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Young artist creates, sells Christmas cards

STRASBURG – Budding young artist Madison Lowder is selling hand-drawn Christmas cards to raise money to purchase animals for children in Africa this holiday season. Madison, 8, of Strasburg, has sold 100 packs of Christmas-themed cards, totaling 1,000, and has raised over $400 from ...

Department to ask for more firefighters at South Warren

Warren County leaders might consider a request to put more paid responders in a volunteer fire station. South Warren Volunteer Fire Department in Bentonville needs additional personnel to handle the volume of emergency calls in its area, said Richard Mabie, chief of the Warren County ...

Woman facing animal mistreatment charges

The discovery of a townhouse in Woodstock filled with cats and high levels of ammonia led Friday to one of the residents being charged with 10 counts related to mistreatment of animals. The defendant, Becky Lynn Ritenour, 41, of 319 Lora Drive, is facing five counts of animal cruelty and ...

4H teen to deliver aid to Tennessee

A Strasburg High School teen and local 4H chapter member is driving down to Gatlinburg, Tennessee, today to help out fellow 4H families who lost their property in the the recent fires there. Tiffany Heishman, 16, has been a 4H member since she was 7 years old. After hearing about the 50 4H ...

VDOT expands Linden commuter lot

Commuters who use the park-and-ride lot in Linden will find more spaces  available starting this morning. The Virginia Department of Transportation announced Thursday that workers recently completed a project to expand the commuter lot on Dismal Hollow Road in Warren County. Kickin’ ...

Town Council to reaffirm appointments to panel

Mount Jackson Town Council will hold a special meeting at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday to reaffirm the appointments of Robert Whitehurst Jr. and Larry Ambrose to the Planning Commission. The council appointed Whitehurst and Ambrose to the commission in July. At that time, council rescheduled the July ...

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 ...