Shenandoah County

SOL results suggest some schools will lose accreditation

Several schools in Shenandoah and Warren counties will miss out on full accreditation for the 2017-18 school year, based on Standards of Learning test results the Virginia Department of Education released Tuesday. According to Warren County Public Schools Superintendent Gregory Drescher, ...

Teacher turnover taxes school system

WOODSTOCK – Shenandoah County continues to lose teachers to divisions whose elected leaders budgeted for pay raises. The School Board learned Thursday that the division’s turnover rate reached 15 percent for the 2016-2017 year. This marked the second year in a row the division saw a 15 ...

Teacher acquitted on domestic abuse charges

WOODSTOCK – A judge acquitted a Frederick County special education teacher of domestic abuse charges Thursday. Judge Kevin C. Black found Phillip Finfrock, 36, of Strasburg, not guilty on three counts of assault and battery against his wife in Shenandoah County Juvenile and Domestic ...

Annual yard crawl gets off to an early start

Two days before the annual Route 11 Yard Crawl officially starts, some crawl spaces were already filled Thursday with people selling their goods. “I understand that we’ve already gotten some calls that people have their things set out,” said Sharon Baroncelli, executive director of the ...

Board votes to fix pay problem in Sheriff’s Office

WOODSTOCK – Shenandoah County leaders took action Tuesday to fix pay disparity among Sheriff’s Office employees. The Board of Supervisors voted 4-1 with one member abstaining to provide up to $65,000 to the Sheriff’s Office. The money would provide a salary increase to agency employees ...

County to seek firms to replace radio system

WOODSTOCK – The cost of a new radio system for Shenandoah County and how the government pays for the equipment remain unknown. The Board of Supervisors plan to issue a request for proposals from firms interested in replacing the county’s aging radio system. Submissions should give county ...

Commonwealth celebrates Virginia’s farm markets

Gov. Terry McAuliffe has declared that this week is  “Virginia Farmers’ Market Week.” “When working to address local hunger and nutrition problems, Virginia farmers’ markets are a great resource,” Basil Gooden, state Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry, noted in a news release. ...

Shenandoah County Schools ready for an early start

Shenandoah County Public Schools will open the school year on Monday earlier than in past years, but Superintendent Mark Johnston said the transition has been easy. “It’s smoother than I ever imagined,” Johnston said. “I anticipated a few crinkles in it, but there have been ...

Board considers Sheriff’s Office pay fix

WOODSTOCK – Austerity measures pushed by some Shenandoah County leaders and action at the state level have worsened pay disparity in the Shenandoah County Sheriff's Office. Now the sheriff hopes the Board of Supervisors can rectify the long-standing problem. Sheriff Timothy C. Carter brought ...

County office chief to return to Loudoun job

WOODSTOCK – Shenandoah County will lose a department chief later this month when he returns to work for Loudoun County. Bradley Polk, director of the Office of Community Development, resigned this week to take a position with the Loudoun County Department of Planning and Zoning. Polk’s ...

Couple seeks to protect Fort Valley property

FORT VALLEY – A Shenandoah County couple plan to protect their property for the future by placing it into a conservation easement. John and Fran Crisman own 32.56 acres in Fort Valley near the George Washington National Forest east of Edinburg and Mount Jackson. Taylor Cole, with ...

Planners to consider changes to overlay rules

WOODSTOCK – The Shenandoah County Planning Commission resumes talks this week about possibly changing rules for building along U.S. 11. The commission meets at 7 p.m. Thursday to discuss proposed revisions to the zoning ordinance section known as the Old Valley Pike Overlay District. ...

Dual-purpose vehicle returns: Rescue squad reacquires piece of history

MOUNT JACKSON-- It took J.D. Fadley 17 or 18 years, but he finally got it. Fadley, a lifetime member of the Mount Jackson rescue squad, and his friend Will Gangwer, also a squad member, listened to former squad member Alvin Irwin tell a story about an old car that once belonged to the ...

Everything’s just peachy: Local apple, peach crops looking good

At this time last year, Virginia's peach farmers were struggling. The 2016 crop, which had been hit by two hard freezes in the early spring,  “was rated mostly fair to very poor," Herman Ellison, a state statistician with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, explained in a news release ...

Mount Jackson woman gets best anniversary present

Most people receive a thoughtful present or a card on their wedding anniversary. Evelyn Burner got $1 million. Burner, a Mount Jackson native, won $1 million in the Virginia Lottery's 20X the Money scratch off, according to a Virginia Lottery news release. She also won $10 on another 20X the ...

Shenandoah Animal Shelter sees rise in animal returns

The Shenandoah County Animal Shelter has had a high number of pets returned after they were adopted recently. Peggy Lahn, manager of the animal shelter, said sometimes the pets are returned within 12 to 24 hours of adoption. “In the last three weeks, it seems like three out of five were ...

Board candidates report campaign activity

WOODSTOCK – Candidates running for seats on the Shenandoah County Board of Supervisors collected and spent campaign cash last month. The latest reports filed with the Virginia Department of Elections and the county’s Voter Registration Office cover the period for June 2-30. Candidates had ...

County IDA seeks firms for engineering work

WOODSTOCK – Shenandoah County’s Industrial Development Authority plans to hire an engineering firm to help market agency properties and boost the local economy. The authority recently issued a request for proposals from firms interested in performing engineering services on vacant lots ...

Rouss Center for the Arts wins $2,000 grant

NEW MARKET-- The Rouss Center for the Arts prides itself on emphasizing the community part of community theater. Since September 2016, the theater has put on shows to entertain the public and bring notoriety to the area. Now, the Rouss Center is seeing hard work pay off. At Monday's town ...