Shenandoah County

Bill Ortts remembered as a leader, respected man who loved community

Bill Ortts was a successful businessman who loved his family and his community. Ortts, who died Thursday,  founded Ortts Electric, now operated by his son Charlie, in 1967. Bill Ortts was on the Shenandoah County Board of Supervisors for 12 years as well as joining the Shenandoah County Fair ...

Supervisor-elect Morris doubles down on campaign promises

MIDDLETOWN – At his first public event since regaining his seat on the Board of Supervisors, Dennis Morris echoed his campaign promises and continued to push for economic development in Shenandoah County. “We've got to look at ways to diversify the tax base and not put all the marbles on ...

Fire damages Toms Brook townhouse

The Shenandoah County Department of Fire and Rescue responded to a fire in a townhouse at 22 Toms Brook Drive at 2:56 p.m. Monday. Rebecca Smith came home to find “heavy, black smoke” inside her home and called 911, Fire Marshal David Ferguson said Tuesday. Smith lives with her husband ...

$15.4M list of improvements submitted

Shenandoah County Public Schools has a list of $15.4 million in improvements that need to be made over the next five years. The division's proposed five-year Capital Improvement Plan for 2019-2013, submitted to the School Board last week,  includes $2.4 million in new requests from ...

George F. Will: GOP’s Senate majority may soon be gone in Alabama

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- But for the bomb, the four would be in their 60s, probably grandmothers. Three were 14 and one was 11 in 1963 when the blast killed them in the 16th Street Baptist Church, which is four blocks from the law office of Doug Jones, who then was 9. He was born in May 1954, 13 ...

County GOP chair weighs in on election

The Shenandoah County Republican Committee remains unified after Tuesday’s election, its chairman said Thursday. Voters elected the Republican Party pick over the independent candidate in the District 5 race for the Board of Supervisors. Longtime supervisor and Republican Dennis Morris ...

Shenandoah schools crowded but within state rules

A class size report discussed at Thursday's Shenandoah County Public Schools meeting shows the county schools are crowded but are still within state regulations. “Yes. They are crowded,” Superintendent Mark Johnston said. The study shows that the district elementary schools have the ...

Shenandoah businesses win $20,000 for new marketing strategies

Six Shenandoah County businesses were announced as winners in the RevUp Marketing Event on Thursday, splitting a total prize of $20,000. The event, launched in September by a group of local governments and business organizations, consisted of six weekly marketing-focused workshops. At the end, ...

Roulston, Morris, Neese win supervisor seats

WOODSTOCK – Voters in Shenandoah County ousted two opponents of tax increases from the Board of Supervisors in Tuesday’s election, according to unofficial results. Woodstock-area business owner Karl V. Roulston defeated Supervisor Cindy M. Bailey for the District 4 board seat. Dennis ...

Voters like Kline for Shenandoah County School Board

Shelby Kline won election Tuesday to the Shenandoah County School Board with 1,281 votes, according to unofficial election results. “Wow. I am pleasantly surprised,” Kline said when informed of the results. She had been out canvassing all day. Kline said she plans to address what ...

Kaine, Warner rip proposed national park fee hikes

U.S. senators Tim Kaine and Mark Warner are both criticizing a proposal by the National Park Service to substantially increase fees at Shenandoah and 16 other national parks. In a letter written Tuesday to Ryan Zinke, Secretary of the Department of the Interior, the two Virginia senators, both ...

Superintendent: Boundary changes helped

Shenandoah County Public Schools Superintendent Mark Johnston is taking issue with a story that appeared in an area weekly newspaper. The story titled “Boundary changes didn't fix problems ” reported on school boundary issues and overcrowding problems in some of the schools. The story ...

Business leaders in uproar over Bailey campaign ad

Local Shenandoah County business leaders were in an uproar Thursday after discovering an ad in a local paper insinuating that they supported the campaigns of Supervisors Cindy Bailey and Marsha Shruntz. The ad was authorized and paid for by Cindy Bailey for BOS. “That absolutely infuriates ...

District 5 candidates weigh in before election

Shenandoah County voters in District 5 hit the polls Nov. 7 to pick their Board of Supervisors representative. Candidates running for Districts 1, 4 and 5 responded by email recently to a series of questions ahead of Election Day. District 5 Supervisor Marsha Shruntz is running for a second ...

District 4 candidates offer insight before election

Shenandoah County voters in District 4 hit the polls on Tuesday to pick their Board of Supervisors representative. Candidates running for Districts 1, 4 and 5 responded by email recently to a series of questions ahead of Election Day. District 4 Supervisor Cindy Bailey is running for a ...

Some board hopefuls see increased campaign activity

WOODSTOCK – Candidates vying for seats on the Shenandoah County Board of Supervisors collected and spent more campaign cash in the run up to the election. Campaign finance reports filed with the Virginia Department of Elections or the Shenandoah County Office of Voter Registration and ...

District 1 candidates offer insight before election

Shenandoah County voters in District 1 hit the polls Nov. 7 to pick their Board of Supervisors representative. Candidates running for Districts 1, 4 and 5 responded by email recently to a series of questions ahead of Election Day. District 1 Supervisor John R. “Dick” Neese is running for ...

Business group cites Board of Supervisors as growth obstacle

Local politics, specifically the Board of Supervisors, is the area's biggest barrier to a healthier economy in the opinion of members of the newly formed Shenandoah County Chamber of Commerce's Economic Development Council. The council was officially launched at a Chamber breakfast event in ...

Kids see different ‘Worlds of Work’

WINCHESTER   Thousands of students had their passports punched Wednesday and Thursday to a possible glimpse of their future. This is the third year for Worlds of Work Expo, a two-day career event in which about 3,000 seventh grade students from area schools district preview what could ...

County names new planning director

WOODSTOCK – Shenandoah County officials announced on Wednesday their pick to head up their planning and zoning agency. Brian P. Henshaw begins his job as the director of planning and zoning Nov. 6 at a starting salary of $62,943, according to information provided by the county. Reached by ...