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Strasburg man dies in crash

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A Strasburg man died in a single-car crash late Thursday afternoon on U.S. 11 around Mt. Hebron Road near Strasburg. Virginia State Police said the victim, identified as Dustin Daniel Baker, 20, died at the scene as a result injuries sustained in the crash. Sgt. F.L. (Les) Tyler of the state ...

Mount Jackson solar farm under state review

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A state agency needs more information about how a proposed solar power field in Mount Jackson could impact historic resources before the project can move forward. The Department of Environmental Quality notified the applicants for Mt. Jackson Solar I LLC in March that the agency deemed its ...

Four incumbents running unopposed for third terms in Woodstock

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Woodstock's mayor and three council members are all running unopposed while seeking third terms. The is election Tuesday. Mayor Jeremy McCleary, an attorney, and his wife run a law office together. He was first elected in 2010 and re-elected in 2014. “I have really enjoyed serving the Town ...

Club hosts festival’s first chess tournament

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STEPHENS CITY — The Shenandoah Valley Chess Club hosts the first ever Shenandoah Apple Blossom Chess Tournament on Saturday. Club President David Hubbard said the tournament would take place between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the Godfrey Miller Historic Home & Fellowship Center at 28 ...

Former Mount Jackson resident charged with sex crime

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Shenandoah County Sheriff's Office investigators on Tuesday arrested a former Mount Jackson resident on sex-related charges. Richard James Provenzano, 60, was charged with three counts of sexual assault/ forcible sodomy of a victim under the age of 13. He was also charged with contributing to ...

Criser Road Trail closes the loop for the Royal Shenandoah Greenway

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FRONT ROYAL – Almost three decades since the idea for the Royal Shenandoah Greenway was initially conceptualized, town officials will hold a ribbon cutting Saturday for its completion. The final puzzle piece to the 4 ½ mile greenway is the Criser Road trail, which Town Manager Joe Waltz ...

Warren County Schools shift surplus funds toward teacher raises

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FRONT ROYAL — The Warren County School Board moved to enact a budget measure that, if approved by the Warren County Board of Supervisors, would raise teacher salaries by 2 percent next year. In a five-minute special meeting on Wednesday, the School Board agreed to spend $381,661 out of its ...

Strasburg moves toward changes to sign ordinance

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STRASBURG — Members of Strasburg’s Planning Commission and Ordinance Committee expressed support Tuesday for making changes to the town’s sign ordinance after the town found the sign of a local bakery and café in violation of the current regulations. During back-to-back meetings of the ...

Strasburg has write-in challenger for two-year seat

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FRONT ROYAL — The two-year seat for Strasburg Town Council is set to have some competition, as Christie Boyce has announced that she will challenge Vice Mayor Scott Terndrup for it as a write-in candidate. Boyce, in an interview on Tuesday, described her candidacy as one designed to take ...

Board votes against smaller lot sizes

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WOODSTOCK – Shenandoah County leaders on Tuesday put the kibosh on a months-long effort to change local housing density rules. The Board of Supervisors voted 5-1 against a motion to adopt text amendments to the R-2 and R-3 residential zoning districts in the county code. District 3 ...

Warren County reassessments about halfway complete

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FRONT ROYAL – Property reassessments slated to become effective Jan. 1, 2019, are about halfway complete, as Wingate Appraisal Services continues working its way through Warren County examining properties. County Administrator Doug Stanley said the Roanoke-based Wingate has about 12,250 ...

Police Blotter: Warren County

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The Warren County Sheriff’s Office reported the following incidents: April 8: Irvin Eugene Thompson Jr., of Bentonville, was arrested on charges of using profane language and/or public intoxication. April 10: Patricia Eugenia Zelaya-Christman, of Linden, was arrested on charges of contempt ...

Hospital rezoning approved amid continued protests

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FRONT ROYAL – The Front Royal Town Council approved the new Warren Memorial Hospital's rezoning application at its regular Monday meeting. This comes after two public hearings and several hours worth of comments by concerned citizens over the facility's lack of obstetrics unit. The ...

Health department report cites minuses to missing obstetrics unit

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FRONT ROYAL – The Virginia Department of Health recently agreed with citizens’ concerns regarding Valley Health’s decision not to include an obstetrics unit at the new Warren Memorial Hospital. Although the report submitted by the department cites potential issues related to closing the ...

Opening day for new sports field in Middletown Saturday

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MIDDLETOWN – Middletown is ready to play ball. Thermo Fisher Scientific Field is scheduled to be unveiled at 10:30 a.m. Saturday with an inaugural game between Legacy Christian Academy and the Blue Ridge Christian Academy. The facility is the field of dreams for two men. Shawn Hibbard is ...

Stonewall Jackson FFA team going to national competition

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The FFA meats judging team from Stonewall Jackson High School has advanced to the National FFA meats competition. The team made up of Faith Dellinger, Mindi Freed and Lindsay Zirkle with coach and FFA teacher Tarinda Showman placed first in the Block & Bridle State Meats Judging Career ...

Board hears support for gym tax break

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WOODSTOCK – Supporters of a church-run gymnasium made their case to Shenandoah County leaders Tuesday for a tax break. The Board of Supervisors held a public hearing on a request from Tight’n Up Gym for an exemption from the county real estate tax. Liberty Baptist Church opened the ...

Police Blotter: Shenandoah County

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The Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office reported the following incidents: April 6: A destruction of property was reported. Someone damaged roadway signs on Water Street, Edinburg. April 8: A destruction of property was reported. Someone damaged a fence and removed gasoline on Three Mile ...