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Council discusses branding, boundary adjustments

January 17, 2017

STRASBURG – Town Council met for a work session Tuesday in which it heard a preliminary presentation from a branding consultant it appointed and discussed a boundary line adjustment.

Bill would exempt fracking chemicals from FOIA

January 17, 2017

RICHMOND – Open government advocates are alarmed at a legislative subcommittee’s approval of a bill that would hide from the public record the chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing.

A stroll in the park

Danny Strother, of Maurertown, and his dog Zoe take an afternoon walk through the Shenandoah County Park in Maurertown after a late afternoon rain shower on Tuesday.  Rich Cooley/Daily

January 17, 2017

Danny Strother, of Maurertown, and his dog Zoe take an afternoon walk through the Shenandoah County Park in Maurertown after a late afternoon rain shower on Tuesday. Rich Cooley/Daily

Search warrants filed after weekend overdoses

January 17, 2017

Authorities executed two search warrants on the persons and property of a Woodstock man Sunday after an apparent drug overdose, the third one within a 24-hour window.

New park superintendent excited to get to work

Jennifer Flynn

January 17, 2017

Jennifer Flynn, a National Park Service lifer has bee named superintendent of Shenandoah National Park and Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historic Park. She replaces former Superintendent Jim Northup whose retirement became effective Jan. 2.

Paying tribute to MLK

Members of the Peterson family, of Gainesville, sing during their guest appearance at the Warren-Page branch of the  NAACP's marking the Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration held at the Warren County Community Center in Front Royal on Monday afternoon.   Rich Cooley/Daily

January 16, 2017

FRONT ROYAL – The Warren-Page chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People hosted a celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s life and work Monday to commemorate the holiday held every January in his name.

Fire forces temporary closure of commercial laundry

January 16, 2017

A commercial structure fire in Warren County forced a commercial laundry and linen services, located at 26 Kelley Drive in Front Royal, to temporarily close its doors Monday morning said Gerry Maiatico, fire marshal for the county.

Fire claims Warren garage, vehicles

January 16, 2017

Warren County fire crews responded to a structure fire involving a garage at around 5 a.m. Saturday morning in the 3900 block of Guard Hill Road, said Gerry Maiatico, fire marshal for Warren County.

Strasburg man dies of heroin overdose

January 15, 2017

Law enforcement officers responded to three overdoses Saturday in Shenandoah County, one of which was fatal, according to a spokesperson with the Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office.

Canines to the rescue: Farm dogs help save part of goat herd from fire

Kim Gochenour, of Mountain View Farm in Lebanon Church,  walks with her herding dogs Scarlet, left, an Anatolian Shepherd, and Coconut, right, a Great Pyrenees. The two dogs helped save some of her goats after a barn on her farm was destroyed by fire. Rich Cooley/Daily

January 13, 2017

Dogs, for the most part, are extremely protective animals. It’s an instinct innate to their condition, a trait instilled by nature and relied upon in the most crucial life or death decisions, where taking the time think things out isn’t an option. For a pair of Lebanon Church dogs, that protective instinct reached beyond the human-dog bond.

Details emerge in diner robbery

January 13, 2017

Though the execution of a search warrant led to the arrest of two suspects in the robbery of Ben’s Diner last weekend, the Woodstock Police Chief said an earlier search warrant at the same residence played a key role in identifying the suspects.

Porch sitter

A dog has comfortable seat as he watches the property from his recliner along Gafia Lodge Road in Middletown on Friday. Rich Cooley/Daily

January 13, 2017

A dog has a comfortable seat as he watches the property from his recliner along Gafia Lodge Road in Middletown on Friday. Rich Cooley/Daily

Anti-abortion group wants day of mourning

Benjamin Cline

January 13, 2017

An anti-abortion organization called Day of Tears is urging the Virginia General Assembly to pass a resolution declaring a day of mourning to mark the anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision.

School Board approves Capital Improvement Plan

January 13, 2017

WOODSTOCK – The Shenandoah County School Board approved the 2017-2022 Capital Improvement Plan and discussed state and division initiatives at its Thursday night meeting.

Division launches online budget survey

January 13, 2017

WOODSTOCK – Shenandoah County Public Schools launched an online 2017-2018 budget survey to gather feedback on what the community views as high priorities for the school division to prepare for the fast-approaching budget season.

Navy Federal Credit Union expansion to create 1,400 jobs

January 12, 2017

Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced in his State of the Commonwealth speech Wednesday that Navy Federal Credit Union plans a $100 million expansion of its Winchester operations center that he estimates will create roughly 1,400 jobs.