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EDA may owe Front Royal $291,000

FRONT ROYAL – The first public mention of the Front Royal-Warren County Economic Development Authority overcharging the town nearly $300,000 was made during Tuesday's Town Council meeting. The EDA acknowledges that it owes the town about $291,000 stemming from overcharges related to debt ...

Edinburg avoids loan, reduces tap fees through end of year

EDINBURG — Town Council members decided to try to forgo obtaining a loan to pay for the steep costs of providing water service to the town this year and moved forward on a variety of other business at Tuesday night’s meeting. Mayor Dan Harshman told council members the town was considering ...

Court hits roadblock in stabbing case

WOODSTOCK – The fate of an Edinburg teen accused of stabbing a mother and her daughters in May 2017 remains uncertain. Samual Jacob Homer appeared in Shenandoah County Circuit Court on Wednesday via video conferencing from the Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail. Homer, 19, stands ...

A wintry mess is coming

The National Weather Service is urging area drivers to drive with caution Thursday morning as an impending storm ushers in the winter season. “A wintry mess is how I would best describe tomorrow morning,” said meteorologist Chris Strong, of the Sterling office of the National Weather ...

Town reconsiders Main Street closure rules

FRONT ROYAL – The Town Council at a Tuesday work session discussed clarifying its code relating to events and festivals that are held on Main Street and at the gazebo. The town code states that Main Street may be closed a maximum of 24 times per year, with a limit of two closures per month. ...

Middletown chief aims to hire another police officer

MIDDLETOWN – Town resident Yancey Sine spoke to Town Council members Tuesday about why he felt the town needed to hire another police officer. “I appreciate what our officers do, but can you get another officer so there is one on duty 24 hours a day?” Sine asked during the council ...

Strasburg chamber misses filing, no longer tax-exempt

The Strasburg Chamber of Commerce lost its tax-exempt status in May for failing to file a tax return form for three consecutive years. As of Wednesday, its website does not reflect the change. Chambers of commerce are eligible to obtain 501(c)(6) tax-exempt status along with business leagues ...

Town Council OKs ATV repair shop, master recreation plan

STRASBURG — The Town Council agreed Tuesday to allow a business to operate an ATV repair shop at 1101 E. King St. and to have the town seek bids for a consultant to create a master plan for the town's recreational amenities. Seven of the eight members of Town Council voted on the measure ...

Town gets closer on VDOT grants, hits setback on wayfinding signs

STRASBURG — Town officials announced at Tuesday's council meeting that they were getting closer to being able to bid out parts of projects funded through grants from the Virginia Department of Transportation. Town Manager Wyatt Pearson said the town has been communicating frequently with ...

As first storm approaches, VDOT ready for winter

STEPHENS CITY – Just in time for what may be the region's first winter storm, the Virginia Department of Transportation addressed keeping the roads open this winter during its annual snow preparedness news conference on Tuesday. Starting late tonight through all day Thursday and into ...

Edinburg Town Council has full schedule

Following last month’s light schedule, Edinburg Town Council members have a full plate this evening. Last month, planning commissioners and council members discussed amending the town zoning code to remove the 600-square foot minimum for a dwelling unit. Mayor Dan Harshman said the language ...

Man convicted of sex crimes against child

A Warren County man accused of committing sex crimes against a child last year entered a plea deal Tuesday to avoid a life sentence. Justice Morgan Henry appeared in Warren County Circuit Court on Tuesday where he stood charged with aggravated sexual battery, object sexual penetration and ...

Warren County reassessments complete, appeals process to begin

FRONT ROYAL – Warren County housing reassessments are complete and homeowners should expect to soon receive notices of the results.   Don Thomas, president and chief operating officer of the Roanoke-based Wingate Appraisal Service, declined over the phone to say the average percentage that ...

Police arrest two following accidental shooting

Strasburg police arrested a town resident Friday on drug charges and charges related to the reckless handling of a firearm. According to a criminal complaint in the case, patrol officer Christopher Wayne Nixon received a call that someone had accidentally fired a gun. Strasburg Police Chief ...

Honoring those who served

WOODSTOCK – Shenandoah County Public Schools W.W. Robinson Elementary School students and the American Legion's Muhlenberg post on Monday honored veterans in observation of Veterans Day. About 50 military veterans were in attendance. Superintendent Mark Johnston began the ceremony by ...

It’s not winter yet, but freezing rain possible Thursday

Winter weather might be just down the road for the Shenandoah Valley as it prepares for a potential ice storm on Thursday. As temperatures continue to drop, drivers and employers are on the lookout for more than snow. Brian Lasorsa, a meteorologist in the Sterling office of the National ...

County considers more stringent building permit process

FRONT ROYAL -  The county recently began discussing the possibility of implementing a policy requiring contractors to follow more stringent guidelines when applying for home building permits. The possible changes, which may require more detailed site plans, could increase the cost of the ...

United Way hosting online auction

The United Way of Northern Shenandoah Valley will kick off its holiday fundraising efforts this year with an online auction. The nonprofit organization announced on Monday that it would hold the online auction, where more than 50 items and packages from various local businesses and ...

Belle Grove honors its African-American history

MIDDLETOWN - Belle Grove commemorated the 276 slaves who once inhabited its grounds Saturday with a series of demonstrations and lectures showcasing African-Americans' contributions to the plantation. The event, Inalienable Rights: Free and Enslaved Blacks Crafting a Life in the Shenandoah ...