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Christendom responds to claims it brushed off rape cases

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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

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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

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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. ...

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 ...

Man accused in attack to appear in court in February

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A Front Royal man is facing charges of strangling and malicious wounding stemming from an incident in which authorities say he attacked a female victim at her residence. The defendant, Steven Michael Jones, 51, of Front Royal, was arrested Jan. 9. His next court appearance is scheduled for ...

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 ...