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Nailbiter at Bing Crosby Stadium fails to bring the Cardinal first home win

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Staunton Braves at Front Royal Cardinals. Photo by Ken Pullen.

In a close game that saw plenty of action at Bing Crosby Stadium, the Cardinals lost a hard fought game to the Staunton Braves. The evening opened with the Virginia Police Benevolent Association Twins Little League Team joining the Cards on the field for the National Anthem – a heartwarming way to start the evening.

When game action began, the first innings kept Cardinals fans on the edge of their seat. Each team successfully worked out of jams to keep the game scoreless. The first score came in the fourth inning, when Staunton was able to push two across to take a 2-0 lead. The Cardinals threatened in the home half of the fourth, when Steve Grober and Dylan Manhennett reached base, but they weren’t able to complete the trip around the bases to even the score. Staunton’s winning pitcher, Lliam Grubbs, started strong, striking out seven batters in four and two thirds innings, but Cardinals’ Trey Fields changed the tide in the fifth inning when he connected with a bases loaded double to score Jose Hernandez and Arrison Perez, and tied the game at 2 each.

Staunton broke things open again in the sixth inning, managing to plate four more runs, while the Cardinals were only able to get back two in their half of the inning. Those runs would be the last scored by the Braves for the night, as Cardinals’ relief pitchers Trey Parr and Brent McMillion were able to hold them for the rest of the game. The Redbirds rallied again in the eighth, when Perez’s single scored Derek Orndorff to bring the Cardinals within one run; however the Braves bullpen was able to keep the Birds off the bags in the 9th, ending their chances for the first home win.

When the dust settled, Coach Tony Hurla said, “The guys really dug deep tonight after getting behind early. I’m proud of the effort we played with. A few defensive miscues cost us and we didn’t get any breaks on some close calls.” Overall, Cardinals’ Arrison Perez led the offensive change tonight, going 2-3 at the plate, followed by Grober (2-4) and Menhennett (2-5). Each of the Redbird pitchers had two strikeouts in tonight’s game.

On June 7th, the Woodstock River Bandits host your Front Royal Cardinals at Central High School. Game time is 7:00 pm. The next opportunity for the Cardinals to get their first home win will be against theon Saturday, June 8th, at Bing Crosby Stadium.

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2020 Front Royal Fireman’s Parade

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Royal Examiner’s cameras were there… if you missed it or want to see it again, watch it here. RoyalExaminer.com – your source for LOCAL news and events!

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‘Biggest yard sale in history’ promised this weekend at Front Royal’s animal shelter

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Looking for a deal? Try the Julia Wagner Animal Shelter site on Progress Drive off Shenandoah Shores Road this weekend, July 17-18, 10-4 p.m. Management says they’re “bursting at the seams with treasures with, by far, the biggest yard sale collection in our history.”

Fussell Florist proprietor and council candidate Betty Showers at last week’s Yappy Hour Wagner Shelter fundraiser with the author’s dog, Diva. Royal Examiner Photo/Roger Bianchini

On Friday, July 17, you may top off your day at the yard sale with a visit to “Yappy Hour” at 124 Main Street. Bring your (well behaved!) dog, if you wish to the outside affair and help the owners of ViNoVa with their generous weekly contributions to the shelter from “Yappy Hour” sales from 6 to 8 p.m. Special “Yappy Hour” prices on food and beverages are offered, as is a 50/50 raffle run by the HSWC Board of Directors.

Meanwhile, the cash-strapped shelter – fundraisers have been seriously curtailed since the virus pandemic began last March – has received a donation of $2,000 from an anonymous donor which will match all donations up to that amount made before July 31.

Earlier this week, about half that amount ($965) had been donated. The shelter will accept checks marked “match” and mailed to Humane Society of Warren County (HSWC), 1245 Progress Drive, Front Royal, VA 22630.

