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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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Couple’s robbery charges go to grand jury

WOODSTOCK – A grand jury will hear a case next month involving a couple charged with robbing two people at gunpoint in Strasburg on March 21. Richard Dale Culley, 29, and Tammy Ann Culley, 28, both of Nathalie, in Halifax County, appeared in Shenandoah County General District Court on Monday ...

Judge sentences conspirators in heroin ring

A dozen defendants have received federal prison terms for their roles in a heroin distribution ring that connected Baltimore to Front Royal. The 12 people sentenced last week in U.S. District Court in Harrisonburg were convicted of trafficking more than 1,000 grams of heroin from Baltimore to ...

Mexican man faces deportation after conviction

WOODSTOCK – A Mexican national faces possible deportation after he pleaded guilty Friday to sexually assaulting a girl in Shenandoah County several years ago. Judge Dennis L. Hupp sentenced Eduardo Fernandez in Shenandoah County Circuit Court to five years in prison with four years and three ...

Man sentenced for attempted stabbing

WOODSTOCK – A U.S. military veteran received no jail time Friday for trying to stab family members during a domestic incident in Shenandoah County in January. Jonathan Paul Bailey pleaded guilty  in Shenandoah County Circuit Court to three counts of attempted malicious wounding. An ...

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Handley sophomore Ricci scores 5 goals as Judges rout Falcons

WINCHESTER – Fifty-nine seconds. That’s all the time it took for Handley sophomore forward Emma Ricci to set the tone for the Judges’ girls soccer match against Central on Monday afternoon. It was in that first minute of action that Ricci stepped in front of a weak pass on Central’s ...

MMA postgrad basketball program to host alumni game

WOODSTOCK – Massanutten Military Academy holds a Founder’s Day Weekend and the traditional homecoming celebration, but there hasn’t been much incentive for the school’s postgraduate basketball players to return to the small boarding school after their departure. Colonels head coach Chad ...

Hawk Hitmaker: Skyline’s Sirbaugh off to scorching start at the plate

FRONT ROYAL – It’s not unusual to see Rachel Sirbaugh perched atop the dugout steps during games at Skyline’s softball field, a pair of drumsticks in hand and banging out a rallying beat to spur on her teammates at the plate. When in the batter’s box, the junior catcher frequently ...

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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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Warren County, Front Royal join the Artisan Trail network

FRONT ROYAL – The town and county are teaming up with the Artisans Center of Virginia in an attempt to connect local businesses with the organization’s network of Artisan Trails. As part of the trail's implementation, a brochure will be created to show locations of artisan studios, ...

Earth Day cleanup yields 100-plus garbage bags

LINDEN – Laura Corebello noticed a disturbing trend of trash – beer cans, plastic bottles, fast food bags, and abandoned shoes – littered upon her beloved Blue Mountain. A retired teacher and artist, Corebello said one reason she moved there 16 years ago is because the area “was so ...

Nerangises honored at LFCC Appreciation Luncheon

MIDDLETOWN – After a quarter century of supporting a variety of projects at Lord Fairfax Community College, Kathy and Nick Nerangis Sr. received the 2018 Chancellor’s Award for Leadership in Philanthropy Friday at the school’s Appreciation Luncheon. Among the Nerangis’ numerous ...

Supervisors OK new sanitary district

FRONT ROYAL – Warren County has established its 12th sanitary district with the Board of Supervisors recent approval of the Wildcat Drive district by a 3-2 vote. The district will consist of 34 homes and 47 lots in the Aspen Hill Farms and Lands of the Blue Ridge subdivisions. The ...

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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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Youth, women underrepresented on area town councils

Every second Tuesday of the month, 25-year-old Curtis Falkenstein seats himself in the Strasburg chambers beside fellow Town Council members who are two to three times older than he is. Falkenstein, the youngest councilman in the region, stands out. There are  65 town council members ...

Judy Fultz announces candidacy for Mount Jackson council

With decades of experience working with local governments, Judy Fultz has announced she is running for a seat on the Mount Jackson Town Council in May. “The reason I am running for Town Council is to work for the employees and the citizens of the Town of Mount Jackson,” Fultz wrote in an ...

