Shenandoah County

Shenandoah County Public Schools asking for citizen help

The Shenandoah County Public Schools wants citizens' input as its administrators plan a road map of where the district wants to head for the next years. “Participation is important as our public schools instructional program, and all that we strive for our children to be -- in addition to ...

Shenandoah County gets grant to market Spirits Trail

The Shenandoah Spirits Trail may soon be more crowded. Shenandoah County has received a $36,000 grant to help fund marketing for the trail. Gov. Terry McAuliffe recently announced the award, said Shenandoah County Director of Marketing and Tourism Jenna French. The grant comes from the ...

Groups host candidates forums; two hold their own events

WOODSTOCK – A group of Shenandoah County organizations plans to host forums next month for candidates seeking local offices but two hopefuls intend to hold their own events. The Shenandoah County Chamber of Commerce joined with the Shenandoah County Education Association, the Shenandoah ...

Governor announces battlefield preservation grant winners

  FISHER’S HILL — Gov. Terry McAuliffe visited Gordon’s Hill, part of Fisher’s Hill Battlefield, Tuesday to announce the recipients of the Virginia Battlefield Preservation Awards. One of those recipients was the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation, which is based in ...

Candidates see campaign activity

WOODSTOCK – A candidate running for Shenandoah County Board of Supervisors continues to bankroll his campaign. Campaign finance reports filed with the Virginia Department of Elections and the Shenandoah County General Registrar showed activity from July 1 to Aug. 31. District 4 Supervisor ...

Gov. McAuliffe to appear at battlefield event

Gov. Terry McAuliffe is set to visit Fisher’s Hill Battlefield near Strasburg on Tuesday to present awards for the preservation of Virginia Civil War battlefields. According to Randy Jones, public information officer for the Virginia Department of Historic Resources, the New Market-based ...

School Board approves student suspensions, staff changes

The Shenandoah County Public Schools Board  approved 365-day suspensions Thursday night for two students. If the students agree to drug testing and successfully complete education programs the terms of the suspension could be re-evaluated by Superintendent Mark Johnston. Members discussed ...

County grants tax break to church thrift store

WOODSTOCK – Shenandoah County took another piece of real estate off its tax rolls this week to help a local church provide services to the needy. The Board of Supervisors voted 5-0 on Tuesday to approve a request by the Catholic Diocese of Arlington to exempt its property at 207 N. Main St., ...

State releases official school accreditation results

The Virginia Department of Education released accreditation results for state schools on Wednesday. The results verified expectations that Ressie Jeffries Elementary School in Warren County and North Fork Middle School and W.W. Robinson Elementary School would have their accreditation denied ...

Board sees new cost figure for Sheriff’s Office facility

WOODSTOCK – Shenandoah County’s sheriff says he can pay for a new headquarters but architects warn the construction market could push up the cost. Grimm and Parker Architects representatives provided updated information and cost estimates for a new Sheriff’s Office headquarters to the ...

Shenandoah County schools hoping state shows them the money

WOODSTOCK – Sometimes you do the best you can with less. In August, the Shenandoah County Public School district announced that for the second year in a row it experienced a 15 percent loss of teachers with many leaving for jobs in area districts, including Winchester, which budgeted for pay ...

Veterans connect 100 years of fairs, military service

WOODSTOCK – Military veterans received a welcome home Thursday during the Shenandoah County Fair’s 100th anniversary celebration. The veterans’ tribute featured guest speakers Lt. Gen. Benjamin Freakley, retired, and Narce Caliva, who spoke about the American Red Cross, which is also ...

School-based health clinic will open soon

The Shenandoah Community Health Clinic is set to open a facility for children at  Ashby Lee Elementary School in Quicksburg within the next month. According to Pam Murphy, executive director of the clinic, medical services for students at Ashby Lee Elementary School will be starting Sept. 11. ...

County fair to kick off 100th anniversary with parade

It's been decades since their last one, but the Shenandoah County Fair is bringing back the parade. The fair, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary, will kick off the festivities with a parade on Aug. 24 in Woodstock that will feature local high school marching bands, various floats and ...

County official adds economic development to job

WOODSTOCK – Shenandoah County shuffled two departments and responsibilities this week in the hopes of boosting the local economy. County officials announced Thursday that Director of Tourism and Marketing Jenna French would take on economic development for the locality as part of a ...

Board OKs changes to U.S. 11 building rules

WOODSTOCK – The Shenandoah County Board of Supervisors loosened rules on construction along U.S. 11 that some leaders say prohibited economic development. The 6-0 vote to change regulations in the Old Valley Pike Overlay District came after months of work by county officials, the Planning ...

Church’s request for tax break draws support

WOODSTOCK – Shenandoah County leaders heard support Tuesday for a Catholic church parish’s request for a break on its local taxes. The Catholic Diocese of Arlington requested an exemption from the local real estate tax on the St. John Bosco campus at 207 N. Main St., Woodstock. The ...

SOL results suggest some schools will lose accreditation

Several schools in Shenandoah and Warren counties will miss out on full accreditation for the 2017-18 school year, based on Standards of Learning test results the Virginia Department of Education released Tuesday. According to Warren County Public Schools Superintendent Gregory Drescher, ...

Teacher turnover taxes school system

WOODSTOCK – Shenandoah County continues to lose teachers to divisions whose elected leaders budgeted for pay raises. The School Board learned Thursday that the division’s turnover rate reached 15 percent for the 2016-2017 year. This marked the second year in a row the division saw a 15 ...