Shenandoah County

SCPS supporting formation of coalition

The Shenandoah County Public Schools system is supporting the formation of a coalition of school districts that will serve as an advocacy group for stressed school divisions. The School Board Thursday night voted unanimously to approve supporting the formation of the “Small and Rural Schools ...

Carmeuse denies $8.7 million expansion in Shenandoah County

Carmeuse Lime & Stone denied Friday that it had plans to expand its operations in Shenandoah County. Basing its information on a news release from Shenandoah County Administrator Mary Beth Price issued Dec. 22, the Northern Virginia Daily reported Friday that Carmeuse was planning an ...

Carmeuse to create 67 jobs in Shenandoah County

Carmeuse Lime & Stone, a limestone producer, is planning an $8.7 million expansion that will create 67 jobs in Shenandoah County and 30 in its Frederick County facility over the next three years. Based on these expectations, the Virginia Economic Development Partnership approved ...

Court denies ex-employee’s appeal

WOODSTOCK – A former Shenandoah County official did not qualify to grieve termination because she resigned voluntarily in October, a judge has ruled. Joyce Fadeley claimed in a complaint filed in Shenandoah County Circuit Court that she resigned as zoning administrator Oct. 12 under duress ...

County chamber set to announce annual awards

WOODSTOCK – And the award for the best business in Shenandoah County goes to… The Shenandoah County Chamber of Commerce will roll out the red carpet Tuesday for its Oscar-themed annual awards party, announcing awards for the large and small businesses, nonprofit and citizen of the ...

Board sets new meeting rules

WOODSTOCK – The Shenandoah County Board of Supervisors adopted its new rules Tuesday that some people argue might stifle public input. The board voted 5-1 to approve the rules of procedure for 2018 that moves the meeting normally scheduled for the first Tuesday of the month to 4 p.m. on ...

Board denies Walker committee posts

WOODSTOCK – Shenandoah County supervisors on Tuesday denied one member’s request to serve on two influential panels. The Board of Supervisors voted 4-1 at its first regular meeting of the year to approve the 2018 roster of committee appointments. Chairman Conrad Helsley arranged the list ...

Ex-county worker files lawsuit

WOODSTOCK – A former Shenandoah County official claims administrators violated her right to a pre-termination hearing when they forced her to quit in October. Joyce Fadeley resigned Oct. 12 as zoning and subdivision administrator but said in a phone interview that county officials forced her ...

County Democrats pick officers

The Shenandoah County Democrats recently picked new officers to serve for the next two years. Democrats elected Katherine Morrison. of Woodstock. as chairwoman, succeeding Edinburg resident Luther Santiful as the group’s leader. Morrison is a lifelong Democrat with a career with nonprofit ...

SCPS seeking public input into budget

Shenandoah County Public School officials are seeking public input into the drafting of its 2018-2019 school year budget. A public hearing will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday to allow Superintendent Mark Johnston to hear from citizens as he begins to develop his proposed school budget. The ...

Board considers reprieve for thrift store

WOODSTOCK – A Shenandoah County thrift store likely must keep paying landfill fees to dump items it can’t sell, including old TV sets. The Board of Supervisors continued their discussion this week about a request from the Shenandoah County Thrift Store on North Main Street in Woodstock for ...

Familiar faces retain leadership of School Board

The Shenandoah County Public School Board reappointed Karen Whetzel as its board chairman on Wednesday night. She has been a member of the board for nine years, three of them as its  chair. Whetzel spoke of an anonymous quote she felt was appropriate. “We don't always need to be what we ...

Storm bringing bitter cold wind to chill region

Area residents are being cautioned about frigid temperatures and winds projected to hit the region. Ray Martin, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Sterling, cautioned Wednesday that the storm, known as a bomb cyclone, is still forming and its path and conditions could ...

Be prepared: Warmer today but cold returns for rest of week

The effects of the frigid temperatures that have settled over the region are making most everyone miserable, homeowners unhappy and certain businesses busy. The cold snap is expected to last until Monday, at which time temperatures should increase, said Ray Martin of the National Weather ...

County must move polling place again

WOODSTOCK – Shenandoah County must find a new polling location for Toms Brook-area voters after the church used in the last election experienced problems. The Board of Supervisors could consider moving the precinct’s polling place back to the Toms Brook Volunteer Fire Department building. ...

Board OKs new meeting schedule, officers

WOODSTOCK – Shenandoah County leaders have adopted a new schedule that eliminates a monthly meeting but shouldn’t cut public participation, officials say. The Board of Supervisors voted 4-1 at its organizational meeting Tuesday to approve a new meeting schedule for the year. The board may ...

Year in Review: County board saw stalemates, change in 2017

Shenandoah County voters changed the Board of Supervisors membership in November, capping off a year of stalemates and debates over spending. The election saw District 4 Supervisor Cindy Bailey giving up her seat to newcomer and local business owner Karl Roulston. District 5 Supervisor ...

Virginia teacher talks about walking away from her home

A Shenandoah Valley Public School teacher has had to rebuild her life in Virginia after a hurricane left her life, and her home, in ruins. Rebecca Derharoutian is a special education teacher at W.W. Robinson and Central High School. She transferred on July 28 to Virginia, leaving her home in ...

‘I never was lost’: Hunter recounts 27-hour plight in the woods

Bill McDonnell, 92 years old, parked his Jeep in the Wolf Gap forest area at 7 a.m. Saturday morning and hiked up the mountain on a solo hunting trip. He didn’t return that night, and the ensuing 16-hour rescue mission concluded only when the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office spotted him with ...