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Council considers debt options for police home

Local News

FRONT ROYAL – Regardless of how the town plans to finance the Police Department’s new home, taxpayers can expect to cover the cost for the next 30 years. The Town Council continued its discussion Monday over whether or not to use a program that would allow Front Royal to cover just the ...

County to consider change in housing density

Local News

WOODSTOCK – Shenandoah County could soon let developers build more houses on smaller lots in residential areas. The Planning Commission and the Board of Supervisors hold a public hearing Thursday on a proposal to change the minimum lot sizes in the R-2 and R-3 residential zoning districts. ...

Changes to federal program could affect local United Way funding

Local News

The United Way of the Northern Shenandoah Valley has raised about as much money this year as it did by this time last year. But changes to a federal program could make meeting fundraising goals harder than usual. According to a news release from the organization, funds that local federal ...

Developer asks to lower proffer for new subdivision

Local News

MIDDLETOWN – A local developer of the Village at Middletown subdivision is asking the town to allow him to pay significantly less then previously agreed to  offset anticipated costs to the area school systems from the additional residents. Developer Dave Holliday, at a Middletown work ...

New Market plan to include specific, tangible goals

Local News

NEW MARKET – The Planning Commission recommended that the Town Council approve the first four chapters of the updated comprehensive plan in a unanimous vote Monday. Aside from updated statistics and a refreshed vision statement, the biggest change from the 2012 plan is the addition of ...

Bond denied, preliminary hearing set in child rape case

Local News

FRONT ROYAL -- A January preliminary hearing has been set in the case involving a local man accused of multiple counts of rape. Mike Edward Haymond, 57, was arrested on Nov. 30 in West Virginia and extradited on Friday to Front Royal after being wanted on four arrest warrants charging two ...

Strasburg to vote on water tank ventilation purchase

Local News

STRASBURG — The Strasburg Town Council will be voting on whether or not to purchase a ventilation system for a town water tank after some disinfectant byproducts reached levels close to the limits set by the Virginia Department of Health. In a Town Council work session on Monday, Jay ...

Teen granted bond in malicious bodily injury case

Local News

WOODSTOCK -- A teen accused of orchestrating a malicious assault in September was granted bond on Friday. Colby Brian Mumaw, 16, of Mount Jackson, is accused of setting up an ex-girlfriend to be assaulted by Breaunna Dawn Anderson-Hinkle, 19, who allegedly attacked the girl and caused ...

Woodstock man sentenced in rape case

Local News

WOODSTOCK -- After entering an Alford plea of guilty in June to a rape charge, a local man was sentenced on Friday to 15 years imprisonment. Hector Vicente Pelico, also known as Jacinto Vicente Pelico, 30, was charged with raping an 11-year-old girl in February 2016. He maintains his ...

School chiefs react to accreditation changes

Education

Shenandoah and Warren County public school superintendents are reacting positively to recent changes the state has made to its school accreditation process. “This has been long awaited from the many years when the only thing used to determine school accountability was test results, and ...

Town opens holiday season with 10-hour festival

Local News

NEW MARKET – The town celebrated its annual Tis the Season holiday festival on Saturday. The 10-hour event featured open houses and special deals at local shops, an open market with area vendors and Christmas music playing through speakers, the parade on Congress Street, the tree lighting ...

Bridge work misses deadline

Local News

FRONT ROYAL – The contractor on the South Fork Bridge project missed the completion deadline Friday but should finish the work soon, state transportation officials say. Meanwhile, motorists should expect delays along the U.S. 340-522 bridge over the South Fork of the Shenandoah River and on ...

Police charge man in stabbing

Local News

FRONT ROYAL – Authorities accused a town teenager of stabbing a man late Thursday night. Police responded to the area of 622 S. Royal Ave. for a report of a fight. Officers arrived at about 10:40 p.m. and found a man lying in the road in the 100 block of Beeden Lane suffering from a stab ...

Man pleads guilty to stealing attorney’s car

Local News

WOODSTOCK -- A local man pleaded guilty on Friday to stealing local defense attorney Brad Pollack’s car in June. Joseph Brice, 39, took Pollack’s car to a car wash in Front Royal and abandoned the car in Woodstock a few days later, Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney Louis Campola explained. ...

Getaway driver sentenced in attempted diner robbery

Local News

WOODSTOCK -- The local woman who had been found guilty for her role in the robbery attempt of Ben’s Diner in town was sentenced to serve five years imprisonment on Friday. Andrea Kristin Scalf, 44, was found guilty in June of being the getaway driver in the January attempted armed robbery ...

Report claims nutrient trading is worsening river pollution

Local News

A recent report from the Environmental Integrity Project, an environmental advocacy nonprofit, accuses a Virginia nutrient-trading program of insufficiently punishing polluters and creating local pollution “hot spots,” including in the Shenandoah Valley. According to the report, wastewater ...

Developers keep Woodstock officials busy

Local News

Town officials and developers in Woodstock are busy with a few projects. Several construction permits have been taken out recently, said Lemuel Hancock, urban designer and neighborhood planner for the town. The quality of life offered in Woodstock is an incentive for people to live there,  ...