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Under the watchful eye of moderator Tristan Shields, far left, Peter Volosin responds to a question as, from left, Charlotte Moore, Jennifer Lewis and Sergio Coppola wait their turns. Forum Photos/Roger Bianchini

On Saturday, May 5, four Democrats seeking their party’s nomination to run for Virginia’s Sixth District seat in the November 2018 U.S. Congressional mid-term election were hosted by the Warren County Democratic Committee.  The Democratic Candidates Forum was held at Warren County’s Villa Avenue Community Center before a room full of Democrats excited by their chance to “flip” the U.S. House of Representatives seat held for 25 years by Robert Goodlatte.

On November 9, 2017, two days after Democrats picked up 15 of the 16 seats they would have needed to earn a 50-50 split in the Virginia State House of Representatives (they lost that 16th seat by a blind draw to determine the winner), Goodlatte joined an expanding list of Republican congressional incumbents announcing they will not seek re-election in 2018.

Goodlatte’s departure from the Sixth District, coupled with recent election results, not only in Virginia, but in other traditionally conservative districts across the nation have raised Democratic hopes for a major change of congressional electoral fortune this coming November.

And on May 5, four Democrats brought their respective cases forward as the best person to achieve that change of fortune in Virginia’s Congressional Sixth.  Those Democrats are: Peter Volosin, Charlotte Moore, Jennifer Lewis, and Sergio Coppola.  Volosin and Moore are Roanoke-based, Lewis is from Waynesboro, and Coppola is a Bridgewater native living in Rockingham County.  Volosin has been in the race the longest, announcing his intention to challenge Goodlatte some time prior to the November 2017 state house election shocker and Goodlatte retirement announcement.

And while I will point readers to our accompanying video of the entire forum to draw a final judgment on their perspective of the candidates’ relative viability versus each other, as well as versus the eventual Republican nominee to replace Goodlatte, I will undertake below that video link to summarize each candidate’s self appraisal in response to questions about their legislative priorities and belief as to why they would be the best person to be the Democrat on the Sixth District ballot in November 2018.

Why us?

All four candidates stressed certain party priorities, including a need for better health care options for Virginians, as well as an overall shift in legislative priorities in Washington.

The legislative priority shift was described as one that would spread employment and higher wage opportunities, tax breaks and other economic benefits to all Americans, including the middle class and working poor.  In one way or another all four candidates expressed a belief commonly held by Democrats that Capitol Hill Republican legislative initiatives are primarily directed to the benefit of America’s wealthiest and highest corporate and private political donor class, rather than the average American.

After citing a need to lessen student loan debt, Volosin said “We’ve got to end Citizens United.”  Citizens United was the 5-4, 2010 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that corporations have the same legal rights as people, particularly as it applies to unlimited and often anonymous political campaign contributions (“free speech”) made through Political Action Committee (PAC’s) to achieve partisan political ends.

Charlotte Moore speaks as other 6th District Democratic primary contenders listen.

Volosin also referenced Republican-sponsored “trickle-down” economic theory dating to the Reagan-era 1980’s at the base of the philosophy that legislative economic benefit to the rich will eventually filter down to those at the non-rich end of the economic spectrum.

“It doesn’t work,” Volosin said of the 35-or-so-year track record of such “trickle-down economics” legislation.

On the health care front at the federal level Democrats point to Republican dismantling of the Affordable Care Act (ACA or “Obamacare”) with no alternative plan in place to improve affordable health care cost options for Americans.  At the state level, Democrats have long pointed to the Republican-controlled General Assembly’s rejection of Medicaid Expansion through four consecutive sessions.  If passed, Medicaid Expansion was estimated to expand more affordable health care to 400,000 moderate to lower income Virginians, as an integral part of the ACA.

Attacks on the environment and consequent impacts on public health were another political divide between Democrats and Republicans cited to pinpoint varying legislative perspectives.  Specifically, the candidates were asked about their stance on “fracking”.

Fracking is a hydraulic fracturing of the earth’s crust to facilitate cheaper access to subterranean resources, primarily natural gas.  Unlike the Sixth District incumbent or Trump EPA director appointee Scott Pruitt, all four Sixth District Democrats expressed STRONG opposition to fracking, as well as a belief that climate change is real.

