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Council puts off action on rental property program

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FRONT ROYAL – Renters hoping the Town Council takes action against so-called slumlords must wait a little longer for help. The council heard and eventually accepted arguments Monday from property managers and owners who urged members to reconsider proposed regulations targeting landlords who ...

Woodstock discussing overlay district for more aesthetic control

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WOODSTOCK – The town, like several other area entities, is seeking more control over its appearance. Planning Commission members are drafting changes it has made to regulations for its overlay district. The town's current overlay district only looks at signage and only for a half-mile strip ...

Former Middletown police chief recalled as good cop, good friend

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Middletown's Town Hall and Police Department were draped in black Monday, symbols of mourning for former Middletown Police Chief Philip Breeden, 68, who died Saturday of esophageal cancer after being diagnosed about eight months ago. “Our sincere prayers go out to Lynn and his family.” ...

Council OKs Afton Inn demolition

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FRONT ROYAL – The Town Council gave the green light Monday to letting a developer demolish the former Afton Inn. Council voted 6-0 at its regular meeting to grant the Front Royal-Warren County Economic Development Authority’s application to demolish the Afton Inn at 2 E. Main St. Council ...

Teen pleads guilty to bringing gun to school

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WOODSTOCK -- A local teen pleaded guilty Monday to six charges stemming from him bringing a gun to Central High School in October. Nicholas Dawson, 17, was charged as an adult after he brought his father’s 9mm Glock handgun to school on Oct. 12-14,  when he was 16 years old. A student ...

Defamation case against Valley Health set for trial

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A defamation case accusing Valley Health of improperly investigating a sexual misconduct allegation is moving forward to a jury trial. According to court documents from the City of Winchester Circuit Court, Valley Health had sought to dismiss the case filed by Richard Catlett, a physician who ...

Rivermont fire station moves forward

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FRONT ROYAL – Work on a new home for the Rivermont Volunteer Fire Department moved forward Monday as officials talked  about the size and possible cost of the project. The Warren County Building Committee discussed two options for a new Rivermont station on Stokes Airport Road near ...

Cardboard City offers a glimpse of life without a home

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WOODSTOCK – The plight of the homeless is well known. Understanding the struggles of the homeless is not so well known. That’s why 60 people, children and adults, slept overnight Friday in hastily constructed cardboard shelters built on the paved parking lot and lawn of Woodstock’s ...

Front Royal man dies in crash

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State police report a Front Royal man died at the scene of a motorcycle crash on Saturday evening. Charles D. Ford, 50, of Front Royal, was driving a Harley-Davidson motorcycle on Route 340 near Snake Road in Warren County when the crash occurred at 7:23 p.m. Saturday, according to Corinne ...

Family Promise offers shelter to homeless families

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Shenandoah County opened the 200th affiliate of the National Family Promise organization in January 2016 with 13 churches committed to hosting a homeless family with meals and sleeping accommodations once every three months. To date Family Promise has helped 20 families representing 38 ...

Business Ledger: Sept. 23

Business

Racing Hercules Tires will sponsor a visit by Sprint car driver Greg Wilson from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday at Stateline Sales and Service, 4781 Martinsburg Pike in Clear Brook. Wilson will have his Sprint car with him. Families can examine the car, which is equipped with a 410 ci engine that ...

VDOT Traffic Alerts

Traffic & Transportation

SHENANDOAH COUNTY Interstate 81 • Mile Marker 286 to 288, northbound and southbound - Overnight alternating lane closures for bridge work over Pughs Run. Today through Oct. 20, 8 p.m. to 7 a.m. Primary roads • Route 11 - Cedar Creek Bridge replacement between Route 629 (Oranda Road) ...

Strasburg planning head looks forward to keeping the past

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STRASBURG — John Settle has served as Strasburg’s planning and zoning administrator for less than a month after working as an environmental planner and code compliance officer for Middlesex County. That shift, from one county government to another, has meant that he has had to adjust to ...

Counties seek jail savings through refinancing

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WOODSTOCK – Counties served by the regional jail near Front Royal could save money by increasing the debt owed on the facility, experts say. The Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren-Regional Jail Authority Board recently endorsed an option to refinance all or part of roughly $38 million in ...

Construction starting on Marriott Hotel in Front Royal

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Construction has begun on the TownePlace Suites Hotel by Marriott in Front Royal. Warren County recently approved the full building permit and walls have already started to go up for the hotel, said Jason Aikens, vice president of the family-owned Aikens Group. H&W Construction, an ...

Shenandoah County Public Schools asking for citizen help

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The Shenandoah County Public Schools wants citizens' input as its administrators plan a road map of where the district wants to head for the next years. “Participation is important as our public schools instructional program, and all that we strive for our children to be -- in addition to ...

Town takes up flea market rules again

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FRONT ROYAL – The Town Council plans to takes up new rules again for flea markets Monday. The council and the Planning Commission, along with town staff members, have spent the better part of the year considering a request by one flea market owner to operate on Fridays. The council plans to ...