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Man sentenced to life imprisonment in cab driver’s murder

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FRONT ROYAL -- Clay Marshall Curtis, convicted of first-degree murder in the December 2014 shooting death of  Front Royal cab driver Simon Funk, was sentenced Monday to life imprisonment and a $100,000 fine. The sentence, imposed by Circuit Judge Clifford L. Athey Jr.,  upheld a verdict ...

Deputies: Mount Jackson man held woman at knifepoint

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A Mount Jackson man was arrested twice Sunday, first after law enforcement officials accused him of holding a woman against her will for hours and the second time after he ran from deputies. Capt. Wesley Dellinger, of the Shenandoah County Sheriff's Office, said deputies arrested 31-year-old ...

29 opioid deaths in area so far this year

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WINCHESTER — The area is on track for the highest number of yearly opioid deaths since official record keeping began, the executive director of the Northern Shenandoah Valley Substance Abuse Coalition said Monday. Lauren Cummings told a conference organized by the coalition that there have ...

Candidates see campaign activity

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WOODSTOCK – A candidate running for Shenandoah County Board of Supervisors continues to bankroll his campaign. Campaign finance reports filed with the Virginia Department of Elections and the Shenandoah County General Registrar showed activity from July 1 to Aug. 31. District 4 Supervisor ...

Jury trial set in teen murder case

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FRONT ROYAL -- A jury trial in the case involving the Gore teen accused of stabbing his girlfriend to death in March was set on Monday for early 2018. The psychological evaluation for Bailey Lincoln Powell, 18, which was ordered on June 28 to determine his mental competency at the time of the ...

Front Royal, Edinburg miss out on revitalization money

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Front Royal and Edinburg have missed out on federal money officials in both localities had sought for downtown revitalization. Virginia awarded almost $9 million in Community Development Block Grant funding for 15 projects around the state. Neither Front Royal nor Edinburg made the list in ...

In Brief

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Authorities find wanted inmate FRONT ROYAL -- An inmate in the work-release program at the Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail who walked off the job Friday now faces an escape charge. The Warren County Sheriff's Office located Jeffrey Aaron Staples in a home in the 1300 block of ...

Model ship sails in to Warren County High School

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FRONT ROYAL — Glenn Mikulak graduated from Warren County High School in 2010. Now, his prized creation, a 10,000-piece model cruise ship made out of KNEX, has made its way to the school’s library. For Kenneth Knesh, assistant principal at Warren County High School, the decision to find ...

Gov. McAuliffe to appear at battlefield event

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Gov. Terry McAuliffe is set to visit Fisher’s Hill Battlefield near Strasburg on Tuesday to present awards for the preservation of Virginia Civil War battlefields. According to Randy Jones, public information officer for the Virginia Department of Historic Resources, the New Market-based ...

Business Ledger: Sept. 18

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Frank's Bar B Q Frank's Bar B Q LLC mobile food truck is featured in the first issue of a new barbecue and oysters magazine called Smoke & Salt. Frank's Bar B Q, owned by Frank Zirkle, has been in business for seven years – three years in Manassas and four years in the Woodstock ...

Vultures create flap in Woodstock

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Woodstock residents are seeing more vultures circling overhead or roosting in large trees this year than in the past. Vultures are scavengers, usually eating the remains of dead animals and thereby cleaning up the area environment. The large birds, however, can become a nuisance. They can ...

Anthem fills bare ACA areas in Virginia and region

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Every county and locality in Virginia is now slated to have at least one insurer through the Affordable Care Act. The  Anthem health insurance company announced Friday  that it would be filling every so-called “bare” county and locality in the state. Bare counties are those lacking a ...

Congress looks at legislation to stabilize ACA marketplace

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A decision Friday by Anthem to fill in the counties in Virginia that were slated to have no insurers available through the Affordable Care Act exchanges comes as Congress is looking over potential legislation aimed at stabilizing the health insurance marketplace under the ACA. In the past two ...

Road work for Royal Farms moves forward

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FRONT ROYAL – A years-long effort to improve part of U.S. 340-522 in Warren County and spur development can finally move forward. The Front Royal-Warren County Economic Development Authority and the county Board of Supervisors entered into a memorandum of agreement Friday to improve part of ...

School Board approves student suspensions, staff changes

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The Shenandoah County Public Schools Board  approved 365-day suspensions Thursday night for two students. If the students agree to drug testing and successfully complete education programs the terms of the suspension could be re-evaluated by Superintendent Mark Johnston. Members discussed ...

Maurertown man pleads guilty by Alford to child sex charges

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WOODSTOCK -- Circuit Judge Dennis L. Hupp accepted a plea agreement Friday that called for a Maurertown man to enter an Alford plea of  guilty to two amended child sex offenses. Dennis Lee Branham, 69, entered the plea to two counts of taking indecent liberties with children after he sexually ...

Man charged with child abuse accused of breaking infant’s ribs

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WOODSTOCK -- A Mount Jackson man facing several charges related to a child abuse incident is accused of breaking the 3-month-old victim’s ribs, the criminal complaint alleges. According to the complaint, Hirving Ayala, 23, was sleeping in the bed with his 3-month-old daughter on Tuesday ...