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* I-81 lanes reopened after crash near Edinburg

107.jpg EDINBURG -- A crash on southbound Interstate 81 Wednesday afternoon closed both lanes of traffic for about two hours, but nobody was injured.
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*Clarke to break ground on new high school July 24

BERRYVILLE -- Clarke County Public Schools officials announced today the time and date they plan to break ground for the new high school.
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Documents on alleged bribe will be posted

FRONT ROYAL -- Documents requested from the town regarding an allegation of bribery in the bidding process for a solar energy farm will be posted on the town's website.
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Resolution to relocate museum advances

WINCHESTER -- Supporters of the Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum scored a victory Tuesday night as the City Council endorsed rebooting negotiations to relocate the facility.
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Valley Health to challenge zoning ruling

WINCHESTER -- Winchester Medical Center markets its campus fitness club against city code, according to zoning officials.
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Gov't workers to take holiday off without pay

WOODSTOCK -- Shenandoah County government employees will be off work on July 5 in observance of Independence Day, but they won't be paid for it.
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Shenandoah County reduces school enrichment programs

Shenandoah County Public Schools pupils will have to find other ways to occupy their time during the next few months as most of the summer enrichment program has been cut due to budget constraints.
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Sewer, water rates to increase

FRONT ROYAL -- Increases in sewer and water rates, as well as town vehicle licenses, will become effective on Thursday.
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Bond set for man accused of prescription drug theft case

WINCHESTER -- A Frederick County man accused of trying to rob a Stephens City woman of medication at gunpoint on Thursday remains in jail.
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Shull sworn in as mayor of town

STEPHENS CITY -- Mayor Ray E. Ewing kept his last Town Council meeting brief as he ushered in new leadership Tuesday and ended his tenure of 16 years.
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Blight ordinance brightens historic district

David Adams paints the trim STRASBURG -- An ordinance aiming to put a little more sheen on Strasburg's historic district has led to improvements at two homes that were on the brink of dilapidation.
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Grand slammed: Area sports stores overwhelmed by interest in Strasburg

Debbie Henry holds up a shirt Pitching phenom Stephen Strasburg has fans across the Northern Shenandoah Valley trying to suit up in Washington Nationals colors.
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Local markets

Shenandoah Livestock June 26 FEEDER: Steers, 100-299 lbs., $1.31; 300-499 lbs., $1.13-1.38; 500-699 lbs., $1.02-1.1250; 700-1000 lbs., $.91-1.01 Bulls, 300-499 lbs., $.96-1.3850; 500-699 lbs., $.9750-1.05 Holstein Steers, 100-299 lbs., $.76-.91; 300-499 lbs., $.73-.84; 700-1000 lbs., $.6750-.7225; 1000 lbs. & up,...
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Boy feared to have drowned

Rescue workers search for a body FRONT ROYAL -- Rescue crews were still searching late Tuesday night for a young boy who is believed to have drowned earlier in the day at the Riverton Dam on the North Fork of the Shenandoah River.
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*Emergency workers search for child missing at Riverton Dam

FRONT ROYAL -- Emergency workers were searching the Shenandoah River Tuesday afternoon for a missing child.
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*Parks board opposes building museum at Jim Barnett

WINCHESTER -- The Winchester Parks and Recreation Advisory Board voted Monday night to approve a statement in opposition to the Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum in Jim Barnett Park.
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Supporters, opponents speak out

WINCHESTER -- Public input on the Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum was strong Monday night at a meeting of the Winchester Parks and Recreation Advisory Board.
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Panel voices concern about U.S. 522 study

WINCHESTER -- Transportation officials have taken a red pen to a study on U.S. 522 south.
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Concerns continue over plans for downtown

STRASBURG -- As Strasburg attempts to move forward with its plan to give downtown a facelift, residents and business owners continue to voice their concerns.
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Upgrade costs for wastewater plant increase

WINCHESTER -- The increasing cost of upgrading an area wastewater treatment plant has officials steamed.
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Appeal of state's filtration ruling moves forward

WINCHESTER -- An appeal of a state ruling on the amount of phosphorous and nitrogen a wastewater facility can send to Opequon Creek will move forward.
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Front Royal police cars to get new look

