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Judge Ronald Napier announces retirement plans

Local News

FRONT ROYAL - - Hanging in a closet in the chambers of the Warren County Circuit Court are the robes of past judges. Another robe belonging to 26th District Circuit Court Judge Ronald Lewis Napier will soon be added to the rack. Napier, 63, announced Thursday that he plans to retire July 1, ...

Group issues report card for county supervisors

Local News

With the last day of school in the past for Shenandoah County Public Schools,  the Parents' Alliance for Strong Schools has issued, for the fourth year in a row,  an end-of-year report card grading county supervisors on their support for education. “The report card is part of the ...

Local veterans recall serving in war at a young age

Local News

STEPHENS CITY — When Zane Kermit Webster, now 94, first landed on a South Pacific island in 1941, he was expecting a quiet first night. But hours later, he was facing the fire of Japanese soldiers, who were one island over among a cluster of small islands. “We were on the first one, the ...

Police seek clues in attempted robbery

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FRONT ROYAL – Town police are looking for two people suspected of injuring a woman during an attempted strong-arm robbery that occurred early Friday morning. The Front Royal Police Department received a report of an attempted strong-arm robbery just after midnight, according to information ...

Judge restores gun rights to felons

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FRONT ROYAL – Several felons can legally possess guns after a Warren County judge granted requests to restore their rights this week. Judge Ronald L. Napier heard petitions in Warren County Circuit Court on Thursday from four individuals once convicted of felonies who said they wanted to ...

Authorities arrest man accused in 2000 rape case

Local News

WOODSTOCK – A Nebraska man stands charged with raping a teen girl in Shenandoah County more than 17 years ago. Shenandoah County Commonwealth’s Attorney Amanda Wiseley has accused Santiago Raymundo-Rafael of raping a minor child on Jan. 3, 2000. Wiseley makes the accusation in an ...

Fire Department blasted at latest restructuring meeting

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STRASBURG — Members of the Strasburg Fire Department Restructuring Committee strongly criticized the state of the department Thursday, saying that the department has had widespread issues with documentation, its equipment and with the training of its members. During the committee’s ...

Board hears grim report on dairy farms

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WOODSTOCK – Dairy farmers continue to struggle in Shenandoah County and across Virginia, a new report shows. The Board of Supervisors heard an update Tuesday on the dairy industry from Jeremy Daubert, the dairy science agent for the Rockingham County office of the Virginia Cooperative ...

Strasburg High School teen walks twice for graduation

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Callie Stead will graduate from two schools this week that she said have shaped her to be a leader and to work for achievement. Stead, 18, walked in Triplett Tech's 53rd annual ceremony Thursday, and will join 141 graduation candidates in the 59th commencement ceremony for Strasburg High ...

Latham leaving R-MA as one of its top students

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FRONT ROYAL - Randolph-Macon Academy's salutatorian Ryan Latham has kept busy in his time at school.  His extracurricular activities have included being captain of the soccer team, band commander, drum major and president of the National Honor Society and the Spanish National Honor ...

Strasburg to look at potential water meter contract

Local News

The Strasburg Town Council is set in a work session today to discuss the possibility of contracting out the work of replacing its water meters replacements to Suez AMI. But a contract — with Suez AMI or any other company — is a long way down the road, Town Manager Wyatt Pearson ...

Man once committed accused of having gun

Local News

FRONT ROYAL – A Warren County man accused of having a firearm despite an order committing him to treatment – the second time in four years – remains free on bond. Kurt M. Jankowski, 33, of 997 Wilderness Road, Linden, stands charged with one count of possessing a firearm after having ...

Former fire chief appeals department’s removal of life membership

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STRASBURG — Former Strasburg Fire Department Chief Dale King is appealing a decision to revoke his life membership from the department. In a meeting of the Fire Department restructuring committee on Thursday, the committee members voted to hear King give his appeal during their next regular ...

Authority Board approves regional jail budget

Local News

FRONT ROYAL - Members of the Rappahannock-Shenandoah Warren Regional Jail Authority Board Thursday approved a $14.6 million budget for the jail that gives staff raises. The board had been considering either a 2 percent or a 2.5 percent raise to take effect either on July 1 or Jan. 1. What they ...

Courthouse Notes: Shenandoah County

Courts & Legal News

The following information is from the Shenandoah County Circuit Court and Department of Building Inspections:   Marriage Licenses Mitchell Lee Markley Sr., 56, of Basye, and Teresa Lynn Brooks, 52, of Basye. Christopher Michael Barrett, 45, of Mount Jackson, and Melissa ...

Avid cyclist hopes to set up ‘bed and bike’ in Strasburg

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STRASBURG — When Kevin Watson and his wife, Alice Muellerweiss, walked inside 117 High Street in Strasburg for the first time as they considered buying the house, the first thing they thought of was the potential for a bed and breakfast. “Literally, the first thing out of both of our ...

Board grants tax break to church gymnasium

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WOODSTOCK – Shenandoah County leaders overwhelmingly supported a church’s request Tuesday to cut a tax break for its Strasburg gymnasium. The Board of Supervisors voted 6-0 to adopt an ordinance that adds the Tight’n Up gymnasium on East King Street in Strasburg to the list of properties ...