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STRASBURG – Sandy Hook Elementary School is the second Shenandoah County elementary school to install a Buddy Bench to help fight loneliness and bullying.

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Leading the claim petition to remove Mayor Richard Orndorff Jr. from office, petitioners wrote that he "neglected his duty, misused his office," and led the town to give contributions to the Chamber of Commerce after it lost its nonprofit status. 

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The Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Authority expects license holders to refrain from drinking during the events they are hosting.

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FRONT ROYAL – By around this time next year, the town's projects related to the $700,000 Community Development Block Grant it received in 2017 should be complete.

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FRONT ROYAL -- First lady of Virginia Pamela Northam paid a visit to E. Wilson Morrison and Ressie Jeffries elementary schools on Thursday.

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The Woodstock Fire Department plans to install a vehicle exhaust extraction system with a recently awarded $64,761 federal grant.

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WOODSTOCK - Olivia Gordon died in a motor vehicle crash near Woodstock almost three years ago on a family trip to the beach.

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FRONT ROYAL - EQUUS Capital Partners, a private equity firm, hopes to open a 324,000-square-foot logistics center that will provide an estimated 50-100 jobs off Winchester Road.

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FRONT ROYAL – The Board of Supervisors at its regular Tuesday meeting hired an interim county attorney, temporarily filling the void left by former County Attorney Dan Whitten's resignation to become Prince George County's lawyer.

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Strasburg resident Virginia “Gin” Cadden,  remembered for her contributions to the community, including the founding of the Strasburg Museum, passed away Monday. She was 94.

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FRONT ROYAL – Although the winter months are looming, a splash pad nearing completion behind the Raymond E. Santmyers Youth Center holds the promise of a new respite from the heat when temperatures rise in the spring.

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EDINBURG – Economic development doesn’t take place overnight but Shenandoah County is focusing on increasing its profile as a place for business.

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NEW MARKET — Town Council members awarded two businesses $5,000 each Monday to help them improve their buildings as part of a facade enhancement program.

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FRONT ROYAL – The Town Council is debating whether it should have any future involvement with the Front Royal-Warren County Economic Development Authority or if its own economic development organization should be created.

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FRONT ROYAL – The town is considering a series of road improvements for which the costs could be split with the Virginia Department of Transportation through its revenue sharing program.

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FRONT ROYAL – The Town Council at its Monday work session decided that it will vote next week on whether to hold a public hearing regarding lower tap fees, the charge incurred by connecting to the town’s water and sewer system.

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FRONT ROYAL — After hearings and appeals that spanned over a year regarding a Browntown home’s code violations, the matter has been finalized by the Warren County Board of Building Code Appeals.

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Virginia State Police is investigating a two-vehicle crash in northern Warren County on Thursday that involved a police cruiser. The crash occurred at 12:28 p.m. on Route 522 at Route 655, according to a state police news release.

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WOODSTOCK – A Shenandoah County man accused of killing an Edinburg-area woman earlier this year made a brief court appearance Monday.

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FRONT ROYAL — The fifth SamiCon took place at Samuels Public Library on Saturday, and fans of comics and fantasy came out in force to celebrate their love of books and cosplay.

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WINCHESTER — Electronic cigarettes and vaporizers are perceived as less harmful than traditional cigarettes, but research is starting to show it can still pose risks, especially to children.

MOUNT JACKSON - Blue Ridge Habitat for Humanity officials held an informal meeting at Triplett Tech on Friday to discuss its projects, including its latest home approval.

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FRONT ROYAL – Michael Whited has committed to completing a painting or a drawing a day for a year. He calls it his 365 drawing/painting project.

Lord Fairfax Community College has entered into a transfer agreement with Radford University that allows local students pursuing a career in chemistry to transfer without losing credits.

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STRASBURG – One of the Strasburg Museum’s most popular attractions is getting a facelift soon after the museum received a $2,500 grant from Crescent City Charities.

FRONT ROYAL — A new business expansion is bringing gaming out of dark rooms and basements into the communal light.

FRONT ROYAL - The Front Royal-Warren County Economic Development Authority’s fiscal year 2018 audit, which is about 10 months overdue, should hopefully be completed by the year’s end, according to EDA Executive Director Douglas Parsons.

FRONT ROYAL – Officials have not been able to answer who requested an unnecessary $1.1 million draw from a United Bank loan on Jan. 30, which was over a month after the resignation of Jennifer McDonald, the EDA’s former executive director who has been charged with alleged illicit financial conduct.