Local News

New Market crime remains low

The New Market Police Department saw a significant spike in calls for service in 2016. The data, contained in a yearly report presented by Police Chief Chris Rinker to the town's public safety committee Monday, show 5,374 calls for service compared to 4,240 in 2015 and 4,091 in 2014. ...

Skyline student charged with making bomb threat

FRONT ROYAL – A 16-year-old Warren County student threatened to bring an explosive device to a high school, authorities said Thursday. The Warren County Sheriff’s Office charged the teen Wednesday with making threats to bomb a building, a Class 5 felony under state code, according to ...

VDOT bans walkers, slow vehicles from Route 37

The Virginia Department of Transportation plans to impose restrictions that prohibit pedestrians, bicycles, mopeds and slow-moving vehicles from Va 37 in Frederick County. VDOT crews intend to post signs announcing the restrictions on the route, also known as the Winchester Western Bypass, ...

Council maintains Brown building demolition vote

STRASBURG – Although it appears the Town Council cannot legally demolish the Brown building for at least four years without going through a lengthy review process, members of the voting majority on the council have dug in their heels and will not change their votes. Both the U.S. ...

Snow forecast for area

Old Man Winter once again has the Northern Shenandoah Valley in his crosshairs Wednesday afternoon, as meteorologists called for up to four inches of snow for the area overnight and into early Thursday morning. Isha Renta, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service's office in ...

Middletown to move town office

The Middletown town staff is temporarily moving to a new office on Main Street while contractors clean up dangerous levels of mold that have grown in the current town hall. Mayor Charles Harbaugh said in light of a Jan. 16 report from Madison Taylor Indoor Environmental detailing a serious ...

Panel puts onus on board to pursue economic growth

WOODSTOCK – Shenandoah County needs to change how it pursues economic growth, some Industrial Development Authority members say. The authority recently made a pitch to the Board of Supervisors to make changes to the agency, both in name and management. Whether or not supervisors support ...

Power firm to consider golf club land for project

FRONT ROYAL – A company specializing in energy production might consider bringing a project to Warren County. The Board of Supervisors voted 5-0 at its meeting Tuesday to enter into a letter of intent with American Power Ventures LLC to buy or lease a 41.26-acre portion of property owned ...

Woodstock selects new town attorney

The Woodstock Town Council has appointed Paul J. "Jay" Neal, Jr. as the town's new Town Attorney, filling the unexpired term of Albert T. Mitchell. Neal, 62, of Strasburg, fills the vacant seat left behind after the death of Mitchell, who served as town attorney for nearly 50 ...

Woman indicted for arson, embezzlement in VFW fire

A Front Royal woman has been arrested and indicted on sealed arson and embezzlement charges tracing back to a 2015 fire at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1860. Lesley Rose Deavers, 56, a former employee at the post, has been accused of starting the trashcan fire that engulfed the ...

Cocaine dealer gets five years

WOODSTOCK -- A suspected cocaine dealer pleaded guilty Wednesday to a five-year sentence for distribution and related charges. Raymond Lamar Washington, 27, entered his plea in Shenandoah County Circuit Court in regards to alleged offenses dating back to November 2015. According to a ...

Board to discuss budget, teacher resources, special education costs

The Shenandoah County School Board will discuss the budget, resources available to teachers and special education costs at its meeting on Thursday. The board will hold a closed session at 6 p.m. Thursday, followed by a public meeting at 7 p.m. in the county board room in the Shenandoah ...

Man gets jail time for manufacturing meth

FRONT ROYAL -- A local man pleaded guilty to the manufacturing of methamphetamine in Warren County Circuit Court on Tuesday. Ronald Dale Whittaker Jr., 38, will serve three years and nine months in prison. The remainder of his five year sentence is suspended. His sentence also includes ...

Central sets up technology help desk

Students and staff at Central High School can fix their electronics and learn about technology at the school’s technology help desk. Central High School Librarian Tripp Ennis said the school was able to set up a technology help desk for students and staff through Moore Grant funding. He ...

Suspect tries to elude police, jumps in river

Warren County deputies arrested a man after a foot pursuit that resulted in the suspect jumping into the Shenandoah River to avoid capture on Monday evening. Authorities responded to a call in relation to a domestic disturbance at roughly 8:30, said Lt. Joshua Seal of the Warren County ...

Bill shifts power to create sanitary districts

FRONT ROYAL – A bill to give elected leaders power to create sanitary districts appears headed to Gov. Terry McAuliffe for possible approval. The legislation comes too late to affect the Warren County’s Lake Front Royal neighborhood where homeowners and residents sparred last year over ...

Neighborhood asks county for help with roads

FRONT ROYAL – Warren County plans to consider a neighborhood’s request to take over its roads – a move some supervisors say could grow government. The Board of Supervisors discussed at its work session Tuesday a proposed road maintenance agreement between Warren County and the Blue ...

Livestock Report

Shenandoah Livestock Feb. 4 FEEDER: Steers L&M 1, 300-399 lbs., $145.00-153.00; 400-499 lbs., $142.00-145.00; 500-599 lbs., $129.00-145.50; 600-699 lbs., $124.00-139.00; 700-799 lbs., $115.00-127.00; 900-999 lbs., $117.50. Steers L&M 2, 300-399 lbs., $144.00; 400-499 lbs., ...