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Bentonville drowning victim is identified

Harry Glenn Fitzwater, 72, of Bentonville, has been identified as the man who died Thursday in a suspected drowning in the Shenandoah River in Warren County, according to a news release from Warren County Sheriff Daniel McEathron. McEathron said the case remains under investigation as an ...

Arson suspected in E. Prospect Street fire

FRONT ROYAL – A woman has been charged in the Saturday night arson of her East Prospect Street home and a nearby shed, according to a news release sent Monday by town police. Rebecca Melvin, 27, of 407 E. Prospect St., was charged with one felony count of burning or destroying a ...

Warren County battles 3 house fires in 3 days

A Larkin Ridge Road house in Front Royal was declared a complete loss after a Monday afternoon fire, according to Fire Marshal Gerry Maiatico. Fire Chief Richard Mabie said the Monday fire capped off a busy weekend for rescue units that included a Saturday evening fire at 407 E. Prospect ...

Police: Teen wounded in shooting incident

FRONT ROYAL - Police are investigating a shooting late Sunday afternoon involving a 16-year-old male in the 100 block of Steele Avenue. The teen received what a  police news release described as "an apparent gunshot wound to the foot" and was taken for treatment at Winchester Medical Center ...

County joins lawsuit over federal underpayment

FRONT ROYAL – Warren County recently joined a class action lawsuit against the federal government seeking restitution for underpayments.  County Attorney Dan Whitten, in a Board of Supervisors agenda item, stated that the suit involves the Payments in Lieu of Taxes Act, which requires that ...

Mixing history with fun: Strasburg Museum hosts Children’s Day

STRASBURG – Some area children spent their Saturday steeped in history and fun at the Strasburg Museum's first Children's Day event. The event, which included free admission, was meant to introduce children to a museum atmosphere and surround them with fun activities. Ibby Stratton, a ...

Property maintenance vote slated for Monday

FRONT ROYAL – Town Council will vote again on a proposed property maintenance code at its regular 7 p.m. meeting on Monday. The town may approve one of two options, which according to the meeting's agenda item, include: • Adoption of a section of the proposed property maintenance code ...

Antioch Church of the Brethren celebrates 150 years

WOODSTOCK — A church is as strong as the people who attend it. That’s how Pastor George Bowers and the members of the Antioch Church of the Brethren feel as they are celebrating the church's 150th anniversary this year. “Our mission statement at the church is the Antioch Church of the ...

Farmers and businesses hurt and harmed by record rainfall

Record-breaking rainfall is making waves in the agriculture community of Shenandoah County. Data collected from Luray in Page County — the closest available to Shenandoah County — shows the region is ready to shatter rainfall records for the last five years. Through eight months and early ...

Man found dead in river in Warren County

Authorities continue to investigate the possible drowning of a man found in the Shenandoah River in Warren County on Thursday. Warren County emergency dispatchers received a call at 6:13 p.m. for a missing 72-year-old man from 938 Misty Meadow Lane in the Bentonville area, according to a media ...

GOP women hold town hall focused on alternative schooling

WOODSTOCK – Alternative education was the subject of a town hall-style meeting  Wednesday night, the first in a series being planned by the Republican Women of Shenandoah County. Shenandoah County Supervisor Richard Walker and Stephen Curtis, a retired veterinarian, led the discussion heard ...

Economic Development Authority elects new chairman

FRONT ROYAL —The Front Royal-Warren County Economic Development Authority elected Gray Blantion as its new chairman at a special meeting Friday morning. The board unanimously elected Blanton before going into a closed session. Greg Drescher stepped down as chairman of the EDA last month. He ...

Court clerk asks for funds to boost staff

WOODSTOCK – The Shenandoah County Circuit Court clerk has asked the Board of Supervisors for money to boost staff to handle a high workload. Whether or not supervisors intend to grant Clerk Sarona Irvin’s request for roughly $30,000 remains uncertain. Previous boards have denied such ...

Strasburg Fire Department receives grant for exhaust removal system

The Strasburg Fire Department has received a grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to build an exhaust removal system in the fire station. Milton Painter, the interim president for the department, said that a number of fire departments, particularly larger departments, have ...

Rotary Club gives over $120,000 back to community

FRONT ROYAL — The Front Royal Rotary Club announced at a ceremony on Friday that the club had given $126,370 back to local charities and groups from July 2017 to June 2018. During the ceremony, the club gave money it had raised throughout the year to various organizations that continue to ...

Board OKs $10.7 million contract to upgrade 911 system

WOODSTOCK – The Shenandoah County Board of Supervisors moved forward Thursday on a $10.7 million project to replace the local emergency communications system.   The board voted 6-0 to authorize county officials to proceed and execute the contract that includes $9.17 million for the ...

Agencies not revealing details after bodies recovered

Law enforcement, government agencies, and a commonwealth attorney's office on Friday were mum Friday on details about the recovery of the bodies of a Harrisonburg woman and her granddaughter in Shenandoah County. Officials were not answering  requests to elaborate on where the bodies were ...

Safety fair relocating

Due to the rainy weather forecast, tomorrow’s Community Safety Fair is relocating from Jim Barnett Park to the System Support Building, 220 Campus Blvd, on the north side of the Winchester Medical Center campus. Visitors may park in Garage 1 and take the pedestrian bridge into the building. ...

Mayor investigated for unspecified ‘criminal matter’

FRONT ROYAL - Mayor Hollis Tharpe is under investigation for a "criminal matter," according to Winchester Commonwealth's Attorney Marc Abrams. No charges have been filed, and Abrams declined to reveal details of the investigation. Tharpe said over the phone that he was unaware of any ...

County drops attempt to close golf course

FRONT ROYAL - The county has pulled out of its attempt to close the Front Royal Country Club’s Golf Course. The country club was donated in 1938 to the citizens of Warren County by William E. and Agnes H. Carson, with a deed stipulating that the land be used for recreational purposes, ...