Obenshain, Moore eye campaign differences

October 6, 2015

Democrat April Moore and State Sen. Mark Obenshain, R-Harrisonburg, drew sharp contrasts with each other Tuesday over their priorities and stances on issues affecting the 26th Senate district.

Local GOP divided over resignation

September 25, 2015

House Speaker John Boehner’s surprise announcement Friday that he will resign from Congress at the end of October drew mixed reactions from area Republicans in Congress and a Tea Party activist.

Gilbert seeks release of student’s arrest report

Todd Gilbert

September 14, 2015

Del. C. Todd Gilbert, R-Woodstock, and another Republican legislator want Gov. Terry McAuliffe to make public a report of a violent encounter earlier this year between a University of Virginia student and state alcohol control agents.

Local candidates greet voters at Hob Nob

Lenny Milholland, left, an independent candidate for Frederick County sheriff, chats with 10th District Delegate Randy Minchew during the Hob Nob held Friday evening at Lord Fairfax Community College.  Rich Cooley/Daily

September 11, 2015

A wide lineup of candidates for local and state legislative offices crowded onto a stage at Lord Fairfax Community College Friday and gave the audience a clear preview of the ballot in the Nov. 3 General Election.

McAuliffe’s plan draws mixed reaction

A Confederate flag flies outside Cedar Creek Mercantile in Middletown as a car passes along Valley Pike on June 23.    Rich Cooley/Daily

June 23, 2015

Reactions from local lawmakers to Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s intention to remove the Confederate battle flag from a state license plate were hard to come by Tuesday.

Collins defeats incumbent Berg for GOP nod

Christopher Collins

June 9, 2015

Christopher Collins unseated Del. Mark Berg in Tuesday’s Republican primary in the 29th District, the second consecutive loss for an incumbent GOP lawmaker in the district.

Wiseley running for re-election

Amanda McDonald Wiseley

June 8, 2015

Shenandoah County Commonwealth’s Attorney Amanda McDonald Wiseley announced Monday she will seek a second term as an independent.

Democrats without a candidate in 29th

June 7, 2015

The winner of the Republican primary in the House of Delegates 29th District will likely face no opposition in the November General Election now that a paperwork mistake has snuffed out the campaign plans of the lone Democrat who had been preparing to run.

Sutherly calls off sheriff campaign plans

Tim Sutherly

April 30, 2015

STRASBURG – Police Chief Tim Sutherly said Thursday he is scrapping a long-anticipated campaign for Shenandoah County sheriff, citing concerns about the health of his 5-year-old son as the reason.

Report faults lawmakers on transparency

April 21, 2015

A report from a group of non-profit lobbying organizations has criticized the 2015 General Assembly for what it describes as shortcomings in giving notice of meetings, debating all bills and recording votes.

McAuliffe signs two anti-heroin bills

City of Alexandria delegate Charniele Herring, left, applauds with a host of other supporters as Governor Terry McAuliffe, right, completed signing new legislation Tuesday afternoon regarding public safety workers administering naltrexone and doctors being able to screen patients' prescribed medications. Rich Cooley/Daily

April 7, 2015

WINCHESTER – The area’s efforts to counter the opiate drug epidemic received some high profile support from Gov. Terry McAuliffe in a bill signing ceremony at the county public safety building Tuesday.

Ex-cons urged to seek restoration of rights

Secretary of the Commonwealth Levar Stoney, left,  stands beside Front Royal resident Chris Harris, right, during his appearance Tuesday afternoon at  a Restoration of Rights workshop with the Winchester Area NAACP Chapter in Winchester.  Rich Cooley/Daily

April 7, 2015

Secretary of the Commonwealth Levar Stoney arrived in town Tuesday with a message for convicted felons that they may be eligible for the restoration of certain rights lost to them on the day they pleaded or were found guilty.

Collins looks for votes in Front Royal

Christopher Collins

April 5, 2015

Christopher Collins brought his campaign for a seat in the House of Delegates Thursday to a friendly audience of about a dozen who listened to him explain the reasons for his candidacy.

Millholland running for Frederick County Sheriff

Lenny Millholland

April 3, 2015

Retired Winchester Sheriff Lenny Millholland announced Friday he is ready for a comeback, this time as Frederick County Sheriff if he can win enough votes in the November General Election.

Webert to run for re-election

Del. Michael Webert  Rich Cooley/Daily file

April 2, 2015

Del. Michael Webert, R-Marshall, has announced he is running for re-election in his district that includes all of Rappahannock County and parts of Warren, Fauquier, and Culpeper counties.

Mount Jackson residents weigh in on rezoning bid

Tony Dean of Mount Jackson speaks against the Mount Jackson Planning Commission's rezoning request by Robert Whitehurst  to rezone 136 acres along Turkey Knob Road from agriculture to industrial during a public hearing Wednesday  night. The property, which totals 712 acres, may lead to a potential mega industrial site.   Rich Cooley/Daily

March 25, 2015

MOUNT JACKSON — The Mount Jackson Planning Commission voted unanimously to table making a recommendation until its regular meeting April 6, following a special joint public hearing for a rezoning request of 136 acres on Turkey Knob Road from agricultural to limited industrial use.