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Teacher tries to find hope after Texas flooding

Local News

In the midst of death and flooding that left nothing but ruin, a teacher new to the Shenandoah County Public Schools system has found support in the schools. Rebecca Derharoutian is a special education teacher at W.W. Robinson and Central High School. She transferred on July 28 to Virginia, ...

Area couple on honeymoon in Vegas during mass shooting

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A few minutes might have made the difference for a local couple who were in Las Vegas over the weekend. Rita Fletcher and her husband Tim spent their honeymoon in the Las Vegas region, even having a picnic on the floor of the Grand Canyon.  They ended it Sunday on lockdown at an ...

Sheriff proposes program to keep employees

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FRONT ROYAL – Warren County leaders showed little support Tuesday for a program the sheriff says could cut turnover in his agency. The Board of Supervisors took Sheriff Daniel T. McEathron’s proposed career development program under advisement at a work session after members reiterated a ...

Middletown officials tour town hall, talk expanding zoning

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Middletown officials Monday evening showed off  renovation work on the Town Hall at 7875 Church St. before starting their meeting. Original hand-hewn beams remain exposed in the front of the historic building, as well as the upper floor. The building is about 150 years old. Danny Taylor Jr. ...

Port Authority tries again for Rockland Road crossing grant

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FRONT ROYAL – The Virginia Port Authority plans to try again to seek federal money for a potential solution to blocked railroad crossings in Warren County. The authority intends to apply for a Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery grant through the U.S. Department of ...

10 arrested in largest heroin seizure in county history

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WOODSTOCK -- Deputies arrested 10 people on drug and gun charges Friday and Saturday during an operation that led to the largest known heroin seizure in the county’s history, authorities announced. A “concerned citizen” alerted the Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office to the alleged ...

Front Royal issues stricter water alert

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An apparent drought has spurred at least two towns to require residents and businesses to conserve water. A lack of rain and low flow levels in the Shenandoah River prompted Front Royal and Strasburg to issue an alert for mandatory water conservation measures. Strasburg declared a "drought ...

Police academy project moving forward

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FRONT ROYAL – A new criminal justice academy planned in town made it over some major hurdles in recent weeks. But whether or not the project spearheaded by the Front Royal-Warren County Economic Development Authority can stay within its $8 million budget remains uncertain. EDA Executive ...

Local thrift store reopens to serve community

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STRASBURG – Lydia’s Clothes Closet will be celebrating its grand reopening and will hold a ribbon cutting at 10 a.m. today. Diane Smith, Lydia’s manager, said she believes in giving back to the community. “Anyone that is really down on their luck we want to help out,” Smith ...

Meth trafficking ring bust leads task force to Quicksburg

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A law enforcement operation has linked a Quicksburg residence to a Mexican methamphetamine ring, authorities said in a statement Thursday. Law enforcement officials with the multi-jurisdictional Skyline Drug Task Force arrested Marcos Maldonado-Payan, also known as “Cebollas Sanchez,” at ...

Overdose deaths reach 7-year peak

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The number of opioid drug overdose deaths this year now equals the most that have died in any year since 2011 with three months remaining in 2017, according to the Northern Shenandoah Valley Substance Abuse Coalition. In a press release Friday, the coalition stated that there have been 11 ...

Business Ledger

Business

Village at Orchard Ridge Janie Dickens-Bowman has been named volunteer coordinator at the Village at Orchard Ridge, a national Lutheran community near Winchester. The Winchester resident  joins the organization after a diverse career consisting of marketing and sales promotion for Rubbermaid ...

Planners, developer hash out housing project details

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FRONT ROYAL – A developer and town planners continue to discuss and consider proposed changes to perks offered with a large-scale housing project. The Front Royal Limited Partnership, headed by David Vazzana, has filed another update to a list of proposed changes to the proffers that would ...

State awards emergency grants

Local News

The state has awarded $2.7 million in grants to help localities plan and respond to emergencies in their areas. The Virginia Department of Emergency Management administers funds received from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The funds come from the fiscal 2017 Emergency Management ...

Resident appeals Strasburg Board of Zoning Appeals decision

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A town  resident is appealing a decision by the Strasburg Board of Zoning appeals ordering him to remove part of his fence. In June 2016, Daniel Helsey had applied for a permit to install a fence at his house, according to a petition filed with the Shenandoah County Circuit Court. But Town ...

Agents to start addressing Woodstock vultures

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Agents will be in Woodstock on Monday to start efforts to chase vultures from the area. The town signed a contract with the U.S. Department of Agriculture recently for the officers to address vultures in various areas through out the town with expenditures not to exceed $10,000. The action ...

Two arrested in mobile meth lab bust

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WOODSTOCK -- The Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office arrested a man and a woman Wednesday and charged them with making methamphetamine while driving on Interstate 81. Adrian Paige Brown, 36, of Quicksburg, was allegedly driving a blue Ford northbound on Interstate 81 with Brian Michael ...

ACA premiums rise as insurers finalize their plans

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Every county in the region will officially have a single insurer through the Affordable Care Act marketplace now that a Wednesday deadline for insurers to finalize their plans has passed. But while the deadline expired without the realization of earlier concerns that some counties might not ...