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Board set to act on budget, tax rates Tuesday

Shenandoah County leaders could vote Tuesday to increase taxes and approve next year’s spending plan. The Board of Supervisors holds a special meeting to consider adopting the proposed fiscal 2019 budget and to set the tax rates. The proposed budget assumes the county increases the tax rate ...

CEO gives updates on Port of Virginia

FRONT ROYAL –  The Port of Virginia’s leader said Friday it remains a vital driving force behind the state’s economy. John Reinhart, the port's CEO, spoke to local officials and state representatives at the annual State of the Port address about plans to ensure continuation of that ...

Shenandoah County Public Schools names new assistant superintendent

The Shenandoah County School Board Thursday evening approved the hiring of Gabriel Ryman as new Assistant Superintendent for Treatment, Learning and Innovation. “I am so excited,” Ryman said after the meeting. “When this opportunity became available I thought it was a great way to ...

Church seeks tax break for gym

Shenandoah County leaders plan to consider giving a church a tax break on the gymnasium it runs in Strasburg. Liberty Baptist Church owns Tight’n Up LLC at 239 E. King St. The church submitted a request to the county to designate the property as exempt from local real estate taxes. The ...

Stoney Creek bridge to reopen to traffic

The new Va  675 (Stoney Creek Road) bridge in Shenandoah County is scheduled to open to traffic on Tuesday. The reopening would be about one month ahead of schedule. In January 2017 the Virginia Department of Transportation awarded the $1.3 million construction contract to Kanawha Stone Co., ...

13-year-old reports house fire, saves the day

STRASBURG – A 13-year-old Strasburg resident who was quick on his feet may have prevented a house fire from causing more damage than it did Friday. David Van Anden was mowing the lawn around 4:40 p.m. Friday when he noticed smoke coming from his neighbor's house at 370 Little Sorrel ...

Former police officer avoids jail in theft case

STEPHENS CITY - Former town police officer Ronald Allen Fox Jr. has avoided imprisonment for stealing $600 from the police evidence room. As part of a plea bargain Thursday in Frederick County Circuit Court, Fox received a 12-month suspended sentence. An embezzlement charge is punishable by up ...

Frederick Water’s hired expert criticizes Stephen City revenue collection

STEPHENS CITY - A recent report claims the town is facing financial instability and is unable to pay Frederick Water for several years of water and sewer services. McGuire Woods, Frederick Water's legal counsel, recruited financial expert Guy A. Davis with Protiviti to analyze the ...

Front Royal electric bills to jump slightly

FRONT ROYAL – Residents can expect to see a slightly larger charge for electricity upon arrival of the next round of utility bills. Town Finance Director B.J. Wilson said a power cost adjustment hike in the April bills would increase electric rates from .01091 cents per kilowatt hour to ...

Man faces prison for threatening judge, fleeing arrest

WOODSTOCK – A Shenandoah County man faces prison time for threatening a judge and striking a law enforcement officer with his vehicle while fleeing arrest in 2016. William Walter Grim Jr., 62, of Mount Jackson, appeared in Shenandoah County Circuit Court on Wednesday with his attorney ...

Ex-jailer accused of trying to have sex with inmate is indicted

WOODSTOCK – A grand jury indicted a former corrections officer for a regional jail on a charge accusing him of trying to have sex with an inmate. The Shenandoah County grand jury indicted Joseph Daniel Demarino Jr. on Wednesday on one count of attempted carnal knowledge of an inmate of the ...

Veteran charged in domestic incident

WOODSTOCK – Authorities say a former U.S. military member tried to stab several family members during a domestic incident in January. A Shenandoah County grand jury indicted Jonathan Paul Bailey on Wednesday on three counts of attempting malicious wounding and one charge of child ...

Woodstock man arrested on sodomy, resisting arrest charges

The Woodstock Police Department arrested a 32-year-old man Wednesday night on charges of resisting arrest and forcible sodomy. Capt. Chris Baker, of the Woodstock Police Department, said that police had an outstanding warrant for the arrest of Brandon Watson-Kaufman. They went to his home at ...

Science, solutions found at Science 6 Night

QUICKSBURG - North Fork Middle School students had their science projects on full display Wednesday night. Science 6 Night showcased their knowledge with presentations and exhibits discussing world problems and possible solutions. Displays included one on LED lighting that asked how many ...

Supporters, dissenters speak on proposed budget

FRONT ROYAL – There was a mixed reaction Tuesday among the 11 speakers at the Board of Supervisors public hearing on the budget. The six who spoke positively of the budget were affiliated with a county-associated organization. They included Sheriff Daniel McEathron, Schools Superintendent ...

Judge sentences man for vandalizing cemetery

WOODSTOCK – A Rockingham County man received a suspended prison sentence Wednesday for vandalizing an Edinburg area church cemetery in 2016. Judge Dennis L. Hupp sentenced Melvin Ray Bottenfield, 35, of Hinton, in Shenandoah County Circuit Court to two years in prison after finding the ...

Laurel Center recognizes sexual assault awareness month with 386 flags

FRONT ROYAL – The Laurel Center Intervention for Domestic and Sexual Violence planted 386 flags last week at the Warren County Court House on Main Street to honor and remember sexual assault victims in Front Royal and Warren County over the past four years. Leslie Hardesty, sexual assault ...

Stanley addresses criticism of fire, rescue funding

FRONT ROYAL – County Administrator Doug Stanley offered a counter-argument to recent accusations that the county underfunds fire and rescue in his PowerPoint presentation before Tuesday's public hearing on the budget. That criticism came from David Santmyers, who voiced displeasure that the ...

Obenshain happy governor signed I-81 bill

Sen.r Mark Obenshain, R-Harrisonburg, is pleased that  Gov. Ralph Northam signed a bill that would develop and adopt an improvement plan for Interstate-81. Senate Bill 971 orders the Commonwealth Transportation Board to develop and adopt an Interstate-81 Corridor Improvement plan and evaluate ...