Local News

Man found guilty of 1st degree murder

FRONT ROYAL -- After less than two hours of deliberation, A jury Thursday found Clay Marshall Curtis guilty of first degree murder in the 2014 shooting death of Front Royal cab driver Simon Funk. The jury chose the maximum punishment, and recommended life imprisonment with a $100,000 ...

Thermo Fisher Scientific to add 57 jobs

MIDDLETOWN – Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. plans to expand its Frederick County operations, create 57 new jobs and invest $9.5 million. Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s office announced Thursday the company’s intentions to invest in its medical device manufacturing operations. Thermo Fisher has ...

County panel holds firm on economic development plan

WOODSTOCK – The Shenandoah County Industrial Development Authority stood its ground Thursday on a cost-sharing proposal to spur local economy. The authority revisited a proposed joint resolution it forwarded to the Board of Supervisors that laid out how the two parties could share the cost ...

Judge orders psych evaluation in teen murder case

FRONT ROYAL -- Circuit Judge Clifford L. Athey Jr. Thursday ordered a psychological evaluation in the case of a Gore teen accused in the stabbing death of his girlfriend in March. William “Beau” Bassler and David Hensley, the defense attorneys representing the defendant, Bailey Lincoln ...

Mural unveiled in Strasburg

STRASBURG—Strasburg residents, including Mayor Rich Orndorff and Town Manager Wyatt Pearson, gathered near the corner of King and Fort Streets Wednesday for the unveiling of the second mural this year in Strasburg. David and Desiree Guinn, a couple from Philadelphia, spent the past six days ...

Possible motive revealed in murder trial

FRONT ROYAL -- The inmate that murder defendant Clay Marshall Curtis allegedly confessed to while in Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail testified on Wednesday to what he heard from Curtis about the December 2014 shooting death of Front Royal cab driver Simon Funk. According to the ...

County files farm deed, ends ownership question

WOODSTOCK – Shenandoah County officially owns the historic farm that has served the locality for more than 200 years. County Administrator Mary T. Price and Board of Supervisors Chairman Conrad Helsley were on hand Tuesday to file the deed for the Maurertown property in Shenandoah County ...

Supervisors balk on board picks

WOODSTOCK – Shenandoah County leaders failed again Tuesday to fill seats on a local board, including one set to expire Friday. The Board of Supervisors killed a motion Tuesday to appoint Frances Bowman and Jill Sutherly to the Social Services Board. District 4 Supervisor Cindy Bailey made ...

Town reopens search for police chief

FRONT ROYAL – Potential changes to residency rules for certain department heads prompted the town to reopen its search for a new police chief Wednesday. Town Manager Joseph Waltz said that officials decided to renew the application process in light of the July 10 public hearing on proposed ...

Animal lover fancies cats and their shows

TIMBERVILLE — Steve Marston has always liked animals. “My brother says I’m like Noah,” Marston said. “He could look over at my yard, and all the birds are over here in my yard. The squirrels, the rabbits — they all seem to be hanging out in my yard. You don’t really see them in ...

Murder scene details emerge in trial

FRONT ROYAL -- Several prosecution witnesses described Monday at the murder trial of Clay Marshall Curtis what they found at the December 2014 crime scene where the body of Front Royal cab driver Simon Funk was found. Winchester Police Officer Jason Poe, who was a sergeant with the Warren ...

Man testifies defendant tried to hit him with van

FRONT ROYAL -- The alleged victim in an attempted murder charge filed against Clay Marshall Curtis -- in addition to the first-degree murder charge Marshall is facing -- testified on Monday about his version of the December 2014 case. Jeff Sisler -- who lived across the street from Curtis’ ...

Strasburg approves site plan for brewery

STRASBURG—The Strasburg Planning Commission Tuesday approved the site plan of a brewery and recommended to the Town Council that the brewery be allowed larger signs than are currently permitted under the town’s sign code. Planning Commission members spent little time at their meeting ...

Council fixes faulty agenda, closes meeting

FRONT ROYAL – The Town Council may have broken its own meeting rules Monday when it tried to go behind closed doors. The council adopted its meeting agenda before addressing the topics on the slate. The agenda included a closed session to discuss one topic: Town Manager Joseph Waltz’ ...

Judge denies motion to remove defense attorney from murder trial

FRONT ROYAL -- Circuit Judge Clifford J. Athey on Monday denied the prosecution’s motion to remove defense attorney John Bell from the Clay Marshall Curtis murder trial, upholding a ruling from a previous hearing. Curtis, 64, is charged in the December 2014 shooting death of Front Royal cab ...

Town claims resident broke backyard chicken rules

FRONT ROYAL – The town recently accused a resident with breaking local rules on keeping backyard chickens. Christopher Patton, 35, of 851 Happy Creek Road, violated the town code section pertaining to urban agriculture, according to a criminal complaint filed in Warren County General ...

Woodstock celebrates new businesses

June has been a busy month for Woodstock as the town has seen two new businesses open their doors to the public. The Pantry at 117 held its ribbon cutting ceremony on Wednesday and Assisting Angels Home Care cut the ribbon on Friday. The owners of both businesses are first-time business ...