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Fire & Rescue Report

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The following Shenandoah County fire and rescue departments have announced their weekly activity for May 14-20:   Shenandoah County Fire & Rescue Chest pain: 1 Defective appliance: 1 Difficulty breathing: 4 Fall: 3 General illness: 7 Hypotension: 1 Injured person: ...

Toray celebrates $45 million expansion, 35 new jobs

Local News

FRONT ROYAL - Representatives from the state, Toray and Japan gathered Tuesday to celebrate the company’s recently completed $45 million expansion and its addition of new jobs. The expansion not only increased Toray’s ability to produce its polyolefin foams that are used in vehicle ...

Army Corps of Engineers holds change of command ceremony

Local News

WINCHESTER — The Transatlantic Division of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has a new commander for the second time in a year. In a change-of-command ceremony on Tuesday, Lt. Gen. Todd Semonite, the chief of engineers and the commanding general of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, thanked ...

Little Libraries sprouting in Woodstock

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Shenandoah County Public Schools and the Town of Woodstock have partnered to launch seven Little Libraries, complete with children's books. The Little Libraries are located near apartment complexes where many students live. The Little Libraries will be dedicated at 6 p.m. today with school ...

Police charge driver in tractor-trailer crash

Local News

State police charged a tractor-trailer driver involved in a crash that snarled traffic on Interstate 81 near Mount Jackson on Tuesday morning. A 2014 Freightliner traveling south on the interstate in the left lane at approximately 7:35 a.m. ran off the road, crossed the median and the ...

Shenandoah River flooding, forcing alerts and road closures

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The Shenandoah River rose above flood stage this morning, forcing road closures. Shenandoah County Fire and Rescue Chief Tim Williams said rain that fell on Rockingham County on Monday night made its way up the river and caused flooding in Shenandoah County's North Fork area. “We did have ...

Budget, election of officers on RSW meeting budget

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The Regional Jail Authority is expected at its Thursday meeting to vote on the fiscal year 2019 budget and elect officers for another term. The Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail’s proposed fiscal 2019 budget calls for spending $14.5 million, which includes $7.7 million in local ...

Man gets probation for choking girlfriend

Local News

FRONT ROYAL – A Warren County man received a suspended jail sentence Monday for strangling his girlfriend last June. Aaron Dwayne Pugh, 41, of 751 Mountain Road, Front Royal, appeared in Warren County Circuit Court where he entered an Alford plea of guilt to one felony count of ...

Three teens hospitalized after one-car crash

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A single-vehicle crash on Sunday sent three Warren County teens to the hospital, according to Virginia State Police Public Information Officer Sgt. F. "Les" Tyler. Tyler said a 2002 Jeep SUV driven by a 17-year-old girl was eastbound on Farms River Road near Howellsville Road at about 8:34 ...

EDA finalizes $5.3 million building purchase

Local News

FRONT ROYAL – The Front Royal-Warren County Economic Development Authority recently closed a deal to purchase a building that Executive Director Jennifer McDonald said she hopes will soon house manufacturing jobs. The EDA purchased a 14-acre industrial building at 426 Baugh Drive in the ...

Road reopens after sinkhole filled

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Oranda Road opened back up to traffic Friday evening, two days after a sinkhole forced the closing of a portion of the road. Repairs on Thursday morning to fill in the sinkhole using stone and concrete went as planned, said Sandy Myers, spokesperson for the Virginia Department of ...

Man gets jail time for hurting infant

Local News

WOODSTOCK – A Rockingham County man must serve jail time for severely injuring an infant in Mount Jackson in September. Judge Dennis L. Hupp found Hirving Ayala, 24, of Penn Laird, Virginia, guilty on one count of felony child abuse, failing to provide medical attention to an injured child ...

Weekend rain brings smaller profits to Strasburg Chamber

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Rainy weather on Friday and Saturday meant that the Strasburg Chamber of Commerce did not receive as much money during Mayfest as it has in previous years, Mayor Rich Orndorff said. But Orndorff said that the organization still made a profit. “We didn’t lose money, but we obviously did ...

Authority moves ahead to improve sites

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WOODSTOCK – The Shenandoah County Industrial Development Authority can expect to spend money to make its vacant properties more marketable. The authority hired Draper Aden Associates in December to prepare a report on what the agency must do to attract more potential users to its sites. ...

Police Blotter: Shenandoah County

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The Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office reported the following incidents: May 14: Brandon Richard Matassa, of Dayton, Ohio, was charged with possession of marijuana. Court date is 2 p.m. June 15 in Shenandoah County General District Court. May 15: Marissa Danielle Matassa, of Woodstock, was ...

Strasburg celebrates Mayfest: Sun shines on town’s parade

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STRASBURG – The sun came out just in time for the 36th annual Mayfest parade on Saturday. Hundreds of residents lined the streets as they waited for their favorite floats to pass by. Mayor Rich Orndorff said despite the unpredictable gloomy weather, he was pleased with the parade's ...