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The cost of living on this earth continues to rise. The latest dent in our wallets is an increased fee for recycling, and that’s happening all over the country as communities feel the effects of a downturn in the global recycling market.

The Front Royal-Warren County Economic Development Authority embezzlement scandal has personally impacted many lives in the area: two women are sitting in jail, one of the defendants named in the EDA civil suit has committed suicide, lawsuits have been filed, and a special grand jury has bee…

News out of Front Royal/Warren County lately has not been all sunshine and rainbows (to partially quote Rocky Balboa). Our news story index for Front Royal on nvdaily.com is full of depressingly sad stories of embezzlement, prostitution, public dumping, fires, domestic incidents, cars vs. pe…

Pumping gas on July 1 is going to sting a bit – that’s when a new sales tax increase goes into effect along the Interstate 81 corridor.

The universe offered Front Royal residents a reminder last week that all is still not well in terms of public safety on its roadways. Two people were struck by vehicles and a third person was killed as she was walking in a crosswalk in the same week that pedestrian safety was the topic of co…

Our reporters check in daily, sometimes more than once, at courthouses in Warren and Shenandoah counties for case filings, search warrants, indictments and such. On Tuesday, they were surprised to see that 3,000 documents in the Front Royal-Warren County Economic Development Authority allege…

We agree that the workforce housing project and any other projects the Town of Front Royal was involved in with the Front Royal-Warren County Economic Development Authority over the past few years need to be carefully reviewed, but not during a closed meeting as suggested earlier this week i…

Tuesday’s unexpected death of former Warren County sheriff Daniel McEathron shocked the community that he has served as a law enforcement officer for nearly four decades.

On Tuesday, Jennifer McDonald, the former Front Royal-Warren County Economic Development executive director, learned that she will be serving more time in jail as she awaits her trial on fraud and embezzlement charges.

Unless someone steps forward and admits it, we may never know who the person in blackface is in the photo on Gov. Ralph Northam’s medical college yearbook page.

This is our annual reminder about hot car deaths – don't leave your children or your pets behind when you step away from your vehicle for any reason this summer.

Imagine you’re sitting on your front porch, listening to the unpleasant sound of a whining lawnmower grow louder as your neighbor pushes it closer to the road as he moves back and forth across his lawn. When he starts on the last row of tall grass next to the road, you notice there is no bag…

France has knighted a Strasburg resident with its highest honor, the Order of the Legion of Honor of the French Republic.

Some Warren County and Front Royal citizens have been expressing their anger at town and county public meetings as well as on social media. The scandal swirling around the Front Royal-Warren County Economic Development Authority and an increase in taxes for the next fiscal year have created …

History buffs, genealogists and those who want to learn more about their county have a chance this Friday and Saturday to delve into the past at museums and other sites in Shenandoah County.

Mother’s Day came a little early in Quicksburg this week when the Stonewall Jackson girls soccer team honored their teammates’ mom during Cancer Awareness Night.

Triplett Tech students working with the Blue Ridge Habitat for Humanity are learning more than the masonry, carpentry, electrical wiring skills needed to build a house. They are learning the power of altruism.

This week we learned that Carmeuse Lime & Stone plans to shut down the kiln at its plant in Strasburg in June. At this time we do not know how many people will lose their jobs, but a spokesman said there may be an opportunity for some to move on to another plant.

A local mom is beating the drum to bring awareness to organ donation this month, which has been designated National Donate Life Month.

While a $17 million civil lawsuit filed by the Front Royal-Warren County Economic Development Authority against its former director Jennifer McDonald, Warren County Sheriff Daniel McEthron, businessmen Curt Tran, Donnie Poe and Justin Appleton, and three businesses is slowly moving through t…

The scandal surrounding the Front Royal-Warren County Economic Development Authority has awakened a sleeping giant. Local citizens are angry – they're not carrying pitchforks and marching to the castle yet, but they're on the move – expressing their disgust through social media and at govern…

The $17 million civil lawsuit filed by the Front Royal-Warren County Economic Development Authority against nine defendants including its former executive director, the Warren County sheriff and the ITFederal developer, reads like a primer on how to almost get away with millions of dollars o…

