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Public meetings, Aug. 25-29

The following meetings are scheduled this week:
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Waggin for Dragons

At top, participants in Saturday's Waggin for Dragons Dragon Boat Race paddle down the Shenandoah River in Front Royal. Above, participants practice paddling. The race, held at the Front Royal Country Club, included several community teams and was a fundraiser for the Warren County Humane Society. Team Mimslyn Inn won the grand champion trophy and gold medal. Alex Bridges/Daily
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Shenandoah County Fair: Interstate Truck and Tractor Pull results

The following are the results of Saturday night's 10,000 Pro Farm tractor pull at the Shenandoah County Fair in Woodstock:
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Shenandoah County Fair

Tom Streett, president of the Shenandoah County Fair, lines the track with a set of hay bales Friday afternoon for the ATV races that evening at the fairgrounds in Woodstock. The fair is open through next Saturday. There will be family activities this morning at the fair, and the featured truck and tractor pull will start at 6:30 tonight. Rich Cooley/Daily
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Ten arrested, charged in two drug busts

Law enforcement officials in Shenandoah and Warren counties rounded up a total of 10 people Thursday and Friday in two separate drug busts involving possession of heroin and other drugs.
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Shenandoah schools convocation recognizes success in education

WOODSTOCK -- Education has been a part of agriculture teacher Jaclyn (Roller) Ryan's life since she was born. At Friday afternoon's Shenandoah County Public Schools convocation, she said she followed her father and grandparents into a career in education.
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State official: Bear will be put down if captured

The bear that attacked a man in Hardy County, West Virginia will be put down if game managers can trap it, a state expert on black bears said Friday.
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Proponents of fortunetelling ban attack group

FRONT ROYAL - Foes of repealing a ban on fortunetellers in Front Royal recently attacked a non-profit group and claimed it supported pagans.
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Yard Crawl drew visitors from across nation

WOODSTOCK -- The 10th anniversary of the Route 11 Yard Crawl exhibited how the event is changing -- and growing -- with each consecutive year.
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Authorities: Be alert on roads as Warren schools open

Anticipating Monday's start of public schools in Warren County, town and county authorities have reminded area motorists to pay particular attention near schools, bus stops and residential neighborhoods.
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Business puts local wood to good use

LINDEN -- Stephen Sloane and his wife Miranda Kettlewell said they opened Black Snake Wood because they saw beautiful, local trees becoming firewood.
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Bank adds two to board of directors

First National Corporation, the bank holding company of First Bank, which began in Strasburg in 1907, recently announced the appointment of two local individuals to its board of directors.
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One dead in two-vehicle collision

A two-vehicle crash Thursday took the life of a Winchester man at the intersection of Tasker Road and Queens Way.
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Robin Williams film showings to benefit Concern Hotline

Four screenings of Robin Williams' movies at The Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Winchester this week will benefit area residents in crisis.
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Bear attack wounds man, his dog

A bear attack Thursday sent a man visiting the George Washington National Forest to Winchester Medical Center with serious wounds.
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Council hopefuls decline possible support from GOP

A handful of Front Royal Town Council candidates say they don't want the Warren County Republican Committee's endorsement.
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Town considers ways to fix homeowner's problem

FRONT ROYAL - A Front Royal resident's woes with her home exposed a town-wide problem for older buildings.
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Craft brewing offers growing market to Virginia farmers

MIDDLETOWN -- Farmers in the Shenandoah Valley are trying to tap into a growing industry -- and they are finding success.
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Increased bear population hurting farmers' crops

An increasing bear population could hurt local farmers' crops as autumn settles in and bears look harder for food before winter, even after a relatively quiet summer.
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Livestock reports

Shenandoah Livestock Aug. 16 FEEDER: Steers, 100-199 lbs., $225.00-275.00; 300-399 lbs., $260.00-282.50, Hereford $227.50; 400-499 lbs., $205.00-257.00, Hereford $215.00; 500-599 lbs., $201.00-255.00; 600-699 lbs., $205.00-220.00, Hereford $187.00; 700-799 lbs., few $209.00; 800-899 lbs., few $197.00. Bulls, 300-399 lbs., $195.00-280.00; 400-499...
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County fair pageant continues tradition

The Shenandoah County Fair Scholarship Pageant is reaching back to its roots.
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Energetic Babette seeks person of her own

EDINBURG -- Babette, a 10-month-old female puppy, is short, and probably will not grow much larger than her current 30 pounds. But what she lacks in size she makes up for in energy.
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Military transfer program helps equip local law enforcement

Law enforcement agencies in Shenandoah, Warren and Frederick counties have been among many across the nation that have acquired surplus military equipment through a controversial Department of Defense program.
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Fort Valley to reopen country store

For decades it was where the residents of Fort Valley purchased their groceries, their gasoline, their cigarettes and beer.
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Warren teachers look ahead to new school year

FRONT ROYAL -- At Warren County Public Schools' Wednesday morning convocation, keynote speaker Scott Habeeb asked educators to be compasses for students this school year.

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