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Strasburg Planning Commission OKs site plan for small engine repair service

STRASBURG — The town Planning Commission has voted to approve the site plan and recommend approval of a special use permit that will allow a small engine repair service to operate at 1101 E. King St. The site plan approval is contingent upon the Town Council's approval of the special use ...

Area leaders get preview of brewery: Box Office Brewery opens Oct. 20

STRASBURG – Box Office Brewery isn’t open for business, but Wednesday night’s town-county  dinner was the first event for the highly anticipated attraction. Representatives from all over Shenandoah County came together in the renovated theater turned brewery to mingle, eat and see the ...

Man charged with child rape pleads to lesser crime

FRONT ROYAL – A man accused of raping two girls in 2017 avoided a jury trial and potential life sentences Thursday by pleading guilty to lesser charges. Mike Edward Haymond stood charged in Warren County Circuit Court with four counts of rape involving a child under the age of 13. The ...

Dedication set for chimney honoring families displaced by park

FRONT ROYAL – The local families who were displaced by the creation of Shenandoah National Park will be honored Saturday with the dedication of a 9-foot-tall memorial brick chimney. In the 1920s, the properties of 500 families in eight counties – Warren, Green, Albemarle, Augusta, ...

Church, business team up for hurricane relief

STEPHENS CITY — With the Carolinas still reeling from damage caused by Hurricane Florence, a local church and a local business are teaming up to help provide relief. Trinity Lutheran Church and JNO. S. Solenberger & Co. hardware in Winchester announced Thursday that they would be ...

Hearing set for couple accused of animal, child cruelty

FRONT ROYAL – A husband and wife facing animal and child cruelty charges will appear at 2 p.m. Dec. 12 in Warren County General District Court for a preliminary hearing. Brian Tenney, 55, and Wendy Tenney, 43, were each charged in September on six felony counts of cruelty and injuries to ...

Strasburg Fire Department to hold open house

The Strasburg Fire Department will hold an open house between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday at its fire station at 163 E. King St. Milton Painter, the department's interim president, said the event would feature an obstacle course for children who attend. The children, he said, will wear ...

Recognitions dominate Middletown council meeting

MIDDLETOWN – Members of the Col. James Wood II Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution honored community members at Tuesday’s Town Council meeting. They presented a Certificate of Appreciation to the town for its continued support of Patriot Pride Day and a Bronze Good Citizenship ...

Grand jury hands up indictments

A Shenandoah County grand jury convened Wednesday and handed up indictments on the following people: • Eugene Bruce Eaton, 35, of 5336 Old Valley Pike, New Market, on one count of domestic assault, a third or subsequent offense • Eric Chester Parsons, 35, of 16557 Sherwood Ave., ...

Solar farm expansion gets final OK

MOUNT JACKSON — Town Council members have unanimously approved the application to expand a solar farm off Turkey Knob Road. Council members approved Mount Jackson I, the first of three projects that make up the farm, last year. Cypress Creek Renewables took over the project from Virginia ...

Strasburg council OKs housing development application

STRASBURG — The Town Council has voted to approve the final plat application for the Aikens-Claytor development at 1395 and 1437 John Marshall Highway. The 5-2 vote during Tuesday's council meeting came amid concern from several members that the lack of two entrances to the development for ...

Proposed property maintenance code moves forward

FRONT ROYAL – The town has taken another step toward adopting the state's property maintenance regulations into its code.  Town Council at its regular Monday meeting approved a first reading of the proposed adoption by a 5-1 vote, with Councilman Eugene Tewalt the lone ...

Cafeteria turned apartments construction to begin in early 2019

MOUNT JACKSON — Renovations on the old Triplett High School cafeteria to turn it into a small apartment complex will start early next year. The Mount Jackson Town Council approved the special use permit application submitted by Todd Holtzman on Tuesday evening. The permit squeaked by with ...

New Market council looking to adopt tourism zone ordinance

NEW MARKET — Town Council members are excited to move forward with adopting a tourism zone blanketing the town to attract business to the area. Peter Hughes, a council member, jumped at the idea when it was first mentioned in a brief presentation last month. “I liked the idea the first ...

Strasburg, VDOT enter agreement on Borden Mowery extension

STRASBURG — The town has entered into an agreement with the Virginia Department of Transportation on a revenue-sharing grant to extend Borden Mowery Drive in the town's industrial park. The agreement paves the way for the town to finish designing the road's extension. The Town Council ...

Court: Teen accused in Edinburg stabbing ‘unrestorably incompetent’

WOODSTOCK – An Edinburg teen accused of stabbing a mother and her daughters in May 2017 cannot stand trial for his charges, a court has ruled. The Northwestern Community Services Board in Front Royal and a retained psychologist concluded through testing earlier this summer that Samual Jacob ...

911 chief to leave for private job

Shenandoah County’s 911 system chief plans to leave the post at the end of the month for a private-sector job, officials announced Wednesday. R. Jason Malloy, director of the Emergency Communications Center, announced his resignation effective Oct. 31, according to a media release issued by ...

Panel won’t override plan to let 19-year-olds drive fire trucks

STRASBURG — Members of the Strasburg Fire Department Restructuring Committee have decided not to override a recent Fire Department decision to allow 19-year-olds drive department vehicles, despite criticism of the idea by committee members. During a restructuring committee meeting on Monday, ...