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Central to host 1K band students at first game

Nearly 1,000 students are expected to be at Central High School's first football game of the season. None of them are football players, but they all plan to flood the field at halftime to perform for a crowd that hasn't seen anything like this at Central High in the last five years.
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Local farmers aim to cut cost of hops

Two Shenandoah County residents are taking advantage of the growing hop industry in Virginia and have plans to make it easier for other farmers to get involved, as well.
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Supervisors mull rendering plant's request

Shenandoah County leaders are torn over a recent request made by Mountain View Rendering LLC to make an amendment to its special use permit.
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Shenandoah County Fair's harness racing draws crowds

WOODSTOCK -- According to Alvin Lineweaver, several years ago very few people made a point of watching the harness racing at the Shenandoah County Fair. But over the last 10 years, he said, the grandstands have become full.
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Supervisor, sheriff spar over issue

WOODSTOCK -- A Shenandoah County supervisor and its sheriff on Tuesday sparred over claims that leaders turned down a "no-cost" option for a local jail.
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Shenandoah schools finalize plans for first day back

Teachers and administrators for Shenandoah County Public Schools have some last minute preparations to finish before the 2014-15 school begins next Tuesday.
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Shenandoah County Fair: In demand: Barbecue stand returns to fair

WOODSTOCK -- One barbecue food vendor at the fair is back by popular demand.
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Shenandoah County Fair: Love of demolition derby spans generations

WOODSTOCK -- For Rusty Lineweaver and his father, Marshall, participating in the Shenandoah County Fair's demolition derby is a family tradition.
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Freshening up for the fair

WOODSTOCK -- Beanie Guthrie slides a pair of electric clippers up one side of her goat.
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Teen injured after crashing ATV at county fair

Friday evening a teenage male was transported to Winchester Medical Center after crashing an all-terrain vehicle.
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Shenandoah County Fair

Tom Streett, president of the Shenandoah County Fair, lines the track with a set of hay bales Friday afternoon for the ATV races that evening at the fairgrounds in Woodstock. The fair is open through next Saturday. There will be family activities this morning at the fair, and the featured truck and tractor pull will start at 6:30 tonight. Rich Cooley/Daily
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Shenandoah schools convocation recognizes success in education

WOODSTOCK -- Education has been a part of agriculture teacher Jaclyn (Roller) Ryan's life since she was born. At Friday afternoon's Shenandoah County Public Schools convocation, she said she followed her father and grandparents into a career in education.
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Yard Crawl drew visitors from across nation

WOODSTOCK -- The 10th anniversary of the Route 11 Yard Crawl exhibited how the event is changing -- and growing -- with each consecutive year.
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County fair pageant continues tradition

The Shenandoah County Fair Scholarship Pageant is reaching back to its roots.
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Chamber names new executive director

After searching for almost two months, the Shenandoah County Chamber of Commerce announced its selection of a new executive director Tuesday.
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Livestock competitors bring experience to county fair

Area children showing livestock at the Shenandoah County Fair might be young but they bring years of experience to help them lock horns with the competition.
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Best in class: Kids submit entries to fair

STRASBURG -- Each August, the Shenandoah County Fair receives hundreds of entries for judging, ranging from baked goods and vegetables to craft projects and photography.
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Pulling out all the stops

At an age when most teens are learning how to hold the steering wheel, Guy Gochenour was hauling thousands of pounds on his tractor.
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VDOT limits weight on Artz Road bridge

Heavy vehicles can no longer cross a low-water bridge in Shenandoah County until the state builds a new crossing.
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Two schools over 100 percent capacity

WOODSTOCK -- As Shenandoah County Public Schools prepare for a new school year, overcrowding was an important topic of discussion at a Thursday night School Board meeting.
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School Board votes to pursue purchase of chiller

WOODSTOCK -- Shenandoah County Public Schools has decided to pursue the option of buying a new chiller for W.W. Robinson Elementary Middle School in Woodstock.
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Toms Brook fire company delays action on county deal

The fate of a deal between Shenandoah County and a volunteer fire department remains uncertain.
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Nationally recognized teacher farms students into scientists

Agricultural education isn't what it used to be. Nearly 30 years ago when Sherry Heishman started teaching agriculture at Central High School in Woodstock, a lot more of her students were raised on farms, and they looked to her for a different kind of education than today's students do.
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Board approves deal with volunteer fire department

WOODSTOCK - Shenandoah County leaders approved a deal with a volunteer fire company this week that lets the station move forward with building improvements.
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Chairman: Board didn't know of no-cost jail option

WOODSTOCK -- A Shenandoah County supervisor says neither he nor anyone on his board knew of an option to build a new jail at no local cost.
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Company's permit amendment request sees some objections

WOODSTOCK -- Mountain View Rendering LLC recently requested an amendment to its special use permit to accept emergency diversions from other facilities, but the request has drawn some protests.
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Yard crawl drives bargain hunters to valley

Every year Brad Dellinger and his friends from Edinburg buy matching hats to wear at the Route 11 Yard Crawl. It adds to the experience and, according to Dellinger, helps lighten the mood when visitors to the more than 40 miles of yard sales become agitated with long waits or slow traffic.
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The Route 11 Yard Crawl begins

NEW MARKET -- Those involved with the Route 11 Yard Crawl are reporting that this year, the 10th anniversary could mark the largest event ever.
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Some regional jail issues nearly fixed

WOODSTOCK -- After weeks of delays, pieces of the regional jail in Warren County should fall into place soon, its chief said Friday.
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Area students study health care career options

WOODSTOCK -- When the new school year begins later this month, some students in Shenandoah and Warren counties will have more than the usual summer vacation stories to tell their friends and teachers.
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County to consider rules on adult businesses

Adult businesses could open just about anywhere in Shenandoah County without rules on the books
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Stonewall Jackson will field varsity football team this fall

QUICKSBURG -- Stonewall Jackson High School will be playing varsity football this fall.
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Future unclear for Stonewall Jackson football program

QUICKSBURG -- The future of Stonewall Jackson High School's varsity football program is in jeopardy.
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Supervisors, sheriff clash over asset forfeiture spending

WOODSTOCK -- Sheriff Timothy C. Carter and several members of the Shenandoah County Board of Supervisors argued heatedly Tuesday over items Carter is proposing to purchase with asset forfeiture funds in fiscal year 2015.
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Smuggling cases bring in big money

A trio of hearings Thursday in Shenandoah County Circuit Court provided a glimpse of the Shenandoah County Sheriff's Office's participation in a series of vast but little known undercover operations targeting black market cigarette transactions along much of the East Coast.
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PROGRESS 2014: Schools take giant leap forward in technology

Gone are the days when a stick of chalk, a board of slate and a stack of textbooks ruled the classroom.
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Core of Fort Valley auction property still available

Two days after its scheduled auction, interest in a Fort Valley religious estate continues to build.
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Insurance company wins in civil ruling

HARRISONBURG -- A U.S. District Court judge has ruled against an Edinburg father and daughter in a civil case filed by the father's insurance company.
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Police chief wins GOP nomination

HARRISONBURG -- Woodstock Police Chief Bryan Hutcheson won the Republican nomination for Rockingham County sheriff during a primary election Tuesday, according to David Lee, the locality's GOP chairman.
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Driver accused of felony hit-and-run

EDINBURG -- A man was charged with hit and run recently after he failed to file an accident report, according to Shenandoah County Sheriff's Capt. Tom Hodges.

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