Local News

Report: Local corporations doing well

February 27th, 2015

The big three of the Northern Shenandoah Valley, publicly traded corporations headquarted in Shenandoah and Frederick counties, have released some good news for investors this week.

Dream machine

Matthew Vollmers, general manager of Don Beyer Volvo and Volkswagen of Winchester, kneels beside this Volvo XC90 Lego car inside the Winchester showroom.  Rich Cooley/Daily

February 26th, 2015

WINCHESTER—Amidst the shiny, new 2015 model sedans at the Don Beyer Volvo dealership sits a 2004 Volvo XC90, which has been from San Diego to New York City to Boston.
But this car hasn’t been driven a mile, because it’s made out LEGOs, a popular children’s modeling brick.

Another dusting

Bill Caudill, 82, clears his driveway outside his home on  West 15th Street in Front Royal on Thursday.  Rich Cooley/Daily

February 26th, 2015

Bill Caudill, 82, clears his driveway outside his home on West 15th Street in Front Royal on Thursday. Rich Cooley/Daily

USDA schedules survey of farmers

February 26th, 2015

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is set to begin surveying farmers on what crops they intend to plant for the 2015 harvest seasons.

Cold calculations

Brad Foster, an owner and vineyard manager for North Mountain Vineyard in Maurertown, walks through a row of cabernet franc grape vines outside the vineyard on Wednesday. Foster says there has been no cold weather damage to the vines so far this season, but area vineyard owners have expressed concerns. Experts say that 2015 damage  should prove less than 2014.  Rich Cooley/Daily

February 25th, 2015

As the winter months draw to a close, vineyards in the Northern Shenandoah Valley are once again monitoring the weather for freezing temperatures.

Deputy seeks court clerk spot

Sarona Irvin

February 25th, 2015

A Shenandoah County Circuit Court worker plans to run for the clerk’s post held by Denise Estep, who expects to retire this year.

First Bank moves forward on sale

February 25th, 2015

First Bank has cleared a major regulatory hurdle toward closing a deal in which the bank will buy six Bank of America branches in the Shenandoah Valley and Central Virginia.

Towns plan for utility, park upgrades

Mount Jackson just finished repainting the town's water tank, which is visible from Interstate 81.  Rich Cooley/Daily

February 24th, 2015

Although the Chinese Zodiac proclaims 2015 as the Year of the Sheep, it might as well be called, “The Year of the Water and Sewer Line.”

Board tables business permit

February 24th, 2015

WOODSTOCK – Shenandoah County leaders on Tuesday postponed action on a permit for a business that sparked concerns over propane storage.

Cat death by arrow brings community service, fine

February 24th, 2015

WINCHESTER — A Middletown man was allowed to go free in Frederick County Circuit Court after he agreed to pay a $500 fine and perform 100 hours of community service for killing a neighbor’s pet cat with a bow and arrow.

Police: Robber used online ad to lure victim

February 24th, 2015

Front Royal police arrested a 17-year-old boy Monday and charged him with offenses linked to an armed robbery involving a Craigslist advertisement that was used to lure the victim into buying an iPhone from him.