COVID-19 Variant found in Northwest VA.

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The COVID-19 variant B.1.1.7 has been identified in a northwest Virginia resident.

Lord Fairfax Health District Director Dr. Colin Greene reminds us that continued mask wearing, social distancing as well as washing hands is the best way to protect ourselves.

The variant is associated with increased person to person transmission of COVID-19.

Dr. Greene stresses where the Lord Fairfax Health District is a part of the Northwest region the case may not be local.

Continued reinforcement of  COVID-19 protocols is the best way to protect oneself.

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A unique food drive at Central High School

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Shenandoah County Public Schools and Citizen Advocates Promoting Education (CAPE) will hold a unique food drive at Central High School.

Participants will use their donated can goods to create sculptures.

On May 7 Central High School offers space to create the sculptures on May 8 judging will take place starting at 10 a.m..

Categories for judging include most food items used, funniest, most creative, best construction and people’s choice.

Several local food banks and families in need will benefit from the food drive.

Get involved and find out more at (540) 246-4762 or contact CAPE.

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VA. Cooperative Extension extends a deadline

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Due to bad weather the deadline for new livestock members to enroll in either 4-H or FFA has been extended to Feb. 10 in Shenandoah County.

4-H/FFA Exhibitors must enroll by that deadline to show livestock at the 2021 Shenandoah County Fair.

Call the Shenandoah County Office of Virginia Cooperative Extension at (540) 459-6140 for more information.

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Woodstock appoints a new Town Manager

Aaron Grisdale has been appointed the new Woodstock Town Manager.

Grisdale replaces Angela Clem who begins her new position with the city of Harrisonburg.

Grisdale was unanimously approved to replace Clem at the regular monthly meeting of the Woodstock Town Council.

A Woodstock native, Grisdale joined the town staff as deputy town manager in September 2019.

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Shentel and T-Mobile make a deal

Shenandoah Telecommunications Company (Shentel) announced the purchase price of their wireless assets by T-Mobile is complete at $1.95 billion.

Shentel and T-Mobile expect the transaction will close in the second quarter of 2021.

After-tax proceeds for Shentel will be approximately $1.5 billion.

Shentel plans to use the proceeds to, among other things:

  • Repay approximately $702 million of outstanding term loans and swap liabilities and terminate the respective agreements;
  • Issue a special dividend of $18.75 per share to Shentel’s shareholders;
  • Provide adequate liquidity for growth and potential strategic acquisitions; and
  • Provide liquidity for general corporate purposes.

Shentel expects to pay the special dividend in the second quarter 2021 after the close of the Shentel Wireless transaction, subject to the approval of Shentel’s Board of Directors.

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School situation for Feb. 4, 2021


Shenandoah County Public Schools are open on time buses will be using snow day routes.

Frederick County Public Schools are open on time buses will use snow emergency routes.

Sports: Thursday, February 4, 2021

Area Hoop Scoreboard, Hornet Women Fall At Lynchburg, Cavs Back in Win Column

It was back on the hardwoods for several area basketball teams last night. In boys action, Skyline downed Warren County 75-54, Page beat Rappahannock 66-58, and Madison routed Luray 62-33. In girls hoop, Skyline defeated Warren County 54-42, and Luray outscored Madison 65-43.

A late 9-3 Lynchburg run spelled defeat for Shenandoah University Women’s Basketball last night, 63-58. SU led 49-48 with 2:34 left before Lynchburg pulled away. Sierra St. Cyr led Shenandoah with 24.

To the D-1 level, where number 14 Virginia beat NC State 64-57 last night. Trey Murphy and Sam Hauser had 18 apiece for the Cavaliers, who improved to 12-3. Meanwhile, Virginia Tech fell at Pittsburgh 83-72, as the Panthers got 47 points from it’s bench. The Hokies, who allowed 52 second half Panther points, fell to 13-4.

The Washington Capitals skate tonight against the New York Rangers. The Caps are currently in third place in the East Division with 15 points. Air time is 6:45 on The River 95-3.

And, don’t miss a play of Super Bowl 55 this Sunday when Tampa Bay takes on Kansas City. Complete play-by-play radio coverage can be heard on Sports Radio 1450 and The River 95-3. Kickoff happens at 6:30 from Raymond James Stadium in Tampa.