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All eyes on the sky for solar eclipse

MIDDLETOWN — Michael Thornhill, of Stephens City, set an alarm for Monday’s solar eclipse three years ago. When it finally happened, he was excited. “I’m completely nerded out right now,” Thornhill said. Thornhill left work early and took his 12-year-old son Zachary out of school ...

Strasburg plans to sell Brown house

The Town of Strasburg has decided to sell the Brown house. Town Manager Wyatt Pearson said Monday that he was approached by Joe Filerman, the owner of Filerman Procurement Interests, LLC, about purchasing the property at 218 E. King St. Pearson said that Filerman offered to buy the Brown ...

Crash sends 8 to area hospitals

A 2017 Dodge Caravan with nine people crashed Saturday morning on Interstate 81, sending eight people to area hospitals. The Virginia State Police charged Espermarie Corbett, 33, of Savannah, Georgia, with reckless driving and two charges of failure to have a child in child restraints, said ...

Front Royal man pleads guilty to drug distribution

FRONT ROYAL -- A local man pleaded guilty on Monday to one of three counts of hydromorphone distribution as part of a plea agreement. Stuart Lee McClanahan, 45, pleaded to the charge stemming from an April 2016 incident where he sold two white pills of Dilaudid, an opioid pain medication, to a ...

Town to consider smoking ban at bus stops

FRONT ROYAL – A push to ban smoking near school bus stops in town may not go farther than the corporate limits if it gets off the ground at all. The Town Council plans to continue its discussion at its work session today on a proposal to restrict smoking at and around bus stops. ...

Man arrested after high speed pursuit

WOODSTOCK -- The Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Morristown, Tennessee,  man on Monday after he led police on a high speed chase through multiple Virginia counties. Virginia State Police began pursuing Jason Lee Marshall, 31, just after 11 p.m. Sunday on Interstate 81 around ...

Council to consider changes to town charter

FRONT ROYAL – Residents could benefit from changes and updates to the local charter, says the town’s attorney. The Town Council resumes its discussion today on the charter and possible changes to its language. Any amendments to the charter would have to be approved by the Virginia General ...

Drug court drops treatment provider

FRONT ROYAL — The Northwestern Regional Adult Drug Treatment Court has dropped one of its treatment providers, leaving the Northwestern Community Services Board as the drug court's sole treatment provider for the past three weeks. The board's CEO, Mike Elwell, said in a board meeting ...

Man arrested on aggravated sexual battery charge

WOODSTOCK -- The Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office arrested an Ashburn man Tuesday in connection with an investigation into an allegation that he sexually assaulted a 12-year-old girl on a go-kart ride. On May 13, Gabriel Gonzalez Reyes, 29,  took the girl to ride on a go-kart at a ...

Changing accreditation comes with changes to tests

FRONT ROYAL — Between the 2004-2005 school year and the 2012-2013 school year, schools in Frederick, Shenandoah and Warren counties failed to be fully accredited a total of four times. Since then, the numbers have risen sharply. Last year, 10 schools between the three counties were listed as ...

Roanoke man sentenced in sex solicitation with a minor case

WOODSTOCK -- A Roanoke man was sentenced to three years behind bars Wednesday after he pleaded guilty in April to six charges including using a computer to solicit a minor and child endangerment. In July 2016, Justin Alexander Barger, 19, took his grandmother’s car from Roanoke to meet up ...

Judge allows cellphone evidence in child porn case

WOODSTOCK -- Circuit Judge Dennis L. Hupp on Wednesday denied a defense motion to suppress evidence gained from a cellphone in the case against a former Marine accused of child sex crimes. Timothy Ducharme, 22, is accused of having consensual sex with a 15-year-old girl, using technology to ...

Board picks Blanton for EDA

A familiar face is joining the Front Royal-Warren County Economic Development Authority's leadership. The Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to appoint Alexander Gray Blanton to the EDA Board of Directors. Supervisors met in closed session at the end of their regular meeting before emerging ...

Property owner seeks protection for land

FRONT ROYAL – A local property owner wants to protect a mile-long stretch of land along the Shenandoah River in town. The Planning Commission on Wednesday endorsed a proposal by Ronald Llewellyn to put approximately 40.5 acres of land in a conservation easement. Conservation easements ...

Board tours Afton Inn, airs concerns

FRONT ROYAL – Members of the Architectural Review Board toured the crumbling husk of the Afton Inn this week before discussing the historic building’s fate. The board plans to consider a request by MODE Partners Inc. and the Front Royal-Warren County Economic Development Authority to ...

Woman pleads guilty to larceny, felony eluding

WOODSTOCK -- A Front Royal woman pleaded guilty Wednesday to several charges, as part of a plea agreement, including grand larceny and felony eluding police. In January, Keri Jo Baker, 19, broke into a locked room in a residential building with an accomplice and stole multiple items from the ...

Warren County supervisors OK kennel permit

FRONT ROYAL – A Great Dane breeder can run his Warren County kennel after reaching a deal with neighbors and winning approval by local leaders. The Board of Supervisors voted 4-1 on Tuesday to approve Michael Gibson’s request for a conditional-use permit to run a commercial kennel at 387 ...