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Board OKs $8 million contract for Sheriff’s Office, ECC facility

WOODSTOCK – Shenandoah County took a step forward Thursday toward giving the sheriff and emergency dispatchers a new home. The Board of Supervisors voted 5-1 to award the construction contract for the new facility to house the Sheriff’s Office and Department of Emergency Communications. ...

Jobless rate rises in Shenandoah County

Shenandoah County's unemployment rate jumped from 2.9 to 3.7 percent between July and August 2018. The Bureau of Labor Statistics updated its non-seasonally adjusted rates this week; showing the county ranking in the bottom half of Virginia localities. The 3.7 percent unemployment rate ties ...

Shenandoah County schools get safety equipment funds

Gov. Ralph Northam recently awarded $6 million in school security equipment grants to 102 school divisions and the Virginia School for the Deaf and Blind. The grants will pay for video monitoring systems, metal detectors, classroom locks, electronic-access controls, visitor-identification ...

Plans for housing development headed to vote

STRASBURG — Plans for the Aikens-Claytor development at 1395 and 1437 John Marshall Highway are moving toward a vote following a Town Council work session on Thursday. During the work session, several council members expressed concern about the lack of two entrances to the proposed ...

Joint tourism committee embarks on wayfinding signage program

FRONT ROYAL - The town and the county's joint tourism committee hopes to draw visitors to popular attractions with new signs. The committee, which was initiated last year, recently got its $111,842 budget approved. Of that, $40,000 is dedicated to a wayfinding signage program that Warren ...

Man charged in teen’s shooting

A Fauquier County man stands accused of shooting a teenager in the foot while playing with a gun in Front Royal last month. Authorities in Fauquier County arrested Steven Wendell Timbers Jr. on Sept. 25 on one count each of maliciously discharging a firearm in an occupied building and reckless ...

Woodstock, county discuss land development

WOODSTOCK –  The county has communicated with four town property owners about what it would take to develop their land, seven parcels total, for commercial development. Jenna French, Shenandoah County's director of Tourism & Economic Development, told the town's Economic Development ...

Warren schools focus on keeping students with disabilities in classroom

Data released Oct.1 by the Virginia Department of Education show 93 percent of students with disabilities at Warren County Public Schools graduated on time, above the state average of 88 percent. Michael Hirsch, director of special services for Warren County Public Schools, focuses on a ...

Skyline students apologize in wake of social media controversy

FRONT ROYAL — A controversy in which a group of Skyline High School students posed in front of posters mocking Strasburg High School took center stage at Wednesday's meeting of the Warren County Public Schools Board. During the board's public comment period, the students offered apologies ...

Continuance motion in EDA director’s case cites ex-town manager

FRONT ROYAL - Commonwealth Attorney Brian Madden recently requested that the misdemeanor trial of Jennifer McDonald, Front Royal-Warren County economic development authority executive director, be delayed due to former Town Manager Michael Graham's unavailability to appear as ...

Council honors Woodstock officers

WOODSTOCK – Police Cpl. Keith Staffa and officer Cole Brandon were recognized Tuesday night at the Town Council meeting. On July 30, Staffa and Brandon rushed to the Woodpark Line Trailer Park,  just outside of town, for an unresponsive man. The trailer park is in Shenandoah County ...

Backroom Brewery seeks county-state expansion grant

FRONT ROYAL - Backroom Brewery's owner is hoping to obtain a grant to aid its million-dollar expansion but needs the county's help.  To receive the state's agriculture and forestry industries development grant, County Administrator Doug Stanley explained that the county must provide matching ...

Advocacy group observes 30th anniversary with fundraiser

Friends of the North Fork of the Shenandoah River is celebrating its 30th anniversary. “The community has been so supportive of us. I am proud of the work we have done,” said John Eckman, executive director. The advocacy group was founded as a volunteer group in 1988 to keep the North ...

Board OKs new chiller for elementary school

FRONT ROYAL — The Warren County School Board unanimously approved the purchase of a new chiller for Leslie Fox Keyser Elementary School's air conditioning system  during its meeting on Wednesday. The old chiller at the elementary school broke earlier this year. Mike Riley, the district's ...

Community, cops come together over coffee

FRONT ROYAL – Citizens got the chance to see another side of police officers Monday during Coffee with a Cop at the Main Street Daily Grind.  Master Police Officer Steve Mauck said the town's first Coffee with a Cop -- a nationwide law enforcement initiative - - was “a great event” that ...

New Market prepares to build a new water tower

NEW MARKET – A soon-to-be water tower project got its first push Tuesday evening during a Town Council work session. Three water tower construction companies — CB&I, Mid Atlantic Storage Systems Inc. and Caldwell — broke down the water tower basics for council members, the town ...

Town asks for input on Court Square design

WOODSTOCK – Town officials are asking for public input on developing a Court Square design strategy. “We want to hear from all of the community,” said Lemuel Hancock, the town's urban designer and neighborhood planner. Town officials want to encourage people to gather and spend time at ...

Pentagon honors Front Royal resident

FRONT ROYAL — A Front Royal resident who has founded and run charities to help veterans and their families find jobs and take care of financial crises has received an award from the U.S. Department of Defense. Skip Rogers, the co-founder and executive director of the Front Royal-based Able ...