Top 3 Headlines on WHSV.com October 2

These are the most viewed headlines on WHSV.com for October 2nd. Stories with available video will have a link in the headline.

Shenandoah National Park Closed, Tourists Frustrated

Reporter: Charles House

The government shutdown puts national park on hold.

Travelers struggle as Shenandoah National Park is closed, along with Skyline Drive.

The gates at the entrance of Shenandoah National Park keep out many confused and frustrated tourists.

In only a few minutes, drivers from as far as Texas had to find another route to travel through the area.

One group of motorcycle riders, two of them from Illinois, explain how they really feel about the shutdown.

Cyclist Steve Meister said, "We're so proud that nobody wants to work together in the capital, it just makes me a proud citizen of this country. I mean they just, someone needs to get a party together to where they're going to start working together or they all need to go."

Many tourists not expecting the shutdown will be forced to change their travel plans to not include national parks.

 

Family Rebuilds Cattle Facility after Massive Fire

Reporter: Carly Stephenson

HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- After a massive cattle barn fire in January, a family is rebuilding their cattle facility.

The fire happened at Arbogast Farms in Harrisonburg and caused hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of damage.

In just a few weeks, they'll be able to move hundreds of cattle in.

Brian Arbogast said they met with an architect in February and started building in August.

Arbogast said the new structure will be more accommodating for cattle. It's not as big at 734 feet long, but it's taller and more open.

The old building was a converted poultry house, so it was longer and not as open. They lost at least $150,000 worth of equipment in the fire.

When they lost the barn, they had to move cows out to graze, as opposed to keeping them on feed. Because of that, they were only able to keep 250 cows in January.

"It is exciting seeing this structure coming up, our own cattle we haven't been feeding since we lost the barn. So we'll get the cattle facility up and running and we'll be back to feeding cattle which is part of our farm's operation," said Arbogast.

As far as total loss, it's at least $700,000. They ruled that the cause of the fire was electrical.

The Arbogasts are working on the project with TL Poe Construction, LLC.

 

Social Security Checks and Government Shutdown

There is some good news about something you will be receiving, even if the government does shut down.

Employees at the local Social Security offices say people who are on Social Security will still receive their check if that occurs.

They say they haven't gotten too many calls from concerned citizens yet.

They say this happened in years past and they're just currently watching and waiting like the rest of us.

They want to reiterate: people will still receive their Social Security check if there is a government shutdown.

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