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George Bowers Sr.: Spring bulbs illustrate God’s work

Thanks to an unusually early warm-up, crocuses and some daffodils are now in full bloom. The vibrant purples, yellows, and whites brighten up the landscape that is largely still dominated by browns and greys. These early harbingers assure us that spring is indeed on the way and that winter is ...

Peter Brookes: Busting brush for birds in Pennsylvania

Last fall, I mentioned to a hunting buddy here in the Old Dominion that I was packing up and heading for the north Pennsylvania woods for the weekend to hunt up some ruffed grouse. His reply to my hopeful declaration was: “Ooooooh … ruffed grouse in the woods … that’s a tough bird ...

Tom Crosby: Audi’s 2016 Q3 subcompact luxury SUV seeks market footing

Seven years ago Audi entered the luxury sport utility vehicle market with the full-size Q7, subsequently adding a Q5 in 2012 and a smaller Q3 last year. For 2016, the Q3 has redesigned front and rear lights, grille and some side fascia changes, plus upgrades to a top fit and finish interior. ...

Jason Wright: Close call prompts simple promise

Have you ever had an experience behind the wheel when the difference between life and death was thinner than an eyelash? They are those life-blink moments that pass with a flash and remind you that life’s closing curtain can drop to the stage without warning. Recently I was driving near ...

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23 arrested on 105 drug charges

Law enforcement officials in Shenandoah County arrested 23 people and filed 105 drug-related charges against them Friday, the culmination of an investigation that lasted slightly more than a year. Lt. Chris Baker, of the Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office, said a majority of those arrested ...

Year in Review: Use of force, heroin top police issues in 2016

The national debate over when and how police should use force in fighting crime reached area departments in 2016, although they were largely spared the protest and political turmoil that have rocked larger communities elsewhere. Attorney General Mark Herring launched a series of training ...

Year in Review: Heroin, murder cases weighed on courts in 2016

A few cases stand out every year among the thousands crowding onto state and federal court dockets in the northern Shenandoah Valley. Some are notable for their drama, others for important legal and social issues they raise and still others are memorable for the level of interest they generate ...

Drug agents carry opioid antidote for themselves

Members of the Northwest Virginia Regional Drug Task Force have begun carrying a drug to protect themselves if they accidentally ingest a potent opioid. The drug naloxone, more commonly known by its brand name Narcan, has been credited with saving the lives of countless heroin overdose ...

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Town man gets suspended time for assault on girlfriend

FRONT ROYAL – A judge on Monday sentenced a town man to assaulting and strangling his girlfriend in May. Casey E. Jenkins, 27, of 117 W. 8th St., appeared in Warren County Circuit Court where he pleaded guilty to committing assault and battery on a family member and strangulation. Judge ...

Judge: Unconstitutional law unfairly benefits incumbents

A federal judge ruled Friday that a state law that critics have referred to as the Incumbent Protection Act violates part of the First Amendment. The law, unique to Virginia, grants incumbent politicians the power to influence or dictate the method by which their political parties nominate ...

Morgan Ford Bridge to open to traffic Monday

FRONT ROYAL – The Virginia Department of Transportation plans to open the new Morgan Ford Bridge in Warren County on Monday. VDOT began to detour traffic using Morgan Ford Road between Howellsville Road and Fairgrounds Road in April 2016. VDOT plans to lift the detours mid-morning Monday, ...

Christendom responds to claims it brushed off rape cases

FRONT ROYAL – Christendom College responded Thursday to a blogger’s claims the school failed to prevent rape or sexual assaults on female students years ago. College President Timothy O’Donnell issued a response that began by saying the blog post contained “misleading information and ...

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Skyline boys still searching for answers during season’s second half

FRONT ROYAL – Skyline High School’s boys basketball team entered the 2017-18 season hoping to erase the memory of a one-win campaign a year ago and was on the path to doing so by winning four of its first six games. The Hawks have since gone over a month without a victory. Skyline fell at ...

Sherando girls ride strong first half to win over Skyline

FRONT ROYAL – With four games scheduled for this week, Sherando High School girls basketball coach Mike Marsh was hoping the Warriors would be afforded a chance to work in some reserves during Monday night’s road game at Skyline. A sound first half gave Marsh his wish. The Warriors put ...

Skyline responds to early loss, places third at Strasburg Duals

STRASBURG – The high school wrestling postseason is on the horizon, and a young Skyline High School team showed on Saturday that it is developing the maturity it will need to handle adversity come playoff time. Competing in the Strasburg Duals, the Hawks opened the tournament with a loss to ...

Shenandoah announces opening night for new athletics and events center

Shenandoah University will host its inaugural basketball games in the James R. Wilkins, Jr. Athletics & Events Center at the end of the month, Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Bridget Lyons announced Thursday. Beginning with a men’s and women’s doubleheader on Jan. 31, SU’s ...

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Jury trial set in murder case

A September jury trial has been set in the case involving a Front Royal man accused in the shooting death of his stepfather in March 2017. David Glynn Hoyle Jr., 34, pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges of first-degree murder and using a firearm in the commission of a felony. Hoyle is ...

Judge, attorneys react to killer’s commuted sentence

Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s decision to commute the death sentence of convicted killer William Joseph Burns to life imprisonment without parole is both supported and opposed by those involved in the case. Burns, of Wardensville, West Virginia, was convicted in 2000 of the 1998 rape and murder of ...

Hearing set in Strasburg firefighters’ cases

WOODSTOCK -- A hearing has been set for Jan. 11 for the six Strasburg firefighters charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Misdemeanor arrest warrants were issued on Dec. 28 for: Nathan Scott Hirschberg, 26, of Winchester; Andrew Steven Key, 24, of Strasburg; Dale Ray King, ...

