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Mayor investigated for unspecified ‘criminal matter’

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FRONT ROYAL - Mayor Hollis Tharpe is under investigation for a "criminal matter," according to Winchester Commonwealth's Attorney Marc Abrams. No charges have been filed, and Abrams declined to reveal details of the investigation. Tharpe said over the phone that he was unaware of any ...

County drops attempt to close golf course

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FRONT ROYAL - The county has pulled out of its attempt to close the Front Royal Country Club’s Golf Course. The country club was donated in 1938 to the citizens of Warren County by William E. and Agnes H. Carson, with a deed stipulating that the land be used for recreational purposes, ...

Warren County man arrested on sexual assault charges

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FRONT ROYAL - A Warren County man was arrested Thursday morning stemming from an alleged sexual assault that occurred in his Catlett Mountain home, according to a criminal complaint by Warren County Sheriff's Office Investigator Mackenzie Knowles. Basil John Chuppa, 40, of the 400 block of ...

Grand jury hands up indictments

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FRONT ROYAL – A Warren County grand jury indicted an Arlington man this week on charges accusing him of rape and trying to avoid arrest. Baterdene Batjargal remains incarcerated at the Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail on one count each of rape, forging a public document and ...

Warren County School Board approves budget items during meeting

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FRONT ROYAL — The Warren County Public Schools Board voted to approve several budget items during its meeting on Wednesday. The board agreed unanimously to pay a $20,000 contract with Data Business Systems for food service software. Melody Sheppard, assistant superintendent for the district, ...

Town discusses relocating political protests

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FRONT ROYAL – The weekly political protests and counter-protests that have been held at the gazebo off East Main Street for about a year-and-a-half may be forcibly relocated by the town. The Town Council at its Monday work session initiated discussions about moving the opposing sides at the ...

Man pleads to trying to destroy drugs in search

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FRONT ROYAL – A town man pleaded guilty Monday to drug and obstruction charges that occurred during a response to an overdose call at his home in March. Michael Antonio Craig Sr. appeared in Warren County Circuit Court with his attorney Howard Manheimer for a scheduled hearing to appoint ...

New Market Planning Commission OKs two conditional use permits

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NEW MARKET — The New Market Planning Commission opened the way Tuesday evening for the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation to convert a parsonage into a museum/archive center with a gift shop attached. The commission's approval of two conditional use permits, with a single dissenting ...

Police Blotter: Shenandoah County

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The Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office reported the following incidents: Aug. 22: A larceny was reported. Someone removed damaged a vehicle and removed a tail light on Old Valley Pike, Woodstock. Aug. 23: A breaking and entering was reported. Someone entered a residence and removed ...

Strasburg Town Council looks at potential water rebate program

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STRASBURG — The Strasburg Town Council is set to look into a proposal that would give low-income residents a rebate on their water bills. During a work session on Monday, Vice Mayor Scott Terndrup unveiled a proposal that would give a $50 rebate each month to households that have paid their ...

Town false starts again in purchasing of police radios

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FRONT ROYAL – Last week the Town Council seemed poised to approve the $545,000 purchase of a new Front Royal Police Department Motorola radio system, but that was not the case. The Town Council voted 4-0 during a special meeting before its Monday work session to delay the purchase. ...

Bid for Sheriff’s Office, 911 center comes in at $8 million

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WOODSTOCK – Construction company bids unsealed Wednesday afternoon show Shenandoah County’s future home for its Sheriff’s Office and Emergency Communications Center would cost roughly $8 million to build. County officials and representatives of the architectural firm Grimm and Parker ...

Democrats ready for annual gala

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FRONT ROYAL – Jennifer Lewis, the Democratic candidate for Virginia’s 6th District, will appear at the Warren County Democrats' Annual Gala Dinner. The gala is slated for Sept. 14 at the Shenandoah Valley Golf Club, 134 Golf Club Circle, Front Royal. It will kick off at 6 p.m. with a ...

Supervisor questions salary of school position

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A Shenandoah County supervisor would like to hear from the Shenandoah County Schools superintendent about why he created a position and then filled it at a much higher pay then approved. Supervisor Karl Ralston recently asked if Superintendent Mark Johnston could speak at a upcoming Board of ...

Cline walks district in bid for Goodlatte’s seat

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WOODSTOCK – Del. Benjamin Cline brought his walking tour of Virginia’s 6th Congressional District to town Friday in the run-up to the Nov. 6 election. Cline, R-Lexington, seeks the seat held by longtime U.S. Representative and fellow Republican Bob Goodlatte. Cline’s opponent, Democratic ...

Woman sentenced to probation in drug case

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FRONT ROYAL – A pregnant woman received probation and a suspended prison sentence Monday for her role in a 2016 drug case. Judge Clifford L. Athey Jr. sentenced Catherine R. Catherman in Warren County Circuit Court to five years in the state penitentiary with all time suspended for ...

Shenandoah County job board goes live online

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Shenandoah County job-seekers have a new resource at their fingertips – an online job board sponsored by the Shenandoah County Chamber of Commerce. The board, located at www.shenandoahcountychamber.com/Jobs, has been available for Chamber of Commerce members to post to for a couple of weeks ...