SCSO arrest child pornography suspect

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Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) announced an arrest in a child pornography case.

Deputies executed a search warrant in Maurertown in reference to the investigation.

On May 5 James Clifford Hawkins was placed under arrest on two counts of knowingly possessing child pornography and five counts of failing to register or verify registration information or knowingly providing false information to the Sex Offender and Crimes Against Minors Registry.

Hawkins is scheduled to appear in juvenile and domestic relations district court on June 16.

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VDOT schedules a public hearing in Strasburg today 4/20

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The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) confirms a public hearing is scheduled today Apr. 20 in Strasburg in an email.

 The  public hearing concerns improvements to Interstate 81.

This will involve improvements to the portion of 81 at the Shenandoah Warren County line near Strasburg.

The meeting is scheduled for 4:30 to 7 p.m. at the Strasburg High School at 250 Ram Drive.

The public is invited to the open forum to discuss projected improvements with VDOT officials and designers.

Written comments will be accepted at the meeting or 10 days after the meeting by mail addressed to Pamela Bowman 811 Commerce Rd. Staunton VA. 24401.

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Shenandoah County Sheriff seeks information on theft

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The Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) announced that they a seeking information on the theft of an Edinburg Church.

Deputies are investigating a theft from the Wakeman’s Grove Church in Edinburg that occurred Mar. 27.

Around 1 a.m. security footage shows a subject wearing a mask and gloves with a backpack in the church after hours.

The individual is thought to have taken money, a bass guitar, two laptops and a credit card from the church.

Anyone with any information on the incident is asked to contact Investigator Nickerson of the SCSO at (540) 459-6100.

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Public School Text Book Review

Shenandoah and Frederick County schools are in the process of adopting new textbooks for middle and high school courses. Parents and Community members are invited to review the materials being considered for adoption March 30- April 12 for Shenandoah County, March 30 – April 12 for Frederick County.

Those wishing to to participate in Shenandoah County please contact your local school to schedule an appointment.

For additional information, contact Supervisor of secondary Instructional Services for Frederick County DJ Cavalier at

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SCSO warns of a phishing scam

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Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) announced that members of the community have recently been targets of a phishing scam.

Callers with untraceable numbers will text a victim and attempt to set up a comfortable dialog.

Eventually the caller will try to convince the victim to send inappropriate pictures.

After the pictures are sent the caller will use them in an attempt to extort money or personal information from the victim.

The SCSO encourages parents to have a frank conversation with their children about the situation.

If you do receive a text or call from someone you don’t know wanting to start a relationship hang up and block the number.

It is suggested that you set all social media especially your child’s on private so only people you know and they know can contact you or them.

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Shenandoah County celebrates 250 years

An email from Shenandoah County Virginia’s Tourism and Economic Development Coordinator Brenda Black announced the county’s birthday celebration.

Shenandoah County begins the celebration of 250 years on March 26 at 6 p.m..

A birthday celebration will be held at the Virginia Museum of the Civil War in New Market with guest speakers, games, light refreshments, music with people and exhibits representing the county’s unique history.

The celebration on Mar. 26 will include cake.

The public is invited to honor the past to inspire the future in Shenandoah County.

Future events are Shenandoah county’s 250 anniversary Facebook page with new events listed weekly.

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Shenandoah Memorial Hospital is recognized

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Valley Health (VH) reports that Shenandoah Memorial Hospital (SMH) has been nationally recognized.

The hospital has been recognized by the Chartis Center for Rural Health as one of the top 100 critical access facilities.

There are 1,353 federally designated critical access hospitals serving rural areas in the United States.

Chartis uses publicly available data to assess and benchmark a rural hospital’s performance based on 36 relevant indicators.

The performance indicators include quality, outcomes, increasing patient satisfaction and operating at a lower cost.

The 100 highest scoring critical access hospitals earn a spot on the Chartis list.

SMH is the only hospital in Virginia to receive the honor and recognition in 2022.

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Fatal hang glider crash in Shenandoah County

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Virginia State Police are investigating a fatal hang glider crash that occurred Thursday afternoon in Shenandoah County.

The pilot during the crash was Ward Odenwald, 71, of Woodbine, Maryland.

It is believed the hang-glider lost control and then crashed into a tree before coming to the ground near the intersection of Woodstock Tower Road and Burnshire Lane.

His remains were transported to the Medical Examiner’s Office in Manassas for an autopsy.

Odenwald was the only occupant of the glider and no one else was on the ground near the crash.

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Mt. Jackson business is destroyed by fire

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The Mount Jackson Police Department reports that Shenandoah County Authorities responded to a fire at approximately 3 a.m. Sat. Feb. 26.

Authorities had to shutdown Route 11 to fight fire that destroyed the Randy’s Do It Best Hardware Store in Mount Jackson.

Nearby residents were temporally evacuated due to heavy smoke.

An ABC news report states that the building sustained an estimated $2 million in damage including building and inventory.

That report also states that a firefighter may have been transported to the hospital for smoke inhalation with no other injuries reported.

Mount Jackson fire fighters along with units from Woodstock, Rockingham and Page Counties responded to the incident.

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Page County couple is sentenced on drug charges

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A news release from the United States Attorney’s Office Western District of Virginia confirms the sentence of a Luray Resident.

Danica Lee Strate of Luray  pleaded guilty on Feb. 4 to one count of the possession of 29 pounds of methamphetamine.

Strate and co-defendant Gene Stidham were living in Stanley in 2019 when law enforcement and a probation officer raided their residence.

During the search crystal methamphetamine, a wallet and plastic bags were recovered.

Later a subsequent search uncovered a duffel bag with the 29 pounds of methamphetamine, cash, scales, pistol and other items.

Stidham has since been sentenced to 15 years in federal prison for illegal drug trafficking offenses.

Strate has been sentenced to 10 years in federal prison after pleading guilty to similar charges.

The investigation was conducted by Page County Authorities, Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and explosives and Virginia State Police.

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