Shenandoah County

Court drops teen’s sexual battery charge

WOODSTOCK – A judge dismissed a teenager’s sexual battery case Wednesday after hearing that the victim recanted her story. Domingo Reynoso-Bautista, 18, appeared in Shenandoah County Circuit Court with his attorney Allison Neal to stand trial for one count of aggravated sexual battery of a ...

West Main Street extension project progresses

FRONT ROYAL – The West Main Street Extension project is moving forward with the Town Council's agreement at its Monday work session to put Phase 1 of its construction out to bid. Phase 1 consists of about 850 feet of roadway that will connect the ITFederal site at Royal Phoenix to Kendrick ...

Strasburg man indicted on charges of child porn possession

WOODSTOCK – A Shenandoah County grand jury recently indicted a Strasburg man on dozens of counts of possessing child pornography. Caleb Andrew McKee, 27, of 496 Royal Ave., Strasburg, remains free on bond while charged with one count of possession of child pornography and 106 counts of the ...

Man charged with neglecting ailing mother

WOODSTOCK – Shenandoah County authorities say an Edinburg man neglected his mother who suffers from dementia. Robert Lee Wilson, 50, of 20 Lambert Villa, is charged with abuse or neglect of an incapacitated adult between Jan. 3-8 this year. Wilson was issued a summons last week to appear in ...

School Lunch Menu: FEB. 17

This is the Shenandoah County school lunch menu for Feb. 19-23, 2018: Monday NO SCHOOL Tuesday Breakfast: Egg & cheese on English muffin, fruit & juice choices, choice of milk. Lunch K-5: Salisbury steak w/gravy, breadstick, mashed potatoes, broccoli, pears, choice of ...

Schools get attention on tour

Local leaders on Friday continued their tour of Shenandoah County Public Schools by visiting Signal Knob Middle School, Sandy Hook Elementary School and Strasburg High School. Not participating in Friday's tour were Shenandoah County Board of Supervisors Vice Chairman Dick Neese, Chairman ...

Board holds hearing on school budget, one person shows

Only one person attended Thursday night's Shenandoah County Public Schools board hearing held to allow for questions on the proposed budget. Holly Dood was at the hearing to hear what would be discussed but she had no specific questions herself. She has a child who is a student at Central ...

Chronic wasting disease cases on the rise

The region has seen a recent spike in the number of deer with chronic wasting disease. According to the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, tests for chronic wasting disease came back positive for 14 deer in Frederick County and two deer in Shenandoah County. Those figures are up ...

Local leaders tour schools

Shenandoah County Public Schools is showcasing its schools to county leaders in a series of tours. Wednesday morning saw members of the Shenandoah County Board of Supervisors and members of the Shenandoah County School Board visiting staff and students at Central High School, W.W. Robinson ...

Policy changes proposed in light of school bus incident

WOODSTOCK – Changes in school policy to make school bus travel safer will go before the Shenandoah County School Board on March 15. “The students need to behave themselves and we expect our drivers to be professional at all times,” said schools Superintendent Mark Johnston. A recent ...

School division reports high graduation rates

Shenandoah County Public Schools has a four-year graduation rate of 96.3 percent. That is a higher percentage, schools Superintendent Mark Johnston said,  than the regional average of 93.7 percent and the state average of 91.1 percent. “Our graduation rate in Shenandoah County Public ...

Extension launches survey to better understand area needs

To better understand the needs of people in the Northern Shenandoah Valley, the Virginia Cooperative Extension is gathering feedback in a novel way: through an online survey. “We have not really undertaken a survey like this, as extensively as we're trying to do this year, in quite some ...

Shenandoah schools seek raises, better efficiencies with proposed budget

WOODSTOCK- Shenandoah County Public Schools is asking for more money in an effort to be competitive in the face of a growing teacher shortage, growing enrollment and students with greater needs. Superintendent Mark Johnston proposed a $67.4 million budget to the School Board Thursday for the ...

Judge nixes ‘confession’ in sexual battery case

WOODSTOCK – A judge ruled Friday that a teenager’s sexual battery case may move forward without the defendant’s recorded statements. Domingo Reynoso-Bautista, 18, appeared in Shenandoah County Circuit Court where he stands charged with aggravated sexual battery of a child under the age ...

Changes proposed for school division’s southern campus

WOODSTOCK -- Some students on the southern campus of Shenandoah County Public Schools could be transferred this fall to other schools in a move to alleviate overcrowding. Division administrators would like to reconfigure grade levels for Ashby Lee Elementary, North Folk Middle and Stonewall ...

Shentel reports strong 2017 financials and new TiVo products

Shentel had a rosy end-of-year report for 2017. The company acquired a million new customers through its expanded relationship with Sprint, the stock price grew by more than a quarter, and the company reported continued development in the old nTelos service area. Chief operating officer ...

County to consider sealant plant for industrial park

WOODSTOCK – Shenandoah County leaders plan to consider a permit for a pavement sealing business set to open near Mount Jackson. The Planning Commission recently recommended that the Board of Supervisors approve a special-use permit for a sealcoat mixing facility. The commission also ...

Domestic assault incident sends two to hospital

WOODSTOCK – Shenandoah County authorities charged a Maurertown man Tuesday in a domestic assault incident that left one person with severe head injuries. Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested Phillip Houston Moore, 48, of 1760 Sugar Hill Road, Maurertown, and charged him ...

School bus driver is back to work

A Shenandoah County Public School bus driver is back to work driving a school bus after an investigation into an incident at the end of January involving a child on her bus. The incident, according to two parents who had children on the bus, allegedly involved the driver dragging a ...