Woodstock

Voters hear from 5th District School Board candidates

This is the first part of a three part series on the Shenandoah County Public School Board forum. WOODSTOCK – Three candidates seeking to fill the school board seat once held by Irving Getz answered questions from some of the 70 people who attended a candidates' forum Thursday evening at ...

Woodstock council hears of finances; recognizes officer

An audit of Woodstock's finances this week was quick and painless. Auditor James Kelley from Robinson, Farmer, Cox Associates was at the town offices Monday and Tuesday. Town Manager Angela Clem said everything looks good according to preliminary indications. "We are in excellent shape,” ...

Agents to start addressing Woodstock vultures

Agents will be in Woodstock on Monday to start efforts to chase vultures from the area. The town signed a contract with the U.S. Department of Agriculture recently for the officers to address vultures in various areas through out the town with expenditures not to exceed $10,000. The action ...

Seniors learn more about Alzheimer’s, Project Lifesaver

WOODSTOCK -  A crowd of about 130 people at Thursday's  fourth annual Senior Choices seminar at the Moose Lodge in Woodstock  became a little more educated about Alzheimer's disease and diabetes, two of the more prominent medical worries afflicting those in their age groups. The event was ...

Wine & Trotter event is Saturday at Shenandoah Downs

The 5th annual Wine & Trotter event returns to Shenandoah Downs in Woodstock on Saturday. Tom Eshelman, general manager of the Shenandoah County Fair, said the Wine & Trotter event is a simple but fun event for the whole community. “People come out for good music, horse ...

Woodstock discussing overlay district for more aesthetic control

WOODSTOCK – The town, like several other area entities, is seeking more control over its appearance. Planning Commission members are drafting changes it has made to regulations for its overlay district. The town's current overlay district only looks at signage and only for a half-mile strip ...

Planning continues for Woodstock Rails to Trails project

Work is still ongoing to bring a rails to trails project to Woodstock but organizers are as optimistic as ever about the future of the project. “I am all in. It's an ideal whose time has come.” said Don Hindman, who chairs the Woodstock Rail to Trail committee. The keyword, however, is ...

Deputies: Mount Jackson man held woman at knifepoint

A Mount Jackson man was arrested twice Sunday, first after law enforcement officials accused him of holding a woman against her will for hours and the second time after he ran from deputies. Capt. Wesley Dellinger, of the Shenandoah County Sheriff's Office, said deputies arrested 31-year-old ...

Vultures create flap in Woodstock

Woodstock residents are seeing more vultures circling overhead or roosting in large trees this year than in the past. Vultures are scavengers, usually eating the remains of dead animals and thereby cleaning up the area environment. The large birds, however, can become a nuisance. They can ...

Woodstock Town Council OKs strategic plan

The Woodstock Town Council approved on Tuesday evening a five-year strategic plan that begins in 2018. The 74 page comprehensive plan lays out eight goals administrators, team leaders and the Town Council will work on in the coming years. “Our management team and Town Council worked really ...

Priest’s role as former Klansman not a surprise to one man

News that a former Woodstock parish Catholic priest was once involved in the Ku Klux Klan is of no surprise to one former member. Chris Peer in his youth was an altar boy at St. John's Bosco Catholic Church in Woodstock. At times that meant he worked with Rev. William Aitcheson, who served at ...

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 ...