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Electric-only vehicles showing up in the valley

Local News

STRASBURG – On the outskirts of town, down the hill hidden behind Denny’s Restaurant on Route 11, are six Tesla drive-in bays framed by bright white stanchions. They are harbingers of the future for electric-only vehicles with sales nationally and locally gradually increasing year to ...

Two Strasburg residents die in car crash

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Two Strasburg residents died in a single-vehicle crash on Interstate 81 on Friday, according to the Virginia State Police. According to a news release from the state police, Charlene Dawn Hodson, 46, and Juanita Ann Neff, 65, died after being ejected from the 2007 Honda Civic they were ...

Local author Missi Magalis fought until the end

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Missi Magalis was an author, teacher, publisher and fighter who, her husband – Front Royal Police Chief Kahle Magalis – said will be remembered for her love of Front Royal and Warren County. She passed away last weekend after having battled ovarian cancer since 2015. “There’s nobody ...

Law enforcement working to keep roads safe this holiday season

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Area law enforcement is asking people to slow down and buckle up while driving this Thanksgiving. Middletown’s Police Department is taking part in the Click It or Ticket campaign through Nov. 30 after receiving a $3,700 grant to cover increased patrols during the event. Chief Gary Benedict, ...

Middletown holds house decorating contest

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Middletown wants residents to show off their houses this holiday season. The town is holding its Middletown’s Christmas Celebration 3rd Annual House Decorating Contest. The town hosts similar decorating contests for other holidays including the Fourth of July. “We want these houses ...

Grand jury hands up indictments

Local News

WOODSTOCK – A Shenandoah County Circuit Court grand jury Wednesday indicted a town man accused of filming a child in a nail salon bathroom without her permission on July 26. Hieu Chi Nguyen, 23, of 216 Kim Court, Woodstock, stands charged with one count of filming or taking still images of a ...

Car stolen and lit on fire

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Warren County law enforcement officials are trying to find who was responsible for the theft of a 1994 Ford Taurus before lighting it on fire on Friday morning. No one was found in or around the vehicle. The Department of Fire and Rescue Services responded to a vehicle fire near the Lake Front ...

Judge sentences woman in 2017 robbery

Local News

A Shenandoah County woman pleaded guilty last week to playing a role in what authorities called a home invasion that occurred last year. Judge Clark A. Ritchie on Wednesday sentenced Adrian Paige Brown in Shenandoah County Circuit Court to five years in a state penitentiary with three years ...

In muddy conditions, athletes compete at Kernstown Highland Games

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KERNSTOWN — John Jans was gunning for a world record. The Highland Games athlete had just recently aged up to the senior master’s category — for competitors 60 years and older — and was hoping that, even in muddy conditions, he could beat the previous world record in an event or ...

Artists, visitors come together at Strasburg art museum event

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STRASBURG — Terry Ward was in a room inside an old Strasburg water treatment plant, trying to repair a broken ceramic mug with glue and string. The mug was part of Yoko Ono’s “Mended Cups” piece in the Shenandoah Museum of Contemporary Art’s latest exhibit, “The River Between ...

Regional jail board planning ahead to maintain jail

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FRONT ROYAL – Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail administrators and the Jail Authority Board are planning ahead on future maintenance. The regional jail opened in July 2014 at a cost of about $55 million, said Doug Stanley, who is Authority Board chairman as well as Warren County ...

Utilities restore power to area hit by early snow storm

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An early wintry storm that hit the region Thursday knocked out power for many residents, caused traffic-clogging crashes and prompted schools to close. The National Weather Service office in Sterling reported on Friday that snowfall amounts in the Northern Shenandoah Valley ranged from 2 ...

Resolution on funds EDA owes town goes to closed session

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FRONT ROYAL - Town Council will finalize details of a resolution regarding money it is owed by the Warren County-Front Royal Economic Development Authority during a Monday closed session. The resolution, which lays out a timeline of the town being overbilled $291,000 over nine years by the ...

Judge change sought in supervisor’s suit against EDA director

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FRONT ROYAL - Supervisor Tom Sayre is proceeding with his civil case lawsuit against Jennifer McDonald, executive director of the Warren County-Front Royal Economic Development Authority, despite her being found not guilty in a related October case. Sayre is suing McDonald on counts of ...

Virginia’s unemployment numbers hold steady in October

Business

The Bureau of Labor Statistics released the latest unemployment and payroll figures on Friday morning. Nationwide trends were positive in general as six states saw unemployment numbers drop from September. Two states had unemployment rise while the remaining 42 states and Washington, D.C., ...

Valley gets its first taste of winter

Local News

Winter arrived early in the Shenandoah Valley as rain, sleet and snow – about 1.8 inches of accumulation – fell by 5 p.m. Thursday, according to National Weather Services meteorologist Jamie Lee. Lee said a winter storm warning will remain in effect through 3 a.m. today. The bleak ...

Driver flips car and flees

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The driver of a car that overturned near Target on Winchester Road in Warren County on Wednesday fled the scene and as of Friday has not been charged, according to Warren County Sheriff’s Office Lt. William Smoot. Smoot said a Ford Focus was southbound on Winchester Road in the evening near ...

Police Blotter: Woodstock

Valley 911

The Woodstock Police Department reported the following incidents in October: Oct. 1: Mark Alan Capansky, 72, of Woodstock, was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol. Oct. 2: Heriberto Maldonado Hernandez, 35, of Toms Brook, was charged with destruction of property. Oct. 4: ...

Wintry mix falls on area, closing schools, courts

Local News

FRONT ROYAL – The first snow and sleet incident of the year resulted in an inch or less of ground accumulation throughout the area as of about 10 a.m. today, according to National Weather Services meteorologist Kyle Pallozzi. He said the bad weather moved into the area around 4 a.m.,  ...

Man pleads not guilty to causing fatal 2016 crash

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A man accused of causing a crash in Shenandoah County that killed a 4-year-old girl two years ago faces trial in March. Greg Lee Peters appeared in Shenandoah County Circuit Court on Wednesday where retired Judge Dennis L. Hupp arraigned him on one count each of involuntary manslaughter, ...