Strasburg

Area teacher places second on Jeopardy after solid performance

"What did Mr. Wrigley add to Fenway Park?" Strasburg resident Justin Broughman, who teaches U.S. history and U.S. government at Central High School in Woodstock, answered that question correctly on his first appearance on Jeopardy. He would end the show with $15,200, enough for second place, ...

Strasburg Pharmacy takes stance against big chains

STRASBURG — Just months after celebrating 100 years of business, Peoples Drug Store on King Street closed its doors permanently in 2016. Rite-Aid, which bought Peoples for an undisclosed amount, became the sole pharmacy in town. Strasburg Pharmacy is trying to change that. The independent ...

Strasburg approves community garden spot

STRASBURG — The Town Council voted in a work session on Monday to allow staff at the Lord Fairfax Soil and Water Conservation District to create a community garden on part of the town's park. The garden will be initially funded through a $50,000 grant that the Lord Fairfax Soil and Water ...

Next Strasburg police chief has plans to combat drug crisis

STRASBURG — When he becomes police chief sometime in January or early February, Capt. Wayne Sager plans to  focus on combating drug abuse. “That I would probably say, is my number one passion, is fighting the war on drugs,” Sager said. A Strasburg resident growing up, Sager, 36, has ...

Strasburg captain named town’s next police chief

STRASBURG — Strasburg Police Department  Capt. Wayne Sager is going to become the  town's next police chief. In a unanimous decision, the Town Council on Tuesday chose Sager following a brief search among town employees. The search started after Police Chief Tim Sutherly announced his ...

Strasburg to make decision on next police chief

The Strasburg Town Council will be voting Tuesday to determine whether it will pick Capt. Wayne Sager as the next police chief or expand its search to include candidates who don’t work for the town. The vote comes after a closed session discussion the Town Council held on Wednesday. Town ...

Town nears vote on final building payment

STRASBURG — The Department of Public Works building in Strasburg’s business park region is complete. Town officials have moved in and have begun storing pipes and signs into the building’s garage. There’s just one step left: complete paying for it. During Tuesday’s Town Council ...

Local woman recalls 100 years in the valley

STRASBURG – In her 100 years, Iris Vann has seen 16 presidents, two world wars, and the introduction of electricity, school buses and television. She’s seen her hometown of Fisher's Hill, and, later in life,  Strasburg, grow from small farming communities to busy towns offering museums, ...

Local thrift store reopens to serve community

STRASBURG – Lydia’s Clothes Closet will be celebrating its grand reopening and will hold a ribbon cutting at 10 a.m. today. Diane Smith, Lydia’s manager, said she believes in giving back to the community. “Anyone that is really down on their luck we want to help out,” Smith ...

Resident appeals Strasburg Board of Zoning Appeals decision

A town  resident is appealing a decision by the Strasburg Board of Zoning appeals ordering him to remove part of his fence. In June 2016, Daniel Helsey had applied for a permit to install a fence at his house, according to a petition filed with the Shenandoah County Circuit Court. But Town ...

Strasburg planning head looks forward to keeping the past

STRASBURG — John Settle has served as Strasburg’s planning and zoning administrator for less than a month after working as an environmental planner and code compliance officer for Middlesex County. That shift, from one county government to another, has meant that he has had to adjust to ...

Strasburg police chief criticizes mayor in search committee selection

STRASBURG — Mayor Rich Orndorff has announced the names of members of a search committee that is set to choose the next police chief, drawing criticism from Police Chief Tim Sutherly that the mayor is trying to place a family member in the position. During Tuesday’s Town Council meeting, ...

Strasburg approves sale of the Brown house

STRASBURG — The Town Council voted unanimously on Tuesday to approve the sale of the Brown house, at 218 East King Street, to FPI, LLC. In exchange for the house, the town will receive $60,000 and the back half of the two lots next to the Brown house, both of which Strasburg resident Joseph ...

Virginia Air Networks hopes Strasburg tower is just the beginning

The Strasburg Town Council will be voting Tuesday on whether or not they will allow the installation of a telecommunications tower at 458 Radio Station Road. For Joseph Jones and Darin Hockman, co-founders of Virginia Air Networks, Inc., which is the company behind the tower, installing a tower ...

Value of Brown house deal questioned at work session

STRASBURG — Citizens at a work session Tuesday expressed concerns about finances during a discussion about the town’s proposed sale of the Brown house at 218 E. King St. On Aug. 16, the town entered into a contract with Filerman Procurement Interests LLC to sell the Brown house in exchange ...