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Winchester

Some animal shelters reach capacity

Two area animal shelters, the Humane Society of Warren County and SPCA of Winchester, have reached maximum capacity during a busy summer for both of them. Kayla Wines, Humane Society of Warren County shelter manager, said it is not unusual to reach capacity this time of year as kitten season ...

Florence may bring heavy rain, flooding to our region

Residents should hope for the best but prepare for the worst as Hurricane Florence approaches the United States. That is the advice of area law enforcement. Shenandoah County Sheriff's Capt. Wesley Dellinger said Monday that a lot of waterways and streams are already at their limit. "They ...

Safety fair relocating

Due to the rainy weather forecast, tomorrow’s Community Safety Fair is relocating from Jim Barnett Park to the System Support Building, 220 Campus Blvd, on the north side of the Winchester Medical Center campus. Visitors may park in Garage 1 and take the pedestrian bridge into the building. ...

Winchester man moves forward after job ends

Winchester resident Ed Breeden had worked 23 years as a general laborer at Zuckerman Company Inc., a metal recycling plant when owners announced they were closing. “I was scared. What do I do now,” he said. “I wasn't sure what to do, but my boss talked to us, gave us ideas.” Breeden, ...

LFCC offers classes to help boost employability

Changes to the American workplace are forcing citizens to adapt to a new business world and schools to rethink the skills they need to teach. Earlier this year, the Virginia Board of Workforce Development approved a strategic plan to offer insight into the state's workforce system as it is ...

Proposed I-81 improvements unveiled

MIDDLETOWN – The public had its first look at possible improvements to Interstate 81 during a meeting Tuesday at Lord Fairfax Community College. “I think this is one of the more robust comprehensive looks of I-81 in decades,” said Nick Donohue, deputy secretary of transportation and ...

Teacher turnover declines: Superintendent pleased with drop in rate

WOODSTOCK – Teacher turnover dropped this year for Shenandoah County Public Schools. The turnover rate stands at 11 percent, down from the 15 percent the district has experienced the last two years, said Linda Hodges, Director of Human Resources. Schools Superintendent Mark Johnston noted ...

Groundbreaking set for memorial to families displaced by park

Work will soon begin on a memorial to the families who were displaced from their land in the 1920s to make way for the Shenandoah National Park. The Warren County Blue Ridge Heritage Project will hold a 10 a.m. Saturday groundbreaking for a 9-foot-tall memorial brick chimney off Criser Road ...

Serial robbery suspect arrested in Warrenton

FRONT ROYAL – A man authorities identified as a resident of Colombia in South America was detained Thursday in Warrenton as a suspect in a string of robberies that had occurred in Front Royal, Warrenton and Winchester. Jhon Jario Lopez, 22, was detained by the Warrenton police at about ...

Next round of meetings for I-81 corridor improvement announced

A transportation coalition has called for the second round of meetings for the public to hear more about improvements to the Interstate 81 corridor. The Office of Intermodal Planning and Investment, the Virginia Department of Transportation and the Department of Rail and Public Transportation ...

High-energy hound dog hopes for a new home

WINCHESTER – Although Graham the hound dog is 6 years 0ld, he has plenty of energy and would love to find new playmates. Stacy Leach, SPCA of Winchester assistant office manager, said Graham is a sweet, energetic and smart dog who loves to play. "Even though he's a little bit old, he has a ...

Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation receives $1 million in grants

The Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation has received two grants totaling a combined $1 million from the National Park Service. John Hutchinson, the conservation director for the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation, said that the organization received a $910,500 grant to pay for 31 ...

Hotline offers help to distressed callers

Every time volunteers manning the area’s Concern Hotline answer the phone, they face walking a verbal tight rope of life and death. There are 30 volunteers manning the hotline’s suicide prevention phones 24/7 and approximately 1 in 10 callers may be someone considering suicide and seeking ...

ICE was looking for space

Immigration and Customs Enforcement was looking for housing for immigrant detainees in Virginia. The agency  sent out an email about 10 days ago to the Virginia Sheriff's Association asking members to help with providing 65 short-term bed spaces for immigrants, according to area officials. ...

Sheriff Millholland sponsors fundraiser

Frederick County Sheriff Lenny Millholland is once again sponsoring a community appreciation baseball game to help fundraise for two local organizations. For 16 years, Millholland has sponsored a night at the Winchester Royals baseball game at Bridgeforth Field in Jim Barnett Park. This year's ...

I-81 funding option could be challenged

A possible funding option for the Interstate 81 improvement plan – tolls on commercial-only trucks – could face a legal challenge. P. Dale Bennett, president and CEO of Virginia Trucking Association, is among those who object to the commercial trucks-only toll proposal. "We agree that ...

‘Something has to be done’: Crowd tells VDOT what’s wrong with I-81

STRASBURG – Kermit Orndorff Jr., 64, was one of about 100 people attending Tuesday night's Virginia Department of Transportation's Interstate 81 corridor improvement plan public meeting held at Strasburg High School. Orndorff has a home on Junction Road in Strasburg, and he is concerned ...

Four vehicle crash sends Winchester man to hospital

A multiple vehicle crash on U.S 340 at Route 644 left a Winchester man injured. Sgt. F.L. "Les" Tyler, of the Virginia State Police said Charles L. Tinsman, 72, was taken from the scene of the crash with injuries. His medical status on Friday was unknown. Tinsman was driving a 2001 Chevy ...

Police academy graduates 13

The Skyline Regional Criminal Justice Academy graduated 13 recruits Wednesday afternoon from its second law enforcement class. Newly certified Deputy Timothy Veach with the Frederick County Sheriff's Office spoke to his graduating classmates. “Looking at my classmates and what we have ...

Army Corps of Engineers holds change of command ceremony

WINCHESTER — The Transatlantic Division of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has a new commander for the second time in a year. In a change-of-command ceremony on Tuesday, Lt. Gen. Todd Semonite, the chief of engineers and the commanding general of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, thanked ...