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Gov. McAuliffe keeps a perfect veto record

    RICHMOND - Terry McAuliffe not only set a record for the number of bills vetoed by a Virginia governor, he also has a perfect record for the number of vetoes sustained. Republicans in the General Assembly failed to override any of the 40 vetoes that the ...

Town approves disposal services contract

WOODSTOCK – The Town Council approved the one-year renewal contract with American Disposal Services, approved a resolution for Autism Awareness Month and approved an Arbor Day proclamation during Tuesday night’s meeting. Council member Jacqueline Lambert, who serves on the Finance ...

County begins work on Farms roads

FRONT ROYAL – Construction on improvements to three roads in the Shenandoah Farms Sanitary District in Warren County begin this week, officials said Wednesday. Drivers who use Pine Ridge Road, Copenhaver Road and Western Lane can expect to see crews working on sections of these routes as ...

Hiker finds missing Maryland man’s body

FRONT ROYAL – A hiker taking a walk on the south side of the Appalachian Trail on Sunday evening made a shocking discovery: the human remains of a deceased man. Police have identified the man as John Patrick Donohoe, 36, of Bethesda, Maryland. He had been reported missing since Dec. ...

One man’s trash is another’s musical instrument

FRONT ROYAL - Ressie Jeffries Elementary School hosted a performance by Don Knaack, also known as The Junkman, Wednesday afternoon. A fine arts grant from the Warren County School Board allowed Knaack to show off his percussion skills, but with a twist. His instruments are recycled ...

Children receive free books from grant

The Moore Educational Trust Board of Directors has voted to make an annual $10,000 grant for the next five years to support Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library in Shenandoah County, with the first grant to be issued July 1. Susan Smith, public relations and textbook coordinator with ...

GOP rejects governor’s bid to expand Medicaid

RICHMOND - Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe blasted Republican legislators Wednesday after they rejected his budget amendment to expand Medicaid in Virginia. "Virginia Republicans block #Medicaid expansion once again," McAuliffe tweeted after the General Assembly reconvened to consider ...

Man charged in murder to undergo mental check

FRONT ROYAL – A town man accused of murdering faces an evaluation to see if he mentally can help attorneys handle his case. David Glynn Hoyle Jr. appeared in Warren County General District Court with his attorney, public defender Tim Coyne, for a hearing on Tuesday morning. Authorities ...

SAAA to move county center to Woodstock

WOODSTOCK – A regional agency that helps senior citizens plans to move its center from Edinburg to a church in town. The Board of Supervisors recently voted to allow the Shenandoah Area Agency on Aging to break its lease with the county and move out of its space in the Charterhouse School ...

Covered bridge closed after second crash in a month

MOUNT JACKSON -- Meem’s Bottom Covered Bridge is no stranger to damage, and for the second time in a month, a tractor trailer hit the historic landmark, forcing state officials to close it Tuesday. Shenandoah County deputies were dispatched to the bridge on Friday for a reported hit and ...

Strasburg town manager to leave post in May

STRASBURG – Town Manager Ryan Spitzer is stepping down in May to take a similar job in North Carolina. Spitzer has accepted a position as town manager of Pineville, North Carolina, a community of 9,000 people near Charlotte, according to information from Michelle Bixler, Strasburg’s ...

Sandy Hook students want to hear your stories

Sandy Hook Elementary School fifth grade students want to hear local stories about growing up in the Strasburg community for a storytelling project. Timothy Taylor, instructional technology supervisor of Shenandoah County Public Schools, said on May 6 the school is hosting an opportunity for ...

Warren County Day of Caring volunteers needed

Volunteers are needed for the United Way of Front Royal-Warren County 2017 Day of Caring event this spring. Executive Assistant Merry-Lynn "Kat" Sheetz said they are looking for as many volunteers as they can get to participate in the May 5 event. “At this point, we’re still receiving ...

Search ends for Linden deer that injured woman

Scooter, a tame deer in Linden, has become the talk of the small community when a search for the animal began after a woman was injured last week. Virginia Conservation Police Officer Sgt. Carl Martin said the deer knocked over an 81-year-old woman when it hit her with its front legs ...

Group backs off push for seventh supervisor

Organizers of an effort to add a seventh member or tie breaker to the Shenandoah County Board of Supervisors plan to step back for now. Responsible Leadership for Shenandoah County announced its initiative last month to expand the board as a way to potentially prevent deadlock among members. ...

Republicans, independents seek board seats

WOODSTOCK – Shenandoah County Republicans won't run a candidate for District 4 Board of Supervisors race in November. Voters instead can expect to choose a supervisor among several independent candidates on the ballot. The deadline to file with the Shenandoah County Republican Committee ...

Students advance to state competition

Students at Ashby Lee Elementary School have advanced to the Destination Imagination state competition in Mechanicsville. Enrichment Teacher at Ashby Lee Elementary School Barbara Miller said the Destination Imagination program is a fun, hands-on program that fosters students’ creativity, ...

Solar power firm details proposed farm in Mount Jackson

MOUNT JACKSON – A large solar-power farm could take root in town if approved by local and state officials. The Mount Jackson Planning Commission heard from a representative of Mt. Jackson Solar I LLC – the applicant seeking a special-use permit to build a 15.65-megawatt, solar ...

Monday Spotlight: Local teen, dog to compete internationally

WINCHESTER – A Sherando High School junior and her 3-year-old Shetland sheepdog  recently made the 2017 American Kennel Club European Open Junior Agility USA Team. Morgan Vance, 17, of Stephens City, will compete with her dog Shadow in Livange, Luxembourg, with a team of over 20 young ...