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Voters hear from 5th District School Board candidates

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This is the first part of a three part series on the Shenandoah County Public School Board forum. WOODSTOCK – Three candidates seeking to fill the school board seat once held by Irving Getz answered questions from some of the 70 people who attended a candidates' forum Thursday evening at ...

District 4 candidates participate in forum

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Note: This is part two of a forum held for candidates seeking the District 4 seats on the Board of Supervisors and the School Board. WOODSTOCK – Candidates running for District 4 seats on the Board of Supervisors and the School Board responded to questions at a forum Wednesday. Karl ...

Guns stolen in Toms Brook still missing one month later

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An undisclosed number of guns were reported stolen from Shenandoah Sporting Goods on Old Valley Pike in  Toms Brook, on Sept. 16. Nearly a month later, the Shenandoah County Sheriff's Office says the guns are still missing. The Sheriff's Office has published security footage from the gun ...

Oktoberfest returns to Old Town Winchester

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WINCHESTER – The 5th annual Oktoberfest returns to Old Town Winchester today and Saturday. Jennifer Bell, downtown manager, said this year's event is bigger than in past years. “It keeps growing in popularity," Bell said. "So, this year we decided to fully embrace the Oktoberfest ...

Front Royal’s new police chief shifts focus to community policing

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FRONT ROYAL -- A week and a half in at his new position, the town’s new Police Chief Kerry L. “Kahle” Magalis II said Thursday he’s enjoying the “whirlwind” transition as he gets ready to implement his plans for the department. Magalis assumed the role of police chief on Oct. 1, ...

More security added for Cedar Creek reenactment this weekend

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The 153rd anniversary of the Battle of Cedar Creek is going to be just like any other year but with more security, Cedar Creek Battlefield Foundation President Joe D’Arezzo said. “We’re just going to be doing our normal living history of the Battle of Cedar Creek, which occurred in 1864, ...

District 4 candidates field questions at forum

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Editor's note: This is part one of a forum held for candidates seeking the District 4 seats on the Board of Supervisors and the School Board. WOODSTOCK – Karl Roulston and Michelle Manning, candidates running for District 4 seats on the Shenandoah County Board of Supervisors and the School ...

Car crash victim dies from injuries

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James Seth Snyder, of Martinsburg, West Virginia,  died in INOVA Fairfax Hospital at 10:13 p.m. on Wednesday due to injuries he sustained in a motor vehicle crash on Saturday, according to a news release from state police. The accident occurred when Snyder, 20,  was traveling eastbound on ...

Strasburg man pleads guilty to cocaine distribution

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WOODSTOCK -- Circuit Judge Dennis L. Hupp accepted a plea agreement Wednesday that called for a Strasburg man to plead guilty to cocaine distribution. Christian Eli Medrano-Umanzor, 25, sold a half gram of cocaine for $60 to a confidential informant in the informant’s car in September 2016, ...

Farmers reeling from drought

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Despite the mid-week rainfall, area farmers are still suffering from the effects of the latest dry spell. Larry Ambrose, who operates a cattle farm just outside the town limits of Mount Jackson, had to sell 16 calves two weeks ago in order to feed the rest of the herd. He's been forced to ...

Fire & Rescue Report

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The following Shenandoah County fire and rescue departments have announced their weekly activity for Oct. 1-9: Shenandoah County Fire & Rescue Altered mental status: 3 Assault: 1 Assist law enforcement: 1 Automatic aid: 1 Cardiac: 1 Chest pain: 4 Defective appliance: ...

Next Strasburg police chief has plans to combat drug crisis

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STRASBURG — When he becomes police chief sometime in January or early February, Capt. Wayne Sager plans to  focus on combating drug abuse. “That I would probably say, is my number one passion, is fighting the war on drugs,” Sager said. A Strasburg resident growing up, Sager, 36, has ...

Council taps firm to build new police headquarters

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FRONT ROYAL – The Town Council picked a firm to build a new police department headquarters and decided on a way to finance the project. The council voted 5-1 Tuesday to approve a bid from Dustin Construction to construct the facility for $7.73 million. The total cost of the project is ...

Mount Jackson pledges $15,000 to Knob acquisition plan

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MOUNT JACKSON –  In an unusually busy Town Council meeting  Tuesday, Councilman Ron Shepherd unveiled his plan to resolve the ongoing issue of protecting the Knob. “I think we've come up with a solution to get this project rolling along,” Shepherd said. He proposed that the town pledge ...

Council OKs Friday flea markets

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FRONT ROYAL – Flea markets can run on Fridays but now must pay a flat fee to the town each year. The Town Council on Tuesday voted 6-0 on changes to local regulations to allow flea markets to operate on Fridays with a special-use permit and to allow for a possible farmers market. The action ...

Middletown remembers; volunteers needed

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Shenandoah County Young Marines are asking people to remember a Drug Enforcement Administration agent murdered in the line of duty. Middletown Mayor Charles Harbaugh presented a proclamation from the Town Council Tuesday to Caleb Slack, 14, and Teresa Hart, 15, members of the national youth ...

Edinburg teen indicted on additional stabbing charges

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WOODSTOCK -- The Edinburg teen accused in the stabbing of a mother and her two daughters at a park in May was indicted on additional charges Wednesday. The grand jury indicted Samual Jacob Homer, 18, on three counts of aggravated malicious wounding from the May 18 incident. He was indicted on ...

Bond appeal denied in child abuse case

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WOODSTOCK -- Circuit Judge Dennis L. Hupp denied a defense motion to grant bond Wednesday in the case involving a Mount Jackson man accused of causing serious injury to his 3-month-old daughter. Hirving Ayala, 23, was arrested on Sept. 13 on several charges related to the incident in which the ...

New Market to appoint new town manager

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The New Market Town Council will vote Monday to appoint its next town manager to replace Mike Ritchie, who served the town in various positions for nearly three decades. Town council member Peggy Harkness said five candidates were interviewed from a pool of 21 applicants. Ritchie was ...

McAuliffe emphasizes jobs on whirlwind Winchester tour

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WINCHESTER –  Jobs. That was the message throughout Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s whirlwind tour of developments across Winchester on Tuesday. “We have had so many job announcements since I’ve been governor up here, I feel like I’m the governor of Shenandoah,” McAuliffe said at the ...