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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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Town cuts ribbon on trail

Front Royal leaders celebrate the official opening of a town trail Monday.
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Many involved in cleanup effort

FRONT ROYAL - Cleanup of the Avtex Fibers Superfund Site couldn't happen without government oversight.
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Group hopes to resume veterans center project

Despite setbacks, a local group still plans to turn a Strasburg home into a center for military veterans.
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Warren mulls middle school loan

FRONT ROYAL -- Warren County might not need to raise taxes to build its new middle school.
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Panel only backs few changes to rental rules

Proposed changes to Warren County's zoning rules might make it tougher to rent homes to tourists but stop short of banning the businesses.
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Canoe ramp nears completion

Boaters should soon find it easier to put canoes and kayaks in the water in part of Warren County.
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Warren County landfill fix under construction

FRONT ROYAL - A project underway in Warren County may solve a problem with a long-closed landfill.
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Report: Scale back bridge project

FRONT ROYAL - An engineer hired by an environmental group says the state should scale back its Morgan Ford Bridge replacement project.
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Towns, counties pay varying bills for legal services

Shenandoah County leaders this week rebuffed another attempt by a supervisor to look for a new lawyer.
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Crowd weighs in on open space use

More than a dozen people played urban planners Thursday to help Strasburg consider uses for open space downtown.
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Strasburg set to unveil streetscape

Strasburg plans to celebrate the completion of the first phase of its downtown streetscape project Friday.
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Council takes next step for police headquarters

Front Royal leaders cleared another hurdle this week to let the town move forward on plans for a new police headquarters.
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Strasburg to hold meeting on public space use

Strasburg residents, business and property owners can again help shape the town's future at a public event next week.
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Easement funding gains support

Shenandoah County's agency that helps protect open space and farmland might get a source of money to meet its goals.
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Board offers warm support for new chiller

Shenandoah County may buy a new chiller for an elementary school out of savings.
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Chief seeking more support for skatepark

Strasburg's police chief says Town Council could help draw more support for a proposed skatepark in Trent Williams' memory.
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Council to consider collecting fees in U.S. 340-522 corridor

FRONT ROYAL -- The town could start collecting more money from some businesses in the U.S. 340-522 corridor next year.
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Woodstock lowers utility tap fees

Developers should see some relief when they build in Woodstock.
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Avtex deal changes uses for part of site

FRONT ROYAL -- Warren County leaders took another step Tuesday toward helping to develop the former Avtex Fibers Superfund site.
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Registrars need election officers

Area voter registrars say they need people to work the polls in the Nov. 4 election.
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Strasburg to revisit tall grass rules, violators

Many Strasburg property owners keep their grass too high but notification rules make enforcement tough, officials say.
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Investor helps firm developing Strasburg land

A development firm can keep its land in Strasburg and continue searching for business prospects, thanks to a private investor.
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Shenandoah administrator receives good review, raise

WOODSTOCK - Shenandoah County's top administrator received a favorable review and a raise this week.
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Sunflower ready for a new home

FRONT ROYAL -- Sunflower came to the Warren County animal shelter as a shy cat that quickly scurried into hiding.
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Commission tackles tourist rentals

Potential changes to the Warren County rules on tourist rentals may not be as sweeping as some property owners fear.
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Fire destroys Front Royal apartment

FRONT ROYAL -- An apartment fire caused by a lit cigarette in Front Royal forced a resident from her home Wednesday afternoon.
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Supervisor, sheriff spar over issue

WOODSTOCK -- A Shenandoah County supervisor and its sheriff on Tuesday sparred over claims that leaders turned down a "no-cost" option for a local jail.
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Council helps town homeowner

FRONT ROYAL -- With no fanfare Monday night, Town Council took action to fix a problem that has plagued a homeowner for years.
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Council repeals ban on fortunetellers

FRONT ROYAL - Town Council ended a ban on "gypsies" and fortunetellers Monday after hearing from foes and supporters of the action.
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Correction

An article published Monday should have stated that, in some cases, Warren County's zoning rules can allow fortunetelling as a business use though the code does not mention "fortuneteller." County departments provided information last week indicating that fortunetelling is not...
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License fees for fortunetellers vary in valley

Fortunetellers wanting to practice in the valley can expect to pay different fees depending on where they go.
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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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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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