Shenandoah County

Woodstock celebrates new businesses

June has been a busy month for Woodstock as the town has seen two new businesses open their doors to the public. The Pantry at 117 held its ribbon cutting ceremony on Wednesday and Assisting Angels Home Care cut the ribbon on Friday. The owners of both businesses are first-time business ...

Attorney files suit over rezoning

WOODSTOCK – Shenandoah County now faces a lawsuit over the recent rezoning for a Dollar General next to Bryce Resort. The Broadway Group LLC, RL Regis-Virginia LLC and Chandresh S. Mehta applied to the county to rezone two parcels at 1460 Orkney Grade, Basye, from high-density residential to ...

School Board candidates file for fall election

Five Shenandoah County residents have filed the necessary paperwork to be put on the ballot for the School Board election in November. Chairwoman and District 1 Board Member Karen Whetzel said she will run to remain on the School Board. “I am proud of the work that the Shenandoah County ...

Edinburg council approves 2017-18 budget

The Edinburg Town Council, on a vote of 6-0, approved the proposed 2017-18 fiscal year budget at Tuesday night's council meeting. The new budget has revenue and expenses projected at just over $1.6 million, a $200,000 increase from last year's $1.45 million budget. A breakdown of the new ...

Board responds to IDA proposal

WOODSTOCK – Some Shenandoah County leaders want to use little to no local tax money to spur economic development. The Board of Supervisors discussed a proposal Tuesday by the Industrial Development Authority aimed at creating a position that would focus on the local economy. However, at ...

County schools cut employees who have old felonies

A handful of Shenandoah County Public Schools employees with felony records lost their jobs this week as a result of a 2015 Virginia Supreme Court ruling. Superintendent Mark Johnston confirmed Wednesday that the ruling affected five employees in good standing with the division and essentially ...

Foltz named new Strasburg High School principal

The Shenandoah County Public Schools Board Tuesday approved the promotion of Melissa Foltz to the position of principal at Strasburg High School, effective July 1. Foltz replaces Morgan Saeler who will be transferring to Peter Muhlenberg Middle School, also effective July 1. Foltz said she has ...

No tax hike but water and sewer rates rise

MOUNT JACKSON -- The town council unanimously approved the fiscal year 2018 budget at Tuesday night’s monthly meeting. The approved budget is almost $4.8 million, an $800,000 increase from the 2017 budget. The general fund expects to see revenue and expenses at just over $2 million while ...

Board disagrees on panel pick

WOODSTOCK – Half of the Shenandoah County Board of Supervisors failed to change the roster of a local advisory panel Tuesday. Supervisors who tried to appoint a resident to the Social Services Board claimed that at least two members of the panel also have served far longer than allowed under ...

Report: New county radio system to cost up to $10 million

WOODSTOCK – Shenandoah County would need to spend up to $10 million for a new emergency radio system, a recent report shows. The Board of Supervisors on Tuesday heard the needs assessment report on the county’s radio system as the equipment nears the end of its useful life. The report, ...

Shenandoah County ranks high in campaign giving

Shenandoah County gave the second-highest amount per capita of all Virginia localities to statewide campaigns in this election cycle, a new report shows. Shenandoah County contributed $12.90 per capita to statewide campaigns in the 2016-2017 election cycle, according to the non-partisan, ...

Supervisors graded on educational support

Shenandoah County supervisors Steve Baker and Conrad Helsley scored well and supervisors Cindy Bailey and Marsha Shruntz flunked in the opinion of a local organization that advocated for more funding for Shenandoah County Public Schools in the recently approved budget. The evaluation by PASS ...

Strasburg students gearing up for graduation

STRASBURG – Strasburg High School seniors are gearing up for what the future holds. Cortney McDonald, 18, of Strasburg, is one senior who will be graduating on Friday.  She said she has really enjoyed her time spent at Strasburg High School and for the opportunities it provided ...

Triplett Tech student ready to join law enforcement

MOUNT JACKSON – A cybersecurity student at Triplett Tech is ready to gain experience in law enforcement after graduating. Kylie Stottlemyer, 18, of Maurertown, has been studying cybersecurity over the last semester and will graduate from Triplett Tech Thursday, and her base school Central ...

New Market hires new planner

NEW MARKET — The town has welcomed a new face to local government. Alex Berryman started on Thursday as the planner and zoning administrator. Berryman replaces the interim planner and zoning administrator,  Town Manager Mike Ritchie, who filled the position after Chad Neese resigned on Feb. ...

County deputies take 31 cats from Fort Valley home

A Fort Valley man likely faces criminal charges after authorities removed 30 cats from his home Sunday night. The Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office received a call around 7 p.m. about a large number of cats not receiving proper care at a home in the 100 block of Paige Lane in the northern ...

Motorcycle, car involved in Interstate 81 crash

A motorcycle and a car were involved in a crash on northbound Interstate 81  Sunday evening in Shenandoah County. According to Virginia State Police Sgt. F.L. (Les) Tyler, at 4:25 p.m. Sunday, a 2004 Pontiac was traveling in the left lane at mile marker 292 when the driver slowed for ...

Great Meadow shortlisted for international competition

THE PLAINS -- Great Meadow has been home to some of the most illustrious equestrian competitions in the world. Now, sometime this summer, it may get to add to its resume – the  course was chosen as just one of two U.S. finalists to play host to the Concours Complet International four-star ...

Local tractor club celebrates 28th annual show

MOUNT JACKSON – Community members and visitors alike were treated to pieces of history this past weekend at the Conicville Fire Department as the Massanutten Antique Tractor & Gasoline Engine Club held its 28th annual show. Tractor lovers, young and old, were treated to an array of ...

Man stabbed at truck stop in Toms Brook

A 32-year old man was stabbed at a truck stop on Mt. Olive Road in Toms Brook at 5:30 p.m. Saturday. The Shenandoah County Sheriff's Office is searching for a suspect described as a “black male, wearing a white t-shirt, red shorts,” according to the department's website. After the victim ...