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Another arrest in shooting of child

Another arrest has been made in the shooting of a 4-year-old girl by a 2-year-old boy. The Fauquier County Sheriff's Office charged Destinie Rochelle Beach, 21, of Stephens City, with abuse and neglect of children and possession and/ or transportation of a firearm by a non-violent ...

County grants tax break to church thrift store

WOODSTOCK – Shenandoah County took another piece of real estate off its tax rolls this week to help a local church provide services to the needy. The Board of Supervisors voted 5-0 on Tuesday to approve a request by the Catholic Diocese of Arlington to exempt its property at 207 N. Main St., ...

Man pleads guilty to child endangerment, DUI charges

WOODSTOCK -- A Front Royal man charged with child endangerment and DUI after driving an all-terrain vehicle while intoxicated with his two young children as passengers pleaded guilty to related charges on Wednesday as part of a plea agreement. James Robert Eury, 44, was arrested on Father’s ...

Mount Jackson man arrested on child abuse charges

A Mount Jackson man was arrested Wednesday on several charges related to a Shenandoah County Sheriff's Office investigation into a reported child abuse incident. Hirving Ayala, 23, is accused of injuring a 3-month-old girl in the 6000 block of Railroad Street in Mount Jackson, Sgt. Robert Poe ...

Luncheon speech delves into partnerships between companies, nonprofits

WINCHESTER — Look at the Jackie Robinson Foundation to see how corporations and nonprofits can work together. That was the message Della Britton, president and CEO of the Jackie Robinson Foundation, delivered in a speech at the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley Business Forum Luncheon on ...

VDOT to orient public on new intersection

FRONT ROYAL – Motorists can expect traffic-pattern changes on U.S. 340-522 as work on the new South Fork Bridge enters the home stretch. The Virginia Department of Transportation said Thursday that changes should take place in October and November as crews complete construction of the ...

The Day of Caring: 1,000 volunteer time to help area nonprofits

WOODSTOCK -- United Way of Northern Shenandoah Valley mobilized a record number of volunteers Wednesday for its 15th Annual Day of Caring. Kelly Bober, executive director of ChildSafe Center,  expressed her gratitude for the event. “Every year we ask the United Way for aid. With the help ...

Strasburg police chief criticizes mayor in search committee selection

STRASBURG — Mayor Rich Orndorff has announced the names of members of a search committee that is set to choose the next police chief, drawing criticism from Police Chief Tim Sutherly that the mayor is trying to place a family member in the position. During Tuesday’s Town Council meeting, ...

Stephens City man charged after 4-year-old shot by child

A Stephens City man was arrested Friday evening after an incident earlier in the day in Fauquier County in which a 4-year old girl survived being shot by a 2-year-old boy. Isaiah Marshall Davis, 26, and a woman stopped at a truck stop in the 9700 block of James Madison Highway in the Opal area ...

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 ...