Stories by Lewis Millholland

Fire marshal rules weekend Hazmat concern not a health risk

Warren County Fire Marshal Gerry Maiatico said Monday that a green substance discovered in Happy Creek behind Fantasyland Park in Front Royal has been identified as a car wax-type solution. “Right now there is no immediate health risk associated with the leak, it's no danger to the ...

Area business owner came to America with just $150 in his pocket

WINCHESTER – Even though starting a business is symbolic of the American Dream, it’s no less significant to Sumit Sanjel that a decade after he came to America with just $150 in his pocket, he’s now running and operating his own company. Sanjel, 28, owns My Vacuums, a vacuum retailer and ...

Edinburg Mill Restaurant celebrates grand opening

EDINBURG – With long hair, strong beards and an aversion to the traditional chef’s jacket, Jason Burns, 36, and Dennis Stickley, 28, don’t match the typical chef archetype. But, the two long-time friends are now co-owners of the Edinburg Mill Restaurant that celebrated its grand opening ...

Unoccupied Mount Jackson house ignites, cause unknown

An unoccupied house in the 7000 block of Senedo Road in Mount Jackson suffered significant fire damage Friday around 8:20 a.m., according to Shenandoah County Assistant Fire Marshall Joe Loving. The cause of the fire is still undetermined, Loving said, but he confirmed no one was in the house ...

Bringing Duke home: How a Facebook page found a dog missing for 14 days

MAURERTOWN – Duke, a 3-year-old Pyrenees, went missing in the woods for two weeks during one of the coldest, harshest winters the area has seen in years. When his owners set up a Facebook page asking for information, the community rallied and Duke became something of a local legend. ...

Marchers to protest Trump on one-year anniversary of presidency

Protesters will take to the streets of Woodstock on Saturday to express their disagreement with President Donald Trump’s administration. The rally will be focused on opposition to Trump rather than on any specific policy goals, said event organizer Mark Pierce, 64, a retired emergency ...

Sheriff’s deputy and five others hospitalized in Front Royal crash

A Warren County Sheriff’s Office deputy and five others were hospitalized following a three-car crash on John Marshall Highway in Front Royal at around 5:40 a.m. Thursday. Sgt. F. L. (Les) Tyler of the Virginia State Police supplied details about the crash. The incident occurred when Deputy ...

Three left homeless in Woodstock area trailer fire

WOODSTOCK – A fire destroyed a trailer and nearby camper at 832 Stultz Gap Drive on Tuesday. No one was injured, but the three-person family was left homeless and all of their belongings were reduced to little more than ash. The trailer’s owner, Wayne Kipps, 77, said he didn’t notice ...

Carmeuse clarifies confusion over expansion news

Confusion arose Friday when Carmeuse Lime & Stone officials stated the company no longer intended to carry out an $8.7 million expansion of the company’s operations in Strasburg. County officials blamed a misunderstanding between state officials and themselves for an erroneous ...

Man accused in attack to appear in court in February

A Front Royal man is facing charges of strangling and malicious wounding stemming from an incident in which authorities say he attacked a female victim at her residence. The defendant, Steven Michael Jones, 51, of Front Royal, was arrested Jan. 9. His next court appearance is scheduled for ...

No charges made in four area church break-ins

No charges have been made in a string of four church breaking and enterings reported between Dec. 30 and Jan. 5, Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office officials said Wednesday. The robberies occurred in Edinburg, Toms Brook, and two in New Market. Maj. Scott Proctor estimated $1,000 worth of ...

Citizen of Year named at Chamber awards party

WOODSTOCK – “Usually I’m not lost for words,” a Tuxedo-clad Mike Ashley said while clutching his golden award for Citizen of the Year at the Woodstock Community Theatre on Tuesday evening. Ashley, owner and director of Commonwealth Investigation Services, was awarded for his ongoing ...

Pet of the week: Meet Missy, the real-life Garfield

WINCHESTER – Lazy but fiercely independent, Missy gets along with other cats just fine but can’t handle too much direct love, whether that’s holding or hugging. As adoption agent Billie Guidry put it, she’s “more of a fixture in your home.” “She has that wonderful personality, ...

Shenandoah County leads area in tourism revenue

In one of his final news releases, former Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced that Virginia’s tourism industry had grown by $2.2 billion since he took office in 2014. Shenandoah County, on its own, has reported growth. Jenna French, director of tourism and economic development, said the county ...

New Shentel trucks to cut fuel consumption by at least 25 percent

Shentel will soon be adding three hybrid bucket trucks to its fleet. The trucks still run on diesel engines, but the buckets' electric lift system could cut fuel costs anywhere from 25 to 33 percent, according to Shentel director of facilities management Bill Sibert. The new trucks are a ...

Carmeuse denies $8.7 million expansion in Shenandoah County

Carmeuse Lime & Stone denied Friday that it had plans to expand its operations in Shenandoah County. Basing its information on a news release from Shenandoah County Administrator Mary Beth Price issued Dec. 22, the Northern Virginia Daily reported Friday that Carmeuse was planning an ...

Blind woodcutter wins new log splitter in radio contest

EDINBURG – One perk of being a blind woodcutter, according to Bob Sigler, 58, of Edinburg, is that he can work at night without putting lights on. To answer the immediate question: Yes, he has all 10 fingers. In fact, his woodcutting hobby has evolved into a chopped wood-delivery business ...

Trial date set in Strasburg firefighters’ cases

WOODSTOCK – Six members of the Strasburg Fire Department accused of contributing to the delinquency of a minor are scheduled to go on trial April 5. Judge Kevin Black also expanded the language of all six charges Thursday to read, “contributed to the delinquency of a minor or engaged in ...

Carmeuse to create 67 jobs in Shenandoah County

Carmeuse Lime & Stone, a limestone producer, is planning an $8.7 million expansion that will create 67 jobs in Shenandoah County and 30 in its Frederick County facility over the next three years. Based on these expectations, the Virginia Economic Development Partnership approved ...