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Woodstock considers investing

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Woodstock is looking to create an investment policy as part of the town's strategic operating plan. An investment policy would allow the town to invest its idle cash from its general fund and its enterprise, or public utilities, fund in a way to earn more than the minimal interest gains in the ...

Council to vote down rental rules

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FRONT ROYAL – The Town Council plans to vote Monday to kill proposed rules aimed at bad landlords but intend to reconsider part of the regulations in the near future. The council spent the latter half of 2017 pondering the creation of a rental inspection district and a property maintenance ...

SCPS seeking public input into budget

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Shenandoah County Public School officials are seeking public input into the drafting of its 2018-2019 school year budget. A public hearing will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday to allow Superintendent Mark Johnston to hear from citizens as he begins to develop his proposed school budget. The ...

Board considers reprieve for thrift store

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WOODSTOCK – A Shenandoah County thrift store likely must keep paying landfill fees to dump items it can’t sell, including old TV sets. The Board of Supervisors continued their discussion this week about a request from the Shenandoah County Thrift Store on North Main Street in Woodstock for ...

Front Royal wins $700,000 for Downtown Revitalization project

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Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced Friday that Front Royal has been awarded $700,000 to fund its Downtown Revitalization plan. “We had a lot of good people from the community come together to work on this grant,” said Felicia Hart, director of tourism and community development. “It's just ...

Judge, attorneys react to killer’s commuted sentence

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Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s decision to commute the death sentence of convicted killer William Joseph Burns to life imprisonment without parole is both supported and opposed by those involved in the case. Burns, of Wardensville, West Virginia, was convicted in 2000 of the 1998 rape and murder of ...

School Board maintains leadership, combines bus driver positions

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FRONT ROYAL — The Warren County School Board has decided to keep its leadership unchanged. In a meeting on Wednesday, the School Board voted unanimously to maintain Catherine Bower as the chair of the School Board and C. Douglas Rosen as the vice chair. During the meeting, board member ...

Jury trial set in murder case

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A September jury trial has been set in the case involving a Front Royal man accused in the shooting death of his stepfather in March 2017. David Glynn Hoyle Jr., 34, pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges of first-degree murder and using a firearm in the commission of a felony. Hoyle is ...

Familiar faces retain leadership of School Board

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The Shenandoah County Public School Board reappointed Karen Whetzel as its board chairman on Wednesday night. She has been a member of the board for nine years, three of them as its  chair. Whetzel spoke of an anonymous quote she felt was appropriate. “We don't always need to be what we ...

Courthouse Notes: Shenandoah

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The following information is from the Shenandoah County Circuit Court and Department of Building Inspections: Marriage licenses • Ollie Joe Lawler, 51, Woodstock and Ronna Marie Sheipe, 51, Martinsburg West Virginia • Anthony Dale George, Jr., 55, Stuart, Florida and Debra Joy Aquino, ...

Storm bringing bitter cold wind to chill region

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Area residents are being cautioned about frigid temperatures and winds projected to hit the region. Ray Martin, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Sterling, cautioned Wednesday that the storm, known as a bomb cyclone, is still forming and its path and conditions could ...

Police Blotter: Front Royal

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The Front Royal Police Department reported the following incidents: Dec 25: Richard Garber, of Front Royal, was charged with domestic assault. Dec. 25: John Williams, of Front Royal, was charged with  shoplifting. Dec. 26: Kevin Davis, of Manassas, was charged with violating a protective ...

Board backs pitch for new hospital

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FRONT ROYAL – Warren County leaders showed support Wednesday for Valley Health’s plans to build a new hospital in town. The Board of Supervisors voted 5-0 to approve a letter of support for Warren Memorial Hospital’s application to seek a certificate of public need to build the new ...

Flu cases rise in area

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Cases of the flu have been rising in the area and across the country. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 36 states reported widespread influenza activity between Dec. 17 and Dec. 23, the most recent week for which information is available. Colin Greene,  — the ...

Fire in Front Royal house likely ‘a total loss’

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FRONT ROYAL – A fire destroyed a Front Royal house at 1055 Riverview Shores Drive Wednesday night. Warren County Fire and  Rescue Services Chief Richard Mabie estimated the fire would constitute “a total loss.” Kenny Nicol, 63, of Luray, first discovered the fire when he came by to ...

Pair in Front Royal charged with assaulting woman

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Jamie Jocelyn, a 23-year-old Front Royal resident, was transported to Warren Memorial Hospital Tuesday night after being assaulted by her husband and another woman. Front Royal Police were called at approximately 6:45 p.m. Tuesday to 339 ½ Kendrick Lane, where the assault had just taken ...

Board picks officers, sets schedule

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FRONT ROYAL – The Warren County Board of Supervisors picked new leaders Tuesday. The board voted to elect Happy Creek District Supervisor Tony Carter as chairman and North River District Supervisor Daniel J. Murray Jr. as vice chairman. Murray nominated Carter for the post. Fork District ...

Hearing set in Strasburg firefighters’ cases

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WOODSTOCK -- A hearing has been set for Jan. 11 for the six Strasburg firefighters charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Misdemeanor arrest warrants were issued on Dec. 28 for: Nathan Scott Hirschberg, 26, of Winchester; Andrew Steven Key, 24, of Strasburg; Dale Ray King, ...

Be prepared: Warmer today but cold returns for rest of week

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The effects of the frigid temperatures that have settled over the region are making most everyone miserable, homeowners unhappy and certain businesses busy. The cold snap is expected to last until Monday, at which time temperatures should increase, said Ray Martin of the National Weather ...