Shenandoah County

Shenandoah County Public Schools employee wins state award

The Virginia Society for Technology in Education  has named Tim Taylor, Shenandoah County Public Schools Supervisor of Instructional Technology, as its 2017 Outstanding Leader of the Year. “I am humbled by it,” Taylor said. "The work they do in the schools is a team effort," Taylor said ...

Board mulls effect of failed accreditation

Shenandoah County School Board members discussed the impact of  failed accreditation at two schools during the board's Monday meeting. The School Board heard the requirements the Virginia Board of Education imposed on North Fork Middle School and W.W. Robinson because the two schools failed ...

Legislators, officials go to school

"What the best and wisest parent wants for his child, that must we want for all the children of the community. Anything less is unlovely, and left unchecked, destroys our democracy,” - John Dewey.   MOUNT JACKSON  - Virginia public schools opened for the school year with about ...

Planners delay action on housing density change

WOODSTOCK – Shenandoah County planners put the brakes Thursday on a push to increase housing density in certain areas after hearing concerns from residents. The Planning Commission voted to table action on a proposal to change the minimum lot sizes in medium- and high-density, residential ...

Panel endorses permits for home businesses

WOODSTOCK – A longtime plumbing business in Shenandoah County could soon move to its owners' house in Maurertown. The Shenandoah County Planning Commission voted Thursday to recommend that the Board of Supervisors approve a special-use permit requested by Dale Carlson to run his plumbing ...

Shenandoah public chools recognized for LIFE Program

Tucci Learning Solutions recently recognized Shenandoah County Public Schools with a national award for a program designed to help people with disabilities live an independent life after high school graduation. The school system's LIFE (Learning Independence for Everyday) program won the ...

Thrift store asks for help with landfill fees

WOODSTOCK – The Shenandoah County Thrift Store has become an involuntary Dumpster site for unwanted items such as clothes and old TV sets. The store on North Main Street in Woodstock in turn spends thousands of dollars to take these items to the county landfill near Edinburg. William W. ...

County to consider change in housing density

WOODSTOCK – Shenandoah County could soon let developers build more houses on smaller lots in residential areas. The Planning Commission and the Board of Supervisors hold a public hearing Thursday on a proposal to change the minimum lot sizes in the R-2 and R-3 residential zoning districts. ...

School chiefs react to accreditation changes

Shenandoah and Warren County public school superintendents are reacting positively to recent changes the state has made to its school accreditation process. “This has been long awaited from the many years when the only thing used to determine school accountability was test results, and ...

Peter Brookes: Missile test launch brings up new security issues

After a hiatus of two-plus months, North Korea went ballistic again this week with the test launch of a new intercontinental ballistic missile, ICBM — the Hwasong-15. It may be capable of striking all of the United States. Based on initial reported estimates, this latest ICBM appears to ...

County extends lease on Clary compactor site

WOODSTOCK – Shenandoah County leaders bought more time Tuesday for residents who use the trash compactor site near Strasburg. The Board of Supervisors voted 6-0 at its meeting to enter into an amended lease with Patricia Hockman and Hockman Farms LLC that allows the county to use ...

Giving Tuesday: County urges residents to support nonprofits

Residents living in Shenandoah County, as part of Giving Tuesday, can show their support for a group of nonprofit agencies helping individuals and families. “We hope attention is brought to the nonprofits we have in the community and the work they do everyday,” said Sharon Baroncelli, ...

Shenandoah school land valuable, not forgotten

Almost nine years later, 70 acres of land purchased for about $2.6 million by the School Board and county supervisors in 2009 remains untouched and vacant, despite a shortage of space and crowded class sizes in several of the Shenandoah County schools. The land is an asset and has not been ...

County fair cuts days for 2018

WOODSTOCK – The Shenandoah County Fair Association cut its schedule back for next year after it couldn’t reach a deal with the carnival vendor. The association announced recently that the 2018 schedule begins Aug. 26 and runs through Sept. 1 – two days fewer than usual. Fair manager Tom ...

Scott Rasmussen: Dems have clear path to Senate majority

Until recently, it looked like Republicans were almost certain to retain control of the U.S. Senate following the 2018 mid-term elections. Many commentators noted that Nancy Pelosi's team might have a shot at winning control of the House. But the Senate was different. Only a third of the ...

Pedestrian hit along Senedo Road

Virginia State Police are investigating a crash in which a pedestrian was struck along Va. 42 in Shenandoah County. The crash occurred at 7:40 p.m. on  Va. 42 approximately 100 feet north of Route 681. A 1995 Chevrolet sedan was traveling south on Senedo Road when a pedestrian attempted to ...

Letter to the Editor: Karma is wonderful

Editor: It was heart warming to see the huge turnout in the statewide elections – especially by women voters. Most women are appalled that we have a suspected sexual assaulter in the White House (I say suspected even though he admitted it on the "Access Hollywood" tape and many ...

Bill Ortts remembered as a leader, respected man who loved community

Bill Ortts was a successful businessman who loved his family and his community. Ortts, who died Thursday,  founded Ortts Electric, now operated by his son Charlie, in 1967. Bill Ortts was on the Shenandoah County Board of Supervisors for 12 years as well as joining the Shenandoah County Fair ...

Supervisor-elect Morris doubles down on campaign promises

MIDDLETOWN – At his first public event since regaining his seat on the Board of Supervisors, Dennis Morris echoed his campaign promises and continued to push for economic development in Shenandoah County. “We've got to look at ways to diversify the tax base and not put all the marbles on ...

Fire damages Toms Brook townhouse

The Shenandoah County Department of Fire and Rescue responded to a fire in a townhouse at 22 Toms Brook Drive at 2:56 p.m. Monday. Rebecca Smith came home to find “heavy, black smoke” inside her home and called 911, Fire Marshal David Ferguson said Tuesday. Smith lives with her husband ...