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Woodstock wants hearing of halfway houses

WOODSTOCK - The Town Council and Planning Commission will hold a public hearing at 7:20 p.m. March 6 to receive public comment regarding halfway houses. The town has drafted new ordinance language that would make licensing a halfway house contingent on a special use permit, giving the town ...

House to consider asset forfeiture bill

Virginia could change how and when law enforcement agencies receive money from assets seized during criminal investigations. A House of Delegates committee this week endorsed legislation that would require a court to find a defendant guilty of a crime before he or she could lose assets taken ...

Warren supervisors support, oppose several bills

FRONT ROYAL – The Board of Supervisors this week approved resolutions opposing and supporting an array of House and Senate bills that are before the 2018 Virginia General Assembly. The board on Tuesday approved four supporting and opposing resolutions at the request of County Attorney Dan ...

Fire damages historic house

FRONT ROYAL – A historic 1850s Bentonville house suffered extensive damage Tuesday. Warren County Fire and Rescue units were dispatched about 2:20 p.m. to 3609 Buck Mountain Road in response to a house engulfed in flames, Fire Chief Richard Mabie said. Mabie said upon arrival the fire ...

Debate over ground-floor apartments in Strasburg heads toward final vote

STRASBURG — The Town Council is set to decide whether it will allow a developer to build ground-floor apartments on several properties in Strasburg’s downtown district. During a work session on Monday, council members moved forward a plan by Doug Boyd to build small efficiency apartments ...

Council discusses county’s role in tourism spending

STRASBURG -- Tourism revenues in Shenandoah County surged in the most recent year for which data is available from the county's director of tourism and business development. The director, Jenna French, told a work session of Strasburg Town Council on Monday that revenue in 2016 jumped by 4.8 ...

Smithsonian facility sees spike in births of rare bird

The Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal has had a recent surge in births of the Guam rail birds. Since November, the conservation facility has seen the birth of eight of the flightless birds. During the past four years, the facility has had one or two births of the birds ...

Stabbing victim in critical but non-life-threatening condition

Front Royal police responded to a report of a stab wound at 613 S. Royal Ave. at approximately 3 p.m. Tuesday. The victim, Roger Allen Cameron Jr., suffered a stab wound to the chest, according to a Front Royal Police Department news release. The release stated he was transported to Warren ...

Man charged with abduction in Edinburg

Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested  Kevin Dewayne Grayson, 40, of Edinburg, on Feb. 1  and charged him with abduction. Capt. Wes Dellinger said Grayson was trying to determine if his wife was inside a residence in the 200 block of Shenandoah Avenue. She was, along with ...

Icy conditions possible today

After the combination of a light snow dusting and a wintry mix, Shenandoah Valley residents may see icy conditions on area roadways this morning. Sandy Myers, Virginia Department of Transportation public relations specialist, said Tuesday that crews were not planning on pre-salting the roads ...

Mount Jackson elects new Planning Commission chairman

MOUNT JACKSON – The town Planning Commission elected its leadership team Monday night, re-appointing Larry Ambrose as chairman and Anita Miller as vice chairman in 4–0 votes. Commission member Ken Hackenbracht was not present. The commission is chaired by five members, though the Town ...

One-way Main Street vetoed

FRONT ROYAL – The Town Council decided at its Monday work session to leave Main Street the way it is and drop a proposal to make a portion of it one-way. The decision to leave the matter out of future meetings came after a recent survey showed citizen opposition to the proposal. Of the ...

Middletown Town Hall renovations on track

MIDDLETOWN – Town Hall renovations are expected to be done sometime in May. Daniel Taylor, owner of DSM Construction, said the project is on schedule and on budget. Engineers are due out to inspect the installed heating and cooling systems, new electrical wiring, plumbing and other work. ...

Middletown anticipates April opening for baseball field

MIDDLETOWN – A new baseball field should be ready for teams this April, according to town officials. Shawn Hibbard is the founder of Team 84 Athletes, as well as Legacy Christian Academy, the nonprofit local sports organization funding the baseball complex as part of a private/public ...

Royal Phoenix plans progress

FRONT ROYAL – The town is moving forward with plans to install a pump station to serve future development at the Royal Phoenix site off Kendrick Lane. The Town Council decided at its Monday work session to put the proposed pump station out for bid. It will serve ITFederal and the new Front ...

Headley Road bridge replacement on schedule

Work on the State Route 600 (Headley Road) bridge east of Maurertown is on schedule for its projected April 17 opening. Virginia Department of Transportation spokesperson Ken Slack confirmed the timeline for the low water bridge. Projected cost for the new bridge was calculated at $2.4 ...

Strasburg Town Council selects interim member

STRASBURG — The Strasburg Town Council chose  Curtis Falkenstein Monday as an interim member. The decision came in a 4-3 vote with three members  favoring Emily Reynolds for the position. The vote came with little discussion following a set of two closed-session discussions last ...

Northam endorses unfreezing of Dominion Energy utility rates

Gov. Ralph Northam endorsed a major overhaul of electric utility regulations Monday, stating the changes will restore customer protections and spur the development of a modern, resilient electric grid. The governor supported legislation to repeal and replace a controversial 2015 law that ...

House OKs license plate but not laws curbing gun violence

Virginia legislators might not back laws that proponents say will curb gun violence but they do support license plates that push the same goal. The House of Delegates on Friday voted on a bill to authorize the issuance of special license plates for supporters of stopping gun violence. The ...

Warren County awarded breakfast grant

The two Warren County middle schools have received grant funding to help them make changes to their breakfast program. Both Warren County Middle School and Skyline Middle School were awarded $5,000 to start a so-called “breakfast after the bell program.” According to Claire Mansfield, the ...