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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. ...

Carmeuse clarifies confusion over expansion news

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Confusion arose Friday when Carmeuse Lime & Stone officials stated the company no longer intended to carry out an $8.7 million expansion of the company’s operations in Strasburg. County officials blamed a misunderstanding between state officials and themselves for an erroneous ...

Proffer request is voted down

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MIDDLETOWN – The Town Council on Tuesday evening unanimously voted to deny a developer's request to lower a proffer amount that would help counter the impact of a subdivision under construction. Dave Holliday, owner of Holliday Construction, was not at the meeting where the council denied ...

Virginia hospital group sets eyes on Medicaid expansion

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As the Virginia state legislature convenes for its open session, a state hospital lobbying group is hoping that a narrow Republican majority could expand Medicaid in Virginia. In a news conference in Richmond on Tuesday, Valley Health CEO Mark Merrill and other members of the Virginia ...

Driver sentenced for hitting bicyclist

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A Strasburg man pleaded guilty Wednesday to striking a bicyclist while driving under the influence in 2016. Ernest Linwood Tharpe III appeared in Shenandoah County Circuit Court where he entered an Alford plea of guilt to the charge of driving while intoxicated and maiming another individual. ...

No charges made in four area church break-ins

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No charges have been made in a string of four church breaking and enterings reported between Dec. 30 and Jan. 5, Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office officials said Wednesday. The robberies occurred in Edinburg, Toms Brook, and two in New Market. Maj. Scott Proctor estimated $1,000 worth of ...

Board OKs new deal with Comcast

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FRONT ROYAL – Warren County plans to keep Comcast Cable as its service provider for at least another 15 years. The Board of Supervisors voted 5-0 Tuesday to renew its cable franchise agreement with Comcast. No one spoke at the public hearing held on the matter. The agreement allows for ...

Trace Adkins to headline Patsy Cline Classic

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WINCHESTER — Country-music singer Trace Adkins will be the headlining performer at the Patsy Cline Classic in March. In a news conference on Tuesday, Chris Mitchell, a host for Shenandoah County Q102, described Adkins as a star of country music with a tough past. “The 90s was one of the ...

Police Blotter: Strasburg

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The Strasburg Police Department reported the following incidents in December. Machias Austin Davis, 20, was charged with being drunk in public. Bradley Scott Wiliford, 29, was charged with possession of marijuana and possession of a controlled drug. David Robert Hulver, Jr., 48, was charged ...

Defendants in heroin ring enter guilty pleas

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Defendants charged with participating in a heroin ring based in Front Royal and Baltimore pleaded guilty in federal court on Tuesday. Documents filed in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia in Harrisonburg showed that Nicole Renea McNall, Sheldon Berry and Brittani ...

Citizen of Year named at Chamber awards party

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WOODSTOCK – “Usually I’m not lost for words,” a Tuxedo-clad Mike Ashley said while clutching his golden award for Citizen of the Year at the Woodstock Community Theatre on Tuesday evening. Ashley, owner and director of Commonwealth Investigation Services, was awarded for his ongoing ...

Bills to seek to disrupt ‘school to prison pipeline’

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RICHMOND - Ryan Turk was an eighth-grader in Prince William County when a misunderstanding with a school resource officer over a 65-cent carton of milk escalated to theft charges. The incident happened in May 2016 when Turk said he forgot his carton of milk that came with his school-issued ...

Senate panel rejects bill banning utility campaign donations

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RICHMOND -- A senator’s repeat attempt to prohibit campaign donations from Dominion Energy and other regulated monopolies was struck down by a Senate committee Tuesday. Senate Bill 10 would have banned candidates from soliciting or accepting donations from any public service corporation, and ...

Proposals seek to end gerrymandering in Virginia

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RICHMOND - An assortment of bills designed to revise standards for drawing Virginia's electoral districts could be the beginning of the end for gerrymandering in the commonwealth, according to redistricting reform proponents. Gerrymandering, the practice of politicians redrawing electoral ...

Police Blotter: Woodstock

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The Woodstock Police Department reported the following incidents in December: Bradley Victor Stewart, 52, was charged with public swearing or intoxication. Michael Lynn Jenkins, 32, was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol. Aaron Matthew Branham, 34, was charged ...

Snow expected Tuesday, warmer temps by this weekend

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The Northern Shenandoah Valley should expect to see anywhere from 1 to 3 inches of snow on Tuesday, according to Brian LaSorsa, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Sterling. “[Snow] comes increasingly likely across the morning hours,” LaSorsa said. “By the afternoon, ...

Honor Roll

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The Stonewall Jackson High School has announced pupils who have been named to the All-A honor roll for the first semester. Ninth grade: Julia Biller, Rachael Burch, Samuel Clark, Jeremy Clem Jr., Benjamin Cook, Eliana Dellinger, Isabell Dellinger, Rebecca Diehl, Sarah Eaton, Kylene Franklin, ...