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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 ...

Supervisors to decide on fate of burned down kennel

FRONT ROYAL – The Board of Supervisors will decide at its 7 p.m. meeting tonight whether a dog kennel that burned down last year should continue operating. The Warren County Planning Commission forwarded a recommendation to the supervisors that the board should grant a continuance for the ...

County to consider changes to development rules

Changes proposed to Shenandoah County’s zoning regulations could let developers put more homes in certain areas. But a county official says residents shouldn’t expect to see a sudden boom in building in these limited parts of the locality. The Board of Supervisors could consider adopting ...

Winchester man faces multiple charges

A Winchester man faces several charges after police say they found him with bags of suspected marijuana. James Atwell Judy Jr., 51, was stopped Sunday driving a 1996 Lincoln Town Car by Shenandoah County Sheriff's Office deputy Christopher Manich on Capon Street in Strasburg. In his ...

Local deputies arrest Page County man on drug charges

Shenandoah County Sheriff's Office deputies executed a search warrant and arrested a Page County  man recently on drug charges. George Calvin Turner III, 36, of Shenandoah, faces charges of manufacturing a controlled substance and two counts of possession of a controlled substance, according ...

Deputies arrest Edinburg man on assault charge

An Edinburg man faces an assault charge after Shenandoah County Sheriff's Office deputies arrested him on Monday. Matthew Eric Hensley, 40, was charged with assault and kidnapping after deputies arrived just after 7 p.m. Sunday at a home on Water Street in Edinburg.  Deputies obtained a ...

Strasburg girl lives full, active life with rare disease

STRASBURG – Many afternoons after school, Luci Toman, a fourth grader at Sandy Hook Elementary, is spotted at Strasburg Hobbies on King Street, playing with her friends and her ever-growing collection of slot cars. The 9-year-old loves Virginia history, math and reading, depending on the ...

Daily staff honored at annual VPA awards

The Northern Virginia Daily staff won 31 awards and was presented the sweepstakes award for best small daily newspaper advertising in the annual Virginia Press Association contest on Saturday. Advertising salesperson Madeline Hickman was named Outstanding Sales Professional at the annual ...

Church slates steak dinner to raise funds for Luci Toman

STRASBURG – Jodi Jenkins at Laurel Hill Christian Church in Lebanon Church learned about Luci Toman’s story from her congregation and decided she wanted to help. “Last year we started having steak dinners to raise money for individuals in our community,” Jenkins said. “We opened up ...

Jail staff sees aftermath of drug addiction daily

FRONT ROYAL – Staff at the Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail see the aftermath of the drug epidemic every day. Most inmates at the jail are there on low level offenses, mostly related to addiction. The No. 1 charge of inmates at the jail on an average day is parole ...

Board set to act on budget, tax rates Tuesday

Shenandoah County leaders could vote Tuesday to increase taxes and approve next year’s spending plan. The Board of Supervisors holds a special meeting to consider adopting the proposed fiscal 2019 budget and to set the tax rates. The proposed budget assumes the county increases the tax rate ...

CEO gives updates on Port of Virginia

FRONT ROYAL –  The Port of Virginia’s leader said Friday it remains a vital driving force behind the state’s economy. John Reinhart, the port's CEO, spoke to local officials and state representatives at the annual State of the Port address about plans to ensure continuation of that ...