Senate Democrats aren’t looking to back down from continuing to provide substantial unemployment benefits while the COVID-19 crisis continues to roll on, but Sen. Mark Warner told reporters on Thursday that there isn’t agreement about whether Americans will receive another stimulus check.

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Cynthia Walsh couldn't help but get emotional as she talked on Wednesday evening. The Shenandoah County School Board member has children in school and she said at the meeting she was torn over whether the schools should come back on Aug. 31 using a hybrid or an all-virtual method.

FRONT ROYAL – A $2.5 million overhaul to AS Rhodes Elementary School is progressing on schedule, Warren County Schools Maintenance Director Greg Livesay told the School Board on Wednesday. 

Woodstock’s Town Council approved a special-use permit for Woodstock Lofts LLC on Tuesday evening, giving the green light to Echelon Resources Inc. to repurpose the town’s old school as an apartment building.

Virginia launched its first-in-the-country exposure notification application, COVIDWISE, on Wednesday, paving the way for public health officials to help citizens fight COVID-19 without recording or storing any personal data.

FRONT ROYAL – The Front Royal Town Council during a Monday work session considered a proposed resolution stating the town's intentions of not banning firearms at town-owned buildings or properties.

Negotiating the fifth package to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic has been a slog on Capitol Hill, but on Wednesday Sen. Tim Kaine said he was hopeful that Democrats and Republicans have begun to make progress and may have a baseline bill to negotiate over the weekend.

FRONT ROYAL – Warren County will receive another $3.5 million of Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Securities (CARES) Act funding, doubling the amount of money the county will get from the program.

FRONT ROYAL – Downtown soon may be a bit more colorful as property owners consider the possibility of painting murals on facades.

FRONT ROYAL – Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, the Warren County Fair is set to be underway Aug. 18-22.

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Sheetz is set to open its new location at 1621 N Shenandoah Ave. in Front Royal on Thursday. A virtual grand opening event will be held at 2:30 p.m. today.

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Virginia took initial steps Tuesday to build out its COVID-19 testing program as it announced it has joined forces with five other states and the Rockefeller Foundation to purchase 500,000 rapid antigen tests each from Becton Dickinson and Quidel.

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Shenandoah County Public Schools is one of nine school divisions honored by the Virginia School Boards Association for Excellence in Workforce Readiness during a recent virtual awards ceremony.

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WINCHESTER — The disease detectives don’t carry guns and badges. They mostly use phones for their investigations.

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Tainted heroin in Frederick County and Winchester appears to be contributing to a spike in area overdoses.

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If there is a COVID-19 case in Shenandoah County Public Schools this year, the Virginia Department of Health will give guidance as to whether schools need to be shut down.

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FRONT ROYAL – After serving as county administrator for 20 years, Doug Stanley exited his office for the final time last week after the Board of Supervisors requested his resignation early in July.

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A Sunday evening Facebook post by Luray Mayor Barry Presgraves on his personal page has drawn the ire of some Town Council members.

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WINCHESTER — Whether it’s shots panning the mountains of farmland or tight clips of a bustling downtown, the Northern Shenandoah Valley continues to utilize video to showcase local businesses and landmarks and tell stories of its history.

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FRONT ROYAL – Citizens within the Lord Fairfax Health District continue testing positive for COVID-19, with total reported cases in the district's six localities numbering 2,485 as of Sunday afternoon, according to the Virginia Department of Health’s website.

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FRONT ROYAL – After 25 years on the job, Warren County Fire and Rescue Chief Richard Mabie will retire Dec. 31, according to a county news release.