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Toll of heroin overdoses continues to spread

The heroin epidemic has continued to tighten its grip on five counties in the northern Shenandoah Valley according to new 2014 figures released by the Northwest Virginia Regional Drug Task Force earlier this week.
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Shenandoah County Fair: Veterans honored

WOODSTOCK -- Tony Pestilli hasn't forgotten the promise he made 46 years ago.
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Friday night lights return for football fans

Those Friday night lights are about to burn bright once more over high school football fields across the area.
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Central to host 1K band students at first game

Nearly 1,000 students are expected to be at Central High School's first football game of the season. None of them are football players, but they all plan to flood the field at halftime to perform for a crowd that hasn't seen anything like this at Central High in the last five years.
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Commission tackles tourist rentals

Potential changes to the Warren County rules on tourist rentals may not be as sweeping as some property owners fear.
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Jail board tackles too pure rainwater issue

The Rappahannock, Shenandoah and Warren Regional Jail Authority Thursday approved a fix for an unlikely problem: rainwater collected on the roof of the building is too pure.
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Shenandaoh County Fair: Livestock show results: Goats

Wednesday Judge: Jeff Semler, of Washington County, Maryland. 4-H/FFA Goat Showmanship Novice Champion: Cortney McDonald Novice Reserve Champion: Joseph DiRoberto Junior Champion: Cassidy Barrett Junior Reserve Champion: Casey Wenn Senior Champion: Bethany Gochenour Senior Reserve Champion: Ethan Gochenour Grand Champion...
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Livestock reports

Shenandoah Livestock Aug. 23 FEEDER: Steers, 300-399 lbs., $215.00-220.00; 400-499 lbs., $185.00-258.00; 500-599 lbs., $211.00-240.00; 600-699 lbs., $195.00-224.00; 800-899 lbs., one head $192.00; fats, one Holstein, $144.00. Bulls, 100-199 lbs., $280.00; 200-299 lbs., $175.00; 300-399 lbs., $184.00-265.00; 400-499 lbs., $189.00-249.00;...
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Local farmers aim to cut cost of hops

Two Shenandoah County residents are taking advantage of the growing hop industry in Virginia and have plans to make it easier for other farmers to get involved, as well.
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Three area residents sentenced in heroin cases

HARRISONBURG -- Law enforcement's spotlight shone harshly Wednesday in U.S. District Court as one Stephens City man and a couple from Strasburg were sentenced to long stays in prison for using and selling heroin in the area.
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SOL scores: Improvements and trouble spots

The results of the 2013-14 Standards of Learning tests released Wednesday by the Virginia Department of Education indicate improvements and trouble spots for area schools.
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Supervisors mull rendering plant's request

Shenandoah County leaders are torn over a recent request made by Mountain View Rendering LLC to make an amendment to its special use permit.
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Fire destroys Front Royal apartment

FRONT ROYAL -- An apartment fire caused by a lit cigarette in Front Royal forced a resident from her home Wednesday afternoon.
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Shenandoah County Fair's harness racing draws crowds

WOODSTOCK -- According to Alvin Lineweaver, several years ago very few people made a point of watching the harness racing at the Shenandoah County Fair. But over the last 10 years, he said, the grandstands have become full.
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House fire forces out tenants; firefighter injured

A fire in a Front Royal home Wednesday morning sent a firefighter to the hospital and forced out the residents.
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Shenandoah County Fair: A cool treat

Caroline Eye, 5, of Woodstock, licks a chocolate ice cream cone from the Dairy Barn at the Shenandoah County Fair on Wednesday. Rich Cooley/Daily
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Shenanandoah County Fair: Demolition derby winners

The following are winners of Tuesday night's demolition derby at the Shenandoah County Fair:
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Shenandoah County Fair: 4-H/FFA livestock show results

4-H/FFA livestock show results for Wednesday:
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Correction

The name of a winner in the greased pig contest at the Shenandoah County Fair was incorrect. The winner was Kaydi Whitestone.
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Heroin overdose deaths surge past total for 2013

WOODSTOCK -- The number of deaths in the area attributed to heroin overdoses this year has exceeded the total for 2013, law enforcement officials told the Shenandoah County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday.
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Supervisor, sheriff spar over issue

WOODSTOCK -- A Shenandoah County supervisor and its sheriff on Tuesday sparred over claims that leaders turned down a "no-cost" option for a local jail.
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Shenandoah schools finalize plans for first day back

Teachers and administrators for Shenandoah County Public Schools have some last minute preparations to finish before the 2014-15 school begins next Tuesday.
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Shenandoah County Fair: Kids' Day

At top, Sara Shafer, left, and Cooper Swartz, right, both 5 and from Woodstock, bounce on a carnival ride at the Shenandoah County Fair on Tuesday. Tuesday was Kids' Day at the fair. Above: Jack Waltrip, 6, of Strasburg, holds on during his ride on the Ferris wheel at the Shenandoah County Fair on Tuesday. Photos by Rich Cooley/Daily
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Shenandoah County Fair: In demand: Barbecue stand returns to fair

WOODSTOCK -- One barbecue food vendor at the fair is back by popular demand.
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New Market to host doggie pool party

Perhaps the only thing that smells better than a wet dog...is an entire swimming pool filled with them.

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