Shenandoah County

Cadet: MMA offers opportunities not found in public schools

WOODSTOCK –  Massanutten Military Academy cadet Jessica Hirsch has high praise for her school. The 17-year-old battalion commander from McLean, who will be graduating May 27 along with 23 other cadets,  said MMA has been a good fit for her and has provided her opportunities that public ...

Supervisor says budget reflects compromise

WOODSTOCK – A Shenandoah County leader says the Board of Supervisors did compromise on next year’s budget adopted a month ago. Vice Chairman Richard Walker said Tuesday night that members reached a deal on the fiscal 2018 spending plan, contrary to Chairman Conrad Helsley’s comments made ...

Monday Spotlight: Triplett Tech student to represent state

MOUNT JACKSON – A Triplett Tech student who excelled at the SkillsUSA competition will be representing the state over the next year in the national organization. Nick Pabon, 17, of Mount Jackson, placed first in extemporaneous speaking at the SkillsUSA State Leadership Conference and ...

Shelby Kline announces School Board candidacy

Shelby Kline, an educator, has announced her candidacy to run for the District 5 Shenandoah County Public Schools School Board seat that is up for election in November. Kline, 51, of Toms Brook, said she decided to run for the District 5 spot, currently held by Irving Getz, because of ...

Crowd gathers for 35th annual Mayfest

STRASBURG — The smell of festival food wafted through the air this weekend as a crowd gathered in the streets to celebrate the town’s 35th annual Mayfest. The festival, which ran from Friday to Sunday, boasted entertainment for all ages. Tents lined the streets as vendors tried to entice ...

Reenactors to converge on New Market this weekend

NEW MARKET-- As Troy Marshall, site director for the Virginia Museum of the Civil War and the New Market Battlefield, talked about the history behind the Battle of New Market, his words resonated as clear as the battle cries from 153 years ago. “This story, I would argue, is not about modern ...

School Board approved $63 million operating budget

The Shenandoah County School Board has approved a $63,288,867 operating budget for 2017-2018 and a $1,012,749 capital projects budget. Superintendent Mark Johnston said at the board's Thursday night meeting that the division will receive $37,515,670 in state and federal funding, which is an ...

Attorney challenges Dollar General rezoning

WOODSTOCK – Shenandoah County’s recent rezoning for a Dollar General near Bryce Resort could face a legal challenge. The Board of Supervisors voted 4-2 at its April 25 meeting to approve a request by The Broadway Group LLC and property owners RL Regis-Virginia LLC and Chandresh S. Mehta ...

County department boosts recycling, cuts costs

WOODSTOCK – The Shenandoah County agency that runs the landfill continues to increase recycling while saving money. Solid Waste Department Director Patrick Felling updated the Board of Supervisors this week on his agency’s activities, including efforts to cut costs while helping the ...

New Market proposes 2017-18 budget

NEW MARKET -- Town Manager Mike Ritchie presented the proposed fiscal year 2017-2018 budget to the public and the Town Council at a public hearing Monday. Ritchie explained that there is a 1 percent decrease from the 2016-17 budget. The New Market website states that the decrease is “largely ...

Supervisors spar again over chairman vote

WOODSTOCK – Tempers flared and accusations flew Tuesday as some Shenandoah County supervisors revived the debate over who leads their board. District 6 Supervisor Conrad Helsley remains the chairman though the board has yet to elect the lead officer for 2017. District 3 Supervisor ...

Triplett students advance to national competition

Seven students from Triplett Tech will compete in the National SkillsUSA competition in late June. Sixteen Triplett Tech students competed in the SkillsUSA State Leadership Conference and Skill Championships on April 28-29 in Fredericksburg.  Seven placed first and will compete at the 53rd ...

Mount Jackson Town Council OKs solar farm

MOUNT JACKSON — The Mount Jackson Town Council voted Tuesday to issue a permit that clears the way for construction of a solar farm at 3100 Turkey Knob Road. The project, which will see Solar I LLC build a 15.65 megawatt solar electricity generating facility, went before the Mount Jackson ...

County plan covers few unpaved roads

WOODSTOCK – Shenandoah County residents can expect some state money to help improve a few unpaved roads in the coming years. The Board of Supervisors and the Virginia Department of Transportation plan to hold a joint public hearing on the county’s Six-Year Plan for Secondary Highways ...

Monday Spotlight: Student continues FCCLA success

STRASBURG – Michaela Amari, 17, a junior at Strasburg High School and a state officer with Virginia Family, Career and Community Leaders of America, sees herself continuing her success during her senior year and beyond. She said as first vice president of the organization she attends ...

Board continues economic development talk

WOODSTOCK – Shenandoah County could move forward with a plan officials say would help boost the local economy. But the Board of Supervisors remains divided on how to cover the cost of such an effort. The board on Thursday revisited an idea broached at least a year ago – change the ...

Woodstock Council talks budget

WOODSTOCK – The Town Council discussed the fiscal year 2018 budget at their Tuesday night meeting, a budget that contains no proposed increases in taxes or water and sewer rates. The proposed 2017-2018 budget for the Town of Woodstock totals $11,221,002 with a general fund that includes ...

Market set to open Saturday in New Market

The Open Market, which will feature outdoor crafts, produce and food for sale, will be open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in the SunTrust Bank parking lot in New Market. The market, which is being sponsored by the New Market Chamber of Commerce and organized by the chamber's merchant ...

Teacher, staff raises are cut from school budget

WOODSTOCK – A salary increase for Shenandoah County teachers and staff is a major item that had to be cut from the division's budget for the next school year. County schools Superintendent Mark Johnston told School Board members on Monday that cuts had to be made after the initial ...

Fire damages mobile home in Toms Brook

TOMS BROOK — Fire and rescue squads from Woodstock, Strasburg, Toms Book and Shenandoah County Fire and Rescue responded to a fire at the Heishman Parks mobile home park just after 12:30 a.m Tuesday. There were two adults and two children home at the time of the fire, according to the ...