Stories By Kaley Toy

Belle Grove to hold annual Art in the Barn

Belle Grove Plantation will hold its annual Art in the Barn show today through Sunday. The event is a juried art show and sale with more than 100 works including paintings, drawings, pottery, baskets and jewelry by 40 regional artists. Belle Grove Executive Director Kristen Laise said this is ...

Busy season for Shenandoah Summer Music Theatre

Shenandoah University’s Shenandoah Summer Music Theatre will have a busy season with shows throughout the summer. Elizabeth Albert, associate managing director and production manager, said the performances will run Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings beginning at 8 p.m., along with ...

SU, Handley library to hold Rockin’ the Library event

Shenandoah University will hold its 32nd annual Children’s Literature Conference “Once Read, Never Forgotten: Creating Readers One Book at a Time” Monday through June 30, and the public is invited to its second Rockin’ the Library event Monday on the steps of the Handley Regional ...

Woodstock’s downtown parking lot project work continues

Lemuel Hancock, urban designer and neighborhood planner for the Town of Woodstock, said work continues on finalizing details of the downtown parking lot project on the east side of the 100 block of South Main Street before construction begins. Town officials have worked with the U.S. ...

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 ...

‘Get Framed in Woodstock’ is new interactive art project

The Town of Woodstock Enhancement Committee has unveiled a new interactive public art project, known as “Get Framed in Woodstock,” which uses decorated metal frames as photo opportunities at W.O. Riley Park. The committee unveiled the finished project at the park on June 7. The frame sits ...

Shopping, dining and live music Friday

Old Town Winchester hosts the first Friday Night Live event of the summer on Friday with shopping, dining and live music. Downtown Manager Jennifer Bell said this will be the fifth year of the Friday Night Live series, bringing in about 2,000 people for each event. The Loudoun Street Walking ...

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 ...

School Board approves grading changes, winter holidays

WOODSTOCK – The Shenandoah County School Board approved grading scale changes and winter break holidays at Tuesday night's meeting. David Hinegardner, director of middle and secondary education, recommended the grading scale changes after three years of work performed by a grading committee, ...

Winchester, Valley Health to hold first Shape up Sunday

Old Town Winchester has partnered with Valley Health to feature a new event this summer – Shape Up Sundays. Shape Up Sundays are outdoor classes that will be held one Sunday a month and will begin Sunday at Old Town Winchester Taylor Pavilion. Classes will include yoga, aerobics, running, ...

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 ...

Monday Spotlight: Studying Nordic mythology in Iceland

FRONT ROYAL – A Front Royal resident spent the last year in Iceland as a student studying Nordic mythology and will soon begin her thesis on shapeshifting. Caroline Oxley, 25, of Front Royal, recently returned to the United States after spending the past year as a student at the University ...

First Woodstock ROCS of the summer today

Woodstock will hold its first Woodstock Riley Outdoor Concert Series (ROCS) performance this evening with live entertainment and food for purchase. Director of Marketing and Events Katie Mercer said about 300 to 500 attend the free concerts. Mercer said both adults and children enjoy the ...

Central seniors to remember friendships made

WOODSTOCK – Seniors at Central High School are ready to take the next step after graduation, but will never forget the bonds forged over the last four years. Cady Hockman, 17, of Maurertown, said she was especially grateful for the work of her teachers. “We are able to learn so much about ...

Stonewall Jackson students ready for more opportunities

QUICKSBURG – Stonewall Jackson High School seniors are ready to take on the world after graduation. One of them, Carmen Becerra, 17, of Mount Jackson will graduate after compiling a stellar record in academics, extra-curricular activities and community service. She said she was born in ...

Classroom receives $3,000 United Bank donation

WOODSTOCK – United Bank presented a $3,000 check to a third grade classroom on Wednesday morning. United Bank’s Sales and Service Representative Debbie Good and Branch Manager Jason Fream presented the check to Fay Wymer-Hollar’s students  at W.W. Robinson Elementary School. United ...

Street dance a highlight of Vintage Woodstock Festival

Woodstock residents will be dancing in the street during the annual Vintage Woodstock Festival on June 16. Director of Marketing and Events Katie Mercer said the festival began over 10 years ago and has been a huge success. The festival includes a street dance, food, arts and crafts, a wine ...

Avoid zombies during annual 5K

The third annual zombie run will be held June 17 to benefit Lord Fairfax Community College scholarships. The Outbreak 5K gives participants the chance to run as if they are being chased by zombies scattered around the college’s Middletown campus. Sally Voth, public relations specialist with ...

Virginia Herb Festival is this weekend

The Virginia Herb Festival will be held Saturday and Sunday in Middletown. The festival was founded in 2009 by Sunflower Cottage in Middletown, which is an herb farm and garden center sitting on 40 acres of farm land. Billie Clifton, owner of Sunflower Cottage and Backroom Brewery, said ...

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 ...