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Lobbying groups voice concerns over Medicaid expansion

  RICHMOND - A few days after the Republican-controlled House of Delegates reached a bipartisan compromise on Medicaid expansion, both conservative and progressive citizen groups are voicing their concerns. The proposal, HB 338, would require "able-bodied adult" individuals seeking Medicaid ...

House panel next to consider Senate coal ash legislation

RICHMOND -- A Senate bill extending the moratorium on permanently closing coal ash ponds appears to be the only legislation on the issue poised to move forward from this General Assembly session. Sen. Scott Surovell, D-Fairfax, introduced six pieces of legislation on coal ash, and coal ash ...

At session’s midpoint, black lawmakers hail success

  RICHMOND - African-American lawmakers said Monday they have been successful this legislative session in addressing the problem of food deserts, funding apprenticeships for high school students and relaxing overly harsh school disciplinary policies. At a press conference, members of ...

Letter to the Editor: GOP: Missing in action

Editor:  After last week's events, I'm wondering what the Republican Party stands for these days.  In past elections Republican candidates would proclaim that their party was the party that would reduce the national debt, provide law and order, family values and national security.   They ...

Prep scores: Feb. 16

Friday's results Region 3B tournament quarterfinals Culpeper 51, Skyline 34 Wrestling Class 2 State Championships at Salem Day 1 Team scores: 1. Poquoson 165.5, 2.Clarke County 83, 3. Grayson County 70, 4. Appomattox 69, 5. Wilson Memorial 62, 6 tie. Strasburg 58. 31 tie. Central ...

Young lawmakers form group to address Millennials’ concerns

    RICHMOND - A bipartisan, nationwide organization seeking to involve young people in politics has established a chapter in Virginia, focusing on such issues as student debt relief and government transparency, officials said Wednesday. The Millennial Action Project has created ...

Murto: We need more women in racing

  As Danica Patrick prepares to compete in the final Monster Energy NASCAR Cup race of her career, it becomes evident that we need more women in motorsports. Without a doubt, Patrick has been the most successful woman racer in history. When she leaves, she will leave a void. It’s ...

Community News and Events Feb. 5

Shenandoah Conservatory Shenandoah Conservatory faculty Akemi Takayama, violin, and John O'Conor, piano, will perform at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Goodson Chapel Recital Hall.  The duo will present an evening of chamber music. Admission is free. Information/tickets: 540-665-4569. The Shenandoah ...

Panel won’t remove sales tax on gun safes

  RICHMOND - A legislative subcommittee Friday killed a bill to remove the sales tax on safes where gun owners can store their firearms - a measure the sponsor said would promote gun safety. Split along party lines, the subcommittee of the House Finance Committee voted 5-3 to ...

House OKs ‘Stop Gun Violence’ license plate

    RICHMOND - Over the objections of eight Republicans, the House of Delegates on Friday approved the creation of a specialty license plate with the message "Stop Gun Violence." The House voted 89-8 with one abstention in favor of a bill to authorize the new plate and ...

Advocates will seek improvements in mental health services

    RICHMOND - Advocates for improving mental health treatment and education in Virginia will gather in Richmond next week to urge legislators to provide more funding and attention for such services. Several groups will join in the lobbying effort: the Virginia chapter of ...

Stephens City officials considering changes to tax structure

STEPHENS CITY – Officials are considering changing the town's tax structure. Town administrators and committee members are discussing the possibility of eliminating the personal property tax, which they said is difficult and not efficient to collect. They don't, however, plan to give up the ...

Conservative talk show now broadcast in Shenandoah, Warren counties

The voices of conservative hosts such as Laura Ingraham, Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity are now more accessible than ever in Shenandoah and Warren counties. Centennial Broadcasting began broadcasting NewsTalk 1400 WINC on WZFC (104.9) Thursday out of Strasburg. Operations manager Mike Herald ...

Rezoning application submitted for new hospital

FRONT ROYAL - As plans gear up for the new Warren Memorial Hospital, Valley Health recently submitted a rezoning application for its future campus off Leach Run Parkway. During a Wednesday work session, the Front Royal Planning Commission and Valley Health representatives hashed out details of ...

REC to offer increased solar power amid Trump tariff

Solar energy may soon come surging into the homes of Rappahannock Electric Cooperative customers. The power company announced Tuesday it was seeking approval of a pilot program that would allow its members to opt-in to receive a dedicated, predetermined amount of solar power each month. ...

Mayors form discussion group

The Strasburg and Mount Jackson mayors have launched a new program to help Shenandoah County mayors meet and discuss the issues facing their towns. In about two or three weeks, the mayors hope to have the first meeting of the Growing Area Values Expanding Leadership group, or G.A.V.E.L. for ...

Board opposes bill meant to show government spending

WOODSTOCK – Shenandoah County leaders voiced opposition Thursday to a bill under consideration in the Virginia General Assembly aimed at making government spending more transparent. The Board of Supervisors voted 5-1 at its meeting Thursday to approve a motion adopting a resolution in ...

Woman call for action to help black community

  RICHMOND - A group of African-American women called for action Wednesday on issues burdening the black community, including gun violence, lack of health care and inadequate educational opportunities. Democratic Dels. Lashrecse Aird of Petersburg, Roslyn Tyler of Sussex and Delores ...

Andy Schmookler: America’s role in international order and, now, disorder

For the entire history of human civilization, the international system has been a particularly dangerous part of the human world. It is an arena in which all human societies have faced each other with no enforceable order to govern their interactions. Such anarchy makes a struggle for power ...

Community News & Events: Jan. 26

Card Shower Correction: a card shower is planned for Betty Offman, who will celebrate her 85th birthday Feb. 4. Cards can be sent to 208 Fairgrounds Road, Woodstock, Virginia 22664.   Horticulture The Extension Master Gardener help desk will be available 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Feb. 2 at ...