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Board OKs new meeting schedule, officers

WOODSTOCK – Shenandoah County leaders have adopted a new schedule that eliminates a monthly meeting but shouldn’t cut public participation, officials say. The Board of Supervisors voted 4-1 at its organizational meeting Tuesday to approve a new meeting schedule for the year. The board may ...

Man arrested on firearm charges on New Year’s Eve

A Browntown man was arrested Monday after allegedly firing multiple shots at midnight on New Year's Eve in Star Tannery. One of the bullets entered a nearby residence. Michael Priola, 26, was charged with reckless handling of a firearm and shooting into an occupied dwelling after he allegedly ...

New LFCC president ready to take command

Kimberly Blosser is hoping to stay awhile when she takes over as the new president of Lord Fairfax Community College in February. “Because of my personal experience, and the difference community colleges make in students' lives, affirms for me that this is where I want to spend the rest of ...

Six arrested on misdemeanor charge

Six people were charged over the weekend with contributing to the delinquency of a minor in connection with an investigation involving Strasburg volunteer firefighters, according to state police Sgt. F.L. "Les" Tyler. In an email Monday, Tyler stated that those arrested on the misdemeanor ...

Hospitals to restrict visiting hours

Valley Health hospitals will be limiting patient visits to four hours per day due to an increase in flu cases in the region. According to a Valley Health news release issued Monday, visiting hours will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The changes will take effect Wednesday ...

Foster program calls Christmas drive a ‘wild success’

WINCHESTER – Area foster care program Embrace’s annual Christmas donation drive was a “wild success,” said Katharine McLeod, foster parent recruitment coordinator. She estimated over 100 board games were donated, due in no small part to the drive’s partner organizations: The ...

New Market man killed in father-son dispute

Roger Allen Bruce, 66, of New Market, was shot and killed in a father-son dispute on Christmas Eve, according to a news release from the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office in Maryland. The incident occurred at approximately 4:04 p.m. Dec. 24 at Bruce's son's residence in Coltons Point, ...

Year in review: Prize money flowed to area businesses in 2017

Shenandoah Valley businesses had their fair share of victories and failures in 2017. Several shops won thousands of dollars in marketing grants, downtown revitalization was a common concern for small towns, and area business leaders even thrust their voices into local politics. Six Shenandoah ...

Training EMS workers proves difficult in region and state, report says

Training emergency medical services providers has proven to be difficult, in the region and across the state, according to an annual report from the Lord Fairfax Emergency Medical Services Council. According to Tracy McLaurin, executive director of the Lord Fairfax Emergency Medical Services ...

Law enforcement, cab companies gear up for New Year’s

While people are preparing to ring in the new year with drinks and parties, law enforcement is asking the public to practice safe driving during the holiday. In Shenandoah County, the Sheriff’s Office will have additional units on the road through a grant from the Virginia Department of ...

Fire destroys camper in Front Royal

A mobile camper parked in the 300 block of Osage Stret in Front Royal was destroyed in a fire Thursday, the Warren County Department of Fire and Rescue Services stated in a news release. Fire and rescue units received a call regarding the fire at 4:38 p.m. Thursday and were able to contain the ...

Year in Review: Health policy, hospital expansion top news in 2017

With Congress trying numerous times to repeal the Affordable Care Act, 2017 was a busy year in health care news in the Northern Shenandoah Valley. The year saw insurers leave the Affordable Care Act marketplace across the state and in the region. Last year, Warren and Frederick counties and ...

Funds raised for Strasburg firefighter injured in crash

Eddie Wharton, a firefighter with the Strasburg Volunteer Fire Department, was seriously injured in a car crash at 3:06 a.m. Friday while driving northbound on Interstate 81 in Rockbridge County. Nathan Hirschberg, a family friend, launched a GoFundMe campaign to help Wharton pay his ...

Year in Review: County board saw stalemates, change in 2017

Shenandoah County voters changed the Board of Supervisors membership in November, capping off a year of stalemates and debates over spending. The election saw District 4 Supervisor Cindy Bailey giving up her seat to newcomer and local business owner Karl Roulston. District 5 Supervisor ...

Two transported to hospital after crash

STRASBURG – Two Shenandoah County residents were transported to Shenandoah Memorial Hospital for non-life threatening injuries after a vehicular collision on Route 11 across from the Denny’s restaurant around 9:30 a.m. Wednesday. Russell Shull, 68, of Strasburg, was driving a 2004 white ...

Two families claim remains from Sheriff’s Office

The Frederick County Sheriff's Office was able to bring some closure to two families during the Christmas holiday. The families of Lester Tinsman, of Stephens City, and Lisa Shanholtzer, of Stephenson, contacted the department to claim the cremated remains of their family members that sat for ...

Strasburg home burns three days before Christmas

STRASBURG – A fire destroyed a family’s home on Crim Drive in Strasburg on Dec. 22. No one was injured, although one of the family cats is still missing. Parents Leah and Scott Figgins  and their son Noah  are currently staying at the Fairfield Inn in Strasburg. Noah was the only one ...

Front Royal sees changes to council, staff in 2017

FRONT ROYAL – Front Royal and its elected leaders stayed busy this year, starting with a search for a new town manager. The Town Council tapped Director of Energy Services Joseph Waltz as the new head of government, first in January to fill the job in the interim, then permanently. Waltz ...