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Historical Warren County records preserved through grant

FRONT ROYAL - Important historical county legal records will be maintained for future generations to reference thanks to a recent grant. The Warren County Circuit Court recently received an $8,713 Library of Virginia Circuit Court Records Preservation grant to restore records including ...

Groundbreaking set for memorial to families displaced by park

Work will soon begin on a memorial to the families who were displaced from their land in the 1920s to make way for the Shenandoah National Park. The Warren County Blue Ridge Heritage Project will hold a 10 a.m. Saturday groundbreaking for a 9-foot-tall memorial brick chimney off Criser Road ...

Middletown car show returns to town this month

MIDDLETOWN – Middletown's Car & Truck & Tractor show is back for its eighth year this month. Town officials hope 250 cars, trucks and tractors will cruise into Middletown for the 8th annual show, which runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Aug. 19. The town will close Main Street ...

Town working to address nuisance vehicles, equipment

WOODSTOCK – Town officials now have stronger and more consistently worded ordinances to allow them to deal with nuisance vehicles. Residents can no longer keep inoperative vehicles on a residential or commercial property for more than 10 days. That revised ordinance, along with two others ...

County man given suspended jail term

WOODSTOCK – A Shenandoah County man already on probation for drug possession charges has received more suspended jail time for additional crimes. Judge Burke McCahill sentenced Steven Wayne Coleman in Shenandoah County Circuit Court on Wednesday to two years in prison on each of two counts ...

Strasburg man charged after police link him to stolen car, knife

Strasburg police arrested a 33-year-old man early Tuesday morning after they concluded he had taken a car without permission, stole plates from another vehicle to use and was allegedly found with a large knife. Officers arrested 33-year-old Mack Tolbert after the woman who lived with him on ...

Man accused of carrying gun with drugs, fleeing arrest

WOODSTOCK – A Shenandoah County man remains jailed on charges that he possessed drugs with a gun and tried to avoid arrest. Javon Eugene Cook appeared in Shenandoah County General District Court on Thursday where he stands charged with possession of a firearm by a non-violent felon, ...

Front Royal officer gets narcotics dog and new responsibilities

FRONT ROYAL —Tony Clingerman, a master police officer with the Front Royal Police Department, came to Shallow Creek Kennels in Sharpsville, Pennsylvania in late June to train a dog to detect narcotics. But as he puts it, at the beginning of the course, he wasn’t training the dog; the dog ...

Lip-synch challenge hits valley: Local cops have fun shooting videos

Local law enforcement agencies have briefly stepped out of their role as public servants and into one of entertainers.  Several Shenandoah Valley departments recently have participated in the nationwide lip-synch video trend, which shows another side of officers. Instead of protecting ...

County could join opioid crisis lawsuit

WOODSTOCK – Shenandoah County could join a growing list of Virginia localities in litigation related to the opioid abuse crisis. County Attorney Jason Ham advised the Board of Supervisors at its Aug. 2 meeting that three law firms want to represent the locality in a lawsuit that claims ...

A story of redemption: New law aids school employees cut by court decision

WOODSTOCK – Longtime Shenandoah County Public Schools teacher and coach Jeff Walters lost his job of 20 years last year due to a deadly mistake he had made nearly three decades ago: he pleaded guilty in December 1991 to committing involuntary manslaughter for causing the vehicle crash that ...

‘Learn by doing’: Fair animal contests test 4-H members’ skills

FRONT ROYAL – The Warren County Fair, which runs through Sunday, is the ultimate test of a 4-H member’s hard work, but according to Angel Kidwell, 18,  of Front Royal, the understanding of the 4-H’s is the ultimate test of their skills. “The 4-H’s: head, heart, hands and health are ...

Front Royal police charge suspect in loan store robbery

A Georgia man has been charged in Thursday's robbery of a Front Royal loan store and may be indicted soon on charges linked to the robbery of a Winchester loan store earlier that day. Jhon Jario Lopez-Freyde, 22, of Norcross, Georgia, was recently charged with one felony count of robbery in ...

Council ponders payment options for police radios

FRONT ROYAL - The Town Council has agreed to move forward with the $545,000 purchase of a new Front Royal Police Department radio system, but must first decide how to pay for it. Police Chief Kahle Magalis said the purchase from Motorola includes $56,800 for installation, optimization and ...

Planners back Whitehurst rezoning

A request to put industrial property in Mount Jackson back into agricultural use appears headed for quick approval next week. The Mount Jackson Planning Commission voted Monday to recommend the Town Council approve an application submitted by Eleanor and Robert Whitehurst Jr. to rezone 136 ...

Strasburg to refer town park master plan discussions to panel

STRASBURG – The Town of Strasburg is going to move its discussion on hiring a consultant to create a master plan for the town’s park, following a work session on Monday. During that session, Town Manager Wyatt Pearson said that hiring a consultant company would help the town plan additions ...

No raises for Middletown council or mayor

MIDDLETOWN – Town Council members at a Monday work session voted to forego attempts at a raise. The last time council members or the mayor are believed to have received a raise was in the late 1990s, Mayor Charles Harbaugh said. “It has come up four times since 2010,”  but has never ...