They pointed to environmental consequences of fracking in particular, primarily the contamination of surrounding water supplies leading to such famous examples as being able to light the water out of home taps on fire in areas where fracking occurs.

Lewis recounted visiting areas of West Virginia in which she saw “water buffaloes” – no, not the big animal, rather large plastic water tanks – in every yard in communities near fracking sites.

Photo of a fracking site in West Virginia – what could go wrong when you hydraulically fracture the earth to reach natural gas deposits, other than perhaps activating dormant fault lines, earthquakes, water contamination and fire? Public Domain/blogspot

“These people had no access to clean water.  So, the fracking company would come by and fill these tanks up and run a water line into the house.  That is no way to live – we can’t keep destroying our planet,” Lewis said, as she expressed support of a 100% move toward renewable energy sources like water, wind and solar.

Lewis suggested that Trump EPA appointees be held accountable for their dismantling of regulations designed to protect the environment, in favor of deregulation to the benefit of environmentally-destructive industries.

Volosin observed that fracking can impact water sources as much as 250 miles away – a 500-mile radius.  He noted that even Saudi Arabia, a nation whose vast wealth is based in oil production, was moving to diversify away from oil as its sole energy source.

“We can’t keep destroying our planet – climate change is real,” Lewis said.  None of her Democratic rivals disagreed.

Fracking sites in Pennsylvania, West Virginia and eastern Ohio – could Virginia be next? Public Domain Photo/imgur

But of Lewis’s notion of Trump EPA accountability, Volosin observed to some appreciative laughter, “We can complain about the EPA, but Scott Pruitt has built a $46,000 soundproof booth; so he can’t hear us.”  Volosin’s reference was to the widely-reported Pruitt EPA expenditure on a soundproof booth out of concerns about informational leaks out of his department.  As attorney general of Oklahoma, Pruitt was a champion of expanded corporate fracking in Oklahoma – the appearance of which coincided with a marked increase by the hundreds in the number of earthquakes experienced in Oklahoma where fault-line activity had not been prevalent before.

Moore agreed in whole with Lewis and Volosin on increased environmental protections – “We can’t keep destroying the earth’s shell – what are we doing to our water supply?” she asked.

Coppola agreed as well, stating that we in Virginia may tend to take water for granted because of the widespread underground aquifer that allows wells to be drilled in many areas.  But if fracking becomes prevalent in Virginia, well drilling into that underground aquifer may be of little future use.

Lewis also was the first candidate to verbalize support for a distinct change in Sixth District representative perspectives on political, even White House, accountability were independent oversight or federal law enforcement investigations to substantiate wrongdoing of any kind.  Sixth District incumbent Goodlatte raised eyebrows with his unsuccessful effort to open the 2017 Congressional session by trying to remove independent ethics oversight of congressional members’ behavior.

“I am ready to tackle fraud, waste and abuse of power,” Lewis promised county Democrats.

On the public safety front, all four candidates expressed a desire to see improvements in gun control laws to help stem the tide of gun violence, including mass shootings of the kind experienced recently in Florida and Maryland schools and other public venues like the Las Vegas concert shooting.  Improved and lengthier background checks that could delay a gun purchase from being made in the heat of a moment of anger were cited as possible paths forward; as well as mental health assessments being circulated and available as part of arms purchase background checks.

“Some people talk about Democrats wanting to take all guns away – we know that’s NOT true,” Volosin said.  “We need to talk to our gun-owning friends and develop policies to everyone’s benefit.”  Of the need to own semi-automatic weapons with large clips, Volosin observed, “If you go hunting and it takes you 30 shots to kill a deer, you may want to go fishing.”

Other shared perspectives included campaign finance reform and bringing an end to gerrymandering of electoral district boundaries to partisan advantage.  Virginia Democrats have pointed to the vast disparity between statewide electoral results over the past decade – going for Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012 and for Hillary Clinton in 2016, as well as the party’s election of four of the last five governors since 2002 – while Republicans have maintained distinct General Assembly majorities, at least prior to the abrupt change – from a 66-34 to a 50-49 Republican majority – in the state house in 2017.

