Local News

Hospitals alter visitation policies for flu season

December 22nd, 2014

Influenza incidence has increased around the area, prompting hospitals in the Northern Shenandoah Valley to alter their visitation policies to help protect visitors, staff and other patients from illness.

Thousands of bags of heroin seized in drug bust

December 22nd, 2014

Law enforcement officials arrested two men Friday who are believed to have distributed more than two pounds of heroin around Front Royal and other parts of western Virginia.

Front Royal man leads bike drive

Matthew Feucht, 11, of Front Royal, left, helps his stepdad Shawn Lucas assemble a bicycle inside the Front Royal Moose Lodge on Friday evening. Lucas spearheaded a community effort to raise money for bicycles for needy children in the Front Royal area.  Rich Cooley/Daily

December 21st, 2014

When Shawn Lucas, 39, was growing up in Manassas, he did not have much. The son of a construction worker, Lucas did not get the biggest, best presents around the holidays.

University honors middle school music teacher

December 21st, 2014

Wendy Whitford, band and orchestra director at North Fork Middle School in Quicksburg was recently recognized with James Madison University’s Outstanding Music Educator Award for alumni.

Polar flair

Alvin Ritter of Woodstock stands in the front yard of his home surrounded by his  inflated decorations along Readus Road. Rich Cooley/Daily

December 19th, 2014

WOODSTOCK — Each winter, the house at 2416 Readus Road transforms into a scene straight from the North Pole.

Credit card victims include rich, powerful and local stores

December 19th, 2014

A U.S. senator, the embassy of Qatar and the Office of the Majority Leader of the U.S. House of Representatives were among the victims of a credit card fraud and identification theft scheme in which one person has pleaded guilty in federal court in Harrisonburg.

Authorities investigate four overdoses at plant

December 19th, 2014

Authorities are investigating four drug overdoses, at least one involving heroin, among employees at George’s chicken slaughtering and processing plant in Edinburg on Thursday afternoon and early Friday morning.

Fatal hit-and-run crash under investigation

December 19th, 2014

State police are searching for the driver of a vehicle that struck and killed a 15-year-old boy as he walked along the1000 block of Rest Church Road around Clearbrook at about 7 a.m. Friday.

Two facing car theft charges

December 19th, 2014

Front Royal police have arrested two town residents and charged them with grand larceny linked to a vehicle stolen on Nov. 30.

Virginia aims for diversity with new economic plan

Maurice Jones.

December 19th, 2014

According to a recently released report, the Virginia economy will have to diversify and be less reliant on public sector jobs on the federal, state and local levels to maintain a steady economy for years to come.

Coming full circle

Tara Coughlan, left, and her mother Philomena O'Brien, right, stand inside Nanas Irish Pub in Middletown. O'Brien is the new restaurant owner of the former Irish Isle Restaurant. Rich Cooley/Daily

December 19th, 2014

MIDDLETOWN — When Philomena O’Brien was a little girl, she moved with her family from Limerick, Ireland, to Rochester, New York. After spending the 1980s raising her children in Ireland, O’Brien came back to the states, where she eventually opened an Irish Pub with her then-husband Brian Coughlan.

Virginia organization named one of nation’s best

December 19th, 2014

The Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP) was ranked second in the American Economic Development Institute and Pollina Corporate Real Estate’s Top 10 State Economic Development Organizations for 2014.

Roanoke company to rebrand

December 19th, 2014

Roanoke-based Lawrence Companies, a freight company, is undergoing a re-branding effort.