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Shenandoah County

Board hears grim report on dairy farms

WOODSTOCK – Dairy farmers continue to struggle in Shenandoah County and across Virginia, a new report shows. The Board of Supervisors heard an update Tuesday on the dairy industry from Jeremy Daubert, the dairy science agent for the Rockingham County office of the Virginia Cooperative ...

Strasburg High School teen walks twice for graduation

Callie Stead will graduate from two schools this week that she said have shaped her to be a leader and to work for achievement. Stead, 18, walked in Triplett Tech's 53rd annual ceremony Thursday, and will join 141 graduation candidates in the 59th commencement ceremony for Strasburg High ...

Authority Board approves regional jail budget

FRONT ROYAL - Members of the Rappahannock-Shenandoah Warren Regional Jail Authority Board Thursday approved a $14.6 million budget for the jail that gives staff raises. The board had been considering either a 2 percent or a 2.5 percent raise to take effect either on July 1 or Jan. 1. What they ...

Board grants tax break to church gymnasium

WOODSTOCK – Shenandoah County leaders overwhelmingly supported a church’s request Tuesday to cut a tax break for its Strasburg gymnasium. The Board of Supervisors voted 6-0 to adopt an ordinance that adds the Tight’n Up gymnasium on East King Street in Strasburg to the list of properties ...

Board renews agricultural districts

WOODSTOCK – Shenandoah County added land to its agricultural and forestal district Tuesday with leaders’ support. The Board of Supervisors voted 6-0 to approve ordinances renewing three of the county’s districts for 10-year terms covering a total of approximately 4,481 acres. In separate ...

School bus driver charged in crash, no students hurt

A Shenandoah County Public Schools bus driver was charged in a Tuesday afternoon crash in which no students were hurt. Sgt. F.L. "Les" Tyler, of the Virginia State Police, said Latina Irwin, 55, of Edinburg, was charged with failure to yield the right of way after she pulled into the ...

Little Libraries sprouting in Woodstock

Shenandoah County Public Schools and the Town of Woodstock have partnered to launch seven Little Libraries, complete with children's books. The Little Libraries are located near apartment complexes where many students live. The Little Libraries will be dedicated at 6 p.m. today with school ...

Shenandoah River flooding, forcing alerts and road closures

The Shenandoah River rose above flood stage this morning, forcing road closures. Shenandoah County Fire and Rescue Chief Tim Williams said rain that fell on Rockingham County on Monday night made its way up the river and caused flooding in Shenandoah County's North Fork area. “We did have ...

Budget, election of officers on RSW meeting budget

The Regional Jail Authority is expected at its Thursday meeting to vote on the fiscal year 2019 budget and elect officers for another term. The Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail’s proposed fiscal 2019 budget calls for spending $14.5 million, which includes $7.7 million in local ...

Road reopens after sinkhole filled

Oranda Road opened back up to traffic Friday evening, two days after a sinkhole forced the closing of a portion of the road. Repairs on Thursday morning to fill in the sinkhole using stone and concrete went as planned, said Sandy Myers, spokesperson for the Virginia Department of ...

Study on I-81 to begin, public hearings set

The Virginia Department of Transportation has launched the I-81 Corridor Improvement Plan. As directed in Senate Bill 971, staff from the Commonwealth Transportation Board, supported by the Office of Intermodal Planning and Investment, Virginia Department of Transportation and Department of ...

Man gets jail time for hurting infant

WOODSTOCK – A Rockingham County man must serve jail time for severely injuring an infant in Mount Jackson in September. Judge Dennis L. Hupp found Hirving Ayala, 24, of Penn Laird, Virginia, guilty on one count of felony child abuse, failing to provide medical attention to an injured child ...

Authority moves ahead to improve sites

WOODSTOCK – The Shenandoah County Industrial Development Authority can expect to spend money to make its vacant properties more marketable. The authority hired Draper Aden Associates in December to prepare a report on what the agency must do to attract more potential users to its sites. ...

TRIAD Conference speaks to senior citizens

WOODSTOCK -- Members of the Shenandoah County Sheriff's Office spoke to a roomful of seniors Friday at the Moose Lodge about safety and services available  for their age group. Lt. Becky Mauck of the Shenandoah County Sheriff Office said the event, the 17th Annual TRIAD Conference, promotes ...

County finance director announces resignation

Shenandoah County finance director Harrison Nicholson has announced his resignation, effective May 31. “Unfortunately, there are some family obligations that are going to put me in Houston,” Nicholson said Tuesday. "It is going to be sad leaving the county. It will be hard to leave the ...

‘I am here to learn’: Research internships provide hands-on experience

Annabelle Palmer is an 18-year-old senior studying at the Massanutten Regional Governor's School for Environmental Science and Technology and Science. Her home school is Central High School where she is on track to be valedictorian for Central's 2018 graduating class As part of her studies ...

Seniors showcase their Capstone projects

WOODSTOCK - Megan Freiwald, a senior at Central High School, is one of 11 students in the Biomedical Sciences Academy who took part in its first Capstone Program. “Capstone? It created this family. We were the first people to go through the program,” Freiwald said about the program. The ...