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Woodstock Council talks budget

WOODSTOCK – The Town Council discussed the fiscal year 2018 budget at their Tuesday night meeting, a budget that contains no proposed increases in taxes or water and sewer rates. The proposed 2017-2018 budget for the Town of Woodstock totals $11,221,002 with a general fund that includes ...

Jury recommends life sentence in rape trial

WOODSTOCK -- The jury in the trial for Patrick “P.J.” Wakeman, 40, of Edinburg, recommended a life sentence on Wednesday after almost 90 minutes of deliberation. Wakeman was not present when the jury first arrived, but was brought up in civilian clothes when the jury exited the ...

Cisco co-founder speaks at Valley Health luncheon

Local Virginia business owner Sandy Lerner spoke about taking risks and local food systems during her speech at the Valley Health Business at The Bloom luncheon on Wednesday. Lerner is best known as a co-founder of Cisco Systems, along with her ex-husband Len Bosack. More recently, though, ...

County looks at new radio system for sheriff’s office

FRONT ROYAL – Warren County plans to help improve radio communications for its Sheriff’s Office this year. The Board of Supervisors heard a presentation from Motorola representatives at a work session earlier this week as the county considers spending more than $1.2 million on a new ...

School Board OKs health insurance rates

FRONT ROYAL – Warren County Public Schools employees can expect no increase in their insurance coverage later this year. The School Board approved the insurance rates for health, dental and vision coverage for the 2017-2018 year at its meeting Wednesday. The division expects no increases ...

Queen Designate Laurenzano prepares for Apple Blossom Festival

After hearing stories about the Apple Blossom Festival from her great-aunt, Kiara Anastasia Laurenzano is preparing to experience the festival for herself. Laurenzano, Queen Shenandoah designate for the 90th Apple Blossom Festival, said she is close to her great-aunt, Edda Maria Sevilla ...

Warren County woman held in daughter’s stabbing

FRONT ROYAL – A woman accused of stabbing her daughter Saturday in Warren County remains jailed awaiting a court appearance. The Sheriff’s Office arrested Julia Minor, 62, of 158 Mitchell Drive, west of Strasburg in Warren County, and charged her with aggravated malicious wounding. Minor ...

Market set to open Saturday in New Market

The Open Market, which will feature outdoor crafts, produce and food for sale, will be open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in the SunTrust Bank parking lot in New Market. The market, which is being sponsored by the New Market Chamber of Commerce and organized by the chamber's merchant ...

Teacher, staff raises are cut from school budget

WOODSTOCK – A salary increase for Shenandoah County teachers and staff is a major item that had to be cut from the division's budget for the next school year. County schools Superintendent Mark Johnston told School Board members on Monday that cuts had to be made after the initial ...

Fire damages mobile home in Toms Brook

TOMS BROOK — Fire and rescue squads from Woodstock, Strasburg, Toms Book and Shenandoah County Fire and Rescue responded to a fire at the Heishman Parks mobile home park just after 12:30 a.m Tuesday. There were two adults and two children home at the time of the fire, according to the ...

Council picks planning, zoning official to lead Strasburg

STRASBURG – A familiar face takes the helm of the local government as the next town manager. Planning and Zoning Administrator Wyatt Pearson replaces Ryan Spitzer, who leaves this week to take the job of town manager in Pineville, North Carolina. Spitzer’s last day is today. Pearson ...

Teen charged in Browntown break-ins, arson

FRONT ROYAL – Authorities charged a Warren County boy in a burglary spree in the Browntown area Monday. The Warren County Sheriff’s Office responded to the 4300 block of Browntown Road for a suspect trying to break into a residence, according to information released by the agency ...

NRA salutes Gilbert for gun rights advocacy

The National Rifle Association recently honored Del. C. Todd Gilbert for his push to give domestic violence victims easier access to guns. The organization gave Gilbert, R-Woodstock, the Defender of Freedom Award at its 146th annual meeting in Atlanta on Friday, according to an association ...

Edinburg man found guilty on one of two rape charges

WOODSTOCK -- After less than two hours of deliberation on Tuesday, a jury unanimously found Patrick “P.J.” Wakeman, 40, of Edinburg, guilty on one of two counts of rape he was facing. The jury declared a not guilty verdict on the charge of rape relating to the first of two encounters and ...

Fire guts historic building, hurts business

FRONT ROYAL – A fire not only destroyed an historic building in town this weekend but also likely hurt a growing, nationally known business. An “active investigation” continues into the blaze that left much of the building at 1858 N. Royal Ave. in charred ruins, Warren County Fire ...

Cooler temperatures, with stormy weather possible Thursday

While thousands of people will be flocking to Winchester this week for the 90th Apple Blossom Festival, there’s an uninvited guest that will also be joining the fray: the potential for damaging weather. Bryan Jackson, of the National Weather Service in Sterling, explained that a powerful ...

Teen gives testimony in rape trial

WOODSTOCK – On the first trial day for accused child molester Patrick “P.J.” Wakeman, 40, of Edinburg, the court heard testimony from a 17-year-old girl who has accused him of raping her a year ago. The girl, who was 16 years old at the time the crime occurred, was also a babysitter ...

Mount Jackson panel backs solar farm permit

MOUNT JACKSON – The town Planning Commission endorsed a proposal Monday that would let a solar power farm set up off Turkey Knob Road. The panel voted 3-0 to recommend that the Town Council approve a special-use permit requested by Mt. Jackson Solar I LLC to build a 15.65-megawatt, solar ...

Monday Spotlight: Juggling it all pays off for Central senior

WOODSTOCK – Central High School senior Sydney Crosser does it all – academically, athletically and still finds time to give back to the community. Crosser, 18, of Maurertown, has been an All-A Honor Roll student since the start of high school and has taken Advanced Placement and ...