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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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Front Royal mayor seeks re-election

Timothy W. Darr is seeking re-election to his seat as mayor of Front Royal.
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Action on fortuneteller law delayed until after election

Front Royal Town Council won't take up the regulation of fortunetelling until after the election Tuesday.
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Front Royal council candidates seek seats

Front Royal holds its election for seats on Town Council on Tuesday and hopefuls weighed in this week on issues they felt important.
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Emails shed light on fire company talks

WOODSTOCK - Shenandoah County could keep the Toms Brook Volunteer Fire Department from responding outside town, the government's attorney says.
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County leaders, attorney at odds

WOODSTOCK - Some Shenandoah County leaders and their attorney sparred Tuesday over "leaked" legal advice and the fate of a volunteer fire station.
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Strasburg issues drought watch

Strasburg officials put the town under a drought-watch emergency Tuesday and asked residents and businesses to conserve water.
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Front Royal to consider former Avtex site fee waiver

Front Royal might give development efforts at the former Avtex site a small push.
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Rural historic district proposed in Warren County

Warren County could reap benefits from an historic district in the Rockland area, local historians say.
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Station's housing remains unsettled

A deal between Shenandoah County and a volunteer fire department over housing responders remains up in the air.
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Strasburg leaders eye third possible site for skate park

A third potential site for a skate park in Strasburg may get the green light by town leaders.
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Park project to make big steps

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

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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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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