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Goodlatte won’t seek re-election in 2018

Local News

U.S. Rep. Robert W. “Bob” Goodlatte plans to step down next year, the longtime congressman announced Thursday. Goodlatte, a Republican based in Roanoke representing Virginia’s 6th Congressional District, said in a statement he does not intend to seek re-election next year. Goodlatte ...

Edinburg man arrested on armed robbery charge

Local News

WOODSTOCK -- The Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office arrested an Edinburg man on Wednesday night in connection with the armed robbery of the Country Convenience Store in Edinburg early that morning. David Early Ogle, 34, entered the store between 5:30 and 6 a.m. Wednesday with a black ...

Democrats do better in Winchester, GOP gains in rural areas

Local News

Republican candidates for statewide offices fared better in Shenandoah and Warren counties during Tuesday’s election than they did four years ago, despite the fact that the race as a whole moved heavily in the Democrats’ favor. In every single precinct in Shenandoah County, Republican ...

Elected leaders, merchants oppose park fee hike

Local News

FRONT ROYAL – Warren County leaders oppose a proposal to hike entrance fees at the Shenandoah National Park. The Board of Supervisors voted Wednesday to adopt a resolution in opposition to a National Park Service proposal to increase the daily entrance fee from $25 to $70 per vehicle during ...

Basketball coach arrested on child sex solicitation charges

Local News

WINCHESTER -- The Frederick County Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday arrested the owner and assistant coach of the Virginia Storm semi-professional basketball team on multiple child sex charges. Norman Lee Blowe Jr., 47, is accused of having a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old girl between ...

Baltimore woman charged in Shenandoah County fraud case

Local News

WOODSTOCK -- A Baltimore woman is facing a long list of fraud-related charges after she allegedly forged three checks to herself from the Front Royal Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department in November 2010. Therese Denise Epps, 35, was charged on Nov. 1 with 12 charges stemming from Nov. 11 ...

Investigators search for armed robbery suspect

Local News

Investigators with the Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office are searching for a suspect in a Wednesday morning armed robbery of a convenience store near Edinburg. Capt. Wes Dellinger of the Sheriff's Office said between 5:30 a.m. and 6 a.m. Wednesday, a white male wearing a gray jacket, gray ...

Job fair to be held Tuesday

Education

Lord Fairfax Community College will host its second annual career and internship fair 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesday in the Corron Community Development Center on the Middletown Campus. The event is open to both Lord Fairfax Community College students and the public at large in the schools ...

Roulston, Morris, Neese win supervisor seats

Local News

WOODSTOCK – Voters in Shenandoah County ousted two opponents of tax increases from the Board of Supervisors in Tuesday’s election, according to unofficial results. Woodstock-area business owner Karl V. Roulston defeated Supervisor Cindy M. Bailey for the District 4 board seat. Dennis ...

Voters like Kline for Shenandoah County School Board

Local News

Shelby Kline won election Tuesday to the Shenandoah County School Board with 1,281 votes, according to unofficial election results. “Wow. I am pleasantly surprised,” Kline said when informed of the results. She had been out canvassing all day. Kline said she plans to address what ...

GOP holds ground in region

Local News

In a night that saw Democratic candidates defeat their Republican counterparts throughout much of Virginia, Republican members of the House of Delegates managed to mostly hold onto their seats in the Northern Shenandoah Valley. In the northern parts of Frederick County, incumbent Republicans ...

Middletown looking to expand Zoning Department

Local News

Middletown is signaling that it plans to expand its zoning department as it begins its search for a part time employee in the department. Middletown council members at a work session Monday night were in unanimous agreement that an additional employee needed to be added to the department to ...

Judge rejects plea agreement in DUI maiming case

Local News

WOODSTOCK -- Circuit Judge Dennis L. Hupp rejected a plea agreement on Monday in a DUI maiming case involving a Strasburg man accused of hitting a bicyclist with his SUV in November 2016. Ernest Linwood Tharpe III, 35, planned to plead guilty on Monday to a reckless driving charge that was ...

Area voters to fill board positions

Local News

While national attention has focused on the Virginia governor's race,  there are a number of local elections to keep an eye on as well today. There are contested board of supervisors elections in Shenandoah and Frederick counties. In Shenandoah County, incumbent independent John "Dick" Neese ...

Prosecution drops burglary charges against West Virginia man

Local News

WOODSTOCK -- The prosecution on Monday dropped the charges against a Martinsburg, West Virginia, man accused in multiple Shenandoah County burglaries. Terry Wayne Siford, 41, was facing 27 burglary-related charges stemming from a string of home invasions from 2013 and 2014. He was arrested ...

Fire & Rescue Report

Valley 911

The following Shenandoah County fire and rescue departments have announced their weekly activity for Oct. 30-Nov. 5: Shenandoah County Fire & Rescue Altered mental status: 2 Automatic aid: 1 Chest pain: 4 Diabetic: 1 Difficulty breathing: 2 Fall: 6 General illness: 6 Injured ...

VDOT joins first responders to clear interstate crashes

Local News

When a tanker truck carrying 8,000 gallons of gasoline overturned on Interstate 66 in the Front Royal area in 2013, the line of cars soon stretched back three miles. “You’ve got all of that traffic sitting back there within a couple hundred yards of an 8,000-gallon bomb,” said Ed Carter, ...

Man sentenced on officer assault charges from I-81 chase

Local News

WOODSTOCK -- A Washington, D.C., man was sentenced on Friday to serve over six years imprisonment after he led state and local police on a multi-county chase in April 2016. Brandon Deshawn McClaney, 32, pleaded guilty in August to several charges stemming from the 45-minute high-speed chase ...

Panel loses member after Afton Inn vote

Local News

FRONT ROYAL – A Board of Architectural Review member doesn’t want to stay on for another term after the Town Council overturned the panel’s decision to protect the Afton Inn from demolition. The council plans to discuss appointments to two upcoming vacancies on the Board of Architectural ...