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Cooley wins six Readers’ Choice photography awards

Northern Virginia Daily photographer Rich Cooley won six Readers’ Choice awards at the Southern Newspapers Publishers Association-Inland News Industry Summit in Nashville this month. Cooley took first place in spot news photography, first and second place in features photography, and ...

Second man sentenced for taking property from ill woman

A second Shenandoah County man received a suspended jail sentence Wednesday for stealing from a woman suffering from Alzheimer’s. Judge Clark Ritchie sentenced Robert Carroll in Shenandoah County Circuit Court to two years in a state penitentiary for felony petit larceny for taking a garden ...

Frost on the pumpkin? It’s possible tonight

Colder temperatures have settled into the Northern Shenandoah Valley. Cody Ledbetter, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Sterling, said temperatures will dip into the low to mid-30s over the next several nights. "There is a good chance of a potential frost advisory ...

Woodstock woman arrested on child abuse charges

The Shenandoah County Sheriff's Office has arrested Caitlin Pool, 25, of Woodstock, on two counts of child abuse and neglect. In two criminal complaints, Pool is accused of placing her daughter in the care of a man who, the complaints state, beat her daughter. According to the complaints, ...

Town hovering just above three-month reserves

FRONT ROYAL – As councilmen pondered funding options for the recently approved $545,000 Motorola Police Department radio system, Finance Director B.J. Wilson suggested that the town not loan itself the money. During a Monday work session, he said the town should instead purchase the system ...

County job fair draws dozens to New Market

NEW MARKET—Packed inside the New Market Community Center, 34 employers with tables, stands, fliers and posters stood ready Tuesday to attract the best and brightest Shenandoah County has to offer. Spilling out into the hallways were four more employers, ready to greet job seekers on their way ...

Town considers redundant water pipeline

FRONT ROYAL – The town is considering the construction of a second water line to ensure that future development in the U.S. 340/522 corridor has enough water and that there is a backup supply if pipes break. Steve Steele, of CHA Design/Construction, explained at the Town Council’s Monday ...

Strasburg council members support water study as town looks into tower

STRASBURG — Town Council members informally supported funding a new study to look into Strasburg's water infrastructure during a work session on Monday as the town looks into the possibility of building a new water tower. During the work session and in an interview on Tuesday, Jay McKinley, ...

Man jailed for domestic assault

A Warren County man has received jail time for assaulting a woman at a Front Royal hotel in July. Judge Clifford L. Athey Jr. sentenced Freddie Lee Kendricks Jr. in Warren County Circuit Court on Monday to three years in prison for committing one felony count of domestic assault – a third or ...

Planning Commission member signals possible resignation

MIDDLETOWN – A Planning Commission member suggested Monday he might resign as members continue to work on the town’s Comprehensive Plan. The statement from John Copeland came after new commission member Mark Dalton and town attorney J. David Griffin suggested they slow down and go through ...

Small fire at Holiday Inn; no injuries reported

The Holiday Inn at 111 Hospitality Road in Front Royal had a small fire in a storage room on Monday night. Chief Richard Mabie, of the Warren County Department of Fire and Rescue Services, said that fire personnel responded to a call at 11:16 p.m. Monday at the Holiday Inn. An electrical ...

School division revisits long-term facilities plan

WOODSTOCK – Shenandoah County School Board members have begun revisiting the division's long-term facilities plan. In the wake of addressing the immediate needs of elementary school overcrowding by shifting Ashby Lee’s fifth-grade class to North Fork Middle School, and North Fork’s ...

New Market adopts tourism zone ordinance

NEW MARKET — Town Council members adopted an ordinance Tuesday evening that establishes a tourism zone offering tax benefits, business license reductions and reduced sewer/tap hookup fees for a wide range of businesses throughout the town. Alex Berryman, New Market’s zoning administrator ...

Candidates share thoughts on issues facing the town

FRONT ROYAL – The six town council candidates seeking three open seats in the Nov. 6 election last week participated in a forum and shared their thoughts on a variety of topics including tourism, parking issues and infrastructure issues. All candidates - Alford "A.D." Carter, incumbent ...

BAR hammers out minor Afton Inn details

FRONT ROYAL - Renovation plans for the Afton Inn are moving along as the Board of Architectural Review recently approved a series of minor building details. Since the board's approval of general facade details in July, the annex facing Royal Avenue has been demolished, and stabilization work ...

School divisions attend educational conference

Two area school divisions recently attended a national conference in Phoenix. During the week of Sept. 24-28, Shenandoah County Public Schools sent 19 staff members to EdLeader 21, a national conference in the Arizona state capital. The cost to the division was approximately $32,000, or about ...

Cause of Front Royal man’s death remains unknown

The cause of the death of Larry Dawson II, 28, of Front Royal, remains undisclosed by public safety officials. Dawson was declared dead Oct. 8 after being found unresponsive in the Shenandoah River at the Riverton Boat Landing, according to a Warren County Sheriff’s Office news ...

Memorial unveiled: Chimney is dedicated to those displaced by national park

FRONT ROYAL – Families whose ancestors were displaced in the 1920s to make way for the creation of the Shenandoah National Park have finally received recognition. On Saturday afternoon, a 9-foot-tall memorial brick chimney was dedicated with the names of the 68 families in Warren County who ...