Local News

Value of Brown house deal questioned at work session

STRASBURG — Citizens at a work session Tuesday expressed concerns about finances during a discussion about the town’s proposed sale of the Brown house at 218 E. King St. On Aug. 16, the town entered into a contract with Filerman Procurement Interests LLC to sell the Brown house in exchange ...

Man sentenced in home invasion case

WOODSTOCK -- Circuit Judge Dennis L. Hupp on Wednesday sentenced a local man to a youthful offender program after the defendant pleaded guilty earlier this year to breaking and entering and larceny charges. Thomas Henry Caison, 20, was involved in the October home invasion of a Woodstock ...

Woodstock Town Council OKs strategic plan

The Woodstock Town Council approved on Tuesday evening a five-year strategic plan that begins in 2018. The 74 page comprehensive plan lays out eight goals administrators, team leaders and the Town Council will work on in the coming years. “Our management team and Town Council worked really ...

Town close to naming new police chief

FRONT ROYAL – Town officials could name the new police chief in the next few weeks,  Director of Human Resources Julie Bush said Wednesday. A renewed search for a chief resulted in the town receiving roughly 15 applications by July 24, Bush said. Town staff interviewed three of the ...

Board OKs higher ambulance fees

FRONT ROYAL – Patients picked up by ambulance in town and Warren County could pay more for the ride to the hospital. The Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to change the fees that the county’s billing company charges for ambulance transportation. Supervisors took action on the item as part ...

Man pleads no contest to aggravated sexual battery

FRONT ROYAL -- Circuit Judge Ronald L. Napier accepted a plea agreement on Tuesday in the case of a local man charged with aggravated sexual battery of a minor. Jerry Raymond David, 76, pleaded no contest to sexually assaulting a 10-year-old girl in October 2014. Assistant Commonwealth’s ...

Two indicted in Walmart shoplifting, assault case

FRONT ROYAL -- A grand jury on Tuesday indicted a man and a woman who were allegedly involved in a July shoplifting incident at Walmart. Robert Carl Shinaul Jr., 32, and Skylar Nicole Smith, 20, were each indicted on one count of shoplifting items worth over $200 after they allegedly pushed ...

County looks at overtime pay for responders

FRONT ROYAL – Warren County could save money by changing the way it pays emergency responders and  bringing its policy in line with other localities. The Board of Supervisors heard during a work session Tuesday from Human Resources Manager Jodi Saffelle and Richard Mabie, chief of the ...

Festival featuring 20 bands draws music fans

FRONT ROYAL – Music fans alike came out by the hundreds despite unpredictable weather to attend Appaloosa Music Festival 2017 over the Labor Day weekend at Skyline Ranch Resort. Allison and Todd Young, of Pennsylvania, said they wouldn’t miss it, rain or shine. “It’s all about the ...

The unseen victims of the opioid crisis

As the opioid epidemic continues to ravage the Shenandoah Valley, the effects have trickled down to area children whose parents have fallen victim to substance abuse. There has been an increase in child neglect cases because of the epidemic, said Kelly Bober, executive director of ChildSafe ...

Church plans to send another truck to Houston

STRASBURG — On Sunday, days after Restoration Fellowship Church announced plans to send an 18-wheeler truck to Houston, the Rev. Jay Ahlemann said the truck was full. Now, they were planning on filling up another truck. “We’ve got that truck full,” Ahlemann said, pointing to the ...

Meet Middletown’s new police chief

MIDDLETOWN – Police chief Gary W. Benedict Jr. wants his officers and Middletown residents to know he has an open door policy and they can come to him, whether in his office or on the street. The new chief considers the community the department's biggest asset, its eyes and ears to alert ...

Kids conquer county fair’s goat obstacle course

WOODSTOCK -- On a chilly Friday afternoon at the Shenandoah County Fair, dozens of fairgoers gather to watch the festivities as 4-H kids and their market goats try and complete an obstacle course. Racing against the clock, these 29 goat handlers had to guide the animals over a wooden see ...

Priest’s role as former Klansman not a surprise to one man

News that a former Woodstock parish Catholic priest was once involved in the Ku Klux Klan is of no surprise to one former member. Chris Peer in his youth was an altar boy at St. John's Bosco Catholic Church in Woodstock. At times that meant he worked with Rev. William Aitcheson, who served at ...

Warren County to bring in counselors to schools

FRONT ROYAL — Warren County Schools are set to bring in counselors to provide mental health services to students inside the schools. During a School Board retreat on Wednesday, Michael Hirsch, director of special services for the district, said that the new positions would make it easier for ...

EDA board seeks changes to its rules

FRONT ROYAL – The Front Royal-Warren County Economic Development Authority's Board of Directors plans to change its rules after questions arose about how the body operates. The EDA plans to ask the Board of Supervisors to approve several proposed changes to the authority’s bylaws. ...

VDOT finishes Blue Mountain Road paving

LINDEN – Hundreds of Warren County residents can expect a smoother ride on a long and winding road through Blue Mountain. The Virginia Department of Transportation recently completed paving a 2.2-mile section of Blue Mountain Road. VDOT also replaced pipes to improve drainage, reshaped the ...

Pain at the gas pumps

Warnings of increased gas prices as a result of Hurricane Harvey hitting the Gulf Coast came true Thursday. Gas prices jumped dramatically on Thursday, leaving consumers who did not heed the warnings to fill up earlier a little lighter than expected in the wallet. Bill Holtzman, president of ...