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Superintendent: Boundary changes helped

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Shenandoah County Public Schools Superintendent Mark Johnston is taking issue with a story that appeared in an area weekly newspaper. The story titled “Boundary changes didn't fix problems ” reported on school boundary issues and overcrowding problems in some of the schools. The story ...

Bond counsel: Jail, counties miss out on savings

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The counties operating the regional jail near Front Royal have missed out on saving a total of roughly $176,618 a year because Shenandoah County opted out of refinancing the loan on the facility, the jail's bond counsel says. The Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail Authority Board ...

Maurertown man sentenced in child sex case

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WOODSTOCK -- A Maurertown man who entered an Alford plea of guilty to two child sex offenses was sentenced on Friday to two years in prison. Dennis Lee Branham, 69, maintains his innocence with the Alford plea that he entered in September to two counts of taking indecent liberties with ...

Diner robber sentenced to 2 1/2 years

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WOODSTOCK -- Circuit Judge Dennis L. Hupp on Friday sentenced one of the four co-conspirators in the January attempted robbery of Ben’s Diner. Andrew Bradley Shoemaker, 19, after testifying at a co-defendant’s trial, pleaded guilty in August to participating in the attempted robbery. He ...

Woodstock planning ahead on projects

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Woodstock is beginning to look at what necessary capital projects it will need to plan for over the next five years. Staff have begun the annual budgeting process beginning with the capital program update. The town administration recently held a meeting with department heads to begin to ...

Business leaders in uproar over Bailey campaign ad

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Local Shenandoah County business leaders were in an uproar Thursday after discovering an ad in a local paper insinuating that they supported the campaigns of Supervisors Cindy Bailey and Marsha Shruntz. The ad was authorized and paid for by Cindy Bailey for BOS. “That absolutely infuriates ...

Warren County schools and Valley Health will swap land

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FRONT ROYAL —Warren County Public Schools will swap parcels of land with Valley Health as the hospital system moves toward replacing Warren Memorial Hospital. The Warren County School Board voted unanimously during their meeting on Wednesday to swap land the school district owns by Leach ...

Rockland Park moves ahead of schedule

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FRONT ROYAL – Construction on Warren County’s Rockland Park has jumped ahead of schedule thanks to other nearby economic development projects. H&W Construction worked with county staff on grading along the east and west sides of Fishnet Boulevard near the entrance to Rockland Park. ...

Front Royal man arrested on armed robbery charges

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Deputies arrested a Front Royal man Thursday after he allegedly robbed two Frederick County convenience stores at knifepoint. James David Gulden, 36, allegedly went to the Bo’s Xpress on Fairfax Pike in Stephens City at around 3 a.m. Thursday, a release from the Frederick County Sheriff’s ...

Strasburg man pleads guilty to drug distribution

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FRONT ROYAL -- A Strasburg man pleaded guilty on Thursday to distribution of alpha-PVP, a drug similar to the street drug commonly known as “bath salts.” Brandon Shawn Zappas, 43, was the driver in a drug transaction between two confidential informants and the woman in the passenger seat ...

Two arrested on money counterfeiting charges

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WOODSTOCK -- Police arrested a man and woman Tuesday in connection with counterfeit money discovered at two New Market stores. According to the criminal complaint, Ahijah Alexis-Danielle Parker, 25, of East Orange, New Jersey, and Talim Rasheed Mack, 18, of Allentown, Pennsylvania, ...

DEQ receives award for Avtex work

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FRONT ROYAL – Virginia’s Department of Environmental Quality has earned a federal award for its work to prepare the former Avtex Fibers site for redevelopment. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced Thursday that the DEQ received the Excellence in State Engagement Supporting ...

Town breaks ground on future police headquarters

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FRONT ROYAL – Town leaders, officials and law enforcement officers – past and present – broke ground Wednesday for the police department’s future home. Mayor Hollis Tharpe led the event in the former Avtex Fibers parking lot at Kendrick Lane and Monroe Avenue, flanked by current and ...

Students build life and career skills in soil contest

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MIDDLETOWN — Like many of the other students who attended a soil judging contest at Lord Fairfax Community College on Wednesday, Allyson Neal, 16, of Strasburg High School, sees herself using the skills she’s learned through the contests years into the future. “I would like to be an ...

Strasburg reaches out to community to name event space

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The Town of Strasburg plans on naming an event space across from the Town Hall. But town officials aren’t going to name the space by themselves; instead, they plan on giving community members a large say in the matter. Michelle Bixler, economic development and marketing manager for the town, ...

District 5 candidates weigh in before election

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Shenandoah County voters in District 5 hit the polls Nov. 7 to pick their Board of Supervisors representative. Candidates running for Districts 1, 4 and 5 responded by email recently to a series of questions ahead of Election Day. District 5 Supervisor Marsha Shruntz is running for a second ...

Middletown man arrested on breaking and entering charges

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FRONT ROYAL -- Deputies arrested a Middletown man Wednesday after he allegedly broke into a neighbor’s house. Warren County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to 61 Jackson Place in Middletown around 1 a.m. Wednesday after receiving a report of a break-in, authorities said in a press ...

Front Royal man arrested in connection to overdose death

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FRONT ROYAL -- Authorities arrested a local man after he allegedly gave heroin to a group of people, one of whom died of an overdose. Glenn Eugene Sovereign, 40, arrived at a Front Royal residence at around 1 a.m. on Oct. 26 with a woman to shoot heroin with two witnesses, the criminal ...