Troops return home to family and friends

Sgt. Ryan Croft, a member of the Virginia National Guard 3rd Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment based in Woodstock, hugs his wife, Christine on Tuesday evening after they were reunited following his deployment from Qatar. Rich Cooley/Daily

July 19, 2016

WOODSTOCK – More than 50 National Guard soldiers from around the area were welcomed back home Tuesday night by family and friends at the National Guard Armory in Woodstock.

Downtown parking lot to include event space

July 18, 2016

WOODSTOCK – A new town parking area was the topic of discussion Monday at a downtown parking lot improvement project conceptual review meeting in Woodstock.

School Board elects delegate for convention

July 14, 2016

WOODSTOCK – The Shenandoah County School Board approved a delegate, alternate delegate and member of the year nomination for the Virginia School Board Association at its Thursday night meeting.

Grant to aid in purchase of new town ladder truck

July 10, 2016

The Woodstock Fire Department has received an $857,000 grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program. The money will go towards the purchasing of a new ladder truck, to be housed in Woodstock and used throughout Shenandoah County.

Teenager on minibike dies in collision

July 5, 2016

A teenaged boy was killed Friday when the electric minibike he was operating collided with a large pick-up truck on a section of private driveway south of Hoover Road in Woodstock.

Local dog a true survivor

Jenny and Ben Williams, of Stephens City, sit with their dog Ciaphas outside Ben's parents' home in Woodstock on Thursday. The couple's townhouse was destroyed by fire on June 12 while they were away, and Ciaphas managed to rescue himself from his kennel and run out the front door of the home. The dog suffered burns and, after several surgeries and medical treatments, is on the road to recovery.  Rich Cooley/Daily

July 4, 2016

Dogs can teach their humans a thing or two. They’re loyal, friendly and loving, and one Stephens City dog has also been giving his humans a crash course in determination and resilience.

Paraglider rescued from tree

Shenandoah County firefighter/EMT Mike Gochenour, at left, 40, climbs a 100-foot tree off Woodstock Tower Road on Massanutten Mountain to rescue Thomas Boulier, at right, as his feet rest on a tree limb. His paraglider went down after he launched from the mountain top Monday afternoon. Rich Cooley/Daily

June 13, 2016

WOODSTOCK – Fire and rescue workers safely lowered a paraglider stuck in a tree Monday afternoon near Woodstock.

Woodstock town manager resigns

Reid Wodika

June 8, 2016

Woodstock’s town manager, Reid Wodicka will be leaving the position at the end of July. Wodicka served as town manager for three years. He has taken a job as Bedford County’s assistant county administrator in the Southwestern portion of the state and will begin his tenure there Aug. 1.

Central grad looks to future

Gracie Bailey, 17, of Woodstock, sits in front of a computer in government class at Central High School recently. Gracie, a senior,  will graduate on Friday.  Rich Cooley/Daily

June 8, 2016

WOODSTOCK – Looking forward to graduation on Friday, Central High School student Gracie Bailey said she hopes her work with the FFA might turn into a life-long career.