Local News

Council puts off pick for vacant seat

FRONT ROYAL – The Town Council voted Monday to put off picking a new member to fill a vacancy indefinitely. Councilwoman Bébhinn Egger resigned July 1. Voters elected Egger in November 2014 to a term set to expire Dec. 31, 2018. Egger announced this spring that she would resign because she ...

Man pleads guilty to larceny, gun charges

FRONT ROYAL -- A local man pleaded guilty on Monday to a variety of gun, drug and larceny charges as part of a plea agreement. Tony William Hatfield Jr., 27, sold buprenorphine and naloxone -- drugs found in Suboxone, a narcotic pain reliever typically used as a heroin substitute for ...

Man sentenced in drug distribution case

FRONT ROYAL -- A local man was sentenced on Monday on the two heroin distribution charges he pleaded guilty to in May. Charles Jeremy Henson, 32, sold heroin to a confidential informant in March 2016 within 1,000 feet of a school, a park and a library, and was charged with both heroin ...

Front Royal man found guilty of heroin distribution

FRONT ROYAL -- A local man was found guilty of heroin distribution after a Monday morning bench trial before Circuit Judge James Lang. James Anthony Rawlings, 22, sold heroin to a confidential informant on Dec. 18, 2015 for $150, the informant and officers in the Northwest Regional Drug Task ...

County, town to consider joint tourism panel

FRONT ROYAL – Warren County and the town could soon join forces to promote local tourism. County Administrator Doug Stanley said last week that a new panel made up of representatives from both localities would collaborate to push tourism initiatives. Stanley talked about the proposed joint ...

Public funding involved in Strasburg murals

Public funding for the mural program in Strasburg dates back nearly to the beginning of the program. According to an expenditure report provided by the town, the town has paid for three of the five murals in Strasburg, spending just shy of $6,000 on the artwork. The mural program was started ...

Local men win gold at National Senior Games

STRASBURG – Lloyd Willis and Wesley Pence got a taste of the Olympic experience last month in Birmingham, Alabama, when the two Shenandoah County residents – Willis from Strasburg and Pence from Edinburg – prepared to take to the basketball court at the 2017 National Senior ...

Overdose deaths on track to double last year’s numbers

In the Northern Shenandoah Valley, the epidemic of addiction to heroin and other opioid drugs is showing no signs of slowing down. For the six localities that make up this area – Winchester and the counties of Frederick, Clarke, Shenandoah, Page and Warren – data shows that  halfway ...

Railroad crossings spark frustration

FRONT ROYAL -- Blocked railroad crossings continue to plague the county while the town deals with a rough intersection on East 6th Street. Town Manager Joseph Waltz said this week he expects Norfolk Southern Railroad to make repairs to its crossing on East 6th Street. He told the Town Council ...

County IDA seeks firms for engineering work

WOODSTOCK – Shenandoah County’s Industrial Development Authority plans to hire an engineering firm to help market agency properties and boost the local economy. The authority recently issued a request for proposals from firms interested in performing engineering services on vacant lots ...

Vogel, Fairfax tout campaign numbers

Candidates running for lieutenant governor reported their latest campaign finance numbers this week. State Sen. Jill Vogel, R-Upperville, raised $147,500 in June, bringing the total collected to $1.8 million, her campaign reported Monday. The latest filing period covered campaign finance ...

Two arrested in Walmart shoplifting incident

A man and woman were arrested in Winchester Wednesday in connection with a shoplifting incident at the Walmart in Front Royal after a search warrant for the pair’s residence led to the recovery of some of the stolen merchandise. Robert Earl Shinaul, Jr., 32, and Skylar Nicole Smith, 20, are ...

County acquires land for park area at bridge

FRONT ROYAL – Warren County plans to use land near the Morgan Ford Bridge to enhance the recreation area at the Shenandoah River crossing. The Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to buy a 0.58-acre parcel of property from owner Alfred Chapman for $10,000 and to accept his gift of an ...

Rouss Center for the Arts wins $2,000 grant

NEW MARKET-- The Rouss Center for the Arts prides itself on emphasizing the community part of community theater. Since September 2016, the theater has put on shows to entertain the public and bring notoriety to the area. Now, the Rouss Center is seeing hard work pay off. At Monday's town ...

Fort Valley man arrested in ATM robbery

WOODSTOCK -- Local police arrested a Fort Valley man on Tuesday in connection with an ATM robbery at the Sheetz store in town. Joseph Michael Davet, 22, allegedly walked into the store just before noon on Tuesday and waited by the PNC Bank ATM. A woman approached the ATM and withdrew $200, in ...

Wholesome Foods Inc. seeks special use permit

EDINBURG -- The Planning Commission held a joint public meeting with Town Council on Tuesday to get public comments on a special use permit requested by Wholesome Foods. Wholesome Foods lost its main auto shop in a January 2015 fire. Since April 2015, the company has been renting a building at ...