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Special couple!💕

2 days ago

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Walker: Merger threatens volunteers
Shenandoah County supervisor Richard Walker says he believes a strategic plan to combine the county’s volunteer and paid emergency services agencies will discourage and eventually destroy volunteerism.
Walker, who cast the only dissenting vote a week ago to merge paid and emergency units, said this week that many of the county’s fire and rescue volunteers fear they or their units would be “punished” if they resisted county government efforts to merge those services.

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He is correct!

they will be. see past merges in every other county in VA.

That merged system is working fine in Rockingham County.

1 week ago

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Rich Walker: Is anyone listening?
Rich Walker is fighting a losing battle.
Easily the most conservative of Shenandoah County’s six supervisors, Walker today is being largely ignored.
A prophet of small government and low taxes, he is attempting to influence decisions of a governing board whose members clearly don’t share his philosophy of austerity.
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3 weeks ago

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School asking $15 million
Maintenance, upgrade plan includes another $90,000 construction study

The Shenandoah County School Board wants to spend $15 million over the next five years improving existing facilities and another $90,000 for a study of future school construction needs.

It would be the fourth such study conducted for the county’s public schools in the past 60 years and the second in less than three years.

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Old Smoot Farm

4 weeks ago

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Staffing requests would add $1 million to payroll

Shenandoah County governmental departments heads are asking supervisors to approve new positions that would add more than $1 million to the county’s ever-increasing payroll.

County administrator Mary T. Price confirmed late last week that budget requests submitted in mid-December included 19 new full-time positions and two part-time.

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1 month ago

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Lipstick on a pig

New branding is good

1 month ago

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1 month ago

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Budgeting close to the vest
Committee members won’t reveal how many more might be hired
A three-member committee this week began to review departmental budget requests, including those for additional personnel.
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1 month ago

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County adds $22 million debt
Financing office building, emergency radio will result in tax increase
Months after raising taxes on real estate and vehicles, Shenandoah County supervisors have issued bonds to finance a construction project that will push taxes even higher.
Supervisors have added $15 million to the county’s debt to finance construction of an office complex for the sheriff’s department and a communications center and to buy a $10 million radio system to dispatch police and emergency vehicles.
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This county is a joke!! No business no places for youth to work, the only thing they invest money in is to further grow the government!! What happens when we need to expand technical schools or things we actually need?? We’re SOL because we’re already broke 😡😡👎🏻. Oohh that’s right us property owners will just keep taking it up the ass and bail you bunch of irresponsible spending supervisors out

Y’all would be amazed at what goes on in their poorly attended Board meetings. Please show up and give them a piece of your mind! https://shenandoahcountyva.us/bos/meeting-schedule/

Elections have consequences...

OMG!

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2 months ago

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Teacher pay: Region’s second highest
8% wage increase in July leaves county’s educators behind only Frederick’s
Shenandoah County’s more than 600 public school teachers are being paid on average more than their peers in six of seven counties in the region.
Only Frederick County pays teachers more.
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Christine Richmond Kelly Newcomer Hendricks

Kendra Brooke Coffey

No more raises for administration!

2 months ago

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Goodness keeps mercy in the air
Hospital flights resume after online gifts pay cost of aircraft part, repairs
Christmas came early for John Billings. That’s okay. What the celebrated World War II aviator turned humanitarian needed wouldn’t fit in Santa’s sleigh anyway. It requires an airplane hangar.
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2 months ago

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A changing place
Jobs are plentiful and wages are up but something is awry here
Economically, Shenandoah County is changing.
And, it’s changing rapidly.
Only two of 10 segments of the local economy are growing. The other eight are either in steady decline or are showing no signs of growth.
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3 months ago

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Let it snow
If forecasts are right, it might measure in feet, not inches
If there’s truth in the country music lyrics that “old men talk about the weather,” they’ll have plenty to talk about this winter.
Those who make a living forecasting weather agree that snowfall in the Shenandoah Valley in the months ahead might best be measured in feet, not inches.

