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Streett promoted to operations chief

Bill Streett has been named operations chief for Shenandoah County Fire and Rescue. He replaces Tim Williams, who left the position to replace Gary Yew as the county's fire chief. Williams, a native of New Market, has worked in fire and rescue in some capacity since 1987, when he was a ...

Landowner seeks to protect Browntown property

Warren County could soon add more than 400 acres to the land it protects from development. Sunlight Properties LLC intends to place 418 acres off Fetchett Road in the Browntown area into an open-space, conservation easement. The property lies in the South River Magisterial District. The ...

Board OKs contract for school HVAC work

FRONT ROYAL – The Warren County School Board picked a contractor to replace climate control equipment at Ressie Jeffries Elementary School. The board voted 5-0 at its regular meeting Wednesday to award the contract to AireServ of Bull Run to replace the heating, ventilation and air ...

County struggles to find manager for sanitary district

Warren County continues the search for the right person to manage a large neighborhood and its growing list of road projects. The county posted its advertisement for Shenandoah Farms Sanitary District manager in early August. Human Resources Manager Jodi Spittler said Thursday the county has ...

Authorities remove animals, condemn residence

Authorities seized 25 cats and a dog early Thursday morning from a Woodstock residence that registered high levels of ammonia. The Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office said in a written statement that animal control deputies donned hazmat suits and special breathing masks to protect ...

Man sentenced in dog’s death

A Strasburg man who pleaded no contest to torturing an animal and causing its death was sentenced Wednesday in Shenandoah County Circuit Court to two months in jail. Pharris Frink Horne, 46, was also sentenced to three years supervised probation under terms of a plea agreement approved by ...

Corps of Engineers changes command

WINCHESTER – Hundreds of well-wishers gathered Thursday at the headquarters of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Middle East District to mark a change of command. Col. Patrick V. Kinsman formally took over the district from retiring Col. Vincent B. Quarles, who had been in charge since ...

School Board approves course changes

WOODSTOCK – The Shenandoah County School Board approved course changes and the meeting calendar, and heard presentations on the Capital Improvement Plan, English learners and Every Student Succeeds Act at its Thursday night meeting. The board voted to approve the course of studies changes ...

County sends help to Conicville volunteer station

Shenandoah County has heeded a call for help from one of its volunteer fire stations. The Department of Fire and Rescue announced Wednesday that it would begin staffing the Conicville Volunteer Fire Department Inc., off Senedo Road between Woodstock and Basye, with paid firefighters that ...

Christmas trees don’t farm themselves

EDINBURG -- Before his customers showed up to buy this year’s Christmas trees, Steven Rhoades spent nine years growing, shaping and caring for them. Rhoades owns and operates Mountain View Farm in Edinburg. There, he plants baby trees from the nursery (although they’re already 4 years ...

Interests sparked at biomedical expo

WOODSTOCK – The Biomedical Sciences Academy class of 2019 held expos at Shenandoah County's high schools to showcase why others should join the program. First-year students of the program held the expos throughout the week to introduce eighth and ninth graders to the program, hoping to ...

Woman sentenced on drug charges

WOODSTOCK – A woman who was present at the time another individual overdosed on heroin was sentenced Wednesday in Shenandoah County Circuit Court to nine months in jail on narcotics-related offenses. The defendant, Amber Lynn Dellinger, formerly of Basye, pleaded guilty to two counts of ...

Cigarette tax defendant sentenced

WOODSTOCK – A New York City man pleaded guilty Wednesday in Shenandoah County Circuit Court to two counts of selling thousands of cartons of untaxed cigarettes, the latest in a string of defendants snared by an elaborate undercover operation conducted by the Sheriff Office over several ...

Group gives $39,000 to Warren County school projects

FRONT ROYAL – A Warren County group awarded almost $39,000 in grants to aid various projects in the local schools. County Administrator Doug Stanley gave a presentation to the School Board on Wednesday regarding the Warren County Educational Endowment’s grants totaling $38,822 awarded to ...

Planning Commission elects new officers

MOUNT JACKSON – The Planning Commission elected new officers and changed a January meeting date at its Monday night meeting. Heather Diehl, vice chair and acting chair of the Planning Commission, resigned from the commission effective today. During the election of officers for the 2017 ...

Board debates volunteer station staffing request

WOODSTOCK – Shenandoah County leaders failed recently to fulfill a volunteer fire station’s long-standing plea for paid responders. Instead, the Board of Supervisors directed Tim Williams, chief of the Department of Fire and Rescue, to find a way to help the Conicville Volunteer Fire ...

Council to wait until new year to begin manager search

Front Royal leaders will wait until early next year to start the search for a new, permanent town manager. Town Council talked during a work session Monday about the procedures members could follow to fill the position. Steve Burke stepped down as town manager late last month. Council ...

Man accused of hitting cyclist appears in court

WOODSTOCK -- A Strasburg man made his first appearance in Shenandoah General District Court on Tuesday after being charged with his second DUI in 10 years and driving with an open container. The charges against Ernest Linwood Tharpe III, 34, came after Tharpe’s vehicle struck Raymond ...

Council to vote on permit for brewery

STRASBURG – Town Council mulled over the idea of approving a special-use permit application for a brewery to open in town at its work session Monday. Kyle Slonecker, owner of the potential Siblings Rivalry brewery, is the second local to propose building a new watering hole in town. He ...