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Shenandoah County

Court hits roadblock in stabbing case

WOODSTOCK – The fate of an Edinburg teen accused of stabbing a mother and her daughters in May 2017 remains uncertain. Samual Jacob Homer appeared in Shenandoah County Circuit Court on Wednesday via video conferencing from the Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail. Homer, 19, stands ...

A wintry mess is coming

The National Weather Service is urging area drivers to drive with caution Thursday morning as an impending storm ushers in the winter season. “A wintry mess is how I would best describe tomorrow morning,” said meteorologist Chris Strong, of the Sterling office of the National Weather ...

As first storm approaches, VDOT ready for winter

STEPHENS CITY – Just in time for what may be the region's first winter storm, the Virginia Department of Transportation addressed keeping the roads open this winter during its annual snow preparedness news conference on Tuesday. Starting late tonight through all day Thursday and into ...

Honoring those who served

WOODSTOCK – Shenandoah County Public Schools W.W. Robinson Elementary School students and the American Legion's Muhlenberg post on Monday honored veterans in observation of Veterans Day. About 50 military veterans were in attendance. Superintendent Mark Johnston began the ceremony by ...

It’s not winter yet, but freezing rain possible Thursday

Winter weather might be just down the road for the Shenandoah Valley as it prepares for a potential ice storm on Thursday. As temperatures continue to drop, drivers and employers are on the lookout for more than snow. Brian Lasorsa, a meteorologist in the Sterling office of the National ...

School Board keeps schools closed during fair week

WOODSTOCK – School Board members on Thursday approved a calendar that keeps schools closed during the weeklong Shenandoah County Fair. The division has closed schools that week so that children can participate in the fair by showing livestock.  Proposed calendars for the next three years ...

First court appearance in case of child being hit

WOODSTOCK – The first court appearance in cases involving a 5-year-old child allegedly being struck in school occurred Thursday morning in Shenandoah County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court. Stephen Povlish,  placed on leave as principal of Ashby Lee Elementary School, appeared ...

RSW Jail wrongful death lawsuit settled

The wrongful death federal lawsuit involving the 2016 death of a young Strasburg man at the Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail has been settled, according to court records. An “Order Approving Compromise of Wrongful Death Settlement” was filed Tuesday afternoon after a scheduled ...

County to revisit smaller lot sizes for homes

WOODSTOCK – Shenandoah County could take a different approach to let developers put more houses on smaller lots. County Planner Jill Jefferson presented a proposal to the Planning Commission last week that, if approved by the Board of Supervisors, could allow developments to occur on smaller ...

School division proposes new calendar that takes fair week off

Shenandoah County Public Schools is now proposing a new school calendar which gives students off the entire week of the county fair. School Board members will discuss the revised calendar at Thursday night’s meeting. It was two years ago that the school division shifted its calendar to ...

Attorney alerts board to loophole in proposed tax break rules

WOODSTOCK – Shenandoah County leaders nearly left a loophole in a proposed change to the local real estate tax break for senior citizens and disabled residents. County Attorney Jason Ham told the Board of Supervisors at its meeting last week that he and staff members continue to draft the ...

Family Promise to offer transitional housing for homeless

Since 2016, Family Promise of Shenandoah County has been helping to assist families in the region who are struggling financially or have lost their homes. The organization is now taking its cause to the next level by offering families transitional housing. Sherry Arey, who serves as the ...

Panel recommends denial of impound lot permit

WOODSTOCK – A towing company hoping to run an impound lot near Toms Brook faced a setback this week. The Shenandoah County Planning Commission voted 4-2 to recommend that the Board of Supervisors deny a special-use permit to JPG Towing to operate an impound lot at 2155 Mt. Olive Road near ...

Board of Supervisors hears of need for elementary schools

MOUNT JACKSON - Shenandoah County Public Schools Superintendent Mark Johnston unveiled the system's new priorities for its long-term facilities planning at a joint meeting Tuesday of the School Board and Board of Supervisors. He told the supervisors that Shenandoah County Public Schools is the ...

County to re-bid for new trash collection site

WOODSTOCK – Shenandoah County leaders decided Thursday to try again at bidding out a new trash collection site after offers came in higher than estimates. The county has, for at least two years, anticipated that it would need to close the waste collection facility at 3355 John Marshall ...

Edinburg man gets probation for taking guns, tools

WOODSTOCK – A plea deal allows a Shenandoah County man accused of stealing guns and other items to avoid jail time. Judge Clark A. Ritchie convicted Paul Wayne Shell in Shenandoah County Circuit Court on Wednesday of three counts of possession of stolen property and misdemeanor obtaining ...

Woman gets jail time for thefts

WOODSTOCK – A Shenandoah County woman accused of selling stolen property, including a gun in 2017, must serve more than a year in jail time. Judge Clark A. Ritchie sentenced Melissa Dawn Bosley in Shenandoah County on Wednesday to 12 months in jail for buying a firearm while the subject of a ...

Residents oppose impound lot

TOMS BROOK – More than two dozen Shenandoah County residents oppose a towing company's proposed impound lot in their neighborhood. The Shenandoah County Planning Commission meets tonight to consider a request from JPG Towing for a special-use permit to operate an impound lot on Mt. Olive ...