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Tax-free holiday to ease school shopping costs

It's back to school time, and in Virginia that means the return of a three-day sales tax holiday. Beginning Friday, many clothing items, shoes and school and office supplies will be free of sales tax. In combination with back-to-school sales, it's a good time to save on items for the new school year.
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New principal named at middle school

Shenandoah County Public Schools announced Monday the appointment of Kristin "Kris" Waldrop as principal at Peter Muhlenberg Middle School in Woodstock. She has resigned as principal at Greenwood Mill Elementary School in Frederick County, effective Aug. 1.
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School districts: Students with diabetes may carry supplies

Two new Virginia bills require schools to allow students with diabetes the option of carrying supplies with them while at school.
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Signal Knob FFA best middle school in Virginia

The Signal Knob Middle School chapter of the Future Farmers of America has reached the top again. For the second year in a row, the club was selected top middle school FFA chapter in Virginia at the Virginia FFA Convention at Virginia Tech, June 23 to 26.
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Valley Scholars Program promotes college education

Five rising eighth graders from Shenandoah County could earn free college tuition by participating in a five-year program on college readiness beginning this fall. The Valley Scholars Program, organized by James Madison University in Harrisonburg, targets students who will be the first in their immediate families to attend college,
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Students from Triplett Tech excel at national event

It wasn't long ago that Jordan Palmer of Quicksburg and Cody Fitchett of Fort Valley made history as part of the largest group of students from Triplett Tech ever to make it to the SkillsUSA Virginia competition in Roanoke last April.
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Central team sweeps FFA state star category

Lacey Dysart of Woodstock has always been inquisitive, inspired by questions of how and why things are what they are. One of three students from Central High School to sweep the State Star category at the June convention of the Virginia Future Farmers of America, Dysart put that curiosity to good use.
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National FFA president calls yearlong experience 'empowering'

To say Brian Walsh has had a busy year is an understatement.
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Organizations plan big impact on Warren County youth

WINCHESTER -- Big Brothers Big Sisters of Winchester, Frederick and Clarke is partnering with the Warren Coalition and plans to expand into Warren County.
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MMA partners with Heroic Imagination Project

Massanutten Military Academy is partnering with the Heroic Imagination Project to become the first boarding school in the world to embrace the program's curriculum and incorporate it into campus culture.
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Volunteers help Discovery Museum and Habitat for Humanity

Cold temperatures and a little snow weren't enough to keep volunteers from "deconstructing" the Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum's future home on Friday.

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