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Strasburg celebrates Mayfest: Sun shines on town’s parade

STRASBURG – The sun came out just in time for the 36th annual Mayfest parade on Saturday. Hundreds of residents lined the streets as they waited for their favorite floats to pass by. Mayor Rich Orndorff said despite the unpredictable gloomy weather, he was pleased with the parade's ...

Despite rainy days, no major floods are expected

If forecasts hold true, Shenandoah Valley residents need not worry about any floods striking the area. Cody Ledbetter, National Weather Services meteorologist, said although the Shenandoah River has risen, large floods are not expected. He said flash floods are the main concern and that ...

Two arrested after gun incident

A county man was arrested Friday after he prevented his family from leaving a house while brandishing a shotgun, according to a Sheriff's Office news release. Kurt Jankowski, 33, was charged on a misdemeanor count of purchase, possession, or transportation of a firearm by a person ...

TRIAD Conference speaks to senior citizens

WOODSTOCK -- Members of the Shenandoah County Sheriff's Office spoke to a roomful of seniors Friday at the Moose Lodge about safety and services available  for their age group. Lt. Becky Mauck of the Shenandoah County Sheriff Office said the event, the 17th Annual TRIAD Conference, promotes ...

VDOT to host Happy Creek Road public hearing

FRONT ROYAL - Citizens can share their feelings on the proposed $10.5 million worth of improvements slated for Happy Creek Road when the Virginia Department of Transportation holds a public hearing regarding the proposed construction Tuesday from 4 to 6 p.m. at Warren County Middle School, 522 ...

Teen’s death ruled suicide

The teenage girl whose body was recently discovered on Apple Mountain died from suicide, according to a Sheriff's Office news release issued Friday. Sarah Rose Genari, 17, was last seen April 26 walking away from her Apple Mountain home. Her body was discovered on May 8 in a nearby area around ...

Two teens arrested for vandalizing cars

FRONT ROYAL - Two arrests have been made after nearly two dozen cars were vandalized at a local auto shop, according to a Front Royal Police Department news release. Jonathan Michael Hendrickson, 18, was charged on a felony count of property destruction and five misdemeanor counts of property ...

Sinkhole forms near Strasburg

A sinkhole discovered Wednesday afternoon has closed part of Route 629 (Oranda Road) near Strasburg. Crews were excavating Thursday morning at the site of the sinkhole off the shoulder of Oranda Road between Route 660 (Timberlake Road) and Route 622 (Clary Road). The area is less than a mile ...

Board seeks more administrative help at grade school

FRONT ROYAL — The Warren County Public Schools Board passed a measure Wednesday that will give E. Wilson Morrison Elementary School one principal and two assistant principals. Prior to the meeting, E. Wilson Morrison had one principal and one assistant principal. During Wednesday’s ...

MMA’s ‘role model’ student looks back on time at school

WOODSTOCK - Although Sarah Panah only attended Massanutten Military Academy for a year, she said the school became a home she will miss after graduating Saturday. Panah, 18, a Maryland native, said she first came to MMA for a summer school program and ended up being offered a scholarship for ...

Woman back in jail after failing drug testing

A Front Royal woman was arrested Tuesday after a judge in Warren County General District Court revoked her bond for allegedly failing ordered drug tests. Victoria Peterman, 35, was found in a back bedroom March 5 suffering from the effects of what authorities believe to have been a drug ...

Deadline to register to vote for primaries approaching

The deadline to register to vote in the June 12 primaries in Virginia is Monday. In order to register to vote, visit the Virginia Department of Elections’ website at https://www.elections.virginia.gov or visit the registrar’s office. But before registering, Lisa McDonald, the general ...

Police commemorate fallen comrades

MIDDLETOWN - Area police gathered Monday to remember officers who sacrificed their lives in the line of duty. The Law Enforcement Memorial Service was hosted by the recently formed Skyline Regional Criminal Justice Center at Lord Fairfax Community College in recognition of National Police ...

United Way chapter doles out local grants

The United Way of the Northern Shenandoah Valley has announced the 2017-2018 contributions for its annual community grant program, doling out over $500,000 to local organizations. The annual grants go to organizations that need funding to respond to local community needs, particularly in the ...

County OKs secondary road improvement plan

FRONT ROYAL - County leaders have set priorities regarding which roads should be paved. The Board of Supervisors at its regular Tuesday meeting unanimously approved its secondary road system improvement plan. The plan is split into two lists of roads that will be paved through either the ...

Ralph Sampson replaced by son as grand marshal

STRASBURG - Former NBA player Ralph Sampson will no longer be the Grand Marshal of the 36th annual Strasburg Chamber of Commerce Mayfest Parade on March 19 due to "urgent business in Dallas," according to a press release from Mayor Rich Orndorff Jr. The release states that Sampson will be ...

Storm brings limited damage to region

A powerful storm on Monday evening and night left some houses and vehicles damaged. But the foul weather did not appear to have caused any injuries. Around 7 p.m. Monday, Capt. Wesley Dellinger, of the Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office said,  the Sheriff’s Office was working on two ...

Vibrant economy, low jobless rate not keeping homeless rate down

For the second year in a row, the booming economy and lower unemployment rate have failed to help lower the number of homeless in the Shenandoah Valley. The number of homeless students in public schools has jumped from 463 to 588, and they are not included in the one-day annual Continuum of ...