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Performance aims to teach kids about inclusion, empathy

FRONT ROYAL — Amy Stone was at a Panera Bread Company restaurant when a conversation about the representation of people with disabilities in a film came up. Stone, who uses a wheelchair, said that the conversation got her thinking about what would happen if a Disney princess was a wheelchair ...

Kaine, Lewis make campaign stop in Woodstock

WOODSTOCK – Democratic candidates for Virginia seats in Congress and the Senate made a campaign stop in town Tuesday. Dozens of people gathered outside party headquarters on North Main Street to see U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine and 6th Congressional District candidate Jennifer Lewis. With the ...

Car crashes into apartments: Three families are displaced; driver charged

FRONT ROYAL - Marco Osorio was getting ready to shower around 8 a.m. Tuesday when “I heard the explosion.” He said he had no idea what caused the noise and “I just got my two kids and ran out” upon hearing the “big boom.” The noise was the result of a car crashing into the ...

Town adopts property code, OKs police radio funding

FRONT ROYAL – After months of discussion, the town Monday approved funding for the Police Department’s new radios and adopted Virginia’s property maintenance code. The Town Council at its regular  meeting unanimously approved obtaining a 10-year loan to pay for the $545,000 Motorola ...

Public input heard on Middletown Comprehensive Plan

MIDDLETOWN – The Planning Commission heard from two town residents on the Comprehensive Plan draft during a public hearing on Monday. Resident Sue Anne Teal applauded the Planning Commission for its work on the plan. “I have read all 51 pages, and I am so impressed,” Teal said, ...

Judge receives career achievement award

FRONT ROYAL - A local judge has been recognized by his peers with an outstanding career service award for accomplishments spanning two-plus decades while on the bench in the 26th District juvenile and domestic relations courts. Judge William Sharp, 65, who presides in Warren and Frederick ...

Woman connected to pursuit enters plea

WOODSTOCK – A woman received suspended jail time Monday for her role in an incident in Strasburg earlier this year that involved a man tossing a child into a creek during a police chase. Kristia Ann Leitma, 27, of Haymarket, appeared in Shenandoah County General District Court where she ...

Towing firm seeks permit for impound lot

A towing company’s proposal to move its impound lot to the Toms Brook area drew opposition from neighbors earlier this month. Now JPG Towing’s office manager and the owner’s wife, Penny Shipe, is speaking out about the proposed move and the company’s efforts to follow state and local ...

Community mourns Strasburg teen

STRASBURG – Mourners filled Liberty Baptist Church on Friday afternoon to remember 16-year-old Malikhi Honesty Roberts. Malikhi died a day after a two-vehicle crash on Oct. 12 at the intersection of State Route 623 (Back Road) and State Route 638 (Junction Road). Many of the mourners were ...

United Way executive director stepping down

FRONT ROYAL — Dawn Graves, the executive director of United Way Front Royal-Warren County, will be stepping down on Friday. Graves, who is relocating with her family to Texas,  has been the executive director since September 2016, replacing Lee Smith-Osina. “I was working in Arlington at ...

Valley could see slightly wetter winter

The Northern Shenandoah Valley could have a wetter than normal winter, according to a seasonal forecast released Thursday by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Precipitation is projected to be slightly above normal, said Kyle Pallozzi, a meteorologist for the National Weather ...

SVEC celebrates completion of Strasburg substation project

STRASBURG — The president and CEO of the Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative, along with a number of local government officials, celebrated the completion of an $11 million project by the electric cooperative Thursday. Over five years ago, the electric cooperative began planning work on ...

After vehicle crash, bear cub gets treatment

For several days, Regis Arnold had seen a mother bear and her two cubs around Mount Olive Road near his home in Toms Brook. But over the weekend, he said he saw one of the cubs by himself, bleeding. "That's what made me turn around, when it was just him," Arnold said. Arnold then called the ...

Board OKs pay hike for bus drivers during field trips

FRONT ROYAL — Warren County Public Schools Board members voted unanimously during their work session on Wednesday to raise the rate they pay bus drivers during field trips after struggling to find enough drivers. The division has been paying its bus drivers $9.50 per hour on those trips, ...

Shenandoah Royal Arch Chapter celebrates 150th anniversary

A Freemasons group in Edinburg will celebrate its 150th anniversary on Saturday. The chapter, Shenandoah Royal Arch Chapter No. 17, will host a dinner at a Mount Jackson restaurant and will feature a talk on Freemasonry by Royal Arch Past District Deputy Officer Dennis Hass. Edward Tooma, ...

Issues plague Rivermont as plans for new station progress

FRONT ROYAL - Cracked walls, a condemned second floor, flooding, mold and uninhabitable living quarters have made life tough for firefighters at the Rivermont Volunteer Fire Department. But Chief Jeremy Greenback and Assistant Chief Joe Woodall hope to boost spirits and rebuild a sense of ...