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Police seek clues in attempted robbery

FRONT ROYAL – Town police are looking for two people suspected of injuring a woman during an attempted strong-arm robbery that occurred early Friday morning. The Front Royal Police Department received a report of an attempted strong-arm robbery just after midnight, according to information ...

Fire Department blasted at latest restructuring meeting

STRASBURG — Members of the Strasburg Fire Department Restructuring Committee strongly criticized the state of the department Thursday, saying that the department has had widespread issues with documentation, its equipment and with the training of its members. During the committee’s ...

Board hears grim report on dairy farms

WOODSTOCK – Dairy farmers continue to struggle in Shenandoah County and across Virginia, a new report shows. The Board of Supervisors heard an update Tuesday on the dairy industry from Jeremy Daubert, the dairy science agent for the Rockingham County office of the Virginia Cooperative ...

Strasburg High School teen walks twice for graduation

Callie Stead will graduate from two schools this week that she said have shaped her to be a leader and to work for achievement. Stead, 18, walked in Triplett Tech's 53rd annual ceremony Thursday, and will join 141 graduation candidates in the 59th commencement ceremony for Strasburg High ...

Latham leaving R-MA as one of its top students

FRONT ROYAL - Randolph-Macon Academy's salutatorian Ryan Latham has kept busy in his time at school.  His extracurricular activities have included being captain of the soccer team, band commander, drum major and president of the National Honor Society and the Spanish National Honor ...

Strasburg to look at potential water meter contract

The Strasburg Town Council is set in a work session today to discuss the possibility of contracting out the work of replacing its water meters replacements to Suez AMI. But a contract — with Suez AMI or any other company — is a long way down the road, Town Manager Wyatt Pearson ...

Man once committed accused of having gun

FRONT ROYAL – A Warren County man accused of having a firearm despite an order committing him to treatment – the second time in four years – remains free on bond. Kurt M. Jankowski, 33, of 997 Wilderness Road, Linden, stands charged with one count of possessing a firearm after having ...

Former fire chief appeals department’s removal of life membership

STRASBURG — Former Strasburg Fire Department Chief Dale King is appealing a decision to revoke his life membership from the department. In a meeting of the Fire Department restructuring committee on Thursday, the committee members voted to hear King give his appeal during their next regular ...

Authority Board approves regional jail budget

FRONT ROYAL - Members of the Rappahannock-Shenandoah Warren Regional Jail Authority Board Thursday approved a $14.6 million budget for the jail that gives staff raises. The board had been considering either a 2 percent or a 2.5 percent raise to take effect either on July 1 or Jan. 1. What they ...

Avid cyclist hopes to set up ‘bed and bike’ in Strasburg

STRASBURG — When Kevin Watson and his wife, Alice Muellerweiss, walked inside 117 High Street in Strasburg for the first time as they considered buying the house, the first thing they thought of was the potential for a bed and breakfast. “Literally, the first thing out of both of our ...

Board grants tax break to church gymnasium

WOODSTOCK – Shenandoah County leaders overwhelmingly supported a church’s request Tuesday to cut a tax break for its Strasburg gymnasium. The Board of Supervisors voted 6-0 to adopt an ordinance that adds the Tight’n Up gymnasium on East King Street in Strasburg to the list of properties ...

Police academy graduates 13

The Skyline Regional Criminal Justice Academy graduated 13 recruits Wednesday afternoon from its second law enforcement class. Newly certified Deputy Timothy Veach with the Frederick County Sheriff's Office spoke to his graduating classmates. “Looking at my classmates and what we have ...

Board renews agricultural districts

WOODSTOCK – Shenandoah County added land to its agricultural and forestal district Tuesday with leaders’ support. The Board of Supervisors voted 6-0 to approve ordinances renewing three of the county’s districts for 10-year terms covering a total of approximately 4,481 acres. In separate ...

Town receives bids for West Main Street extension

FRONT ROYAL  - With bids for phase one of the West Main Street extension returned, the last step before construction is for the Town Council to determine how to fund the project.  The lowest bid came from the Mount Jackson-based G.B. Foltz Contracting for $1,082,975, which Town Finance ...

School bus driver charged in crash, no students hurt

A Shenandoah County Public Schools bus driver was charged in a Tuesday afternoon crash in which no students were hurt. Sgt. F.L. "Les" Tyler, of the Virginia State Police, said Latina Irwin, 55, of Edinburg, was charged with failure to yield the right of way after she pulled into the ...

Toray celebrates $45 million expansion, 35 new jobs

FRONT ROYAL - Representatives from the state, Toray and Japan gathered Tuesday to celebrate the company’s recently completed $45 million expansion and its addition of new jobs. The expansion not only increased Toray’s ability to produce its polyolefin foams that are used in vehicle ...

Army Corps of Engineers holds change of command ceremony

WINCHESTER — The Transatlantic Division of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has a new commander for the second time in a year. In a change-of-command ceremony on Tuesday, Lt. Gen. Todd Semonite, the chief of engineers and the commanding general of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, thanked ...