Stories By Alex Bridges

Morgan Ford Bridge to open to traffic Monday

FRONT ROYAL – The Virginia Department of Transportation plans to open the new Morgan Ford Bridge in Warren County on Monday. VDOT began to detour traffic using Morgan Ford Road between Howellsville Road and Fairgrounds Road in April 2016. VDOT plans to lift the detours mid-morning Monday, ...

Judge: Unconstitutional law unfairly benefits incumbents

A federal judge ruled Friday that a state law that critics have referred to as the Incumbent Protection Act violates part of the First Amendment. The law, unique to Virginia, grants incumbent politicians the power to influence or dictate the method by which their political parties nominate ...

Christendom responds to claims it brushed off rape cases

FRONT ROYAL – Christendom College responded Thursday to a blogger’s claims the school failed to prevent rape or sexual assaults on female students years ago. College President Timothy O’Donnell issued a response that began by saying the blog post contained “misleading information and ...

Driver sentenced for hitting bicyclist

A Strasburg man pleaded guilty Wednesday to striking a bicyclist while driving under the influence in 2016. Ernest Linwood Tharpe III appeared in Shenandoah County Circuit Court where he entered an Alford plea of guilt to the charge of driving while intoxicated and maiming another individual. ...

Board OKs new deal with Comcast

FRONT ROYAL – Warren County plans to keep Comcast Cable as its service provider for at least another 15 years. The Board of Supervisors voted 5-0 Tuesday to renew its cable franchise agreement with Comcast. No one spoke at the public hearing held on the matter. The agreement allows for ...

Defendants in heroin ring enter guilty pleas

Defendants charged with participating in a heroin ring based in Front Royal and Baltimore pleaded guilty in federal court on Tuesday. Documents filed in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia in Harrisonburg showed that Nicole Renea McNall, Sheldon Berry and Brittani ...

Bill would punish fetal death in DUI crashes

A state senator wants to allow prosecutors to go after drunken drivers who cause crashes that result in the death of fetuses. Sen. Mark D. Obenshain filed a bill for consideration in this session of the Virginia General Assembly that, if enacted into law, would expand the crime of involuntary ...

Delegates’ bills hit range of topics

The region's state delegates filed dozens of bills in the Virginia General Assembly that tackle topics from senior-citizen protection and professional sports teams to distracted driving and swearing. Del. Christopher E. Collins, R-Winchester, represents the 29th District covering Winchester ...

Cold weather returns Saturday

Area residents shouldn’t put away their winter clothes. A cold snap could hit this weekend, experts say. The National Weather Service predicts temperatures in the upper 20s or lower 30s will return to the region early Saturday morning. Meteorologist Brian LaSorsa said Thursday that the ...

House OKs rule to record committee votes

The House of Delegates must now record votes taken by members in committees and subcommittees. Delegates voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to support legislation establishing the rules of the House for the 2018-2019 sessions. Del. C. Todd Gilbert, R-Woodstock, sponsored the legislation that ...

Court denies ex-employee’s appeal

WOODSTOCK – A former Shenandoah County official did not qualify to grieve termination because she resigned voluntarily in October, a judge has ruled. Joyce Fadeley claimed in a complaint filed in Shenandoah County Circuit Court that she resigned as zoning administrator Oct. 12 under duress ...

Town seeks charter change again

FRONT ROYAL – A state delegate’s bill filed Wednesday seeks to change the town’s charter, reviving an effort that failed several years ago in the General Assembly. Del. Christopher Collins, R-Winchester, whose district covers part of Warren County and Front Royal, met with Town Council ...

Board sets new meeting rules

WOODSTOCK – The Shenandoah County Board of Supervisors adopted its new rules Tuesday that some people argue might stifle public input. The board voted 5-1 to approve the rules of procedure for 2018 that moves the meeting normally scheduled for the first Tuesday of the month to 4 p.m. on ...

Board denies Walker committee posts

WOODSTOCK – Shenandoah County supervisors on Tuesday denied one member’s request to serve on two influential panels. The Board of Supervisors voted 4-1 at its first regular meeting of the year to approve the 2018 roster of committee appointments. Chairman Conrad Helsley arranged the list ...

Ex-county worker files lawsuit

WOODSTOCK – A former Shenandoah County official claims administrators violated her right to a pre-termination hearing when they forced her to quit in October. Joyce Fadeley resigned Oct. 12 as zoning and subdivision administrator but said in a phone interview that county officials forced her ...

County Democrats pick officers

The Shenandoah County Democrats recently picked new officers to serve for the next two years. Democrats elected Katherine Morrison. of Woodstock. as chairwoman, succeeding Edinburg resident Luther Santiful as the group’s leader. Morrison is a lifelong Democrat with a career with nonprofit ...

Council to vote down rental rules

FRONT ROYAL – The Town Council plans to vote Monday to kill proposed rules aimed at bad landlords but intend to reconsider part of the regulations in the near future. The council spent the latter half of 2017 pondering the creation of a rental inspection district and a property maintenance ...

Board considers reprieve for thrift store

WOODSTOCK – A Shenandoah County thrift store likely must keep paying landfill fees to dump items it can’t sell, including old TV sets. The Board of Supervisors continued their discussion this week about a request from the Shenandoah County Thrift Store on North Main Street in Woodstock for ...

Board backs pitch for new hospital

FRONT ROYAL – Warren County leaders showed support Wednesday for Valley Health’s plans to build a new hospital in town. The Board of Supervisors voted 5-0 to approve a letter of support for Warren Memorial Hospital’s application to seek a certificate of public need to build the new ...

Board picks officers, sets schedule

FRONT ROYAL – The Warren County Board of Supervisors picked new leaders Tuesday. The board voted to elect Happy Creek District Supervisor Tony Carter as chairman and North River District Supervisor Daniel J. Murray Jr. as vice chairman. Murray nominated Carter for the post. Fork District ...