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Man jailed for domestic assault

A Warren County man has received jail time for assaulting a woman at a Front Royal hotel in July. Judge Clifford L. Athey Jr. sentenced Freddie Lee Kendricks Jr. in Warren County Circuit Court on Monday to three years in prison for committing one felony count of domestic assault – a third or ...

Planning Commission member signals possible resignation

MIDDLETOWN – A Planning Commission member suggested Monday he might resign as members continue to work on the town’s Comprehensive Plan. The statement from John Copeland came after new commission member Mark Dalton and town attorney J. David Griffin suggested they slow down and go through ...

Small fire at Holiday Inn; no injuries reported

The Holiday Inn at 111 Hospitality Road in Front Royal had a small fire in a storage room on Monday night. Chief Richard Mabie, of the Warren County Department of Fire and Rescue Services, said that fire personnel responded to a call at 11:16 p.m. Monday at the Holiday Inn. An electrical ...

School division revisits long-term facilities plan

WOODSTOCK – Shenandoah County School Board members have begun revisiting the division's long-term facilities plan. In the wake of addressing the immediate needs of elementary school overcrowding by shifting Ashby Lee’s fifth-grade class to North Fork Middle School, and North Fork’s ...

New Market adopts tourism zone ordinance

NEW MARKET — Town Council members adopted an ordinance Tuesday evening that establishes a tourism zone offering tax benefits, business license reductions and reduced sewer/tap hookup fees for a wide range of businesses throughout the town. Alex Berryman, New Market’s zoning administrator ...

Candidates share thoughts on issues facing the town

FRONT ROYAL – The six town council candidates seeking three open seats in the Nov. 6 election last week participated in a forum and shared their thoughts on a variety of topics including tourism, parking issues and infrastructure issues. All candidates - Alford "A.D." Carter, incumbent ...

BAR hammers out minor Afton Inn details

FRONT ROYAL - Renovation plans for the Afton Inn are moving along as the Board of Architectural Review recently approved a series of minor building details. Since the board's approval of general facade details in July, the annex facing Royal Avenue has been demolished, and stabilization work ...

School divisions attend educational conference

Two area school divisions recently attended a national conference in Phoenix. During the week of Sept. 24-28, Shenandoah County Public Schools sent 19 staff members to EdLeader 21, a national conference in the Arizona state capital. The cost to the division was approximately $32,000, or about ...

Cause of Front Royal man’s death remains unknown

The cause of the death of Larry Dawson II, 28, of Front Royal, remains undisclosed by public safety officials. Dawson was declared dead Oct. 8 after being found unresponsive in the Shenandoah River at the Riverton Boat Landing, according to a Warren County Sheriff’s Office news ...

Memorial unveiled: Chimney is dedicated to those displaced by national park

FRONT ROYAL – Families whose ancestors were displaced in the 1920s to make way for the creation of the Shenandoah National Park have finally received recognition. On Saturday afternoon, a 9-foot-tall memorial brick chimney was dedicated with the names of the 68 families in Warren County who ...

Family, community mourn death of Strasburg High student

Life. This is how a devastated mother remembers her always smiling 16-year-old son Malikhi Roberts - as life itself. “He was the reason that I breathed. When I think of him, I think of life. He loved everyone, and everyone loved him,” said his mother Crystal Smith. Malikhi died Friday ...

Three unopposed in Middletown elections

MIDDLETOWN  – Three candidates are running unopposed in the November elections for Town Council seats. Council members Jeff Pennington and Scott Fink are running unopposed for re-election. Daryl Terrill is seeking election to the council seat that will be left vacant when Councilman and ...

Crash leaves children injured

A two-vehicle crash in Shenandoah County sent four juveniles to the hospital Thursday night. The crash occurred at 5:55 p.m. Thursday at the intersection of state Route 623 (Back Road) and state Route 638 (Junction Road), state police spokesman Sgt. F.L. “Les” Tyler said Friday ...

Proposed calendars call for schools open for part of fair week

WOODSTOCK – Shenandoah County Public Schools Superintendent Mark Johnston revealed the division's proposed school calendars for the next three years during Thursday evening's School Board meeting. The calendars do not call for schools to be closed for the entire week of the county fair as ...

Town Council candidates square off in forum

FRONT ROYAL – The six candidates vying for three open seats in the Nov. 6 Town Council election presented their platforms during a Thursday forum. The candidates are Alford "A.D." Carter, Christopher Holloway, Robert Tennett Jr., Letasha Thompson and incumbents Gary Gillispie and ...

EDA board’s treasurer resigns after 30 years of service

William "Billie" Biggs, the Front Royal-Warren County Economic Development Authority's treasurer, recently resigned after 30 years on the job, citing health reasons. "I'm old and beat up...it's long enough for anybody really," he said over the phone, noting that he suffered a stroke four years ...

Man receives prison time for dealing drugs

A Shenandoah County man must serve prison time for dealing drugs last year. Jeffrey Craig Mays appeared in Shenandoah County Circuit Court on Wednesday where he stood charged with two counts of manufacturing or distributing a controlled substance, one count of possession of a controlled ...