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Funkhouser named new training chief

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Rick Funkhouser has been named training chief for the Shenandoah County Department of Fire and Rescue. He replaces former training chief Bill Streett, who was promoted to operations chief in December. Funkhouser was one of four to interview for the job. Funkhouser, a native of Mount Jackson, ...

Dog trainer teaches canine CPR, first aid

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CPR isn’t just for humans. A business in Winchester is showing pet owners how to protect their pups from dangerous injuries and respond to emergencies when they occur. Head of the Class Dog Training is hosting an “Introduction to Canine CPR and First Aid” from 1-4 p.m. Saturday. ...

Strasburg mayor to host office hours

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Starting this month, the mayor of Strasburg will begin offering unstructured office hours to improve communications between citizens and their town government. Mayor Richard “Rich” Orndorff said the sessions will take place one Saturday per month, between 9 and 11 a.m., although he may ...

Agency for elderly holds line on funding request

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FRONT ROYAL – A regional agency that helps elderly residents continues to provide services as governments tighten their purse strings. The Shenandoah Area Agency on Aging requested no increase over the $54,000 allocated by Warren County in its current budget. Executive Director Cathie ...

Livestock Report

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Farmers Livestock Jan. 31 FEEDER: Cattle (578 head) Steers (152 head) Steers M&L 1, 300-400 lbs., $127.00-136.00; 400-500 lbs., $127.00-152.00; 500-600 lbs., $125.00-158.00; 600-700 lbs., $117.00-128.00; 700-800 lbs., $108.00-117.00; 800-900 lbs., $92.00-118.00. M&L 2, ...

Panel OKs bill to defund Planned Parenthood

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RICHMOND - A bill seeking to defund Planned Parenthood cleared a House subcommittee Tuesday on a 4-1 vote. HB 2264, introduced by Del. Ben Cline, R-Amherst, "would prohibit the Virginia Department of Health from granting funds or entering into contracts with certain health care providers ...

Committee kills bill meant to close wage gap

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RICHMOND - A bill intending to remedy wage discrimination by prohibiting employers from asking interviewees for their salary history was killed Tuesday by the House Commerce and Labor Committee. "There is convincing evidence that sex discrimination in the workplace continues to be a ...

Democrats call for vote on redistricting reforms

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      RICHMOND - Democratic delegates Tuesday called on Republican House Speaker William Howell to revive legislation that supporters say would help take politics out of redistricting. The Democrats tried to put pressure on Howell a day after a ...

Fire & Rescue Report

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The following Shenandoah County fire and rescue departments have announced their weekly activity for Jan. 23-29: Shenandoah County Fire & Rescue Altered mental status: 1 Brush/woods fire: 1 Difficulty breathing: 5 Food on stove: 1 General illness: 7 Good intent call: ...

Opioid epidemic taxes mental health agency

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FRONT ROYAL – The regional agency that provides mental health services needs more local funding as it helps combat opiate addiction. Michael F. Elwell, chief executive officer of Northwestern Community Services, gave the Warren County Board of Supervisors a rundown Tuesday of the agency’s ...

Sunday crash sends one to hospital

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A two-vehicle crash Sunday evening sent one woman to the hospital after her sport utility vehicle overturned following a collision with a tractor-trailer, said Sgt. F.L. “Les” Tyler, public information officer for the Virginia State Police. “(The) crash happened at 5:10 p.m. (on) ...

Hotel tax legislation advances

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Warren County’s representatives in the House of Delegates opposed a bill meant to give the locality power to collect more tax revenue from hotel patrons. Virginia’s House of Delegates voted 72-27 to pass legislation aimed at letting Warren County and two others increase their transient ...

Four die in narcotics overdoses

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A recent rash of overdoses throughout the Northern Shenandoah Valley continued to spread as three overdose victims died over the weekend and a fourth died Monday. According to Lauren Cummings, executive director of the Northern Shenandoah Valley Substance Abuse Coalition, two Frederick ...

Authority to ask for director, name change

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WOODSTOCK – Shenandoah County’s Industrial Development Authority says it needs to change in order to attract economic growth to the locality. The Industrial Development Authority voted in mid November to ask the Board of Supervisors to transition the agency to an economic development ...

State agencies pressure council to preserve Brown building

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Several state government agencies have issued opinions that could reverse the Strasburg Town Council’s decision to demolish the Brown building at 218 E. King St., furthering the property’s chronic state of flux since council purchased it in August. The top-down directive began when a ...

Man charged after accidental, self-inflicted gunshot

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Authorities charged a Frederick County man with the reckless handling of a firearm and possession of marijuana after he inadvertently shot himself in the leg and hand Friday, according to a news release from the Front Royal Police Department. Jason Rahn, 41, suffered a gunshot wound to the ...

Police Blotter

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The Front Royal Police Department reported the following incidents: Jan. 23: Daniel Athey, of 1454 Anderson St., Front Royal, was charged with failure to display current Virginia license plates. Jan. 23: Ernesto Aguirre, of 1843 S. Talbott Place, Waynesboro, was charged with two counts of ...

MONDAY SPOTLIGHT: Sisters make healthy changes at schools

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FRONT ROYAL – Twin sisters at Skyline High School are working to make their community healthier through tobacco and childhood obesity campaigns. The Chichester sisters, Sarah and Hannah, both 18, have made a change in their lives and the lives of their classmates through the award-winning ...

Planners to revisit kennel proposal

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A proposal to run a kennel and dog-training center near Mount Jackson comes back before the Planning Commission on Thursday. Marian Windel and Judy Parrish applied late last year for a special-use permit to operate Paws Mountain Training & Boarding Center at 5783 Orkney Grade, Mount ...