Alex Bridges is a senior reporter for the Northern Virginia Daily. He reports on local government in Frederick, Shenandoah and Warren counties. |
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FRONT ROYAL - Stark cinder block walls, dark cells and exposed pipes in the roof show the area's next regional jail under construction.
FRONT ROYAL -- Owners of vehicles, dogs and businesses in Warren County will see license fees and taxes go up over the next several months.
FRONT ROYAL - A Warren County neighborhood can expect to see improvements to some of its roads starting this summer.
Strasburg's downtown utilities project moves into the next phase this summer.
FRONT ROYAL - Taxicab companies operating in Front Royal may face strict rules if Town Council approves an ordinance that adds new regulations.
Residents of Shenandoah Farms have a chance Tuesday to speak on a plan to improve some of the neighborhood roads.
The following public meetings are scheduled this week:
FRONT ROYAL - Talks over a proposal to annex land into town limits continue as officials look at how the effort could impact area traffic.
The Virginia Department of Transportation plans to hold a public information meeting next week on a proposal to widen Va. 277 in the Stephens City area of Frederick County.
Budgets and higher utility rates for several Shenandoah County towns appear headed for approval after drawing little to no protest this week.
A transportation law signed this week by Gov. Bob McDonnell puts an extra $4 billion into road and bridge projects across the commonwealth over the next six years.
MOUNT JACKSON -- Shenandoah County town leaders remain cautiously optimistic that officials may use the local jail as a lock-up when the regional facility opens next year.
WOODSTOCK - A proposal to use local money to protect a Shenandoah County farm drew fire Tuesday from a resident who claimed the land doesn't need more protection.
WOODSTOCK - Shenandoah County leaders have backed the sheriff's plan to put more deputies into schools this fall.
NEW MARKET - Town officials plan to spend more to run the government the next fiscal year without a tax increase.
Front Royal may join a growing number of communities that use Internet auction sites to sell used equipment.
Frederick County would leave Winchester with either a lot of taxable commercial space or an empty building if government offices move out of the city.
The following public meetings are scheduled this week:
An article published Friday should have stated that Stephens City Planner Brian Henshaw leaves the position to become town manager of Haymarket....
Middletown Town Council seeks to fill a vacancy made with a member's departure less that a year after her election.
Already facing higher taxes, residents of most Shenandoah County towns can expect to pay more for utilities.
The Frederick County Board of Supervisors will not be getting a pay raise this year.
Another town official in the valley leaves for a new job -- this time to the east.
FRONT ROYAL - Motorists could see improvements on some Warren County roads in the next few years.
WOODSTOCK - Town Council voted unanimously at its meeting Tuesday to appoint Reid Wodicka as a successor to Larry D. Bradford, who retires June 1 after leading Woodstock for 26 years.
For the first time in more than a decade, the Frederick County Board of Supervisors may give itself a pay raise.
Strasburg likely could save millions of dollars on an upgrade of its wastewater treatment plant by taking a different contracting approach.
WOODSTOCK - Motorists in Shenandoah County may not see road improvements for several years
The following public meetings are scheduled this week: Shenandoah County The School Board meets in closed session at 6:30 p.m. Thursday. The board then convenes in open session for its regular meeting at 7 p.m. Strasburg Town Council holds a...
WINCHESTER -- Reality TV came to the Bloom on Friday with the arrival of stars from two hit shows.
WOODSTOCK - Efforts to study the Shenandoah County Sheriff's Office remain bogged down by communication issues, a criticized study and a growing list of questions.
FRONT ROYAL - A shelter for domestic violence victims continues to struggle financially as the non-profit agency tries to find a new home.
FRONT ROYAL - Federal environmental rules mean steep rate increases for town water and sewer customers.
Turnover among top government officials in the region has hit another peak with a retirement, a resignation and a departure for another job.
Clark W. Draper III resigned Monday as town manager of Mt. Jackson after less than a year on the job.
Tim Ferguson fights off dogs, snakes and fungal growth to make sure a building stays safe.
The Shenandoah County Republican Party picked its candidates to run for two seats on the Board of Supervisors in November.
The following public meetings will be held this week:
Multiple law-enforcement agencies arrested dozens of people across the valley Thursday in an operation targeting illegal drugs.
FRONT ROYAL - The area's next regional jail now has a superintendent, more than a year before the facility opens.
Critics of Shenandoah County's leaders say the government doesn't do enough to promote economic development.
WOODSTOCK -- Utility bills may be on the rise this summer for some Shenandoah County residents.
WOODSTOCK - George Hawkins IV smiles as he pulls dandelions and toddles around the family farm Tuesday afternoon.
Strasburg and Front Royal share similar futures this year as two of the area's largest towns addressing major infrastructure needs.
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.