Stories by Lewis Millholland

Youth, women underrepresented on area town councils

Every second Tuesday of the month, 25-year-old Curtis Falkenstein seats himself in the Strasburg chambers beside fellow Town Council members who are two to three times older than he is. Falkenstein, the youngest councilman in the region, stands out. There are  65 town council members ...

Judy Fultz announces candidacy for Mount Jackson council

With decades of experience working with local governments, Judy Fultz has announced she is running for a seat on the Mount Jackson Town Council in May. “The reason I am running for Town Council is to work for the employees and the citizens of the Town of Mount Jackson,” Fultz wrote in an ...

Miller seeks re-election as mayor of Mount Jackson

Lifelong Mount Jackson resident J. G. “Bucky” Miller is seeking re-election for the office of mayor in May. A graduate of Ashby Lee Elementary School, Triplett Middle School and Stonewall Jackson High School, Miller, 41, has lived in the area his whole life. He met his wife Kimberly Miller ...

Tech businesswoman Randi Zuckerberg to headline SU symposium

Shenandoah University announced Wednesday that the 10th annual Business Symposium will feature technology investor and media personality Randi Zuckerberg as the keynote speaker Friday. One of Facebook’s earliest employees, back when her brother’s future social media titan was still a ...

Peggy Harkness runs for New Market Town Council

Peggy Lee Harkness, who has served on the New Market Town Council since 2012, is seeking re-election in May. Harkness was born in Virginia and holds a bachelor's degree in economics from Radford University and an MBA from Averett University. She worked in the banking industry for several ...

Whitney Miller runs for Mount Jackson Town Council

Whitney Miller is seeking re-election for a second term with the Mount Jackson Town Council. The youngest member of the council and the only woman, Miller has focused much of her attention on public works and upgrading town facilities. “I have focused a lot of my energy on the park and ...

Pet of the Week: Bonded pups seek joint adoption

WINCHESTER – These two pups are like sisters. Asia, a 10-year old Jack Russell Whippet mix, and Chloe, a 7-year-old Chihuahua-Rat Terrier mix, have lived together most of their lives. Animal caretaker Judy Myers called them two “sisters,” noticing that the two expressed discomfort when ...

New Market mayor proclaims April “Autism Awareness Month”

NEW MARKET – Mayor Douglas Bradley proclaimed April 2018 to be “Autism Awareness Month” following a presentation by Heather Janelle, chairwoman of the Special Education Advisory Committee. Janelle said the committee provides support, education and resources to help families and schools ...

Tourism council balances interests of old, new businesses

WOODSTOCK – The Shenandoah County Tourism Council met with representatives of the Virginia Tourism Corporation on Tuesday to discuss implementing tourism zones in the county, as well as planning strategies to convince the Board of Supervisors to sign on. Tourism zones are locality defined ...

Larry Bompiani runs for New Market Town Council

Former Elkton Mayor Larry Bompiani has thrown his hat into May's New Market Town Council race. Born in southwestern Pennsylvania, Bompiani received his chiropractic degree from the Palmer College of Chiropractic in 1980 and set up shop in Harrisonburg a year later. He’s served on several ...

Bob Thompson runs for Mount Jackson Town Council

Bob Thompson, who previously served on the Mount Jackson Planning Commission and as chairman of the Community Library for over 20 years, is seeking a seat on the Town Council in May. Born in Michigan, Thompson graduated from Tech Trade School in Grand Rapids, Michigan, as a certified ...

New Market marketing director named Outstanding Person of the Year

  NEW MARKET – Amber Smoot, New Market events and marketing director, was awarded Outstanding Person of the Year by the New Market Chamber of Commerce on Friday evening. A New Market native, Smoot assumed her current role with the town in March 2017. She’s since launched an ...

A gathering place: Cinema-themed coffee shop to open soon in Mount Jackson

MOUNT JACKSON – John Boor grew up in a town so small that the barber was also a policeman, a firefighter, and a mailman — and from that upbringing, he built an appreciation for community and face-to-face conversations. When he saw that Mount Jackson had the community aspect but not a ...

Job seekers and employers congregate at Woodstock job fair

WOODSTOCK – Employers and job seekers traded business cards and resumes Tuesday morning in the National Guard Armory in Woodstock. The Shenandoah County Chamber of Commerce’s annual job fair comes amid a climate of unusually low unemployment rates. In December 2017, according to the ...

Mount Jackson resident pleads for council to resolve civil dispute

MOUNT JACKSON – An unusually crowded town council meeting kicked off with a plea from a town resident’s granddaughter for intervention in a civil dispute. At the podium, Stephanie Smith claimed her grandmother’s neighbors were preventing her grandmother from driving on a private lane to ...

Established 2018: Local artist starts general store in New Market

NEW MARKET – To help pay for his armload of $300–400 full-color art textbooks back in college, Jon Henry started a produce stand with crops from his family’s farm, Jumpin Run Farm in Mount Jackson. For him, the stand was a side hustle to fund his art career, like how artisans in Germany ...

Two breweries coming to Strasburg to fill different niches

STRASBURG ­– Two new breweries will open in the heart of Strasburg, population 6,500, in just a couple of months. They’ll fill different niches, the two owners said.  The larger of the two, Box Office Brewery, should comfortably seat more than 200 patrons, and the other, Siblings’ ...

Tractor trailer collision shut down I-81 traffic near Quicksburg

Severe backups plagued Interstate 81 between New Market and Mount Jackson on Tuesday afternoon when a tractor trailer collision temporarily shut down southbound traffic near mile marker 268. Ken Slack, Virginia Department of Transportation communications specialist, said the two southbound ...