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VaNews for Clarke County

Opioid epidemic fighters aim for proactive strategy

By CHRISTOPHER EARLEY, Winchester Star (Metered Paywall - 5 articles a month)

While the close of 2016 saw just one less fatal overdose in the region than in 2015, authorities say they are hoping that instead of continuing on the defense against substance abuse and heroin, they can finally begin to be proactive. According to numbers provided by the Northwest Virginia Regional Drug and Gang Task Force, the region comprising Winchester and the counties of Frederick, Clarke, Warren, Shenandoah and Page saw 29 overdose deaths in 2016. In 2015, there were 30 such deaths, down slightly from 33 the previous year.

VaNews January 13, 2017

Solar project to coming to Clarke County

Associated Press

Clarke County is getting a new solar project that will generate enough power for thousands of homes. Gov. Terry McAuliffe says the Clarke Solar Farm will house 20 megawatts of generating capacity. It’s being developed by Hecate Energy LCC, a Tennessee-based company that owns and operates projects across the country.

VaNews September 27, 2016

Statistics Show Coyote Predation On The Decline In Virginia

By VAL VAN METER, Winchester Star (Metered Paywall - 5 articles a month)

Fewer farmers in Virginia reported losing livestock to coyotes in fiscal 2015, according to Chad Fox, district supervisor for Wildlife Services with the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Christiansburg. No farms in Frederick or Clarke counties reported coyote predation during the period, Fox said. Coyotes became a problem for Virginia farmers starting in the mid-1980s, Fox said.

VaNews January 11, 2016

Contested Local Races Boost Voter Turnout

By SALLY VOTH, Winchester Star (Metered Paywall - 5 articles a month)

About 61/2 percent more registered voters in Winchester and Clarke County cast ballots Tuesday than during an election in 2011, which was also held a year before a presidential election.

VaNews November 5, 2015

Clarke County Must Bow To Federal Law On Towers

By VAL VAN METER, Winchester Star (Metered Paywall - 5 articles a month)

While Cingular Wireless has withdrawn its application to build a communications tower on Allen Road, the Clarke Planning Commission must still amend its ordinance governing such towers in the wake of a federal bill passed in 2012.

VaNews January 12, 2015

Judge dissolves Shenandoah Farms fire company

By JOE BECK, Northern Virginia Daily

The Shenandoah Farms Volunteer Fire Department succumbed to years of personnel and financial scandals Wednesday after a Clarke County Circuit Court judge signed an order confirming the company's demise. Circuit Judge John E. Wetzel Jr. signed an order for declaratory judgment appointing Warren County Executive Douglas P. Stanley as receiver "to wind up" the department's affairs and complete its dissolution.

VaNews August 15, 2013

LFCC serves 'unprecedented' number of veteran students

By KIM WALTER, Northern Virginia Daily

Like other community colleges in Virginia, Lord Fairfax Community College is enrolling more veteran students than ever before. According to a release sent out by Virginia Community College System, more than 41,000 students with a military status were served during the 2012-2013 academic year.

VaNews July 5, 2013

GED changes could impact program enrollment

By KIM WALTER, Northern Virginia Daily

he Adult Education Program at Lord Fairfax Community College is prepared to see an increase in participation numbers over the next several months. The grant-funded program, which started up last October, helps residents of Winchester and Clarke, Frederick, Page, Shenandoah and Warren counties become proficient English speakers, pass GED exams and attain citizenship.

VaNews July 3, 2013

State money to boost Shenandoah Valley road projects

By ALEX BRIDGES, Northern Virginia Daily

State funding awarded this week can help speed up numerous transportation projects around the region. Projects range from major intersection improvements to sidewalks to rural road enhancements. The Commonwealth Transportation Board approved nearly $155 million in matching funds to projects across the state through its revenue sharing program, according to a press release issued Friday by Gov. Bob McDonnell's office.

VaNews June 24, 2013

Shenandoah area superintendents oppose A-F school report card

By KIM WALTER, Northern Virginia Daily

A part of Gov. Bob McDonnell's education reform initiative that would give schools a letter grade of A-F has been passed by the General Assembly, but local superintendents don't seem to think the method is a step in the right direction. According to the legislation, the state Board of Education must report school performance using a grading system in addition to the standards of accreditation.

VaNews February 23, 2013