Woodstock

Woodstock discussing overlay district for more aesthetic control

WOODSTOCK – The town, like several other area entities, is seeking more control over its appearance. Planning Commission members are drafting changes it has made to regulations for its overlay district. The town's current overlay district only looks at signage and only for a half-mile strip ...

Planning continues for Woodstock Rails to Trails project

Work is still ongoing to bring a rails to trails project to Woodstock but organizers are as optimistic as ever about the future of the project. “I am all in. It's an ideal whose time has come.” said Don Hindman, who chairs the Woodstock Rail to Trail committee. The keyword, however, is ...

Deputies: Mount Jackson man held woman at knifepoint

A Mount Jackson man was arrested twice Sunday, first after law enforcement officials accused him of holding a woman against her will for hours and the second time after he ran from deputies. Capt. Wesley Dellinger, of the Shenandoah County Sheriff's Office, said deputies arrested 31-year-old ...

Vultures create flap in Woodstock

Woodstock residents are seeing more vultures circling overhead or roosting in large trees this year than in the past. Vultures are scavengers, usually eating the remains of dead animals and thereby cleaning up the area environment. The large birds, however, can become a nuisance. They can ...

Woodstock Town Council OKs strategic plan

The Woodstock Town Council approved on Tuesday evening a five-year strategic plan that begins in 2018. The 74 page comprehensive plan lays out eight goals administrators, team leaders and the Town Council will work on in the coming years. “Our management team and Town Council worked really ...

Priest’s role as former Klansman not a surprise to one man

News that a former Woodstock parish Catholic priest was once involved in the Ku Klux Klan is of no surprise to one former member. Chris Peer in his youth was an altar boy at St. John's Bosco Catholic Church in Woodstock. At times that meant he worked with Rev. William Aitcheson, who served at ...

Commonwealth celebrates Virginia’s farm markets

Gov. Terry McAuliffe has declared that this week is  “Virginia Farmers’ Market Week.” “When working to address local hunger and nutrition problems, Virginia farmers’ markets are a great resource,” Basil Gooden, state Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry, noted in a news release. ...

In advance of 100th anniversary, fair pageant celebrates history

As the Shenandoah County Fair is preparing to celebrate its 100th anniversary with big name acts such as Dwight Yoakam and Martina McBride, one event is getting ready to take place prior to the fair's start: the Shenandoah County Fair Scholarship Pageant. The pageant will be held Aug. 19 at ...

Fashion Trendz opens to inspire others

WOODSTOCK —Nothing has ever been easy for Jenny Utley. The 38-year-old Filipina woman has had to fight and work for everything she’s ever wanted. But that’s OK with her because she was willing to put in the work, knowing that it wouldn’t last forever. “I knew it was going to be ...

Local Radio Shacks find stability amid national uncertainty

WOODSTOCK -- While the list of Radio Shack corporate stores has dwindled to 70 and the franchise stores are now down to a few hundred across the country,  the two Radio Shack franchise locations in Woodstock and Strasburg are both going strong. “A lot of it has to do with overhead,” said ...

Woodstock celebrates new businesses

June has been a busy month for Woodstock as the town has seen two new businesses open their doors to the public. The Pantry at 117 held its ribbon cutting ceremony on Wednesday and Assisting Angels Home Care cut the ribbon on Friday. The owners of both businesses are first-time business ...

Realtors say 2017 is definitely a sellers’ market

For residents of Warren, Frederick and Shenandoah Counties, the final six months of 2017 is the time to sell a house. Inventory is low, buyer interest is high and prices are on the rise because of each. Beth Waller, principal broker and owner of Team Waller Real Estate in Front Royal, explains ...

Woodstock’s downtown parking lot project work continues

Lemuel Hancock, urban designer and neighborhood planner for the Town of Woodstock, said work continues on finalizing details of the downtown parking lot project on the east side of the 100 block of South Main Street before construction begins. Town officials have worked with the U.S. ...

School Board approves grading changes, winter holidays

WOODSTOCK – The Shenandoah County School Board approved grading scale changes and winter break holidays at Tuesday night's meeting. David Hinegardner, director of middle and secondary education, recommended the grading scale changes after three years of work performed by a grading committee, ...