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3 months ago

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Student violence on rise
Authorities can’t explain why
Acts of student violence in Shenandoah County Public Schools are on the increase.
Since August, law enforcement officers have been summoned to county public schools seven times to deal with acts of student violence, mostly assaults.
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These are the incidents that the school or parents reported to law enforcement. There are more that are ignored, or the parents are told that it is reported to law enforcement and it isn’t.

3 months ago

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The Fair prevails again
Schools back away from plan to hold classes during event
The Shenandoah County Fair has once again prevailed in the ages-old debate about requiring children to attend classes during the 100-year-old exposition.
As usual, the county’s public schools will be closed during fair week in 2019.
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4 months ago

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Senate, House election Tuesday
Early voting, voter sign-up higher than usual here in advance of mid-terms

Shenandoah County voters will cast ballots Tuesday in contested elections for the United States Senate and House of Representatives.

Incumbent Sen. Tim Kaine (D), a former Virginia governor, is seeking a second six-year term.

His challenger is Corey Stewart (R), chairman of the Prince William County Board of Supervisors. Stewart ran unsuccessfully for the Republican Party nomination for governor in the most recent election.

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4 months ago

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Opening an old wound
Proposed school calendar would deny Junior a day at the county fair
Shenandoah County Public Schools and county fair advocates are entangled in yet another school calendar debate.
Years-old school board discussions centered on a central issue: Whether to open school before the fair or after it ends. Today it’s all about the fair.
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Considering that we live in a rural agricultural county, I think the answer is clear. Hopefully nobody will argue with me with their mouth full.

4 months ago

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Public debt
How much is too much?
Within months, every man, woman and child living in Shenandoah County will be obligated for $1,905 in local government debt.
The obligation for a family of five would be about $9,525.
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Kick em all out! Tax increases every year. They want no industry for jobs. Look at all countys around us when your driving around. The new growth is unreal! wake up

There are ppl in Shenandoah County who are on a fixed budget!!!

You folks keep voting them in, need to mobilize the Deplorables!

5 months ago

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5 months ago

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Schools achieve success

All nine Shenandoah County Public Schools have been stamped fully accredited, the first time in five years.

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5 months ago

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County’s oldest community festival begins today

When the Edinburg Ole Time Festival made its debut in the 1980s organizers believed it was a nice little event that would show visitors and townsfolks just how friendly and charming their small town could be.

The festival, set to open its 38th edition today, soon became Shenandoah County’s premier annual rite of autumn and a reason for folks to celebrate small town life.

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Our little town!

5 months ago

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Bond issue hearing Tuesday
Supervisors propose to spend $15 million for radio, new ECC

Five years after Shenandoah County taxpayers went to the bond market to finance a new courthouse and their share of a regional jail, they’re about to sign up for a little more debt.

And to repay it, they’ll endure yet another tax increase.

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Unreal

Taxes will be going up. Surprise, surprise. Thanks new supervisors!

I hate to think of higher but, the radio system is in despair. I think they have spent money like a drunken sailor in the past and it catching up.

For the record Marsha & Cindy never voted for this and stood up for the SHENCO TAX PAYERS! Why can't our county budget & save for items instead of running up a credit card in the tax payers names..... Wait for it!!!! Teachers will get another raise!!! LMAO

I know that the radio system was all replaced in the late 80ies can't believe it is wore out all ready

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5 months ago

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Supervisors spring for $10.7 million radio

After two years of consideration, Shenandoah County supervisors have agreed to spend $10.7 million for radio system to dispatch police and emergency units.

The Motorola system will be housed in sheriff’s department office complex to be constructed on Woodstock’s North Main Street.

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Is it really a Motorola system? Thought they were doing the P25 phase II?

911.....that is totally too expensive! Did they get 3 bids?

I totally agree Same old thing spending what we don't have the people of Shenandoah county have enough taxes

I see another TAX increase coming.

5 months ago

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$20M projects on table today
Shenandoah County supervisors today are expected to vote on a proposal to spend $10.7 million for a radio system to dispatch police and emergency personnel.
Supervisors also will consider a letter of agreement with a Richmond financial advisor to assist with a bond issue to pay for the radio system and an $8.2 million sheriff’s department office complex.

