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Surprise board vote cost county $11,000

WOODSTOCK – A failed attempt by a few Shenandoah County leaders to put an ally into the chairman seat cost taxpayers about $11,000 in legal fees. County Attorney Jason Ham, of the Harrisonburg law firm of Litten and Sipe, billed Shenandoah County for 62.10 hours of work from Feb. 16-28. ...

University to host Virginia Humanities Conference

Shenandoah University will host the 2017 Virginia Humanities Conference April 7-8. The conference, “The Unbearable Humanities,” is sponsored by the university’s College of Arts & Sciences, with presentations by scholars, activists and students from a variety of disciplines and ...

Neese drops GOP for independent run

WOODSTOCK – A longtime Shenandoah County supervisor ditched plans to seek the Republican Party nomination so he can run for re-election as an independent in November. Supervisor John R. “Dick” Neese announced Tuesday he intends to run for a fifth term representing District 1 on the ...

Students laugh, learn with visit from author

STRASBURG – New York Times Best Selling author Eric Litwin visited Sandy Hook Elementary School on Tuesday for a day full of singing, guitar playing and reading. Litwin is the author of “Pete the Cat,” “Nuts,” and “Groovy Joe.” His books bring music and reading together, ...

Man charged in stepfather’s shooting death

FRONT ROYAL – Authorities say a town man shot and killed his stepfather Monday night. Front Royal police charged David Glynn Hoyle Jr. with one count each of 1st-degree murder and use of a firearm in the commission of the felony. Hoyle is being held without bond in the ...

Amazon to bring 1,000-plus jobs to Frederick County

More than 1,000 jobs are expected to be created in Frederick County as a result of plans by Amazon to open an e-commerce warehouse and distribution operation in the White Hall Commerce Center. Gov. Terry McAuliffe broke the news Tuesday about the new, one-million-square foot facility. He ...

Livestock Report

Farmers Livestock March 28 FEEDER: Cattle (1028 head) Steers (212 head) Steers M&L 1, 300-400 lbs., $140.00-160.00; 400-500 lbs., $143.00-161.00; 500-600 lbs., $144.00-162.00; 600-700 lbs., $132.00-149.50; 700-800 lbs., $125.00-131.25; 800-900 lbs.,$116.00-127.00; 900-1000 ...

Board to consider tax increase to balance budget

WOODSTOCK – A divided Shenandoah County Board of Supervisors picked a proposed real estate tax rate Tuesday to advertise for public hearing. The board spent nearly 90 minutes discussing a proposed fiscal 2018 budget the county also would need to advertise for the hearing before coming up ...

Teen may face homicide charge as an adult

FRONT ROYAL – Authorities say a 17-year-old boy stabbed and killed a woman in town Saturday night and could face prosecution as an adult. The Front Royal Police Department confirmed Monday afternoon that Leah Marie Adams, 19, of Front Royal, had suffered severe injuries as a direct ...

Monday Spotlight: Students aim to provide healthy water for girls in Kenya

MOUNT JACKSON – Three students at Massanutten Regional Governor’s School are designing a fluoride filtration system for a girls schools in Narok, Kenya. Juniors Brittany Rohrer, 16, of Mount Crawford; Gabrielle Delbiondo, 17, of Harrisonburg; And Isaac Alderfer, 17, of Broadway, have ...

Juvenile charged in Front Royal homicide

A 17-year-old boy has been charged with second-degree murder in the death of a 19-year-old Front Royal woman. Leah Marie Adams, 19, of Front Royal, was transported Saturday evening to Warren Memorial Hospital, where she was pronounced dead, according to a news release issued Sunday afternoon ...

Man faces 30 years for 2012 sex crimes against boy

WOODSTOCK – A Strasburg man could serve up to 30 years in prison for committing sex acts against a boy in 2012. A jury in Shenandoah County Circuit Court on Friday found Richard Owen Keller guilty of aggravated sexual battery of a child under the age of 14 and taking indecent liberties ...

Livestock Report

Farmers Livestock March 21 FEEDER: Cattle (455 head) Steers (138 head) Steers M&L 1, 300-400 lbs., $150.00-162.00; 400-500 lbs., $142.00-154.00; 500-600 lbs., $136.00-142.00; 600-700 lbs., $131.00-141.00; 700-800 lbs., $120.00-125.00; 800-900 lbs.,$114.00-120.00; 900-1000 ...

Caretaker charged in murder appears in court

WINCHESTER – Prosecutors want a judge to disqualify the public defender’s office from representing a Berryville resident accused of killing a woman in her care last June. Frances Charlene Moss-Hopkins appeared with public defender Tim Coyne in Frederick County Circuit Court on Thursday ...

RSW jail board adopts budget, picks chief

FRONT ROYAL – Counties making up the Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail can expect to give the facility less local money next year. The RSW Regional Jail Authority Board adopted its fiscal 2018 budget on Thursday that calls for spending $14.32 million. The amount represents a ...

Man charged with rape out on bond

WOODSTOCK – A former Edinburg man accused of rape remains free on bond until his trial in May. Patrick Joseph “P.J.” Wakeman, 40, stands charged in Shenandoah County Circuit Court with two counts of rape that occurred April 23, 2016. Wakeman, 41, formerly of 2559 Helsley Road, ...

College celebrates Global Awareness Day

MIDDLETOWN – Lord Fairfax Community College celebrated Global Awareness Day on Wednesday with presentations, food tastings, live music and raffles. A variety of events were planned, including a presentation from history professor Curtis Morgan, who was with the CIA. He gave a military ...

Meth lab discovered in Mount Jackson, one arrested

Shenandoah County Sheriff's Office personnel executed a search warrant of a suspected methamphetamine lab Saturday and Sheriff's Office investigators assigned to the Northwest Regional Drug Task Force subsequently discovered an active laboratory at 6367 Railroad St. in Mount Jackson. Lt. ...