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Breweries open in Shenandoah Valley amid statewide boom

FRONT ROYAL — By the time Jerry Welcome became an owner and managing partner for the Front Royal Brewing Co., his plans toward owning a brewery had been years in the making. By 2012, his son had left the restaurant business in Morgantown and moved back home, telling Jerry that he wanted to ...

Drescher steps down as EDA chairman

FRONT ROYAL - Greg Drescher announced Friday that he is stepping down as chairman of the Front Royal-Warren County Economic Development Authority during the board's meeting. Drescher, who is also Warren County Public Schools superintendent, said his primary attention should be focused on the ...

Architectural Review Board delays decision on Eats Stand demolition

STRASBURG — Strasburg’s Architectural Review Board has delayed a discussion on whether it will approve the demolition of the “Eats Stand” in the town’s downtown parking lot after members failed to come to a consensus. During their meeting on Thursday, two members voted to oppose ...

Proposed I-81 improvements unveiled

MIDDLETOWN – The public had its first look at possible improvements to Interstate 81 during a meeting Tuesday at Lord Fairfax Community College. “I think this is one of the more robust comprehensive looks of I-81 in decades,” said Nick Donohue, deputy secretary of transportation and ...

Third person sentenced in home invasion

WOODSTOCK – A third co-defendant pleaded guilty Wednesday to playing a role in a November home invasion. Judge Clark A. Ritchie sentenced Philip L. Runion in Shenandoah County Circuit Court to 10 years in prison with nine years and six months suspended for one count of stealing more than $5 ...

Crash sends three to hospitals

A two-vehicle crash in Warren County sent three people to hospitals on Friday. The crash occurred at approximately 8:45 a.m. on U.S. 340 south (Stonewall Jackson Highway), about a mile north of Rocky Lane, according to information provided by Virginia State Police spokesman Sgt. F.L. “Les” ...

Police: Edinburg man involved in multi-state drug ring

An Edinburg man arrested on a felony drug possession charge in Luray Tuesday has suspected ties to a multi-state methamphetamine ring.  Bryan Lee Estep, 44, of 146 Hideaway Farms Road, was arrested on a felony count of possession of over 10 grams of methamphetamine with the intent to ...

Grants awarded to two new teachers

The Shenandoah County Educational Association recently awarded two 2018-2019 New Teacher Mini-Grants, according to a statement from the association. One grant of $250 was issued to Kimberlee Whetzel, a new fifth-grade teacher at W.W. Robinson Elementary School. Whetzel, who wants her students ...

Concerns voiced over Cedar Valley entrances

STRASBURG — Members of the Strasburg Town Council and the Planning Commission expressed concerns Wednesday that the potential Cedar Valley housing development would not have two entrances and exits during the initial phases of the project. During a joint meeting of the two groups, ...

Attorney withdraws in VFW arson, theft case

FRONT ROYAL – A lawyer withdrew this week from representing a woman accused of stealing from a local veterans group and  setting fire to its headquarters. Leslie Ann Deavers stands charged with one count of embezzling more than $200 from the Front Royal chapter of the Veterans of Foreign ...

Shenandoah Community Health Clinic to expand school counseling services

The Shenandoah Community Health Clinic is set to expand its counseling services to all Shenandoah County public schools after it received a $130,000 grant from the Virginia Health Care Foundation to hire additional behavioral health clinicians. The health clinic has long planned to expand ...

Motorcyclist dies in Interstate 81 crash

A 28-year-old Frederick County man died early Thursday morning after being ejected from a motorcycle he was driving while under the influence of alcohol, according to Sgt. F. "Les" Tyler of the state police. Jonathan Maurice Armitage, 28, was northbound on a 2006 Honda motorcycle near ...

Grand jury indicts man on wounding charge

FRONT ROYAL – A Warren County grand jury indicted a Kentucky man this week in the wounding of a woman in June. Shawn Paul Holbrook, 39, of West Van Lear, remains held without bond in the Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail, on one count of malicious wounding. A judge in Warren ...

Clearance bars installed to protect bridge

The Meems Bottom Covered Bridge has one more level of protection while it will remain closed to commercial traffic. Ed Carter, the Edinburg Residency administrator, said the Virginia Department of Transportation completed the installation of clearance bars with chains hanging down to alert ...

SOL scores released: Shenandoah results following state trend

Shenandoah County Public Schools seems to be following a statewide trend of declining scores on the Standards of Learning test results that were released on Wednesday. Schools around the state recorded 2017-18 student scores that declined in every subject that was measured --  English, math, ...

Police charge man from pursuit with wrecking house

WOODSTOCK – A man accused of throwing his child into a creek while running from police last week now stands charged with destroying the house where he hid. Kyle Steven Sunday remains held without bond at Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail on charges of child endangerment, attempted ...

SOL scores: Ressie Jeffries sees increase in English scores

More than 75 percent of Ressie Jeffries Elementary School students passed the English standards of learning test for the first time in over four years, according to state test results released on Wednesday. The results support previous assertions from Warren County Public Schools ...

Man who threatened judge, hurt deputy sentenced

WOODSTOCK – A Shenandoah County man suffering from dementia must serve prison time for threatening a judge and striking a Sheriff’s Office deputy with a vehicle before fleeing arrest in 2016. Judge Clark A. Ritchie sentenced William Walter Grim Jr., 62, in Shenandoah County Circuit Court ...