Why me?

Near the forum’s conclusion, moderator Tristan Shields asked the candidates to summarize why they believed they were the party’s best candidate for the Sixth Congressional District seat.

Announced for the U.S. Congressional 6th District Democratic nomination the longest and with the broadest work history, the latter including economic planning, union organizing and world travel with the world bank – Peter Volosin

Volosin pointed to his background in economic, housing and urban planning and his love for the Blue Ridge Mountains where he was born and raised.

“I want to be able to assure that coming generations can enjoy the Blue Ridge too; and have the kind of economic growth that will allow them to be successful. – That’s what I do every day,” Volosin said of his community and economic planning background.

He also noted a diversified work history that has included both union organizing and world travel in a job with the World Bank.  “I am different in my life experience – I have been around the world and seen and experienced things that have solidified to me why we, as Democrats, believe in equality.”

“I will fight to support our small business and farms.  As an economic planner and son of a small business owner, I know that towns thrive when small business succeeds.  We need better roads, expanded rail service, stronger schools and greater broadband coverage,” Volosin states in his campaign literature.

With a background in municipal government on the Roanoke County Board of Supervisors and experience on nine affiliated state or regional boards and associations – Charlotte Moore

Moore pointed to two terms of service on the Roanoke County Board of Supervisors and affiliated statewide municipal governmental associations.  She noted that in her local government role she had become adept at dealing with the public, including when factually-challenged, conspiracy-styled disinformation was brought into the conversation.

It is an experience she believes would serve her well in the current political environment in Washington and on Capitol Hill, she said.

“I am very passionate about education, mental health and the environment.  Education is critical for our children’s future.  The need for mental healthcare continues to increase.  We need to sustain our environment for our children and grandchildren,” Moore states in her campaign literature.

Short on experience but long in confidence on how to get the job done – Sergio Coppola

The least experienced candidate Coppola, pointed to his political science degree, coupled with ambition and a belief in what he can achieve given the opportunity.

“His work has led him to take a bipartisan approach to national issues,” Coppola’s campaign literature notes of his Bachelor of Science Degree from JMU with concentrations in Computer Science, Business, and Politics, adding, “With this background he has made American’s health care a primary focus of his campaign.”

Coppola also described himself as a political moderate who would be a more viable option to independent or crossover Republican voters turned off by the more extreme and divisive politics found on Capitol Hill today.

Long on party grassroots organizing and community service experience, the latter including chairmanship of the Waynesboro Parks & Rec Board, appointed membership on the Council on Youth and elected membership on the Headwaters Soil and Water Board – Jennifer Lewis

Lewis took issue with the self-described “moderate” Coppola’s view of what electable looks like in today’s political landscape, even in traditionally conservative districts like Virginia’s Sixth Congressional.

“I believe I am the right candidate with the right values to help clean Washington up now – bold, progressive views,” Lewis told county Democrats.  Among those bold views was support for the legalization of marijuana.  She pointed to the huge amount of commercial tax revenue raised in states that have legalized “pot” – and suggested that new tax revenue source could be used to add funding to the state’s public school system.

“All too often today we see erosions of basic human decency and tears developing in the fabric of our society.  We need leadership dedicated to repairing the breach, not fanning the flames.  My work in activism and grassroots organizing has taught me the necessity of building diverse coalitions, the value of listening to all sides, and the joy of finding collaborative solutions,” Lewis’s campaign literature states.

If elected Lewis said she would have an open-door policy toward constituents regardless of political persuasion, an experience she recounted not having with the current Republican incumbent.

A divide within?

Whatever inroads he may have made earlier, a quick check after the forum indicated Coppola lost at least part of the room with his response to the final question of the afternoon – “Will you support the party nominee if it is not you?” moderator Shields asked to wrap the two-hour forum up.

Moore, Volosin and Lewis all said “yes” – indicating a belief that what they see as a destructive partisan stranglehold on the federal government needed to be broken, and that could best be accomplished by new-blood Democrats on Capitol Hill.  Then the microphone was passed to Coppola.

