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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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Warren County to make big steps in park project

FRONT ROYAL - A massive, long-term park project in Warren County should reach some milestones in the next few months.
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Warren County firm to open natural gas station

FRONT ROYAL - Warren County soon will be home to the first natural gas station in region's Interstate 81 corridor.
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Valley Milk says odor problem fixed

Valley Milk may have solved the Strasburg plant's odor problem -- again.
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DEQ: Dominion plant pollution still OK

An increase in air pollution from Dominion's power plant in Warren County shouldn't harm public health or the environment.
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Building rules help Warren County plan

As Shenandoah County revisits its highway building rules, Warren County sees benefits from its U.S. 340-522 corridor regulations.
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Strasburg sets sights on next streetscape phase

Strasburg could begin the third phase of its Downtown Streetscape Enhancement Project next year.
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County workers to build shelter project

WOODSTOCK - The Shenandoah County Animal Shelter can move forward on a renovation project thanks to donors and county staff.
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County revisits building rules

WOODSTOCK - A strict set of development regulations in Shenandoah hinders economic growth for Shenandoah County, a supervisor says.
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County seeks new landfill director

WOODSTOCK - Shenandoah County officials revived the top official position at the landfill to oversee the facility near Edinburg and related operations.
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Tour group hears of battle's impact

STRASBURG - The Civil War Battle of Hupp's Hill let federal forces know defeat didn't drive Confederate troops out of the Valley.
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Town wants old school for offices, police department

Shenandoah County could give the old Woodstock School back to the town by the end of the year.
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Crowds gather in Front Royal for Festival of Leaves

FRONT ROYAL - The 44th Annual Festival of Leaves drew thousands of people to downtown Front Royal on Saturday for music, food and crafts.
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Owner seeking town's help for property damage

FRONT ROYAL -- A sewer backup at a downtown property in May damaged a historic building and forced out its longtime tenants.
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Developer seeks VDOT money

FRONT ROYAL - A developer wants the state to help build a bridge and extend a road in its Warren County shopping center.
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New rules for tourist rentals head to board

FRONT ROYAL - New rules for tourist rentals in Warren County are headed to the Board of Supervisors.
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Woodstock refinances loan to cut its payments

Woodstock can expect to save money each year by refinancing an old loan.
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Area officials pitch road needs at state meeting

WEYERS CAVE -- Area officials made renewed pitches for regional road priorities at a state transportation meeting Wednesday.
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County to buy new bulldozer for landfill

WOODSTOCK - Shenandoah County will buy a bulldozer for the landfill from a dealer involved in making the advertisement for the vehicle.
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Warren County mulls changes to tax-relief program

FRONT ROYAL -- Warren County could change its tax relief program for elderly and disabled homeowners.
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Agencies reach deal on Warren County bridge project

FRONT ROYAL - A controversial bridge project in Warren County moved closer to construction by passing a major hurdle last week.
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Woodstock official helped enhance town

WOODSTOCK - As the town's first enhancement coordinator, Jane Beasley often drew praise from the community for improving Woodstock.
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Majority of supervisors bar contested topic at future meetings

WOODSTOCK - Shenandoah County leaders made a rare move Thursday to keep supervisors from bringing up a topic at future meetings.
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Board renews administrator's contract to 2016

WOODSTOCK - Shenandoah County's government executive received an extension on her contract after weathering criticism by two supervisors.
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Council hopefuls weigh in at forum

FRONT ROYAL - Candidates running for Front Royal Town Council responded to questions about local issues at a forum Thursday.
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Front Royal Leach Run Parkway project moves ahead

FRONT ROYAL - Construction of the long-awaited Leach Run Parkway could begin this winter or spring.
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Strasburg leaders see sites for skate park consideration

Support for a skate park in Strasburg keeps growing and now two locations are under consideration for the site.
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Judges OK deal for annexation

FRONT ROYAL - The town will grow by more than 600 acres when it adds land from Warren County on Nov. 1.
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EDA seeks information on proposal

The Warren County Economic Development Authority wants more details about a plan to draw money from some U.S. 340-522 corridor businesses.
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Town council OKs Town Hall swap

FRONT ROYAL - Front Royal leaders voted Monday to give the old Town Hall to the Warren County Economic Development Authority as part of a swap for the Afton Inn.
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Front Royal building swap still in works

A "legal glitch" shouldn't hinder a planned swap of Front Royal's old Town Hall for the Afton Inn, attorneys say.
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Board grants sheriff's request for saved money

WOODSTOCK -- Shenandoah County Sheriff Timothy Carter can use some of the nearly $100,000 he saved last fiscal year -- just not all of it.
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Board delays vote to buy bulldozer

WOODSTOCK - A $311,000 bulldozer for the landfill sparked a heated discussion among Shenandoah County leaders Tuesday.
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Board approves money for land efforts

WOODSTOCK - Shenandoah County leaders took action Tuesday to help fund land conservation efforts.
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Council renews deal for trolleys

FRONT ROYAL - Riders of the Royal Trolley can keep using the bus service for another five years.
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VDOT set to open new bridge in Bentonville

Motorists can see the end of an era in Warren County as the state opens a new bridge in Bentonville this week.
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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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