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6 months ago

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6 months ago

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Perpetual neglect
Community cemeteries struggle to keep an old promise
Posted 2018-08-30 By Mona Casteel

Much like beauty, perpetual care, at least in the cemetery business, may soon be in the eye of the beholder.

Virginia cemetery companies for years have sold perpetual care with every lot. It’s been one of life’s few promises buyers can take to the grave and beyond.

Perpetual cemetery care today, however, is a covenant some graveyard companies are finding hard to keep.

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Central and Strasburg win football season openers. Get details at shenandoahfreepress.com

Why does it only say Jackson high school and it only says Lee high school, I think the generals deserve enough respect to have their full names printed out that the schools’ were named after , if you needed to shorten the text you can definitely leave out “high school” obviously it’s at a high school. I hope this isn’t some leftist push to not have their confederate names on the schedule!!!

Interesting how revered sports is in our county while the education system is failing. Sad really.

6 months ago

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Go Teams!
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6 months ago

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SOL results: Not good
County schools below state average pass rate on all tests

Shenandoah County Public School students scored below the state average on every category of Standards of Learning tests taken in the spring.

The Virginia Department of Education released SOL test results Wednesday. The tests scored English reading, English writing, math and science proficiency and history and social studies.

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Let’s give teachers another raise! In reality the problem is the parents send kids to school for a free/reduced lunch and free daycare

I thought starting our kids the first of August was suppose to help with this issue? 🤔

6 months ago

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Go Rams!
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6 months ago

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Schools’ falling numbers
Families moving out, birth rates declining

In the unending debate over taxpayer funding for public education, facts often become victims of emotion.

It is a fact, for example, that for 20 years Virginia’s public school enrollment has declined in 69 percent of localities, including Shenandoah County.

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How beautiful!

7 months ago

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911 center project airs today
Advocates seeking approval this month

Shenandoah County supervisors Thursday will be asked to fund construction of an emergency communications center and new dispatching equipment, projects that could cost more than $12 million.

If approved, as expected, the building and radio equipment for it would require the issuance of public bonds.

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7 months ago

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Sheriff offers $8.2M for office complex

Shenandoah County Sheriff Tim Carter said Wednesday that he would provide $8.2 million to design and build an office complex for his department.

The money came from the sale of assets seized in criminal cases, most of it from those convicted of illegally trafficking in low tax cigarettes.

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7 months ago

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School accreditation likely
Scores show all county schools meet state benchmarks

For the first time in five years, all nine Shenandoah County Public Schools are expected to achieve full state accreditation by September.

Currently, North Fork Middle School at Quicksburg and W. W. Robinson Elementary School at Woodstock are operating without full accreditation.

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That’s great to hear. Congratulations!

 

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Cool Can you get me a copy and save it for me?

Dennis George, Donnie Cook

7 months ago

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Shenandoah County: Growing old
More of its young are leaving home and its workforce is shrinking

Shenandoah County should give up its tired old debate about crowded schools and focus instead on nursing homes.

After all, its school age population is declining, as is the number of children yet to enroll in school, and more of its residents are 65 and older than in any other county in the Northern Shenandoah Valley.

And, statistics show that the county’s labor force continues to decline, meaning that the payrolls that finance taxes to support increased government services are contracting with each passing year.

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We are in the same position as many other rural counties. The "best" jobs are the government jobs. Regulations enforced by government employees inadvertently set barriers to business entry for citizens without the funds to hire legal or other resources to fill out permits, prepare for public hearings, do PR to combat NIMBY issues, comply with the tax code, etc. It has been a drip drip drip of bigger government for many years and now we are faced with the unwinding. Who will be the first to give up their good government benefits and pensions?

Free press should pay their employees what their worth and carry on.

I saw the comparisons to other countries and Shenandoah County is very little different than surrounding counties. The case the fake press is trying to make that we are so different has little merit. And cutting education back is the last thing we need to do. Better to stick with those big photos you have been running of late rather than creating a false scenario.

Below standard schools keep out young entrepreneurs and keep home values artificially low. Commit to the future and reap the benefits by making your schools a priority. Make them stand up and out. Build them up, get creative, and the millennials will come.