“No, I can’t say I will,” he said, appearing to indicate there was one unnamed person on the podium he would not support out of an also unstated concern.  Queried later by this reporter, Coppola would only say on-the-record that, that concern involved an internal party procedural matter involving Volosin filing of his paperwork for a spot on the Democratic ballot.

Earlier Coppola also appeared to lose some of his forum rivals.  Volosin responded curtly to a Coppola-offered “compliment” that he had switched his top priority from housing to health care, which Coppola claimed as his priority from the start.

“I’ve always said health care,” Volosin responded succinctly when offered a minute to rebut Coppola’s statement about altered priorities.

And as observed above, Lewis took issue with Coppola’s view of moderation of political perspectives as the best path forward for Democrats this November.

County Democrats weigh their 6th District options as the media records the May 5 Candidates Forum at Villa Ave. Community Center.

How to accomplish?

Starting with Moore, the four Democrats did appear united in stressing a campaign on issues that reaches out to all Sixth District constituents, regardless of past political persuasion or voting history.

Coppola revisited his belief that sounding more aligned in the political middle was the best way to carry the party’s message forward.  However, while stressing dialogue other candidates indicated that if adequately explained, traditional Democratic priorities like affordable health care, environmental and small business protections and sensible gun control laws will not sound so alien to independent or moderate Republican voters.

“We’ve got to go talk to people; find out what their issues are and let them know what our issues are; who we are and how passionate we are about our issues,” Moore said.

“We’ve got to get the organization fired up; get out to see the people of the district and see change on the ground,” Volosin said.  He pointed to requests to leave his “Democratic” literature with traditionally conservative voters who have expressed concern with a perceived shift in Republican priorities at the federal level.

“As Charlotte said, we’ve got to get out and meet people, reach out and turn them on issues because voting Republican is what they have done,” Lewis observed of many of the district’s constituents.  She pointed to an encounter with an older voter and self-described Goodlatte supporter during which they discussed and agreed on many issues across the legislative spectrum.

“So we talked for awhile and then I said to him, but Bob Goodlatte votes against everything you stand for – and I could see him stop and think.  Because maybe in his 70 years that was the first time anyone had said that to him.  So we have to be ready and it will take all of us – all of you in this room – to get the message out that we must stop voting against our own best interests,” Lewis said of a Democratic battle plan for coming mid-term elections in traditionally Republican districts.

Democrats would like to ‘put the blue back in Blue Ridge’ despite a most-recently-Republican-drawn state electoral district map some might suggest is a tad gerrymandered, not that Democrats haven’t been known to do the same thing. All 4 candidates expressed a preference to end gerrymandering for political gain by any partisan majority.

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VDOT: Warren County Traffic alert for September 28 – October 2, 2020

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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.

INTERSTATE 66
*NEW* Mile marker 16 to 13, westbound – Overnight alternating lane closures for pavement patching, 8 p.m. Tuesday to 7 a.m. Wednesday.

INTERSTATE 81
*NEW* Mile marker 300 to 299, southbound – Right shoulder closures for ditch cleaning, Tuesday to Thursday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

PRIMARY ROADS
No lane closures reported.

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

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.

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.

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Eleven test postive for COVID-19 at Warren Memorial Hospital and Lynn Care Center

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Valley Health Warren Memorial Hospital (WMH) and its adjacent long term care facility, Lynn Care Center, reported Friday, September 25, 2020, that nine employees and two Lynn Care residents have tested positive for COVID-19. The clinical leadership of the facilities has initiated a series of precautionary steps to identify, notify, isolate, and test those who may be at risk for virus exposure.

Six of the employees work at Lynn Care. All the center’s other residents and staff have been tested and results are pending. Three of the COVID-positive employees work in the hospital, and five additional WMH employees have been tested and are awaiting results.

“The safety and well-being of our residents, patients, and staff is our top priority,” said WMH President Floyd Heater. “We are monitoring our staff and residents closely and are confident no other staff, Lynn Care residents, or hospital patients currently have symptoms. We are working in partnership with local and state health officials to ensure we are taking all appropriate steps to safeguard hospital patients, long-term care residents, and staff from exposure.”

