Stories By Alex Bridges

ITFederal, Avtex road projects moving forward

FRONT ROYAL – A planned road extension into the former Avtex Fibers site remains a major hurdle for the long-awaited ITFederal project. The Front Royal-Warren County Economic Development Authority Board of Directors heard brief updates at its meeting Friday on both projects from Executive ...

Judge sends teen’s murder charge to grand jury

FRONT ROYAL – The case of a teenager accused of stabbing and killing his girlfriend in town in March goes to a grand jury next month. Judge Kim Athey found probable cause at the end of a preliminary hearing in Warren County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court on Thursday to send the ...

Supervisor says budget reflects compromise

WOODSTOCK – A Shenandoah County leader says the Board of Supervisors did compromise on next year’s budget adopted a month ago. Vice Chairman Richard Walker said Tuesday night that members reached a deal on the fiscal 2018 spending plan, contrary to Chairman Conrad Helsley’s comments made ...

EDA responds to questions about project

FRONT ROYAL – The Front Royal-Warren County Economic Development Authority responded last week to one town leader’s questions over an agency housing project. The EDA Board of Directors and staff members released documents and information about the Royal Lane Workforce Housing Project ...

Attorney challenges Dollar General rezoning

WOODSTOCK – Shenandoah County’s recent rezoning for a Dollar General near Bryce Resort could face a legal challenge. The Board of Supervisors voted 4-2 at its April 25 meeting to approve a request by The Broadway Group LLC and property owners RL Regis-Virginia LLC and Chandresh S. Mehta ...

County department boosts recycling, cuts costs

WOODSTOCK – The Shenandoah County agency that runs the landfill continues to increase recycling while saving money. Solid Waste Department Director Patrick Felling updated the Board of Supervisors this week on his agency’s activities, including efforts to cut costs while helping the ...

Constituents criticize congressman

FRONT ROYAL – A dozen people criticized U.S. Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Roanoke, on Wednesday for his support of legislation designed to undo much of the Affordable Health Care Act. Goodlatte’s constituents also called on the congressman to push for the appointment of a special prosecutor ...

Congress members react to Comey firing

Virginia’s U.S. senators and Congress members representing the Northern Shenandoah Valley reacted differently to President Donald Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey over the last two days. U.S. Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Roanoke, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, made the ...

Supervisors spar again over chairman vote

WOODSTOCK – Tempers flared and accusations flew Tuesday as some Shenandoah County supervisors revived the debate over who leads their board. District 6 Supervisor Conrad Helsley remains the chairman though the board has yet to elect the lead officer for 2017. District 3 Supervisor ...

County plan covers few unpaved roads

WOODSTOCK – Shenandoah County residents can expect some state money to help improve a few unpaved roads in the coming years. The Board of Supervisors and the Virginia Department of Transportation plan to hold a joint public hearing on the county’s Six-Year Plan for Secondary Highways ...

Councilwoman questions EDA on housing project

FRONT ROYAL – A Town Council member raised questions Monday about the delayed workforce housing project. The Front Royal-Warren County Economic Development Authority Board voted late last month to move forward with the potential purchase of property on Royal Lane for the workforce housing ...

Laurenzano crowned 90th festival queen

WINCHESTER – Bloomtown crowned its queen Friday in a decades-old ceremony witnessed by guests donned in pink and green. The coronation of Queen Shenandoah XC Kiara Anastasia Laurenzano drew a crowd of dozens of people to the Patsy Cline Theatre at Handley High School as part of the 90th ...

Board continues economic development talk

WOODSTOCK – Shenandoah County could move forward with a plan officials say would help boost the local economy. But the Board of Supervisors remains divided on how to cover the cost of such an effort. The board on Thursday revisited an idea broached at least a year ago – change the ...

County looks at new radio system for sheriff’s office

FRONT ROYAL – Warren County plans to help improve radio communications for its Sheriff’s Office this year. The Board of Supervisors heard a presentation from Motorola representatives at a work session earlier this week as the county considers spending more than $1.2 million on a new ...

School Board OKs health insurance rates

FRONT ROYAL – Warren County Public Schools employees can expect no increase in their insurance coverage later this year. The School Board approved the insurance rates for health, dental and vision coverage for the 2017-2018 year at its meeting Wednesday. The division expects no increases ...

Warren County woman held in daughter’s stabbing

FRONT ROYAL – A woman accused of stabbing her daughter Saturday in Warren County remains jailed awaiting a court appearance. The Sheriff’s Office arrested Julia Minor, 62, of 158 Mitchell Drive, west of Strasburg in Warren County, and charged her with aggravated malicious wounding. Minor ...

Council picks planning, zoning official to lead Strasburg

STRASBURG – A familiar face takes the helm of the local government as the next town manager. Planning and Zoning Administrator Wyatt Pearson replaces Ryan Spitzer, who leaves this week to take the job of town manager in Pineville, North Carolina. Spitzer’s last day is today. Pearson ...

Teen charged in Browntown break-ins, arson

FRONT ROYAL – Authorities charged a Warren County boy in a burglary spree in the Browntown area Monday. The Warren County Sheriff’s Office responded to the 4300 block of Browntown Road for a suspect trying to break into a residence, according to information released by the agency ...

NRA salutes Gilbert for gun rights advocacy

The National Rifle Association recently honored Del. C. Todd Gilbert for his push to give domestic violence victims easier access to guns. The organization gave Gilbert, R-Woodstock, the Defender of Freedom Award at its 146th annual meeting in Atlanta on Friday, according to an association ...

Fire guts historic building, hurts business

FRONT ROYAL – A fire not only destroyed an historic building in town this weekend but also likely hurt a growing, nationally known business. An “active investigation” continues into the blaze that left much of the building at 1858 N. Royal Ave. in charred ruins, Warren County Fire ...