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Stories By Max Lee

Warren County supervisor sues EDA director

Tom Sayre, a member of the Warren County Board of Supervisors, has filed a defamation lawsuit against Jennifer McDonald, the executive director for the Warren County Economic Development Association. In the suit, Sayre accuses McDonald of planting his phone number at a crime scene at her ...

Warren schools move toward renovations to A.S. Rhodes

FRONT ROYAL — Warren County Public Schools is moving toward renovating A.S. Rhodes Elementary School after School Board members informally agreed to have the district request bids from architectural firms for the project. During a School Board work session on Wednesday, Melody Sheppard, ...

Strasburg police arrest man on malicious wounding charge

The Strasburg Police Department arrested Kenneth Ritter, 48, on a charge of malicious wounding on Monday. Police Chief Wayne Sager said that the magistrate’s office contacted the Strasburg police after receiving a request for a protective order from the victim in the case against Ritter. ...

Woman arrested on larceny, other charges

The Warren County Sheriff’s Office arrested a woman late Saturday night on charges of petit larceny, possession of drug paraphernalia, driving on a suspended license and providing false identification to law enforcement. The woman, Ashley Wolford, also had outstanding warrants on grand ...

Weather causes delays to town event space project

STRASBURG — The Town of Strasburg has seen delays to its progress in completing an event space downtown because of rainy weather. In a work session on Monday, Town Manager Wyatt Pearson said that the contractor on the downtown event space has “legitimately claimed” nearly 40 weather days ...

Researchers present findings on river water quality

BERRYVILLE — Between 2014 and 2016, scientists working for and partnering with the U.S. Geological Survey started looking into endocrine disruption in fish in the Shenandoah River. Endocrine disruption can harm the brain development and reproductive functioning of fish, according to the U.S. ...

Strasburg Eats Stand demolition moves forward

Asbestos abatement for the Eats Stand in the Strasburg town parking lot took place on Thursday as the town moves toward demolishing the building. Strasburg has received approval on the demolition from the Virginia Department of Historic Resources, one of the last steps before the town can ...

Strasburg is refuge for Myrtle Beach evacuees

STRASBURG – Jason Rush, a lifelong Strasburg resident, moved to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, with his wife and kids two years ago. With Hurricane Florence on its way toward South Carolina, he and his kids were back in Strasburg on Wednesday, staying with family. But his wife Dana, an ...

Storm’s path points south, but officials remain prepared

In the past few days, Hurricane Florence has pointed farther south than initially projected, leaving the Shenandoah Valley with less intense forecasts in terms of rainfall and wind levels. But local officials have been continuing to prepare as the hurricane moves toward land. Tim Williams, the ...

Strasburg mayor named to state advisory board

STRASBURG — Mayor Rich Orndorff has been named one of 10 members of the Virginia Emergency Medical Services Advisory Board. In meetings of the Strasburg Restructuring Committee on Monday and the Strasburg Town Council on Tuesday, Orndorff announced the appointment. “I’m very, very ...

Strasburg Fire Department Restructuring Committee has new member

STRASBURG — The Strasburg Fire Department Restructuring Committee has a new member after Austin Cucciardo resigned from his role on the committee and as assistant fire chief. In the past two months, three members of the department — Cucciardo, Tim Mawyer and Tyler Mason — have resigned ...

Water quality expert: In Shenandoah River, E. coli levels go up when rain hits

Incoming rainfall could lead to heightened levels of E. coli in the Shenandoah River. In the past year, Wayne Webb, a director of the Lord Fairfax Soil and Water Conservation District and a retired water quality specialist with the U.S. Geological Survey, has been looking into water quality ...

Pet of the week: Beetlejuice seeks a calm home

WINCHESTER — Beetlejuice, a 2-year-old black cat, came to the Winchester SPCA in May as a stray cat. One month later, he was on the operating table to get neutered when his heart stopped. Now, he is partially blind and walks with a little bit of a wobble, said Billie Guidry, an adoption ...

Strasburg Fire Department receives grant for exhaust removal system

The Strasburg Fire Department has received a grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to build an exhaust removal system in the fire station. Milton Painter, the interim president for the department, said that a number of fire departments, particularly larger departments, have ...

Warren County School Board approves budget items during meeting

FRONT ROYAL — The Warren County Public Schools Board voted to approve several budget items during its meeting on Wednesday. The board agreed unanimously to pay a $20,000 contract with Data Business Systems for food service software. Melody Sheppard, assistant superintendent for the district, ...

Strasburg Town Council moves toward changes to arts, tourism program

STRASBURG — Strasburg Town Council members expressed a willingness Tuesday to continue with a program that provides incentives for arts and tourism businesses, reinforcing a June Town Council decision. But after some new members expressed concerns about the fairness of the program, the ...

Strasburg Town Council looks at potential water rebate program

STRASBURG — The Strasburg Town Council is set to look into a proposal that would give low-income residents a rebate on their water bills. During a work session on Monday, Vice Mayor Scott Terndrup unveiled a proposal that would give a $50 rebate each month to households that have paid their ...

Man arrested after allegedly making threatening calls

A man from Annandale was recently arrested after he allegedly made a series of threatening phone calls. On Aug. 17, the magistrate issued a warrant of arrest against Donald Collins, 40, accusing him of threatening someone he knew over the phone. On Monday, Collins was booked into ...

Strasburg council to discuss placing electrical lines underground in town lot

The Strasburg Town Council is set to vote on whether or not to have the town pay around $31,000 to move electrical lines in the town’s parking lot underground and remove poles from the center of the parking lot. In a meeting of the Infrastructure Committee on Tuesday, council members John ...