Miller seeks re-election as mayor of Mount Jackson

Lifelong Mount Jackson resident J. G. “Bucky” Miller is seeking re-election for the office of mayor in May. A graduate of Ashby Lee Elementary School, Triplett Middle School and Stonewall Jackson High School, Miller, 41, has lived in the area his whole life. He met his wife Kimberly Miller ...

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Digging up the past: Pottery expert seeks Strasburg clay

STRASBURG — Gene Comstock knew about the Stickley farm. The pottery expert who has written about the history of pottery in the Shenandoah Valley came upon the land in his research. Comstock found that J. Eberly & Company, a 19th-century Strasburg pottery company that has work on ...

First Shenandoah County Chamber leadership class graduates

Last September, the Shenandoah County Chamber of Commerce launched a leadership class for the first time. Its aim was to get community members more familiar with county issues. The class graduated last week, and Sharon Baroncelli, the executive director of the organization, is getting ready to ...

Overdose deaths down in region

Opioid overdose deaths from  are much lower this year than they were at the same time last year. Lauren Cummings, the executive director of the Northern Shenandoah Valley Substance Abuse Coalition, said Friday that the lower numbers could be reflective of a shift in drug use from opioids to ...

Strasburg Fire Department removes former fire chief from membership

STRASBURG — Two weeks after rejecting an identical measure, Strasburg  Fire Department members roundly voted on Thursday to terminate former fire chief Dale King from the department. In a 24-4 decision, the members reversed a vote made hours after King was sentenced to jail time on a ...

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Gas spill leads to a moment with ‘Walking Dead’ actor

MIDDLETOWN – Drama followed a television actor into town on Friday, but no one walked away dead. Norman Reedus, who plays Daryl Dixon on AMC's "The Walking Dead",  stopped in Middletown on Friday afternoon at the 7-Eleven at Main Street and Reliance Road to get gas and snacks. He stayed a ...

School division looking at ways to cut $675,000 from proposed budget

WOODSTOCK - Shenandoah County Public Schools is attempting to find ways to cut $675,601 from its budget. The budget reduction is necessary following last week's Board of Supervisors meeting in which board members chose not to fully fund the division's. The supervisors budgeted $27.77 million ...

Central students join national walkout

WOODSTOCK - On the 19th anniversary of a mass school shooting in Colorado, and about 90 minutes after a new attack in Florida, students at Central High School walked out of classes Friday to protest gun laws they believe are too weak, part of a nationwide event involving more than 2,500 ...

Students plant daffodils, dedicate Holocaust Memorial Garden

Students at North Fork Middle School in Quicksburg helped dedicate the Daffodil Project Holocaust Memorial Garden on Thursday. They planted 42 daffodil bulbs, and in November they will plant 250 more. The goal of the worldwide memorial project is to plant 1.5 million daffodil bulbs to ...

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Falcons fall to Mustangs in Bull Run District clash

WOODSTOCK - Central came into Monday’s girls tennis match with George Mason needing a win to clinch the Bull Run District regular season title. However, the Falcons came up a little short of their goal. The Falcons fell, 5-4, to the Mustangs, which puts both teams with one district loss on ...

Yellow Jackets sweep Hornets in key ODAC baseball doubleheader

WINCHESTER - Two powerhouse Division III baseball teams played a doubleheader on Saturday at Bridgeforth Field in Winchester. At the end of the day, Randolph-Macon College showed why it’s one of the top teams in the country. The Yellow Jackets used two strong pitching performances to sweep ...

Romero-Hernandez, Generals rally past Bulldogs

QUICKSBURG - Stonewall Jackson’s Carlos Romero-Hernandez didn’t feel 100 percent healthy on Friday, but his play on the soccer field was exactly what the Generals needed. Romero-Hernandez had a hat trick, including the game-winning goal in the final minute, as the Generals rallied to beat ...

Sherando’s boys tennis having success despite small team

STEPHENS CITY- Sherando’s boys tennis team may be small in numbers this season, but that hasn’t kept the team from having some success. The Warriors have only seven players on the squad, with no seniors. Despite the lack of numbers the team is 5-7, including a couple Class 4, Northwestern ...