Woodstock

Council approves bonds

WOODSTOCK – The Town Council approved bonds and made reappointments at their monthly meeting Tuesday night. The council conducted a public hearing to receive comments on the possible issuance of a $3.2 million general obligation bond for upgrades to the water treatment plant. No public ...

Woodstock Town Council to discuss bonds

The Woodstock Town Council will host a public hearing at 7:25 p.m. today to receive public comments about the issuance of a $3.2 million general obligation bond for upgrades to the water treatment plant. Town Manager Angela Clem said plant upgrades will include new solids storage, new filter ...

Drugs sold to teens prompted investigations

The Shenandoah County Sheriff's Office has made two more drug arrests stemming from a year-long investigation, which brings the total to 25 individuals accused of a litany of drug and conspiracy charges, among others. Authorities began the investigation after "drugs were being sold to ...

Students dispel high school myths

Central High School Family, Career and Community Leaders of America students conducted a survey among eighth graders about their attitudes toward entering high school and then offered guidance to dispel myths about the change. Freshmen Trinity Long, 15, of Fort Valley, and Shannon Nicely, ...

Woodstock man charged with carjacking

A Woodstock man has been arrested and charged with carjacking after an incident in a Winchester gas station parking lot on Feb. 28. Cedric Arthur Boyd, 54, is accused of choking and taking the keys of a woman who was giving him a ride after she refused his request to drive him somewhere ...

School Board discusses impacts to budget

WOODSTOCK – The Shenandoah County School Board discussed impacts from the General Assembly session and health insurance bids affecting the proposed 2017-2018 operating budget of $64,811,247 at a Thursday night work session. Director of Finance for the school division Barbara Stombock ...

Monday Spotlight: Student keeps active and dreams big

WOODSTOCK – An eighth grader at Peter Muhlenberg Middle School is keeping busy with academics and athletics in hopes of attending a good college later on. Aliyah Kibler, 13, of Woodstock is involved with many athletics and school programs, all while keeping her grades up to par. Aliyah ...

Woodstock fire debris scheduled to be removed

Debris from the fire that burned a combination residential – business structure located at 164 N. Main St. in Woodstock on Feb. 10 still remain at the site. The fire damaged the structure to the point that officials decided to raze the remaining portion of the building due to public safety ...

Monday Spotlight: Former student helps manage athletic team

WOODSTOCK – A former Central High School student continues to participate in the school’s athletics program in a management role. John Albright, 20, of Toms Brook, helps manage the girls basketball team at Central High School and participates in Champions Together. In Champions ...

Teacher salaries among top concerns during hearing

WOODSTOCK – Better pay for teachers drew strong support among members of the community at a public hearing Thursday night on the proposed 2017-2018 Shenandoah County Public Schools budget. Superintendent Mark Johnston proposed a $64,811,247 budget at last Thursday’s school board meeting, ...

Students celebrate family, community

Central High School organizations are celebrating inner beauty, family and community this week during lunch. Holly Roberts, Central High School family and consumer science teacher and Family, Career and Community Leaders of America adviser, said FCCLA students held a #nofilter day on ...

Burned building was historically significant

The building destroyed by fire at 164 Main St. in Woodstock last week was on a historic site, according to Lemuel Hancock, Woodstock's urban designer and town planner. The location is the birthplace of 1st Lt. Charles Bare Gatewood, of the 6th U.S. Cavalry. Gatewood was the son of John ...

Schools chief proposes $64.8 million budget

WOODSTOCK – Shenandoah County Schools Superintendent Mark Johnston is proposing a budget that's almost $3.2 million higher for the 2017-2018 school year than the current year's $61.6 million spending plan. The proposed $64.8 million budget, presented at Thursday's School Board ...

Fire forces razing of Woodstock structure

WOODSTOCK -- Firefighters responded to a fire involving a combination retail-residential building at 164 Main St. early Friday morning. Lt. Aaron Sigler, of the Woodstock Fire Department, described the scene upon their arrival. “At 5:57 (a.m.) we were dispatched to reported ...

Woodstock selects new town attorney

The Woodstock Town Council has appointed Paul J. "Jay" Neal, Jr. as the town's new Town Attorney, filling the unexpired term of Albert T. Mitchell. Neal, 62, of Strasburg, fills the vacant seat left behind after the death of Mitchell, who served as town attorney for nearly 50 ...

Board to discuss budget, teacher resources, special education costs

The Shenandoah County School Board will discuss the budget, resources available to teachers and special education costs at its meeting on Thursday. The board will hold a closed session at 6 p.m. Thursday, followed by a public meeting at 7 p.m. in the county board room in the Shenandoah ...

Students and parents work together at STEM Night

WOODSTOCK - Elementary school students showed off their hard work and scientific innovations at W.W. Robinson Elementary School's STEM Night on Thursday. The event, sponsored by the Parent-Teacher Organization, showcased the work students have completed in the science, technology, ...

Woodstock receives grant for rain garden, parking lot overhaul

Woodstock has been approved for a $50,000 grant from the Virginia Conservation Assistance Program. The grant monies will be used toward construction of a 2,922 square-foot bio-retention facility, also referred to as a rain garden, and will aid with the removal and replacement of 5,080 square ...

Sit, roll over, fetch: Students learn social skills from therapy dog Duke

WOODSTOCK – Duke, an 11-month-old labradoodle, supplies endless happiness and kisses to students and staff in Shenandoah County Public Schools. Heather Pugh, an occupational therapist who works with special needs students, brings Duke, her three-quarter poodle, one-quarter Labrador ...

Sunday crash sends one to hospital

A two-vehicle crash Sunday evening sent one woman to the hospital after her sport utility vehicle overturned following a collision with a tractor-trailer, said Sgt. F.L. “Les” Tyler, public information officer for the Virginia State Police. “(The) crash happened at 5:10 p.m. (on) ...