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Shenandoah County

I-81 funding option could be challenged

A possible funding option for the Interstate 81 improvement plan – tolls on commercial-only trucks – could face a legal challenge. P. Dale Bennett, president and CEO of Virginia Trucking Association, is among those who object to the commercial trucks-only toll proposal. "We agree that ...

Rally planned in Woodstock on Saturday

Shenandoah Indivisible, Shenandoah County Democrats and the Democratic Caucus will gather from noon to 1 p.m. Saturday in Woodstock for a rally to protest the treatment of undocumented migrant families. “Stripping children from their parents and effectively jailing them is unconscionable and ...

Rape conviction appeal moves forward

WOODSTOCK – A man convicted of rape in Shenandoah County last summer recently appealed his case to the Virginia Court of Appeals. An appellate court judge on Friday granted Patrick J. Wakeman’s petition for an appeal that allows the case to move forward. J. Lloyd Snook filed a petition ...

A new gymnasium for Sandy Hook Elementary

Sandy Hook Elementary School is getting its new auxiliary gym. “I was super excited but I did not believe it," Principal Robin Shrum said. "We have been asking for it for 12 years. I said I would not believe it until they broke ground. Crews came last week and took out the playground ...

School division sees boost to budget

Additional school funding in Virginia's  budget could allow Shenandoah County Public Schools to hire more staff. That was the message Shenandoah County School Board members heard at Thursday night's meeting. When the state budget was adopted May 30, the schools found that projected state ...

Judge jails man for stealing quarters

WOODSTOCK – A Mississippi man must serve jail time for stealing hundreds of dollars in quarters from Shenandoah County coin laundry businesses. Judge Dennis L. Hupp sentenced Mark Anthony Prindell Palang in Shenandoah County Circuit Court on Friday to 15 years in prison for three counts of ...

Dog attack leads to suspended jail term

WOODSTOCK – A Shenandoah County woman received a suspended jail sentence Friday after her dog attacked and bit a jogger in October. Judge Amy Tisinger sentenced Carey Rose Bailey, 45, of 1503 Helsley Road, Edinburg, in Shenandoah County General District Court to 12 months in jail for ...

County responds to Dollar General rezoning lawsuit

WOODSTOCK – Attorneys for Shenandoah County have asked a judge to dismiss a resident’s lawsuit over the rezoning for a new Dollar General store. Attorneys with the Salem law firm Guynn & Waddell PC filed a response in Shenandoah County Circuit Court on Wednesday to a complaint that ...

Big Brothers Big Sisters hopes to expand into Shenandoah County

Shenandoah County hopes to be a participant in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program in the fall. The pilot program would be administered by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Harrisonburg-Rockingham County. It seeks to match up to 25 children with volunteer mentors who live or work in Shenandoah ...

Sex offender returns to prison for probation violation

WOODSTOCK – A convicted sex offender who served time for crimes committed in 2003 must go back to prison for violating the terms of his probation. Lester Roy Hodson appeared in Shenandoah County Circuit Court on Friday for a hearing on a probation violation. An agreement reached between ...

‘Something has to be done’: Crowd tells VDOT what’s wrong with I-81

STRASBURG – Kermit Orndorff Jr., 64, was one of about 100 people attending Tuesday night's Virginia Department of Transportation's Interstate 81 corridor improvement plan public meeting held at Strasburg High School. Orndorff has a home on Junction Road in Strasburg, and he is concerned ...

Edinburg prepares to divert wastewater

The Town of Edinburg is entering into formal negotiations to divert operations at its wastewater treatment plant to the county's facility in Woodstock. Mayor Daniel Harshman explained that Edinburg's plant, which was put online in 1987, recently began having issues meeting the Virginia ...

Rains have delayed farmers, affected some crops

Recent rains have had an impact on some area farmers. Jerod Stephens, owner of Stephens Custom Farming in Woodstock, farms fields in nine counties including Shenandoah, Frederick and Warren counties. He plants mostly feed corn and soybean crops. “There has been extremely wet conditions in ...

Group looks at potential child services for area

A group of community members in Shenandoah County, along with the Staunton-Augusta YMCA, is looking at ways to bring more services to children in the area. Pam Murphy, the executive director of the Shenandoah Community Health Clinic, said that she has been looking into ways to address mental ...

Felon arrested in gun sting

WOODSTOCK – Authorities charged a convicted felon from Maryland with possession of six firearms after he bought them during a sting operation. William Anthony Mayo, 45, of Temple Hills, Maryland, remains free on a personal recognizance bond pending his next appearance in Shenandoah County ...

County to revive work on fire, rescue plan

WOODSTOCK – Shenandoah County leaders hope a facilitator at a modest price can revive efforts to improve local emergency response services. The Board of Supervisors could consider a proposal to hire a facilitator for $9,500 who would hold meetings with representatives from paid and volunteer ...

Road reopens after sinkhole repair

Harmon Road in Shenandoah County is open again after a 33-foot deep sinkhole swallowed a portion of it. Ed Carter, the Virginia Department of Transportation's Edinburg district administrator, said the sinkhole appeared Monday morning and that road was closed through Thursday while a ...

Art and science on display at Central High School

Art has been a lifelong love for 18-year-old Brianna Saxon. Then came a love for science. Eventually, there came an opportunity for her to combine both. Saxon painted a medically themed mural titled “Our hearts beat for science” on a Central High School wall in the science wing directly ...

Public hearing Tuesday on I-81 study

Government agencies working on developing a plan to study the entire length of I-81 are seeking input from the public. Feedback provided by members of the community, industry, and others will be considered as agencies study the corridor. Concerned citizens are invited to attend the first of a ...

Sheriff’s Office to cover Toms Brook

WOODSTOCK – The Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office now officially covers Toms Brook, even though the agency has already been serving the town for years. The Board of Supervisors voted Thursday to approve law enforcement services agreements between the Sheriff’s Office and the county’s ...