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Front Royal man recalls his six years in the Navy during WWII

FRONT ROYAL - Heroism is a term most commonly associated with a member of the U.S. armed forces, but Vernon Beard's story is striking even among the many examples of valor found among World War II veterans. Beard, now 97, and a resident at Commonwealth Senior Living at Front Royal, was a ...

Locals gather to honor veterans

FRONT ROYAL – Town and county officials came together to pay their respects to both present and past veterans Friday at the Warren County Court House. Despite the chill in the air, hundreds of individuals, of all ages, paid tribute on the historical holiday. Introduced in 1919 by President ...

County GOP chair weighs in on election

The Shenandoah County Republican Committee remains unified after Tuesday’s election, its chairman said Thursday. Voters elected the Republican Party pick over the independent candidate in the District 5 race for the Board of Supervisors. Longtime supervisor and Republican Dennis Morris ...

Shenandoah schools crowded but within state rules

A class size report discussed at Thursday's Shenandoah County Public Schools meeting shows the county schools are crowded but are still within state regulations. “Yes. They are crowded,” Superintendent Mark Johnston said. The study shows that the district elementary schools have the ...

Frederick authorities seek to drop charges against Winchester doctor

The Frederick County Commonwealth’s Attorney filed a motion Thursday to dismiss charges against Dr. Jill Call, who was arrested outside her burning home on Aug. 3 on charges of disorderly conduct and obstruction of justice. A Frederick County Sheriff’s Office press release stated that ...

Kennel permit under scrutiny

Warren County officials could revoke a kennel owner’s permit, though local zoning officials now appear willing to talk with the dog breeder. Wendy Tenney lost 16 of her Australian shepherds in the March 6 fire that destroyed the kennel for her dog-breeding operation at 63 Limeton Church ...

Winchester Medical Center holds remembrance service for organ donors

WINCHESTER — Robbie Key has volunteered in hospital development for LifeNet Health ever since her daughter, Amanda, received a kidney transplant. The move to the nonprofit transplant provider, she said, came because of her experience dealing with the kidney transplant. “I don’t want ...

Shenandoah businesses win $20,000 for new marketing strategies

Six Shenandoah County businesses were announced as winners in the RevUp Marketing Event on Thursday, splitting a total prize of $20,000. The event, launched in September by a group of local governments and business organizations, consisted of six weekly marketing-focused workshops. At the end, ...

VA 42 corridor considered for transportation study

The town of Woodstock is working with the Virginia Department of Transportation to study the VA 42 corridor from Hisey Avenue to East Reservoir Road. “Staff meet with the local VDOT residency to discuss their study/design priorities for their jurisdiction,” town manager Angela Clem said in ...

Strasburg volunteer firefighters under rape, child pornography investigation

WOODSTOCK -- Five members of the Strasburg Volunteer Fire Department are under Virginia State Police investigation for videotaping the alleged rape of a then-17-year-old girl and sharing the video in April, a search warrant affidavit unsealed on Thursday states. The five men under ...

Bus service targets valley

A new regional bus service that rolls out Dec. 1 appears to bypass Shenandoah County – for now. The Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation announced Thursday the launch of the state’s intercity bus program. The Virginia Breeze, the program’s pilot route, connects travelers ...

Man charged in child’s death

Chad Ritchie, a 28-year-old man from Front Royal, has been charged with second-degree murder and cruelty and injuries to children following the death of a 22-month-old child. According to a news release issued late Thursday afternoon, the county's E911 Communications Center received a call ...

Goodlatte won’t seek re-election in 2018

U.S. Rep. Robert W. “Bob” Goodlatte plans to step down next year, the longtime congressman announced Thursday. Goodlatte, a Republican based in Roanoke representing Virginia’s 6th Congressional District, said in a statement he does not intend to seek re-election next year. Goodlatte ...

Edinburg man arrested on armed robbery charge

WOODSTOCK -- The Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office arrested an Edinburg man on Wednesday night in connection with the armed robbery of the Country Convenience Store in Edinburg early that morning. David Early Ogle, 34, entered the store between 5:30 and 6 a.m. Wednesday with a black ...

Democrats do better in Winchester, GOP gains in rural areas

Republican candidates for statewide offices fared better in Shenandoah and Warren counties during Tuesday’s election than they did four years ago, despite the fact that the race as a whole moved heavily in the Democrats’ favor. In every single precinct in Shenandoah County, Republican ...

Elected leaders, merchants oppose park fee hike

FRONT ROYAL – Warren County leaders oppose a proposal to hike entrance fees at the Shenandoah National Park. The Board of Supervisors voted Wednesday to adopt a resolution in opposition to a National Park Service proposal to increase the daily entrance fee from $25 to $70 per vehicle during ...

Basketball coach arrested on child sex solicitation charges

WINCHESTER -- The Frederick County Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday arrested the owner and assistant coach of the Virginia Storm semi-professional basketball team on multiple child sex charges. Norman Lee Blowe Jr., 47, is accused of having a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old girl between ...

Baltimore woman charged in Shenandoah County fraud case

WOODSTOCK -- A Baltimore woman is facing a long list of fraud-related charges after she allegedly forged three checks to herself from the Front Royal Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department in November 2010. Therese Denise Epps, 35, was charged on Nov. 1 with 12 charges stemming from Nov. 11 ...