Stories By Alex Bridges

Board hears support for gym tax break

WOODSTOCK – Supporters of a church-run gymnasium made their case to Shenandoah County leaders Tuesday for a tax break. The Board of Supervisors held a public hearing on a request from Tight’n Up Gym for an exemption from the county real estate tax. Liberty Baptist Church opened the ...

Judge sentences conspirators in heroin ring

A dozen defendants have received federal prison terms for their roles in a heroin distribution ring that connected Baltimore to Front Royal. The 12 people sentenced last week in U.S. District Court in Harrisonburg were convicted of trafficking more than 1,000 grams of heroin from Baltimore to ...

Couple’s robbery charges go to grand jury

WOODSTOCK – A grand jury will hear a case next month involving a couple charged with robbing two people at gunpoint in Strasburg on March 21. Richard Dale Culley, 29, and Tammy Ann Culley, 28, both of Nathalie, in Halifax County, appeared in Shenandoah County General District Court on ...

Mexican man faces deportation after conviction

WOODSTOCK – A Mexican national faces possible deportation after he pleaded guilty Friday to sexually assaulting a girl in Shenandoah County several years ago. Judge Dennis L. Hupp sentenced Eduardo Fernandez in Shenandoah County Circuit Court to five years in prison with four years and three ...

Man sentenced for attempted stabbing

WOODSTOCK – A U.S. military veteran received no jail time Friday for trying to stab family members during a domestic incident in Shenandoah County in January. Jonathan Paul Bailey pleaded guilty  in Shenandoah County Circuit Court to three counts of attempted malicious wounding. An ...

Ceremony honors Vietnam War veterans

WOODSTOCK – Dozens of Vietnam War veterans received honors in a commemoration ceremony Thursday. Soldiers with the Virginia Army National Guard hosted the commemoration at the Woodstock National Guard Armory for veterans who served during the Vietnam era that spanned roughly November 1955 ...

Judge sentences three for roles in heroin ring

A Front Royal man must serve more than 15 years in federal prison for his role in an area heroin-distribution ring. Chief Judge Michael F. Urbanski sentenced Adrian Darnell Edwards in U.S. District Court in Harrisonburg on Monday to 190 months or 15 years and 10 months for conspiring with ...

Shenandoah County board votes to hike taxes

WOODSTOCK – Shenandoah County leaders voted Tuesday to increase taxes and to set next year’s budget. The Board of Supervisors voted 4-2 at a special meeting to increase the real estate tax rate from 60 cents to 64 cents per $100. District 4 Supervisor Karl Roulston voted against the motion ...

County to consider changes to development rules

Changes proposed to Shenandoah County’s zoning regulations could let developers put more homes in certain areas. But a county official says residents shouldn’t expect to see a sudden boom in building in these limited parts of the locality. The Board of Supervisors could consider adopting ...

Board set to act on budget, tax rates Tuesday

Shenandoah County leaders could vote Tuesday to increase taxes and approve next year’s spending plan. The Board of Supervisors holds a special meeting to consider adopting the proposed fiscal 2019 budget and to set the tax rates. The proposed budget assumes the county increases the tax rate ...

Church seeks tax break for gym

Shenandoah County leaders plan to consider giving a church a tax break on the gymnasium it runs in Strasburg. Liberty Baptist Church owns Tight’n Up LLC at 239 E. King St. The church submitted a request to the county to designate the property as exempt from local real estate taxes. The ...

Man faces prison for threatening judge, fleeing arrest

WOODSTOCK – A Shenandoah County man faces prison time for threatening a judge and striking a law enforcement officer with his vehicle while fleeing arrest in 2016. William Walter Grim Jr., 62, of Mount Jackson, appeared in Shenandoah County Circuit Court on Wednesday with his attorney ...

Ex-jailer accused of trying to have sex with inmate is indicted

WOODSTOCK – A grand jury indicted a former corrections officer for a regional jail on a charge accusing him of trying to have sex with an inmate. The Shenandoah County grand jury indicted Joseph Daniel Demarino Jr. on Wednesday on one count of attempted carnal knowledge of an inmate of the ...

Veteran charged in domestic incident

WOODSTOCK – Authorities say a former U.S. military member tried to stab several family members during a domestic incident in January. A Shenandoah County grand jury indicted Jonathan Paul Bailey on Wednesday on three counts of attempting malicious wounding and one charge of child ...

Judge sentences man for vandalizing cemetery

WOODSTOCK – A Rockingham County man received a suspended prison sentence Wednesday for vandalizing an Edinburg area church cemetery in 2016. Judge Dennis L. Hupp sentenced Melvin Ray Bottenfield, 35, of Hinton, in Shenandoah County Circuit Court to two years in prison after finding the ...

Supervisors debate schools funding

Shenandoah County leaders talked more about next year’s budget Tuesday after hearing overwhelming support from the public last week for higher taxes. The Board of Supervisors met to continue its discussion about the proposed fiscal 2019 budget and tax rates on real estate and personal ...

Consultants evaluating sites for businesses

A consulting firm continues its work to help attract potential users to sites owned by the Shenandoah County Industrial Development Authority. The authority board hired the engineering firm Draper Aden Associates in December to perform land surveys, wetlands planning, borings for soil testing ...

Board hears support, opposition to tax hikes

A majority of the 40-plus people who spoke at Shenandoah County’s public hearing on next year’s budget urged leaders to raise tax rates. But roughly a quarter of the speakers demanded that the Board of Supervisors hold the line on the tax rates and spending on schools and the ...

Comstock talks tariffs, taxes, trade at plant visit

MIDDLETOWN – U.S. Rep. Barbara Comstock, R-McLean, met with business leaders at a Frederick County manufacturing plant Friday to talk about tax cuts, tariffs and trade. Organizers labeled the event a “town hall.” The private event was held inside ThermoFisher’s cafeteria for ...

Judge sentences two for plot to attack woman last year

WOODSTOCK – A Shenandoah County woman and a teenage boy pleaded guilty Wednesday to their roles in a plot that left a victim with serious injuries last year. Judge Dennis L. Hupp sentenced Breaunna Anderson Hinkle to five years in prison with one year and six months suspended for malicious ...