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Woodstock unveils improved water treatment plant

WOODSTOCK – Town officials unveiled a $3.1 million improvement project at the Woodstock Water Treatment Plant Tuesday evening. The plant, which was built in 1978, has undergone a three-phase, year-long renovation, said James Didawick, superintendent of public works. Didawick said he is ...

Town delays property maintenance vote

FRONT ROYAL – The Town Council remains in limbo regarding a possible rental inspection and property maintenance code. After a 40-minute discussion at its Monday work session, Mayor Hollis Tharpe directed that the matter be put on the backburner for two months. This follows years of ...

Strasburg rejects grant effort for making Washington Street two-way

STRASBURG — Town Council members decided unanimously in their meeting on Monday against applying for a grant from the Virginia Department of Transportation that would aim to convert Washington Street into a two-way street. During Monday’s meeting, Town Council members said that they were ...

Group sentenced in brandishing incident

WOODSTOCK – Several men labeled by authorities as members of  street gangs received jail time Monday for their roles in an incident in May. Judge Amy Tisinger sentenced Alton Fontay Jones, 41, of Edinburg, in Shenandoah County General District Court on Monday to 90 days in jail with 30 ...

Town ponders new police radios

FRONT ROYAL - The Town Council is continuing to consider upgrading the Police Department’s radio equipment. The issue originally came before the council in May when, according to previous reports, Chief Kahle Magalis explained the department’s radio system is antiquated. Those talks ...

Middletown names new interim water sewer supervisor

Middletown has a new interim water sewer maintenance supervisor. Alan Wolverton took over the position Monday when Donny Walsh retired Friday from the full-time position, after a month's notice to the town. “I just want to express how appreciative we are of Donny Walsh's work,” Mayor ...

Council to vote on allowing ATV repair shops to open downtown

STRASBURG — The Town Council is set to vote on whether or not to allow potential business owners in Strasburg’s downtown district to operate a motorcycle and ATV repair shop upon approval from the Town Council. In a Town Council work session on Monday, most members said that they were in ...

Congressional candidates weigh in on Trump meeting

State Sen Jennifer Wexton, the Democrat seeking to unseat U.S. Rep. Barbara Comstock, R-McLean, called her out Monday for what Wexton regarded as a timid response to the uproar generated by President Donald Trump's comments during a news conference with Russian leader Vladimir Putin. Trump has ...

Goodlatte seeks to keep ATF canine facility local

FRONT ROYAL – The fate of a federal training center in Warren County for bomb detection canines remains uncertain, but at least two members of Congress want it to stay in Virginia. Residents, local business representatives and elected leaders attended a field hearing held Monday by U.S. ...

Route 11 Yard Crawl is Aug. 11

The 14th annual Route 11 Yard Crawl, which features items for sale by residents along the 43 miles of U.S. Route 11 in Shenandoah County as well as north to Stephens City in Frederick County, is Aug. 11. “This is Virginia's largest yard sale,” said Sharon Baroncelli, executive director of ...

Renovations underway at former middle school building

FRONT ROYAL -  Diversified Minds and the Warren County Registrar’s Office should have a new home in the Health and Human Services building by the end of the year. The $1.8 million renovation is the second set of upgrades to the former middle school at 465 W. 15th St. A $5.5 million ...

Lawmakers react to Trump, Putin meeting

Area representatives in Congress criticized President Donald Trump’s behavior at his meeting Monday with Russian President Vladimir Putin. U.S. Rep. Goodlatte, R-Roanoke, who represents Virginia’s 6th Congressional District, issued a statement, hours after Trump and Putin’s ...

Students gain governmental experience with summer internship

FRONT ROYAL  – Three college students are learning the intricacies of local government through paid – $10 per hour – internships in the Warren County Government Center. Warren County Planning Director Taryn Logan said several departments implemented the intern program about five years ...

Dog alerts woman, children to house fire

STRASBURG – A woman and three young children escaped a house fire south of town Friday afternoon, thanks to a family dog. Multiple fire and rescue agencies responded to a report of a structure fire on Copp Road near Strasburg shortly before 3 p.m. Travis Painter, a firefighter at the scene ...

Three years after fire, VFW aims to rebuild

FRONT ROYAL - Almost exactly three years to the date after the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1860 was destroyed in a fire, Post Commander Jeff Cook said Friday he hopes a new structure will soon be erected. The building at 1847 N. Royal Ave. was declared a complete loss after a July 12, 2015 ...

Middletown police update body cameras

MIDDLETOWN –  Town police are ready to capture the action of the street since they began wearing the latest model of Axon body camera, formerly known as Taser International, the manufacturer of military and police equipment. “We have not had an issue with the public trust. We don't have ...

Warren County schools may expand free lunch at E. Wilson Morrison

FRONT ROYAL — Warren County Public Schools may implement a program that would allow any student in E. Wilson Morrison Elementary School to receive a free breakfast and free lunch regardless of their economic status. In a meeting of the Warren County School Board on Wednesday, Melody ...