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Man acquitted of attempted sodomy, kidnapping charges

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WOODSTOCK -- Circuit Judge Dennis L. Hupp acquitted a Butner, North Carolina man on Friday of some of the charges related to an April incident in which he was accused of sexually assaulting a hotel housekeeper. After Friday’s bench trial, Refugio Zermeno-Camarena, 23, was convicted on one of ...

School-based health clinic will open soon

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The Shenandoah Community Health Clinic is set to open a facility for children at  Ashby Lee Elementary School in Quicksburg within the next month. According to Pam Murphy, executive director of the clinic, medical services for students at Ashby Lee Elementary School will be starting Sept. 11. ...

EDA projects show progress

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FRONT ROYAL – The Front Royal-Warren County Economic Development Authority continues to move forward with major projects. EDA Executive Director Jennifer McDonald provided an update to the authority’s Board of Directors at its meeting Friday. Chairman  Greg Drescher indicated that ...

Shenandoah Valley Christian Academy suddenly closes doors

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The Shenandoah Valley Christian Academy on Thursday announced it is closing its doors for the school year. “I am so sorry to tell you that due to a lack of students and therefore a shortage of funds we are unable to open the school this year. If we did we would have to close somewhere in the ...

County official adds economic development to job

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WOODSTOCK – Shenandoah County shuffled two departments and responsibilities this week in the hopes of boosting the local economy. County officials announced Thursday that Director of Tourism and Marketing Jenna French would take on economic development for the locality as part of a ...

Public weighs in on plan to raze Afton Inn

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FRONT ROYAL – A proposal to let a developer tear down the former Afton Inn drew supporters and foes to a public hearing Tuesday. The Board of Architectural Review plans to consider a request by the Front Royal-Warren County Economic Development Authority to demolish the historic structure at ...

Board OKs changes to U.S. 11 building rules

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WOODSTOCK – The Shenandoah County Board of Supervisors loosened rules on construction along U.S. 11 that some leaders say prohibited economic development. The 6-0 vote to change regulations in the Old Valley Pike Overlay District came after months of work by county officials, the Planning ...

Burglary, home invasion co-defendants plead guilty

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WOODSTOCK -- A pair of co-defendants in two burglary cases involving  a third defendant, Thomas Henry Caison, 20, pleaded guilty on Wednesday in separate plea agreements. Drago Lee Lockhart, 23, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit burglary after he went into a home on Lora ...

Plans to bring telecommunications station to Strasburg move forward

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STRASBURG — Strasburg may have a telecommunications station headed its way. On Tuesday, the Planning Commission voted unanimously to send plans by Virginia Air Networks, Inc. for a proposed station forward to a Town Council work session. During Tuesday’s meeting, Tony Bates, general ...

Church’s request for tax break draws support

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WOODSTOCK – Shenandoah County leaders heard support Tuesday for a Catholic church parish’s request for a break on its local taxes. The Catholic Diocese of Arlington requested an exemption from the local real estate tax on the St. John Bosco campus at 207 N. Main St., Woodstock. The ...

Fire & Rescue Report

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The following Shenandoah County fire and rescue departments have announced their weekly activity for Aug. 14-20: Shenandoah County Fire & Rescue Altered mental status: 1 Chest pain: 1 Choking: 1 Diabetic: 2 Difficulty breathing: 3 Fall: 4 General illness: 4 Good intent call: ...

Strasburg plans to sell Brown house

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The Town of Strasburg has decided to sell the Brown house. Town Manager Wyatt Pearson said Monday that he was approached by Joe Filerman, the owner of Filerman Procurement Interests, LLC, about purchasing the property at 218 E. King St. Pearson said that Filerman offered to buy the Brown ...

Man gets jail time for not updating sex offender registry

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FRONT ROYAL -- Circuit Judge Dennis L. Hupp sentenced a local man Tuesday to serve some of a previously suspended sentence after the man failed to update his sex offender registration information. As part of a plea agreement, Mark Christopher Solares, 25, pleaded guilty to failing to update ...

Man pleads guilty to larceny charges

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FRONT ROYAL -- A Bentonville man pleaded guilty on Tuesday to larceny and breaking and entering charges as part of a plea agreement. The charges against Michael Jorge Meszaros, 22, stem from two incidents in February where he broke into two residences. He stole a Sony Playstation from one ...

Crash sends 8 to area hospitals

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A 2017 Dodge Caravan with nine people crashed Saturday morning on Interstate 81, sending eight people to area hospitals. The Virginia State Police charged Espermarie Corbett, 33, of Savannah, Georgia, with reckless driving and two charges of failure to have a child in child restraints, said ...

All eyes on the sky for solar eclipse

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MIDDLETOWN — Michael Thornhill, of Stephens City, set an alarm for Monday’s solar eclipse three years ago. When it finally happened, he was excited. “I’m completely nerded out right now,” Thornhill said. Thornhill left work early and took his 12-year-old son Zachary out of school ...

Front Royal man pleads guilty to drug distribution

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FRONT ROYAL -- A local man pleaded guilty on Monday to one of three counts of hydromorphone distribution as part of a plea agreement. Stuart Lee McClanahan, 45, pleaded to the charge stemming from an April 2016 incident where he sold two white pills of Dilaudid, an opioid pain medication, to a ...