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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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Man pleads not guilty to causing fatal 2016 crash

A man accused of causing a crash in Shenandoah County that killed a 4-year-old girl two years ago faces trial in March. Greg Lee Peters appeared in Shenandoah County Circuit Court on Wednesday where retired Judge Dennis L. Hupp arraigned him on one count each of involuntary manslaughter, ...

Court hits roadblock in stabbing case

WOODSTOCK – The fate of an Edinburg teen accused of stabbing a mother and her daughters in May 2017 remains uncertain. Samual Jacob Homer appeared in Shenandoah County Circuit Court on Wednesday via video conferencing from the Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail. Homer, 19, stands ...

Man convicted of sex crimes against child

A Warren County man accused of committing sex crimes against a child last year entered a plea deal Tuesday to avoid a life sentence. Justice Morgan Henry appeared in Warren County Circuit Court on Tuesday where he stood charged with aggravated sexual battery, object sexual penetration and ...

Overdose victim pleads to drug charge

FRONT ROYAL – A town man who overdosed on heroin in January received jail time this week for drug possession. James Edward Loveless, 37, of Viscose Ave., Front Royal, appeared in Warren County Circuit Court on Monday. A grand jury handed up an indictment that day charging Loveless with ...

Stories By Brad Fauber | VIEW ALL

Falcons hoping third time’s the charm in regional semifinal game vs. Luray

WOODSTOCK – Tonight’s Region 2B playoff game against Luray will mark the third straight time Central’s football team has played in the regional semifinal round. The Falcons are hoping for better luck than they had in their first two trips to such a game. In the second round of the ...

MMA’s McAllister inks national letter of intent with VCU

WOODSTOCK -- On the second attempt, Jarren McAllister has found his college home. McAllister, a guard for Massanutten Military Academy’s postgraduate boys basketball team, announced last month his plans to continue his basketball career at Virginia Commonwealth University and on Wednesday ...

Sherando’s Entsminger signs to play baseball at JMU

STEPHENS CITY -- As Sherando’s starting quarterback, senior Hunter Entsminger is in the middle of preparing for the Warriors’ first playoff football game of the season against Kettle Run on Friday evening. But on Wednesday afternoon the two-sport star took a few minutes to celebrate his ...

Wildcats fall to Tabb in state semifinals

FRONT ROYAL -- Warren County’s quest for a return trip to the Virginia High School League Class 3 volleyball state finals fell a match short of its final destination Tuesday night. The Wildcats, the 2017 state runners-up, were upended in five sets in the state semifinals at home, falling to ...

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Valley gets its first taste of winter

Winter arrived early in the Shenandoah Valley as rain, sleet and snow – about 1.8 inches of accumulation – fell by 5 p.m. Thursday, according to National Weather Services meteorologist Jamie Lee. Lee said a winter storm warning will remain in effect through 3 a.m. today. The bleak ...

Wintry mix falls on area, closing schools, courts

FRONT ROYAL – The first snow and sleet incident of the year resulted in an inch or less of ground accumulation throughout the area as of about 10 a.m. today, according to National Weather Services meteorologist Kyle Pallozzi. He said the bad weather moved into the area around 4 a.m.,  ...

Town reconsiders Main Street closure rules

FRONT ROYAL – The Town Council at a Tuesday work session discussed clarifying its code relating to events and festivals that are held on Main Street and at the gazebo. The town code states that Main Street may be closed a maximum of 24 times per year, with a limit of two closures per month. ...

EDA may owe Front Royal $291,000

FRONT ROYAL – The first public mention of the Front Royal-Warren County Economic Development Authority overcharging the town nearly $300,000 was made during Tuesday's Town Council meeting. The EDA acknowledges that it owes the town about $291,000 stemming from overcharges related to debt ...

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Town Council OKs ATV repair shop, master recreation plan

STRASBURG — The Town Council agreed Tuesday to allow a business to operate an ATV repair shop at 1101 E. King St. and to have the town seek bids for a consultant to create a master plan for the town's recreational amenities. Seven of the eight members of Town Council voted on the measure ...

Town gets closer on VDOT grants, hits setback on wayfinding signs

STRASBURG — Town officials announced at Tuesday's council meeting that they were getting closer to being able to bid out parts of projects funded through grants from the Virginia Department of Transportation. Town Manager Wyatt Pearson said the town has been communicating frequently with ...

