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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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Strasburg man dies in crash

A Strasburg man died in a single-car crash late Thursday afternoon on U.S. 11 around Mt. Hebron Road near Strasburg. Virginia State Police said the victim, identified as Dustin Daniel Baker, 20, died at the scene as a result injuries sustained in the crash. Sgt. F.L. (Les) Tyler of the state ...

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 ...

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Group sentenced in brandishing incident

WOODSTOCK – Several men labeled by authorities as members of  street gangs received jail time Monday for their roles in an incident in May. Judge Amy Tisinger sentenced Alton Fontay Jones, 41, of Edinburg, in Shenandoah County General District Court on Monday to 90 days in jail with 30 days ...

Congressional candidates weigh in on Trump meeting

State Sen Jennifer Wexton, the Democrat seeking to unseat U.S. Rep. Barbara Comstock, R-McLean, called her out Monday for what Wexton regarded as a timid response to the uproar generated by President Donald Trump's comments during a news conference with Russian leader Vladimir Putin. Trump has ...

Lawmakers react to Trump, Putin meeting

Area representatives in Congress criticized President Donald Trump’s behavior at his meeting Monday with Russian President Vladimir Putin. U.S. Rep. Goodlatte, R-Roanoke, who represents Virginia’s 6th Congressional District, issued a statement, hours after Trump and Putin’s ...

Goodlatte seeks to keep ATF canine facility local

FRONT ROYAL – The fate of a federal training center in Warren County for bomb detection canines remains uncertain, but at least two members of Congress want it to stay in Virginia. Residents, local business representatives and elected leaders attended a field hearing held Monday by U.S. Rep. ...

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Front Royal Notebook: Cardinals lose grip on division lead during recent slide

FRONT ROYAL – Front Royal ruled the Valley Baseball League’s North Division for most of the summer season, but the Cardinals have lost their grip on the top spot in the standings with the end of the regular season fast approaching. Entering Tuesday, Front Royal had lost four straight games ...

Valley League hunting wins in Southern Collegiate Showcase

At its core, the Southern Collegiate Showcase is an opportunity for participating summer collegiate baseball leagues to show off some of their top professional prospects and get those players some added exposure. That’s not to say that those competing aren’t doing so to win, however. For ...

Strasburg’s Hayes applying the pressure to opposing VBL teams this summer

STRASBURG – Strasburg Express manager Anthony Goncalves recently referred to center fielder Justin Hayes as the “Ichiro of the Valley Baseball League.” Such a comparison to a Major League Baseball star – and one destined for a spot in baseball’s Hall of Fame, no less – is a lofty ...

Eyster bringing pop to Rebels during latest stop on path to pro career

NEW MARKET – For Andrew Eyster, the 2018 college baseball season was an opportunity to make a statement. Eyster, a native of Ocala, Florida, had enjoyed a stellar senior season at Forest High School in 2017 – during which he hit .530 with six homers and 35 RBIs – and yet had, to that ...

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Town ponders new police radios

FRONT ROYAL - The Town Council is continuing to consider upgrading the Police Department’s radio equipment. The issue originally came before the council in May when, according to previous reports, Chief Kahle Magalis explained the department’s radio system is antiquated. Those talks ...

Town delays property maintenance vote

FRONT ROYAL – The Town Council remains in limbo regarding a possible rental inspection and property maintenance code. After a 40-minute discussion at its Monday work session, Mayor Hollis Tharpe directed that the matter be put on the backburner for two months. This follows years of ...

Renovations underway at former middle school building

FRONT ROYAL -  Diversified Minds and the Warren County Registrar’s Office should have a new home in the Health and Human Services building by the end of the year. The $1.8 million renovation is the second set of upgrades to the former middle school at 465 W. 15th St. A $5.5 million ...

Students gain governmental experience with summer internship

FRONT ROYAL  – Three college students are learning the intricacies of local government through paid – $10 per hour – internships in the Warren County Government Center. Warren County Planning Director Taryn Logan said several departments implemented the intern program about five years ...

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Council to vote on allowing ATV repair shops to open downtown

STRASBURG — The Town Council is set to vote on whether or not to allow potential business owners in Strasburg’s downtown district to operate a motorcycle and ATV repair shop upon approval from the Town Council. In a Town Council work session on Monday, most members said that they were in ...

Strasburg rejects grant effort for making Washington Street two-way

STRASBURG — Town Council members decided unanimously in their meeting on Monday against applying for a grant from the Virginia Department of Transportation that would aim to convert Washington Street into a two-way street. During Monday’s meeting, Town Council members said that they were ...

Warren County schools may expand free lunch at E. Wilson Morrison

FRONT ROYAL — Warren County Public Schools may implement a program that would allow any student in E. Wilson Morrison Elementary School to receive a free breakfast and free lunch regardless of their economic status. In a meeting of the Warren County School Board on Wednesday, Melody ...

Warren County launches comprehensive plan survey

The Warren County government has launched a survey as it begins the process of updating its comprehensive plan. For the next month — until sometime in mid-August — citizens can fill out the comprehensive plan survey, stating their opinions on a number of county government issues. Taryn ...

Stories by Melissa Topey | VIEW ALL

Middletown names new interim water sewer supervisor

Middletown has a new interim water sewer maintenance supervisor. Alan Wolverton took over the position Monday when Donny Walsh retired Friday from the full-time position, after a month's notice to the town. “I just want to express how appreciative we are of Donny Walsh's work,” Mayor ...

Route 11 Yard Crawl is Aug. 11

The 14th annual Route 11 Yard Crawl, which features items for sale by residents along the 43 miles of U.S. Route 11 in Shenandoah County as well as north to Stephens City in Frederick County, is Aug. 11. “This is Virginia's largest yard sale,” said Sharon Baroncelli, executive director of ...

School board member questions salary for new position

WOODSTOCK – A Shenandoah County Public Schools Board member raised concerns Thursday night about the promotion of a principal into a newly created position. The School Board approved the transfer of Todd Lynn, principal at North Fork Middle School, to a new position, supervisor of student ...

Middletown police update body cameras

MIDDLETOWN –  Town police are ready to capture the action of the street since they began wearing the latest model of Axon body camera, formerly known as Taser International, the manufacturer of military and police equipment. “We have not had an issue with the public trust. We don't have ...

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Shenandoah County schools retaining most of head coaches this season

Last year, the three Shenandoah County schools had many varsity head coaching positions to fill. This summer things couldn't be more different. Central, Stonewall Jackson, and Strasburg will have a combined two new varsity coaches this season, a drastic change from the last few years when ...

New Market Notebook: Rebels still searching for consistency

NEW MARKET - All season long New Market Rebels head coach Zac Cole has been looking for consistency for his team and with the playoffs just around the corner that hasn't changed. The fourth-place Rebels are 16-16 on the season, four games behind first-place Front Royal and Purcellville in the ...

Community tennis program in Woodstock picking up steam

WOODSTOCK - Central girls tennis coach Matt Smith wanted to find a way to keep his players active and playing in the offseason. So last year he came up with the idea to have Tuesday Tennis, one night a week where the players could get together, play tennis and have fun at Woodstock's W.O. ...

Cardinals facing tough schedule to end season

FRONT ROYAL - The Front Royal Cardinals have a long and tough road ahead of them. Counting this week's games, the Valley Baseball League squad has to play 20 games in 19 days. The Cardinals played a doubleheader on Monday, the day after the league's All-Star game, and then played another one ...