Strasburg

Strasburg approves first-floor apartments downtown

STRASBURG — The Town Council decided Tuesday to allow first-floor apartments in downtown Strasburg. In a 4-3 vote, council members decided that allowing business owners to apply to the town for ground-floor apartments would give businesses an incentive to move to downtown Strasburg. Council ...

Strasburg considers allowing first-floor residential apartments downtown

The Strasburg Town Council will vote Tuesday on whether to allow buildings in the “community commercial district” to have ground-floor apartments. Town Manager Wyatt Pearson said that the move comes because business owners in downtown Strasburg had approached the Board of Zoning Appeals ...

Man charged in child’s death

Chad Ritchie, a 28-year-old man from Front Royal, has been charged with second-degree murder and cruelty and injuries to children following the death of a 22-month-old child. According to a news release issued late Thursday afternoon, the county's E911 Communications Center received a call ...

Students build life and career skills in soil contest

MIDDLETOWN — Like many of the other students who attended a soil judging contest at Lord Fairfax Community College on Wednesday, Allyson Neal, 16, of Strasburg High School, sees herself using the skills she’s learned through the contests years into the future. “I would like to be an ...

Strasburg reaches out to community to name event space

The Town of Strasburg plans on naming an event space across from the Town Hall. But town officials aren’t going to name the space by themselves; instead, they plan on giving community members a large say in the matter. Michelle Bixler, economic development and marketing manager for the town, ...

Strasburg pulls out of all drought conditions

Strasburg has ended all drought conditions after receiving two inches of rainfall on Sunday. However, the Department of Environmental Quality has not yet lifted the drought watch advisory for the Northern Shenandoah Valley. After Sunday’s rain, the area’s seven-day average river flow ...

Strasburg may require commission members to not owe town money

STRASBURG — The Town Council may require that people who serve on a Strasburg board or commission do not  owe the town any money. Members of the Ordinance Committee moved forward with plans to set the new requirements during a meeting on Monday. Town Manager Wyatt Pearson said that John ...

Area teacher places second on Jeopardy after solid performance

"What did Mr. Wrigley add to Fenway Park?" Strasburg resident Justin Broughman, who teaches U.S. history and U.S. government at Central High School in Woodstock, answered that question correctly on his first appearance on Jeopardy. He would end the show with $15,200, enough for second place, ...

Strasburg Pharmacy takes stance against big chains

STRASBURG — Just months after celebrating 100 years of business, Peoples Drug Store on King Street closed its doors permanently in 2016. Rite-Aid, which bought Peoples for an undisclosed amount, became the sole pharmacy in town. Strasburg Pharmacy is trying to change that. The independent ...

Strasburg approves community garden spot

STRASBURG — The Town Council voted in a work session on Monday to allow staff at the Lord Fairfax Soil and Water Conservation District to create a community garden on part of the town's park. The garden will be initially funded through a $50,000 grant that the Lord Fairfax Soil and Water ...

Next Strasburg police chief has plans to combat drug crisis

STRASBURG — When he becomes police chief sometime in January or early February, Capt. Wayne Sager plans to  focus on combating drug abuse. “That I would probably say, is my number one passion, is fighting the war on drugs,” Sager said. A Strasburg resident growing up, Sager, 36, has ...

Strasburg captain named town’s next police chief

STRASBURG — Strasburg Police Department  Capt. Wayne Sager is going to become the  town's next police chief. In a unanimous decision, the Town Council on Tuesday chose Sager following a brief search among town employees. The search started after Police Chief Tim Sutherly announced his ...

Strasburg to make decision on next police chief

The Strasburg Town Council will be voting Tuesday to determine whether it will pick Capt. Wayne Sager as the next police chief or expand its search to include candidates who don’t work for the town. The vote comes after a closed session discussion the Town Council held on Wednesday. Town ...

Town nears vote on final building payment

STRASBURG — The Department of Public Works building in Strasburg’s business park region is complete. Town officials have moved in and have begun storing pipes and signs into the building’s garage. There’s just one step left: complete paying for it. During Tuesday’s Town Council ...

Local woman recalls 100 years in the valley

STRASBURG – In her 100 years, Iris Vann has seen 16 presidents, two world wars, and the introduction of electricity, school buses and television. She’s seen her hometown of Fisher's Hill, and, later in life,  Strasburg, grow from small farming communities to busy towns offering museums, ...