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As first storm approaches, VDOT ready for winter

STEPHENS CITY – Just in time for what may be the region's first winter storm, the Virginia Department of Transportation addressed keeping the roads open this winter during its annual snow preparedness news conference on Tuesday. Starting late tonight through all day Thursday and into ...

Edinburg Town Council has full schedule

Following last month’s light schedule, Edinburg Town Council members have a full plate this evening. Last month, planning commissioners and council members discussed amending the town zoning code to remove the 600-square foot minimum for a dwelling unit. Mayor Dan Harshman said the language ...

Man convicted of sex crimes against child

A Warren County man accused of committing sex crimes against a child last year entered a plea deal Tuesday to avoid a life sentence. Justice Morgan Henry appeared in Warren County Circuit Court on Tuesday where he stood charged with aggravated sexual battery, object sexual penetration and ...

Warren County reassessments complete, appeals process to begin

FRONT ROYAL – Warren County housing reassessments are complete and homeowners should expect to soon receive notices of the results.   Don Thomas, president and chief operating officer of the Roanoke-based Wingate Appraisal Service, declined over the phone to say the average percentage that ...

Police arrest two following accidental shooting

Strasburg police arrested a town resident Friday on drug charges and charges related to the reckless handling of a firearm. According to a criminal complaint in the case, patrol officer Christopher Wayne Nixon received a call that someone had accidentally fired a gun. Strasburg Police Chief ...

Honoring those who served

WOODSTOCK – Shenandoah County Public Schools W.W. Robinson Elementary School students and the American Legion's Muhlenberg post on Monday honored veterans in observation of Veterans Day. About 50 military veterans were in attendance. Superintendent Mark Johnston began the ceremony by ...

It’s not winter yet, but freezing rain possible Thursday

Winter weather might be just down the road for the Shenandoah Valley as it prepares for a potential ice storm on Thursday. As temperatures continue to drop, drivers and employers are on the lookout for more than snow. Brian Lasorsa, a meteorologist in the Sterling office of the National ...

County considers more stringent building permit process

FRONT ROYAL -  The county recently began discussing the possibility of implementing a policy requiring contractors to follow more stringent guidelines when applying for home building permits. The possible changes, which may require more detailed site plans, could increase the cost of the ...

United Way hosting online auction

The United Way of Northern Shenandoah Valley will kick off its holiday fundraising efforts this year with an online auction. The nonprofit organization announced on Monday that it would hold the online auction, where more than 50 items and packages from various local businesses and ...

Belle Grove honors its African-American history

MIDDLETOWN - Belle Grove commemorated the 276 slaves who once inhabited its grounds Saturday with a series of demonstrations and lectures showcasing African-Americans' contributions to the plantation. The event, Inalienable Rights: Free and Enslaved Blacks Crafting a Life in the Shenandoah ...

Veterans honored at Signal Knob Middle School

STRASBURG - Nearly 200 people gathered Saturday at the Signal Knob Middle School for the local chapter of the National FFA Organization's annual Veteran’s Day Breakfast. Veterans attended from every branch of the armed services and were treated to a free breakfast while the event featured ...

School Board keeps schools closed during fair week

WOODSTOCK – School Board members on Thursday approved a calendar that keeps schools closed during the weeklong Shenandoah County Fair. The division has closed schools that week so that children can participate in the fair by showing livestock.  Proposed calendars for the next three years ...

Biology institute in Front Royal sees birth of new deer

The Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal recently saw the birth of a new female Eld's deer. Dolores Reed, the supervisory biologist for ungulates at the institute, said that the 2-week-old fawn has been gaining about 1 pound every other day, within the normal range for the ...

Skate park the focus of discussion on Strasburg town park plans

STRASBURG — The Town Council is set to discuss whether or not it wants to hire a consultant to update the town's master park plan following a recreation, parks and trails committee meeting on Thursday. During Thursday's committee meeting, the issue of a skate park in the town park stood ...

Overdose victim pleads to drug charge

FRONT ROYAL – A town man who overdosed on heroin in January received jail time this week for drug possession. James Edward Loveless, 37, of Viscose Ave., Front Royal, appeared in Warren County Circuit Court on Monday. A grand jury handed up an indictment that day charging Loveless with ...

Man pleads to drug charge after overdose

FRONT ROYAL – A man who overdosed on drugs in April faces sentencing for a possession charge. Christopher David Senter pleaded no contest in Warren County Circuit Court on Monday to one count of possession of a schedule I or II substance. Judge Clifford L. Athey Jr. accepted Senter’s plea ...

Nature Trails program breaks down agriculture for second-graders

STRASBURG – Strasburg High School has taken a $500 grant and bolstered its Nature Trails program for Sandy Hook Elementary School students. On Thursday morning about 130 elementary school students trotted down a nature trail behind the high school, stopping to learn about the water cycle, ...

First court appearance in case of child being hit

WOODSTOCK – The first court appearance in cases involving a 5-year-old child allegedly being struck in school occurred Thursday morning in Shenandoah County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court. Stephen Povlish,  placed on leave as principal of Ashby Lee Elementary School, appeared ...