Top 3 Headlines on WHSV.com October 3

These are the most viewed headlines on WHSV.com for October 3rd. Stories with available video will have a link in the headline.

Winning Lottery Ticket Sold at Martin's

HARRISONBURG--- Martin's on East Market Street is the seller of a $250,000 winning ticket.

The winner was one number away from the Mega Millions jackpot.

The numbers were randomly selected by the computer at the grocery store. Management believes that this will bring in more players in the future hoping to strike it big.

They are happy to have the title of winning ticket seller. Jennifer Lancaster, Customer Operations Manager, said, "Our customers were very excited to hear that we had a winner here locally. They know that they have a better chance of winning themselves given that we sold a winner."

The $250,000 winner, John Simmers of Harrisonburg, says he and his wife will use the money to restore their house.

 

Government Shutdown, Valley School Impact

Harrisonburg -- Harrisonburg City Schools will soon feel a big impact from the shutdown of the federal government if an agreement isn't made soon.

“Programs like free and reduced lunch and breakfast are at the highest risk” said Dr. Scott Kizner, superintendent of Harrisonburg City Schools.

Kizner says the school has enough funds to keep the reduced lunch program running through October, but will have to make cuts after.

Harrisonburg City Schools uses $1.8 a year for it's school lunch program.

Special education programs will continue because the district is using money from last year's grants.

 

Shutdown Continues and Businesses Begin to Worry

Reporter: Anna-Lysa Gayle

ROCKINGHAM COUNTY, Va. -- The government shutdown is putting a damper on tourism in Rockingham County.

The Massanutten Resort is where people from around the world go to enjoy the fall foliage, nearby cities and outdoor adventures.

"It's beautiful, very peaceful, plus the history with the Civil War," said Mark Mindel, who is visiting from New York. It is his first time visiting the Valley.

"Customers come from all over the place, a lot of people because of our proximity to Massanutten Resort come from literally all over the world," said Lisa Whedbee, the owner of Skyline Cafe & Art.

Her restaurant is across from the Massanutten Resort. She says a lot of tourists that stay at the Massanutten Resort visit Washington, D.C. and the Shenandoah National Park during their stay.

"You can stop and park and take little hikes and we weren't able to do it, so you know we're disappointed," said Mindel, who was unable to visit Skyline Drive, because of the shutdown.

Whedbee's concern is that if the shutdown continues, her business will begin to lose customers coming in from the Massanutten Resort.

She worries they will cancel their vacation plans in the Valley and go elsewhere. "I'm hoping it won't too bad, but it does look like it from the concerns we hear from the visitors who are already here," said Whedbee.

"You know it put a little dent in our vacation," said Mindel. Mindel works with the United States Postal Service. He thinks digging into lawmakers pockets is the fastest way to compromise and end the shutdown.

"The Congressmen and Senators shouldn't be paid. Maybe that would make them come to a quicker resolution to the problem," said Mindel.

Whedbee says this month is usually a breakthrough month for small businesses in this area.

She's hoping it still will be, if the government shutdown comes to an end soon.

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