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Shenandoah County

Community honors Judge Hupp

WOODSTOCK – The community came out in force Thursday to honor Judge Dennis L. Hupp for his 26 years on the bench. Judge Bruce D. Albertson, chief judge of Virginia’s 26th Judicial Circuit, presided over a special session held in the Shenandoah County Circuit Court to commemorate Hupp’s ...

Veteran judge recalls major cases, weighs in on legal system

WOODSTOCK – Judge Dennis L. Hupp retired Aug. 1 after 26 years presiding over courts in Virginia’s 26th Judicial Circuit. But Hupp, 67, hasn’t completely hung up his robe just yet as he plans to serve as a substitute judge beginning in November. Hupp sat for an interview Friday in the ...

RSW inmates charged with fighting

A man awaiting trial on a murder charge now stands accused of fighting with a fellow inmate at the regional jail in Warren County last month. David Glynn Hoyle Jr. remains held without bond at the Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail, charged with first-degree murder and use of a ...

Judge sentences man in fifth domestic assault

WOODSTOCK – A Shenandoah County man must serve time in jail for his fifth domestic-assault conviction. Judge Clark A. Ritchie sentenced Michael Alon Gilardi in the Shenandoah County Circuit Court on Wednesday to two years in prison with one year and three months suspended for committing ...

Some animal shelters reach capacity

Two area animal shelters, the Humane Society of Warren County and SPCA of Winchester, have reached maximum capacity during a busy summer for both of them. Kayla Wines, Humane Society of Warren County shelter manager, said it is not unusual to reach capacity this time of year as kitten season ...

Schools chief answers supervisors’ questions about salary

Shenandoah County Public Schools Superintendent Mark Johnston recently spoke to the Shenandoah County Board of Supervisors about the division's hiring of a supervisor for Student Career and Business Partnerships. The hiring in July of Todd Lynn, principal at North Fork Middle School, to the ...

Court lets county claim $3.4 million

WOODSTOCK – Shenandoah County can expect to receive $3.4 million it can put toward the Sheriff’s Office new headquarters. The county continues to move quickly on the project, which is expected to cost roughly $8.7 million and also includes new space for the emergency communications center. ...

School district to open suspension center

Shenandoah County Public Schools students placed on a suspension will no longer serve it outside of school. The school district is opening an alternative suspension center starting Oct. 1, a place where high school students will spend their days of suspension, without a cell phone, television ...

Stonewall Jackson renames field to honor coach

Stonewall Jackson High School's football field will be renamed the Dick Krol Field at General Stadium, in honor of longtime coach Dick Krol. Krol in his more than 30 years with the school district has coached sports and taught math, caring more about the kids then wins and losses, said ...

Woman accused of failing to register chat account as a sex offender

A Shenandoah County woman convicted of proposing sex with a juvenile recently failed to register with state police as a non-violent sex offender. Pamela Jane Graham appeared in Shenandoah County General District Court on Friday where she stands charged with failing to register as a convicted ...

Man accused of abducting girlfriend at knifepoint

WOODSTOCK – A grand jury indicted a man Wednesday on charges of abduction, domestic assault and appearing drunk in public. Clarida Wayne Yates, 44, of 1300 Rigglman Drive, Apt. A, Timberville, remains incarcerated at Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail. New Market police officer ...

Grand jury hands up indictments

WOODSTOCK – A grand jury Wednesday indicted a Shenandoah County man accused of committing sex crimes against a child. Judge Clark Ritchie issued a bench warrant in Shenandoah County Circuit Court for the arrest of Gary Michael Ladd, 42, of 6183 Zepp Road, Maurertown, on two charges of ...

Man accused of selling drugs from house

WOODSTOCK – A Strasburg man stands accused of dealing drugs from his home in town earlier this year. A grand jury indicted Jesse Charles Higgins in Shenandoah County Circuit Court on Wednesday on charges of marijuana distribution and possession, manufacturing a controlled substance, two ...

Panel indicts man on sodomy charges

WOODSTOCK – A New York man stands accused of committing sex crimes against a child under 13 in Shenandoah County about eight years ago. A grand jury indicted Richard James Provenzano in Shenandoah County Circuit Court on Wednesday on three counts of forcible sodomy and one misdemeanor ...

County to take on more debt for projects

Shenandoah County can expect to spend more than $21 million to replace the public safety radio system and build a new home for the Sheriff’s Office and the communications department. Exactly how much the county spends to pay off the debt depends on the chosen financing option, but estimates ...

Florence may bring heavy rain, flooding to our region

Residents should hope for the best but prepare for the worst as Hurricane Florence approaches the United States. That is the advice of area law enforcement. Shenandoah County Sheriff's Capt. Wesley Dellinger said Monday that a lot of waterways and streams are already at their limit. "They ...

Farmers and businesses hurt and harmed by record rainfall

Record-breaking rainfall is making waves in the agriculture community of Shenandoah County. Data collected from Luray in Page County — the closest available to Shenandoah County — shows the region is ready to shatter rainfall records for the last five years. Through eight months and early ...

GOP women hold town hall focused on alternative schooling

WOODSTOCK – Alternative education was the subject of a town hall-style meeting  Wednesday night, the first in a series being planned by the Republican Women of Shenandoah County. Shenandoah County Supervisor Richard Walker and Stephen Curtis, a retired veterinarian, led the discussion heard ...

Court clerk asks for funds to boost staff

WOODSTOCK – The Shenandoah County Circuit Court clerk has asked the Board of Supervisors for money to boost staff to handle a high workload. Whether or not supervisors intend to grant Clerk Sarona Irvin’s request for roughly $30,000 remains uncertain. Previous boards have denied such ...

Board OKs $10.7 million contract to upgrade 911 system

WOODSTOCK – The Shenandoah County Board of Supervisors moved forward Thursday on a $10.7 million project to replace the local emergency communications system.   The board voted 6-0 to authorize county officials to proceed and execute the contract that includes $9.17 million for the ...