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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 Feb. 12-18: Shenandoah County Fire & Rescue Altered mental status: 4 Cardiac: 1 Chest pain: 1 Controlled burn: 1 Difficulty breathing: 2 Fall: 4 General illness: 6 Hypotension: ...

Community remembers creativity of area man who died at Virginia Tech

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Adam Goodier, a passionate musician and captain of the soccer team in his senior year at Stonewall Jackson High School, died Tuesday of injuries consistent with those of a fall at his apartment near Virginia Tech, according to Blacksburg Police. He was a 20-year-old junior studying public ...

Council agrees to advertise 1-cent tax hike

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FRONT ROYAL – After reviewing expected expenses in the coming years, the Town Council unanimously agreed at its Monday work session to advertise a 1-cent real estate tax increase. The proposed tax rate will be advertised for two weeks, and be subject to a March 12 public hearing. The council ...

New Market to buy fireworks after explosive debate

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NEW MARKET – Town manager Todd Walters opened discussion Tuesday with a time bomb — the only available fireworks vendor said he could supply the town’s annual Fourth of July celebration, but the town needed to make a decision by the next day. In the end, the Town Council voted to approve ...

Proposed sanitary district set for public hearing

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FRONT ROYAL – The county may soon create its 12th sanitary district, as registered voters in two neighborhoods have signed a petition in support of establishing the Wildcat Drive Sanitary District. The Board of Supervisors at its regular Tuesday meeting approved an advertisement for a 7 p.m. ...

Young Life volunteers ask New Market for meeting space

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NEW MARKET – Even aside from an explosive discussion over the town buying fireworks, the Town Council had a packed agenda Tuesday evening. The meeting kicked off with Grant Bogle, a junior at James Madison University, asking the council — and the general New Market community — for a ...

Area pastors remember Graham as faithful servant to God

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Throughout the centuries, leaders of all dominations have characterized their belief in God and shared it with their congregations. A Baptist scripture tells the story of a gardener who nurses and attends to an oak tree in the forest. Without the tender loving care the gardener provided, the ...

Pawn broker reporting process could be changing in Woodstock

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WOODSTOCK – Town administrators are considering requiring pawn brokers and junk dealers in town to report transactions at the shop directly into a database system. The shops and junk dealers now fill out a detailed ticket that is submitted to the Woodstock Police Department, which inputs the ...

Court drops teen’s sexual battery charge

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WOODSTOCK – A judge dismissed a teenager’s sexual battery case Wednesday after hearing that the victim recanted her story. Domingo Reynoso-Bautista, 18, appeared in Shenandoah County Circuit Court with his attorney Allison Neal to stand trial for one count of aggravated sexual battery of a ...

First National announces 43 percent dividend spike

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First National Corporation, the parent company of the Strasburg-based First Bank, announced a 43 percent increase in monthly cash dividends per share Tuesday. Shareholders will receive a quarterly dividend of 5 cents per share starting March 16. First National Corporation President and CEO ...

West Main Street extension project progresses

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FRONT ROYAL – The West Main Street Extension project is moving forward with the Town Council's agreement at its Monday work session to put Phase 1 of its construction out to bid. Phase 1 consists of about 850 feet of roadway that will connect the ITFederal site at Royal Phoenix to Kendrick ...

Schools seek increased county funding

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FRONT ROYAL – Salaries, staffing needs, and a health insurance hike are some of the primary driving forces behind the School Board's request for increased county funding. The schools are seeking a $1.7 million increase from last year's county contribution of about $23.4 million. Last year's ...

Warren Memorial’s obstetric services may close in May

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Valley Health is likely going to stop offering obstetric services at Warren Memorial Hospital earlier than anticipated. In a post on Facebook, the hospital announced that it would likely close obstetric services at the hospital in May. Valley Health had previously announced it would not offer ...

Police blotter: Shenandoah County

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The Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office reported the following incidents: Feb. 9: A larceny was reported. Someone entered several vehicles and removed various items on Silver Court, Kaleigh and Marguerite drives, Fehr Lane and Thorne Avenue, Maurertown. Feb. 13: A 17 year-old was charged ...

Strasburg leads Shenandoah County’s 2018 tourism efforts

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NEW MARKET – As the Shenandoah County Tourism Council starts revving its engine for the summer season, Strasburg has emerged as the early frontrunner of 2018. “Things are bumping in Strasburg,” said Michelle Bixler, Strasburg economic development and marketing manager. “The Marriott ...

Strasburg man indicted on charges of child porn possession

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WOODSTOCK – A Shenandoah County grand jury recently indicted a Strasburg man on dozens of counts of possessing child pornography. Caleb Andrew McKee, 27, of 496 Royal Ave., Strasburg, remains free on bond while charged with one count of possession of child pornography and 106 counts of the ...

White Post man arrested after police pursuit

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Frederick County police arrested a White Post man on several charges following a traffic stop and then pursuit on Tuesday morning. Capt. Aleck Beeman, of the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office, said that a deputy stopped Clarence Signor II, 62, just off of the Martinsburg Pike when it was ...

Man charged with neglecting ailing mother

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WOODSTOCK – Shenandoah County authorities say an Edinburg man neglected his mother who suffers from dementia. Robert Lee Wilson, 50, of 20 Lambert Villa, is charged with abuse or neglect of an incapacitated adult between Jan. 3-8 this year. Wilson was issued a summons last week to appear in ...