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Town close to naming new police chief

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FRONT ROYAL – Town officials could name the new police chief in the next few weeks,  Director of Human Resources Julie Bush said Wednesday. A renewed search for a chief resulted in the town receiving roughly 15 applications by July 24, Bush said. Town staff interviewed three of the ...

Board OKs higher ambulance fees

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FRONT ROYAL – Patients picked up by ambulance in town and Warren County could pay more for the ride to the hospital. The Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to change the fees that the county’s billing company charges for ambulance transportation. Supervisors took action on the item as part ...

Man pleads no contest to aggravated sexual battery

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FRONT ROYAL -- Circuit Judge Ronald L. Napier accepted a plea agreement on Tuesday in the case of a local man charged with aggravated sexual battery of a minor. Jerry Raymond David, 76, pleaded no contest to sexually assaulting a 10-year-old girl in October 2014. Assistant Commonwealth’s ...

Two indicted in Walmart shoplifting, assault case

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FRONT ROYAL -- A grand jury on Tuesday indicted a man and a woman who were allegedly involved in a July shoplifting incident at Walmart. Robert Carl Shinaul Jr., 32, and Skylar Nicole Smith, 20, were each indicted on one count of shoplifting items worth over $200 after they allegedly pushed ...

County looks at overtime pay for responders

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FRONT ROYAL – Warren County could save money by changing the way it pays emergency responders and  bringing its policy in line with other localities. The Board of Supervisors heard during a work session Tuesday from Human Resources Manager Jodi Saffelle and Richard Mabie, chief of the ...

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New SAAA director named Linda Holtzapple has been named the new executive director of the Shenandoah Area Agency on Aging. She replaces Cathie Galvin, who retires this fall. Holtzapple's first day on the job will be Sept. 11. According to an SAAA news release, Holtzapple has 25 years of ...

Festival featuring 20 bands draws music fans

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FRONT ROYAL – Music fans alike came out by the hundreds despite unpredictable weather to attend Appaloosa Music Festival 2017 over the Labor Day weekend at Skyline Ranch Resort. Allison and Todd Young, of Pennsylvania, said they wouldn’t miss it, rain or shine. “It’s all about the ...

The unseen victims of the opioid crisis

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As the opioid epidemic continues to ravage the Shenandoah Valley, the effects have trickled down to area children whose parents have fallen victim to substance abuse. There has been an increase in child neglect cases because of the epidemic, said Kelly Bober, executive director of ChildSafe ...

Church plans to send another truck to Houston

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STRASBURG — On Sunday, days after Restoration Fellowship Church announced plans to send an 18-wheeler truck to Houston, the Rev. Jay Ahlemann said the truck was full. Now, they were planning on filling up another truck. “We’ve got that truck full,” Ahlemann said, pointing to the ...

Meet Middletown’s new police chief

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MIDDLETOWN – Police chief Gary W. Benedict Jr. wants his officers and Middletown residents to know he has an open door policy and they can come to him, whether in his office or on the street. The new chief considers the community the department's biggest asset, its eyes and ears to alert ...

Kids conquer county fair’s goat obstacle course

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WOODSTOCK -- On a chilly Friday afternoon at the Shenandoah County Fair, dozens of fairgoers gather to watch the festivities as 4-H kids and their market goats try and complete an obstacle course. Racing against the clock, these 29 goat handlers had to guide the animals over a wooden see ...

Priest’s role as former Klansman not a surprise to one man

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News that a former Woodstock parish Catholic priest was once involved in the Ku Klux Klan is of no surprise to one former member. Chris Peer in his youth was an altar boy at St. John's Bosco Catholic Church in Woodstock. At times that meant he worked with Rev. William Aitcheson, who served at ...

Warren County to bring in counselors to schools

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FRONT ROYAL — Warren County Schools are set to bring in counselors to provide mental health services to students inside the schools. During a School Board retreat on Wednesday, Michael Hirsch, director of special services for the district, said that the new positions would make it easier for ...

EDA board seeks changes to its rules

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FRONT ROYAL – The Front Royal-Warren County Economic Development Authority's Board of Directors plans to change its rules after questions arose about how the body operates. The EDA plans to ask the Board of Supervisors to approve several proposed changes to the authority’s bylaws. ...

VDOT finishes Blue Mountain Road paving

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LINDEN – Hundreds of Warren County residents can expect a smoother ride on a long and winding road through Blue Mountain. The Virginia Department of Transportation recently completed paving a 2.2-mile section of Blue Mountain Road. VDOT also replaced pipes to improve drainage, reshaped the ...

Pain at the gas pumps

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Warnings of increased gas prices as a result of Hurricane Harvey hitting the Gulf Coast came true Thursday. Gas prices jumped dramatically on Thursday, leaving consumers who did not heed the warnings to fill up earlier a little lighter than expected in the wallet. Bill Holtzman, president of ...

Shenandoah County schools hoping state shows them the money

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WOODSTOCK – Sometimes you do the best you can with less. In August, the Shenandoah County Public School district announced that for the second year in a row it experienced a 15 percent loss of teachers with many leaving for jobs in area districts, including Winchester, which budgeted for pay ...

EDA board member resigns

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The Front Royal-Warren County Economic Development Authority Board of Directors has  lost another member. The EDA announced Thursday that Brendan Arbuckle resigned his seat on the board because he and his family plan to move out of state. Arbuckle, senior operations director at Toray ...