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Two firms to continue delinquent tax collection

FRONT ROYAL - The county will continue pursuing the collection of delinquent real estate taxes through the assistance of two law firms. The Board of Supervisors recently extended its contract with the collection firm TACS through July 2019. When the county hired TACS in August 2016, ...

Strasburg council forgoes Brown House right of first refusal

STRASBURG — The Strasburg Town Council decided not to act on a right of first refusal on 218 E. King St. and two nearby properties, following a closed session discussion in Tuesday’s Town Council meeting. In a 5-4 vote, the council voted to waive the right of first refusal on 218 E. King ...

Strasburg receives grant for Borden Mowery extension

STRASBURG — The Town of Strasburg has received a grant from the Virginia Department of Transportation providing the town with funds to extend Borden Mowery Drive in the town’s business industrial park. During a Town Council meeting on Tuesday, Town Manager Wyatt Pearson said that he ...

Police: Man threw child in creek during pursuit

STRASBURG – Town police have accused a Prince William County man of throwing his small child in a creek as he fled to avoid arrest. Kyle Steven Sunday, 28, of 2906 Martin Terrace, Haymarket, remains incarcerated on charges of abuse and neglect of a child, attempted malicious wounding of a ...

Teacher turnover declines: Superintendent pleased with drop in rate

WOODSTOCK – Teacher turnover dropped this year for Shenandoah County Public Schools. The turnover rate stands at 11 percent, down from the 15 percent the district has experienced the last two years, said Linda Hodges, Director of Human Resources. Schools Superintendent Mark Johnston noted ...

Cats invading your yard? What you can and can’t do about it

Area shelters are full of cats and kittens available for adoption.  So many in fact that recently the shelter in Winchester announced that it could not accept any more at that moment. “Its summertime; between April and October is kitten season,” Winchester SPCA office manager Penny Hann ...

Strasburg student: ‘Tokyo was controlled chaos’

A Strasburg High School student began her junior school year a week ago after having just returned from six weeks in Japan. Jana Bowman, 16, laughs that she learned how to navigate the complex network of mass transportation trains in Tokyo before she got her driver's license. "My exchange ...

Town moves foward with jaywalking ordinance

FRONT ROYAL – The town is a step closer to ticketing jaywalkers in an effort to curb pedestrian-related traffic incidents. The Town Council at its regular Monday meeting unanimously approved the first reading of a jaywalking ordinance, which will be up for a second reading and final ...

Council: ATF facility should remain local

FRONT ROYAL - The Town Council hopes the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Canine Center will remain in Front Royal. The council at its regular Monday meeting unanimously approved a resolution supporting the facility's continued presence in town. This comes about a month ...

One step closer to a football field of their own

MIDDLETOWN – Stephens City Seminoles youth football organizers are one step closer to having a field to play on. Todd Legge, senior vice president of Strasburg Midget Football and head coach of the junior division of  the Strasburg Rams, spoke at a public hearing Monday night before the ...

Warren County schools report a smooth start

The new school year in Warren County marks the beginning of E. Wilson Morrison Elementary School’s participation in the Community Eligibility Program. Under that program, the Warren County Public Schools division provides students with free breakfasts and lunches through a reimbursement ...

Man held on gun, abduction charges after standoff

WOODSTOCK – A Rockingham County man accused of holding a person hostage in Mount Jackson and then fleeing law enforcement before keeping authorities at bay for hours over the weekend remains in jail without bond. David Wayne Bressette, 31, of 168 Lee Jackson Court, Apt. 6, Broadway, appeared ...

Why town, county going it alone on new radio systems

FRONT ROYAL - Both the Warren County Sheriff’s Office and the Front Royal Police Department will soon have new Motorola VHF radio systems.  The county approved the $1.17 million purchase of system upgrades in June 2017 while the town will vote on a new $545,000 system that councilmembers ...

Goodlatte’s son gives to Democrat vying for seat

The son of retiring Republican congressman Bob Goodlatte, R-Roanoke, has disclosed he is backing the Democrat vying for the open House seat in November and doing so with a hefty campaign contribution. Bobby Goodlatte announced via Twitter over the weekend that he contributed the maximum amount ...

Scanner owners react to switch to encrypted police radios

FRONT ROYAL - Citizens tuning into the communications of the Warren County Sherriff's Office and Front Royal Police Department via scanners will soon have quieter houses.  Both departments plan to move to fully encrypted radio systems, which will make those scanners unable to capture that ...

Police cite officer safety as reason for encryption

FRONT ROYAL – Communications on the Warren County Sheriff’s Office’s and the Front Royal Police Department’s new radios will be fully encrypted, with Sheriff Daniel McEathron and Chief Kahle Magalis citing officer safety as the primary reason for the decision. When communications ...

Defense attorney, prosecutor spar over expert’s qualifications

A Shenandoah County man serving a life sentence argues that the trial judge erred by allowing a jury to consider testimony by an unqualified expert witness. A jury found Patrick Wakeman guilty on one count of rape at the end of a three-day trial in Shenandoah County Circuit Court on May 3, ...

Cat in Front Royal tested positive for rabies

A cat that was reported acting strangely around 22 West Duck St. in Front Royal has tested positive for rabies. A news release from the Warren County Sheriff's Office said someone complained on July 26 about  “a cat was chasing people and acting aggressively.” On Thursday, test results ...

Jaywalking ordinance public hearing set for Monday

FRONT ROYAL – The town plans to start enforcing jaywalking rules in response to pedestrians being struck by vehicles. At 7 p.m. today, the Town Council will hold a public hearing regarding the adoption of the state’s jaywalking ordinance into the town’s code. The proposed jaywalking ...

Middletown holding hearing on football field, lease

Middletown Town Council will hold a public hearing at 7 tonight and possibly vote on a lease that would result in bringing league football to town. “As a former semi-pro and college quarterback, I love football;  I love the game and I love what it instills in young people. It is very ...