Front Royal Police Chief Richard A. Furr stands by one of the department's vehicles FRONT ROYAL -- There's a good chance town residents will do a double take over the coming weeks when they see a Front Royal police car.
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Ousted parks and recreation supervisor reinstated part time

EDINBURG -- An ousted Shenandoah County Parks and Recreation employee was rehired before his last day on the job could arrive.
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Warren officials hope for road funds from state

FRONT ROYAL -- Warren County officials are hoping to receive funding from the Virginia Department of Transportation's revenue sharing program for six local road projects.
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Train set stolen from outbuilding

MT. JACKSON -- The Shenandoah County Sheriff's Office is investigating the theft of a valuable train set from an outbuilding in the 500 block of Garber Road.
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Arson suspected in June 19 fire

TOMS BROOK -- Investigators are looking for evidence of arson in the June 19 fire that destroyed a mobile home at Heishman's Park, court records say.
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Bank robbery hearing delayed

WOODSTOCK -- A preliminary hearing for accused bank robber Ronald Luther Cosner was delayed Monday morning until July in Shenandoah County General District Court.
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World War II veteran cherishes days spent tending to his garden

Irvin Welch Jr. looks over a row of beans FRONT ROYAL - Irvin Welch Jr. appreciates the joy of gardening. "You cannot garden and not realize how much God's presence is in the world," he said.
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*Hearing rescheduled for Woodstock bank robbery suspect

WOODSTOCK -- A preliminary hearing for accused bank robber Ronald Luther Cosner was continued Monday morning to July in Shenandoah County General District Court.
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In crises, agency answers the call

travis-sutherly.jpg FRONT ROYAL -- While Northwestern Community Services devotes a great deal of time and effort to provide care for the acutely mentally ill, the agency's executive director said it cannot shoulder the entire burden.
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Warren cracking down on peddlers

FRONT ROYAL -- Warren County officials have modified local peddling laws to include provisions that prohibit the sale of merchandise and other services on local highways.
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Man pleads guilty in assault on child

FRONT ROYAL -- A local man has admitted to assaulting a juvenile boy last summer. Eric John Rudden, 24, of 335 Autumn Hills Lane, Front Royal, was initially indicted in October by a Warren County Circuit Court grand jury on one felony count of malicious wounding for the incident that occurred on Aug. 26.
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School Board to evaluate eval form

FRONT ROYAL -- The Warren County School Board plans to meet for a special work session in August to review and approve the superintendent's evaluation form.
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Family Fun Day gets bigger

Faith Williams tries on her balloon butterfly wings STEPHENS CITY -- Saturday's heat didn't deter hundreds of people from coming out to enjoy the Frederick County Rotary Club's Croquet and Family Fun Day.
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Combine glitch sets brush fire

FRONT ROYAL -- A malfunction in a combine caused a brush fire Sunday in Warren County.
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Chain saw, tools reported stolen

TOMS BROOK -- A chain saw and tools were reported stolen in May from an outbuilding in the 100 block of Country Brook Road, authorities said.
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On the roads

Interstate 81: Rumble strip installation will require alternate lane closures between Strasburg and Middletown through Thursday, 8 p.m.-7 a.m. Also, mowing between Strasburg and West Virginia state line, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., and nighttime operations, with mobile lane closures for...
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Challengers take a swing

Allison Coffelt swings at the ball Little League division lets children with disabilities share the love of the game By Sally Voth - svoth@nvdaily.com WOODSTOCK Like other boys his age, Kristian Joliat loves talking on his cell phone, sports and playing Wii video games. Unlike most...
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Proposal could mean demolition of old hotel

WINCHESTER -- The city could lose a piece of its history under a proposal up for consideration Tuesday. The city released documents late Friday afternoon pertaining to the ongoing issue of what to do with the historic, but dilapidated, former Taylor Hotel at 119-129 N. Loudoun St.
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J.D. Byrider franchise to relocate

jdbyrider.jpg WINCHESTER -- The principal owners in the local J.D. Byrider franchise have purchased a city lot with plans to relocate the business from Front Royal Pike by the end of the year.

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