Stories By Max Lee

Community services board to add substance use program for children and teens

FRONT ROYAL — For years, the Shenandoah Valley region has not offered an intensive outpatient program, a long-term program designed to help children or teenagers recover from substance use disorders. That is soon set to change. During a meeting of the Northwestern Community Services Board ...

Warren County Public Schools to have special meeting on budget adjustments

FRONT ROYAL — The Warren County Public Schools Board is set to have a special meeting on Wednesday to discuss adjustments to the school budget. During a work session on Wednesday,  Superintendent Greg Drescher said that the Warren County Board of Supervisors is set to provide enough money ...

Randolph-Macon students show off self-published books

FRONT ROYAL — Between the end of Christmas break and the middle of March, Bernie Luan and his freshmen English peers at Randolph-Macon Academy designed and created their own books. Luan, a history buff, honed in on the part of Dalian, China, where he grew up, telling about the Japanese and ...

Council discusses water rate discount program

STRASBURG — The Strasburg Town Council is looking at renewing an agreement that reduces the water rates for downtown business owners. But while the Town Council members all expressed general support for the incentive program during a Monday work session, it is unclear what changes, if any, ...

Woodstock man arrested on sodomy, resisting arrest charges

The Woodstock Police Department arrested a 32-year-old man Wednesday night on charges of resisting arrest and forcible sodomy. Capt. Chris Baker, of the Woodstock Police Department, said that police had an outstanding warrant for the arrest of Brandon Watson-Kaufman. They went to his home at ...

Pet of the Week: Playful Nahla still looking for a home

WINCHESTER — Nahla has been with the Winchester SPCA for two months, after spending around a year at the Frederick County Esther Boyd Animal Shelter. Billie Guidry, an adoption agent at the Winchester SPCA, is hoping that Nahla’s playful personality and some incentives can finally land the ...

Battlefield foundation launches Friday tours

For the second year, the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation will be hosting “Fridays at the Front,” a series of Civil War tours. Terry Heder, director of interpretation, education and history for the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields National Historic District, said that the tours are ...

Fire Department rejects bid to banish King from its ranks

STRASBURG — Hours after former Strasburg Fire Department Chief Dale King was sentenced to jail for contributing to the delinquency of a minor, the Strasburg Fire Department narrowly voted against a measure that would remove King from the department. During a Fire Department meeting on ...

Four sentenced in Fire Department cases

WOODSTOCK — One current and three former members of the Strasburg Fire Department, including the former fire chief and current member Dale King, were sentenced to jail Thursday for periods varying from one to three months following their convictions on misdemeanor charges of contributing to ...

Warren County school division closer to migrating special services

FRONT ROYAL — The Warren County school division is closer to migrating its special services into one building. During a School Board meeting Wednesday, Melody Sheppard, assistant superintendent, announced that the schools now have a contract for the project. Sheppard said that the Warren ...

Students attend Bank Day at First Bank

STRASBURG — A group of regional high school students met at First Bank, off Borden Mowery Drive, on Wednesday to discuss banking and personal finance during First Bank’s annual Bank Day. Carl Rush, a business teacher at John Handley High School, described the event as a great way for ...

Council candidate hopes to see focus on helping current business owners

Taralyn Nicholson served on Strasburg’s Town Council for 12 years, between 1994 and 2006. She lost a reelection campaign and then ran again in 2016, finishing fifth in a race that selected four people. She is running again this year. Nicholson said that her prior experience gives her an edge ...

Strasburg moves toward changes to sign ordinance

STRASBURG — The Town Council has moved toward grantinng a temporary waiver exempting a business owner from having to make changes to a sign as the Town Council pursues changing the town’s sign ordinance. During a work session on Monday, the Town Council members agreed that they should let ...

Strasburg panel removes Fire Department leaders

STRASBURG — A committee set up to make changes within the Strasburg Fire Department following the arrest of six department members has forced the removal of the department’s president and vice president. During the first meeting of the Strasburg Fire Department’s Restructuring Committee ...

Strasburg Town Council candidate aims for better communication from town

STRASBURG — Ken Cherrix moved to Strasburg just over seven years ago to take a job as an electrical designer at Axalta. Now, he’s running for a four-year seat on the Strasburg Town Council. Cherrix said that he aims to get the town to do more to communicate with businesses and to have ...

Recovering addicts take the stage

WINCHESTER — Lexy Sacco lived in Los Angeles for a while before drug addiction sent her down a long path that took her to rehabilitation centers and back to Winchester, where she grew up and where her parents live. Eventually, she said she hopes to make her way back to Los Angeles, where she ...

Closing of obstetric unit means hour drive to deliver for some

STRASBURG — When Amanda Jenkins, of Toms Brook, had her first child, it took her six hours between labor and delivery. She delivered her second child in 1 hour, 28 minutes. Now, with the pending closure of the obstetric unit at Warren Memorial Hospital, she’s worried about what a longer ...

Mission group tackles women’s health issues in Ghana

WOODSTOCK — Lisa Bowers is a registered nurse in the Heart and Vascular Center at Winchester Medical Center. So it was only natural that when she went on a mission trip to Ghana in October 2016, she did so with a group called Show Me Your Stethoscope, devoted to providing medical aid to ...