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Fire & Rescue Report

Valley 911

The following Shenandoah County fire and rescue departments have announced their weekly activity for May 7-13: Shenandoah County Fire & Rescue Altered mental status: 2 Cardiac: 1 Chest pain: 2 Difficulty breathing: 4 Fall: 4 General illness: 4 Medic alert-accidental: 1 Motor ...

Storm brings limited damage to region

Local News

A powerful storm on Monday evening and night left some houses and vehicles damaged. But the foul weather did not appear to have caused any injuries. Around 7 p.m. Monday, Capt. Wesley Dellinger, of the Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office said,  the Sheriff’s Office was working on two ...

Vibrant economy, low jobless rate not keeping homeless rate down

Local News

For the second year in a row, the booming economy and lower unemployment rate have failed to help lower the number of homeless in the Shenandoah Valley. The number of homeless students in public schools has jumped from 463 to 588, and they are not included in the one-day annual Continuum of ...

FOIA requests for details of teen’s death denied

Local News

FRONT ROYAL – The cause of 17-year-old Sarah Rose Genari's death is not being revealed publicly by the Warren County Sheriff's Office or the state Medical Examiner's office in Manassas. Both agencies recently denied Freedom of Information requests submitted by The Northern Virginia Daily ...

County finance director announces resignation

Local News

Shenandoah County finance director Harrison Nicholson has announced his resignation, effective May 31. “Unfortunately, there are some family obligations that are going to put me in Houston,” Nicholson said Tuesday. "It is going to be sad leaving the county. It will be hard to leave the ...

No recounts in two close Mount Jackson elections

Local News

MOUNT JACKSON - Although two races were decided by two votes or less in the recent mayoral and Town Council elections, there will be no recounts. Sarona Irvin, Shenandoah County Circuit Court clerk, said that none of the candidates filed for a recount by the 5 p.m. Monday deadline. In the ...

Wastewater plant welcomes long-awaited $45 million upgrade

Local News

FRONT ROYAL - The Chesapeake Bay may get a bit cleaner thanks to the town's updated wastewater treatment plant on Manassas Avenue. Construction on the long-awaited $45 million upgrades, which will cut back on the plant's discharge of unwanted chemicals, were recently completed about a decade ...

Illiteracy affects more than 25,000 in valley

Local News

One out of every seven people over the age of 18 in the Northern Virginia Shenandoah Valley does not have a high school diploma or General Education Development (GED) certificate, according to profiles by the Virginia Literacy Foundation based on the U.S. Census. And two-thirds of them – ...

Seniors showcase their Capstone projects

Local News

WOODSTOCK - Megan Freiwald, a senior at Central High School, is one of 11 students in the Biomedical Sciences Academy who took part in its first Capstone Program. “Capstone? It created this family. We were the first people to go through the program,” Freiwald said about the program. The ...

Man arrested on rape charges

Local News

WARREN COUNTY - An Arlington man was arrested Sunday morning on rape charges stemming from an incident in the Gooney Creek Campground, according to a Warren County Sheriff's Office news release. Baterdene Batjargal, 21, was charged with one felony count of rape and one misdemeanor count of ...

Connolly will not seek re-election

Local News

FRONT ROYAL - Councilman John Connolly will not throw his name in the ring for November's election. Connolly, 33, announced at the Town Council's regular Monday meeting that he will not seek re-election, citing work and family as reasons he does not wish to retain a seat on the council. At the ...

Police Blotter: Shenandoah County

Valley 911

The Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office reported the following incidents: May 8: Gary Allen Ladd, of Maurertown, was arrested on charges of sexual assault of someone less than 13 years old and rape. Court date is 9 a.m. May 17 in Shenandoah County Juvenile & Domestic Relations ...

Front Royal, African village connected through fundraising effort

Local News

FRONT ROYAL – Beth Waller previously thought it was best for her fundraising efforts to have a local angle and benefit the area. That changed last year when Herbie Kawuma contacted her friend Tammy Ruggiero via Facebook about his Light Up Life Foundation that aims to assist children in his ...

Shenandoah County School Board gives budget final approval

Local News

The Shenandoah County Public Schools Board on Thursday voted unanimously to approve a total operating budget of $66.7 million, an increase of $3.4 million. The full operating budget breaks down to $27,773,197 from the county, $1,381,685 from the federal government and an expected $35,772,906 ...

Police Blotter: Woodstock

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The Woodstock Police Department reported the following incidents in April: April 2: Judy Mae Moore, address unknown, was arrested on charges of public drunkenness. April 3: Joel Damien Kline, of Toms Brook, was arrested on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol. April 11: Robert ...

Homeowners share what they’ve learned in first year of ownership

Business

The first year in a new home can be both exciting and daunting. Stress levels rise with interest rates, finding the right fit seems almost impossible, bidding wars and navigation of closing costs can tear at heartstrings. But once those keys are in hand, first-time homeowners should be ready to ...

Ways realtors, sellers benefit from open houses

Business

Open houses have been a staple of the real estate selling process for quite some time. But in today’s technology-based world, a question remains: Are open houses still necessary? Stephanie Ryall of ERA Oakcrest in Winchester and Carrie Shrum of Weichert in Front Royal, both real estate ...