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Early morning warning

Larry Sorrell walks through the living room of his rental home that was destroyed by fire early Sunday morning.   Rich Cooley/Daily

November 23, 2015

An early Sunday morning fire in Woodstock left a home heavily damaged and forced the evacuation of an occupant who was alerted to the danger by a newspaper carrier.

Vigil for Front Royal addiction victims planned

November 21, 2015

A newly formed group focused on educating the public about the dangers of drug addiction will hold a candlelight vigil from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday at the Front Royal gazebo at the intersection of Chester and Main streets.

Area legislators balk at refugees

November 19, 2015

Del. Todd Gilbert, R-Woodstock, joined several of his GOP colleagues earlier this week in calling for a two-year halt to the acceptance of new Syrian refugees in the state.

RSW jail hires new financial officer

November 19, 2015

The Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail has hired a new chief financial officer after the murky departure of her immediate predecessor, who held the job for four months.

Judge rejects plea deal for cocaine defendant

November 19, 2015

Shenandoah County Circuit Judge Dennis L. Hupp has rejected a plea agreement for a Texas man who authorities say was carrying more than four pounds of cocaine in his car when a state trooper pulled him over for a traffic stop.

Woman sentenced to 35 years for raping child

Tina Hillsman

November 18, 2015

The second of two co-defendants convicted of child rape was sentenced Wednesday in Shenandoah County Circuit Court to 35 years in a case involving an 8-year-old victim.

Child molester gets four years in prison

November 18, 2015

An Edinburg man will spend four years in prison for committing aggravated sexual battery and taking indecent liberties with an 8-year-old girl.

VDOT unveils laser-equipped snowplow

Cliff Balderson, VDOT Edinburg residency administrator, stands behind one of the area's new wing plow trucks that will be used to clear area highways during winter weather. VDOT made the announcement during its snow conference held at Lord Fairfax Community College in Middletown on Tuesday. Rich Cooley/Daily

November 17, 2015

A snowstorm or two is almost certainly lurking in the region’s near future, and the Virginia Department of Transportation is prepared to meet it with a new kind of plow hopped up with a laser and deluxe wing blade.

Mass casualty training planned

November 17, 2015

Drivers on Front Royal’s streets Wednesday morning shouldn’t be alarmed if they notice an unusual number of police cars, ambulances and fire trucks on the move from 6:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Murder trial postponed

November 16, 2015

A two-day jury trial scheduled for a man charged with second-degree murder in a shooting at the Ramada Inn in Strasburg was postponed Monday until mid-March.

Jail, prison news publication still talking

November 13, 2015

The supervisor of the Northwestern Regional Adult Detention Center in Winchester said Friday he is still confident of reaching an out of court resolution to a federal lawsuit challenging a decision to ban mailed publications from the facility.

Mother delivers traffic safety lesson

Shenandoah County school resource officer deputy Ricky Miller speaks to this group of parents and teenagers on the hazards of distracted driving at Central High School Tuesday evening. Rich Cooley/Daily

November 12, 2015

WOODSTOCK — Janet Green’s 18-year-old daughter Heather died in a car crash in mid-May, a tragedy that has led her to deliver a graphic, potentially life-saving plea for teen drivers and their parents in Shenandoah County.

House fire ruled accidental

November 12, 2015

A fire that destroyed a large house Monday morning at 808 Springwood Lane in Warren County has been ruled accidental.

Man dies in car crash

November 12, 2015

A single-car crash on Liberty Furnace Road north of Basye has taken the life of a New Market man.

Man, boys charged in egg-throwing spree

November 11, 2015

Police have charged a local man with a total of 71 counts linked to a spree of egg-chucking vandalism in the town through much of the summer.