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Shenandoah County

Teacher turnover declines: Superintendent pleased with drop in rate

WOODSTOCK – Teacher turnover dropped this year for Shenandoah County Public Schools. The turnover rate stands at 11 percent, down from the 15 percent the district has experienced the last two years, said Linda Hodges, Director of Human Resources. Schools Superintendent Mark Johnston noted ...

Cats invading your yard? What you can and can’t do about it

Area shelters are full of cats and kittens available for adoption.  So many in fact that recently the shelter in Winchester announced that it could not accept any more at that moment. “Its summertime; between April and October is kitten season,” Winchester SPCA office manager Penny Hann ...

Strasburg student: ‘Tokyo was controlled chaos’

A Strasburg High School student began her junior school year a week ago after having just returned from six weeks in Japan. Jana Bowman, 16, laughs that she learned how to navigate the complex network of mass transportation trains in Tokyo before she got her driver's license. "My exchange ...

Man held on gun, abduction charges after standoff

WOODSTOCK – A Rockingham County man accused of holding a person hostage in Mount Jackson and then fleeing law enforcement before keeping authorities at bay for hours over the weekend remains in jail without bond. David Wayne Bressette, 31, of 168 Lee Jackson Court, Apt. 6, Broadway, appeared ...

Why town, county going it alone on new radio systems

FRONT ROYAL - Both the Warren County Sheriff’s Office and the Front Royal Police Department will soon have new Motorola VHF radio systems.  The county approved the $1.17 million purchase of system upgrades in June 2017 while the town will vote on a new $545,000 system that councilmembers ...

Defense attorney, prosecutor spar over expert’s qualifications

A Shenandoah County man serving a life sentence argues that the trial judge erred by allowing a jury to consider testimony by an unqualified expert witness. A jury found Patrick Wakeman guilty on one count of rape at the end of a three-day trial in Shenandoah County Circuit Court on May 3, ...

Bargain hunters, vendors galore line Route 11 for the Yard Crawl

Rain is probably going to fall on the Yard Crawl today. National Weather Service meteorologist Jeremy Geiger said there is a 60 percent chance of showers, with thunderstorms possible, for the area. Rain will most likely occur between 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., he added. It will not keep Kimberly ...

County man given suspended jail term

WOODSTOCK – A Shenandoah County man already on probation for drug possession charges has received more suspended jail time for additional crimes. Judge Burke McCahill sentenced Steven Wayne Coleman in Shenandoah County Circuit Court on Wednesday to two years in prison on each of two counts ...

Man accused of carrying gun with drugs, fleeing arrest

WOODSTOCK – A Shenandoah County man remains jailed on charges that he possessed drugs with a gun and tried to avoid arrest. Javon Eugene Cook appeared in Shenandoah County General District Court on Thursday where he stands charged with possession of a firearm by a non-violent felon, ...

Lip-synch challenge hits valley: Local cops have fun shooting videos

Local law enforcement agencies have briefly stepped out of their role as public servants and into one of entertainers.  Several Shenandoah Valley departments recently have participated in the nationwide lip-synch video trend, which shows another side of officers. Instead of protecting ...

County could join opioid crisis lawsuit

WOODSTOCK – Shenandoah County could join a growing list of Virginia localities in litigation related to the opioid abuse crisis. County Attorney Jason Ham advised the Board of Supervisors at its Aug. 2 meeting that three law firms want to represent the locality in a lawsuit that claims ...

A story of redemption: New law aids school employees cut by court decision

WOODSTOCK – Longtime Shenandoah County Public Schools teacher and coach Jeff Walters lost his job of 20 years last year due to a deadly mistake he had made nearly three decades ago: he pleaded guilty in December 1991 to committing involuntary manslaughter for causing the vehicle crash that ...

Teaching the teacher: Ashby Lee teacher learns life lessons from her students

WOODSTOCK – In the middle of a personal crisis, Ashby Lee Elementary School second grade teacher Katie Tusing learned some of life's most valuable lessons from the students in her class. Tusing was seriously injured last year after a car hit a utility pole near her home. When she walked down ...

Shenandoah administrators, teachers ready for opening day

Students will be heading back to Shenandoah County's public schools on Monday. “I'm always excited at this time of year," said Superintendent Mark Johnston. "We have so many positive things happening in Shenandoah County Public Schools.  I can't wait for our students to get ...

Unity Project today, public asked to come out

Some Central High School students are asking the community to come together today for kindness and harmony through the Unity Project,  a walk scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. today at the Shenandoah County Fairgrounds “The ultimate goal of spreading kindness and building unity is to decrease ...

New year, new strategy, accreditation probable

WOODSTOCK – To a roar of applause, Superintedent Mark Johnston began the Shenandoah County Public Schools Convocation ushering in a new academic year with an announcement. “For the first time in five years Shenandoah County Public Schools will open the 2018 school year with our schools ...

Art makes you happy: Suzanne’s Studio opens in Woodstock

Woodstock residents are supporting art in their community. That is the word fr0m Suzanne Soliday who, along with her husband Ted, a natural with pottery who is good with the kiln, opened up Suzanne's Studio on March 9 on West Court Street in Woodstock. “This is a very artistic ...

I-81 repaving in New Market area next week

Repaving work on Interstate 81 will make next week a challenge for drivers. Paving operations on northbound I- 81 in Shenandoah County will require lane and off-ramp closures beginning Monday. “Contractors will remove the top layer of asphalt and replace it with fresh pavement. In this ...