Shenandoah County

School Board proposes plan for preschool classrooms

March 5th, 2015

WOODSTOCK — However possible, Shenandoah County Public Schools plan to add two new preschool classrooms this fall. Despite a decrease in state funding for the classrooms through the Virginia Preschool Initiative, schools could make this effort possible with less overall funding from the county.

Encouraging creativity

Emily Alexander, right, and Courtney Hodges, both 16 and in the 11th grade at Strasburg High School, demonstrate how to build boron trihydride molecules using the school's computer software at Tuesday evening's STEM Share Fair at Signal Knob Middle School in Strasburg.  Josette Keelor/Daily

March 5th, 2015

STRASBURG – Part of teaching is about challenging students to discover what they never thought possible. It’s also about playing to students’ strengths and interests so they want to keep on learning.

Valley bracing for the storm

Michael Guiliani, an associate at Ramsey True Value Hardware Store in Front Royal, carries a load of plastic sleds into the store on Wednesday.  Rich Cooley/Daily

March 4th, 2015

The National Weather Service has placed the entire Northern Shenandoah Valley under a winter storm warning from 10 p.m. Wednesday through 7 p.m. Thursday.

Deer disease detected in Shenandoah County

March 4th, 2015

The slow progression of chronic wasting disease has made its way to Shenandoah County, and two positive cases were detected in Frederick County, near the West Virginia state line.

Preschool classes sought at hearing

Allison Gregg, 34, of Woodstock, speaks in support of funding the county's pre-school program during the Shenandoah County School Board's public hearing Monday night at the county government center in Woodstock. Rich Cooley/Daily

March 2nd, 2015

WOODSTOCK — At a Monday night public hearing, the Shenandoah County School Board met to receive community feedback on plans for the school division’s 2016 fiscal year budget.

Weathering the storm

Dennis Morris, a beef cattle farmer in Toms Brook, demonstrates this insulated automatic water trough that is one of several on his farm that provides fresh water to his cattle even in the extreme cold weather and requires no electricity. Rich Cooley/Daily

March 1st, 2015

Freezing temperatures during the winter can put a strain on many agricultural operations. For cattle farmers in the Northern Shenandoah Valley, these months can be especially harsh.

USDA schedules survey of farmers

February 26th, 2015

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is set to begin surveying farmers on what crops they intend to plant for the 2015 harvest seasons.

Cold calculations

Brad Foster, an owner and vineyard manager for North Mountain Vineyard in Maurertown, walks through a row of cabernet franc grape vines outside the vineyard on Wednesday. Foster says there has been no cold weather damage to the vines so far this season, but area vineyard owners have expressed concerns. Experts say that 2015 damage  should prove less than 2014.  Rich Cooley/Daily

February 25th, 2015

As the winter months draw to a close, vineyards in the Northern Shenandoah Valley are once again monitoring the weather for freezing temperatures.

Deputy seeks court clerk spot

Sarona Irvin

February 25th, 2015

A Shenandoah County Circuit Court worker plans to run for the clerk’s post held by Denise Estep, who expects to retire this year.

Board tables business permit

February 24th, 2015

WOODSTOCK – Shenandoah County leaders on Tuesday postponed action on a permit for a business that sparked concerns over propane storage.

Park funds pollinator research project

February 23rd, 2015

Shenandoah National Park has announced the first project under a new research grant program, according to a Feb. 20 news release.

Ride sharing firms could expand into region

February 22nd, 2015

Gov. Terry McAuliffe has signed legislation into law legalizing and regulating the operation of ride sharing companies like Uber and Lyft in the commonwealth.

Supplying their needs

Ashby Lee Elementary School student Solangh Cuyuch, 8, stacks cat food cans inside the school on Friday while getting help from Nate Sibert, 10, left, and Allie Pool, 8, center, all of New Market. The students have been collecting money and supplies for "Love Your Animals Month" for the Humane Society of Shenandoah County. Rich Cooley/Daily

February 20th, 2015

Last year’s donation by Ashby Lee Elementary School in Quicksburg was the largest the Humane Society of Shenandoah County had ever received, and this year’s looks to be even bigger.