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Local conservation groups form Alliance for the Shenandoah Valley

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After more than a decade of informally working together, four local conservation groups have decided to officially partner up. On Wednesday, it was announced that the Shenandoah Valley Network, Shenandoah Forum, Community Alliance for Preservation and Augusta County Alliance would form the ...

Middletown police seize cigarettes from local store

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Middletown police Wednesday seized packs of cigarettes that did not have local sales tax stamps from the ABS Food Mart store on Main Street. “Our Town Hall got a tip that one of our stores was not collecting the local tax on cigarettes,” Middletown Police Chief Gary Benedict Jr. said. ...

Historic plot donated to Warren County

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FRONT ROYAL – Two sisters have donated to the county a tract of land once inhabited by a prominent local family. Tannis Warren, 77, of Warrenton, and Patricia Bonner, 73, of Decatur, Georgia, donated about 10.6 acres off Marys Shady Lane. It is the site of Happy Creek Manor, which burned ...

Police Blotter: Front Royal

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The Front Royal Police Department reported the following incidents: Sept. 10: Faith Horton, of Front Royal, was charged with having an invalid state car inspection and failure to display license plates. Sept. 10: Arkadiusz Majewski, of Arlington, was charged with driving two abreast in ...

Fire & Rescue Report

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The following Shenandoah County fire and rescue departments have announced their weekly activity for Sept. 10-16:   Shenandoah County Fire & Rescue Altered mental status: 4 Cardiac: 1 Cardiac arrest: 1 Chest pain: 1 Diabetic: 1 Difficulty breathing: 1 Fall: 3 General ...

RSW inmates charged with fighting

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A man awaiting trial on a murder charge now stands accused of fighting with a fellow inmate at the regional jail in Warren County last month. David Glynn Hoyle Jr. remains held without bond at the Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail, charged with first-degree murder and use of a ...

Water troubles roil Edinburg: Mayor hopes for improvement soon

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EDINBURG – Mayor Dan Harshman said he has learned more about water and sewer problems than he’d ever hope to know. Edinburg and Harshman’s water troubles will increase in January when the town pivots from E. coli testing to cryptosporidium. The town has been testing for E. coli all year ...

Strasburg police arrest man on malicious wounding charge

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The Strasburg Police Department arrested Kenneth Ritter, 48, on a charge of malicious wounding on Monday. Police Chief Wayne Sager said that the magistrate’s office contacted the Strasburg police after receiving a request for a protective order from the victim in the case against Ritter. ...

Judge sentences man in fifth domestic assault

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WOODSTOCK – A Shenandoah County man must serve time in jail for his fifth domestic-assault conviction. Judge Clark A. Ritchie sentenced Michael Alon Gilardi in the Shenandoah County Circuit Court on Wednesday to two years in prison with one year and three months suspended for committing ...

Edinburg Planning Commission struggles to complete business

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For two months in a row, the Edinburg Planning Commission has not been able to hold a formal meeting. Commissioners met Tuesday evening but could not establish a quorum. Stephen Van Stee, chairman of the commission, lamented the lack of interest and involvement from commissioners. “We ...

Front Royal police seek help with case

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Front Royal police are asking for help in an investigation of shots fired into a home. Officers on Sept. 5 raced to a home in the 100 block of Beeden Lane after they received a call of shots being fired into a home, according to a post on the department's Facebook page. They found the house ...

Crosswalk eyed to prevent pedestrian injuries

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FRONT ROYAL –  The town is continuing to consider a crosswalk on Shenandoah Avenue in the hope of reducing a rash of pedestrian-related traffic accidents in the area of the Shenandoah Motel.  Town Manager Joe Waltz said during a Monday work session that the proposed crossing, which would ...

Police Blotter: Strasburg

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The Strasburg Police Department reported the following incidents in August: Aug. 2: Kyle Mason Hitchner, of Strasburg, was charged with driving under the influence. Aug. 5: Kymbryanna Sierra Jackson, of Clearbrook, was charged with possession of marijuana and failure to provide adequate care ...

Town, ITFederal developer dispute pipe funding

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FRONT ROYAL – The town and a developer disagree on who should pay to reroute stormwater from the future site of ITFederal – the business that broke ground in October 2015 on the Royal Phoenix Superfund site off Kendrick Lane. Town Engineer Robert Brown explained that the town is funding a ...

Some animal shelters reach capacity

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Two area animal shelters, the Humane Society of Warren County and SPCA of Winchester, have reached maximum capacity during a busy summer for both of them. Kayla Wines, Humane Society of Warren County shelter manager, said it is not unusual to reach capacity this time of year as kitten season ...

New Market OKs battlefield foundation permit

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NEW MARKET — New Market Town Council members handed out two conditional use permits and a letter of recommendation Monday night. One permit allows the Shenandoah Valley Battlefield Foundation to convert the parsonage at 9276 N. Congress St. into a museum/archive and gift shop. The New ...

Schools chief answers supervisors’ questions about salary

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Shenandoah County Public Schools Superintendent Mark Johnston recently spoke to the Shenandoah County Board of Supervisors about the division's hiring of a supervisor for Student Career and Business Partnerships. The hiring in July of Todd Lynn, principal at North Fork Middle School, to the ...