Well if there was serious energy around getting economic development going in the county this story wouldn’t need to be published. Jobs keep people here lack of them are causing them to flee.

How incredibly shortsighted can you get

So you’re idea is to give up. Why not attract companies to the county that provide good quality jobs to elevate the quality of life. Oh that’s right they were all rejected. Except low quality low paying jobs like Dollar General. But drugs and domestic violence are on the increase. That’s a good thing right to have an increase in something????

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7 months ago

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School lunch on the house
County ranks only ahead of Page in number of kids eating free

Nearly half of Shenandoah County’s 6,039 public school students can’t afford the price of a school lunch.

And that number appears on the rise.

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Go figure. No job or low paying jobs. Low expectations of education. High domestic abuse and increase in drugs. What do you expect from a dying county.

It’s sad, and not going to get better under the current administration that is cutting federal funds to public schools.

#ThirdWorldProblems

Then lower the cost

8 months ago

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Fireworks, music on tap for July 4 events

Shenandoah County’s celebration of America’s birthday will begin Tuesday and continue through July 7, a days-long tribute to independence.

Fireworks will fill the skies for Fourth of July celebrations beginning at dusk in each local town hosting a party. Admission is free…just like the country.

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8 months ago

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Crime is still paying
Yields another land donation

Shenandoah County once again is the proud owner of real estate acquired with the proceeds of crime.

County supervisors Tuesday accepted ownership of six acres and two metal buildings near the Interstate 81 exit at Mt. Jackson.

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8 months ago

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Is county overly policed?
Cops outnumber other counties

Shenandoah County either has too many cops or its neighbors to the north and south have too few.

Data compiled by the Uniform Crime Reporting Section of the Virginia State Police show that Shenandoah County and its incorporated towns employed 100 sworn and uniformed officers, or one for every 419 of the county’s 41,938 citizens.

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But the geographic area they have to cover is huge...

And the sheriff's office covers three courts...

8 months ago

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Hired guns: An idea catching on
Rather than hire cops, Shenandoah County towns willing to pay sheriff for service

Shenandoah County supervisors have approved agreements that will provide police protection to the towns of Edinburg and Toms Brook.

Neither of the towns has a police department.

Each town would contract with the Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Department for police service during specific times of day and days of the week.

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8 months ago

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Supervisors to consider police service for 2 towns

Shenandoah County supervisors today will consider agreements to provide law enforcement services to two of the county’s six incorporated towns.

Supervisors will consider a proposal to extend an agreement that in recent years has provides law enforcement to the Town of Edinburg.

They also will discuss a proposed new agreement for similar service at the Town of Toms Brook.

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You got that right ...coming up the hill on Windsor Knit Rd as well!!

Definitely needed in Edinburg!

Yes, agree on needed for Edinburg. A police officer would have a field day writing speeding tickets early in the am in town of Edinburg...

Yep!

And the straight stretch when you turn on to rose lane...ppl think thats 81 ..wait til a child is hit by a speeding driver

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Always love your pictures ❤️

9 months ago

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Many struggle to pay the bills

Based on the ability of its residents to survive financially, Shenandoah County looks a lot like the rest of the United States.
It’s neither rich nor poor, But like most of America, about four in 10 of its adults are unable to afford the basics of a middle class lifestyle – rent, transportation, child care and a cell phone.

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Wrong. Low educated labor pool. No jobs for educated professionals. Low expectations of education and advancement. Many with no computers, emails, or smart phones. Way behind in technology. Increase in domestic violence. High meth addiction. Increase in crime related to drugs. No, not like the rest of the country unless you’re comparing it to dying counties. The young here who want to do something with their lives,move away, leaving the elderly and poor behind.

Truth!

9 months ago

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VFW to host Memorial Day event Monday

A Memorial Day program to honor America’s veterans will be held Monday at VFW Post 2447 in Edinburg.

A ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. and a public luncheon will follow.

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9 months ago

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Central AD Rinker reflects n 40 years of coaching

Kenny Rinker, Central High School athletic director for the past eight years, is preparing to end a 40-year career in public education.

He will retire at the end of the current school term.

