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Driver sentenced for hitting bicyclist

A Strasburg man pleaded guilty Wednesday to striking a bicyclist while driving under the influence in 2016. Ernest Linwood Tharpe III appeared in Shenandoah County Circuit Court where he entered an Alford plea of guilt to the charge of driving while intoxicated and maiming another individual. ...

No charges made in four area church break-ins

No charges have been made in a string of four church breaking and enterings reported between Dec. 30 and Jan. 5, Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office officials said Wednesday. The robberies occurred in Edinburg, Toms Brook, and two in New Market. Maj. Scott Proctor estimated $1,000 worth of ...

Board OKs new deal with Comcast

FRONT ROYAL – Warren County plans to keep Comcast Cable as its service provider for at least another 15 years. The Board of Supervisors voted 5-0 Tuesday to renew its cable franchise agreement with Comcast. No one spoke at the public hearing held on the matter. The agreement allows for ...

Trace Adkins to headline Patsy Cline Classic

WINCHESTER — Country-music singer Trace Adkins will be the headlining performer at the Patsy Cline Classic in March. In a news conference on Tuesday, Chris Mitchell, a host for Shenandoah County Q102, described Adkins as a star of country music with a tough past. “The 90s was one of the ...

Defendants in heroin ring enter guilty pleas

Defendants charged with participating in a heroin ring based in Front Royal and Baltimore pleaded guilty in federal court on Tuesday. Documents filed in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia in Harrisonburg showed that Nicole Renea McNall, Sheldon Berry and Brittani ...

Citizen of Year named at Chamber awards party

WOODSTOCK – “Usually I’m not lost for words,” a Tuxedo-clad Mike Ashley said while clutching his golden award for Citizen of the Year at the Woodstock Community Theatre on Tuesday evening. Ashley, owner and director of Commonwealth Investigation Services, was awarded for his ongoing ...

Bills to seek to disrupt ‘school to prison pipeline’

RICHMOND - Ryan Turk was an eighth-grader in Prince William County when a misunderstanding with a school resource officer over a 65-cent carton of milk escalated to theft charges. The incident happened in May 2016 when Turk said he forgot his carton of milk that came with his school-issued ...

Senate panel rejects bill banning utility campaign donations

RICHMOND -- A senator’s repeat attempt to prohibit campaign donations from Dominion Energy and other regulated monopolies was struck down by a Senate committee Tuesday. Senate Bill 10 would have banned candidates from soliciting or accepting donations from any public service corporation, and ...

Proposals seek to end gerrymandering in Virginia

RICHMOND - An assortment of bills designed to revise standards for drawing Virginia's electoral districts could be the beginning of the end for gerrymandering in the commonwealth, according to redistricting reform proponents. Gerrymandering, the practice of politicians redrawing electoral ...

Snow expected Tuesday, warmer temps by this weekend

The Northern Shenandoah Valley should expect to see anywhere from 1 to 3 inches of snow on Tuesday, according to Brian LaSorsa, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Sterling. “[Snow] comes increasingly likely across the morning hours,” LaSorsa said. “By the afternoon, ...

Shenandoah County leads area in tourism revenue

In one of his final news releases, former Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced that Virginia’s tourism industry had grown by $2.2 billion since he took office in 2014. Shenandoah County, on its own, has reported growth. Jenna French, director of tourism and economic development, said the county ...

New Shentel trucks to cut fuel consumption by at least 25 percent

Shentel will soon be adding three hybrid bucket trucks to its fleet. The trucks still run on diesel engines, but the buckets' electric lift system could cut fuel costs anywhere from 25 to 33 percent, according to Shentel director of facilities management Bill Sibert. The new trucks are a ...

Lynching documentary teaches about a grim past

WINCHESTER -- A documentary on lynching being used as a teaching tool around the United States was shown Monday at Shenandoah University as part of its Martin Luther King Day observance. “An Outrage” is a documentary film about lynching in the American South. It was filmed on location in ...

Bill would punish fetal death in DUI crashes

A state senator wants to allow prosecutors to go after drunken drivers who cause crashes that result in the death of fetuses. Sen. Mark D. Obenshain filed a bill for consideration in this session of the Virginia General Assembly that, if enacted into law, would expand the crime of involuntary ...

Senate panel votes to ban bump stocks

RICHMOND - A survivor of the Oct. 1 mass shooting in Las Vegas helped persuade a Virginia Senate committee Monday to approve a bill outlawing bump stocks, a device that allows a rifle to mimic an automatic weapon. After hearing from Henrico County resident Cortney Carroll, who was at the ...

Strasburg fire chief responded to multiple calls

Strasburg Fire Chief Dale King responded to five calls during a time when the Strasburg Fire Department says he was on administrative leave. According to incident reports obtained by the Northern Virginia Daily in response to a public records request, King responded to five calls between Nov. ...

Delegates’ bills hit range of topics

The region's state delegates filed dozens of bills in the Virginia General Assembly that tackle topics from senior-citizen protection and professional sports teams to distracted driving and swearing. Del. Christopher E. Collins, R-Winchester, represents the 29th District covering Winchester ...

SCPS supporting formation of coalition

The Shenandoah County Public Schools system is supporting the formation of a coalition of school districts that will serve as an advocacy group for stressed school divisions. The School Board Thursday night voted unanimously to approve supporting the formation of the “Small and Rural Schools ...