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Minimum wage increases but doesn’t take affect until May 2021



Here’s everything you want to know about the new minimum wage law than went into effect on July 1, 2020.

The new law increases the minimum wage from its current federally mandated level of $7.25 per hour to $9.50 per hour effective May 1, 2021; to $11.00 per hour effective January 1, 2022; to $12.00 per hour effective January 1, 2023; to $13.50 per hour effective January 1, 2025; and to $15.00 per hour effective January 1, 2026.

For January 1, 2027, and thereafter, the annual minimum wage shall be adjusted to reflect increases in the consumer price index. The measure provides that the increases scheduled for 2025 and 2026 will not become effective unless reenacted by the General Assembly prior to July 1, 2024. If such provisions are not reenacted prior to July 1, 2024, then the annual minimum wage will be adjusted to reflect increases in the consumer price index beginning January 1, 2025.

The measure creates a training wage at 75 percent of the minimum wage for employees in on-the-job training programs lasting less than 90 days. The measure also provides that the Virginia minimum wage applies to persons whose employment is covered by the Fair Labor Standards Act; persons employed in domestic service or in or about a private home; persons who normally work and are paid on the amount of work done; persons with intellectual or physical disabilities except those whose employment is covered by a special certificate issued by the U.S. Secretary of Labor; persons employed by an employer who does not employ four or more persons at any one time; and persons who are less than 18 years of age and who are under the jurisdiction of a juvenile and domestic relations district court.

Minimum wage does not apply to the following:

  • Any person employed as a farm laborer or farm employee;
  • Any person engaged in the activities of an educational, charitable, religious, or nonprofit organization where the relationship of employer-employee does not, in fact, exist, or where the services rendered to such organization are on a voluntary basis;
  • Caddies on golf courses;
  • Traveling salesmen or outside salesmen working on a commission basis; taxicab drivers and operators;
  • Any person under the age of 18 in the employ of his parent or legal guardian;
  • Any person confined in any penal or corrective institution of the Commonwealth or any of its political subdivisions or admitted to a state hospital or training center operated by the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services;
  • Any person employed by a summer camp for boys, girls, or both boys and girls;
  • Any person under the age of 16, regardless of by whom employed;
  • Any person who is paid pursuant to 29 U.S.C. § 214(c) of the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938, as amended;
  • Students participating in a bona fide educational program;
  • Any person who is less than 18 years of age and who is currently enrolled on a full-time basis in any secondary school, an institution of higher education, or trade school, provided that the person is not employed more than 20 hours per week;
  • Any person of any age who is currently enrolled on a full-time basis in any secondary school, an institution of higher education, or trade school and is in a work-study program or its equivalent at the institution at which enrolled as a student;
  • Any person who works as a babysitter for fewer than 10 hours per week;
  • Any person participating as an au pair in the U.S. Department of State’s Exchange Visitor Program governed by 22 C.F.R. § 62.31;
  • Any individual employed as a temporary foreign worker as governed by 20 C.F.R. Part 655; and
  • Any person who is exempt from the federal minimum wage pursuant to 29 U.S.C. § 213(a)(3).
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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

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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.

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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

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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

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Lynchburg City Council appoints Doug Stanley as new City Manager



On Tuesday, August 11, Lynchburg City Council ended its search for a new City Manager with a vote to appoint Douglas P. Stanley to succeed the current City Manager, Bonnie Svrcek who will retire effective September 1, 2020. Stanley is the former County Administrator for Warren County, Virginia. He will assume his duties as City Manager on September 1, 2020.

Before taking a public vote during City Council’s work session, Mayor MaryJane Dolan stated that City Council had conducted a nationwide search for the City Manager’s position, and they were pleased with having had a number of very qualified candidates to consider. “Even with having to deal with a nationwide pandemic, we had a very competitive pool of talented candidates from across the country,” said Dolan. “Council has been very deliberate in making its choice, and we have complete confidence in Doug being the right person to lead the organization. Bonnie leaves behind a strong leadership team that will provide great support for him as he becomes acclimated in his new position.”