Effective immediately, Warren Memorial and Lynn Care are suspending visits by family and care partners, with exceptions only for special circumstances on a case-by-case basis. Also on hold are visits by health care professions students completing clinical rotations at WMH and Lynn Care.

Since March, both the hospital and the 120-bed Lynn Care Center have meticulously followed guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to safeguard staff and residents from COVID-19, including:

• Enhanced infection control precautions including preadmission COVID-19 testing and 14-day quarantine for all new admissions;

• Screening residents, staff, and essential visitors for an expanded list of symptoms;

• Restricting visitation and entry of people to the building;

• Testing staff and residents for COVID-19 based on current protocols and availability of tests;

• Canceling group activities and dining;

• Requiring universal facemask wearing for all staff;

• Encouraging residents to wear masks and utilizing face shields when caring for residents who cannot wear a mask.

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Update: County responds to Town announcement of FRPD financing

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This story has been updated. Here is the complete release. Page 2 of the release was missed and left out of the original post.

Warren County released the following press release on Friday, September 25, 2020:

The press conference held on September 23, 2020, announcing that the Town of Front Royal has secured permanent financing for the Front Royal Police Department building is great news for the citizens of our community! It closes a chapter on one aspect of the lawsuit the Town of Front Royal filed against the Front Royal-Warren County Economic Development Authority (EDA) and ends months of dispute between the EDA, the Town, and the County. It should be viewed as a path forward to a working relationship between the Town of Front Royal, Warren County, and the EDA.

As Warren County citizens, we were brokenhearted by the EDA scandal. The breach by those who were entrusted with our tax dollars and economic development is one that will take years to restore. Efforts taken by the Warren County Board of Supervisors to restore faith and oversight of the new EDA Board of Directors are well documented. Both the Board of Supervisors and the EDA Board of Directors have worked diligently to clean up the mess and recover the stolen assets for taxpayers.

The portrayal by some Town leadership that the County was unwilling to work with the Town to resolve the EDA issues could not be farther from the truth. The County has had every incentive to work with the Town to resolve the Police Station debt owed by the Town and has repeatedly approached the Town to work together on economic development issues critical to the success of our community.

Town and County residents expect us to resolve our differences and focus on big issues affecting our community. Rampant drug overdoses and deaths in our community, families on the margins suffering from the economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, teachers struggling to educate our children remotely, first responders working double overtimes…these are the type of issues we should be working together to resolve.

Our government needs to DO BETTER. We need to stop blaming one another and start focusing on what will better the lives of our citizens. The residents of our community deserve leaders who spend their tax dollars wisely. That includes streamlining our efforts to reduce duplication of the same services and waste of resources. THE CITIZENS of the Town/County are footing the bill for these lawsuits that are equivalent to suing ourselves. And in the case of Town residents, they are paying for lawyers and court costs on both sides.

The citizens of this community want their leaders to find ways to work together. They deserve it. We encourage the Town leadership to work with the County and the EDA to secure a better community!

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Front Royal man arrested on three outstanding indictments, multiple drug charges

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Dontreal Trevaun Arrington. Photo/RSW Regional Jail

On Thursday, September 24, 2020, the Front Royal/Warren County team of the Northwest Virginia Regional Drug Task Force (NWVRDTF) arrested Dontreal Arrington on three outstanding indictments for violations of Virginia Code section §18.2-248 distribution of schedule I or II controlled substances. These indictments stemmed from previous drug distribution incidents that occurred within the Front Royal/Warren County area. Arrington, who is the subject of an ongoing investigation involving the distribution of cocaine and marijuana within the Town of Front Royal, was also found to be in possession of cocaine at the time of his arrest.

Following Arrington’s arrest, agents with NWVRDTF obtained a search warrant for his residence in conjunction with the ongoing investigation into his drug distribution activities. A search of the property, located at 19 East Prospect Street in Front Royal, led to the seizure of approximately four ounces of cocaine, which has an approximate street value of $4,400.00. Additionally, over $35,000.00 in cash was also seized from the residence in addition to firearms, ammunition, and paraphernalia associated with illicit drug sales and distribution.

