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Local men win gold at National Senior Games

STRASBURG – Lloyd Willis and Wesley Pence got a taste of the Olympic experience last month in Birmingham, Alabama, when the two Shenandoah County residents – Willis from Strasburg and Pence from Edinburg – prepared to take to the basketball court at the 2017 National Senior ...

Overdose deaths on track to double last year’s numbers

In the Northern Shenandoah Valley, the epidemic of addiction to heroin and other opioid drugs is showing no signs of slowing down. For the six localities that make up this area – Winchester and the counties of Frederick, Clarke, Shenandoah, Page and Warren – data shows that  halfway ...

Railroad crossings spark frustration

FRONT ROYAL -- Blocked railroad crossings continue to plague the county while the town deals with a rough intersection on East 6th Street. Town Manager Joseph Waltz said this week he expects Norfolk Southern Railroad to make repairs to its crossing on East 6th Street. He told the Town Council ...

County IDA seeks firms for engineering work

WOODSTOCK – Shenandoah County’s Industrial Development Authority plans to hire an engineering firm to help market agency properties and boost the local economy. The authority recently issued a request for proposals from firms interested in performing engineering services on vacant lots ...

Vogel, Fairfax tout campaign numbers

Candidates running for lieutenant governor reported their latest campaign finance numbers this week. State Sen. Jill Vogel, R-Upperville, raised $147,500 in June, bringing the total collected to $1.8 million, her campaign reported Monday. The latest filing period covered campaign finance ...

Two arrested in Walmart shoplifting incident

A man and woman were arrested in Winchester Wednesday in connection with a shoplifting incident at the Walmart in Front Royal after a search warrant for the pair’s residence led to the recovery of some of the stolen merchandise. Robert Earl Shinaul, Jr., 32, and Skylar Nicole Smith, 20, are ...

County acquires land for park area at bridge

FRONT ROYAL – Warren County plans to use land near the Morgan Ford Bridge to enhance the recreation area at the Shenandoah River crossing. The Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to buy a 0.58-acre parcel of property from owner Alfred Chapman for $10,000 and to accept his gift of an ...

Rouss Center for the Arts wins $2,000 grant

NEW MARKET-- The Rouss Center for the Arts prides itself on emphasizing the community part of community theater. Since September 2016, the theater has put on shows to entertain the public and bring notoriety to the area. Now, the Rouss Center is seeing hard work pay off. At Monday's town ...

Fort Valley man arrested in ATM robbery

WOODSTOCK -- Local police arrested a Fort Valley man on Tuesday in connection with an ATM robbery at the Sheetz store in town. Joseph Michael Davet, 22, allegedly walked into the store just before noon on Tuesday and waited by the PNC Bank ATM. A woman approached the ATM and withdrew $200, in ...

Wholesome Foods Inc. seeks special use permit

EDINBURG -- The Planning Commission held a joint public meeting with Town Council on Tuesday to get public comments on a special use permit requested by Wholesome Foods. Wholesome Foods lost its main auto shop in a January 2015 fire. Since April 2015, the company has been renting a building at ...

United Way study highlights financial struggles

WINCHESTER – More than 30,000 households – which affects as many as 76,000 people in the Northern Shenandoah Valley – live below Virginia’s cost of living, according to a study released by the United Way of Northern Shenandoah Valley. “These are families struggling to make ends ...

Mother faces tough payday choices

Every payday Carol Sue Dyer has to make a financial decision. “Sometimes it's whether to pay for milk or gas,” said the 45-year-old resident of Frederick County’s Frog Hollow community at a United Way news conference on Tuesday. Making $9.50 an hour working 40 hours a week as a ...

County to expand bus service to LFCC, jail

FRONT ROYAL – Warren County plans to start a new bus service in the area at the end of the month. The transit service will provide transportation from Front Royal to the U.S. 340-522 Corridor and to Lord Fairfax Community College’s Middletown campus. The new trolley service provides town ...

Man pleads guilty to long list of larceny charges

FRONT ROYAL -- A local man pleaded guilty on Tuesday to several charges related to a heroin-fueled burglary spree in Warren County in early 2016. Andrew Scott Polk, 25,  was sentenced to 90 years imprisonment, and will serve 13 years and nine months of that time in prison. He must also ...

Front Royal asks delegate for help in legislature

FRONT ROYAL – The Town Council asked a state delegate Monday to help the locality during the next Virginia General Assembly session. Del. Chris Collins sat in on council’s work session during its discussion of a proposed rental-inspection district and a property-maintenance program, both ...

County keeps firms to collect taxes

FRONT ROYAL – Warren County plans to continue to work with two firms tapped to go after delinquent taxpayers. The Board of Supervisors voted at its meeting Tuesday to renew contracts with Pond Law Group and TACS, which the county hired last year as it increased its efforts to collect unpaid ...

Woman pleads guilty to drug charge

FRONT ROYAL -- A Kingwood, West Virginia, woman pleaded guilty on Tuesday to methamphetamine possession with the intent to distribute as part of a plea agreement. Donna Denise Hardwick, 32, was at a Front Royal 7-Eleven on John Marshall Highway in January when authorities received a call about ...

Brill’s Grocery and taxi stand demolished

STRASBURG — Brill’s Grocery store and a neighboring  taxi stand were demolished on Monday. As the buildings went down, some residents looked on, remembering the times they spent in the buildings when they were in operation. “We came by here just to see this,” Elizabeth Horan, one ...