Woodstock

Home for second chances closes in Woodstock

A Christian-based community home in Woodstock, designed to give people a second chance at life, has been shut down. Bishop Bobby Hudnall, pastor of Through Life in the Word Church of Jesus Christ Inc., confirmed that the Restoration & Wholeness House has been evicted from a building on ...

Multi-state rodeo coming to Shenandoah County in April

For the Virginia High School Rodeo Association, the “Shenandoah Shootout” will be its first rodeo in Woodstock. The association will hold the inaugural multi-state invitational event at the Shenandoah County Fairgrounds on April 27, 28 and 29, with events including bull riding, calf ...

Woodstock helping to beautify facade

WOODSTOCK - Business starts outside a shop's front door. That is the belief of Woodstock city officials and one of the reasons for the town's facade renewal program. The program is intended to: Promote marketability of the town's business area Help building owners attract and ...

Winchester office solutions company forgoes cheap prices for service

WOODSTOCK – Miller’s Supplies At Work sprang out of a beauty shop in Lorton, Virginia, growing and swallowing up competitors until it bought BK Office Supply, Inc., in Winchester in 2016. With the acquisition, Miller’s kept on Jody Dorsey from BK. He now serves as an account executive ...

Pawn broker reporting process could be changing in Woodstock

WOODSTOCK – Town administrators are considering requiring pawn brokers and junk dealers in town to report transactions at the shop directly into a database system. The shops and junk dealers now fill out a detailed ticket that is submitted to the Woodstock Police Department, which inputs the ...

Historic Woodstock building purchased

The historic former First Bank property in Woodstock at Main and Court streets has been sold. Karl Roulston, Regulus Group partner and co-founder who is also a Shenandoah County supervisor, finalized the purchase of the building at 100 N. Main St. on Jan. 30. “I bought the building really ...

Basement fire destroys Woodstock home

The Shenandoah County fire marshal declared a Woodstock home at 60 Smoot Road a total loss after a fire around 9 p.m. Tuesday. The couple living in the home was alerted to the fire by smoke detectors and was able to safely evacuate with their two dogs. Barbara Gustavson, 63, and her ...

Woodstock makes plans for new ‘wayfinding’ signs

Woodstock town officials are working on developing new "wayfinding" signs to direct visitors and town residents to places of interest. “We hope to have them planned and installed during the summer,” said Katie Mercer, town enhancement coordinator. Existing signs are more than 10 years old ...

Veterans react to proposed parade

Nelson Ritter, commander of Winchester American Legion Post 21, does not think President Donald Trump's proposed military parade is a good idea. He said his  feelings do not speak for the entire post. That was immediately clear upon discussing the interview for this article at the ...

Woodstock wants hearing of halfway houses

WOODSTOCK - The Town Council and Planning Commission will hold a public hearing at 7:20 p.m. March 6 to receive public comment regarding halfway houses. The town has drafted new ordinance language that would make licensing a halfway house contingent on a special use permit, giving the town ...

Headley Road bridge replacement on schedule

Work on the State Route 600 (Headley Road) bridge east of Maurertown is on schedule for its projected April 17 opening. Virginia Department of Transportation spokesperson Ken Slack confirmed the timeline for the low water bridge. Projected cost for the new bridge was calculated at $2.4 ...

Judge grants bond in former RSW guard case

WOODSTOCK – A former Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail corrections officer was granted a $2,500 secured bond Friday. Joseph Daniel Demarino Jr., 51, appeared for a bond hearing in Shenandoah County General District Court on a charge of attempted carnal knowledge of an inmate. ...

RSW inmate said she felt intimidated by guard

WOODSTOCK – A Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail inmate felt intimidated by a guard who repeatedly attempted to have intercourse with her, the criminal complaint against the guard alleges. According to the complaint, former RSW corrections officer Joseph Daniel Demarino Jr., 51, of ...

Goats perish in Woodstock fire

The Shenandoah County Fire Marshal reported that all but one of 10 to 15 goats died early Wednesday morning in a fire at 288 Hidden Acres Lane in Woodstock. The fire occurred in a metal building that Fire Marshal Dave Ferguson estimated to be 20 feet by 20 feet. Some of the goats inside were ...

Short-lived government shutdown leaves garden center without speaker

WOODSTOCK — When Terry Fogle, a co-owner of the Fort Valley Nursery, first met Richard Olsen, he immediately thought to ask the director of the U.S. National Arboretum if he would speak during the nursery’s winter seminar series. “He stopped at the garden center and introduced ...

Forging metal by hand: Teenager dabbles in ancient art of blacksmithing

WOODSTOCK – Joe Haun likes the old traditions. He is one of the few in the area who practice the skills of blacksmithing. But there is something else that places him in a more elite category ... Joe is 14 years old. “I love heating the metal up, pounding on it and seeing the metal take ...

Marchers to protest Trump on one-year anniversary of presidency

Protesters will take to the streets of Woodstock on Saturday to express their disagreement with President Donald Trump’s administration. The rally will be focused on opposition to Trump rather than on any specific policy goals, said event organizer Mark Pierce, 64, a retired emergency ...

Three left homeless in Woodstock area trailer fire

WOODSTOCK – A fire destroyed a trailer and nearby camper at 832 Stultz Gap Drive on Tuesday. No one was injured, but the three-person family was left homeless and all of their belongings were reduced to little more than ash. The trailer’s owner, Wayne Kipps, 77, said he didn’t notice ...

Citizen of Year named at Chamber awards party

WOODSTOCK – “Usually I’m not lost for words,” a Tuxedo-clad Mike Ashley said while clutching his golden award for Citizen of the Year at the Woodstock Community Theatre on Tuesday evening. Ashley, owner and director of Commonwealth Investigation Services, was awarded for his ongoing ...