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Fire station rocked by member’s accusations

July 27, 2015

Shenandoah County Fire Chief Gary Yew met Monday with officials from the Strasburg Fire Department to discuss an officer’s wide ranging accusations of misconduct and mismanagement in the department.

Man charged in dog’s stabbing death

July 27, 2015

A Warren County man has been charged with causing an animal’s death through torture after a necropsy conducted on a dead pit bull terrier concluded that the animal had been fatally stabbed.

Man charged with armed robbery

July 27, 2015

Frederick County sheriff’s deputies arrested and charged a Strasburg man Sunday night after investigating an armed robbery at a convenience store at 1832 Berryville Pike.

County, EDA looking into workforce answers

July 27, 2015

FRONT ROYAL — The Front Royal-Warren County Economic Development Authority and the Chamber of Commerce are starting a project focused on enhancing the area’s workforce opportunities.

A lifelong love of reading

At left, Iris Vann, 97,  a former elementary school teacher in Shenandoah County, and Laura Wade, a retired Sandy Hook Elementary librarian, look over children's books by  author Tasha Tudor, who lived in Vermont and died in 2007. Wade recently visited the author's 1830s-replica home, which is now a museum, and got Tudor's son to autograph a book for Vann.  Rich Cooley/Daily

July 26, 2015

STRASBURG — When Iris Vann started teaching in 1939, she taught at a little one-room schoolhouse in Fort Valley. Next she moved to a three-room school and taught all seven grades. Now 97, Vann recently recalled her years in Fort Valley and Toms Brook and at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Strasburg.

Building for the future

Warren County Superintendent of Schools L. Gregory Drescher stands at an adjustable keyboard in his office. Among his plans for the new school year is the hope of implementing a health and wellness initiative for students and staff.  Josette Keelor/Daily

July 26, 2015

FRONT ROYAL — Sitting at an asymmetrical cherry wood table he built himself, new Warren County Public Schools Superintendent L. Gregory Drescher said he has some constructive plans for the future of the school system.

Libraries offer summer fun

William Richards, 4, of Woodstock, reacts to The Loud Poetry Guy at the  Shenandoah County Library on Tuesday.    Rich Cooley/Daily

July 24, 2015

EDINBURG — Libraries are no longer the silent, no-talking zones they used to be, and recent additions at Shenandoah County Library are helping redefine what a library should be to its community.

Release policy worries Goodlatte

July 24, 2015

U.S. Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Roanoke, is asking the Justice Department for details on federal inmates convicted of violent crimes who may be eligible for release on Nov. 1 under a new policy allowing reductions in sentences for some federal drug offenders.

Local pilots set to leave on ‘Wings Around America’ trip

July 24, 2015

WOODSTOCK – From Edmund Pettus Bridge in Alabama to the Golden Gate Bridge in California, the cross-country venture — dubbed “Wings Around America” — of pilots John Billings and Nevin Showman will create a photo and video record in honor of charitable piloting.

Some charges dropped in cigarette smuggling case

July 24, 2015

The prosecution dropped three cigarette-smuggling related offenses Friday against a New York City man, but Juan Pablo Encarnacion is still facing an imposing list of related charges.

Building energy

Engineer Ottmar Dengel sits beside a wall sample for this home being built by ALP Development LLC off John Marshall Highway just east of Linden in Fauquier County. The German-engineered home will feature air-tight insulation that yields a typical heating or cooling bill of $20 to $30 a month.  Rich Cooley/Daily

July 24, 2015

German engineering in home energy efficiency is coming to the U.S. in the form of a house off of John Marshall Highway near Linden.

Business Ledger

July 24, 2015

Bank of Clarke County
Kristina Reed has joined the investment/financial consultant team of Eagle Investment Group at the Bank of

A growing concern

A toppled headstone in Prospect Hill Cemetery is one concern area residents have expressed about the 40-acre property in southern Front Royal they fear has been under -maintained.   Rich Cooley/Daily

July 23, 2015

FRONT ROYAL — Prospect Hill Cemetery has served Front Royal for 150 years, but some area residents said a cemetery in disrepair does little to honor its history.

Jail authority awaits final reports on inmate’s death

July 23, 2015

FRONT ROYAL — Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail Superintendent William T. Wilson said Thursday that the jail’s internal investigation into the recent death of an inmate will be concluded once the Warren County Sheriff’s Office wraps up its investigation.

State continues to brace for bird flu

July 23, 2015

As autumn draws closer, Virginia’s agriculture officials are gearing up to safeguard the state’s poultry population against the possible spread of the H5N2 strain of avian flu.

Livestock Report

July 23, 2015

Shenandoah Livestock
July 18
Steers, 400-499 lbs., $260.00-290.00; 500-599 lbs., $226.00-258.00; 600-699 lbs., $181.00-212.00; 700-799 lbs., $184.00-208.00; 800-899 lbs.,