WOODSTOCK — Following the arrest of a local pastor on a charge of brandishing a weapon, Judge Amy Tisinger on Friday approved a motion of nolle prosequi from the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office not to prosecute.

Several of the area’s localities have canceled their Fourth of July celebrations and festivities this year as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, while others plan to hold Independence Day events either as scheduled or at a later date.


WOODSTOCK — Dozens of area residents stood outside the Historic Courthouse on Saturday to protest racism and support equal rights under the law.

WOODSTOCK — As residents continue to support local business through COVID-19, staff members at Shaffer’s Catering in Woodstock said they’ve realized how important they are to some folks in the community.

The town of Woodstock will be the first to open its community pool for the summer, while other towns are still making plans before committing to dates for opening pools during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Several local law enforcement leaders condemned the actions of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin during the arrest of George Floyd last week that ultimately ended in Floyd’s death and sparked nationwide demonstrations protesting police brutality against African Americans.

The Woodstock Town Council voted unanimously on Tuesday night to approve the town’s budget for fiscal year 2021 and gave the green light to a proposal made by a firm that intends to repurpose the old Woodstock school as a residential property.

The Woodstock Economic Development Authority approved on Wednesday a grant totaling nearly $19,000 through the town’s Facade Rehabilitation Grant program to be applied toward the exterior renovation of the future location of Sugar Creek Snowy & Sweet Co. ice cream shop.

Woodstock’s Ordinance Committee voted in favor of recommendations for a pair of ordinances that would amend chapters in the town code about consumer utility taxes and solid waste during Monday’s meeting.

Woodstock Town Council unanimously approved an ordinance that establishes a tourism zone on the northern end of town during its monthly meeting on Tuesday night.

The Woodstock Planning Commission on Monday night approved a recommendation to Town Council for a special use permit for multi-family stacked townhouses on a 3-acre parcel of land off Route 42 that was recently rezoned from highway commercial to high-density residential.


After 8-year-old Noah Ryman, of Woodstock, pledged his piggy bank savings of $7.87 with a hand-written note saying “For the sick people that need it,” staff at Shenandoah Memorial Hospital participated in an internal match donation challenge that his parents said has raised more than $3,000 so far.


Asked recently if she would sew masks for health care professionals at Shenandoah Memorial Hospital, 103-year-old Woodstock resident Flora Coffman said it was a definite maybe.

Woodstock Town Council members voted unanimously on Wednesday evening in favor of a recommendation of the town’s proposed alternative budget for fiscal year 2021 and to advertise the budget for a public hearing on May 5.

Easter is on Sunday, and around the area, church communities are preparing to celebrate together while maintaining their physical distance.

The Woodstock Town Council approved a first reading of a proposed tourism zone ordinance, a resolution to recognize April as Autism Awareness Month and an Arbor Day proclamation during Tuesday night’s meeting.


Area animal shelters and rescue groups are continuing their work with animals in need of a home, but in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, they’re changing some of the ways they operate.

Fair officials are “focused on fun” and hoping for record attendance for the 103rd Shenandoah County Fair in Woodstock, scheduled from Aug. 28 to Sept. 5.

Firefighters prevented a hay bale fire near Woodstock on Tuesday from causing more damage.