Archive for October, 2014

Frederick County School Bus Missing

Saturday, October 25th, 2014

School Bus number 89 disappeared after school on Tuesday, October 21. Its driver, Stacey Jones, age 58, of Winchester, has not been seen since then, and 7 special needs students, between ages 7 and 16, have all been reported missing.

The bus was last seen at its second stop, on Indian Hollow Road. Michelle Rinker, parent of one of the two children to make it home, “It’s just so terrible! My Billy could have still been on that bus- I thank Jesus that he made it home, and I hope God is with the other families, and brings their kids home safe!”

Church Fire Kills 6 People

Saturday, October 11th, 2014

A large propane explosion at the Warriors of God Church Center killed 6 last night.

The Warriors of God, a non-denominational church group comprised primarily of police and ex-military burned to the ground last night due to an explosion in the buildings propane tank. The cause of the explosion is currently unknown, but Lodi Fire Department’s chief arson investigator,Steafan Grant Paterson, is looking in to the issue personally.

“We do not yet know the cause of the explosion, ” said Chief Investigator Paterson, “but are not ruling anything out at this time.”

Memorial services for the victims are being held at undisclosed times and locations throughout the week. In lieu of gifts of support, families and friends are encouraging donations to either the Wounded Warrior Project, Take Back the Night, or their local parishes

Historic Winchester Church Destroyed in Fire

Friday, October 10th, 2014

A tragic fire on the night of October 9th cost the City of Winchester, Virginia one of its older wood-frame churches. St. Anne Chapel, built 1839, located on East Leicester Street, went up in flame around 8 PM. Nearby residents called 911 after noticing smoke, but the structure was already compromised by the time emergency responders arrived.

Bodies of two victims, believed to be squatters, have been recovered but no identifications have yet been made.

The church has been on the National Register of Historic Places since 1987

Rare 16th Century Tarot Card Found in Estate Auction

Friday, October 10th, 2014

Another Tarot card from a deck created by the 16th century painter Giacinto deRose has been discovered in Culpeper VA. The card was found tucked away in a desk which had purchased at an estate sale. The card has been donated to The University of Virginia.

The deRose deck was made in 1510 as a gift to Cardinal Raffaele Riario. The entire deck was painted with the dense, almost cramped, symbolism common to deRoses work and is considered by many art historians as the man’s greatest work. After the Cardinal’s death in 1521 the deck was apparently divided between several of his heirs.

Over the centuries various cards from the deck have surfaced from time to time across Europe. Occult legend has attributed many powers to the cards of the deck and a 1984 Italian horror film, Carte dei Dannati, was based on these stories.

Two years ago another card from the deck was discovered in Culpeper among the personal effects of Wade C. Halford. His grandson, Richard, was later killed in a robbery and the card went missing. That card has never been recovered.

This finding has caused many to speculate that more of the deck may be found in the area.

Popular Young Composer to Appear on PBS Special

Friday, October 10th, 2014

Linh Shang Meng, creator of the award wining short film Terror and Confusion In a Disturbed Minor, has won a grant from the Merryweather foundation to film a performance of her recently debuted opera, The Forest of Lost Girls, for PBS.

Ms. Meng, who burst onto the art scene two years ago has so far staged two performances of her opera, all to rave reviews. The haunting tale of a traveler’s encounters with a string of ghosts has been described as “part Spoon River Anthology, part Chinese folktale and part feminist critique of the highest caliber.” Copies of the music and certain of the segments are available online.

The performance will be filmed over the winter with a planned air date of next October.

Fashion House and Internet Personality Announce Partnership

Friday, October 10th, 2014

Alternative fashion model and performer Ataxia Elegante is rumored to be in negotiations with clothing design studio House of Lourdes and Jarvis Textiles on a new internet project.

Ataxia, a well known face in social media circles, was in Culpeper where she spent an evening at the exclusive Club Dionysus and its proprietor, Debbie Jarvis, owner of Jarvis Industries. Ataxia posted on her FB page that “something big would be coming after tonight’s party.”

As the week has gone on pictures were posted of her at the House of Lourdes studio and several tweets seem to provide support to the project rumors.