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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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Towing firm seeks permit for impound lot

A towing company’s proposal to move its impound lot to the Toms Brook area drew opposition from neighbors earlier this month. Now JPG Towing’s office manager and the owner’s wife, Penny Shipe, is speaking out about the proposed move and the company’s efforts to follow state and local ...

Second man sentenced for taking property from ill woman

A second Shenandoah County man received a suspended jail sentence Wednesday for stealing from a woman suffering from Alzheimer’s. Judge Clark Ritchie sentenced Robert Carroll in Shenandoah County Circuit Court to two years in a state penitentiary for felony petit larceny for taking a garden ...

Man jailed for domestic assault

A Warren County man has received jail time for assaulting a woman at a Front Royal hotel in July. Judge Clifford L. Athey Jr. sentenced Freddie Lee Kendricks Jr. in Warren County Circuit Court on Monday to three years in prison for committing one felony count of domestic assault – a third or ...

Crash leaves children injured

A two-vehicle crash in Shenandoah County sent four juveniles to the hospital Thursday night. The crash occurred at 5:55 p.m. Thursday at the intersection of state Route 623 (Back Road) and state Route 638 (Junction Road), state police spokesman Sgt. F.L. “Les” Tyler said Friday ...

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Hornets hope to get back to winning brand of football against E&H

WINCHESTER -- Shenandoah University’s quest for an Old Dominion Athletic Conference football title took another major blow last week, and the Hornets are now tasked with recovering while hitting the road for the first time in seven weeks. Shenandoah, fresh off a 45-14 loss to conference ...

Physical pass coverage giving a typically high-powered SU offense fits

WINCHESTER -- Few football teams have been able to shut down Shenandoah University quarterback Hayden Bauserman and a high-powered Hornets’ passing game over the past few seasons. Two Old Dominion Athletic Conference schools appear to have found the formula this year. Ferrum and ...

Winless Wildcats host Western Albemarle in homecoming matchup

FRONT ROYAL – The end of the high school football regular season is drawing near, and as his team still searches for that elusive first win, Warren County head coach Brian Bush said earlier this week that the Wildcats simply need to keep competing. The Wildcats, losers of seven straight to ...

Falcons aiming to rediscover ‘killer instinct’ against Mustangs

WOODSTOCK – Central’s football team is unbeaten and has yet to win a game by fewer than 15 points, and yet the Falcons are out to make a statement tonight. Central travels to George Mason as the clear favorite in the 7:30 p.m. Bull Run District contest and the Falcons want to look the part ...

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Supervisors deny auto garage’s permit request

FRONT ROYAL – A proposed vehicle body shop and paint garage in the Valley Farm subdivision will not open after neighbors asked that a conditional use permit request be denied. The Board of Supervisors at its regular Tuesday meeting voted unanimously against Courtney Barnhart’s request to ...

Issues plague Rivermont as plans for new station progress

FRONT ROYAL - Cracked walls, a condemned second floor, flooding, mold and uninhabitable living quarters have made life tough for firefighters at the Rivermont Volunteer Fire Department. But Chief Jeremy Greenback and Assistant Chief Joe Woodall hope to boost spirits and rebuild a sense of ...

Town considers redundant water pipeline

FRONT ROYAL – The town is considering the construction of a second water line to ensure that future development in the U.S. 340/522 corridor has enough water and that there is a backup supply if pipes break. Steve Steele, of CHA Design/Construction, explained at the Town Council’s Monday ...

Town hovering just above three-month reserves

FRONT ROYAL – As councilmen pondered funding options for the recently approved $545,000 Motorola Police Department radio system, Finance Director B.J. Wilson suggested that the town not loan itself the money. During a Monday work session, he said the town should instead purchase the system ...

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Board OKs pay hike for bus drivers during field trips

FRONT ROYAL — Warren County Public Schools Board members voted unanimously during their work session on Wednesday to raise the rate they pay bus drivers during field trips after struggling to find enough drivers. The division has been paying its bus drivers $9.50 per hour on those trips, ...

After vehicle crash, bear cub gets treatment

For several days, Regis Arnold had seen a mother bear and her two cubs around Mount Olive Road near his home in Toms Brook. But over the weekend, he said he saw one of the cubs by himself, bleeding. "That's what made me turn around, when it was just him," Arnold said. Arnold then called the ...

SVEC celebrates completion of Strasburg substation project

STRASBURG — The president and CEO of the Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative, along with a number of local government officials, celebrated the completion of an $11 million project by the electric cooperative Thursday. Over five years ago, the electric cooperative began planning work on ...

Woodstock woman arrested on child abuse charges

The Shenandoah County Sheriff's Office has arrested Caitlin Pool, 25, of Woodstock, on two counts of child abuse and neglect. In two criminal complaints, Pool is accused of placing her daughter in the care of a man who, the complaints state, beat her daughter. According to the complaints, ...

Stories by Melissa Topey | VIEW ALL

Community mourns Strasburg teen

STRASBURG – Mourners filled Liberty Baptist Church on Friday afternoon to remember 16-year-old Malikhi Honesty Roberts. Malikhi died a day after a two-vehicle crash on Oct. 12 at the intersection of State Route 623 (Back Road) and State Route 638 (Junction Road). Many of the mourners were ...

Valley could see slightly wetter winter

The Northern Shenandoah Valley could have a wetter than normal winter, according to a seasonal forecast released Thursday by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Precipitation is projected to be slightly above normal, said Kyle Pallozzi, a meteorologist for the National Weather ...

Frost on the pumpkin? It’s possible tonight

Colder temperatures have settled into the Northern Shenandoah Valley. Cody Ledbetter, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Sterling, said temperatures will dip into the low to mid-30s over the next several nights. "There is a good chance of a potential frost advisory ...

Planning Commission member signals possible resignation

MIDDLETOWN – A Planning Commission member suggested Monday he might resign as members continue to work on the town’s Comprehensive Plan. The statement from John Copeland came after new commission member Mark Dalton and town attorney J. David Griffin suggested they slow down and go through ...

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Cadle leading the way for Rams

STRASBURG – Anthony Cadle suffered a concussion playing football in eighth grade and decided that it wasn't the sport for him. Luckily for Strasburg's cross country team, he decided to give cross country a try, and it's paid off. Cadle, a junior, has helped lead the Rams to a strong season ...

Hawks excited to start final three-game stretch against Dragons

FRONT ROYAL – A new season begins for Skyline tonight when it plays at William Monroe. Skyline head football coach Heath Gilbert has told his team to look at the remaining games as a three-game schedule, with each game being important. The Hawks are 2-5, but three wins would get them to .500 ...

Rams ready to face Governors in non-district game

STRASBURG - Strasburg’s football team has faced a variety of offenses over the last few weeks, and that will continue tonight when they play at Nelson County. The last two games the Rams have had to prepare for George Mason’s double-wing offense and Clarke County’s single wing offense. ...

Generals face tough test against undefeated East Rockingham

QUICKSBURG -- As Stonewall Jackson continues to search for its first win in over three years, the Generals face one of their toughest opponents of the season Friday night. The Generals play at undefeated East Rockingham in Shenandoah District football action. Stonewall Jackson sophomore Rion ...