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George Bowers Sr.: Spring bulbs illustrate God’s work

Thanks to an unusually early warm-up, crocuses and some daffodils are now in full bloom. The vibrant purples, yellows, and whites brighten up the landscape that is largely still dominated by browns and greys. These early harbingers assure us that spring is indeed on the way and that winter is ...

Peter Brookes: Busting brush for birds in Pennsylvania

Last fall, I mentioned to a hunting buddy here in the Old Dominion that I was packing up and heading for the north Pennsylvania woods for the weekend to hunt up some ruffed grouse. His reply to my hopeful declaration was: “Ooooooh … ruffed grouse in the woods … that’s a tough bird ...

Tom Crosby: Audi’s 2016 Q3 subcompact luxury SUV seeks market footing

Seven years ago Audi entered the luxury sport utility vehicle market with the full-size Q7, subsequently adding a Q5 in 2012 and a smaller Q3 last year. For 2016, the Q3 has redesigned front and rear lights, grille and some side fascia changes, plus upgrades to a top fit and finish interior. ...

Jason Wright: Close call prompts simple promise

Have you ever had an experience behind the wheel when the difference between life and death was thinner than an eyelash? They are those life-blink moments that pass with a flash and remind you that life’s closing curtain can drop to the stage without warning. Recently I was driving near ...

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Strasburg man dies in crash

A Strasburg man died in a single-car crash late Thursday afternoon on U.S. 11 around Mt. Hebron Road near Strasburg. Virginia State Police said the victim, identified as Dustin Daniel Baker, 20, died at the scene as a result injuries sustained in the crash. Sgt. F.L. (Les) Tyler of the state ...

23 arrested on 105 drug charges

Law enforcement officials in Shenandoah County arrested 23 people and filed 105 drug-related charges against them Friday, the culmination of an investigation that lasted slightly more than a year. Lt. Chris Baker, of the Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office, said a majority of those arrested ...

Year in Review: Use of force, heroin top police issues in 2016

The national debate over when and how police should use force in fighting crime reached area departments in 2016, although they were largely spared the protest and political turmoil that have rocked larger communities elsewhere. Attorney General Mark Herring launched a series of training ...

Year in Review: Heroin, murder cases weighed on courts in 2016

A few cases stand out every year among the thousands crowding onto state and federal court dockets in the northern Shenandoah Valley. Some are notable for their drama, others for important legal and social issues they raise and still others are memorable for the level of interest they generate ...

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Former R-MA counselor sues school for discrimination

A former counselor for Randolph-Macon Academy claims the school fired her in 2016 after she complained of sexual discrimination by officials and overtime violations. Jumanah Khader claims in a complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Harrisonburg  that Randolph-Macon Academy violated her ...

Man indicted on abduction, strangulation charges

WOODSTOCK – A grand jury indicted a Rockingham County man Wednesday on charges of abduction and strangulation. Daniel Scott Sherman, 32, of 20241 Crab Run Road, Bergton, stands charged in Shenandoah County Circuit Court on one count each of abduction, strangulation, domestic assault and ...

Police: Pedestrian struck in road rage incident

Front Royal police say a vehicle struck and injured a woman in town during a road-rage incident Thursday evening. A media release issued at 4:20 p.m. Friday by the Front Royal Police Department states that officers responded at 5:45 p.m. Thursday to a report of a pedestrian struck in the 400 ...

Grand jury indicts man accused of forcing girl into sex act

WOODSTOCK – Authorities have accused a town man of forcing a child to commit a sex act on him at a party in April. A grand jury indicted Brandon Christopher Watson-Kaufman in Shenandoah County Circuit Court on Wednesday on one count each of committing forcible sodomy and taking indecent ...

Stories By Brad Fauber | VIEW ALL

Skyline Football Notebook: Tasker getting his shot as Hawks’ starting QB

FRONT ROYAL – Chase Tasker spent the 2017 football season as the backup to Ryan Scott, learning from Skyline’s veteran quarterback and awaiting his turn to take the reins of the Hawks’ offense. Tasker is getting his shot this fall. The senior enters the 2018 season as Skyline’s ...

Shenandoah focusing on being more physical on offense

WINCHESTER – Shenandoah University’s football team boasted the Old Dominion Athletic Conference’s most productive offense in 2017, finishing the season as the conference’s leader in points, yards and passing yards per game. But even the league’s most prolific offense had its weak ...

Warren County names Randy Bush its new girls basketball coach

FRONT ROYAL – Warren County has added another Bush to its head coaching ranks. Randy Bush, the father of Wildcats head football coach Brian Bush, was recently appointed as the school’s new varsity girls basketball coach, Warren County Athletic Director Ed Dike confirmed earlier this ...

