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2nd Battle of Winchester programs on Saturday

WINCHESTER — From June 13-15, 1863, Winchester was overwhelmed by the Second Battle of Winchester. The Confederate victory at the pivotal Civil War battle brought an end to a bitter six-month-long Union occupation of the city, virtually destroyed the opposing Union ...

Walter E. Williams: The harm from obsession with diversity, inclusion

In conversations with most college officials, many CEOs, many politicians and race hustlers, it's not long before the magical words "diversity" and "inclusiveness" drop from their lips. Racial minorities are the intended targets of this sociological largesse, but women are included, as well. ...

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Corey Stewart (R-Va.) will have a slot on the ballot in November after defeating Nick Freitas in a tightly contested primary race. Stewart will compete against incumbent Tim Kaine (D) for one of Virginia’s two U.S. Senate seats. Incumbent Barbara Comstock (R-10) and Jennifer Wexton (D) will ...

Incumbent, state senator win primaries in key House race

McLEAN— A key battleground in Democrats' campaign to take control of the House of Representatives is set after Democrat Jennifer Wexton won the right to take on two-term GOP incumbent Barbara Comstock in a northern Virginia swing district. Wexton, a state senator from Loudoun County ...

Rich Lowry: Trudeau is annoying, not an adversary

Justin Trudeau may be the annoying, youthful avatar of chic progressivism -- but he's not our adversary. After leaving the G-7 summit, President Donald Trump blasted the Canadian prime minister on Twitter as weak and dishonest, in the kind of invective once reserved for "Little Rocket ...

Gerald Almy: Tips to increase your hunting success

Instead of focusing on one narrow topic this week, here’s a mixed bag of tips to up your odds in the field and forest as you pursue a variety of game birds and animals this coming season. Whether you’re spring bear hunting in Canada or pursuing local doves on corn fields in a few months, ...

Clarification

Clarification: In Friday's "Belle Grove continues archaeological investigations at slave quarters sites" Kristen Laise, executive director of Belle Grove, has since offered the following wording to clarify a quote of hers in the story:  “I like to talk about the research we’re doing and ...

Appeals board: House has additional code violations

FRONT ROYAL - The Warren County Board of Building Code Appeals ruled Thursday partially in favor of a homeowner’s claim that building officials did not identify all of the construction issues at her house.  The house in question belongs to Kristie Atwood, whose home burned down in a 2015 ...

(Shop Local) Fire up the grill with these delicious recipes

SHAFFER’S BARBECUE PARTY WINGS Toss party wings with oil and Big Julie’s All-Purpose BBQ rub. Place them in the smoker, barbecue pit, or on the grill. Cook to 165. Mix equal parts Tangy Virginia and Bold & Sassy BBQ Sauces. Toss wings in sauce mixture. Put them back on the heat for ...

Town prepares for new power over blighted buildings

FRONT ROYAL - The town will have more of a say regarding the fate of dilapidated buildings when a charter amendment recently approved by the Virginia General Assembly goes into effect July 1. According to the charter amendment, towns will have the ability "to remedy, remove, repair and secure ...

County OKs EDA bond issue to hospital

FRONT ROYAL – Valley Health will receive a bit of help from the Front Royal-Warren County Economic Development Authority in funding the new Warren Memorial Hospital off Leach Run Parkway. The Board of Supervisors at its regular Tuesday meeting unanimously approved a resolution authorizing ...

Oh, Honey! Beekeepers discuss merits, troubles with industry

ROCKINGHAM COUNTY — About a decade ago, Bill Theiss had hardly any bees buzzing about his Bridgewater-area farm. After he saw an exhibit at the Rockingham County Fair, he decided to give beekeeping a try. “I thought, ‘Well, I’m going to do this.’ So, I went ahead and did it,” ...

Star Parker: First step for prison reform

Recently, I attended the White House Prison Reform Summit. The fact that both the president and the vice president were at the event indicates the importance that the Trump administration ascribes to this issue. And statistics quoted by Vice President Pence explain why our existing prison ...

Agriculture News

Cattle-handling clinic   HARRISONBURG — Renowned clinician Tom Curtin will lead a clinic on low-stress cattle handling Saturday and Sunday at Bar W Ranch in Bridgewater. The clinic, co-hosted by Bar W Ranch and the ...

Walmart tweaks training center design

WINCHESTER — Walmart has altered its design of a proposed employee training center, negating the need for public hearings on the project. The 3,062-square-foot modular building on the eastern edge of the retail store’s parking lot at 2350 S. Pleasant Valley Road was originally ...

Two teens arrested after cars vandalized

FRONT ROYAL - Two arrests have been made after nearly two dozen cars were vandalized at a local auto shop, according to a Front Royal Police Department news release. Jonathan Michael Hendrickson, 18, was charged on a felony count of property destruction and five misdemeanor counts of property ...

Sinkhole forms near Strasburg

A sinkhole discovered Wednesday afternoon has closed part of Route 629 (Oranda Road) near Strasburg. Crews were excavating Thursday morning at the site of the sinkhole off the shoulder of Oranda Road between Route 660 (Timberlake Road) and Route 622 (Clary Road). The area is less than a mile ...

Pet of the Week: ‘Super sweet’ cats seek a home together

WINCHESTER - Two old friends are hoping to stay together in their journey of finding a new home. Boots and Trigger, two domestic short-haired cats, arrived at the Frederick County Esther Boyd Animal Shelter in January in what caretaker Dana Lichliter said was a "custody release" in which a ...

Jules Witcover: Hitting bottom in Trumpland

  WASHINGTON -- Just when you might have thought moral depravity could not have sunk deeper in the era of Donald Trump, along came a Trump White House underling dismissing the views of iconic Republican Sen. John McCain as irrelevant because "he's dying anyway." Even worse than that ...