Top Headlines Feb. 19

By: Kitty Capelle
By: Kitty Capelle

These are the most popular headlines on WHSV.com for Feb. 19. The headline links will take you to video, if there is any.

Rockingham County Sheriff's Office Investigating Church Vandalism

 

ROCKINGHAM COUNTY -- The Rockingham County Sheriff’s Office is looking for the person who vandalized a local church Saturday night.

The Sheriff said someone may have used a slingshot to throw marbles into at least eight windows at the People's Baptist Church on Route 33.

Richard Forsythe, the pastor of the church, said he wants people to pray for whoever vandalized the church.

"It frustrated us, but we're concerned about folks that would do that, that are troubled that way,” Forsythe said. “So we told the church later to pray for them, trust the Lord in their hearts to put them on a different course, a different path."

If you have any information on who may be responsible for this vandalism, contact the Rockingham County Sheriff's Office.

 

Tax Refunds Issued on New Debit Card

 

HARRISONBURG -- The Virginia Department of Taxation will change the way people receive their tax refunds.

People will be getting their refunds on a debit card instead of a paper check in the mail.

People, like Eugene Meadows, who are used to receiving their tax returns in a paper check, are disappointed by this change.

"Truthfully, I wouldn't do direct deposit on account of giving your information out,” Meadows said, “If they send the check like it always was, you can save money in the long run."

Nick Perrine, a tax manager, said Virginia will save about $200,000 by eliminating paper checks. Meadows said the state shouldn't want to take money from its people.

"I think we need to save more money than the state does. Put more money in our pocket and less in theirs."

Perrine said people who do not trust direct deposit for their taxes should consider using it after this change.

"You can still do direct deposit and that would be the quickest way to get your refund,” Perrine said, “That's what we're urging a lot of our clients to do if you're doing a paper check, that we switch that over and do direct deposit because there are fees involved with this debit card."

People who use this card may be charged for various reasons. People can only use MoneyPass ATMs to take money off of the card. ATM withdrawals can only be done for free once a month and after that there is a $2 charge. Bank teller transactions can only be done for free once during the entire time a person has the card, after that a $2.50 fee will be charge. Also, people who do not use the card for 6 months will have to pay a $3 per month.

Meadows said these fees will only take money out of people's pockets.

"The way things are going now, you need every penny that you can get because every time they take something out, that's less you have for you and your family," Meadows said.

For more information about the other fees for the debit card visit the Virginia Department of Taxation website at: www.tax.virginia.gov/

 

Toughest Meals in the Valley Round 2: Boardwalk Cafe

 

The Boardwalk Cafe is popular for its hot dogs, with 50 different types in total.

Steve Pittella, the owner of Boardwalk Cafe, is originally from Brooklyn. He says the menu has evolved over time.

"The whole place started when I couldn't find my NY-style hot dog in the area. Had twelve, people kept coming in saying, 'you don't have the hot dog I grew up with,' and the list kept growing and growing,” said Pittella.

The vast menu led to some costumers trying different types of hot dogs in one visit.

"People amazed us. Someone came in and ate three. I thought that was amazing. Then someone did five. So when you gave me a call and put out the challenge, I figured, 'here you go!"

The current Boardwalk record is held by Logan. He ate seven quarter-pound hot dogs. That meant WHSV's Tom Dempsey had to eat eight to break the record.

The first one up was the Virginia Classic. It comes with chili, cheese and diced onions.

Since chili dogs are Tom's all-time favorite, it only took him about two minutes to finish.

Next up was the Peoria, Illinois dog. It was a more simple one with tomato slices and ketchup.

The tomato slices provided a nice cool touch, which was perfect after the chili. Another two minutes and he was finished.

Then came the Connecticut Dog with sauerkraut, bacon, diced onions, relish, ketchup and mustard.

The two other hot dogs were filling him up, and with all the toppings on this one, he was starting to feel a little sick. After three minutes, he was through.

The Western Plain dog was number four. It came with mustard, onions, ketchup and relish.

The pain was definitely setting in after eating one pound of beef.

Number five, known as the Walla Walla Washington, would be Tom's downfall. Known as the Onion Lover, it came with sweet tomato onion sauce, diced onions and french-fried onions.

After one bite, he had to stop. In total, he ate four hot dogs and one bite.

If you want to try the Boardwalk Cafe, you can visit the restaurant at 2556 Jefferson Highway in Waynesboro.

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