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Winchester man pleads guilty to cocaine distribution

Local News

WOODSTOCK -- A Winchester man pleaded guilty on Wednesday to cocaine distribution as an accommodation after being present during a February drug transaction. Bryan Romero, 24, was accompanying Alexander Seal on a cocaine transaction with a confidential informant during the transaction, ...

Mount Jackson man pleads guilty to escaping legal custody

Local News

WOODSTOCK -- A Mount Jackson man who was accused of holding a woman at knifepoint in September pleaded guilty on Wednesday to fleeing from law enforcement after his arrest. The domestic violence charges involving Wesley Adam Lear, 32, were dismissed in Shenandoah County Juvenile and Domestic ...

Woodstock man pleads guilty to forgery, identity theft charges

Local News

WOODSTOCK -- A local man pleaded guilty on Wednesday to multiple forgery and identity theft charges stemming from several stolen checks he cashed in August 2016. Adam McGowan, 32, forged the signature on several stolen checks, and wrote them out to himself before taking them to a bank to be ...

Shenandoah County Public Schools employee wins state award

Local News

The Virginia Society for Technology in Education  has named Tim Taylor, Shenandoah County Public Schools Supervisor of Instructional Technology, as its 2017 Outstanding Leader of the Year. “I am humbled by it,” Taylor said. "The work they do in the schools is a team effort," Taylor said ...

Board OKs fire station staffing plan

Local News

FRONT ROYAL – Warren County leaders on Tuesday approved a plan to put more paid firefighters at the station serving Shenandoah Farms. The Board of Supervisors voted 5-0 to continue staffing at Station 6, formerly Shenandoah Farms, using $130,000 from funds set aside in the Department of Fire ...

Pet of the Week: Taz the Boston Terrier seeks a new home

Local News

WINCHESTER – Meet Taz, a 1-year-old Boston Terrier who can’t sit still. He’s named for the Looney Tunes character of the same name because of his wild energy. But unlike the cartoon character who throws temper tantrums, Taz the dog just can’t contain his excitement. “(He’s) very ...

Board mulls effect of failed accreditation

Local News

Shenandoah County School Board members discussed the impact of  failed accreditation at two schools during the board's Monday meeting. The School Board heard the requirements the Virginia Board of Education imposed on North Fork Middle School and W.W. Robinson because the two schools failed ...

North Fork Resort recovers slowly from fire one year ago

Local News

FRONT ROYAL – Two workers armed with leaf blowers cleared melted snow from a concrete slab in North Fork Resort Monday. One year after a fire completely razed the resort’s pool pavilion, there’s not much to show. Chief Richard Mabie of Warren County Fire and Rescue Services called the ...

Town attorney defends closed session for study

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FRONT ROYAL – The Town Council’s attorney defended the council's decision Monday to talk about a salary study behind closed doors. The council convened in closed session prior to its regular meeting to discuss several items, including a town employee compensation study underway by Paypoint ...

Board OKs protection for Mint House

Local News

FRONT ROYAL – Warren County has put another 40 acres of property into protection from future development. The Board of Supervisors voted 5-0 on Tuesday to accept a deed of gift of easement from Stephen James Lee to place 39.8 acres known as the Mint House, along Strasburg Road, into a ...

Strasburg man arrested on meth charge

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WOODSTOCK -- A Strasburg man was charged Thursday with methamphetamine possession with intent to distribute   after police found a large quantity of the suspected drug in his pocket. Strasburg police were serving an arrest warrant on Brandon Shawn Zappas, 43, for a probation violation when ...

Medical center’s cardiac catheterization lab earns accreditation

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The Winchester Medical Center has had its cardiac catheterization laboratory accredited by the American College of Cardiology, the first cath lab in Virginia and the fifth nationwide to receive the distinction. “The American College of Cardiology is the premier body that oversees the ...

Town cuts bridge weight limit

Local News

FRONT ROYAL – The town alerted motorists Tuesday afternoon that the Prospect Street bridge over Happy Creek could no longer handle vehicles heavier than five tons. The town changed the posted maximum weight limit for the bridge near Commerce Avenue from 10 tons to five tons. The town ...

Winchester café moves to final round for $50,000 grand prize

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The sponsoring organization of the Independent Small Business of the Year Award, aka “The Indie,” announced Monday that the Hideaway Café in Winchester and nine other small businesses from across the country have advanced to the competition’s final 10. The winner will be announced ...

Fire ravages hunting lodge over the weekend

Local News

Warren County Fire and Rescue responded to a structure fire in the Blue Ridge Shadows subdivision at the end of Shadows Drive at 9:24 p.m. Saturday. Owners said the building, which was built in the 1900s, was used as a hunting lodge. The fire started from an apparent electrical short in the ...

Forecast says that first snow is likely today

Local News

The first snow of the season was heading toward Northern Virginia  Friday night and expected to arrive early today. The National Weather Service as, of 4:30 p.m., said snow was likely to fall today between 7 a.m. and 12 p.m. The snowfall is not expected to be a major one. Brandon Fling, a ...

Legislators, officials go to school

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"What the best and wisest parent wants for his child, that must we want for all the children of the community. Anything less is unlovely, and left unchecked, destroys our democracy,” - John Dewey.   MOUNT JACKSON  - Virginia public schools opened for the school year with about ...

Planners delay action on housing density change

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WOODSTOCK – Shenandoah County planners put the brakes Thursday on a push to increase housing density in certain areas after hearing concerns from residents. The Planning Commission voted to table action on a proposal to change the minimum lot sizes in medium- and high-density, residential ...

Business Ledger with photo

Business

    Medics USA Dr. Elizabeth Swallow has been named by Medics USA to lead its office in Winchester. Swallow is a board-certified OB/GYN, with experience in urgent care and occupational medicine. After receiving her bachelor and master degrees from Cornell University, ...