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Central one of two schools in state to receive award

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WOODSTOCK – Central High School was awarded the Virginia Unified Champion School Award of Excellence during an assembly Wednesday morning. The award is granted to the top schools in the state that demonstrate inclusion and respect for students with disabilities through programs, ...

Woodstock residents discuss rebranding

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WOODSTOCK – Residents discussed ways to rebrand the town and what attributes were most important to attracting visitors during a public hearing on Tuesday evening. The hearing was facilitated by Arnett Muldrow & Associates, a planning and branding company based out of Greenville, ...

Board OKs rezoning for Basye Dollar General

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WOODSTOCK – Shenandoah County leaders have given developers a green light to build a Dollar General on Bryce’s doorstep. The Board of Supervisors voted 4-2 to approve a request submitted by The Broadway Group LLC along with property owners RL Regis Virginia LLC and Chandresh S. Mehta to ...

Port of Virginia chief gives address

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FRONT ROYAL – The Virginia Inland Port continues to help drive the state’s economy, the head of the Port of Virginia said Wednesday. John F. Reinhart, the Port of Virginia CEO and executive director, delivered his State of the Port Address to an audience of area officials and elected ...

Schools to consider budget changes

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The $64.9 million 2017-2018 budget proposed by Shenandoah County Public Schools at a March meeting will need to be changed after Tuesday night’s decision by the Shenandoah County Board of Supervisors to hold tax rates steady. Superintendent Mark Johnston said that even without a tax raise ...

Plane crashes near Stephens City

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A small air craft crashed Wednesday evening in Frederick County, according to state police. The ultralight plane crashed before 6 p.m. on private property in the area of Klines Mill Road near Stephens City, state police Sgt. F.L. "Les" Tyler said Wednesday night. The pilot did not report any ...

Police Blotter: Front Royal

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The Front Royal Police Department reported the following incidents: April 17: Michael Haymond, of 300 Fort Collier Road, Winchester, was issued a felony capias for violating probation. April 18: Charles Natt, of 210 E. 19th St., Front Royal, was charged with a zoning violation for having ...

RSW jail losing officers, plans pay boost

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FRONT ROYAL – Officers at the Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail likely can expect pay raises as the facility tries to keep employees. The RSW Regional Jail Authority Board’s Finance and Personnel Committee voted Tuesday to recommend approval of the classification and pay plan ...

Surgery for witness could delay murder trial in cab driver’s death

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FRONT ROYAL – Circuit Judge Clifford L. Athey Jr. postponed a decision Tuesday on whether the trial of accused murderer Clay Marshall Curtis should be rescheduled to meet concerns from the prosecution and defense attorneys over whether a key witness will be able to testify at the trial set to ...

Woodstock man charged with double unlawful wounding

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WOODSTOCK – Cedric Boyd, 54, of Woodstock was arrested Saturday night on two charges of unlawful wounding after an argument over a card game, Police Chief Eric L. Riley said. Woodstock police were called to 102 W. North St. that night where one of the two victims reported the incident, ...

Shenandoah County board holds tax rates steady

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WOODSTOCK – Anti-tax advocates prevailed Tuesday as a majority of Shenandoah County leaders decided to hold rates steady. The Board of Supervisors voted 4-2 to keep the real estate tax rate at 60 cents per $100 of the assessed value. Chairman Conrad Helsley “reluctantly” cast the ...

Woodstock man pleads guilty to child sex charges, others

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WOODSTOCK -- Thomas Martz, 21, of Woodstock, pleaded guilty Monday to child sex charges and other offenses stemming from two separate incidents that occurred last year. Between June 8 and June 14, 2016, Martz was communicating with a 14-year-old girl through Facebook and text messages, where ...

Grants sought to help market Whitehurst site

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MOUNT JACKSON – State money could make land in town once considered as a “mega site” for industrial use more marketable. Nearly 650 acres on Turkey Knob Road could qualify for up to $500,000 that would help prepare the land for development. Economic development experts say the site ...

Judge allows DNA evidence in rape trial

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WOODSTOCK--Circuit Judge Dennis. L Hupp Monday denied a motion by defense attorney William B. Allen, III to exclude DNA evidence in the trial of Patrick Joseph “P.J.” Wakeman, 40, of Edinburg, who has been charged with two counts of rape. Allen argued that a Y chromosome DNA analysis, ...

Council OKs exceptions for academy

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FRONT ROYAL – Developers received permission from the Town Council Monday to move forward and build a criminal justice academy facility that doesn’t need to meet all local design standards. The council voted to adopt on its second and final reading the conditional approval of an ...

Police Blotter: Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office

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The Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office reported the following incidents: April 12: Alexander Seal, of Woodstock, was charged with distribution of a controlled substance and conspiring to distribute a controlled substance. Court date is pending in Shenandoah County Circuit Court. April ...

Monday Spotlight: Busy life allows college dreams to come true

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MOUNT JACKSON – A Stonewall Jackson High School student and athlete will attend Boston College in the fall after receiving her Massanutten Regional Governor’s School certificate this spring. Emily Ball, 18, of Orkney Springs, will graduate in June with a one-year college-credit ...

Stephens City man leads police on multi-county chase

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STEPHENS CITY-- Deputies from Warren and Frederick counties pursued a Stephens City man along U.S. 522 Friday morning before he was arrested in a driveway along White Oak Road. The Warren County Sheriff's Office identified the man as David Dill, 39. Authorities said deputies tried to pull ...