Following the search warrant, additional charges were placed against Arrington in connection with the evidence seized during the execution of the search warrant. These charges include one count of possession with intent to distribute cocaine (§18.2-248(A)) and two counts of unlawful possession of a firearm while simultaneously possessing a controlled substance (§18.2-308.4(A)). Arrington was held without bond and is scheduled to appear in Warren County General District Court on September 29, 2020, at 10:00 am in relation to these offenses.

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Report on EDA’s regular meeting of September 25

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The EDA Board of Directors met for their regular monthly board meeting. Following a 1-hour Closed Meeting session the Board heard from Committee Chairs and Interim County Administrator Ed Daley.

Executive Committee Strategic Plan
Jeff Browne reminded the Board that the initial work on the EDA’s strategic plan will start October 9-10. Led by new EDA Board member, Jim Wolfe, community leaders are being asked to participate in the October 9th session and share their vision for our community. The session on October 10th will include a series of exercises to help Board members articulate goals and plans.

Finance Committee  – Financial Audits

Chair Jorie Martin’s Finance Committee report noted that the auditors from Brown Edwards are finishing up their examination. The committee is expecting the draft audit for 2018 by the end of October at the latest. The Finance Committee will meet and review the draft audit and present to the board if all goes well at the November meeting to finalize.

Bonds:
Bond payments are up to date: Royal Arms Housing bond fees are due every February. The payment for 2020 was paid. $20,500. Christendom College bond fees are due annually in September.

The 2019 fee was paid and the 2020 was just billed in the amount of $6,567.67. The calculation for payment is 1/8 of 1% of the loan balance.

Asset Management Committee:
Royal Lane Property/Workforce Housing Apartments
Committee Chair Greg Harold reported that there has been considerable interest from developers and investors in this property. Executive Director Doug Parsons has been fielding calls from interested parties as well. The RFDP is available in the EDA office. Please contact Doug at 540-635-2182.

Afton Inn
Harold updated the Board with news that the purchasers, 2 East Main, LLC, will not be closing on a loan in September. It is anticipated that closing will now take place by December.

EDA Office Building 400 Kendrick Lane
The staff has undertaken a clean out of the West Basement area. Warren County General Services department is handling the cleanup. All working tools and maintenance equipment were donated to their department and remaining items will be disposed of. We will be clearing out the effects and disposing of them in the proper fashion.

Kendrick Lane CDL Lot
The EDA has partnered with LFCC to provide the parking lot across the street from the EDA Office Building for their CDL Training program. In return, LFCC designed signs will be displayed in the area. There were two sign mock-ups to review by board members for the Workforce Development CDL Lot.

Executive Director
Doug Parsons reported to the board that the new EDA website development is proceeding and a promotional video of the EDA-owned property at 426 Baugh Drive is now available at https://youtu.be/W1EbBQ4avNs.

Many thanks to Brian Kelly of Randolph Macon Academy for his work in the drone footage and producing the video.

The Town of Front Royal Planning & Zoning Commission held a public hearing and then voted to approve the EDA to rezone two parcels in the Happy Creek Industrial Park to Industrial-2. The request will now be sent to the full Town Council for their approval.

The EDA Board of Directors will have their regular monthly board meeting via Zoom on Friday, October 23, 2020, at 8 a.m.

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Local farm in White Post, Virginia seeking full-time employee

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CARPENTER’S TRAINEE:
Need immediate full-time help in White Post, VA.

We are looking for an honest, hardworking team player, who wants to develop as a craftsman, and able to follow direction from our Master Carpenter. Must be open-minded and mechanically inclined. Little to no carpentry experience is expected, as our Master Carpenter would like to be able to mold and train. This is an excellent opportunity for a young person, just out of high school or college, to learn a skilled trade and get paid for it!

Monday-Friday from 7am-3:30pm. Excellent fully paid benefit package includes 401k, health, dental & vision insurance and much more.

To schedule an interview, please email your resume to sb546appl@gmail.com or mail it to P.O. Box 98, White Post, Virginia 22663.

  • Applicants must be at least 18 years old to apply.
  • References, background check, valid driver’s license and drug test required.
  • Tobacco-free environment.
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