean, College of Nursing, Education, and Health Sciences, and director, School of Nursing at Shepherd. “They’re motivated, they’re excellent academically, we just really enjoy having them here, and we want to make this their home. We also want them to keep the connectivity with Lord Fairfax. They don’t lose their identity; they just take on a new mantle of being a B.S.N. from Shepherd University.”

Learn more about LFCC’s nursing program at

Pictured (top row, l. to r.) are Dr. Virginia Hicks, assistant provost, Shepherd Academic Community Outreach; Kathryn Tagnesi, interim director, Lord Fairfax Health Professions; Dr. Scott Beard, Shepherd provost; second row, Dr. James Gillispie, dean, Lord Fairfax Humanities, Social Sciences, and Student Development; Dr. Craig Santicola, dean, Lord Fairfax Professional Programs; Dr. Sharon Mailey, dean, Shepherd College of Nursing, Education, and Health Sciences, and director, School of Nursing; third row, Dr. Michael Groves, coordinator, Shepherd R.N. to B.S.N. Program; Dr. Richard Stevens, dean, Shepherd School of Graduate and Professional Studies; and Dr. Anne Davis, vice president, Lord Fairfax Academic and Student Affairs.

Share the News:
Continue Reading

Local News

Adopters can help Winchester SPCA’s holiday wishes come true with $100K from the Petco Foundation



Individuals who have adopted a pet from the Winchester SPCA are invited to share how their pet has changed their life to help give your local SPCA a chance to receive a $100,000 grand prize Holiday Wishes grant award from the Petco Foundation. In partnership with BOBS from Skechers, the Petco Foundation is granting more than $750,000 this holiday season to qualified animal welfare organizations across the country. Awards will range from $5,000 to $100,000, and adopters with winning submissions will receive up to a $1,000 Petco shopping spree and a prize pack with BOBS from Skechers shoes.

“We’re calling on all Winchester SPCA adopters to help us earn a lifesaving grant award this holiday season from the Petco Foundation by sharing their stories,” said Winchester SPCA Executive Director Lavenda Denney “Thank you for choosing adoption; now you can make our holiday wishes come true by helping us earn lifesaving funds to bring more pets in need together with loving families.”

Through September 23, adopters can submit their story at Stories should highlight how pets have changed their adopter’s life for the better, in big and small ways, and should celebrate the love of their adopted pet. Submissions must include four photos to illustrate the story and can include video as well. Adopters must contact the Winchester SPCA for the organization’s point of contact, email and phone number to include in their submission. Adopters are also encouraged to visit the Holiday Wishes homepage for more information and to read stories from previous winners.

The deadline to submit a Holiday Wishes story is September 23, 2020, noon CST. Winners will be announced during the holiday season. For a full list of prizes and submission FAQs, visit

Share the News:
Continue Reading


State Police release details of high-speed chase, arrest of Herndon woman



On Wednesday, August 12, the Virginia State Police (VSP) issued a press release on the circumstance of the multi-jurisdiction pursuit and arrest of Herndon resident Jennifer L. Arnn. The release indicates the date of the incident as Thursday, August 6. Our initial report indicated the incident occurred on Friday, August 7, which is listed as her booking date on the RSW Jail website. VSP Public Information Officer Brent Coffey explained that Arnn spent Thursday night at the hospital for injuries incurred during the incident, which appear to be reflected in her jail booking mug shot.

Jennifer Arnn faces one animal cruelty charge resulting in the fatality of dog or cat; one reckless driving charge, one vandalism charge of intentional damaging of public property. Photo courtesy of RSW Jail.

That incident began with a reckless driving “Be on the Lookout” issued in Berkley County, West Virginia, after which VSP spotted the vehicle on I-81 in Frederick County, Virginia.
Below is the VSP release in its entirety:

WARREN CO., Va. – A Herndon, Va. woman is behind bars on multiple charges after she fled law enforcement Thursday (August 6, 2020). Virginia State Police have charged Jennifer L. Arnn, 39, in Warren County with three felony counts of assault on law enforcement, one felony count of intentional damage, one felony count of eluding law enforcement, one felony count of animal cruelty, one misdemeanor count of driving under the influence, and one misdemeanor count of possession of marijuana.

On Thursday at approximately 11:17 a.m. the Berkley County Sheriff’s Office issued a “Be On the Lookout” for a reckless driver. A short time later state police observed the suspect vehicle, a 2016 Mazda CS-X on I-81 at the 307-mile marker in Frederick County. State police initiated a traffic stop on the Mazda which stopped but took off when approached by a trooper.

The Mazda continued on Rt. 277 in Frederick County. The Mazda was eventually contained and stopped on I-66 at the 4.6-mile marker in Warren County. The driver, Arnn, was taken into custody without further incident. Arnn was transported to RSW Regional Jail and held without bond.

During the course of the pursuit, Arnn pushed her dog out the window. State police were able to locate the dog, but it did not survive its injuries.

Arnn struck three state police cruisers during the pursuit. One of the state police troopers suffered minor injuries during the incident.

The pursuit reached speeds of up to 100 mph.

Woman held at RSW Jail after state police chase, animal abuse-fatality charge

Share the News:
Continue Reading

King Cartoons