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9 months ago

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Water, water everywhere…
…but too few drops to drink at Edinburg

At the height of the rainiest season of the year, the Town of Edinburg has asked its more than 650 public utility system users to conserve water.

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9 months ago

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Finance director resigns
Third to leave job in 3 years

For a third time in four years, Shenandoah County has launched a search for a finance director.

Harrison Nicholson, county finance director for just 15 month, has accepted employment out of state and will vacate the position May 31.

A news release announcing Nicholson’s departure, issued Tuesday, said a search for his successor would begin immediately.

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We go where there are better opportunities and compensation. Surely, not Shenandoah Valley, VA

 

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Thank you. East of Rt. 11 between Maurertown and Woodstock.

So pretty, where is this at?

9 months ago

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Remembering New Market
As they have since 1867, town’s women will pay a tribute

The Women’s Memorial Society Tuesday will pay tribute to soldiers of the south who fought in the Civil War’s Battle of New Market.

Recalling the May 15, 1864 battle, the society will hold a commemorative ceremony as it has since 1867 at St. Mathew’s Cemetery located behind the Reformation Lutheran Church on Congress Street, New Market.

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9 months ago

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School club members win state awards

Family, Career and Community Leaders of America members at Strasburg and Central high schools brought home the gold…and some silver and a little bronze from the recent state conference in Virginia Beach.

Now it’s on to national competition in Atlanta for some members this summer.

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9 months ago

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Former Strasburg firefighter convicted

A former Strasburg volunteer firefighter accused of having sex with a then 17-year-old girl was fined $250 Thursday and sentenced to serve 10 days in jail.

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9 months ago

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Stonewall ranked among US best

Shenandoah County’s Stonewall Jackson High School has been recognized as one of America’s best high schools.

SJHS is ranked No. 47 in Virginia in a U. S. News and World Report study just released. The school’s national ranking comes with a bronze medal based on 2017 findings.

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So proud!!!

Most impressive for SJHS.

9 months ago

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Guess who is making more than you're making...
Pick up this week's issue of The Free Press.
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Get real....Some earn every penny.

Public unions that I work and pay for.

They earn it. What do you consider fair pay for these jobs?

Well the Free Press didn't have to do a lot of work for the article about the growth of local government payrolls in today's edition. I happened to have a copy of the 2016 Free Press article which carried the same headline almost word for word!!!! I betcha the 2017 article which I don't have wasn't much different.

I bet I know!!

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10 months ago

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County’s towns elect on Tuesday

Voters will cast ballots Tuesday in all six Shenandoah County towns.

Polls open at 6 a.m. and close at 7 p.m.

Polling places are the New Market, Mt. Jackson, Edinburg and Toms Brook fire stations. Woodstock and Strasburg voters will cast ballots at Central High School and Strasburg High School.

Those wishing to cast an absentee ballot may vote in person at the voter registrar office in the Shenandoah County Government Center Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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10 months ago

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A hard place between 2 rocks
Economies north and south are cooking; what’s wrong here?

Those eventually tasked with finding the cause of Shenandoah County’s precipitous fall from economic grace are likely to decide that its half-century love affair with textiles was a mistake.

When the textile boom went bust in the 1990s, Shenandoah County and many other rural communities across Virginia reliant on the jobs it brought to town in the 30s, 40s and 50s never fully recovered.

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No. it’s not embarrassing technology and looking forward. People here are stuck in the 50’s.

I think there is truth to the fact that the Republican leadership that has dominated politics in the county for decades has been asleep at the switch.

And you are a dumb country throw back.

10 months ago

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Public employees cheering
County taxpayers digging a little deeper to pay them

Shenandoah County supervisors Tuesday adopted a $69 million budget to finance government services and operate public schools during the year beginning July 1.

Supervisors also agreed to increase real estate and vehicle taxes and to use $2.5 million in surplus funds to balance the budget.

The real estate tax rate will increase from 60 cents for each $100 of value to 64 cents, and the tax on vehicles will increase from $3.60 to $3.90.

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10 months ago

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County tax vote Tuesday
School full funding seen a certainty

Shenandoah County supervisors will decide Tuesday how much more tax they will impose on homes and cars to support an ever-expanding local government, already the county’s largest and costliest business.

