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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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County to oversee education plan for some RSW jail inmates

When the Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail north of Front Royal opened in June, the burden of overseeing the education of some jail inmates from the three counties fell to Warren County Public Schools.
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Fallout over vacation rental rules continues

Warren County has put a halt to most short-term tourist rentals until officials revise the regulations in the coming months.
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Woodstock mulls water plant improvements

WOODSTOCK - The town plans to upgrade its water treatment plant for the first time since it opened 40 years ago.
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Survey reveals Strasburg residents' shopping habits

Survey says: Strasburg residents stay in town to buy some groceries, participate in local activities and many want a farmers market.
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Council grants break for radio station

FRONT ROYAL - A radio station in Front Royal can get a break from the town when it connects to the sewer system.
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USDA helps rid Strasburg of pigeons

Strasburg may see an end to its pervasive pigeon problem.
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Regional jail looking for nurses, officers

FRONT ROYAL - The regional jail still needs officers and nurses, the superintendent says.
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Video system delays trouble regional jail

FRONT ROYAL-- The regional jail may not have been as ready as needed when it opened, the superintendent said Thursday.
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Business leaders offer plan to boost local economy

FRONT ROYAL - Front Royal needs to hone its identity to boost its economy, a panel of business leaders told Town Council this week.
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Town planners take early look at industrial park vision

Strasburg planners expect to start work soon to lay out what the town wants to do with its new industrial park.
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Council hears request for breaks in utility costs

FRONT ROYAL - The town recently received a handful of requests from property owners asking for breaks on utility fees and rates.
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Alliance for Shelter seeks landlords

The Shenandoah Alliance for Shelter recently received a grant to help combat and prevent homelessness. The agency plans to use the $3,500 award from the Shenandoah Community Foundation to launch its Landlord Luncheon Series, according to a news release issued by the Alliance on Tuesday.
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Front Royal likely to nix ban on fortunetellers

FRONT ROYAL- Town Council plans to strike Front Royal's ban on fortunetellers from the books and review how to regulate the practice.
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Town won't pursue plans for connector road

Strasburg may likely never build the long-planned, yet controversial road connecting two neighborhoods.
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Strasburg mulls cutting seats on council

Strasburg Town Council probably won't change its size any time soon.
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Sheriffs use old jails as holding areas

Sheriffs in Shenandoah and Warren counties have had a few weeks to test how they handle prisoners waiting for court.
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Town, county look for commuter lots

Commuters in Warren County and Front Royal may get more parking spaces in the near future.
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Leach Run Parkway project under review

FRONT ROYAL - A major road project planned for Warren County and the town may get close to an endangered species' habitat.
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Woodstock set to dedicate expanded park

Woodstock dedicates its revitalized W.O. Riley Park on Friday with live music and food -- rain or shine.
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Strasburg council tests meeting policy

Newly elected Strasburg Councilman Seth Newman phoned in for his first meeting.
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Board considers eminent domain for airport

FRONT ROYAL - Warren County may need to condemn land around its airport to meet a federal mandate.
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Warren County puts rental requests on hold

FRONT ROYAL - Warren County leaders have stopped the flood of property owners wanting to legally rent homes to tourists.
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Strasburg OKs new regulations

Strasburg leaders approved a vast, new set of rules Tuesday to govern local building and development
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Alliance for Shelter shifts focus

A Shenandoah County agency that fights homelessness plans to do so without a shelter.
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Businessman wants to open hookah bar

FRONT ROYAL - Front Royal leaders may change local zoning rules to allow hookah bars and smoking lounges in certain parts of town.
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RSW jail hits snags in opening days

FRONT ROYAL - Less than two weeks after opening the new regional jail in Warren County still has growing pains.
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Front Royal man to serve time for child porn possession

FRONT ROYAL - A town man must serve three years for possessing child pornography and register as a sex offender.
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Grand jury to hear fatal shooting case

WOODSTOCK -- A Shenandoah County man's manslaughter case goes to a grand jury next week
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County: Dump site at Blue Ridge Shadows illegal

Warren County doesn't have a new dump on U.S. 340-522.
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Fire displaces family of seven

A house fire forced a family of seven from their Warren County home late Wednesday night.
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Judge sentences school bomb plotter

An Edinburg man must serve a lengthy probation with many restrictions for threatening to bomb a Shenandoah County school.
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Ex-coach charged in hazing avoids trial

WOODSTOCK -- A former Shenandoah County teacher charged in a student-related hazing incident avoided trial Tuesday by striking a deal with prosecutors.
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Front Royal continues talk on corridor fees

FRONT ROYAL - Front Royal may try again to collect fees from certain businesses in the U.S. 340-522 North corridor.
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New Market man accused of trying to run over deputy

WOODSTOCK -- A New Market man remains in jail after authorities say he tried to run over a sheriff's deputy Saturday.
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Front Royal to revisit corridor fees

Front Royal leaders may take another stab at collecting money from the U.S. 340-522 corridor.
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Woodstock dam may need an upgrade

WOODSTOCK - The town may need to upgrade its dam, but by how much and at what cost remains unknown.
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Strasburg set to adopt development rules

Strasburg's sweeping new development rules appear poised for passage this month.
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Woodstock to allow mobile food vendors

WOODSTOCK -- The town may soon open its streets to food trucks and similar vendors.
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Town wants theater reopened

Strasburg has stepped in to help the private sector revive the town's historic theater after a failed attempt to reopen the landmark.
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RSW jail chief retires

FRONT ROYAL - The first superintendent of the new regional jail in Warren County leaves just as the facility opens for business.
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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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