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Stories By Max Lee

Warren County schools may expand free lunch at E. Wilson Morrison

FRONT ROYAL — Warren County Public Schools may implement a program that would allow any student in E. Wilson Morrison Elementary School to receive a free breakfast and free lunch regardless of their economic status. In a meeting of the Warren County School Board on Wednesday, Melody ...

Warren County launches comprehensive plan survey

The Warren County government has launched a survey as it begins the process of updating its comprehensive plan. For the next month — until sometime in mid-August — citizens can fill out the comprehensive plan survey, stating their opinions on a number of county government issues. Taryn ...

Strasburg to discuss potential VDOT grant

The Strasburg Town Council will discuss at its Monday work session whether or not to apply for a grant through the Virginia Department of Transportation to convert a portion of Washington Street from a one-way street to a two-way street. Mayor Rich Orndorff said that, over the years, people ...

On lawyer’s OK, Fire Department to overhaul discipline process

STRASBURG — The Strasburg Fire Department will likely have a new set of guidelines for handling discipline. Members of the department’s restructuring committee voted on Thursday to have Town Manager Wyatt Pearson rewrite the department’s bylaws, contingent on approval from the town’s ...

Virtual reality tour participants get a taste of life with dementia

FRONT ROYAL — Donielle Weatherholtz-Palmer, the director of resident services at Shenandoah Valley Westminster Canterbury in Winchester, deals regularly with people who have dementia as part of her job. So she wanted to introduce her staff to something called a “virtual dementia ...

New term begins for Strasburg Town Council

STRASBURG — Four new Strasburg Town Council members and one returning member were sworn in on Tuesday, as the council met for the first time since the new members’ terms began. In a Town Council meeting on Tuesday, Judge Kevin Black of the Shenandoah County Juvenile and Domestic Relations ...

Cedar Creek re-enactors disappointed

Last year, Tom Mack was set to “call” the dance, along with the rest of the Shenandoah Valley Civil War Era Dancers, at the Battle of Cedar Creek re-enactment. But the dance, intended to teach people about a historically accurate activity from the era, never happened. Earlier that day, ...

Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation receives $1 million in grants

The Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation has received two grants totaling a combined $1 million from the National Park Service. John Hutchinson, the conservation director for the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation, said that the organization received a $910,500 grant to pay for 31 ...

Inn owner will miss camaraderie of Cedar Creek re-enactment

MIDDLETOWN — During the 4 1/2 years that she has worked as one of the two owners of the Wayside Inn, Rebecca Reeves has always enjoyed the Battle of Cedar Creek re-enactment. The annual event is the busiest time of the year for her, packing the inn’s restaurant for two or three days and ...

Cedar Creek Battlefield Foundation cancels re-enactment

The Cedar Creek Battlefield Foundation has canceled its annual October battlefield re-enactment near Middletown, the organization announced on its website on Tuesday. The decision marks the second year in a row that the foundation has canceled all or part of the Civil War re-enactment events ...

Man arrested in New Market on assault, abduction charges

New Market police have arrested a man on charges of public intoxication, abduction by force and assault against a family member. Late  Sunday, Clarida Wayne Yates threatened the victim in the case with a knife and told the victim to drive him to Shenandoah in Page County, the criminal ...

Pedestrian struck in Front Royal; no charges and no major injuries

A vehicle struck a pedestrian in Front Royal on Tuesday morning. According to a news release from the Front Royal Police Department, a vehicle driven by Justin Matlock, 29, hit Arney Murray, Jr., 21 in the 800 block of John Marshall Highway. No one has been charged, and no charges are pending, ...

Fire officials urge caution on Fourth of July

In advance of July 4, local fire officials are urging residents to take precautions when they are dealing with fireworks. Dave Ferguson, fire marshal for the Shenandoah County Department of Fire and Rescue, said that the department receives reports every year of two or three fireworks-related ...

Fire destroys Woodstock home

A fire destroyed a house in Woodstock on Monday. David Ferguson, fire marshal for the Shenandoah County Department of Fire and Rescue, said that a neighbor called at 12:12 a.m. Monday to say that the two-story house at 2462 Swartz Road in Woodstock was on fire. “At the time, it was unclear ...

Two arrested on assault charges

Two people were booked into the Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail on Monday on assault charges stemming from separate, unrelated incidents. At 5:15 p.m. Monday, the Warren County Sheriff’s Office arrested Jashar Ashby, 20, on charges of assault on a family member and destruction ...

In new Warren County meals program, the meals come to the students

FRONT ROYAL — At 11 a.m. on Tuesday, a van pulled up at the Royal Arms Apartment complex at 401 E. Criser Road. The van, which the Warren County Public Schools purchased in May for around $25,000, is part of a new federally funded program by the district to provide free meals to children ...

Water rescue conducted in Mount Jackson

The Shenandoah County Department of Fire and Rescue, along with local law enforcement and several other regional fire and rescue companies, conducted a rescue operation Friday after a woman tripped into the North Fork River in Mount Jackson. Bill Streett, Jr., the deputy chief of operations ...

Warren County Public Schools moves away from potential calendar change

FRONT ROYAL — Warren County Public Schools is backing away from a proposal that would shorten the length of summer break from 10 weeks to six or seven weeks. In a work session of the Warren County School Board on Wednesday, Melody Sheppard, the district’s superintendent, said that the ...