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Bill would bring faster rural internet

Del. Randy Minchew, R-Leesburg, right, speaks to reporters about House Bill 912 at Blandy Experimental Farm and State Arboretum of Virginia on Tuesday. Also pictured are Gov. Terry McAuliffe, center, and Virginia Secretary of Technology Karen Jackson.  Rachel Mahoney/Daily

May 24, 2016

Rural areas such as Clarke County may be seeing improved internet access soon if a bill signed by Gov. Terry McAuliffe on Tuesday works as intended.

McAuliffe: Investigation a ‘shock’

Gov. Terry McAuliffe discusses House Bill 912 during a bill signing on Tuesday at Blandy Experimental Farm and State Arboretum of Virginia. The bill will allow broadband cables to run along public highways to bring internet access to rural areas.  Rachel Mahoney/Daily

May 24, 2016

In his first remarks since news broke that he was under federal investigation, Gov. Terry McAuliffe said Tuesday he is “fully confident” that donations to his campaign from a Chinese businessman were legal.

Board declines to update plan

May 24, 2016

WOODSTOCK – Shenandoah County leaders chose Tuesday not to adopt a change to a local planning document.

School bomb threat may have been one of many

May 24, 2016

The Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office is trying to determine whether a phony bomb threat received at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Strasburg was part of nationwide hoax that also victimized the school’s famous namesake in Connecticut.

Body found in park believed suicide

May 24, 2016

Law enforcement believes that a body found in Sherando Park Monday afternoon was that of an individual who committed suicide.

Rural King to fill empty Kmart

May 23, 2016

Rural King, a home and farm store based in Illinois, will open a store in the vacant Kmart building in the Royal Plaza Shopping Center this September.

Four boys charged in sex video case

May 23, 2016

WOODSTOCK – Four Woodstock area boys received juvenile petitions Monday charging them with sex offenses that authorities have linked to an incident involving the video recording of sexual intercourse and transmission of the video by cell phone and text messaging.

Quake shatters paradise

This is the home of Karl, Lora and Faith Evans in Coco Beach Village, Ecuador, after it was destroyed by an earthquake last month. The family is now living in Strasburg.  Courtesy photo

May 22, 2016

STRASBURG — The Evans family was getting ready to eat dinner on April 16, a night just like any other. Karl and Lora Evans left Strasburg nine months prior to retire in Coco Beach Village, Ecuador, with their 17-year-old daughter Faith. They were working part time as Faith worked through her junior year of high school online.

Dancing into Mayfest

Shirley Mullaney, of Strasburg, and Gaylon Miller, of Mt. Olive, dance to the band John Richards and The Virginians at the Mayfest Street Dance in the BB&T bank parking lot Friday night in Strasburg. Mayfest continues today and Sunday, with a parade at 4 p.m. today.  Rich Cooley/Daily

May 21, 2016

Shirley Mullaney, of Strasburg, and Gaylon Miller, of Mt. Olive, dance to the band John Richards and The Virginians at the Mayfest Street Dance in the BB&T bank parking lot Friday night in Strasburg. Mayfest continues today and Sunday, with a parade at 4 p.m. today.

Sweet treat

Timmy Costello, 5, of Front Royal, licks an ice cream bar as it melts Friday afternoon outside the gazebo on East Main Street in Front Royal. Timmy and his kindergarten classmates from E. Wilson Morrison Elementary School made the annual end-of-year trek for the afternoon treat.   Rich Cooley/Daily

May 20, 2016

Timmy Costello, 5, of Front Royal, gets his licks in on an ice cream bar as it melts Friday afternoon outside the gazebo on East Main Street in Front Royal. Timmy and his kindergarten classmates from E. Wilson Morrison Elementary School made the annual end-of-year trek for the afternoon treat. Rich Cooley/Daily

Town considering rental rules program

May 20, 2016

FRONT ROYAL – Town planners want to hear from the public and an attorney before moving forward with a property maintenance program.

Focus group hones mega site plans

May 20, 2016

MOUNT JACKSON — The Mount Jackson focus group working on the town’s comprehensive plan continued to revise its proposal to the planning commission this week, changing which businesses would need to undergo a public hearing before developing on the new mega site property within town limits and which ones would not.

Drug court awarded United Way grant

May 20, 2016

Frederick County’s Drug Court, less than three months from taking its first case, got a boost Friday with the awarding of a $25,000 grant.