Man arrested on firearm charges on New Year’s Eve

A Browntown man was arrested Monday after allegedly firing multiple shots at midnight on New Year's Eve in Star Tannery. One of the bullets entered a nearby residence. Michael Priola, 26, was charged with reckless handling of a firearm and shooting into an occupied dwelling after he allegedly ...

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Council backs opposition to wireless infrastructure bills

FRONT ROYAL – The town would like to retain control over its wireless infrastructure. The Town Council passed a resolution Monday opposing the proposed House Bill 1258 and Senate Bill 405 that Town Attorney Doug Napier said would eliminate most local influence over the installation and ...

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Belle Grove to hold annual Art in the Barn

Belle Grove Plantation will hold its annual Art in the Barn show today through Sunday. The event is a juried art show and sale with more than 100 works including paintings, drawings, pottery, baskets and jewelry by 40 regional artists. Belle Grove Executive Director Kristen Laise said this is ...

Busy season for Shenandoah Summer Music Theatre

Shenandoah University’s Shenandoah Summer Music Theatre will have a busy season with shows throughout the summer. Elizabeth Albert, associate managing director and production manager, said the performances will run Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings beginning at 8 p.m., along with ...

SU, Handley library to hold Rockin’ the Library event

Shenandoah University will hold its 32nd annual Children’s Literature Conference “Once Read, Never Forgotten: Creating Readers One Book at a Time” Monday through June 30, and the public is invited to its second Rockin’ the Library event Monday on the steps of the Handley Regional ...

Woodstock’s downtown parking lot project work continues

Lemuel Hancock, urban designer and neighborhood planner for the Town of Woodstock, said work continues on finalizing details of the downtown parking lot project on the east side of the 100 block of South Main Street before construction begins. Town officials have worked with the U.S. ...

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Mount Jackson man arrested on rape charges

The Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Mount Jackson man on one count of rape and one count of object sexual penetration at around 3:30 p.m. Monday. Michael J. Simmons, 25, was arrested at his home at 13542 Senedo Road. He is being held in Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Jail ...

Community shocked as electric bills soar past $400

When Timothy Sluss, 24, of Strasburg, saw that his electric bill for the month of November had nearly doubled from the previous month, he wasn’t too surprised. It was getting colder, and his twin brother had recently moved into his basement. But when the next month’s bill rolled around and ...

Fire marshal rules weekend Hazmat concern not a health risk

Warren County Fire Marshal Gerry Maiatico said Monday that a green substance discovered in Happy Creek behind Fantasyland Park in Front Royal has been identified as a car wax-type solution. “Right now there is no immediate health risk associated with the leak, it's no danger to the ...

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Town Council to vote on first-floor apartments for first time

STRASBURG — Back in November, the Strasburg Town Council voted to allow ground-floor apartments in the town’s commercial district, subject to approval of specific applications submitted to the Town Council. Now, the new provision will have its first test case. In a Tuesday meeting, the ...

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 ...

Short-lived government shutdown leaves garden center without speaker

WOODSTOCK — When Terry Fogle, a co-owner of the Fort Valley Nursery, first met Richard Olsen, he immediately thought to ask the director of the U.S. National Arboretum if he would speak during the nursery’s winter seminar series. “He stopped at the garden center and introduced ...

Battlefield Foundation receives land donation

LURAY — The Shenandoah Valley Battlefield Foundation has received a donation of 158 acres of land at the Cedar Creek Battlefield. During the organization’s annual meeting on Saturday, CEO Keven Walker announced that Tunstall “Joe” Powers Jr. and his wife Linda Powers donated the ...

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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 ...

Frederick County Sheriff’s Office investigating armed robbery

The Frederick County Sheriff's Office is investigating an armed robbery that occurred at the Lowe's on Market Street in Stephenson at 11:34 a.m. Monday. The Frederick County Sheriff's Office said in a news release that a man walked into the store, went to the power tool section, picked up a ...

Rash of window shootings reported in Frederick County

Frederick County is looking for a suspect or suspects responsible for shooting at windows this month. During the last eight to 10 days the Frederick County Sheriff's Department has received about 25 calls of vehicle or home windows being shot at by what appears to be a BB or pellet gun, said ...

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Central’s Strother scores 1,000th point in victory over Strasburg

WOODSTOCK -- Ayanna Strother can now cross off one of her biggest goals of her girls basketball career. The Central senior scored her 1,000th point in a 53-36 girls basketball victory over Strasburg on Friday. "It was definitely a huge relief off my shoulders," Strother said in a interview at ...

Experienced McKay brings versatility to Warriors

STEPHENS CITY -- Matt McKay is in his third year on Sherando's varsity boys basketball team. This year his experience and versatility are showing and paying off for the Warriors. The senior can do a little bit of everything on the court for Sherando. "He's been progressing each year," ...

Falcons hold off Rams for 14th straight win

STRASBURG -- Central boys basketball coach Jeff Whittle has warned his team that the Falcons will be getting every team's best shot. That was the case once again Thursday night. The Falcons held off a furious rally by Strasburg to pull out a 77-64 Bull Run District win. It was Central's 14th ...

Second-quarter surge lifts Warriors past Trailblazers

STEPHENS CITY -- In a game of rallies, Sherando was able to build a big lead and hold on at the end on Wednesday night. The Warriors used their defense to take control of the game and held on for a 70-63 non-district boys basketball victory over Spotswood. The decisive run came in the second ...