The Warren Sentinel

‘Dare to Dream’ grants awarded to help women achieve their goals

FRONT ROYAL — Nine local women received Dare to Dream grants from the Front Royal Women’s Resource Center last Thursday, March 19, at the Shenandoah Valley Golf Club. The Women’s Resource Center enriches lives by supporting opportunities for women in Warren County through education, information and programs. The center’s vison is to empower women to change the world. The resource center has been giving out Dare to Dream grants since 1999 and has given a total of 96 grants to date worth around $68,000.

Winchester minister suspended over same-sex union

WINCHESTER — A former Shenandoah University religion professor and local United Methodist minister will be suspended from performing ministerial duties for having officiated at a same-sex marriage last fall. The Rev. John D. Copenhaver Jr., 66, is suspended from this past Sunday through June 15, but will not face church trial or lose his clergy credentials. A resolution was reached in the case with the Rev. Larry Thompson, Winchester District superintendent of the United Methodist Church, and Bishop Young Jin Cho of the Virginia Conference of the United Methodist Church. It was announced March 6 via the Virginia Conference website and via email lists from both clergy and Virginia Conference laity leadership (non-clergy).

No injuries in head-on collision with school bus

FRONT ROYAL — No one was injured after a 16-year-old boy crashed head on into a Warren County school bus Monday afternoon. The accident happened just around 4p.m. on Howellsville Road near Hardesty Road in Front Royal while Bus 55 driven by Benjamin Bragg was dropping off children after school.

Q&A: Skyline HS’s first and only principal announces retirement

FRONT ROYAL — After 32 years with Warren County Schools, Skyline High School Principal Andrew Keller is retiring at the end of June to let a someone with new passion, new innovation and new energy take his place. Keller says he isn’t planning to sit around very long. He hopes to continue to work with schools and students in some capacity — and to be able to spend more time with his wife and grandchildren. The Warren Sentinel interviewed Keller about his past career with Warren County Schools and what his future plans will be…

Work on Winchester Medical Center’s new cancer center to start soon

WINCHESTER — Site work is scheduled to begin soon for the new cancer center at Winchester Medical Center, said WMC Chief Operating Officer Skip Philips. “As soon as the weather clears a little bit, we will probably do a little pre-site work,” he said Friday. The official groundbreaking is expected to be in early or mid-May, Philips said. “We’re targeting completion in the third quarter of 2016,” Philips said. The 52,000-square-foot center will adjoin the Diagnostic Center on the northeast side of the WMC campus.

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