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Front Royal man arrested on weapons, drug charges

WINCHESTER – An early Wednesday morning traffic stop turned up an array of weapons, drugs, and paraphernalia. Matthew Mark Ruddle, 41, of Front Royal, was pulled over at 2 a.m. on Washington Street for what Winchester Police Lt. Amanda Behan said were “minor traffic violations.” She ...

Pawn broker reporting process could be changing in Woodstock

WOODSTOCK – Town administrators are considering requiring pawn brokers and junk dealers in town to report transactions at the shop directly into a database system. The shops and junk dealers now fill out a detailed ticket that is submitted to the Woodstock Police Department, which inputs the ...

Minister accused of indecent liberties with juvenile

A former associate minister with the Church of Christ at Mountain View  in Frederick County has been indicted on two counts of indecent liberties with a juvenile. The accused 36-year-old pastor, Brian Dicken, served at the Church of Christ for 14 years, where he conducted services on Sunday ...

Winchester to host hundreds of international students this summer

WINCHESTER – This summer, 400 to 600 students from as a many as 140 countries will flock to Winchester for a week of discussing global relationships and development. “It's an opportunity not just for us, but for the state and the country to host this. We're ambassadors for the United ...

Major source of funding for local primary care center in doubt

When Melissa Oates’ husband was laid off about four years ago, she started going to Winchester Family Health Center. The primary care center, part of the Shenandoah Valley Medical System, offers a sliding fee system where patients with lower incomes pay less to receive care than patients ...

SU business dean named president of Oregon college

Miles Davis, dean of Shenandoah University's Harry F. Byrd Jr. School of Business, has been named the 20th president of Linfield College in McMinnville, Oregon. He will be the first African-American president in the school’s 160-year history. "Miles Davis has so many tremendous gifts as a ...

‘Greater Good’ Award winners announced

Winchester's public defender Friday evening won the Top of Virginia Regional Chamber "Greater Good" Award for Citizen of the Year. Timothy Coyne's role in a grassroots effort to form the Northern Shenandoah Valley Substance Abuse Coalition in helping combat the drug epidemic was cited by the ...

Invasive insect arrives in Winchester

An invasive insect that threatens grapevines and fruit trees has landed in the area. A professor specializing in the study of insects confirmed a few days ago the reported sighting of a spotted lanternfly at a business in Winchester. The professor, Douglas Pfeiffer of Virginia Tech, had ...

Community health center funding on uncertain ground

When Congress voted on Monday to end a government shutdown, lawmakers also voted to fund the Children’s Health Insurance Program, which insures low-income children and pregnant women, for another six years. But they left out another health program that has not had a steady stream of funding ...

Preliminary hearings set for prisoner escape cases

FRONT ROYAL — A preliminary hearing has been set for the cases of three people who were allegedly involved in the escape of a prisoner from Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren  Regional Jail. During a hearing on Tuesday, Judge Dale Houff scheduled a hearing date — 2 p.m. March 21 — for ...

Middletown mayor nominated for Citizen of the Year award

Middletown's mayor has been nominated as Citizen of the Year in the Top of Virginia Regional Chamber's Greater Goods Awards. The chamber awards celebrate outstanding individuals and businesses for the contributions they make to the quality of life and economic stability of our region thought ...

Area business owner came to America with just $150 in his pocket

WINCHESTER – Even though starting a business is symbolic of the American Dream, it’s no less significant to Sumit Sanjel that a decade after he came to America with just $150 in his pocket, he’s now running and operating his own company. Sanjel, 28, owns My Vacuums, a vacuum retailer and ...

Trace Adkins to headline Patsy Cline Classic

WINCHESTER — Country-music singer Trace Adkins will be the headlining performer at the Patsy Cline Classic in March. In a news conference on Tuesday, Chris Mitchell, a host for Shenandoah County Q102, described Adkins as a star of country music with a tough past. “The 90s was one of the ...

Lynching documentary teaches about a grim past

WINCHESTER -- A documentary on lynching being used as a teaching tool around the United States was shown Monday at Shenandoah University as part of its Martin Luther King Day observance. “An Outrage” is a documentary film about lynching in the American South. It was filmed on location in ...

Foster program calls Christmas drive a ‘wild success’

WINCHESTER – Area foster care program Embrace’s annual Christmas donation drive was a “wild success,” said Katharine McLeod, foster parent recruitment coordinator. She estimated over 100 board games were donated, due in no small part to the drive’s partner organizations: The ...

‘I never was lost’: Hunter recounts 27-hour plight in the woods

Bill McDonnell, 92 years old, parked his Jeep in the Wolf Gap forest area at 7 a.m. Saturday morning and hiked up the mountain on a solo hunting trip. He didn’t return that night, and the ensuing 16-hour rescue mission concluded only when the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office spotted him with ...

Fire Marshal throws retirement party for explosive-detecting canine

WINCHESTER – The Fredrick County Fire Marshal’s Office celebrated the retirement of Chance, the department’s 9-year-old explosive-detecting Labrador retriever Tuesday. Along with his handler, Deputy Chief Jay Bauserman, Chance has responded to about 300 calls over eight years of ...

Peer support system for substance abuse to start at Winchester Medical Center

Winchester Medical Center is going to start offering peer recovery services to people who come in with an overdose or say they are struggling with addiction as regional health officials try to combat an opioid epidemic that has killed a record number of people this year. Under the plan, the ...

Shenandoah University launches Civil War journal

WINCHESTER — When Jonathan Noyalas took his job as the director of the McCormick Civil War Institute at Shenandoah University in January, he said he was told to raise the profile of the institute. “I started thinking about ways that I could do that,” Noyalas said. “And I think within ...