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Education officials, businesses seek to ensure a strong workforce

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MIDDLETOWN – Virginia Secretary of Education Atif Qarni spoke to the Frederick County Business Task Force about the need to prepare students for a rapidly changing workforce. He was the keynote speaker Wednesday at the group’s annual summit, which was attended by government officials, ...

Warren County OKs budget, 1-cent tax hike

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FRONT ROYAL – County residents can ready themselves for higher bills, as the Board of Supervisors at its regular Tuesday meeting approved a 1-cent real estate tax increase. This marks the fifth consecutive year the board raised the real estate tax rate, which now stands at 66 cents per $100 ...

Supervisors deny permit for burned down kennel

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FRONT ROYAL – The dog kennel destroyed in a March 2017 fire will not be able to continue operations. The Board of Supervisors at its regular Tuesday meeting voted 5-1 in favor of revoking Wendy Tenney’s conditional use permit for the dog kennel at 63 Limeton Church Road. Supervisor Linda ...

Supervisors: New hospital should have obstetrics unit

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FRONT ROYAL – Although the new Warren Memorial Hospital will be located within town limits and outside of the county's jurisdiction, the Board of Supervisors is requesting that Valley Health add an obstetrics unit to the new facility. Valley Health plans to discontinue its labor and ...

Police Blotter: Warren County

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The Warren County Sheriff’s Office reported the following incidents: April 1: Brian Julius Walker, of Front Royal, was arrested on charges of destruction of property. April 3: Jamie Mingon Jocelyn, of Front Royal, was arrested on charges of four counts of neglect of companion animals and ...

Randolph-Macon students show off self-published books

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FRONT ROYAL — Between the end of Christmas break and the middle of March, Bernie Luan and his freshmen English peers at Randolph-Macon Academy designed and created their own books. Luan, a history buff, honed in on the part of Dalian, China, where he grew up, telling about the Japanese and ...

Former Planning Commission chair runs for Town Council

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Bonnie Good, a Mount Jackson resident who has lived over 30 years of her life in the Shenandoah Valley, has announced her candidacy for Mount Jackson Town Council. Good spent 13 years as a member of the Mount Jackson Planning Commission, she stated in an email to the Northern Virginia Daily. ...

Judge sentences three for roles in heroin ring

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A Front Royal man must serve more than 15 years in federal prison for his role in an area heroin-distribution ring. Chief Judge Michael F. Urbanski sentenced Adrian Darnell Edwards in U.S. District Court in Harrisonburg on Monday to 190 months or 15 years and 10 months for conspiring with ...

Town set to purchase ITFederal pump station

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FRONT ROYAL – A critical piece of infrastructure that will allow businesses to operate at Royal Phoenix – as the former Avtex development is now known – is on the way. Town Council at its Monday work session unanimously agreed to move forward with the installation of a pump station and ...

Council discusses water rate discount program

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STRASBURG — The Strasburg Town Council is looking at renewing an agreement that reduces the water rates for downtown business owners. But while the Town Council members all expressed general support for the incentive program during a Monday work session, it is unclear what changes, if any, ...

Police Blotter: Front Royal

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The Front Royal Police Department reported the following incidents: April 9: Kevin Dudeck, of Front Royal, was arrested on charges to trying to defeat a drug/alcohol screening and violating probation. April 10: Nathaniel Green, of Sterling, was arrested on charges of possession of a ...

Fire & Rescue Report

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The following Shenandoah County fire and rescue departments have announced their weekly activity for April 9-15:   Shenandoah County Fire & Rescue Allergic reaction: 1 Altered mental status: 3 Assist law enforcement: 1 Cardiac: 1 Diabetic: 1 Difficulty breathing: ...

Shenandoah County board votes to hike taxes

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WOODSTOCK – Shenandoah County leaders voted Tuesday to increase taxes and to set next year’s budget. The Board of Supervisors voted 4-2 at a special meeting to increase the real estate tax rate from 60 cents to 64 cents per $100. District 4 Supervisor Karl Roulston voted against the motion ...

Criser Road bridge replacement project progresses

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FRONT ROYAL – The town has selected a contractor to replace the flood-prone Criser Road bridge, and officials say they hope to complete the project by summer’s end. The lowest bid for the project came from Archer Western Construction at $986,075. Town Finance Director B.J. Wilson said the ...

Police Blotter: Shenandoah County

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The Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office reported the following incidents: April 10: A 13 year old was charged with destruction of property. Court date is 11:30 a.m. April 19 in Shenandoah County Juvenile & Domestic Relations Court. April 10: George Calvin Turner III, of Shenandoah, ...

House destroyed after second fire in 24 hours

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STRASBURG – About 13 hours after firefighters cleared the scene of a Friday house fire at 370 Little Sorrel Road, flames ignited at the residence again. Shenandoah County Fire Marshal David Ferguson said the house was fully engulfed when units arrived at the house about 7:30 a.m. Saturday. ...

County explores closing golf course

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FRONT ROYAL – County officials hope a judge will allow the county to close the government-funded Front Royal Country Club golf course and use the land for recreation activities that would include new hiking and biking trails. The nine-hole golf course was donated by Agnes and William Carson ...

Weekend fire destroys Linden home

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LINDEN – A Sunday fire caused an estimated $282,000 in damages to a Linden home, Fire Chief Richard Mabie stated in a news release on Monday. Rescue units were dispatched about 5:20 p.m. Sunday to the 600 block of Brandy Road in the Apple Mountain West subdivision  after reports of a deck ...