If supervisors approve the budget they propose, real estate taxes would increase from 60 to 66 cents per $100 of value, and the local tax on vehicles would rise from $3.60 per $100 of value to $3.90.

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The people of Shenandoah County are all ready taxed to death ...we are doubled taxed... county and town taxes we have to pay...why not take the wages of some of these county workers who are most definitely overpaid and use that money..instead of continuously taxing we the people..

Maybe they should think about how people are supposed to pay for it

All who voted for the two new supervisors, THANKS! THANKS FOR THE TAX INCREASE!

Unbelievable!

Cause God forbid they don’t get enough already!!

Tax on top of tax and nothing to show for it

SMH!

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10 months ago

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Living off government
Neighborly pride vanished, welfare filled the gap

Shenandoah County, a place once prideful of its neighborly generosity, today spends as much on its poor as it does to educate its children.

And the ranks of its poor continue to grow.

In seven years since 2010, state and federal funding for the county’s social services programs, once called welfare, has increased by 56 percent.

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Children born to single moms should be put up for adoption. This would remove one incentive to breed indiscriminately...

Such is the sad state of affairs of a dying county.

Just wondering has anyone done a count on who ,meaning male, female, what race. The whole story. That are getting this welfare.

11 months ago

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A big raise

No one should be surprised if the 1,000 employees of Shenandoah County Public Schools are dancing in the streets come April 17.

On that date, county supervisors are expected to adopt a 2019 budget that will increase salaries of all public school employees. Experienced teachers would see their wages increase by as much as 10 percent.

If approved, as expected, it would be the largest, one-year teacher salary increase in this county in more than a decade.

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I wish that the facts that were presented in a way that actually presents the truth. The median salary is based on taking all of the teachers salaries and finding the one in the middle. Therefore, that means we are heavy with more experienced teachers which raises that number up. However, losing 15 percent of our staff for the past four years isn’t keeping that number stable. The quoted number is also two years old and now we have had two more years of 15 percent a year turnover. The teachers have not been given consistent COLA’s and steps for many years. Now it is catch up time! Thank your previous board members for this big pill all of us will be swallowing. It hits all pockets at all income levels!

Will the learning and graduation rate increase as well. So that kids graduating from these schools have the skills to compete in the real world? Doubt it.

wish i could get that kind of raise wake up shenanndoah county aint fairfax but your gonna raise raise taxes dennis morrs is helpn the eldelery and disabled wrong ts bs

11 months ago

The Free Press

Town gardening for a cause

A community garden is about to take root in Strasburg.

Lord Fairfax Soil and Water Conservation District specialists have launched the Strasburg Community Garden Plot project, and have invited participation of townsfolk from all walks of life.

Nick Livesay and Alison Sloop have organized an urban garden for individuals interested in growing fruits and vegetables. But it’s not just about growing one’s own food: It will provide fresh food for some Strasburg churches that operate food pantries.

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11 months ago

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3 county students cited for volunteer work

Three Shenandoah County high school students have been cited for volunteer work.

Michaela Amari, a student at Strasburg High School, and Central High students Daniel Morel and Annabelle Palmer have received regional Youth Volunteer of the Year Awards.

The recognition comes through Lord Fairfax Community College and the United Way of Northern Shenandoah Valley. They were nominated by their schools.

Amari, Morel and Palmer were among eight selected. Other recipients were from James Wood, Millbrook, Clarke County and John Handley high schools.

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11 months ago

The Free Press

Taxes going up

Shenandoah County supervisors Tuesday agreed to advertise their intent to adopt a $69 million budget that would increase taxes on real estate and vehicles.

If adopted, the budget would increase spending on local government programs by at least 10 percent.

Board chairman Conrad Helsley said supervisors are “moving in the right direction.”

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I have a simple fix " don't spend what you don't have" Just work smarter with what you have The people of Shenandoah county have enough taxes on their plate now

Of course, why not! Everything goes up except my wages.

Let's get Real ..Let's advertise more Commercial business into Shenandoah County and STOP taxing the Ppl of the County! Stop Taxation!!!!!!