Police arrest two following accidental shooting

Strasburg police arrested a town resident Friday on drug charges and charges related to the reckless handling of a firearm. According to a criminal complaint in the case, patrol officer Christopher Wayne Nixon received a call that someone had accidentally fired a gun. Strasburg Police Chief ...

Skate park the focus of discussion on Strasburg town park plans

STRASBURG — The Town Council is set to discuss whether or not it wants to hire a consultant to update the town's master park plan following a recreation, parks and trails committee meeting on Thursday. During Thursday's committee meeting, the issue of a skate park in the town park stood ...

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Agriculture surveys begin today

The National Agricultural Statistics Service opens two important surveys today to help forecast crop yields for every county in the state. Running from today through early July, the Row Crops County Agricultural Production survey asks farmers how many acres of corn, tobacco, hay, soybeans, ...

Strasburg chamber misses filing, no longer tax-exempt

The Strasburg Chamber of Commerce lost its tax-exempt status in May for failing to file a tax return form for three consecutive years. As of Wednesday, its website does not reflect the change. Chambers of commerce are eligible to obtain 501(c)(6) tax-exempt status along with business leagues ...

Edinburg avoids loan, reduces tap fees through end of year

EDINBURG — Town Council members decided to try to forgo obtaining a loan to pay for the steep costs of providing water service to the town this year and moved forward on a variety of other business at Tuesday night’s meeting. Mayor Dan Harshman told council members the town was considering ...

Edinburg Town Council has full schedule

Following last month’s light schedule, Edinburg Town Council members have a full plate this evening. Last month, planning commissioners and council members discussed amending the town zoning code to remove the 600-square foot minimum for a dwelling unit. Mayor Dan Harshman said the language ...

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Middletown chief aims to hire another police officer

MIDDLETOWN – Town resident Yancey Sine spoke to Town Council members Tuesday about why he felt the town needed to hire another police officer. “I appreciate what our officers do, but can you get another officer so there is one on duty 24 hours a day?” Sine asked during the council ...

A wintry mess is coming

The National Weather Service is urging area drivers to drive with caution Thursday morning as an impending storm ushers in the winter season. “A wintry mess is how I would best describe tomorrow morning,” said meteorologist Chris Strong, of the Sterling office of the National Weather ...

As first storm approaches, VDOT ready for winter

STEPHENS CITY – Just in time for what may be the region's first winter storm, the Virginia Department of Transportation addressed keeping the roads open this winter during its annual snow preparedness news conference on Tuesday. Starting late tonight through all day Thursday and into Friday, ...

Honoring those who served

WOODSTOCK – Shenandoah County Public Schools W.W. Robinson Elementary School students and the American Legion's Muhlenberg post on Monday honored veterans in observation of Veterans Day. About 50 military veterans were in attendance. Superintendent Mark Johnston began the ceremony by ...

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Generals have young, inexperienced boys’ basketball squad

QUICKSBURG ― Stonewall Jackson's boys' basketball team has a tough challenge ahead of it this season. The Generals will be looking to replace a lot of scoring from last year's team with a young and inexperienced squad. Stonewall Jackson lost Nick Dotson, Brendan Hoover and Logen Patton to ...

Special bond leads Warren County seniors to big accomplishments

FRONT ROYAL - Warren County’s Morgan Coons, Kaley Foulks, and Lauren Fox have been playing together since seventh grade. Last year, classmates Jayda Saulsbury and Nicole Sayre joined them. Together, the five have built a special bond that has left its mark on the Warren County volleyball ...

Santmier leading way for Warriors

STEPHENS CITY ― Joel Santmier has enjoyed being a leader. The Sherando senior offensive and defensive lineman said he wasn't sure if he would like being a leader this season, but it has been much more rewarding for him than he thought. "I try to lead as much as possible by example," ...

Wildcats one win away from return to state final

FRONT ROYAL - Kaley Foulks still fondly remembers when Warren County went on the road last year in the state tournament and had the whole school watching them get on the bus. It's a feeling the Warren County senior volleyball player is hoping happens again this week. Foulks and her teammates ...