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Shenandoah County

County job fair draws dozens to New Market

NEW MARKET—Packed inside the New Market Community Center, 34 employers with tables, stands, fliers and posters stood ready Tuesday to attract the best and brightest Shenandoah County has to offer. Spilling out into the hallways were four more employers, ready to greet job seekers on their way ...

School division revisits long-term facilities plan

WOODSTOCK – Shenandoah County School Board members have begun revisiting the division's long-term facilities plan. In the wake of addressing the immediate needs of elementary school overcrowding by shifting Ashby Lee’s fifth-grade class to North Fork Middle School, and North Fork’s ...

School divisions attend educational conference

Two area school divisions recently attended a national conference in Phoenix. During the week of Sept. 24-28, Shenandoah County Public Schools sent 19 staff members to EdLeader 21, a national conference in the Arizona state capital. The cost to the division was approximately $32,000, or about ...

Family, community mourn death of Strasburg High student

Life. This is how a devastated mother remembers her always smiling 16-year-old son Malikhi Roberts - as life itself. “He was the reason that I breathed. When I think of him, I think of life. He loved everyone, and everyone loved him,” said his mother Crystal Smith. Malikhi died Friday ...

Crash leaves children injured

A two-vehicle crash in Shenandoah County sent four juveniles to the hospital Thursday night. The crash occurred at 5:55 p.m. Thursday at the intersection of state Route 623 (Back Road) and state Route 638 (Junction Road), state police spokesman Sgt. F.L. “Les” Tyler said Friday ...

Proposed calendars call for schools open for part of fair week

WOODSTOCK – Shenandoah County Public Schools Superintendent Mark Johnston revealed the division's proposed school calendars for the next three years during Thursday evening's School Board meeting. The calendars do not call for schools to be closed for the entire week of the county fair as ...

Man receives prison time for dealing drugs

A Shenandoah County man must serve prison time for dealing drugs last year. Jeffrey Craig Mays appeared in Shenandoah County Circuit Court on Wednesday where he stood charged with two counts of manufacturing or distributing a controlled substance, one count of possession of a controlled ...

Grand jury hands up indictments

A Shenandoah County grand jury convened Wednesday and handed up indictments on the following people: • Eugene Bruce Eaton, 35, of 5336 Old Valley Pike, New Market, on one count of domestic assault, a third or subsequent offense • Eric Chester Parsons, 35, of 16557 Sherwood Ave., ...

Court: Teen accused in Edinburg stabbing ‘unrestorably incompetent’

WOODSTOCK – An Edinburg teen accused of stabbing a mother and her daughters in May 2017 cannot stand trial for his charges, a court has ruled. The Northwestern Community Services Board in Front Royal and a retained psychologist concluded through testing earlier this summer that Samual Jacob ...

911 chief to leave for private job

Shenandoah County’s 911 system chief plans to leave the post at the end of the month for a private-sector job, officials announced Wednesday. R. Jason Malloy, director of the Emergency Communications Center, announced his resignation effective Oct. 31, according to a media release issued by ...

Manufacturing layoffs may have caused county’s jobless spike

Shenandoah County’s unemployment rate increase vexed local economic development and business leaders when it was reported last week. The small jump — 0.2 percent — between August 2017 and August 2018 was overshadowed by a larger increase — 0.8 percent — from July 2018 to August ...

Retirement prompts department changes

WOODSTOCK – The retirement of a longtime Shenandoah County employee prompted officials to make staffing changes in its utilities department. Director of Public Utilities Rodney McClain retires effective Nov. 1 after 43 years with the county. The Board of Supervisors recently recognized ...

Shenandoah County Special Olympics seeks athletes, volunteers

WOODSTOCK – Jamie Schoenberger, the Shenandoah County Special Olympics coordinator, wants people to know the organization dedicated to supporting athletes who have an intellectual disability needs coaches and other volunteers as well people to cheer on those participating in practices and ...

Voter registrars expect busy election season

WOODSTOCK – Qualified voters can still register through Monday to participate in the Nov. 6 mid-term elections. Area general registrars and election officials continue to prepare for what some experts say could draw record numbers of voters. Shenandoah County General Registrar Lisa McDonald ...

Board OKs $8 million contract for Sheriff’s Office, ECC facility

WOODSTOCK – Shenandoah County took a step forward Thursday toward giving the sheriff and emergency dispatchers a new home. The Board of Supervisors voted 5-1 to award the construction contract for the new facility to house the Sheriff’s Office and Department of Emergency Communications. ...

Shenandoah County schools get safety equipment funds

Gov. Ralph Northam recently awarded $6 million in school security equipment grants to 102 school divisions and the Virginia School for the Deaf and Blind. The grants will pay for video monitoring systems, metal detectors, classroom locks, electronic-access controls, visitor-identification ...

Woodstock, county discuss land development

WOODSTOCK –  The county has communicated with four town property owners about what it would take to develop their land, seven parcels total, for commercial development. Jenna French, Shenandoah County's director of Tourism & Economic Development, told the town's Economic Development ...

Advocacy group observes 30th anniversary with fundraiser

Friends of the North Fork of the Shenandoah River is celebrating its 30th anniversary. “The community has been so supportive of us. I am proud of the work we have done,” said John Eckman, executive director. The advocacy group was founded as a volunteer group in 1988 to keep the North ...

Town asks for input on Court Square design

WOODSTOCK – Town officials are asking for public input on developing a Court Square design strategy. “We want to hear from all of the community,” said Lemuel Hancock, the town's urban designer and neighborhood planner. Town officials want to encourage people to gather and spend time at ...