As students in Warren County returned to school after the holidays, the Warren County Sheriff’s Office reported there had been 11 reported assaults on school grounds, including buses and bus stops, during the first half of the 2018-2019 school year.

The Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office is seeing an increase in the number of reported assaults on school property so far this school year, as well as more assaults on teachers than in previous years.

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A local advocacy group whose purpose is to maintain and improve the quality of education in the Shenandoah County Public Schools has weighed in on next year’s school budget.

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The region can expect to see a mix of ice and snow this weekend followed by cold temperatures Sunday into Monday.

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WOODSTOCK – Authorities say two Shenandoah County residents walked a mile to sell drugs only to find the buyer was an informant.

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Shenandoah County administrators and departments continue to work on spending requests ahead of a proposed fiscal 2020 budget presentation to the Board of Supervisors.

Woodstock police arrested Katherine Wenger, 27, of Woodstock, on a felony charge of shoplifting.

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FRONT ROYAL – The Warren County School Board discussed the possibility of pay bumps for staff members in the district and the declining student population during a work session on Wednesday evening.

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FRONT ROYAL — The Planning Commission recommended Wednesday that United Parcel Service’s request for a parking lot behind 470 S. Commerce Ave. be denied.

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Sen. Mark Obenshain, R-Harrisonburg, along with Sen. Bill Carrico R-Grayson, introduced a bill Wednesday that spelled out funding options for a massive Interstate 81 corridor improvements project.

U.S Rep. Ben Cline, R-Lexington, applauded U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue’s announcement Wednesday  that 40 Farm Service Agency offices in Virginia, including one in Strasburg, will temporarily reopen to provide essential services.

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WOODSTOCK – The federal government shutdown over spending on a border wall has started to have an impact on local courts.

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FRONT ROYAL — The town has revised its rules and regulations regarding Main Street closures during special events and festivals after several months of discussion regarding the topic.

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WOODSTOCK — After batting around the idea for months, the Shenandoah County Tourism Council has proposed a draft application for new and existing businesses to receive benefits from a new tourism development zone.

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WOODSTOCK – Public comments were heard at Tuesday night’s Shenandoah County School Board meeting on the next school year’s propopsed budget.

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FRONT ROYAL — As the county is about to prepare for its new budget, the Board of Supervisors recently reviewed its 2018 goals and projects list to this map out this year’s priorities.

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WOODSTOCK — The Shenandoah County Chamber of Commerce rolled out the red carpet for its new members, the board of directors and award nominees on Tuesday evening.

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FRONT ROYAL — Although it is later than expected, construction on the Front Royal Police Department’s $10.2 million Kendrick Lane office is nearly complete.

The following Shenandoah County fire and rescue departments have announced their weekly activity for Jan. 7-13:

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The Shenandoah Valley region has seen an increase in the number of people who have the flu, as flu-like illnesses are on the rise across the United States.

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FRONT ROYAL — Virginia Beer Museum proprietor David Downes’ seven-month quest for an off-street parking exemption fell short Monday.

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A pedestrian was struck by a car at around 3 p.m. Monday in front of the Rural King at 465 South St. in Front Royal.

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WOODSTOCK – At least two women who were recorded or photographed without their knowledge at a tanning salon last year say they no longer feel secure.

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MIDDLETOWN – Promotions and new titles dominated the agenda at Monday night’s Town Council meeting.

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FRONT ROYAL — Downtown parking should be less confusing after the Town Council, at its regular Monday meeting, rescinded a 1993 ordinance that allowed a variety of conflicting time limits for spaces in close vicinity to one another.

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Since Jan. 1, residents across Virginia whose incomes fall below 138 percent of federal poverty guidelines have been eligible for Medicaid, following the state’s passage of Medicaid expansion last year.

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Gov. Ralph Northam declared a state of emergency over the weekend as snowstorms dumped snow on Virginia, including up to 8 inches on Shenandoah and Warren counties.

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A Dodge diesel pickup truck caught fire on northbound Interstate 81 at around 6:15 a.m. Monday. Trooper Hoc Jones with the Virginia State Police said there were no injuries.

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RICHMOND -- As other states have relaxed their laws against marijuana, citizens across Virginia gathered here Saturday to discuss how to persuade the General Assembly to legalize medical and recreational marijuana in the commonwealth.

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RICHMOND — Dozens turned out for a rally hosted Saturday at the Capitol in support of bills introduced to the General Assembly that would reinstate parole for some incarcerated Virginians.

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FRONT ROYAL - As construction on the new Front Royal Police Department nears completion, the town is still trying to figure out a way to fund the $10.2 million project.

WOODSTOCK — Authorities claim several men drove from Pennsylvania to Shenandoah County on New Year’s Day with the intention of shooting at two people in a vehicle.

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Route 11 Potato Chips President Sara Cohen will unveil the Mount Jackson company’s first new chip in over a decade during a three-day food trade show in San Francisco this weekend.