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Strasburg man dies of heroin overdose

January 15, 2017

Law enforcement officers responded to three overdoses Saturday in Shenandoah County, one of which was fatal, according to a spokesperson with the Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office.

Canines to the rescue: Farm dogs help save part of goat herd from fire

Kim Gochenour, of Mountain View Farm in Lebanon Church,  walks with her herding dogs Scarlet, left, an Anatolian Shepherd, and Coconut, right, a Great Pyrenees. The two dogs helped save some of her goats after a barn on her farm was destroyed by fire. Rich Cooley/Daily

January 13, 2017

Dogs, for the most part, are extremely protective animals. It’s an instinct innate to their condition, a trait instilled by nature and relied upon in the most crucial life or death decisions, where taking the time think things out isn’t an option. For a pair of Lebanon Church dogs, that protective instinct reached beyond the human-dog bond.

Details emerge in diner robbery

January 13, 2017

Though the execution of a search warrant led to the arrest of two suspects in the robbery of Ben’s Diner last weekend, the Woodstock Police Chief said an earlier search warrant at the same residence played a key role in identifying the suspects.

Anti-abortion group wants day of mourning

Benjamin Cline

January 13, 2017

An anti-abortion organization called Day of Tears is urging the Virginia General Assembly to pass a resolution declaring a day of mourning to mark the anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision.

School Board approves Capital Improvement Plan

January 13, 2017

WOODSTOCK – The Shenandoah County School Board approved the 2017-2022 Capital Improvement Plan and discussed state and division initiatives at its Thursday night meeting.

Division launches online budget survey

January 13, 2017

WOODSTOCK – Shenandoah County Public Schools launched an online 2017-2018 budget survey to gather feedback on what the community views as high priorities for the school division to prepare for the fast-approaching budget season.

Navy Federal Credit Union expansion to create 1,400 jobs

January 12, 2017

Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced in his State of the Commonwealth speech Wednesday that Navy Federal Credit Union plans a $100 million expansion of its Winchester operations center that he estimates will create roughly 1,400 jobs.

Pedestrian killed in crash

January 12, 2017

Authorities identified the 56-year-old pedestrian who died after a car struck him on the 800 block of John Marshall Highway in Front Royal on Wednesday.

House Democrats focus on jobs, wage reform

Virginia House Minority Leader David Toscano,  of Charlottesville, speaks during a news conference. "Our priority is to be laser-focused on creating jobs," he said.  Capital News Service

January 12, 2017

RICHMOND – The Virginia House Democrats Thursday outlined their legislative agenda to raise the minimum wage, increase workforce training and protect minority rights during this General Assembly session.

Wintry mix predicted for weekend

Damond Guangrat, of Front Royal, gives his Jeep a bath outside his home on Kerfoot Avenue during an unseasonably warm winter afternoon.  Temperatures rose to nearly 70 degrees Thursday, but today's high should be in the upper 40s with wintry precipitation expected on Saturday.  Rich Cooley/Daily

January 12, 2017

The Northern Shenandoah Valley will experience another bout of winter weather late today into Saturday, according to Luis Rosa, a meteorologist at the Sterling office of the National Weather Service.

Advocates for rape survivors applaud grant

Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring discusses a grant that will go toward eliminating the state's backlog of untested rape kits during a news conference on Thursday.  Capital News Service photo

January 12, 2017

Organizations that help rape survivors see benefits from Virginia receiving a $2 million federal grant to improve the commonwealth’s handling of sexual assaults.

Entrepreneur competition to return to LFCC

January 12, 2017

The Small Business Development Center at Lord Fairfax Community College will reboot its ‘Shark Tank’ style entrepreneur competition for a second year after its Entrepreneur Cafe last year was a success.

USDA announces $27 million in agriculture marketing grants

January 12, 2017

The United States Department of Agriculture’s Agriculture Marketing Services has announced the availability of $27 million in grants meant to fund projects aimed at bolstering marketing for local and regional food producers and businesses, according to a release.

McAuliffe touts record, announces new jobs for Winchester area

January 11, 2017

RICHMOND — Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe touted his record at growing and diversifying the state’s economy Wednesday while warning lawmakers that the state’s progress could be undermined by socially conservative legislation on abortion or transgender issues.

County taps new finance chief

Harrison Nicholson

January 11, 2017

WOODSTOCK – Shenandoah County officials picked a new finance chief just in time to work on next year’s budget.