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Strasburg planning head looks forward to keeping the past

STRASBURG — John Settle has served as Strasburg’s planning and zoning administrator for less than a month after working as an environmental planner and code compliance officer for Middlesex County. That shift, from one county government to another, has meant that he has had to adjust to ...

Counties seek jail savings through refinancing

WOODSTOCK – Counties served by the regional jail near Front Royal could save money by increasing the debt owed on the facility, experts say. The Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren-Regional Jail Authority Board recently endorsed an option to refinance all or part of roughly $38 million in ...

Construction starting on Marriott Hotel in Front Royal

Construction has begun on the TownePlace Suites Hotel by Marriott in Front Royal. Warren County recently approved the full building permit and walls have already started to go up for the hotel, said Jason Aikens, vice president of the family-owned Aikens Group. H&W Construction, an ...

Shenandoah County Public Schools asking for citizen help

The Shenandoah County Public Schools wants citizens' input as its administrators plan a road map of where the district wants to head for the next years. “Participation is important as our public schools instructional program, and all that we strive for our children to be -- in addition to ...

Town takes up flea market rules again

FRONT ROYAL – The Town Council plans to takes up new rules again for flea markets Monday. The council and the Planning Commission, along with town staff members, have spent the better part of the year considering a request by one flea market owner to operate on Fridays. The council plans to ...

Shenandoah County gets grant to market Spirits Trail

The Shenandoah Spirits Trail may soon be more crowded. Shenandoah County has received a $36,000 grant to help fund marketing for the trail. Gov. Terry McAuliffe recently announced the award, said Shenandoah County Director of Marketing and Tourism Jenna French. The grant comes from the ...

EDA veteran retires

FRONT ROYAL – A long-time employee with the Front Royal-Warren County Economic Development Authority steps down next month. Director of Marketing and Business Development Marla Taylor Jones retires effective Oct. 1, the EDA announced Friday. At this point, the EDA does not plan to fill the ...

Woman charged with malicious wounding, strangling

WOODSTOCK -- The Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Basye woman Wednesday after investigating an accusation that she severely assaulted another woman. After being transported to Shenandoah Memorial Hospital, the victim told deputies that Breaunna Dawn Anderson-Hinkle, 19, ...

Man arrested on drug, gun charges

WOODSTOCK -- Local police arrested a man on drug and gun charges Tuesday after officers said they found him passed out in a McDonald’s drive-thru line. Workers at the McDonald’s “flagged down” Deputy Cody Brill with the Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office and notified him about the ...

Groups host candidates forums; two hold their own events

WOODSTOCK – A group of Shenandoah County organizations plans to host forums next month for candidates seeking local offices but two hopefuls intend to hold their own events. The Shenandoah County Chamber of Commerce joined with the Shenandoah County Education Association, the Shenandoah ...

Two people attacked by rabid cat

A rabid cat bit two residents of the Mountain Falls Park Subdivision in Winchester. Colin Greene, director of the Lord Fairfax Health District, said that a white-and-black stray cat bit the residents in two separate attacks. “The cat bit them and scratched them and actually kind of hung ...

Planning continues for Woodstock Rails to Trails project

Work is still ongoing to bring a rails to trails project to Woodstock but organizers are as optimistic as ever about the future of the project. “I am all in. It's an ideal whose time has come.” said Don Hindman, who chairs the Woodstock Rail to Trail committee. The keyword, however, is ...

Board OKs rules for dog tethers

FRONT ROYAL – Warren County dog owners face stricter rules when they tie up their animals. The Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to add a section to the county code that continues to allow tethering dogs and other canines under certain circumstances. But the new rules prohibit tethering ...

DC firm buys Riverton Commons

FRONT ROYAL – A Washington, D.C. company recently bought Riverton Commons for about $17.72 million. JCR Companies acquired the 69,496-square-foot shopping center north of Front Royal from EDENS. JCR plans to lease the vacant space and either develop or sell the property’s five remaining ...

Speedy trial questioned in burglary case

WOODSTOCK -- The burglary-related charges against a Martinsburg, West Virginia, man may have to be dropped and brought back to the court to comply with an interstate speedy trial rule, Circuit Judge Dennis L. Hupp determined on Wednesday. Terry Wayne Siford, 41, was indicted in July 2014 on 27 ...

Council to take up appeal for Afton Inn razing

FRONT ROYAL – The Town Council could decide the fate of the Afton Inn next week. The Front Royal-Warren County Economic Development Authority applied to the town, on behalf of MODE Partnership, for a permit to demolish the former Afton Inn, 2 E. Main St. The Board of Architectural Review ...

Woman pleads no contest to prescription fraud

FRONT ROYAL -- A local woman pleaded no contest on Tuesday to 16 prescription fraud charges as part of a plea agreement after she wrote fraudulent prescriptions while working administratively in a medical office. Kimberly Ann Isner, 42, was falsifying prescriptions between December 2014 and ...

Governor announces battlefield preservation grant winners

  FISHER’S HILL — Gov. Terry McAuliffe visited Gordon’s Hill, part of Fisher’s Hill Battlefield, Tuesday to announce the recipients of the Virginia Battlefield Preservation Awards. One of those recipients was the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation, which is based in ...