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Community honors Judge Hupp

WOODSTOCK – The community came out in force Thursday to honor Judge Dennis L. Hupp for his 26 years on the bench. Judge Bruce D. Albertson, chief judge of Virginia’s 26th Judicial Circuit, presided over a special session held in the Shenandoah County Circuit Court to commemorate Hupp’s ...

Warren County supervisor sues EDA director

Tom Sayre, a member of the Warren County Board of Supervisors, has filed a defamation lawsuit against Jennifer McDonald, the executive director for the Warren County Economic Development Association. In the suit, Sayre accuses McDonald of planting his phone number at a crime scene at her ...

Council candidate discusses his platform

FRONT ROYAL - A former town councilman is hoping to regain his seat in the upcoming November election. Chris Holloway, 54,  is employed by MC Dean, Inc. and previously served on the Town Council from 2008 to 2012, which included a two-year stint as vice mayor. He has also served as ...

Low water bridge reopens after flooding

The Morgan Ford Bridge reopened late Friday afternoon after a three-day closure that was the result of complications from recent rain events. Sandy Myers, Virginia Department of Transportation communications manager, said over the phone at 2 p.m. Friday that the bridge would reopen at about 3 ...

Veteran judge recalls major cases, weighs in on legal system

WOODSTOCK – Judge Dennis L. Hupp retired Aug. 1 after 26 years presiding over courts in Virginia’s 26th Judicial Circuit. But Hupp, 67, hasn’t completely hung up his robe just yet as he plans to serve as a substitute judge beginning in November. Hupp sat for an interview Friday in the ...

Warren schools move toward renovations to A.S. Rhodes

FRONT ROYAL — Warren County Public Schools is moving toward renovating A.S. Rhodes Elementary School after School Board members informally agreed to have the district request bids from architectural firms for the project. During a School Board work session on Wednesday, Melody Sheppard, ...

Local conservation groups form Alliance for the Shenandoah Valley

After more than a decade of informally working together, four local conservation groups have decided to officially partner up. On Wednesday, it was announced that the Shenandoah Valley Network, Shenandoah Forum, Community Alliance for Preservation and Augusta County Alliance would form the ...

Middletown police seize cigarettes from local store

Middletown police Wednesday seized packs of cigarettes that did not have local sales tax stamps from the ABS Food Mart store on Main Street. “Our Town Hall got a tip that one of our stores was not collecting the local tax on cigarettes,” Middletown Police Chief Gary Benedict Jr. said. ...

Historic plot donated to Warren County

FRONT ROYAL – Two sisters have donated to the county a tract of land once inhabited by a prominent local family. Tannis Warren, 77, of Warrenton, and Patricia Bonner, 73, of Decatur, Georgia, donated about 10.6 acres off Marys Shady Lane. It is the site of Happy Creek Manor, which burned ...

RSW inmates charged with fighting

A man awaiting trial on a murder charge now stands accused of fighting with a fellow inmate at the regional jail in Warren County last month. David Glynn Hoyle Jr. remains held without bond at the Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail, charged with first-degree murder and use of a ...

Water troubles roil Edinburg: Mayor hopes for improvement soon

EDINBURG – Mayor Dan Harshman said he has learned more about water and sewer problems than he’d ever hope to know. Edinburg and Harshman’s water troubles will increase in January when the town pivots from E. coli testing to cryptosporidium. The town has been testing for E. coli all year ...

Strasburg police arrest man on malicious wounding charge

The Strasburg Police Department arrested Kenneth Ritter, 48, on a charge of malicious wounding on Monday. Police Chief Wayne Sager said that the magistrate’s office contacted the Strasburg police after receiving a request for a protective order from the victim in the case against Ritter. ...

Judge sentences man in fifth domestic assault

WOODSTOCK – A Shenandoah County man must serve time in jail for his fifth domestic-assault conviction. Judge Clark A. Ritchie sentenced Michael Alon Gilardi in the Shenandoah County Circuit Court on Wednesday to two years in prison with one year and three months suspended for committing ...

Edinburg Planning Commission struggles to complete business

For two months in a row, the Edinburg Planning Commission has not been able to hold a formal meeting. Commissioners met Tuesday evening but could not establish a quorum. Stephen Van Stee, chairman of the commission, lamented the lack of interest and involvement from commissioners. “We ...

Front Royal police seek help with case

Front Royal police are asking for help in an investigation of shots fired into a home. Officers on Sept. 5 raced to a home in the 100 block of Beeden Lane after they received a call of shots being fired into a home, according to a post on the department's Facebook page. They found the house ...

Crosswalk eyed to prevent pedestrian injuries

FRONT ROYAL –  The town is continuing to consider a crosswalk on Shenandoah Avenue in the hope of reducing a rash of pedestrian-related traffic accidents in the area of the Shenandoah Motel.  Town Manager Joe Waltz said during a Monday work session that the proposed crossing, which would ...