The Cardinals won big Friday night at home, beating the Winchester Royals 17-9 in front of a supportive crowd at Bing Crosby Stadium. The Cardinals began the attack early, and they scored five runs by the end of the third inning. The Royals answered with plenty of offense of their own, and by the middle of the seventh inning, it was a tight, 9-11 game. Fortunately for the Cardinals, a combination of unusual defensive substitutions, and the combined effort of pitchers Trey Fields, Kyle Choate and Andrew Hoguet, forced the Royals to leave three runners on base and preserved the Front Royal lead. The Cardinals scored six more runs in the bottom of the seventh inning, fueled by Derek Orndorff’s two-run homerun. Neither team was able to score in the final two innings of the game, and the Cardinals celebrated a 17-9 victory.
Saturday night the Cardinals traveled to Purcellville to face the Cannons. After jumping put to an early lead, the Cardinals fell behind 3-2 in the third inning. Purcellville gained and maintained a three-run lead in the fourth, until the Cardinals evened things up in the eighth inning. The Cardinals scored three runs on three hits and tied the game. Unable to gain a runner in the top of the ninth, the game went into the bottom of the ninth inning with the score tied at 5 runs each. The Cannons were able to score a single run on two hits, and walked off the Cardinals 6-5.
In a final weekend game on Sunday night in Charlottesville, while the rain fell in Front Royal the Tom Sox stormed the Cardinals for an important road loss. Despite nine hits in the game, the Cardinals left 13 runners on base and were only able to push across 4 runs. The TomSox pushed across nine runs on 11 hits, beating the Cardinals with a final score of 9-4.
The Cardinals have two home games remaining, on Tuesday and Thursday this week. Tuesday’s game against the Purcellville Cannons at Bing Crosby Stadium is sponsored by Front Royal Credit Union. Game time is 7:00 pm.
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.
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.
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 www.511Virginia.org.
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 my.vdot.virginia.gov. Agents are available 24 hours-a-day, seven days a week.
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
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 lfcc.edu/nursing.
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 petcofoundation.org/holidaywishes. 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 petcofoundation.org/holidaywishes.
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.
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.