Woodstock

Four incumbents running unopposed for third terms in Woodstock

Woodstock's mayor and three council members are all running unopposed while seeking third terms. The is election Tuesday. Mayor Jeremy McCleary, an attorney, and his wife run a law office together. He was first elected in 2010 and re-elected in 2014. “I have really enjoyed serving the Town ...

Central students join national walkout

WOODSTOCK - On the 19th anniversary of a mass school shooting in Colorado, and about 90 minutes after a new attack in Florida, students at Central High School walked out of classes Friday to protest gun laws they believe are too weak, part of a nationwide event involving more than 2,500 ...

Community services board to add substance use program for children and teens

FRONT ROYAL — The Northwestern Community Services Board is set to launch an intensive outpatient program, a long-term program designed to help children or teenagers recover from substance use disorders, for children and teenagers. During a meeting of the Northwestern Community Services Board ...

Woodstock man arrested on sodomy, resisting arrest charges

The Woodstock Police Department arrested a 32-year-old man Wednesday night on charges of resisting arrest and forcible sodomy. Capt. Chris Baker, of the Woodstock Police Department, said that police had an outstanding warrant for the arrest of Brandon Watson-Kaufman. They went to his home at ...

Nonprofit holding drive for instruments

A Woodstock-based nonprofit is holding a musical instrument drive for Shenandoah County schools through April 21. The Shenandoah Education Foundation will collect gently used band and orchestral instruments at all First Bank locations in the county, and at Frets ‘n Friends Music ...

Woodstock unveils proposed budget

Woodstock officials are proposing in their 2019 budget a meals tax increase that would fund two new full time police officers and a town fleet mechanic. Town manager Angela Clem unveiled the proposed $12.5 million budget Thursday night at a town work session, which includes a $7.5 million ...

Staying at home presentation to discuss options for aging

WOODSTOCK – An upcoming talk might be able to help answer questions of whether someone who is aging can remain in his or her home. Understanding Home Care and Home Health will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Woodstock Moose Lodge. It is sponsored by The Woodstock Rotary and Woodstock ...

Crashes keep law enforcement busy

Law enforcement agencies were busy responding to crashes as drivers took to the roads, even one that involved a Virginia State Patrol trooper. No agency, however, reported any fatalities as of Wednesday afternoon. From midnight through 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Virginia State Police statewide ...

Tourism council balances interests of old, new businesses

WOODSTOCK – The Shenandoah County Tourism Council met with representatives of the Virginia Tourism Corporation on Tuesday to discuss implementing tourism zones in the county, as well as planning strategies to convince the Board of Supervisors to sign on. Tourism zones are locality defined ...

Job seekers and employers congregate at Woodstock job fair

WOODSTOCK – Employers and job seekers traded business cards and resumes Tuesday morning in the National Guard Armory in Woodstock. The Shenandoah County Chamber of Commerce’s annual job fair comes amid a climate of unusually low unemployment rates. In December 2017, according to the ...

Woodstock police chief proud after assessment

WOODSTOCK - The Woodstock Police Department is feeling good in the days after a team of assessors reviewed the agency for possible accreditation. “The assessors used words like extraordinary and exemplary,” said Woodstock Police Chief Eric Reiley who added he is proud of everyone in his ...

Gilbert named to newly formed school safety committee

Del. Todd Gilbert, R- Woodstock, has been appointed to the newly formed Select Committee on School Safety. Gilbert was appointed by House of Delegates Speaker Kirk Cox, R- Colonial Heights, to the committee, which was formed to review state and local policy on school safety. Committee members ...

Woodstock considers building sidewalks, bike trails, paths

WOODSTOCK – The town is designing its first comprehensive pedestrian and bicycle network aimed at getting people out into the community neighborhoods with the hope of promoting a safe and green environment. To help with the ambitious plan, town officials hired the Alexandria branch of ...

Visiting FCC commissioner questions legality of net neutrality laws

WOODSTOCK ­– Flying in the face of the Federal Communication Commission's December decision to remove net neutrality requirements from internet providers, Washington state became the first state Monday to pass legislation re-instating the previous protections statewide. During his visit to ...

Shentel, FCC commissioner discuss cutting red tape

WOODSTOCK – Brendan Carr, one of the Federal Communications Commission’s five voting members, visited Central High School and Shentel headquarters Tuesday to discuss the merits of slashing red tape. Carr arrived just a week before a critical vote in the Virginia Assembly. Shentel ...

IDA considers lowering loan minimum to small businesses

WOODSTOCK – The Shenandoah County Industrial Development Authority contemplated reducing the threshold for lending money to small businesses during its annual meeting Monday. The loans come from a cash pool awarded to the IDA as a rural business enterprise grant from the U.S. Department of ...

VDOT, citizens ponder Va. 42 improvements

  WOODSTOCK - The Woodstock town council chamber was full Thursday night with people interested in hearing about the possibility of improvements to Va-42. Town officials, along with the Virginia Department of Transportation, hosted the public meeting to gather input from people who ...

Report details suggestions for growth in Woodstock

Woodstock is considering recommendations from a state economic development group for spurring growth. Beth Doughty and Brian Shull of the Virginia Economic Developers Association-Cardinal Community Assistance Program reasoned that Woodstock is in a strong position to develop a new tourism ...