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Proposed property maintenance code moves forward

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FRONT ROYAL – The town has taken another step toward adopting the state's property maintenance regulations into its code.  Town Council at its regular Monday meeting approved a first reading of the proposed adoption by a 5-1 vote, with Councilman Eugene Tewalt the lone ...

Cafeteria turned apartments construction to begin in early 2019

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MOUNT JACKSON — Renovations on the old Triplett High School cafeteria to turn it into a small apartment complex will start early next year. The Mount Jackson Town Council approved the special use permit application submitted by Todd Holtzman on Tuesday evening. The permit squeaked by with ...

New Market council looking to adopt tourism zone ordinance

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NEW MARKET — Town Council members are excited to move forward with adopting a tourism zone blanketing the town to attract business to the area. Peter Hughes, a council member, jumped at the idea when it was first mentioned in a brief presentation last month. “I liked the idea the first ...

Strasburg, VDOT enter agreement on Borden Mowery extension

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STRASBURG — The town has entered into an agreement with the Virginia Department of Transportation on a revenue-sharing grant to extend Borden Mowery Drive in the town's industrial park. The agreement paves the way for the town to finish designing the road's extension. The Town Council ...

911 chief to leave for private job

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Shenandoah County’s 911 system chief plans to leave the post at the end of the month for a private-sector job, officials announced Wednesday. R. Jason Malloy, director of the Emergency Communications Center, announced his resignation effective Oct. 31, according to a media release issued by ...

Panel won’t override plan to let 19-year-olds drive fire trucks

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STRASBURG — Members of the Strasburg Fire Department Restructuring Committee have decided not to override a recent Fire Department decision to allow 19-year-olds drive department vehicles, despite criticism of the idea by committee members. During a restructuring committee meeting on Monday, ...

Front Royal man dies in I-81 crash

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A Front Royal man died at the scene of a vehicle crash in Rockingham County early Monday morning. According to a news release from the Virginia State Police, James P. Bailey III, 54, was driving a motorcycle on Interstate 81 heading north at 3:45 a.m. Monday. He "ran off the left side of the ...

Front Royal man dies after incident at boat landing

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A Front Royal man was declared dead after being "unresponsive" Monday in the Shenandoah River at the Riverton Boat Landing in Warren County, according to a Sheriff's Office news release. Larry Dawson II, 28, was declared dead at Warren Memorial Hospital after a friend pulled him from the river ...

Manufacturing layoffs may have caused county’s jobless spike

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Shenandoah County’s unemployment rate increase vexed local economic development and business leaders when it was reported last week. The small jump — 0.2 percent — between August 2017 and August 2018 was overshadowed by a larger increase — 0.8 percent — from July 2018 to August ...

Retirement prompts department changes

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WOODSTOCK – The retirement of a longtime Shenandoah County employee prompted officials to make staffing changes in its utilities department. Director of Public Utilities Rodney McClain retires effective Nov. 1 after 43 years with the county. The Board of Supervisors recently recognized ...

Town to vote on property maintenance

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FRONT ROYAL - The Town Council will hold a public hearing at 7 p.m. today regarding the adoption of the state’s entire property maintenance code, minus a rental inspections district, into the town code.   The proposed code will allow for a complaint-based or proactive enforcement of ...

Restructuring panel focuses on firefighter training, officers

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STRASBURG — The Strasburg Fire Department Restructuring Committee held a bylaws work session on Monday as members of the committee honed in on ways to change the leadership structure and training requirements for the department. The committee members did not finalize any changes to the ...

Judge orders woman to repay welfare benefits in fraud case

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FRONT ROYAL – A town woman must serve jail time and pay back thousands of dollars in welfare benefits she received through fraud. Nina Frances Haymond pleaded guilty in Warren County Circuit Court on Tuesday to one count of submitting a false application for welfare benefits, welfare fraud ...

Man given jail time for drug charge

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FRONT ROYAL – A judge sentenced a Frederick County man to jail time Tuesday for cocaine possession and obstruction of justice. Jody Kenneth Barthlow, 43, of 1034 Filbert St., Stephens City, pleaded no contest to the two charges in Warren County Circuit Court. An agreement between Assistant ...

Candidates to face off in Thursday forum

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FRONT ROYAL – The six Town Council candidates vying for three open seats in the Nov. 6 election will share their views Thursday during a Front Royal-Warren County Chamber of Commerce forum. All six Town Council candidates are scheduled to appear, including two incumbents, Gary Gillispie and ...

Shenandoah County Special Olympics seeks athletes, volunteers

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WOODSTOCK – Jamie Schoenberger, the Shenandoah County Special Olympics coordinator, wants people to know the organization dedicated to supporting athletes who have an intellectual disability needs coaches and other volunteers as well people to cheer on those participating in practices and ...

Police Blotter: Front Royal

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The Front Royal Police Department reported the following incidents: Oct. 1: Judy Shell-Shepherd, 50, of Front Royal, was charged with receiving stolen goods. Oct. 1: Hope Sinclair, 24, of Front Royal, was charged with domestic assault and battery. Oct. 1: Andrew Walker, 54, of Front Royal, ...

Police Blotter: Woodstock

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The Woodstock Police Department reported the following incidents in September: Sept. 3: Iraida Diaz, 45, of Edinburg, was charged with obtaining prescriptions by fraud. Sept. 4: Jafekka Rahamah Harris, 26, of Woodstock, was charged with public intoxication. Sept. 5: Michael Lee Huddle, 56, ...