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Mount Jackson solar farm project expands

Local News

MOUNT JACKSON – A major solar farm project is under new management and looking to expand. Matthew Gilliland, a project developer with Cypress Creek Renewables, is handling the 220-acre expansion project for Robert and Eleanor Whitehurst. Last year, both the Mount Jackson Town Council and ...

Crews demolish Afton Inn annex

Local News

FRONT ROYAL - The Afton Inn’s road to renovation began this week as crews demolished the building’s annex that faces North Royal Avenue. Jim Burton, of Carter + Burton Architecture PLC, said over the phone that demolition began with “precautionary saw cuts” that separated the ...

Strasburg is refuge for Myrtle Beach evacuees

Local News

STRASBURG – Jason Rush, a lifelong Strasburg resident, moved to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, with his wife and kids two years ago. With Hurricane Florence on its way toward South Carolina, he and his kids were back in Strasburg on Wednesday, staying with family. But his wife Dana, an ...

Storm’s path points south, but officials remain prepared

Local News

In the past few days, Hurricane Florence has pointed farther south than initially projected, leaving the Shenandoah Valley with less intense forecasts in terms of rainfall and wind levels. But local officials have been continuing to prepare as the hurricane moves toward land. Tim Williams, the ...

Strasburg mayor named to state advisory board

Local News

STRASBURG — Mayor Rich Orndorff has been named one of 10 members of the Virginia Emergency Medical Services Advisory Board. In meetings of the Strasburg Restructuring Committee on Monday and the Strasburg Town Council on Tuesday, Orndorff announced the appointment. “I’m very, very ...

Panel indicts man on sodomy charges

Local News

WOODSTOCK – A New York man stands accused of committing sex crimes against a child under 13 in Shenandoah County about eight years ago. A grand jury indicted Richard James Provenzano in Shenandoah County Circuit Court on Wednesday on three counts of forcible sodomy and one misdemeanor ...

Homeowner files malfeasance complaint against county

Local News

FRONT ROYAL – Kristie Atwood has filed nine notice of claims against Warren County officials for what she believes to be their mishandling of construction issues in the rebuilding of her house that was destroyed in a March 2015 fire. Atwood said over the phone that the notice of claims ...

Town adopts Virginia’s property maintenance code

Local News

FRONT ROYAL – The Town Council at its regular Monday meeting adopted the state’s property maintenance code after years of discussion on the matter. The adoption, which allows a complaint-based or proactive enforcement of the state's property maintenance code, was approved by a 4-2 vote ...

Council OKs purchase of new police radios

Local News

FRONT ROYAL – The police department will soon have new radios to accompany its new office. The Town Council on Monday unanimously approved the $545,000 purchase of a Motorola radio system.  The department has had its 800 LTR radio system for about two decades, and Chief Kahle Magalis ...

County to take on more debt for projects

Local News

Shenandoah County can expect to spend more than $21 million to replace the public safety radio system and build a new home for the Sheriff’s Office and the communications department. Exactly how much the county spends to pay off the debt depends on the chosen financing option, but estimates ...

Strasburg Fire Department Restructuring Committee has new member

Local News

STRASBURG — The Strasburg Fire Department Restructuring Committee has a new member after Austin Cucciardo resigned from his role on the committee and as assistant fire chief. In the past two months, three members of the department — Cucciardo, Tim Mawyer and Tyler Mason — have resigned ...

Arson suspect held without bond

Local News

A Front Royal woman accused of setting fire to a house and shed in town Saturday remains held in jail without bond. Rebecca Starr Melvin appeared in Warren County General District Court on Tuesday where she stands charged with arson of an occupied dwelling owned by Beth Vaught and maliciously ...

Residents talk storm drainage; Little Library dedicated

Local News

MIDDLETOWN – Town residents who live along Greenbriar Road and Third Street were back before city officials Monday night to complain about a culvert that drains stormwater from Main Street onto their properties. Patty Sinclair and Andrew Schaffer were at Monday night's Town Council meeting ...

Florence may bring heavy rain, flooding to our region

Local News

Residents should hope for the best but prepare for the worst as Hurricane Florence approaches the United States. That is the advice of area law enforcement. Shenandoah County Sheriff's Capt. Wesley Dellinger said Monday that a lot of waterways and streams are already at their limit. "They ...

Bentonville drowning victim is identified

Local News

Harry Glenn Fitzwater, 72, of Bentonville, has been identified as the man who died Thursday in a suspected drowning in the Shenandoah River in Warren County, according to a news release from Warren County Sheriff Daniel McEathron. McEathron said the case remains under investigation as an ...

Arson suspected in E. Prospect Street fire

Local News

FRONT ROYAL – A woman has been charged in the Saturday night arson of her East Prospect Street home and a nearby shed, according to a news release sent Monday by town police. Rebecca Melvin, 27, of 407 E. Prospect St., was charged with one felony count of burning or destroying a ...

Economic Development Council announces its second annual breakfast

Business

The Shenandoah County Chamber’s Economic Development Council will host its second annual breakfast at 7:45 a.m. Tuesday.   Del. C. Todd Gilbert, R-Woodstock, and Sen. Mark D. Obenshain, R-Harrisonburg, are co-hosting the breakfast. Last year’s breakfast wasn’t announced to the public. ...

Police Blotter: Shenandoah County

Valley 911

The Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office reported the following incidents: Aug. 22: A 16-year-old was charged with disorderly conduct. Court date is 2:45 p.m. Sept. 11 in Shenandoah County Juvenile & Domestic Relations Court. Aug. 27: A 17-year-old was charged with assault and ...