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Rains have delayed farmers, affected some crops

Recent rains have had an impact on some area farmers. Jerod Stephens, owner of Stephens Custom Farming in Woodstock, farms fields in nine counties including Shenandoah, Frederick and Warren counties. He plants mostly feed corn and soybean crops. “There has been extremely wet conditions in ...

Man arrested on count of aggravated sexual assault of a minor

A Front Royal man was arrested Wednesday on a felony count of aggravated sexual assault of a 7-year-old girl, according to a criminal complaint by Front Royal Police Department Detective D.L. Fogle. The complaint states that Gilbert Edward Caison, 54, of the 400 block of Hill Street, was ...

Man tests positive for alcohol at court hearing

WOODSTOCK – A judge revoked a Shenandoah County man’s bond Wednesday for testing positive for alcohol in court. A grand jury indicted Kevin Lee Robinson in Shenandoah County Circuit Court on a felony count of driving after having been declared a habitual offender and misdemeanor driving ...

Group looks at potential child services for area

A group of community members in Shenandoah County, along with the Staunton-Augusta YMCA, is looking at ways to bring more services to children in the area. Pam Murphy, the executive director of the Shenandoah Community Health Clinic, said that she has been looking into ways to address mental ...

Judge delays sentencing in man’s assault, drug cases

WOODSTOCK – A judge has put off sentencing for a man accused of possessing illegal drugs and of spitting on a police officer. Carl O. Mesembe pleaded no contest in Shenandoah County Circuit Court on Wednesday to possession of methamphetamine. The court delayed adjudication of the case for ...

Stewart sees strong support from valley voters

Voters in the Northern Shenandoah Valley helped Corey A. Stewart win the Republican Party primary over his two opponents Tuesday. Unofficial results from the region provided by the Department of Elections show that Stewart handily defeated Nick J. Freitas and E.W. Jackson while on his way to ...

Strasburg Town Council approves budget

STRASBURG — The Strasburg Town Council has approved its budget. During the Town Council meeting on Tuesday, council members agreed on a budget that will increase water and sewer rates for residents whose usage goes above town minimum levels, and for all commercial users. Under the approved ...

Lewis faces Cline for Goodlatte’s seat

Democrat Jennifer Lynn Lewis of Waynesboro is squaring off against state Del. Benjamin L. Cline, R-Amherst, for the U.S. House District 6 seat in November. Lewis handily won the Democratic Party primary Tuesday against her three opponents. Republican delegates voted for Cline in a May 19 ...

Edinburg approves budget

Smokers will be the only citizens affected by a tax increase in the Town of Edinburg's recently approved budget. A 25-cent cigarette tax increase serves as the budget's lone tax increase. According to previous reports, Mayor Daniel Harshman said this increase is expected to generate $35,000 ...

Town OKs extension of business incentive program with changes

STRASBURG — The Strasburg Town Council has passed an extension of incentives for downtown businesses. During the Town Council meeting on Tuesday, council members agreed in a 6-2 vote to extend its arts and tourism district, which comes with reduced water and sewer rates and eliminates ...

View election results

Corey Stewart (R-Va.) will have a slot on the ballot in November after defeating Nick Freitas in a tightly contested primary race. Stewart will compete against incumbent Tim Kaine (D) for one of Virginia’s two U.S. Senate seats. Incumbent Barbara Comstock (R-10) and Jennifer Wexton (D) will ...

Town approves bond for new hospital

FRONT ROYAL – Before Valley Health received its last necessary approval from Town Council for a bond of up to $60 million  for its new hospital, concerned citizens once again voiced displeasure over the lack of an obstetrics unit at the facility. Town Attorney Doug Napier explained that ...

Incumbent, state senator win primaries in key House race

McLEAN— A key battleground in Democrats' campaign to take control of the House of Representatives is set after Democrat Jennifer Wexton won the right to take on two-term GOP incumbent Barbara Comstock in a northern Virginia swing district. Wexton, a state senator from Loudoun County ...

Two arrested on counts of cocaine distribution

Two men were recently arrested on counts of cocaine distribution after a traffic stop led to the search of a Front Royal house. Ricky Coronado, 30, of South Boston, was arrested June 6 on two felony counts of cocaine possession or distribution, one felony count of conspiracy to possess or ...

Mount Jackson Town Council to consider utility rate hikes

Mount Jackson leaders plan to adopt the town’s next budget and set utility tax rates tonight. Town Council holds its regular meeting at 7:30 p.m. in the municipal office. The council is expected to vote to adopt the fiscal 2019 budget along with rates on taxes and utilities. The proposed ...

Strasburg to vote on budget during today’s meeting

The Strasburg Town Council is set to vote on the town’s 2018-2019 budget during its meeting today. Under the budget proposed by town staff, the town would increase water and sewer rates for commercial users and for residents whose water and sewer usage goes above the town’s minimum ...

Felon arrested in gun sting

WOODSTOCK – Authorities charged a convicted felon from Maryland with possession of six firearms after he bought them during a sting operation. William Anthony Mayo, 45, of Temple Hills, Maryland, remains free on a personal recognizance bond pending his next appearance in Shenandoah County ...

Councilman votes on hospital bond after previously recusing himself

FRONT ROYAL – Town Councilman Jacob Meza, a Valley Health employee, opted to not recuse himself from a vote regarding whether the Front Royal-Warren County Economic Development Authority could issue Valley Health a bond for its new Warren Memorial Hosptial. This comes after Meza previously ...