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Park and police prepare for another busy weekend

Local News

FRONT ROYAL - Last weekend, traffic was at a standstill from Shenandoah National Park’s entrance, down Stonewall Jackson Highway, along South Street and back nearly to Linden. Jennifer Flynn, Shenandoah National Park superintendent, told the Board of Supervisors on Wednesday that of the ...

Digging down deep: Students compete in state soils judging contest

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STRASBURG – Dozens of high school and junior high students spent Election Day doing some digging, not through ballots, referendums or measures, but for a chance to get their hands dirty in a statewide soils judging competition. Tuesday's event was between junior high and high senior ...

One incumbent, two challengers fill Town Council seats

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FRONT ROYAL -  The winners in Tuesday’s Town Council election, according to unofficial results, are Letasha Thompson, Christopher Holloway and Gary Gillispie. The elected group represents a first-time councilman in Thompson, an incumbent in Gillispie and a councilman from 2008 to 2012 in ...

Voters pick Cline, Wexton, Kaine

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Republican  Del. Ben Cline, R-Lexington, defeated Democratic candidate Jennifer Lewis in Virginia’s Sixth Congressional District on Tuesday, according to unofficial results. Cline will take the seat held by long-time U.S. Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Roanoke, who chose not to run for another ...

Speed limit near High Knob Road to remain the same

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FRONT ROYAL – The Virginia Department of Transportation has decided to maintain the speed limit on John Marshall Highway near the High Knob Road intersection unchanged. VDOT reached its conclusion after a recent speed study that examined cars in the area over a three-day period. The study ...

View local election results

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Incumbents Christopher Morrison, a Front Royal Town Councilman, and Stephens City Mayor Michael Grim were both unseated in local elections on Tuesday. Grim lost by 7 percentage points, or 39 votes, while Morrison placed fifth in a crowded field of six candidates for Front Royal Town ...

View congressional and state results

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Jennifer Wexton, a state senator in the 33rd District near Dulles, unseated incumbent Barbara Comstock (R) in Virginia’s 10th District Tuesday night as the Democratic Party won a majority in the House of Representatives. Sen. Tim Kaine (D), meanwhile, held his seat, beating challenger Corey ...

Middletown Town Council election results

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Familiar faces were voted onto the Middletown Town Council on Tuesday. Council members Jeff Pennington and Scott Fink ran unopposed for re-election to retain their seats. Pennington received 303, or 34.5 percent of the votes, according to unofficial results. “I am delighted to continue ...

Council nearing vote on applications for small engine repair site

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STRASBURG — The Strasburg Town Council is set to vote on whether or not to have the town approve a right-of-way application and a special use permit by a business owner who plans on opening a small engine repair shop at 1101 E. King St. During a work session on Monday, Town Council members ...

Unemployment rate falls while wages rise

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Shenandoah County enjoyed a return to a below average unemployment rate as it dropped nearly 1 percent from 3.6 in August to 2.7  in September 2018. The Virginia Employment Commission released area numbers for unemployment on Tuesday afternoon. Virginia’s total unemployment rate was 2.8 ...

Middletown updating emergency preparedness plan

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MIDDLETOWN – The fire and police chiefs are updating the town’s emergency preparedness plan. Middletown Fire Chief Mark Dalton and Middletown Police Chief Gary Benedict briefed officials at a Monday night safety services committee meeting and work session on the plan. They have been ...

RSW Jail wrongful death lawsuit settled

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The wrongful death federal lawsuit involving the 2016 death of a young Strasburg man at the Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail has been settled, according to court records. An “Order Approving Compromise of Wrongful Death Settlement” was filed Tuesday afternoon after a scheduled ...

Shenandoah Communications shares continue to rise

Business

Shenandoah Communications reported third-quarter earnings of $15.5 million on Tuesday morning. Stock market values for the telecommunications company based in Edinburg have bounced back from a year-low of $30.25 per share. Stocks closed at $38.28 per share on Monday evening. In the last 52 ...

Police Blotter: Front Royal

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The Front Royal Police Department reported the following incidents: Oct. 30: David Baker, 38, of Front Royal, was issued a warrant from another jurisdiction. Oct. 30: Kevin Kerns, 36, of Berryville, was charged with domestic assault and battery. Oct. 30: Stacy Robbins, 42, of Front Royal, ...

Settlement proposed in RSW Jail inmate’s death

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A proposed settlement to a lawsuit stemming from an inmate's death at the Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail has been filed in U.S. District Court. An approval hearing on the proposed settlement involving the death in 2016 of Brendon Garrett Sullins has been scheduled for today. It ...

County to revisit smaller lot sizes for homes

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WOODSTOCK – Shenandoah County could take a different approach to let developers put more houses on smaller lots. County Planner Jill Jefferson presented a proposal to the Planning Commission last week that, if approved by the Board of Supervisors, could allow developments to occur on smaller ...

School division proposes new calendar that takes fair week off

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Shenandoah County Public Schools is now proposing a new school calendar which gives students off the entire week of the county fair. School Board members will discuss the revised calendar at Thursday night’s meeting. It was two years ago that the school division shifted its calendar to ...

Attorney alerts board to loophole in proposed tax break rules

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WOODSTOCK – Shenandoah County leaders nearly left a loophole in a proposed change to the local real estate tax break for senior citizens and disabled residents. County Attorney Jason Ham told the Board of Supervisors at its meeting last week that he and staff members continue to draft the ...