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Front Royal woman charged in assault of 2-year-old in her care

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Candice L. McCartney. Photo courtesy of RSW Jail

On Tuesday, July 14, 2020, Candice L. McCartney, 28, of Front Royal, was charged with § 40.1-103 Cruelty and Injuries to Children and § 18.2-57.2 Assault and Battery Against a Family Member. The victim is a 2-year-old child who was in McCartney’s care when the alleged incident occurred. The alleged assault occurred in the 300 block of Ritenour Street on July 13, 2020. A forensic examination of the child was conducted by Winchester Medical Center for treatment of serious but non-life-threatening injuries.

McCartney was arrested without incident and transported to the Rappahannock Shenandoah Warren (RSW) Regional Jail where she went before the magistrate and was held on a secure bond. A court date for this offense is set for August 13, 2020, at 9:00 am, in Warren County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court. Further details regarding this matter cannot be released at this time due to the pending nature of the investigation.

This investigation is ongoing and anyone with any further information is asked to contact Front Royal Police Detective M.R. Ramey at (540) 636-2208 or by email at mramey@frontroyalva.com.

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Legislative Update

Cline to hold telephone Town Hall dedicated to issues facing seniors on July 16th

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Congressman Ben Cline (VA-06) announced that he will host a Telephone Town Hall dedicated to issues facing seniors and those approaching retirement. Cline will be joined on this call by Sharon Graham, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Regional Administrator, and Sheriff Eric Orange, Roanoke County Sheriff.

The telephone town hall will take place Thursday, July 16, 2020, from 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Constituents planning to participate should register at cline.house.gov/live or dial (855) 933-0825 during the time of the call.

“Seniors face a number of issues concerning healthcare, scams, and more that younger generations deal with far less frequently,” Cline said. “For this reason, I am excited to host a telephone town hall specifically geared toward older constituents in the Sixth District. This event will give me the opportunity to hear directly from seniors about the issues most important to them and allow me to provide updates and resources they may find particularly useful.”

This event will mark the fifth telephone town hall held by Congressman Cline since March.

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Community Foundation to award COVID relief grants

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The Community Foundation of the Northern Shenandoah Valley will be awarding new grants to agencies in our area that have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. These grants will come from a new Community Relief Fund at the CFNSV. This fund was started with a grant to the CFNSV from the Micron Opportunity Fund of the Community Foundation of Northern Virginia.

Grant applications for this fund will be available from July 17, 2020, until July 27, 2020. All applications will be due by the deadline of 5:00 pm on July 27, 2020. Agencies who have already applied to the CFNSV for a 2020 grant from either the Cochran Family Fund or the Paul and Marta Rees Fund for a COVID related project or program do not need to reapply to be considered for a grant from this new fund.

Agencies wishing to view and apply for these grants can do so through the grant portal at our website, www.cfnsv.org. If your agency has not set up access to the CFNSV Grant Portal, please take some time to do so. The website is found here.

Feel free to contact the Community Foundation of the Northern Shenandoah Valley (CFNSV) if you have any problems accessing your account.

For more information, contact Larry Weiss, CFNSV Executive Director at director@cfnsv.org.

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Governor Northam COVID-19 update briefing – July 14, 2020; calls for stronger enforcement of COVID-19 guidelines

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Governor Northam joins the Virginia Emergency Support Team to share the latest updates on the COVID-19 response. Here are the highlights:

  • increasing statewide cases
  • increase testing
  • on average, 10,000 tests administered daily statewide
  • the state should increase the enforcement of face coverings and social distancing
  • reminded business owners that they have the right to deny service to someone who is not following the mask mandate or social distancing guidelines
  • plan to impose an earlier cutoff for alcohol sales at restaurants is also being considered
  • state continues to receive shipments of personal protective equipment, and hospitals have reported no shortages
  • school boards and universities will continue to make decisions regarding this school year
  • update on the rent and mortgage relief program
  • DMV locations continue to reopen
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