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Making nationals: Raising rabbits earns teen spot at FFA National Convention

STRASBURG – A 17-year-old Strasburg High School student has earned a spot to compete for a national award at the FFA National Convention by raising rabbits. Makenzie Kline has been named one of four FFA National Proficiency Finalists in the area of small animal production and care. She is ...

Door hangers help police communicate with community

NEW MARKET – Town police officers have a new way of communicating with residents and business owners if an officer stops by their home or place of business. Officers can leave door hangers with information about the stop if no one is there. Chief of Police Chris Rinker said the program has ...

Defendants in police assault plead to lesser charges

Two Shenandoah County residents accused of assaulting police officers during a traffic stop in 2017 pleaded guilty Friday to reduced charges. Nathaniel Di Arocho and April Marie Wright appeared with their attorneys in Shenandoah County Circuit Court where each stood charged with three felony ...

Man accused of hitting roommate with vehicle

WOODSTOCK – A Shenandoah County man remains in jail accused of running over his roommate and fleeing the scene. Christopher Todd Miller stands charged with one count each of malicious wounding and failing to stop for a crash resulting in an injury. Miller, 53, of Strasburg, is scheduled to ...

Woodstock church to unveil historical marker

WOODSTOCK – Mt. Zion United Methodist Church has stood on the corner of North Church and East Locust streets for 149 years, a history that will be honored Thursday with the unveiling of a Virginia Department of Historic Resources highway marker. After the Emancipation Proclamation was ...

Ruritan, Lions clubs cancel Mayfest food sales

The Northern Shenandoah Ruritan Club and the Strasburg Lions Club are canceling food sales at Mayfest after the Town of Strasburg, with support from the Strasburg Fire Department and the Strasburg Town Council, demolished the Eats Stand that was located in the town parking lot. Carl Newcombe, ...

Man gets suspended sentence for construction fraud

FRONT ROYAL – A Shenandoah County man has received suspended jail time for practicing as a builder without a license and failing to construct a project after taking money to do so. Retired Judge Lon Farris sentenced Joseph Roger Gathercoal in Warren County Circuit Court on Wednesday to five ...

Law enforcement warns parents of online risks

WOODSTOCK – Parents: Know what apps and websites your child is using with their electronic device. That was the message from members of the Woodstock police and the Northern Virginia/Washington, D.C., Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, who spoke to about a dozen people Thursday ...

Bicyclist struck by vehicle in Front Royal

A bicyclist was struck early Friday morning by a vehicle and suffered non-life threatening injuries, according to a Front Royal Police Department news release. The release states that police responded at about 7:45 a.m. to the intersection of North Shenandoah Avenue and Quadrant Road regarding ...

Community honors Judge Hupp

WOODSTOCK – The community came out in force Thursday to honor Judge Dennis L. Hupp for his 26 years on the bench. Judge Bruce D. Albertson, chief judge of Virginia’s 26th Judicial Circuit, presided over a special session held in the Shenandoah County Circuit Court to commemorate Hupp’s ...

Warren County supervisor sues EDA director

Tom Sayre, a member of the Warren County Board of Supervisors, has filed a defamation lawsuit against Jennifer McDonald, the executive director for the Warren County Economic Development Association. In the suit, Sayre accuses McDonald of planting his phone number at a crime scene at her ...

Council candidate discusses his platform

FRONT ROYAL - A former town councilman is hoping to regain his seat in the upcoming November election. Chris Holloway, 54,  is employed by MC Dean, Inc. and previously served on the Town Council from 2008 to 2012, which included a two-year stint as vice mayor. He has also served as ...

Low water bridge reopens after flooding

The Morgan Ford Bridge reopened late Friday afternoon after a three-day closure that was the result of complications from recent rain events. Sandy Myers, Virginia Department of Transportation communications manager, said over the phone at 2 p.m. Friday that the bridge would reopen at about 3 ...

Veteran judge recalls major cases, weighs in on legal system

WOODSTOCK – Judge Dennis L. Hupp retired Aug. 1 after 26 years presiding over courts in Virginia’s 26th Judicial Circuit. But Hupp, 67, hasn’t completely hung up his robe just yet as he plans to serve as a substitute judge beginning in November. Hupp sat for an interview Friday in the ...

Strasburg can taste the tropics at Yeica’s Kitchen

Yessica Acosta has always dreamed of selling her homemade food. Today, her dream becomes reality with the grand opening of Yeica’s Kitchen in Strasburg. “When I was a child, I would play like I was selling my own food,” Acosta said. “I always had this dream…so right now I see it ...

Warren schools move toward renovations to A.S. Rhodes

FRONT ROYAL — Warren County Public Schools is moving toward renovating A.S. Rhodes Elementary School after School Board members informally agreed to have the district request bids from architectural firms for the project. During a School Board work session on Wednesday, Melody Sheppard, ...

Local conservation groups form Alliance for the Shenandoah Valley

After more than a decade of informally working together, four local conservation groups have decided to officially partner up. On Wednesday, it was announced that the Shenandoah Valley Network, Shenandoah Forum, Community Alliance for Preservation and Augusta County Alliance would form the ...

Middletown police seize cigarettes from local store

Middletown police Wednesday seized packs of cigarettes that did not have local sales tax stamps from the ABS Food Mart store on Main Street. “Our Town Hall got a tip that one of our stores was not collecting the local tax on cigarettes,” Middletown Police Chief Gary Benedict Jr. said. ...