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Commonwealth celebrates Virginia’s farm markets

Gov. Terry McAuliffe has declared that this week is  “Virginia Farmers’ Market Week.” “When working to address local hunger and nutrition problems, Virginia farmers’ markets are a great resource,” Basil Gooden, state Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry, noted in a news release. ...

In advance of 100th anniversary, fair pageant celebrates history

As the Shenandoah County Fair is preparing to celebrate its 100th anniversary with big name acts such as Dwight Yoakam and Martina McBride, one event is getting ready to take place prior to the fair's start: the Shenandoah County Fair Scholarship Pageant. The pageant will be held Aug. 19 at ...

Fashion Trendz opens to inspire others

WOODSTOCK —Nothing has ever been easy for Jenny Utley. The 38-year-old Filipina woman has had to fight and work for everything she’s ever wanted. But that’s OK with her because she was willing to put in the work, knowing that it wouldn’t last forever. “I knew it was going to be ...

Local Radio Shacks find stability amid national uncertainty

WOODSTOCK -- While the list of Radio Shack corporate stores has dwindled to 70 and the franchise stores are now down to a few hundred across the country,  the two Radio Shack franchise locations in Woodstock and Strasburg are both going strong. “A lot of it has to do with overhead,” said ...

Woodstock celebrates new businesses

June has been a busy month for Woodstock as the town has seen two new businesses open their doors to the public. The Pantry at 117 held its ribbon cutting ceremony on Wednesday and Assisting Angels Home Care cut the ribbon on Friday. The owners of both businesses are first-time business ...

Realtors say 2017 is definitely a sellers’ market

For residents of Warren, Frederick and Shenandoah Counties, the final six months of 2017 is the time to sell a house. Inventory is low, buyer interest is high and prices are on the rise because of each. Beth Waller, principal broker and owner of Team Waller Real Estate in Front Royal, explains ...

Woodstock’s downtown parking lot project work continues

Lemuel Hancock, urban designer and neighborhood planner for the Town of Woodstock, said work continues on finalizing details of the downtown parking lot project on the east side of the 100 block of South Main Street before construction begins. Town officials have worked with the U.S. ...

School Board approves grading changes, winter holidays

WOODSTOCK – The Shenandoah County School Board approved grading scale changes and winter break holidays at Tuesday night's meeting. David Hinegardner, director of middle and secondary education, recommended the grading scale changes after three years of work performed by a grading committee, ...

Central seniors to remember friendships made

WOODSTOCK – Seniors at Central High School are ready to take the next step after graduation, but will never forget the bonds forged over the last four years. Cady Hockman, 17, of Maurertown, said she was especially grateful for the work of her teachers. “We are able to learn so much about ...

Classroom receives $3,000 United Bank donation

WOODSTOCK – United Bank presented a $3,000 check to a third grade classroom on Wednesday morning. United Bank’s Sales and Service Representative Debbie Good and Branch Manager Jason Fream presented the check to Fay Wymer-Hollar’s students  at W.W. Robinson Elementary School. United ...

Woodstock council approves budget

WOODSTOCK – The Town Council Tuesday approved  its fiscal year 2018 budget that contains no increases in taxes or water and sewer rates. The 2017-2018 budget  totals $11,221,002 with a general fund that includes total revenues of $6,874,168 and the same for expenditures. This is higher ...

Meet Rembrandt: Woodstock man inherits house and a giant grasshopper

WOODSTOCK-- Dwight Smith knew he would have some work to do when he was given the deed to his grandfather's house. His grandfather, who was born in 1900 and passed away in 2000, was a collector of old photos, appliances and knick knacks that Smith was tasked with sorting through. It wasn't ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...