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Stephens City resident hopes new film provides awareness

Local News

Connie Lamothe, a Stephens City resident, has directed and acted in plays before. But for the first time, she has taken a role in a film that is part documentary and part dramatization. Lamothe acted in and directed the dramatic portions of “Angels Within,” a documentary about ...

Former Marine found guilty of child porn solicitation

Local News

WOODSTOCK -- A jury on Wednesday found a former Marine guilty of soliciting sexually explicit photos from a 15-year-old girl in April 2016 and recommended he be fined $2,500 subject to formal approval at a sentencing hearing scheduled for early next year. The jury, which deliberated for an ...

Interfaith speakers hope for Medicaid expansion

Local News

WINCHESTER — As the Virginia General Assembly prepares to go into session and pass legislation, Mark Merrill, CEO of Valley Health, and a group of speakers from the Valley Interfaith Council had a message: expand Medicaid. In a news conference on Friday, Merrill described Medicaid expansion ...

Winchester café advances to quarterfinals for $50,000 grand prize

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WINCHESTER – Hideaway Café has advanced to the quarterfinals in Independent We Stand’s Small Business of the Year Award, which carries a grand prize of $50,000. One of the three owners, Victoria Kidd, sees three advantages that set Hideaway apart from the pack: good product, charitable ...

Opioid prescription numbers see drop in region

Local News

Physicians have been prescribing opioids at a  decreasing rate in the region and throughout the country, according to data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). The data shows that physicians prescribed opioids to patients in the Medicare Part D program at a lower rate in ...

A little bit of Woodstock reaches England

Local News

Woodstock's former fire engine has arrived at its new home at a museum in England. The 1991 Pierce 105 model aerial fire truck was shipped overseas in a ferry ship called the Hoegh Maputo. It arrived in England on Oct. 27, wrote Bill Best, who is part of the family that owns and operates the ...

Edinburg teen found incompetent to stand trial for stabbing charges

Local News

WOODSTOCK -- The Edinburg teen accused in the May 18 stabbing of a mother and her two young daughters in a park was found incompetent to stand trial on Wednesday. Samual Jacob Homer, 18, was charged with three counts of aggravated malicious wounding, two counts of attempted first-degree ...

County invites public to transportation forum

Local News

Frederick County and state officials put all topics on the table for Tuesday’s annual Frederick County transportation forum. The county plans to hold its third-annual  forum at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the government center, 107 N. Kent St., Winchester. The Transportation Committee hosts the ...

Woodstock man pleads guilty to attempted sodomy, abduction

Local News

WOODSTOCK -- A local man on Wednesday pleaded guilty to attempted forcible sodomy and abduction as part of a plea agreement. Walter Thomas Myrtle Jr., 42, attacked a woman in her home in May after an argument, said Kyle Powers, a special prosecutor from Augusta County who handled this case. ...

Jury trial set in DUI maiming case

Local News

WOODSTOCK -- A new jury trial in the case involving a Strasburg man accused of hitting a bicyclist in November 2016 was set on Wednesday. Ernest Linwood Tharpe III, 35, planned to enter a plea agreement on Nov. 6, but Circuit Judge Dennis L. Hupp rejected the agreement because he felt there ...

A gift of music: Warren County dedicates instruments in music park

Local News

FRONT ROYAL – Warren County officials dedicated a set of playable, musical instruments on Wednesday as the newest feature at the Rockland Park. Department of Parks and Recreation staff had installed the metal instruments in the Lorraine LeHew Hultquist Music Park over the summer. But the ...

Front Royal resident wanted on sex charges is captured

Local News

The U.S. Marshals Service arrested  Front Royal resident Michael Edward Haymond in West Virginia on Wednesday. Haymond, 57,  has been wanted since early November by Front Royal police on a total of four warrants, two of which are for charges of rape of a child less than 13 years old and the ...

County extends lease on Clary compactor site

Local News

WOODSTOCK – Shenandoah County leaders bought more time Tuesday for residents who use the trash compactor site near Strasburg. The Board of Supervisors voted 6-0 at its meeting to enter into an amended lease with Patricia Hockman and Hockman Farms LLC that allows the county to use ...

Forbes names Virginia No. 5 best state for business

Business

Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced Tuesday that Virginia ranked No. 5 in the Forbes.com 2017 Best States for Business. Virginia is no stranger to this list, clocking in as one of the top two states every year from 2006 through 2013. Forbes.com evaluates states based on six criteria, and this ...

Winchester café advances to quarterfinals for $50,000 grand prize

Local News

WINCHESTER – Hideaway Café has advanced to the quarterfinals in Independent We Stand’s Small Business of the Year Award, which carries a grand prize of $50,000. One of the three owners, Victoria Kidd, sees three advantages that set Hideaway apart from the pack: good product, charitable ...