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Jail board approves officer salary increase

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FRONT ROYAL -- The Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail Board voted on Thursday to approve a salary increase for sworn officers and managers at the jail. The new salaries will go into effect on July 1. The salary scale adjustment increases the starting annual salary for a jail officer ...

Judge sends teen’s murder charge to grand jury

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FRONT ROYAL – The case of a teenager accused of stabbing and killing his girlfriend in town in March goes to a grand jury next month. Judge Kim Athey found probable cause at the end of a preliminary hearing in Warren County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court on Thursday to send the ...

Cadet: MMA offers opportunities not found in public schools

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WOODSTOCK –  Massanutten Military Academy cadet Jessica Hirsch has high praise for her school. The 17-year-old battalion commander from McLean, who will be graduating May 27 along with 23 other cadets,  said MMA has been a good fit for her and has provided her opportunities that public ...

Randolph-Macon senior plans to fly to new heights

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FRONT ROYAL — Randolph-Macon Academy senior Parker Overstreet is leaving high school satisfied with his experience, and with high hopes for the future. Overstreet plans to eventually work in the airlines industry. He is going to attend Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, ...

SU receives funding for Civil War battlefield exhibition

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Cool Spring Lodge is in a tranquil setting, at the base of Blue Ridge Mountain by the Shenandoah River. Just over 150 years ago, it was a far different sight — the location of the bloodiest Civil War battle in Clarke County. “People really didn’t understand that this isn’t just a ...

Teen suspect to undergo psych evaluation

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WOODSTOCK -- Judge Kevin C. Black granted an order on Thursday to perform a psychological evaluation on the Edinburg teen accused of stabbing a mother and her two daughters in a park on May 18. Samual Jacob Homer, 18, said, according to court documents, that he was possessed by the devil who ...

Judge continues attempted robbery trial

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WOODSTOCK -- Circuit Judge Dennis L. Hupp continued a bench trial Wednesday in the case against a Woodstock woman accused of being the getaway driver in an attempted robbery of Ben’s Diner in January. Andrea Scalf, 43, is one of four defendants facing charges related to the attempted robbery ...

Stroke victim grateful for nearly complete recovery

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Adam Watson and his wife were at a shop in February 2016 getting matching anniversary tattoos, something they do every year, when he started feeling nauseous. “I went to the restroom at the tattoo shop to splatter my face with water,” Watson said. “I felt really dizzy and fell over. ...

13 communities launch Shenandoah Valley Tourism Partnership

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WEYERS CAVE – “Today's Shenandoah Valley.” That's the slogan for the newly formed Shenandoah Valley Tourism Partnership, which held its launch celebration Wednesday at the Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport. Thirteen communities, ranging from Winchester to Lexington, have joined ...

Agency wants 14 percent cut in bear numbers

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The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries Board voted Wednesday to adjust bear hunting season in an effort to reduce the black bear population in the Shenandoah Valley by 14 percent. This decision is less aggressive than a proposal in March that would have aimed at a 25 percent ...

United Way survey identifies community needs

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A recent United Way study shows there are working families in the Northern Shenandoah Valley that are struggling to just make ends meet. Nadine Pottinga, president and CEO of United Way of Northern Shenandoah Valley, spoke recently about the organization's 2017-2020 Community Needs ...

Supervisor says budget reflects compromise

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WOODSTOCK – A Shenandoah County leader says the Board of Supervisors did compromise on next year’s budget adopted a month ago. Vice Chairman Richard Walker said Tuesday night that members reached a deal on the fiscal 2018 spending plan, contrary to Chairman Conrad Helsley’s comments made ...

Strasburg man gets maximum sentence in child sex case

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WOODSTOCK -- Judge Dennis L. Hupp on Wednesday upheld a jury’s earlier recommendations for the maximum sentence in the case against a Strasburg man found guilty of committing sex acts against a boy in 2012. Richard Owen Keller, 41, was sentenced to 30 years in prison for the two charges he ...

Police Blotter: Front Royal

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The Front Royal Police Department reported the following incidents: May 15: Matthew Marsh, of 640 Mills Lane, Front Royal, was arrested on charges of violating a protective order. May 16: Paula Williams, of 405 E. Criser Road, Apt. 303, Front Royal, was arrested on charges of assault and ...

EDA responds to questions about project

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FRONT ROYAL – The Front Royal-Warren County Economic Development Authority responded last week to one town leader’s questions over an agency housing project. The EDA Board of Directors and staff members released documents and information about the Royal Lane Workforce Housing Project ...

Front Royal man pleads guilty in passenger’s death

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FRONT ROYAL -- A Front Royal man pleaded guilty Monday to involuntary manslaughter in the traffic death of a woman in the passenger seat of his vehicle while he was driving with drugs in his system. Trevor Bryant Lee, 29, entered the plea after the prosecution asked Circuit Judge Clifford L. ...

County names new DSS director

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FRONT ROYAL – Warren County’s Department of Social Services will have a new director. County Administrator Doug Stanley announced Tuesday the promotion of Assistant Director DeAnna Cheatham as the head of the department effective July 1. Cheatam takes over for Director H. Elizabeth ...