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Front Royal teen indicted on bomb hoax charge

Local News

FRONT ROYAL -- A grand jury on Monday indicted a teen accused of bringing a hoax bomb device to Warren County High School in January. Caleb Daniel Sutphin, 18, of Front Royal, was indicted on a felony bomb hoax charge. He is accused of making a fake bomb device out of gears, a phone charger ...

Motorcycle, car involved in Interstate 81 crash

Courts & Legal News

A motorcycle and a car were involved in a crash on northbound Interstate 81  Sunday evening in Shenandoah County. According to Virginia State Police Sgt. F.L. (Les) Tyler, at 4:25 p.m. Sunday, a 2004 Pontiac was traveling in the left lane at mile marker 292 when the driver slowed for ...

Middletown selects new police chief

Crime

MIDDLETOWN -- The Town Council on Monday unanimously approved Gary Benedict Jr. as the new police chief. According to Town Manager Rebecca Layman, Benedict is “currently a police chief in Avon, New York. He's had 35 years of law enforcement experience and he will be relocating down ...

Great Meadow shortlisted for international competition

Local News

THE PLAINS -- Great Meadow has been home to some of the most illustrious equestrian competitions in the world. Now, sometime this summer, it may get to add to its resume – the  course was chosen as just one of two U.S. finalists to play host to the Concours Complet International four-star ...

Local tractor club celebrates 28th annual show

Local News

MOUNT JACKSON – Community members and visitors alike were treated to pieces of history this past weekend at the Conicville Fire Department as the Massanutten Antique Tractor & Gasoline Engine Club held its 28th annual show. Tractor lovers, young and old, were treated to an array of ...

Man stabbed at truck stop in Toms Brook

Local News

A 32-year old man was stabbed at a truck stop on Mt. Olive Road in Toms Brook at 5:30 p.m. Saturday. The Shenandoah County Sheriff's Office is searching for a suspect described as a “black male, wearing a white t-shirt, red shorts,” according to the department's website. After the victim ...

Getaway driver found guilty on diner robbery charges

Local News

WOODSTOCK -- More than week after postponing his verdict, Circuit Judge Dennis L. Hupp on Friday found a Woodstock woman guilty on three charges after determining she was the getaway driver in the attempted robbery of Ben’s Diner in January. Hupp delivered his verdict after hearing ...

Company, residents at odds over proposed asphalt plant

Local News

The Strasburg Town Council has scheduled  a public hearing at 7 p.m. Monday about whether a company, Kickin’ Asphalt, can build an asphalt plant at the town’s business development park. The hearing is set to pit two forces against each other: a locally owned company that is threatening to ...

Board discusses sheriff’s deputy pay disparity

Local News

WOODSTOCK – A state agency’s decision to give pay raises to sheriff’s deputies across Virginia worsened a problem facing Shenandoah County. The Compensation Board authorized a 2 percent salary increase for deputies funded by the state. The increase applies only to the compensation ...

Toms Brook man killed in Interstate 81 crash

Local News

A Toms Brook man was killed Thursday on Interstate 81 when the car he was driving struck the rear of a tractor trailer. According to Virginia State Police Sgt. F.L. Tyler, Peter Anthony Del'Aguila, 30, was traveling northbound at 8:45 p.m. Thursday on I-81 near the 296-mile marker in Strasburg ...

Woodstock man pleads guilty to drug distribution

Local News

WOODSTOCK --  A Woodstock man pleaded guilty on Friday to eight criminal charges including cocaine distribution and possession. Alexander Seal, 22, was one of 25 arrested in March 2017 after a year-long investigation conducted by the Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office into drugs being ...

EDA attorney steps aside on housing project

Local News

Warren County’s attorney recently backed away from a housing project now under scrutiny by local leaders. County Attorney Dan Whitten has stepped aside as the Front Royal Warren County Economic Development Authority’s legal counsel on the agency’s workforce housing project. “I ...

Dump truck crash spills 100 gallons of fuel into road

Local News

A Friday morning crash involving a Toyota car and a dump truck led to 100 gallons of fuel spilling onto Remount Road and John Marshall Highway, the Front Royal Police Department said in a press release. Brian Davis of Stanardsville, Virginia was driving the truck northbound on Remount Road ...

Blue Ridge Wildlife Center hosts baby shower for animals

Local News

BOYCE —The Blue Ridge Wildlife Center tries to keep most of its animals away from people. The organization rescues and rehabilitates wild birds, mammals and reptiles, and it wants to keep them wild. “We don’t want them used to people,” said Jennifer Burghoffer, manager of education for ...

Business Ledger

Business

Modern Woodmen Gaylin A. Sommers, a representative for Modern Woodmen of America, is one of a small percentage of life insurance agents worldwide to achieve membership in the Million Dollar Round Table this year. Founded in 1927, Million Dollar Round Table is recognized internationally as ...

Local craft breweries enjoy increasing numbers

Business

The craft beer industry in Winchester/Frederick County is blooming. In three short years, the number of microbreweries has flourished from zero to four and four more are in planning stages for the area. Oddly, local craft beer brewery owners yearn for more competition. “The more the ...

Shenandoah chamber launches leadership program

Business

WOODSTOCK -- The Shenandoah County Chamber of Commerce is looking for 20 people who want to develop skills they can use to help address community needs. Sharon Baroncelli, chamber executive director, said the chamber is launching a nine-month community leadership program called Leadership ...