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Gov. Terry McAuliffe's rejection of a call for creation of a statewide task force on heroin shows the governor is "really going to miss the boat" in addressing the spread of the drug, U.S. Rep. Frank Wolf, R-Vienna, said Wednesday. comments

FRONT ROYAL - Front Royal needs to hone its identity to boost its economy, a panel of business leaders told Town Council this week. comments



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STRASBURG -- The Woodstock River Bandits put on an impressive power display on Tuesday. comments

FRONT ROYAL -- Front Royal Post 53 survived to play another day, and Winchester Post 21 kept up its winning ways in the District 16 American Legion tournament on Tuesday at Bing Crosby Stadium. comments

Brad Curl knows that making the transition from hitting off a pitching machine to facing live pitching can be a difficult transition for young baseball players. So he developed a way to help some children in Front Royal face that challenge head on. comments

Yong Joo knew when he first picked up a golf club at age 12 that the sport was his calling. comments

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FRONT ROYAL -- Amber Ross thinks of her job as a tour guide at Front Royal's Skyline Caverns as something of a family business. comments



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By Roger Barbee In the mid-1970s I taught at an all-boys Catholic high school in Alexandria. An older lady, Anne, worked in the school's main office. Her gray hair framed her smiling face, and she was always pleasant and patient, even to a rude parent on the phone or an impatient, young teacher. During World War II, Life magazine published many photographs of the war. In one issue was a single page photograph of four or five American soldiers huddled in a sandy foxhole. The young soldiers were sharing a lighter moment in that deadly war. One of the soldiers faced the camera, and he was smiling as he sat smoking and talking with his buddies. He was Anne's young husband, and a few days after the photograph was taken he was killed on that South Pacific island. After she and I became better acquainted, Anne shared the photograph and her story of it with me. The photograph did not sadden her, but gave her a certain comfort in seeing her husband alive just before he was struck by an enemy bullet. Like all of us, Anne had her story, and when she finally shared it with me, it helped...


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By Roger Barbee In the mid-1970s I taught at an all-boys Catholic high school in Alexandria. An older lady, Anne, worked in the school's main office. Her gray hair framed her smiling face, and she was always pleasant and patient, even to a rude parent on the phone or an impatient, young teacher. During World War II, Life magazine published many photographs of the war. In one issue was a single page photograph of four or five American soldiers huddled in a sandy foxhole. The young soldiers were sharing a lighter moment in that deadly war. One of the soldiers faced the camera, and he was smiling as he sat smoking and talking with his buddies. He was Anne's young husband, and a few days after the photograph was taken he was killed on that South Pacific island. After she and I became better acquainted, Anne shared the photograph and her story of it with me. The photograph did not sadden her, but gave her a certain comfort in seeing her husband alive just before he was struck by an enemy bullet. Like all of us, Anne had her story, and when she finally shared it with me, it helped...

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When the worst of the storm is over, everyone is tempted to breathe a sigh of relief. But many cases of illness and injury actually occur after a natural disaster, as people return to their homes and go through the clean-up process. Take the following precautions to protect yourself and your family: comment 0


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Officials at Dulles International Airport in Dulles recently intercepted a "good luck" primate skull topped with feathers. And a necklace of primate teeth. Also, dead bats and a dead mongoose. comments


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One of the Middletown police department's cruisers has been off the road since July 12 as a result of damage from a collision with a civilian vehicle. comments

FRONT ROYAL - The town recently received a handful of requests from property owners asking for breaks on utility fees and rates. comments

NEW MARKET -- Vehicles parked too closely to intersections in town are curbing visibility, according to one resident. comments

Strasburg will prohibit parking on part of King Street next week so construction crews can repave the road as part of the downtown streetscape project. comments

NEW MARKET -- As the Schultz Theatre and School of Performing Arts prepares to host "The Wizard of Oz," a recent grant has theater volunteers feeling over the rainbow. comments

The Shenandoah Alliance for Shelter recently received a grant to help combat and prevent homelessness. The agency plans to use the $3,500 award from the Shenandoah Community Foundation to launch its Landlord Luncheon Series, according to a news release issued by the Alliance on Tuesday. comments

A routine traffic stop on July 16 led to charges of possession of marijuana with intent to distribute against the driver and the passenger. comments

The head of the Northwest Virginia Regional Drug Task Force said Tuesday that the death of a 28-year-old Lebanon Church man on Friday was likely the 19th in the Northern Shenandoah Valley this year attributable to a heroin overdose. comments


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Two new Virginia bills require schools to allow students with diabetes the option of carrying supplies with them while at school. comments

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Back in 2004, Stacey Nadeau was scouring the archives of the Virginia Military Institute when she struck gold. comments



EDINBURG -- Hickory is known by volunteers at the Shenandoah County Animal Shelter to be friendly and affectionate. But he has been at the shelter since March and adopters keep passing him by. comments


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