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Water authority seeks to stop Stephens City services, wants damages

The Frederick County Water Authority is asking the Frederick County Circuit Court to approve the authority's decision to suspend water service to Stephens City and about 2,000 residents. Eric Lawrence, Executive Director for Frederick Water, said the catalyst for filing seven counter claims ...

Man accused of trying to murder deputy with vehicle

A chase on John Marshall Highway Friday afternoon ended with the arrest of a Front Royal man who was charged with attempted capital murder of a law enforcement officer and several related offenses. The Warren County Sheriff’s Office identified the defendant as Michael Lewis, 40, of 144 ...

Increased police presence at Warren County schools to continue after new threat

FRONT ROYAL – Despite the online proliferation of a screenshotted Facebook conversation that warned -- falsely,  it turned out -- of school shootings at several Warren County schools, all county schools opened and operated as normal Friday. An increased number of Warren County Sheriff’s ...

EDA officials: Closed meeting was legal

FRONT ROYAL – Economic Development Authority officials and their lawyer are denying accusations that they conducted a closed session illegally in June. The accusations came Tuesday at the Board of Supervisors regular meeting when Mark Egger, a private citizen and father of former ...

Man faces prison for attempted murder

WOODSTOCK – A town man faces  up to 10 years in prison for pointing a gun at his brother and threatening to kill him during an altercation in 2017. Jose M. Martinez-Rosario, 47, faces sentencing in Shenandoah County Circuit Court on April 20 after Judge Dennis L. Hupp found him guilty of ...

Interim Strasburg council member sees himself as voice for young residents

STRASBURG — Curtis Falkenstein wasn’t looking to become a member of the Strasburg Town Council until former council member Shirley Maddox announced her resignation at the end of December. Falkenstein has now been on the  council for nearly 20 days. The 25-year-old said that he wanted to ...

Randolph-Macon hires new dean

FRONT ROYAL — Randolph-Macon Academy has hired a new dean, after it promoted its previous dean to the newly created position of vice president. On Jan. 8, Jonathan Ezell officially became vice president for the school, and Tess Hegedus became Randolph-Macon’s dean of instructional ...

String of threats plagues area schools

Authorities responded to multiple threats against area schools Wednesday and Thursday, spurring the evacuation of a middle school and police investigations in Shenandoah, Warren and Frederick counties. The threats over the two days include a bomb threat at Warren County Middle School, an ...

Warren students could see shorter summer breaks

FRONT ROYAL — The Warren County public school calendar may be revised to shorten the length of summer break. During a meeting of the county School Board on Wednesday, Melody Sheppard, assistant superintendent for administration for the district, said that the move might help students retain ...

Board plans to set up nonprofit mental health housing

FRONT ROYAL — The Northwestern Community Services Board is moving toward establishing a nonprofit to work on offering housing to people with mental illnesses. In a meeting of the community services board on Wednesday, CEO Mike Elwell said that the move would help the board address a ...

RSW jail panel recommends pay hike for workers

  FRONT ROYAL – Regional jail workers could see a pay raise next fiscal year to help offset increased health insurance costs. The Finance and Personnel Committee of the Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail Authority Board recommended Thursday that the facility include a ...

New Market to buy fireworks after explosive debate

NEW MARKET – Town manager Todd Walters opened discussion Tuesday with a time bomb — the only available fireworks vendor said he could supply the town’s annual Fourth of July celebration, but the town needed to make a decision by the next day. In the end, the Town Council voted to approve ...

Front Royal man arrested on weapons, drug charges

WINCHESTER – An early Wednesday morning traffic stop turned up an array of weapons, drugs, and paraphernalia. Matthew Mark Ruddle, 41, of Front Royal, was pulled over at 2 a.m. on Washington Street for what Winchester Police Lt. Amanda Behan said were “minor traffic violations.” She ...

Proposed sanitary district set for public hearing

FRONT ROYAL – The county may soon create its 12th sanitary district, as registered voters in two neighborhoods have signed a petition in support of establishing the Wildcat Drive Sanitary District. The Board of Supervisors at its regular Tuesday meeting approved an advertisement for a 7 p.m. ...

Young Life volunteers ask New Market for meeting space

NEW MARKET – Even aside from an explosive discussion over the town buying fireworks, the Town Council had a packed agenda Tuesday evening. The meeting kicked off with Grant Bogle, a junior at James Madison University, asking the council — and the general New Market community — for a ...

Area pastors remember Graham as faithful servant to God

Throughout the centuries, leaders of all denominations have characterized their belief in God and shared it with their congregations. A Baptist scripture tells the story of a gardener who nurses and attends to an oak tree in the forest. Without the tender loving care the gardener provided, the ...

Pawn broker reporting process could be changing in Woodstock

WOODSTOCK – Town administrators are considering requiring pawn brokers and junk dealers in town to report transactions at the shop directly into a database system. The shops and junk dealers now fill out a detailed ticket that is submitted to the Woodstock Police Department, which inputs the ...

Court drops teen’s sexual battery charge

WOODSTOCK – A judge dismissed a teenager’s sexual battery case Wednesday after hearing that the victim recanted her story. Domingo Reynoso-Bautista, 18, appeared in Shenandoah County Circuit Court with his attorney Allison Neal to stand trial for one count of aggravated sexual battery of a ...

First National announces 43 percent dividend spike

First National Corporation, the parent company of the Strasburg-based First Bank, announced a 43 percent increase in monthly cash dividends per share Tuesday. Shareholders will receive a quarterly dividend of 5 cents per share starting March 16. First National Corporation President and CEO ...