Shenandoah County

Wish comes true for local family

Laura Sluss, of Strasburg, holds her son Daniel, 19, outside his new 24-by-18 foot pool behind their home near Waterlick. Daniel, who is blind and has been diagnosed with Lennox-Gastuant Syndrome, received a backyard deck and pool through a Make-A-Wish Foundation request after his brother wrote a letter to the foundation. Rich Cooley/Daily

September 23, 2016

STRASBURG — A Strasburg family is “just blown away” by the kindness and help from area businesses that helped make a wish come true.

Election officials say letters mislead voters

September 22, 2016

Local registrars and state election officials have fielded numerous calls from voters who have received letters leading them to believe they weren’t registered.

Schools chief creates blog for division

September 22, 2016

Shenandoah County Public Schools Superintendent Mark Johnston created a blog to inform the public about what is happening in the school division and in public education.

Grant to pay for 911 radio study

September 21, 2016

Shenandoah County received a federal grant to pay for the next step toward upgrading its aging emergency 911 equipment.

Many schools approaching accreditation benchmarks

September 14, 2016

The Virginia Department of Education released the accreditation status for schools throughout the state for 2016-2017. These accreditation ratings are based on achievement results from 2015-2016.

Teachers cite reasons for leaving division

September 13, 2016

Linda Hodges, supervisor of human resources for Shenandoah County Public Schools, said teachers leaving their jobs in the schools were asked to fill out an exit survey on why they chose to leave.

Tourism revenue figures released

September 8, 2016

The U.S. Travel Association tourism data report for Shenandoah County was released by the county’s tourism department Thursday and revealed a 1.8 percent increase in tourism revenue. Over $203 million dollars was generated by tourism in Shenandoah County in the 2015 fiscal year.

Shenandoah Downs ready for debut

Renfrow Hauser of Mt. Airy, North Carolina, jogs his horse Not Thelma But Louise around the Shenandoah Downs track at the Shenandoah County Fairgrounds on Wednesday. Shenandoah Downs will feature five weeks of harness racing starting this Saturday. The  Rich Cooley/Daily

September 8, 2016

WOODSTOCK – This weekend Shenandoah Downs harness racing will make its debut at the Shenandoah County Fairgrounds in Woodstock on the newly renovated track.

School Board to discuss goals, technology, resource officers

September 8, 2016

The Shenandoah County Public Schools School Board will meet Thursday night to discuss the reorganization of technology services, a memorandum of understanding with the Sheriff’s Office, and the approval of division goals.

Variation of deer virus locally isolated

September 6, 2016

The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries has isolated a variation of hemorrhagic disease in deer to Shenandoah County according to Nelson Lafon, deer project coordinator for the DGIF. The isolated variation, or serotype, in question is known as Blue Tongue Disease and is viral in nature, transmitted via biting midges.