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Unique video simulator helps train heavy equipment operators

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Zachary Bowen was sitting in front of three huge Vortex simulator screens excavating a narrow trench when he accidentally dislodged the bucket from the excavating machine's arm. As three fellow students taking Virginia’s first ever two-month-long heavy machinery college class watched, ...

Area business owner came to America with just $150 in his pocket

Business

WINCHESTER – Even though starting a business is a symbolic of the American Dream, it’s no less significant to Sumit Sanjel that a decade after he came to America with just $150 in his pocket, he’s now running and operating his own company. Sanjel, 28, owns My Vacuums, a vacuum retailer ...

Morgan Ford Bridge to open to traffic Monday

Local News

FRONT ROYAL – The Virginia Department of Transportation plans to open the new Morgan Ford Bridge in Warren County on Monday. VDOT began to detour traffic using Morgan Ford Road between Howellsville Road and Fairgrounds Road in April 2016. VDOT plans to lift the detours mid-morning Monday, ...

Edinburg Mill Restaurant celebrates grand opening

Business

EDINBURG – With long hair, strong beards and an aversion to the traditional chef’s jacket, Jason Burns, 36, and Dennis Stickley, 28, don’t match the typical chef archetype. But, the two long-time friends are now co-owners of the Edinburg Mill Restaurant that celebrated its grand opening ...

Shenandoah National Park will remain partially open

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Officials at Shenandoah National Park on Friday afternoon were preparing for the  government shutdown at midnight but it appears the park will remain partially open while the standoff in Congress continues. Guidelines from the Department of Interior call for the national parks to remain as ...

Judge: Unconstitutional law unfairly benefits incumbents

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A federal judge ruled Friday that a state law that critics have referred to as the Incumbent Protection Act violates part of the First Amendment. The law, unique to Virginia, grants incumbent politicians the power to influence or dictate the method by which their political parties nominate ...

Unoccupied Mount Jackson house ignites, cause unknown

Local News

An unoccupied house in the 7000 block of Senedo Road in Mount Jackson suffered significant fire damage Friday around 8:20 a.m., according to Shenandoah County Assistant Fire Marshall Joe Loving. The cause of the fire is still undetermined, Loving said, but he confirmed no one was in the house ...

Four arrested in inmate escape case

Local News

FRONT ROYAL — Matthew Perry Michael and three other people were arrested on Thursday in connection with Michael’s alleged escape Wednesday  from the Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail. According to a news release from the Winchester police, officers arrested Michael and three ...

Christendom responds to claims it brushed off rape cases

Local News

FRONT ROYAL – Christendom College responded Thursday to a blogger’s claims the school failed to prevent rape or sexual assaults on female students years ago. College President Timothy O’Donnell issued a response that began by saying the blog post contained “misleading information and ...

Superintendent: Ressie Jeffries on pace to meet accreditation

Local News

FRONT ROYAL — Warren County Schools Superintendent Greg Drescher said that Ressie Jeffries Elementary School is more than on its way toward meeting full accreditation standards next year. In a meeting of the Warren County School Board on Wednesday, Drescher said that he believed the school ...

Warren County schools face spike in health insurance costs

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FRONT ROYAL — After several years of stagnant costs, health insurance premiums are set to increase significantly for Warren County Public Schools. The district has only faced increased premiums once over the past four years despite significant increases nationally in hospital and ...

Marchers to protest Trump on one-year anniversary of presidency

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Protesters will take to the streets of Woodstock on Saturday to express their disagreement with President Donald Trump’s administration. The rally will be focused on opposition to Trump rather than on any specific policy goals, said event organizer Mark Pierce, 64, a retired emergency ...

Sheriff’s deputy and five others hospitalized in Front Royal crash

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A Warren County Sheriff’s Office deputy and five others were hospitalized following a three-car crash on John Marshall Highway in Front Royal at around 5:40 a.m. Thursday. Sgt. F. L. (Les) Tyler of the Virginia State Police supplied details about the crash. The incident occurred when Deputy ...

RSW work force inmate escapes

Local News

An Rappahannock-Warren-Shenandoah Regional Jail work force inmate escaped from his work assignment Wednesday. According to a news release from RSW, Matthew Perry Michael left his work assignment at the Warren County maintenance shop between 6:25 a.m. and 3 p.m. Wednesday. The release stated ...

Advocates to lobby for marijuana legalization

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    RICHMOND – Marijuana legalization advocates will come to Richmond for a conference on Sunday and Monday to push for legislation that would decriminalize marijuana and allow its recreational use. The Virginia 2018 Cannabis Conference is organized by National ...

Three left homeless in Woodstock area trailer fire

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WOODSTOCK – A fire destroyed a trailer and nearby camper at 832 Stultz Gap Drive on Tuesday. No one was injured, but the three-person family was left homeless and all of their belongings were reduced to little more than ash. The trailer’s owner, Wayne Kipps, 77, said he didn’t notice ...

Police Blotter: Front Royal

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The Front Royal Police Department reported the following incidents: Jan. 14: Thomas Bellomy, 31, of Front Royal, was charged with DUI second and third offense within 5-10 years. Jan. 10: Robert Bolt, 57, of Bentonville, was charged with driving on a suspended/revoked license. ...