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Stephens City asks for jury trial in lawsuit

Stephens City is asking for a jury trial in its long-standing lawsuit against the Frederick County Sanitation Authority. The motion was filed recently in Frederick County Circuit Court. "Taking this dispute to court was never our preferred path but the town felt it had little choice, given ...

Panel denies permit to raze Afton Inn

FRONT ROYAL – A town panel on Tuesday denied a developer’s request for a permit to demolish the former Afton Inn. But, despite the Board of Architectural Review’s unanimous decision to protect the 150-year-old building, members acknowledged that the Town Council could go the opposite way ...

Old Triplett School project moves forward

MOUNT JACKSON – The Town Council cleared the way for developers to build homes behind the old Triplett School Tuesday. The council voted 3-0 on Tuesday to approve an application to subdivide property at 6044 Main St. that would allow the construction of eight duplexes, or 16 units, on open ...

State releases official school accreditation results

The Virginia Department of Education released accreditation results for state schools on Wednesday. The results verified expectations that Ressie Jeffries Elementary School in Warren County and North Fork Middle School and W.W. Robinson Elementary School would have their accreditation denied ...

Bond denied, trial set in DUI maiming case

WOODSTOCK -- Circuit Judge Dennis L. Hupp on Wednesday denied a defense request for the reinstatement of bond in a case involving a Strasburg man accused of hitting a bicyclist with an SUV in November 2016. Ernest Linwood Tharpe III, 35, was allegedly driving under the influence on Nov. 9, ...

Front Royal man sentenced in DUI manslaughter case

FRONT ROYAL -- Circuit Judge Dennis L. Hupp on Tuesday sentenced a local man who pleaded guilty earlier this year to involuntary DUI manslaughter after the vehicle’s passenger died in a February 2016 crash. Trevor Bryant Lee, 30, entered a plea agreement in May where he pleaded guilty to ...

Town sells former police headquarters

FRONT ROYAL – The town has sold the former home of its police department for less than half its assessed value but will soon see tax revenue from the property. The Town Council voted Monday to change the fiscal 2018 budget to reflect the sale of the property at 24 W. Main St., for $275,000. ...

Strasburg approves sale of the Brown house

STRASBURG — The Town Council voted unanimously on Tuesday to approve the sale of the Brown house, at 218 East King Street, to FPI, LLC. In exchange for the house, the town will receive $60,000 and the back half of the two lots next to the Brown house, both of which Strasburg resident Joseph ...

Developer seeks to renovate another Main Street building

MOUNT JACKSON – A former town councilman involved in several developments plans to turn a large building on Main Street into apartments. The Planning Commission first heard on Monday a request from Todd Holtzman for a special-use permit to allow him to develop the property at 5791 Main St. ...

Regional jail struggles with drug, alcohol abusers

FRONT ROYAL – Drug and alcohol abusers keep pushing the limits of the regional jail in Warren County. The Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail Authority Board’s Finance and Personnel Committee on Monday approved a request from facility officials for the hiring of a staff member who ...

Town picks Sheriff’s Office major to lead police agency

FRONT ROYAL – Another veteran officer with the Warren County Sheriff’s Office is taking over the town’s police department. Town Manager Joseph E. Waltz announced Monday that he appointed Kerry L. “Kahle” Magalis II as chief of police for Front Royal. Magalis assumes the role ...

Judge grants funds for video transcription in murder case

FRONT ROYAL -- Circuit Judge Ronald L. Napier on Monday granted a defense motion for additional funds in the case involving the town man accused in the March shooting death of his stepfather. Public defenders Tim Coyne and Ryan Nuzzo, who represent David Glynn Hoyle, 33, filed a motion asking ...

Boxing 101: Sparring boosts young boxers’ confidence

WINCHESTER – “Do what scares you until it doesn’t” is one of the many mottoes painted on the walls of Winchester Boxing. That is a daily reminder to its gym members that the world has enough followers: be a game changer. Better yet, it's the recipe to win at life for gym ...

Forecast for Irma effect on region still hazy

Weather experts said Friday it’s too soon to tell if Hurricane Irma will affect the Northern Shenandoah Valley. But meteorologists also didn’t rule out that the storm could hit the region. Forecaster and meteorologist Andy Woodcock, with the National Weather Service at its office in ...

Virginia Air Networks hopes Strasburg tower is just the beginning

The Strasburg Town Council will be voting Tuesday on whether or not they will allow the installation of a telecommunications tower at 458 Radio Station Road. For Joseph Jones and Darin Hockman, co-founders of Virginia Air Networks, Inc., which is the company behind the tower, installing a tower ...

Town sees bids to build new police headquarters

FRONT ROYAL – Bids to build a new home for the town’s police have come in  higher than expected but a special program should cover the cost. Front Royal received four bids to construct a new headquarters for the police department. The town plans to build a facility on land at Kendrick ...

Two truck drivers killed in I-81 crash

A Thursday evening crash involving four vehicles on Interstate 81 led to the deaths of two men driving tractor trailers, one of whom was from Woodstock. A 2014 Freightliner tractor trailer was driving northbound on I-81 at around 3:52 p.m. Thursday at the 319 mile marker in Stephenson when a ...

Board sees new cost figure for Sheriff’s Office facility

WOODSTOCK – Shenandoah County’s sheriff says he can pay for a new headquarters but architects warn the construction market could push up the cost. Grimm and Parker Architects representatives provided updated information and cost estimates for a new Sheriff’s Office headquarters to the ...

Town faces deadline on waterline project funds

FRONT ROYAL – The town could lose $3.5 million if it doesn’t act soon to upgrade its water lines in the U.S. 340-522 corridor. Dominion plans to rescind its offer to help cover the cost of any project designed to improve the water distribution system serving the power plant if Front Royal ...

Teens arrested on breaking and entering, larceny charges

FRONT ROYAL --  Local police, alerted by a residential burglar alarm, have  arrested two teens after they allegedly broke into a town apartment and stole a safe. A Ford Mustang registered to Harmon Michael Sisk, 18, of Linden, was seen fleeing the Blue Ridge Avenue apartments after the time ...