Stories By Max Lee

Preliminary hearings set for prisoner escape cases

FRONT ROYAL — A preliminary hearing has been set for the cases of three people who were allegedly involved in the escape of a prisoner from Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren  Regional Jail. During a hearing on Tuesday, Judge Dale Houff scheduled a hearing date — 2 p.m. March 21 — for ...

Town Council to vote on first-floor apartments for first time

STRASBURG — Back in November, the Strasburg Town Council voted to allow ground-floor apartments in the town’s commercial district, subject to approval of specific applications submitted to the Town Council. Now, the new provision will have its first test case. In a Tuesday meeting, the ...

Short-lived government shutdown leaves garden center without speaker

WOODSTOCK — When Terry Fogle, a co-owner of the Fort Valley Nursery, first met Richard Olsen, he immediately thought to ask the director of the U.S. National Arboretum if he would speak during the nursery’s winter seminar series. “He stopped at the garden center and introduced ...

Battlefield Foundation receives land donation

LURAY — The Shenandoah Valley Battlefield Foundation has received a donation of 158 acres of land at the Cedar Creek Battlefield. During the organization’s annual meeting on Saturday, CEO Keven Walker announced that Tunstall “Joe” Powers Jr. and his wife Linda Powers donated the ...

Four arrested in inmate escape case

FRONT ROYAL — Matthew Perry Michael and three other people were arrested on Thursday in connection with Michael’s alleged escape Wednesday  from the Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail. According to a news release from the Winchester police, officers arrested Michael and three ...

For creative writing teacher, a family heirloom becomes the basis of a story

A couple years ago, Brent Kendrick, an English professor at Lord Fairfax Community College, assigned his students to write a section of a memoir for a creative writing class. As he does occasionally, Kendrick decided that he would write the assignment, too. “I thought this would be a fun ...

Superintendent: Ressie Jeffries on pace to meet accreditation

FRONT ROYAL — Warren County Schools Superintendent Greg Drescher said that Ressie Jeffries Elementary School is more than on its way toward meeting full accreditation standards next year. In a meeting of the Warren County School Board on Wednesday, Drescher said that he believed the school ...

Warren County schools face spike in health insurance costs

FRONT ROYAL — After several years of stagnant costs, health insurance premiums are set to increase significantly for Warren County Public Schools. The district has only faced increased premiums once over the past four years despite significant increases nationally in hospital and ...

RSW work force inmate escapes

An Rappahannock-Warren-Shenandoah Regional Jail work force inmate escaped from his work assignment Wednesday. According to a news release from RSW, Matthew Perry Michael left his work assignment at the Warren County maintenance shop between 6:25 a.m. and 3 p.m. Wednesday. The release stated ...

Virginia hospital group sets eyes on Medicaid expansion

As the Virginia state legislature convenes for its open session, a state hospital lobbying group is hoping that a narrow Republican majority could expand Medicaid in Virginia. In a news conference in Richmond on Tuesday, Valley Health CEO Mark Merrill and other members of the Virginia ...

Trace Adkins to headline Patsy Cline Classic

WINCHESTER — Country-music singer Trace Adkins will be the headlining performer at the Patsy Cline Classic in March. In a news conference on Tuesday, Chris Mitchell, a host for Shenandoah County Q102, described Adkins as a star of country music with a tough past. “The 90s was one of the ...

Snow expected Tuesday, warmer temps by this weekend

The Northern Shenandoah Valley should expect to see anywhere from 1 to 3 inches of snow on Tuesday, according to Brian LaSorsa, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Sterling. “[Snow] comes increasingly likely across the morning hours,” LaSorsa said. “By the afternoon, ...

Strasburg fire chief responded to multiple calls

Strasburg Fire Chief Dale King responded to five calls during a time when the Strasburg Fire Department says he was on administrative leave. According to incident reports obtained by the Northern Virginia Daily in response to a public records request, King responded to five calls between Nov. ...

Strasburg police chief officially leaves position

STRASBURG — Tim Sutherly is handing over the reins as Strasburg police chief to Wayne Sager. Sager officially becomes police chief today. In an interview on Tuesday, Sutherly said that he was proud of low crime rates during his watch. “[Strasburg] remains the safest town in Virginia five ...

Questions arise about department’s administrative leave policy

STRASBURG — In a statement sent late Wednesday, the Strasburg Fire Department announced for the first time that it had placed five members on administrative leave in November, and an additional member late in December, all in connection with pending court cases involving charges of  ...

Strasburg vice mayor announces re-election plans

STRASBURG — Town Council member Scott Terndrup has announced that he will run for re-election. During Tuesday’s council meeting, Terndrup, who is also the town’s vice mayor, said that he initially thought he would retire after his current term. But he said that recent conversations had ...

Pet of the Week: Calm DaVinci is looking for a home

FRONT ROYAL — DaVinci, a black cat at the Humane Society of Warren County, has no plans to paint the Mona Lisa or become the first cat to design an airplane. He’s too laid back for all that work. But he would like to find a new home. The 4-year-old cat has been at the Humane Society since ...

Strasburg approves full funding of town park

STRASBURG — In a tight, 4-3 vote, the Strasburg Town Council decided to cover a projected budget shortfall and fully fund the creation of an event space that will cost the town over $900,000 to build. The move comes after Town Manager Wyatt Pearson discussed potentially cutting parts of the ...

Strasburg may move forward on extending Borden Mowery Road

Strasburg could move forward on plans to extend Borden Mowery Drive in the town’s business park. In their meeting today, the town is set to discuss, and potentially vote on, whether or not to approve a proposal by the engineering firm Pennoni to complete a partial design of the extension and ...

School Board maintains leadership, combines bus driver positions

FRONT ROYAL — The Warren County School Board has decided to keep its leadership unchanged. In a meeting on Wednesday, the School Board voted unanimously to maintain Catherine Bower as the chair of the School Board and C. Douglas Rosen as the vice chair. During the meeting, board member ...