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Stories By Max Lee

Biology institute in Front Royal sees birth of new deer

The Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal recently saw the birth of a new female Eld's deer. Dolores Reed, the supervisory biologist for ungulates at the institute, said that the 2-week-old fawn has been gaining about 1 pound every other day, within the normal range for the ...

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 ...

Voter turnout surges in Shenandoah Valley

Turnout in the 2018 midterms surged from 2014 numbers throughout the Shenandoah Valley, according to a Northern Virginia Daily analysis of data from the Virginia Department of Elections. The data show only two of the 245 precincts in Virginia's 6th District,  one in Amherst County and another ...

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Incumbents Christopher Morrison, a Front Royal Town Councilman, and Stephens City Mayor Michael Grim were both unseated in local elections on Tuesday. Grim lost by 7 percentage points, or 39 votes, while Morrison placed fifth in a crowded field of six candidates for Front Royal Town ...

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Jennifer Wexton, a state senator in the 33rd District near Dulles, unseated incumbent Barbara Comstock (R) in Virginia’s 10th District Tuesday night as the Democratic Party won a majority in the House of Representatives. Sen. Tim Kaine (D), meanwhile, held his seat, beating challenger Corey ...

Council nearing vote on applications for small engine repair site

STRASBURG — The Strasburg Town Council is set to vote on whether or not to have the town approve a right-of-way application and a special use permit by a business owner who plans on opening a small engine repair shop at 1101 E. King St. During a work session on Monday, Town Council members ...

Less-invasive heart surgery comes to Winchester Medical Center

WINCHESTER — In December 2017, Glen Hamric, 83, went to Grant Memorial Hospital in Petersburg, West Virginia, after a gallbladder procedure he had had the previous day that left him with a bloated stomach. "I swelled up like I was pregnant," Hamric said. When he arrived at the hospital, ...

Strasburg panel holds off on funding water study until next year

STRASBURG — Members of the Town Council's infrastructure committee informally agreed Tuesday to hold off funding a water model study until the next fiscal year, which starts in July. During the 10-minute meeting, the committee members agreed that there was not a pressing need to fund the ...

Strasburg panel to discuss new water study

The Strasburg Town Council's Infrastructure Committee is set to discuss potentially funding an updated water model study during it meeting today, as the town ramps up discussions about possibly building a new water tower. Jay McKinley, the town's director of public works, said that today's ...

Strasburg Board of Zoning Appeals decision upheld in circuit court case

WOODSTOCK — A Shenandoah County judge upheld a decision from Strasburg's Board of Zoning Appeals that found a fence of a Strasburg resident in violation of the town's regulations. Under Virginia law, there is a high threshold for overturning a decision by a town Board of Zoning Appeals. ...

Affordable Care Act open enrollment period begins Thursday

Open enrollment for the Affordable Care Act is set to begin on Thursday as Virginia prepares for its first year under Medicaid expansion. Dan Sullivan, a health care navigator for Blue Ridge Legal Services, said that in Virginia, if you apply for a plan through the Affordable Care Act and are ...

6th District hopeful visits Woodstock as midterms approach

WOODSTOCK — With midterm elections looming, Jennifer Lewis,  the Democratic candidate in the 6th Congressional District, came to Woodstock on Saturday for a meeting of the Shenandoah County Democratic Caucus. In a speech, Lewis criticized the stance of her opponent, Del. Ben Cline ...

Motorcyclist in crash cared about safety, his mother says

On Oct. 8, Front Royal resident James Bailey died in a motorcycle crash in Rockingham County. Bailey, according to the Virginia State Police, ran off the left side of Interstate 81 while he was traveling north on the highway and fell into traffic where a pickup truck ran into him. His mother, ...

Performance aims to teach kids about inclusion, empathy

FRONT ROYAL — Amy Stone was at a Panera Bread Company restaurant when a conversation about the representation of people with disabilities in a film came up. Stone, who uses a wheelchair, said that the conversation got her thinking about what would happen if a Disney princess was a wheelchair ...

SVEC celebrates completion of Strasburg substation project

STRASBURG — The president and CEO of the Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative, along with a number of local government officials, celebrated the completion of an $11 million project by the electric cooperative Thursday. Over five years ago, the electric cooperative began planning work on ...

After vehicle crash, bear cub gets treatment

For several days, Regis Arnold had seen a mother bear and her two cubs around Mount Olive Road near his home in Toms Brook. But over the weekend, he said he saw one of the cubs by himself, bleeding. "That's what made me turn around, when it was just him," Arnold said. Arnold then called the ...

Board OKs pay hike for bus drivers during field trips

FRONT ROYAL — Warren County Public Schools Board members voted unanimously during their work session on Wednesday to raise the rate they pay bus drivers during field trips after struggling to find enough drivers. The division has been paying its bus drivers $9.50 per hour on those trips, ...

Woodstock woman arrested on child abuse charges

The Shenandoah County Sheriff's Office has arrested Caitlin Pool, 25, of Woodstock, on two counts of child abuse and neglect. In two criminal complaints, Pool is accused of placing her daughter in the care of a man who, the complaints state, beat her daughter. According to the complaints, ...

Strasburg council members support water study as town looks into tower

STRASBURG — Town Council members informally supported funding a new study to look into Strasburg's water infrastructure during a work session on Monday as the town looks into the possibility of building a new water tower. During the work session and in an interview on Tuesday, Jay McKinley, ...