Scammers are busy at work right now trying to take your hard-earned money. These smooth-talking con men and women will call you up and scare you into sending them money or gift cards. One Strasburg resident lost $17,000 in the past week to a scammer who said he worked for Microsoft and that …

Shenandoah County residents may have been happy to read in Wednesday’s Northern Virginia Daily that there will be no property or personal tax increases in the upcoming 2020 fiscal year. The county supervisors have agreed to keep the property tax rate at 64 cents per $100 of assessed value an…

A little more than a year ago, when the Warren County Board of Supervisors approved the 2019 fiscal year budget and its 1-cent property tax increase, Supervisor Tony Carter warned that they might have a more difficult time balancing next year’s budget.

Usually, when you plan to spend a good chunk of your money on a major purchase - a home, a car, a boat - you have to sign a contract before you can move in, drive away or float down a river.

Kudos to the first responders in Front Royal/Warren County who spent their Saturday with young martial arts students during the fourth annual Heroes Challenge hosted by Gold Mountain Martial Arts.

The Northern Shenandoah Valley received reinforcements in the battle against opioid addiction when CVS Health announced Friday that the Aetna Foundation is giving a $1 million grant to the Northern Shenandoah Valley Substance Abuse Coalition for its new Law Enforcement Overdose Intervention …

A police chase from Augusta County north up Interstate 81 abruptly ended  Monday afternoon when the driver plowed into a Northern Virginia Daily sportswriter on his way to an assignment.

We can’t wait to see an end to this roller-coaster winter. We’re done with freezing temperatures, snow and ice giving way to rain and warmer temperatures giving way to a wintry mix. The valley needs an infusion of warm sunshine, yellow daffodils and bright red tulips. Perhaps a late winter f…

As of Monday, the number of overdose deaths in the Northern Shenandoah Valley was double that of this time one year ago. We’re just entering the third month of the year, and already eight area residents have died of an overdose. That number could have been much higher, but 19 people who over…

We checked in with Strasburg police on Wednesday to see if there was any news about who painted a swastika on an anti-Trump sign that a town resident had posted on his property last week. So far, no arrest has been made, but the investigation is continuing.

A tempest in a teacup, or are the troubles swirling around the Front Royal-Warren County Economic Development Authority more than what’s been made public so far?

A joint resolution to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment has been approved in Virginia’s Senate. A House of Delegates subcommittee has recommended the House pass it. So when is the vote?

Kudos to state Sen. Jill Vogel, R-Upperville, and Sen. Janet Howell, D-Reston, for sponsoring a bill requiring religious leaders to notify police of suspected child abuse or neglect.

Several thousand Northern Shenandoah Valley residents found themselves in the dark and cold this week when icy weather brought trees down on power lines.

The past two weeks have been surreal in Virginia. Two of the Top 3 leaders in our state have admitted they darkened their faces – for fun – during their college years. The third is facing allegations by two women who say he sexually assaulted them years ago.

Shenandoah and Frederick counties are moving in the right direction by centralizing volunteer fire departments under one chief. Instead of volunteer companies each tackling recruitment, retention, response times and other issues common to all, it’s just smarter to work together with oversigh…

There are degrees of shock. Reading about a fight at a local high school is not as shocking as seeing it on video, and that is not as shocking as seeing the violence unfold right in front of you.

Earlier this week, Strasburg police credited citizens listening to a police pursuit on their home scanners for the quick arrest made of a man accused of throwing his 2-year-old child down an embankment into a creek.

“Fake news” and “enemy of the people” are catchphrases President Donald Trump has been using to denigrate national and international news coverage that he does not agree with or is critical of him or his administration.

A Strasburg hero was laid to rest Thursday following a firefighter’s funeral procession through this small Virginia town.

To the rescue

Over the last three months in Shenandoah County, authorities have had to enter homes – some while wearing breathing apparatuses due to high levels of ammonia – to investigate possible cases of animal abuse.

Kudos to Responsible Leadership for Shenandoah County for taking steps to get local government moving again.

The Virginia Press Association recently distributed its reporters’ guide to the Freedom of Information Act to newspapers throughout the state.  Our reporters and editors have been asked to read all 104 pages of it, and if you are a Virginia citizen, a local government employee or an elected …