Hawks aiming to take a unified approach to volleyball season

FRONT ROYAL – If there is a buzzword for Skyline’s volleyball team heading into the 2018 season, it’s “unity.” That topic has dominated the Hawks’ preseason practice, head coach Erika Berry said on Monday afternoon, and it’s an area the team is hoping to improve as it prepares to ...

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Planning Commission OKs hospital’s site plan

FRONT ROYAL – Valley Health has moved a step closer to commencing construction on the new Warren Memorial Hospital. The Front Royal Planning Commission at its regular Wednesday meeting unanimously approved a site plan for phase one of the new hospital. Planning Director Jeremy Camp ...

Watchdog group seeks answers

A watchdog organization wants Front Royal resident E. Scott Lloyd,  director of the federal Office of Refugee Resettlement, to address the state of detention facilities holding immigrant children. Lloyd was appointed in March 2017 as director of the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR), a ...

Two firms to continue delinquent tax collection

FRONT ROYAL - The county will continue pursuing the collection of delinquent real estate taxes through the assistance of two law firms. The Board of Supervisors recently extended its contract with the collection firm TACS through July 2019. When the county hired TACS in August 2016, ...

Town moves foward with jaywalking ordinance

FRONT ROYAL – The town is a step closer to ticketing jaywalkers in an effort to curb pedestrian-related traffic incidents. The Town Council at its regular Monday meeting unanimously approved the first reading of a jaywalking ordinance, which will be up for a second reading and final ...

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Warren County School Board approves crisis plan

FRONT ROYAL — The Warren County Public Schools Board approved an updated crisis plan for the division during its work session on Wednesday. Michael Hirsch, director of special services for the district, described the updated plan as an attempt to improve the district’s protocol for ...

Strasburg to start optional program for trash, recycling cans

STRASBURG — The town is changing its trash and recycling program. Town Manager Wyatt Pearson said that starting Monday, the town will begin accepting applications for a new leasing program that will offer cans for trash and recycling for $1 per can each month. It may take two or more months ...

Strasburg council forgoes Brown House right of first refusal

STRASBURG — The Strasburg Town Council decided not to act on a right of first refusal on 218 E. King St. and two nearby properties, following a closed session discussion in Tuesday’s Town Council meeting. In a 5-4 vote, the council voted to waive the right of first refusal on 218 E. King ...

Strasburg receives grant for Borden Mowery extension

STRASBURG — The Town of Strasburg has received a grant from the Virginia Department of Transportation providing the town with funds to extend Borden Mowery Drive in the town’s business industrial park. During a Town Council meeting on Tuesday, Town Manager Wyatt Pearson said that he ...

Stories by Melissa Topey | VIEW ALL

Cats invading your yard? What you can and can’t do about it

Area shelters are full of cats and kittens available for adoption.  So many in fact that recently the shelter in Winchester announced that it could not accept any more at that moment. “Its summertime; between April and October is kitten season,” Winchester SPCA office manager Penny Hann ...

Strasburg student: ‘Tokyo was controlled chaos’

A Strasburg High School student began her junior school year a week ago after having just returned from six weeks in Japan. Jana Bowman, 16, laughs that she learned how to navigate the complex network of mass transportation trains in Tokyo before she got her driver's license. "My exchange was ...

One step closer to a football field of their own

MIDDLETOWN – Stephens City Seminoles youth football organizers are one step closer to having a field to play on. Todd Legge, senior vice president of Strasburg Midget Football and head coach of the junior division of  the Strasburg Rams, spoke at a public hearing Monday night before the ...

Teacher turnover declines: Superintendent pleased with drop in rate

WOODSTOCK – Teacher turnover dropped this year for Shenandoah County Public Schools. The turnover rate stands at 11 percent, down from the 15 percent the district has experienced the last two years, said Linda Hodges, Director of Human Resources. Schools Superintendent Mark Johnston noted ...

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Warriors excited for boys, girls cross country season

STEPHENS CITY - First-year Sherando coach Megan Roberts inherits plenty of depth and talent in both the boys and girls cross country programs. The girls team lost only one top runner, Paige Conner, to graduation. The Warriors have a strong nucleus returning led by Olivia Couillard, Molly ...

Falcons’ girls cross country continues to be on the rise

WOODSTOCK - Central's girls cross country program continues to be on the rise. With all but one of the top girls runners from last year's team returning, Central coach Melissa Wright was feeling good about her team this season. "I feel like they have a very strong chance of doing extremely ...

Area teams adjust football schedules due to cancellations

For the second time in a week, a Northern Virginia school has canceled its football season. Manassas Park High School announced on Tuesday night it was canceling its varsity football season due to a lack of football players. Central, Skyline, and Warren County announced on Wednesday that they ...