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STEPHENS CITY — A masked gunman robbed the Holiday Inn Express of an undisclosed amount of money early Saturday, according to police.

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The Virginia Department of Health is reviewing whether residents in areas experiencing substantial and high transmission rates of the novel coronavirus  should consider wearing masks indoors — even if they are fully vaccinated.

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WARRENTON – A Linden woman could face life in prison after being found guilty of first-degree murder and two counts of solicitation in the death of Kelly Gray, 40, of Bealton, last year.

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In addition to an increase in overall traffic volume on Virginia’s highways,14 deaths occurred over the Memorial Day weekend, according to a news release from Virginia State Police. That’s six more deaths than last year’s three day weekend.

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Memorial Day is the unofficial start of summer, and area communities are ready to go swimming.

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Warren County Circuit Court handed up several indictments Tuesday with charges involving drugs, theft,  and assault against a law enforcement officer.

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 One COVID-19 death in Winchester was reported Friday, the same day that the Virginia Department of Health reported across the state the fifth-highest number of new COVID-19 case, less than 50 percent of that number on Saturday, and the seventh-highest number of new cases on Sunday.

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STEPHENS CITY — The Town of Stephens City has closed its office at 1033 Locust St. after a staff member tested positive for COVID-19.

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The town of Woodstock will be the first to open its community pool for the summer, while other towns are still making plans before committing to dates for opening pools during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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It’s National Library Week, and though libraries around the area remain closed to the public during the COVID-19 pandemic, they’re offering more virtual services than ever to keep connected with the community.

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The Western Virginia Continuum of Care is planning its annual Point-in-Time homeless count for Jan. 22 and accepting Letter of Intent applications from eligible agencies operating within the CoC’s geographic region.

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STEPHENS CITY – Town council members and administrators from Middletown and Stephen City met with Frederick County officials Monday night to discuss continued work on an agreement to consolidate fire and rescue services.

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The black rhinoceros is critically endangered, but with the help of activists and scientists working with the International Rhino Foundation in Strasburg, the species is making a slow but determined comeback.

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Gov. Ralph Northam Thursday announced amendments to Senate Bill 1716 and House Bill 2718, legislation that would provide $151 million in dedicated funding for the Interstate 81 Corridor Improvement Plan.

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MIDDLETOWN – The communities of Middletown and Stephens City, in a joint public safety hearing held Monday night, asked their town attorney J. David Griffin to draft a resolution for the respective town councils asking for a slower pace in debating whether to adopt proposed changes  in the c…

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MIDDLETOWN – Fire Chief Mark Dalton told Town Council members this week that Frederick County’s fire chief could become the leader of the county's 11 volunteer fire departments.

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Sen. Mark Obenshain, R-Harrisonburg, along with Sen. Bill Carrico R-Grayson, introduced a bill Wednesday that spelled out funding options for a massive Interstate 81 corridor improvements project.

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Doug Baker, superintendent of the Virginia Department of Transportation’s Berryville headquarters, stands in front of this 1966 Oshkosh snowblower outside the Stephens City VDOT headquarters on Tuesday. VDOT was showing off its fleet of vehicles during an annual winter snow news conference. …

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STEPHENS CITY — With the Carolinas still reeling from damage caused by Hurricane Florence, a local church and a local business are teaming up to help provide relief.

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Southbound Interstate 81 traffic moves past the 298-mile marker at Strasburg on Wednesday evening. Proposals for improvements to the interstate were discussed at a public meeting Wednesday at Lord Fairfax Community College in Middletown. Rich Cooley/DailyJohn Good Jr., a Frederick County res…

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Jeff Clemons, of Inwood, West Virginia, checks out a table of items at Fishers Hill during the Route 11 Yard Crawl on Friday morning. Clemons bought a pair of fishing rods and tackle. Rich Cooley/DailyShannon Campbell, of Strasburg, browses through a line of clothing items during the Route 1…

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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.

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Kermit Orndorff, 64, of Strasburg, points to his house along Junction Road, which is next to Interstate 81, as Jeff Lineberry, left, transportation and land use director for the Staunton District of the Virginia Department of Transportation, looks over his shoulder during a public hearing Tu…