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Cedar Creek vendors: Officials found potential pipe bomb at tent

Around 4 p.m. on Oct. 14, a member of the Cedar Creek Battlefield Foundation’s board came up to John Buchheister and all of the other nearby vendors, who are also known as sutlers in reenacted Civil War settings.  Buchheister was about to start setting up a benefit auction for the ...

Superintendent replies to facilities plan criticisms

The Shenandoah County Public Schools long term facilities plan continues to be one of leading topics this election season. One of the most sharply critical comments about the long term facilities plan was made during a Board of Supervisors meeting. “The School Board’s decision to accept ...

County zoning official resigns under pressure

WOODSTOCK – A long-time, Shenandoah County employee who resigned under pressure last week says her office suffered from turnover, stagnant salaries and micromanagement. Joyce Fadeley quit her job of 10 years as zoning and subdivision administrator with the Office of Community Development on ...

County close to filling director post

WOODSTOCK – A Shenandoah County department shaken up by turnover should get a new leader soon. Assistant County Administrator Evan Vass said Friday he expects officials to announce the hiring of a new planning and zoning director in the Office of Community Development in the next week or so. ...

Hearing on evidence in murder case delayed

A murder suspect's attempt to suppress evidence obtained by law enforcement at the time of his arrest will have to wait. David Glynn Hoyle, 33, of Front Royal, appeared in Warren County Circuit Court on Friday before Judge Ronald L. Napier. Public defender Tim Coyne and Assistant Public ...

Front Royal man charged with sexual assault of 10-year-old girl

  Front Royal police say they have arrested town resident Justice Morgan Henry, 37,  on felony charges pertaining to an alleged assault of a 10-year-old female. Police issued the following statement outlining the details of the assault. “The juvenile disclosed that Henry had ...

Planners view early site plan for new hospital

FRONT ROYAL – Town planners took a first look this week at a long anticipated replacement for Warren Memorial Hospital. The Planning Commission saw an early sketch for the medical center at a work session Wednesday and members already have concerns about the future project slated for land ...

Local woman rallies to help Puerto Rico

FRONT ROYAL  – For Sandy Groves, the devastating impact of Hurricane Maria is not only personal but a terrible reminder of the power of Mother Nature. Originally from Puerto Rico, Groves, of Front Royal, said she can’t believe the loss she’s witnessed.  The Category 4 storm made ...

Area teacher places second on Jeopardy after solid performance

"What did Mr. Wrigley add to Fenway Park?" Strasburg resident Justin Broughman, who teaches U.S. history and U.S. government at Central High School in Woodstock, answered that question correctly on his first appearance on Jeopardy. He would end the show with $15,200, enough for second place, ...

Edinburg man pleads guilty to long list of drug charges

WOODSTOCK -- An Edinburg man pleaded guilty on Wednesday to several drug charges stemming from multiple incidents, including a February 2016 methamphetamine bust at his home. Joshua Aaron Riffey, 35, was sentenced to serve one year and 11 months of a 32-year sentence as part of the agreement, ...

Local teacher a contestant on ‘Jeopardy’ tonight

A Shenandoah County Public Schools teacher will appear tonight on "Jeopardy." Strasburg resident Justin Broughman, who teaches U.S. history and U.S. government at Central High School in Woodstock, was 4 years old when he started watching the popular TV game show "Jeopardy" with his ...

SU men’s hoops program welcomes local 12 year old to squad

WINCHESTER – Shenandoah University head men’s basketball coach Adam Walsh has been on the job for five months, but he may have just landed the type of recruit that leaves a lasting mark on a program. Carson Bard won’t be filling up the stat sheet when the Hornets hit the court for ...

Convicted diner robber asks to withdraw guilty plea

WOODSTOCK -- A convicted co-conspirator in the January attempted robbery of Ben’s Diner asked on Wednesday to withdraw the guilty pleas he entered in June. Raymond Lamar Washington, 28, was identified as the leader of the robbery plot during the trial of Andrea Scalf. She was found guilty on ...

Three Mississippi men arrested on drug charges

WOODSTOCK -- Three men from Mississippi were arrested on Tuesday after a traffic stop in town led to the discovery of approximately $15,000 worth of ecstasy pills. Sgt. F.L. (Les) Tyler of the Virginia State Police said Lucas Montel Howard, 38, of Jackson, Mississippi, was driving a 2018 Kia ...

District 5 candidates participate at forum

Editor's note: This is the third part of a forum held for District 5 Board of Supervisors candidates. STRASBURG – Candidates running for the District 5 seat on the Shenandoah County Board of Supervisors squared off in a forum last week. District 5 Supervisor Marsha Shruntz seeks a second ...

Deputies charge three after target practice goes wrong

Shenandoah County sheriff's deputies charged three men in connection with a Columbus Day session of target shooting on the 1400 block of Hahns Lane in Toms Brook. Two homeowners  called the Shenandoah County Sheriff's Office about gunfire around their homes at about 2 p.m. Oct. 9, said Capt. ...

Candidates report active campaigns in September

WOODSTOCK – Candidates running for seats on the Shenandoah County Board of Supervisors continued to show active campaigns in September. Campaign finance reports filed by candidates with the Virginia Department of Elections or the Shenandoah County Office of Voter Registration and Elections ...