Local News

Man sentenced to 50 years for slaying at hotel

Lucas Scott Ward

June 29, 2016

WOODSTOCK – Circuit Judge Dennis L. Hupp on Wednesday sentenced Lucas Scott Ward to 50 years in prison for the 2014 second-degree murder of Corry Patrick O’Neill in a hotel room at the Ramada Inn in Strasburg.

Front Royal man killed in crash

June 29, 2016

A Front Royal man died from injuries sustained in a traffic crash on U.S. Route 522 at the intersection of Lake Frederick Drive in Frederick County on Wednesday morning.

Search, rescue missions increasing in national park

June 29, 2016

Search and rescue missions are spiking in Shenandoah National Park as it experiences one of the busiest times of its season. Deputy Chief Ranger Bridget Bohnet attributes one reason for the increase of missing visitors to cell phones.

Work begins on new Morgan Ford bridge

Tim Cooper, senior construction inspector for the Virginia Department of Transportation, walks along a section of the Morgan Ford bridge project on Tuesday. Construction crews have taken out approximately 75 feet of the old bridge on the northern section to create room for the bridge's first pier. The bridge abutment will be where the framing stands in the background. The project is scheduled for completion by June 2018.  Rich Cooley/Daily

June 28, 2016

Construction crews have taken out approximately 75 feet of the old Morgan Ford bridge on the northern section to create room for the bridge’s first pier. The project is scheduled for completion by June 2018.

Central principal a national finalist

Melissa Hensley

June 28, 2016

Central High School Principal Melissa Hensley continues a pattern of success as one of three finalists contending for National Principal of the Year.

Council opts for pay hike over bonuses

June 28, 2016

FRONT ROYAL – Town Council made an 11th-hour change to next year’s budget Monday that increases employee salaries rather than giving bonuses.

Board chair: Raley’s plans ‘not surprising’

June 28, 2016

Karen Whetzel, chairwoman of the Shenandoah County School Board, said that prior to last Wednesday’s board meeting Superintendent Jeremy Raley was being considered for positions in other school divisions.

Linden home destroyed by fire

A house on Grimes Golden Road within the Apple Mountain Lake subdivision of Linden was destroyed by fire Sunday. No one was home at the time of the fire, but a family dog is still missing.  Rich Cooley/Daily

June 27, 2016

Warren County Department of Fire and Rescue Services has declared a home on Grimes Golden Road a total loss after a fire Sunday morning.

News station to start new content in July

June 27, 2016

July 1 will bring a newly expanded lineup for viewers of four-state local news station WHAG-TV, and another step in its expansion is expected in 2017.

Outdoorsy fun at leadership camp

Shenandoah County Sheriff's Youth Office Leadership Camp participants Brayden Hovatter, 13, left, of Edinburg, Hayden Raley, 11, center, of Edinburg, and  camp counselor Megan Babcock, 15, right, of Woodstock, talk outside this Dodge Durango that was part of an evidence scene at the  camp at Shrine Mont in Orkney Springs last week.  Rich Cooley/Daily

June 26, 2016

ORKNEY SPRINGS – A group of Shenandoah County middle school students spent their first full week of summer vacation last week investigating crime scenes and conducting search and rescue missions at Shrine Mont campground.

1,400 cyclists cruise through region

Cyclists on a tandem bicycle cruise down South Main Street  in Woodstock on Friday as they begin their ride as part of the Bike Virginia 2016 event.  There are around 1,400 cyclists touring the area this weekend.  Rich Cooley/Daily

June 24, 2016

Cyclists on a tandem bicycle cruise down South Main Street in Woodstock on Friday as they begin their ride as part of the Bike Virginia 2016 event. There are around 1,400 cyclists touring the area this weekend. Rich Cooley/Daily

Wiseley appeals dismissal of shooting death case

June 24, 2016

WOODSTOCK – Shenandoah County’s chief prosecutor is appealing a judge’s decision to dismiss a case against a man accused of accidentally shooting and killing a woman in 2014.