We have hired someone to solicit new business into Shenco. Not sure if there has been any takers on investing in our fine county. If we need to pay a little more for great teachers and great schools, I'm ok with it.....but we need to be super aggressive looking for new businesses and thinking outside the box for smart growth. You just can't wait for a call from an opportunity, you need to hit the road and go get them here.

Our county supervisors aren't interested in attracting any commercial growth into this county, never have never will, get real. Same old song and dance, tax the property owners to death. And as far as the constant increase in the schools buget compared to the increase in student enrollment is another head scrather.

The ppl of Shenandoah Co. are taxed to death...it's ridiculous

The Free Press needs to print the salary of county employees. Everyone needs to take a look at the delinquent real estate and personal property tax listing, public information on shenandoahcountyva.us -taxes then delinquent tax list. Surprising at some amounts owed. Then residents needs to fill the room at the meetings!

thanks dennis morris you are screwing us again just like always you don't care about low income people not trying to bring industry in bunch of selfish idiots bet they get a raise too for nothing funny how Frederick county always getting new businesses we never connrad helsley and dennis morris are u even tryin for new businesses in county probably not

Thanks Shruntz, Walker and Bailey for keeping our taxes artificially low for years and making us take a big gulp now.

To all those who virtue signaled in the ballot booth this past November by electing "non partisan" democrats, thank you.

unless every one stands up and takes a stand against the county they will do as they please because they dont care its time the voters take a stand

Yes, thank you to all the special interest people who think throwing money at your pet project will solve all of your problems. The rest of us who try to live within our means are over joyed at the prospect of allowing the County's agencies to help spend our money. We have consistently increased funding to our schools which have consistently have had trouble meeting certification. But more funding will help. The school system a boiler with a life expectancy of 24 years fail after 25 years surprising them and creating a budgetary emergency. Yes siree they will know how to manage capitol improvements. I said we would miss Cindy and Marsha, I just didn't realize how much and how quick.

Sad part is NOTHING anybody says will do any good. It isnt their money.

Got a car in 2016. Guess Ill be selling it. Car pymt. Insurance Town and county taxes.Cant afford anymore

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11 months ago

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Budget cutting begins
$40,000 salary study, $17,000 drone among early victims

Two weeks after fielding agency requests for $90.9 million to operate local government services for the next year, Shenandoah County supervisors remain at the budget chopping block.

By late Tuesday, supervisors had either cut or considered cutting 30 departmental requests totaling some $19 million.

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Does anyone pay to get behind the content wall? I can't imagine anything from FP being that interesting.

11 months ago

The Free Press

Laying groundwork
Economic development site work expanded

Consultants hired to evaluate publicly owned land in Shenandoah County for potential economic development now will consider the potential development of privately owned sites.

Shenandoah County taxpayers will foot the bill for that work.

The firm, Draper Aden Associates, told members of the Shenandoah County Industrial Development Authority Monday that it hopes to present its findings on public lands in two weeks.

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12 months ago

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12 months ago

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Strasburg gets tough with volunteers
Bad boy firemen threatened with eviction

In an unprecedented move, the Strasburg town council has threatened a series of punitive actions against the town’s volunteer fire department over activities ranging from underage boozing to sex with a minor.

During a fire department meeting Thursday, Strasburg Mayor Richard Orndorff told its members that the council has determined that the culture within the organization “is at best unacceptable and at worst morally reprehensible.”

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Sounds like a good plan Mayor Orndorff!

As I sit and watch a house burn, all I have to wonder is... where's Rich Orndorff? I don't see him out risking his life to save this home for the family that will now see devastating effects from this. Think a little about your volunteers that risk their lives everyday for YOU.

Good that the Mayor can throw the first stone...

Philip

Thank god someone is doing something

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12 months ago

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County budget: It’s a whopper

Shenandoah County’s governmental agencies are asking to spend $28 million more this year to provide public services, including schools, than is currently budgeted.

If approved, it would be the largest one-year budget increase in county history.

County supervisors Tuesday got their first look at a budget totaling $91.1 million for the year beginning July 1. The county budget for the current year is $62.4 million.

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