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Strasburg approves ground-floor apartments

STRASBURG — The Town Council voted 5-2 Tuesday night to approve an application by developer Doug Boyd to have ground-floor apartments in the back of three of his buildings on West King Street. The move comes after months of deliberations about whether people should be allowed to have ...

Sheriff seeks funding for career development

FRONT ROYAL – Warren County Sheriff Daniel McEathron is asking the county to implement a career development program to boost personnel recruitment and retention. This may be difficult, however, as the county faces a tough budget year. McEathron asked for the funding during a Tuesday budget ...

Police charge teen with peeping, recording video at tanning salon

WOODSTOCK – Authorities say a Shenandoah County man recorded video of a naked woman through a peephole at a tanning salon last month. Woodstock police charged Eric Lee Fadely, 18, of Stuffel Rock Lane, Edinburg, with two counts of filming a non-consenting nude person and one count of peeping ...

Police can now enforce park rules

FRONT ROYAL – The Police Department now has authority to properly patrol parks located within town limits. The Town Council at its regular Monday meeting approved an agreement with Warren County allowing the Front Royal Police Department to enforce the park system's code of conduct. The town ...

Proffer amendments made for housing development

FRONT ROYAL – Several changes were made in a proffer agreement between the town and a developer regarding a proposed housing development off Happy Creek Road. The proposed 320-unit development by Front Royal Limited Partnership, headed by David Vazzana, is on a 149-acre parcel near Norfolk ...

Middletown patriot remembered

MIDDLETOWN - A 12-year-old boy who participated in the Rev0lutionary War as a member of George Washington's army was commemorated Monday night at a Town Council meeting. The commemoration took the form of a memento that Larry Johnson, a member of the James Wood charter of the Sons of the ...

Stephens City Shop ‘n Save to close in March

Officials from Supervalu, the parent company of Shop 'n Save, confirmed Monday that the grocery store on Fairfax Pike in Stephens City will close in early March. The store was previously a Food Lion, until Supervalu bought 22 Food Lion locations along the Interstate 81 corridor, reopening the ...

Councilman calls for college president’s resignation

FRONT ROYAL – Town Councilman John Connolly, a Christendom College graduate, said he thinks Timothy O’Donnell, the school's president, should resign or be fired amid the recent string of rape and sexual assaults that were alleged to have taken place under his watch. "If he truly loves ...

Front Royal police phone lines still not fully operational

The Front Royal Police Department’s phone lines stopped working for approximately 12 hours between Friday night and Saturday morning, and continue to experience intermittent issues. Chief Kahle Magalis said that only non-emergency calls have been affected, as all 911 calls go through the ...

Council votes down property maintenance code

FRONT ROYAL –  After months of discussion, the Town Council at its regular Monday meeting voted 4-0 against the implementation of a property maintenance code. The vote came after a public hearing during which no one spoke.  Councilmen Jacob Meza and Christopher Morrison were absent. ...

One hospitalized in Warren County crash

A Luray woman was hospitalized after a crash on U.S. 340-522 in Warren County on Sunday morning, according to Virginia State Police Public Information Officer Sgt. F.L. (Les) Tyler. Frances Evans, 26, was southbound on U.S. 340-522 at about 6:30 a.m. when she lost control of her 2003 Ford ...

Woodstock makes plans for new ‘wayfinding’ signs

Woodstock town officials are working on developing new "wayfinding" signs to direct visitors and town residents to places of interest. “We hope to have them planned and installed during the summer,” said Katie Mercer, town enhancement coordinator. Existing signs are more than 10 years old ...

Extension launches survey to better understand area needs

To better understand the needs of people in the Northern Shenandoah Valley, the Virginia Cooperative Extension is gathering feedback in a novel way: through an online survey. “We have not really undertaken a survey like this, as extensively as we're trying to do this year, in quite some ...

Public Meetings: Feb. 11

The following public meetings are scheduled: Shenandoah County The Library Board meets at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the Shenandoah County Library, 514 Stoney Creek Blvd., Edinburg. The Planning Commission holds a work session at 5 p.m. Thursday in the government center, 600 N. Main St., ...

Veterans react to proposed parade

Nelson Ritter, commander of Winchester American Legion Post 21, does not think President Donald Trump's proposed military parade is a good idea. He said his  feelings do not speak for the entire post. That was immediately clear upon discussing the interview for this article at the ...

Shenandoah schools seek raises, better efficiencies with proposed budget

WOODSTOCK- Shenandoah County Public Schools is asking for more money in an effort to be competitive in the face of a growing teacher shortage, growing enrollment and students with greater needs. Superintendent Mark Johnston proposed a $67.4 million budget to the School Board Thursday for the ...

Judge nixes ‘confession’ in sexual battery case

WOODSTOCK – A judge ruled Friday that a teenager’s sexual battery case may move forward without the defendant’s recorded statements. Domingo Reynoso-Bautista, 18, appeared in Shenandoah County Circuit Court where he stands charged with aggravated sexual battery of a child under the age ...

Judge sentences teen for taking gun to school

WOODSTOCK – A judge sentenced a Shenandoah County teenager convicted of carrying a loaded firearm into school and possessing child pornography to complete a youth-offender program. Nicholas A. Dawson, 18, of Woodstock, appeared in Shenandoah County Circuit Court for a sentencing hearing ...