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Hopefuls for supervisor’s seat speak at forum

Editor’s note: This is the second part of a forum held for candidates running for the District 1 seat on the Board of Supervisors. Read the first part at http://tinyurl.com/ycez676g.   QUICKSBURG – Candidates running for the District 1 seat on the Board of Supervisors answered ...

State-run grant to look at opioid epidemic in Northern Shenandoah Valley

The Northern Shenandoah Valley Substance Abuse Coalition is expecting its efforts to combat the opioid epidemic will receive a boost from a grant that was recently awarded to the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services. On Wednesday, the governor’s office announced that the ...

Warren to hire more instructional assistants to deal with large classes

FRONT ROYAL — Warren County Schools will be hiring three instructional assistants in an effort to provide small group instruction to students in large classes. The Warren County School Board voted unanimously to approve the new positions during its meeting Wednesday night. Warren County ...

Children’s insurance funds in peril: Local groups look at possible impact

A significant source of health funding for some local families and organizations is on uncertain ground. Congress missed its deadline this weekend to re-authorize the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), a federal program that offers health insurance to children and pregnant mothers ...

Woman injured in school bus crash

A woman driving a car struck a school bus transporting children in Front Royal Wednesday morning. The bus was traveling on Remount Road at 8:45 a.m. to take children to Ressie Jeffries Elementary School when the woman hit the bus on its right side, Warren County Fire Chief Richard Mabie said. ...

Vehicle overturns in parking lot crash

A Woodstock man has been charged with reckless driving following a crash in the lot in front of the Food Lion on Main Street in Woodstock on Tuesday. Police believe that Roger Nester, 71, of Woodstock, was trying to enter a parking space around 1 p.m. Tuesday when he pressed on the gas pedal ...

Foundation receives grant to buy land

The Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation has received grant funding totaling over $500,000 from the Virginia Land Conservation Foundation. According to Keven Walker, CEO of the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation, the funding will go toward covering the cost of land purchases for ...

ChildSafe celebrates Woodstock location opening

ChildSafe, the advocacy center that provides child abuse treatment, is opening it’s Woodstock satellite location today with a ribbon cutting ceremony. Kelly Bober, the executive director of ChildSafe, noted that the satellite location breaks down a barrier for Shenandoah County children who ...

Teen takes interest in space to next level

FRONT ROYAL –   Rian Dougherty may have his feet on the ground, but his head is still in space. Summer break is over, but for the 15-year-old Front Royal resident,  the excitement of attending Space Camp is still on his mind. “I went because I’m really interested in space,” said ...

District 1 candidates respond to questions at forum

Editor’s note: This is the first part of a story on a forum held for candidates running for the District 1 seat on the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday evening. QUICKSBURG – Candidates running for the District 1 seat on the Board of Supervisors answered questions during the first of three ...

Woodstock council hears of finances; recognizes officer

An audit of Woodstock's finances this week was quick and painless. Auditor James Kelley from Robinson, Farmer, Cox Associates was at the town offices Monday and Tuesday. Town Manager Angela Clem said everything looks good according to preliminary indications. "We are in excellent shape,” ...

Teacher tries to find hope after Texas flooding

In the midst of death and flooding that left nothing but ruin, a teacher new to the Shenandoah County Public Schools system has found support in the schools. Rebecca Derharoutian is a special education teacher at W.W. Robinson and Central High School. She transferred on July 28 to Virginia, ...

Area couple on honeymoon in Vegas during mass shooting

A few minutes might have made the difference for a local couple who were in Las Vegas over the weekend. Rita Fletcher and her husband Tim spent their honeymoon in the Las Vegas region, even having a picnic on the floor of the Grand Canyon.  They ended it Sunday on lockdown at an ...

Sheriff proposes program to keep employees

FRONT ROYAL – Warren County leaders showed little support Tuesday for a program the sheriff says could cut turnover in his agency. The Board of Supervisors took Sheriff Daniel T. McEathron’s proposed career development program under advisement at a work session after members reiterated a ...

Middletown officials tour town hall, talk expanding zoning

Middletown officials Monday evening showed off  renovation work on the Town Hall at 7875 Church St. before starting their meeting. Original hand-hewn beams remain exposed in the front of the historic building, as well as the upper floor. The building is about 150 years old. Danny Taylor Jr. ...

Port Authority tries again for Rockland Road crossing grant

FRONT ROYAL – The Virginia Port Authority plans to try again to seek federal money for a potential solution to blocked railroad crossings in Warren County. The authority intends to apply for a Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery grant through the U.S. Department of ...

10 arrested in largest heroin seizure in county history

WOODSTOCK -- Deputies arrested 10 people on drug and gun charges Friday and Saturday during an operation that led to the largest known heroin seizure in the county’s history, authorities announced. A “concerned citizen” alerted the Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office to the alleged ...