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Man indicted in cab driver’s murder

October 9, 2015

A Warren County Circuit Court grand jury has indicted Clay Marshall Curtis for first-degree murder in the death of Front Royal cab driver Simon Funk Jr.

Ressie staff, parents voice concerns for repairs

October 9, 2015

FRONT ROYAL – As the Warren County School Board prepares for the new Warren County Middle School groundbreaking ceremony next week, many are reminding them of the pressing repairs needed in current facilities.

Market embraces history, looks forward

Cameron Richard, from left, Debbie Fauble, Mary Richard, Kayla Lawrence and Eddie Richard stand behind a bin of Ida red apples at Richard's Fruit Market in Middletown. The business is celebrating 61 years of operation. Rich Cooley/Daily

October 9, 2015

STEPHENS CITY – Richard’s Fruit Market Stephens City has been an agritourism feature for 61 years in-part, as Owner and Operator Eddie Richard explained, “By being dependent on what Mother Nature gives you.”

GOP gets taxpayer-funded security at party meetings

October 8, 2015

When Shenandoah County Republicans gathered last week at their usual meeting place in the general district courthouse, they received free building security that comes with the use of the courthouse during and after normal work hours.

Front Royal festival adds Sunday benefit race

October 8, 2015

It’ll be a good year for runners attending the 45th Festival of Leaves in Front Royal, which celebrates the colorful turn of seasons and serves as the Warren Heritage Society’s annual fundraiser.

Council turns down apartment proposal

October 8, 2015

WOODSTOCK – The town of Woodstock unanimously voted to deny a proposal to potentially allow for apartments in the Village Commons-Lora Drive subdivision off of Va. 11 this week.

Teepee constructed to welcome native cultures

Chris (Comeswithclouds) White, of Bluemont, walks around a teepee he designed and constructed at Clermont Farm at the intersection of East Main Street and Va. 7 in Berryville. The teepee is being used to help advertise The Gathering, a festival that includes Kidz Harvest Fest, Harvest Dance and the Virginia Gourd Festival Oct. 30-Nov. 1. Rich Cooley/Daily

October 8, 2015

BERRYVILLE – Those headed into Berryville for the upcoming harvest and cultural festival The Gathering will be greeted by a 24-foot tall teepee that organizers finished setting up this week at a corner of Clermont Farm.

Couple grows award-winning pumpkins

Barry and Robin Shrum, of Woodstock, sit on top of a 731-pound pumpkin in the back of his pickup truck at their home on Wednesday. The Shrums have been raising giant pumpkins for several years. Barry Shrum's entry at the Virginia State Fair placed second this year, and his wife's entry placed fourth. Her 512-pound pumpkin also placed first as the prettiest pumpkin and is on display at the governor's mansion in Richmond.  Rich Cooley/Daily

October 7, 2015

WOODSTOCK – Barry and Robin Shrum grew award-winning pumpkins for this year’s Virginia State Fair.
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Town discusses Mayfest funding proposals

October 7, 2015

STRASBURG – Members of the Strasburg town council and town residents discussed two proposals for future events that would make use of the $8,000 “Mayfest” line item on Wednesday.

Fatal shooting trial rescheduled

October 7, 2015

The trial of Shawn Jason Nicely on a charge of involuntary manslaughter in a fatal shooting case was postponed Wednesday until mid-February.