Short Gap, WVCumberland Times-News

Firefighters battle Knobley Estates blaze

SHORT GAP, W.Va. — Firefighters are battling a residential fire in Knobley Estates. The fire on Knobley Estates Drive was reported about 4 p.m. Monday. First-arriving units reported heavy smoke around the single-story structure. First-responders from Mineral and Allegany counties were at the scene.
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Frederick County,

Weekend standoff in Frederick County ends with suicide

Police say a four hour barricade situation in the northern tip of the listening area ended with the suspect taking his own life. Units from the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office responded to Gate Stone Lane in the Stephens City area about 7:30 Sunday morning for the report of a domestic assault and possible barricade situation including a firearm.
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Mineral County, WVMineral Daily News-Tribune

WVU Medicine buys Bess family practice

KEYSER – WVU Medicine Potomac Valley Hospital (PVH) has acquired the family practice owned by Charles Bess, M.D., located at 514 New Creek Highway, Keyser. PVH will operate the clinic under the name Potomac Valley Family Practice. Dr. Bess opened the practice in 1994, following the completion of his family...
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Stephens City,

FCSO responds to barricade situation in Stephens City

Responding to a domestic assault the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office (FCSO) reported to Gate Stone Lane Stephens City. Arriving on the scene authorities found the subject physically assaulted his mate and was in possession of a handgun threatening to kill himself while barricaded in a residence. After setting up a...
Shenandoah County, VAWHSV

Changes begin on renaming of Stonewall Jackson High School

SHENANDOAH COUNTY, Va. (WHSV) - Although the Shenandoah County School Board approved to retire the name of Stonewall Jackson High School a year ago, work is just now beginning on physically renaming the school Mountain View High School. Last summer the board approved to retire of the names of both...
Staunton, VAWHSV

Loved ones surprise Bridgewater man and family at Shenandoah Valley Airport

STAUNTON, Va. (WVIR) - It’s a bit unconventional, but in Staunton, the City Council, the School Board, and the Economic Development Authority are meeting this week. At issue -- a piece of property the city owns, the school wants, and the EDA said ‘no’ to. And the property is slated for demolition in less than three weeks. Staunton school buses have been parked at Public Works for 35 years now. “What we’ve been told is that Public Works needs to add another water tower out there and so the buses are in the way right now,” said Staunton Schools Superintendent Dr. Garett Smith. The schools’ maintenance department has been located in the basement of Shelburne Middle School for 50 years. “These 50 and 35-year solutions were meant to be temporary solutions,” stated Smith. “It’s obviously not ideal for our employees or our students.” Now, with the infusion of American Rescue Plan Act money, they’re ready to renovate parts of Shelburne. “If we can get the maintenance shop out of the basement, we can get started on Shelburne for the sake of our students, you know, to create more collaborative learning spaces,” said Smith. The schools looked all over town for a place to consolidate operations into one facility, when they found Building 126 at Staunton Crossing. It’s the former operations and maintenance building for the old Western State. “That’s exactly what it was built for. That was its function,” said Smith. In January, the school division asked for the city-owned property to be gifted to them as the city and schools had done in the past. “When the city needed a fire station on the west end of town, our school board simply voted to gift the land to the city, and they built a fire station there,” stated Smith. Then they came back with an offer of $400,000, which was shot down by the Economic Development Authority. “The reasons that were shared with us had to do with unsightly buses being on the site might discourage deep pocket investors from investing in that property,” said Smith. So the schools went to city council with the hope of leasing the property, and council responded with an invitation to meet -- the city, the schools, and the EDA. Smith says it’s a great idea. “It’s how you solve complex problems, you get all the parties to the table and we sit down and we talk through it,” said Smith. The meeting is scheduled for Thursday, June 17th at 5:30 p.m. at the Irene Givens Administration Building at Montgomery Hall Park in Staunton.
Keyser, WVMineral Daily News-Tribune

'We want justice!': Family of Ashby Doman takes to the streets

KEYSER — A good father to his daughter. A young man who served his country in the military. A man who fought addictions but was “so much more” than just another addict. These are just a few of the things that friends and family of Ashby Doman Jr. want the public to know about the man whose life ended abruptly two years ago Sunday.
Allegany County, MDCumberland Times-News

No. 2 Allegany blasts McDonough to advance to state semis

LAVALE — In the Allegany Campers’ latest stop along their state title quest, they made quick work of McDonough in the quarterfinals on Monday. No. 2 Allegany plated 20 runs in the opening three innings, and Kyra Pittman retired the Rams in order all three of her innings in the circle.
Strasburg, VAWHSV

Strasburg teens start window washing business

SHENANDOAH COUNTY, Va. (WHSV) - They call themselves the “Window Washing Boys” and recently started their own company called Admiral Window Cleaning LLC. The teens, Hunter and Fred, are headed into their sophomore year of high school at Strasburg high school and were looking for a summer job. Hunter and...
Harrisonburg, VAWHSV

Sunday storms bring heavy rain & wind

HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) - A cold front moved through the region on Sunday, bringing much needed rainfall to the area, as well as quick downpours and strong wind gusts, especially in Augusta County southward. Storms began to fire across Grant and Hardy Counties just after the noon hour before intensifying...
Shenandoah County,

Valley Covid cases continue to decline

New COVID cases may be down throughout the listening area, but people are still dying from the virus. The Virginia Department of Health reports over the weekend, the listening area recorded a pair of deaths, one each in Augusta and Page counties. Page’s five new COVID cases were the most since Friday, followed by four in both Harrisonburg and Augusta County.

Purcellville’s TMG Plans Hangar Project at Winchester Regional

TMG Construction Corporation in Purcellville on June 10 formalized a public-private partnership with Winchester Regional Airport to design and build 32 private aircraft hangars. The first phase of the $18 million to $20 million project involves the sale and construction of 11 new hangars that will be grouped into two...
Cumberland Times-News

Mineral commission approves purchase changes, precinct consolidation

KEYSER, W.Va. — The Mineral County commissioners voted to make several different operational changes during their meeting Tuesday. The commission voted unanimously for the consolidation of the county’s third and eighth voting precincts. Beginning with the next primary election in May 2022, voters from Cross will vote in Elk Garden. The commission began the consolidation process in April.
Shenandoah County, VANorthern Virginia Daily

Supervisors approve pay raise for Shenandoah County administrator

Shenandoah County’s Board of Supervisors rewarded Evan Vass for his governmental leadership during what was an often-challenging past year by giving the county administrator a pay raise last week. Supervisors voted 4-0 (two members were absent) at their June 8 meeting to increase Vass’ salary by $7,500. Vass’ new salary...