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Ceremony honors Vietnam War veterans

WOODSTOCK – Dozens of Vietnam War veterans received honors in a commemoration ceremony Thursday. Soldiers with the Virginia Army National Guard hosted the commemoration at the Woodstock National Guard Armory for veterans who served during the Vietnam era that spanned roughly November 1955 ...

Two salons, restaurant burglarized: Intruder knocked out power to shops

A string of three burglaries was carried out in similar fashion over about an hour early Tuesday morning in Front Royal and Strasburg. The first burglary occurred at Blake and Co. Hair Spa on North Shenandoah Avenue in Front Royal,  followed by incidents at Twisted Salon and Great Wall ...

Community services board to add substance use program for children and teens

FRONT ROYAL — For years, the Shenandoah Valley region has not offered an intensive outpatient program, a long-term program designed to help children or teenagers recover from substance use disorders. That is soon set to change. During a meeting of the Northwestern Community Services Board ...

Warren County Public Schools to have special meeting on budget adjustments

FRONT ROYAL — The Warren County Public Schools Board is set to have a special meeting on Wednesday to discuss adjustments to the school budget. During a work session on Wednesday,  Superintendent Greg Drescher said that the Warren County Board of Supervisors is set to provide enough money ...

Students plant daffodils, dedicate Holocaust Memorial Garden

Students at North Fork Middle School in Quicksburg helped dedicate the Daffodil Project Holocaust Memorial Garden on Thursday. They planted 42 daffodil bulbs, and in November they will plant 250 more. The goal of the worldwide memorial project is to plant 1.5 million daffodil bulbs to ...

Education officials, businesses seek to ensure a strong workforce

MIDDLETOWN – Virginia Secretary of Education Atif Qarni spoke to the Frederick County Business Task Force about the need to prepare students for a rapidly changing workforce. He was the keynote speaker Wednesday at the group’s annual summit, which was attended by government officials, ...

Supervisors: New hospital should have obstetrics unit

FRONT ROYAL – Although the new Warren Memorial Hospital will be located within town limits and outside of the county's jurisdiction, the Board of Supervisors is requesting that Valley Health add an obstetrics unit to the new facility. Valley Health plans to discontinue its labor and ...

Warren County OKs budget, 1-cent tax hike

FRONT ROYAL – County residents can ready themselves for higher bills, as the Board of Supervisors at its regular Tuesday meeting approved a 1-cent real estate tax increase. This marks the fifth consecutive year the board raised the real estate tax rate, which now stands at 66 cents per $100 ...

Supervisors deny permit for burned down kennel

FRONT ROYAL – The dog kennel destroyed in a March 2017 fire will not be able to continue operations. The Board of Supervisors at its regular Tuesday meeting voted 5-1 in favor of revoking Wendy Tenney’s conditional use permit for the dog kennel at 63 Limeton Church Road. Supervisor Linda ...

Former Planning Commission chair runs for Town Council

Bonnie Good, a Mount Jackson resident who has lived over 30 years of her life in the Shenandoah Valley, has announced her candidacy for Mount Jackson Town Council. Good spent 13 years as a member of the Mount Jackson Planning Commission, she stated in an email to the Northern Virginia Daily. ...

Judge sentences three for roles in heroin ring

A Front Royal man must serve more than 15 years in federal prison for his role in an area heroin-distribution ring. Chief Judge Michael F. Urbanski sentenced Adrian Darnell Edwards in U.S. District Court in Harrisonburg on Monday to 190 months or 15 years and 10 months for conspiring with ...

Town set to purchase ITFederal pump station

FRONT ROYAL – A critical piece of infrastructure that will allow businesses to operate at Royal Phoenix – as the former Avtex development is now known – is on the way. Town Council at its Monday work session unanimously agreed to move forward with the installation of a pump station and ...

Council discusses water rate discount program

STRASBURG — The Strasburg Town Council is looking at renewing an agreement that reduces the water rates for downtown business owners. But while the Town Council members all expressed general support for the incentive program during a Monday work session, it is unclear what changes, if any, ...

Shenandoah County board votes to hike taxes

WOODSTOCK – Shenandoah County leaders voted Tuesday to increase taxes and to set next year’s budget. The Board of Supervisors voted 4-2 at a special meeting to increase the real estate tax rate from 60 cents to 64 cents per $100. District 4 Supervisor Karl Roulston voted against the motion ...

Criser Road bridge replacement project progresses

FRONT ROYAL – The town has selected a contractor to replace the flood-prone Criser Road bridge, and officials say they hope to complete the project by summer’s end. The lowest bid for the project came from Archer Western Construction at $986,075. Town Finance Director B.J. Wilson said the ...

House destroyed after second fire in 24 hours

STRASBURG – About 13 hours after firefighters cleared the scene of a Friday house fire at 370 Little Sorrel Road, flames ignited at the residence again. Shenandoah County Fire Marshal David Ferguson said the house was fully engulfed when units arrived at the house about 7:30 a.m. Saturday. ...

County explores closing golf course

FRONT ROYAL – County officials hope a judge will allow the county to close the government-funded Front Royal Country Club golf course and use the land for recreation activities that would include new hiking and biking trails. The nine-hole golf course was donated by Agnes and William Carson ...

Weekend fire destroys Linden home

LINDEN – A Sunday fire caused an estimated $282,000 in damages to a Linden home, Fire Chief Richard Mabie stated in a news release on Monday. Rescue units were dispatched about 5:20 p.m. Sunday to the 600 block of Brandy Road in the Apple Mountain West subdivision  after reports of a deck ...