Stanley served as Warren County’s administrator for 20 years. He began his career in public service at the age of 25 when he was hired by Warren County as a Zoning Administrator. He became Planning Director at the age of 27 and then County Administrator in 2000, only the fourth person to hold the position of administrator in the county.

During his tenure with Warren County, he directed the construction of an over $200 million Capital Improvement Program including the construction of a new high school, renovation of a junior high school to a high school, the renovation of a former high school to a middle school and the construction of a new middle school, a library, a community center, and the renovation of a baseball stadium. He also spearheaded the concept and development of the creation of a three jurisdiction regional jail and served as its board chair.

Stanley is a graduate of Mary Washington College where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Geography. He received a Master’s in Urban and Regional Planning from Virginia Commonwealth University and a Graduate Certificate in Public Administration from Shenandoah Institute, Marsh Institute. Stanley is also a graduate of the Senior Executive Institute-Weldon Cooper Center at the University of Virginia.

His wife Jenny is an English teacher, and they have two children, Jenna and Whill.

“I want to thank the Lynchburg City Council for selecting me to be the next City Manager. My family and I look forward to this fantastic opportunity the next chapter in life brings. For me, it is not simply the job; it is about getting involved and becoming part of the community. I look forward to meeting citizens and stakeholders and becoming an active participant in our community.

Lynchburg is known throughout the Commonwealth for its stable and visionary leadership both at the Council and staff levels. I am honored to be following in the footsteps of Bonnie Svrcek and Kim Payne, two people who I have a tremendous amount of respect for, and I look forward to working with the dedicated staff of the City of Lynchburg in moving this community forward. I have a proven track record of 20+ years of local government management experience having been successful in Warren County, Virginia in helping the community rebuild its tax base, improve its infrastructure, and build strategic relationships with community partners and stakeholders. I am proud to have left Warren County a stronger, more vibrant, and resilient community, and I look forward to bringing that experience to the Hill City.”

(Press release from the City of Lynchburg)

Town Talk: A conversation with Doug Stanley

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New Student Welcome Week coming up at LFCC



With the start of this fall semester’s first classes less than two weeks away, LFCC is rolling out the welcome mat – virtually, in most cases – for its new students.

A series of online sessions is scheduled to provide information on everything from career pathways, to available resources, to what a typical college day is like. Additionally, LFCC swag and important information will be handed out during curbside pickups.

“This year, with physical and social distancing a must, we’ve been given the chance to reinvent our New Student Welcome program, using both the virtual platforms – like Zoom – that we are now so accustomed to using while still keeping up with the traditional in-person festivities, but with a twist,” campus life and student engagement specialist Chris Lambert said. “Instead of just one day to welcome our new students, we have extended it into an entire week, which will allow us to introduce new sessions and programming options.”

The first set of fall classes starts Monday, Aug. 24, with other classes beginning Sept. 8 and Oct. 19. Most classes will be delivered remotely, but some classes that require in-person delivery will be on campus.

A busy slate of information and introductory sessions is scheduled for Aug. 17-22. Highlights include:

  • A New Student Panel that will let students know how they can get involved at the college, and what student life looks like these days. The panel will feature current LFCC students and is at 5:30 p.m. Aug. 17 on Zoom.
  • Ask the Faculty is a general question and answer session that will be on Zoom at 2 p.m. Aug. 20.
  • President Kim Blosser, Fauquier Campus Provost Chris Coutts and other college officials will have a special session just for parents and supporters of students to ask questions about LFCC and college resources during a Zoom session at 5:30 p.m. Aug. 19.
  • Curbside welcome pickups will be all week at all locations, with varying times.
  • Resource chats for everything from campus safety, to online learning, to academic accommodations are planned.
  • Zoom sessions on career pathways, including health professions, engineering, business, education, humanities and arts, transfer planning and undecided students are lined up.

For in-person classes, LFCC will follow the latest guidelines issued by the Virginia Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Students attending these classes will be required to sign an agreement stating they won’t attend class when sick or if they’ve been exposed to someone with coronavirus, will wear a mask while in class and will practice social distancing and follow other safety measures.

To see the full schedule of events, and get Zoom codes, visit

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