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Alex Bridges

Bridges_Alex.jpg Alex Bridges is a senior reporter for the Northern Virginia Daily. He reports on local government in Frederick, Shenandoah and Warren counties.
E-mail: abridges@nvdaily.com | Phone: 540-465-5317, ext.125

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Proponents of fortunetelling ban attack group

FRONT ROYAL - Foes of repealing a ban on fortunetellers in Front Royal recently attacked a non-profit group and claimed it supported pagans.
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Council hopefuls decline possible support from GOP

A handful of Front Royal Town Council candidates say they don't want the Warren County Republican Committee's endorsement.
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Town considers ways to fix homeowner's problem

FRONT ROYAL - A Front Royal resident's woes with her home exposed a town-wide problem for older buildings.
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Warren County makes deals for airport land

FRONT ROYAL -- Warren County won't need to use eminent domain to take land for its airport.
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Strasburg road project aims to prevent flooding

STRASBURG -- Hurricane Sandy left Gloria Floyd and her neighbors stranded at their Ash Street homes two years ago.
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Warren County board delays action on tourist rentals

FRONT ROYAL - Warren County leaders put a batch of tourist-rental permit requests on hold Tuesday after one drew fire from neighbors.
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Council mulls more changes to fortunetelling rules

FRONT ROYAL - The debate over fortunetelling in Front Royal continued Monday as town leaders discussed regulating the practice.
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VDOT limits weight on Artz Road bridge

Heavy vehicles can no longer cross a low-water bridge in Shenandoah County until the state builds a new crossing.
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Canoe sign greets Warren County visitors

A new, canoe-themed welcome signs greets Warren County visitors as they drive into Linden.
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Toms Brook fire company delays action on county deal

The fate of a deal between Shenandoah County and a volunteer fire department remains uncertain.
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Woodstock hires new finance director

Woodstock's new finance director says the job drew him back to public service after years in the private sector.
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Warren County planners table more rental permits

FRONT ROYAL -- High Knob residents spoke out this week against another short-term rental proposal in the neighborhood.
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Man charged in shooting death

WINCHESTER -- A Stephens City-area resident stands charged in the shooting death of a man killed in Frederick County on Aug. 3.
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Tour of Warren County battlefield set for Saturday

A chance encounter during the Civil War between opposing forces led to a bloody battle north of Front Royal.
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Foes of repeal on fortunetelling ban reflect on vote

FRONT ROYAL -- Town leaders who opposed ending a ban on fortunetelling had different reasons for voting against the repeal.
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Board approves deal with volunteer fire department

WOODSTOCK - Shenandoah County leaders approved a deal with a volunteer fire company this week that lets the station move forward with building improvements.
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Chairman: Board didn't know of no-cost jail option

WOODSTOCK -- A Shenandoah County supervisor says neither he nor anyone on his board knew of an option to build a new jail at no local cost.
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Council backs repeal of fortunetelling ban

FRONT ROYAL -- A split Town Council took a step Monday after a heated public hearing to strike a ban on fortunetelling from the books.
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Council OKs deal with business center

FRONT ROYAL - Town leaders have taken another step toward boosting the local economy.
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Warren County tackles welfare fraud

FRONT ROYAL - Welfare-fraud claims keep Warren County social services workers busy as they weed out fact from gossip.
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Supervisors oppose gas line route

FRONT ROYAL - Warren County leaders this week joined opponents of a $4 billion, natural-gas pipeline slated to run through five states.
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Some regional jail issues nearly fixed

WOODSTOCK -- After weeks of delays, pieces of the regional jail in Warren County should fall into place soon, its chief said Friday.
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Council extends town manager's contract

WOODSTOCK - Town Manager Reid Wodicka received glowing reviews and an extended contract from local leaders Tuesday.
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Industrial park land up for sale

A large area in Strasburg's industrial park goes up for auction later this month.
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Lack of deal delays Warren County bridge project

FRONT ROYAL - State and federal agencies may soon reach a deal on an issue holding up a major bridge project in Warren County.
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Tourist rentals get temporary relief

FRONT ROYAL - Warren County leaders gave owners of short-term tourist rentals a reprieve Tuesday as officials revisit local regulations.
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Board denies sheriff's pay request

FRONT ROYAL - Area sheriffs took a pay cut when the regional jail opened July 1 because they no longer run lock-up facilities.
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County to consider rules on adult businesses

Adult businesses could open just about anywhere in Shenandoah County without rules on the books
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Strasburg may ramp up code enforcement

Strasburg plans to ramp up enforcement of its property rules taking aim at prohibited signs, tall grass and blight.
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County neighborhood seeks relief on utility rates

FRONT ROYAL- A Warren County neighborhood group says Front Royal has wrongly charged property owners too much for water and sewer for years.
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Town warns of dumping fats, grease in drains

Strasburg officials don't want any snags at the expanded sewage treatment plant when it goes online in 2016.
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County to oversee education plan for some RSW jail inmates

When the Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail north of Front Royal opened in June, the burden of overseeing the education of some jail inmates from the three counties fell to Warren County Public Schools.
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Correction

A story published Wednesday should have said that Front Royal Vice Mayor N. Shae Parker abstained from voting on a radio station's request for utility-fee relief and voted in support of the economic committee's recommendations.
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Correction

A story published Thursday should have said that Warren County Zoning Administrator Erick Moore issued cease-and-desist letters to property owners renting homes to tourists without a permit....
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Fallout over vacation rental rules continues

Warren County has put a halt to most short-term tourist rentals until officials revise the regulations in the coming months.
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Woodstock mulls water plant improvements

WOODSTOCK - The town plans to upgrade its water treatment plant for the first time since it opened 40 years ago.
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Survey reveals Strasburg residents' shopping habits

Survey says: Strasburg residents stay in town to buy some groceries, participate in local activities and many want a farmers market.
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Council grants break for radio station

FRONT ROYAL - A radio station in Front Royal can get a break from the town when it connects to the sewer system.
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USDA helps rid Strasburg of pigeons

Strasburg may see an end to its pervasive pigeon problem.
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Regional jail looking for nurses, officers

FRONT ROYAL - The regional jail still needs officers and nurses, the superintendent says.
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Video system delays trouble regional jail

FRONT ROYAL-- The regional jail may not have been as ready as needed when it opened, the superintendent said Thursday.
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Strasburg dog park moving forward

With Stasburg leaders' approval of a site, a dog owners group now needs to raise money for a park.
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Taxi firm claims drivers used data to help competitor

A Front Royal taxicab company claims former drivers used customer data and intercepted calls for a competitor.
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Progress 2013: Bigger towns focus on infrastructure

Strasburg and Front Royal share similar futures this year as two of the area's largest towns addressing major infrastructure needs.
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Progress 2013: Major projects under way in counties

An "ambitious" year lies ahead for Warren County. Road projects dominate the list of initiatives and projects for 2013, according to Warren County Administrator Douglas Stanley.










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