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Motorcyclist in crash cared about safety, his mother says

Local News

On Oct. 8, Front Royal resident James Bailey died in a motorcycle crash in Rockingham County. Bailey, according to the Virginia State Police, ran off the left side of Interstate 81 while he was traveling north on the highway and fell into traffic where a pickup truck ran into him. His mother, ...

EDA OKs bond to aid apartments’ face lift

Local News

FRONT ROYAL – A California company hopes to renovate a Section 8 apartment complex using a $17 million bond, which the Front Royal-Warren County Economic Development Authority approved the issuance of at its Friday meeting. The bond will be granted to the Irvine, California-based CCP ...

County’s economic development strategic plan underway

Local News

WOODSTOCK — Shenandoah County is looking to the future. Last month the county advertised a request for a firm to help develop a strategic plan for economic development. In an attempt to diversify input and solicit funds, Jenna French, the county's director of tourism and economic ...

Convicted drug dealer gets short sentence

Local News

WOODSTOCK – A man convicted of dealing cocaine in Shenandoah County received a reduced jail sentence for helping authorities investigate a robbery. Ricardo James Gomes Jr. pleaded guilty in Shenandoah County Circuit Court on Wednesday to charges of assault and battery of a law enforcement ...

Town writes off utility debts

Local News

FRONT ROYAL - People who owe money for past due utilities are off the hook. The Town Council unanimously has approved writing off $166,191 of outstanding or bad debts. Finance Director B.J. Wilson explained during a recent work session that this is an annual housekeeping matter that the town ...

Teens arrested after fleeing police

Local News

Two teens were arrested Thursday on counts of larceny after a car chase that began in the Blue Ridge Shadows subdivision, according to a Warren County Sheriff’s Office news release. Darion Henry, 18, of an unknown address, was charged on counts of conspiracy to commit larceny and petit ...

Drug dealing nets mostly suspended prison time

Local News

WOODSTOCK – A Shenandoah County woman has received prison time for dealing drugs in the area. Ashley Marie Rush, 34, of Woodstock, pleaded guilty in Shenandoah County Circuit Court on Wednesday to six counts of manufacturing a controlled substance and four counts of possession of drugs. ...

Business News & Events: Oct. 27

Business

Edward Jones Edward Jones is observing National Retirement Security Week, which is designed to raise awareness about the importance of saving for retirement. Contributing to a 401(k) or other employee-sponsored retirement plan, opening an IRA and rebalancing one's investment portfolio ...

Worlds of Work Expo expands students’ horizons

Local News

WINCHESTER - The 2018 Worlds of Work Expo, a two-day career event in which about 2,200 students from area school divisions preview possible future careers, began Wednesday. It features 10 worlds of possible work, including agriculture, communication, finance, health science, manufacturing ...

Virginia State Police charge former deputy, principal

Local News

The principal of Ashby Lee Elementary School and a former Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office deputy have been charged within the last week with misdemeanors after separate incidents involving the same elementary school student. Virginia State Police charged Principal Stephen Povlish III and ...

Rain expected in area starting Friday

Local News

A rainy weekend is in the forecast for the Northern Shenandoah Valley. Cody Ledbetter, a meteorologist in the National Weather Service's Sterling office, said the area should expect about 1 to 2 inches of rain starting Friday night going into Saturday. “We’re also expecting gusty winds to ...

Board OKs money for court security cameras

Local News

WOODSTOCK – Another unexpected grant to Shenandoah County should help boost security for the Circuit Court. The Board of Supervisors voted 6-0 on Tuesday to accept a grant of $34,500 for new or replacement security cameras at the circuit courthouse in Woodstock. The grant from the Virginia ...

Driver charged after hitting road sign

Local News

A Front Royal woman was charged Tuesday evening on a count of reckless driving after hitting a road sign, according to Front Royal Police Capt. Crystal Cline. Leah Michele Peyton, 34, was southbound on Winchester Road near Guard Hill Road upon becoming ill, which caused her to lose control of ...

Performance aims to teach kids about inclusion, empathy

Local News

FRONT ROYAL — Amy Stone was at a Panera Bread Company restaurant when a conversation about the representation of people with disabilities in a film came up. Stone, who uses a wheelchair, said that the conversation got her thinking about what would happen if a Disney princess was a wheelchair ...

IDA mulls dividing property, restructures fee schedule

Business

WOODSTOCK — The Industrial Development Authority continued a discussion Tuesday evening about how to divide up property it owns in the Shenandoah Industrial Park. A series of issues has delayed use of the land, including missing minutes from a meeting when members granted the right of way to ...

Kaine, Lewis make campaign stop in Woodstock

Local News

WOODSTOCK – Democratic candidates for Virginia seats in Congress and the Senate made a campaign stop in town Tuesday. Dozens of people gathered outside party headquarters on North Main Street to see U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine and 6th Congressional District candidate Jennifer Lewis. With the ...