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In advance of 100th anniversary, fair pageant celebrates history

As the Shenandoah County Fair is preparing to celebrate its 100th anniversary with big name acts such as Dwight Yoakam and Martina McBride, one event is getting ready to take place prior to the fair's start: the Shenandoah County Fair Scholarship Pageant. The pageant will be held Aug. 19 at ...

Host family excited to host Rebel

NEW MARKET -- Chase Sudduth doesn't have any siblings, but when he came to New Market to play for the Rebels in the Valley Baseball League he gained three. Sudduth is hosted by Will and Keisha Gangwer, of New Market, and their three children, Reice, 12, Harper, 4, and Finleigh, 1. "They ...

Seven Bends Park clearing big hurdle

WOODSTOCK – A new bridge stands in the way of progress at Seven Bends State Park in Shenandoah County. But the Virginia Department of Transportation expects its crews to complete the replacement of the Lupton Road Bridge next month, spokesman Ken Slack said Friday. The single-lane, ...

Strasburg to demolish Brill’s Grocery, taxi stand Monday

The Brill's Grocery store building and the old taxi stand in Strasburg are set to be demolished at 7 a.m. Monday. According to Mayor Rich Orndorff, a company, Kee Construction, has been at the site of the two buildings located in downtown Strasburg since May preparing for the ...

Two men arrested on auto theft charges

WOODSTOCK -- The Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office arrested two Toms Brook men Wednesday on multiple car theft charges after a stolen SUV caught fire. Joshua Wayne Dellinger, 30, and Darrell Orval Hamm, 35, are accused of taking a 1993 Ford Explorer from Love’s Travel Stop sometime ...

Stabbing case against Edinburg woman dismissed

WOODSTOCK -- The malicious wounding charge against an Edinburg woman who was accused of stabbing her live-in boyfriend was dismissed Friday during a bench trial. Tammy Lynn Gnegy, 25, was charged with stabbing Phillip Runion on Nov. 16. When Runion took the witness stand to testify, he ...

Film camp brings the big screen to the small town

WINCHESTER — Filming for the box office smash “Wonder Woman” was 20 years in the making, credited hundreds of cast and crew and used top of the line equipment to make the film a success. Brian Patrick, on the other hand, has a crew of eight, plus himself and a few mentors, a week and ...

Council to try charter changes again

FRONT ROYAL – The Town Council could switch local elections back to May if members support the change. The council plans to discuss potential changes to the town charter at its work session Monday. Some current and now former members have expressed an interest in moving the elections for ...

Guns stolen from hardware store

Authorities say one or more suspects stole numerous firearms from a hardware store near Stephens City early Wednesday. Frederick County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to an alarm at Miller Hardware Store, 208 Centre Drive, at approximately 2 a.m. Wednesday, according to information from ...

SOL scores fall short for two county schools

WOODSTOCK – Early tallies show two Shenandoah County public schools will miss full accreditation for the 2017-2018 year, prompting the division to take remedial action. North Fork Middle School and W.W. Robinson Elementary School could receive a rating of Accreditation Denied under the ...

Animal hoarding cases can put strain on Humane Society

After the Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office rescued 31 dogs and 32 cats from a building  in New Market on June 29, the Humane Society of Shenandoah County took in 16 of the cats and one dog. Melissa Miller-Piselli, president of the Humane Society of Shenandoah County, said animal hoarding ...

Man pleads guilty by Alford to jail escape

WOODSTOCK -- A Stanley, Virginia, man entered an Alford plea of guilty Wednesday to walking off from his work release assignment in September 2016. Zachary Aaron Sours, 34, was an inmate at the Page County Jail and was at a work release facility in Quicksburg on Sept. 14, 2016, when he ...

Bond appeal denied in child rape case

WOODSTOCK -- Circuit Judge Dennis L. Hupp Wednesday denied a defense attorney's  motion for bond for a Fort Valley man accused of sexually assaulting a 12-year-old girl. James Allen Lutz’s attorney, David Downes, argued for bond on “humanitarian grounds” because Lutz’s mother is ill ...

Strasburg police chief to retire in January

STRASBURG – Strasburg Police Chief Tim Sutherly is retiring in January. During Tuesday’s Town Council meeting, Sutherly, 49, said that he had submitted his resignation letter to Town Manager Wyatt Pearson. Sutherly said he decided to make the announcement during the town council meeting ...

Strasburg to hold discussion on murals

STRASBURG – The Town Council will hold a public discussion about murals at 7 p.m. July 31. The  town, through Economic Development and Marketing Manager Michelle Bixler and former Town Manager Ryan Spitzer, had decided to spend $2,500 of town funds in a matching grant to help pay for ...

Town responds to authority claims over water dispute

STEPHENS CITY – The war of words over water between the town and the Frederick County Sanitation Authority continued Tuesday. The Town Council met in closed session with attorney Thomas “Ty” Lawson during its regular meeting to discuss the status of a legal dispute between Stephens City ...

Veteran EDA board member dies

Longtime member of the Front Royal-Warren County Economic Development Authority Patricia S. "Patty" Wines died Tuesday after a battle with cancer. Wines, 81, served on the EDA’s Board of Directors for 16 years and as its chairwoman since 2008. She recently was reappointed to the board. Wines ...

Former Strasburg fire chief honored by council

STRASBURG – The Town Council made a special presentation to former Strasburg Fire Chief Bill Walton during Tuesday’s council meeting. During the meeting, Mayor Rich Orndorff pointed to several people who worked with Walton in the volunteer fire department. “Back in the early 80s, you ...