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Teen takes interest in space to next level

FRONT ROYAL –   Rian Dougherty may have his feet on the ground, but his head is still in space. Summer break is over, but for the 15-year-old Front Royal resident,  the excitement of attending Space Camp is still on his mind. “I went because I’m really interested in space,” said ...

District 1 candidates respond to questions at forum

Editor’s note: This is the first part of a story on a forum held for candidates running for the District 1 seat on the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday evening. QUICKSBURG – Candidates running for the District 1 seat on the Board of Supervisors answered questions during the first of three ...

Woodstock council hears of finances; recognizes officer

An audit of Woodstock's finances this week was quick and painless. Auditor James Kelley from Robinson, Farmer, Cox Associates was at the town offices Monday and Tuesday. Town Manager Angela Clem said everything looks good according to preliminary indications. "We are in excellent shape,” ...

Teacher tries to find hope after Texas flooding

In the midst of death and flooding that left nothing but ruin, a teacher new to the Shenandoah County Public Schools system has found support in the schools. Rebecca Derharoutian is a special education teacher at W.W. Robinson and Central High School. She transferred on July 28 to Virginia, ...

Area couple on honeymoon in Vegas during mass shooting

A few minutes might have made the difference for a local couple who were in Las Vegas over the weekend. Rita Fletcher and her husband Tim spent their honeymoon in the Las Vegas region, even having a picnic on the floor of the Grand Canyon.  They ended it Sunday on lockdown at an ...

Sheriff proposes program to keep employees

FRONT ROYAL – Warren County leaders showed little support Tuesday for a program the sheriff says could cut turnover in his agency. The Board of Supervisors took Sheriff Daniel T. McEathron’s proposed career development program under advisement at a work session after members reiterated a ...

Middletown officials tour town hall, talk expanding zoning

Middletown officials Monday evening showed off  renovation work on the Town Hall at 7875 Church St. before starting their meeting. Original hand-hewn beams remain exposed in the front of the historic building, as well as the upper floor. The building is about 150 years old. Danny Taylor Jr. ...

Port Authority tries again for Rockland Road crossing grant

FRONT ROYAL – The Virginia Port Authority plans to try again to seek federal money for a potential solution to blocked railroad crossings in Warren County. The authority intends to apply for a Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery grant through the U.S. Department of ...

10 arrested in largest heroin seizure in county history

WOODSTOCK -- Deputies arrested 10 people on drug and gun charges Friday and Saturday during an operation that led to the largest known heroin seizure in the county’s history, authorities announced. A “concerned citizen” alerted the Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office to the alleged ...

Front Royal issues stricter water alert

An apparent drought has spurred at least two towns to require residents and businesses to conserve water. A lack of rain and low flow levels in the Shenandoah River prompted Front Royal and Strasburg to issue an alert for mandatory water conservation measures. Strasburg declared a "drought ...

Police academy project moving forward

FRONT ROYAL – A new criminal justice academy planned in town made it over some major hurdles in recent weeks. But whether or not the project spearheaded by the Front Royal-Warren County Economic Development Authority can stay within its $8 million budget remains uncertain. EDA Executive ...

Local thrift store reopens to serve community

STRASBURG – Lydia’s Clothes Closet will be celebrating its grand reopening and will hold a ribbon cutting at 10 a.m. today. Diane Smith, Lydia’s manager, said she believes in giving back to the community. “Anyone that is really down on their luck we want to help out,” Smith ...

Meth trafficking ring bust leads task force to Quicksburg

A law enforcement operation has linked a Quicksburg residence to a Mexican methamphetamine ring, authorities said in a statement Thursday. Law enforcement officials with the multi-jurisdictional Skyline Drug Task Force arrested Marcos Maldonado-Payan, also known as “Cebollas Sanchez,” at ...

Overdose deaths reach 7-year peak

The number of opioid drug overdose deaths this year now equals the most that have died in any year since 2011 with three months remaining in 2017, according to the Northern Shenandoah Valley Substance Abuse Coalition. In a press release Friday, the coalition stated that there have been 11 ...

Planners, developer hash out housing project details

FRONT ROYAL – A developer and town planners continue to discuss and consider proposed changes to perks offered with a large-scale housing project. The Front Royal Limited Partnership, headed by David Vazzana, has filed another update to a list of proposed changes to the proffers that would ...

State awards emergency grants

The state has awarded $2.7 million in grants to help localities plan and respond to emergencies in their areas. The Virginia Department of Emergency Management administers funds received from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The funds come from the fiscal 2017 Emergency Management ...

Resident appeals Strasburg Board of Zoning Appeals decision

A town  resident is appealing a decision by the Strasburg Board of Zoning appeals ordering him to remove part of his fence. In June 2016, Daniel Helsey had applied for a permit to install a fence at his house, according to a petition filed with the Shenandoah County Circuit Court. But Town ...