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Front Royal recycling no longer accepts glass

Glass will no longer be collected as a recyclable item in Front Royal because the facility where it was taken sold its crushing machine, according to a public notice on the town's website. Mike Berry, Warren County Public Works director, said it would have cost the town more money to take the ...

Board’s tie vote leaves garage permit unchanged

WOODSTOCK – Shenandoah County leaders couldn’t agree Tuesday on whether or not to approve a new permit for a garage in Quicksburg. The Board of Supervisors voted 3-3 on a motion to deny a special-use permit requested by Tucker Auto Garage on Quicksburg Road. The board approved a permit for ...

Strasburg council to discuss placing electrical lines underground in town lot

The Strasburg Town Council is set to vote on whether or not to have the town pay around $31,000 to move electrical lines in the town’s parking lot underground and remove poles from the center of the parking lot. In a meeting of the Infrastructure Committee on Tuesday, council members John ...

RevUp ShenCo kickoff draws county-wide interest

WOODSTOCK – About 25 men and women who own or manage businesses in Shenandoah County came to hear Dr. Vincent Magnini, a professor at Virginia Tech and veteran of the hospitality business, deliver tips and tricks for interacting with customers. “We were very pleased with how the event went ...

Judge sentences defendants in drug cases

WOODSTOCK – A handful of people received punishments for drug possession and other charges in Shenandoah County this week. Judge Clark A. Ritchie accepted guilty pleas and handed down sentences to the following defendants in Shenandoah County Circuit Court on Thursday: Joshua Roman Miller, ...

Town reconsiders police radio payment options

FRONT ROYAL – The Town Council has learned that it will not be able to loan itself money to purchase a new $545,000 Motorola police radio system. The council instead came to a consensus after a Monday work session to pursue a 10-year Virginia Association of Counties loan due to unexpected ...

Sheep take center stage at Shenandoah County Fair

WOODSTOCK  – Kids from around Shenandoah County brought their sheep to see who was the best in show during the Shenandoah County 4-H/FFA Sheep Showmanship Show at the Shenandoah County Fair on Monday. The event featured over 50 entrants competing in over 11 classes. The sheep that are ...

Strasburg overhauls town website

The Town of Strasburg recently overhauled its website in a move that town officials hope will make the town’s website easier for people to navigate. Michelle Bixler, Strasburg's economic development and marketing manager, said there had been discussions about changing the website since she ...

Middletown woman charged after stabbing

The Frederick County Sheriff's Office has charged a Middletown woman with malicious wounding. Early Sunday, deputies charged Carrie O'Connor, 29, after she allegedly stabbed a 41-year-old man with whom she had been in a relationship with, said Sheriff Lenny Millholland. Court records show the ...

Town approves jaywalking ordinance

FRONT ROYAL – Pedestrians should watch their step as the town recently passed a jaywalking ordinance in a continued effort to curb the occurrence of pedestrians being struck by vehicles. The ordinance, which allows police to ticket pedestrians illegally crossing roadways, was ...

Area woman works toward better life for herself, kids

Loryanne Mercado Rodriguez came to the United States four years ago from Puerto Rico. She was scared when she left her home for better opportunities,  she said, noting that she wants to be able to take better care of her two children, ages 5 and nearly 2. “I want them to see their mom is ...

LFCC offers classes to help boost employability

Changes to the American workplace are forcing citizens to adapt to a new business world and schools to rethink the skills they need to teach. Earlier this year, the Virginia Board of Workforce Development approved a strategic plan to offer insight into the state's workforce system as it is ...

Toms Brook Man charged with exposure

Authorities say a Shenandoah County man exposed himself to children in July. The Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office arrested Todd Sterling Heise, 53, of 176 Jessica Place, Toms Brook, on Thursday and charged him with one count of exposing himself to a child under 15 years old. Sheriff’s ...

Man accused of abducting, raping woman

A Shenandoah County man remains in jail without bond on charges of holding a woman against her will and raping her in July. Elmer Bruce Good Jr. remains held without bond at Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail on one count each of rape by force, attempted forcible sodomy, abduction, ...

Middletown property owners plead for help

MIDDLETOWN – Five residents who live in the area of Greenbriar Road and Third Street want the town to do something about draining issues they say threaten their homes and property. The residents attended Monday's Planning Commission meeting and complain about a culvert that drains stormwater ...

Operation nets arrests, drugs

Regional authorities seized drugs worth more than $100,000 and arrested suspects on dozens of charges last week. The Northern Virginia Regional Drug and Gang Task Force, along with area law enforcement agencies, conducted its sixth annual Operation Valley Venue and netted 92 charges or summons ...