Woodstock Authorities make an arrest in a structure fire

Woodstock Authorities report an arrest in a structure fire over the weekend.

The Shenandoah County Department of Fire and Rescue reported to a structure fire around 10 p.m.  Fri. Aug. 12 on West Locust Street in Woodstock.

The structure was fully involved when firefighters from several regional companies arrived.

By 2:10 Saturday morning the fire was under control.

During the investigation authorities reviewed security footage that revealed a person in distinctive clothing in front of the structure before the fire was reported.

The footage led to the arrest of Ray Boyd Kerns of Toms Brook.

Kerns has been charged with one felony count of burning or destroying a building or structure.

Kerns has also been charged with a count of intentionally destroying, defacing or damaging a building.

Kerns was a member of the Woodstock Fire Department and is currently suspended.

The Woodstock Fire Department report that they are cooperating fully with investigators.

The structure was a 1902 wood frame multi story abandon building owned by Lena Frances Keegan.

No other buildings were damaged and no injuries were reported in the incident.

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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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VA. Legislature opens session with Woodstock’s Todd Gilbert as speaker

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The Virginia Political news letter reports that Woodstock Republican Todd Gilbert was elected in a unanimous vote as speaker of the house.

Gilbert is only the second speaker of the house from Shenandoah County in history.

The other being Democrat Henry Clay Allen from 1877 to 79.

According to the Montana Standard the Virginia General Assembly opened their 60 day session with Todd Gilbert as speaker yesterday.

Over those 60 days members of the house will craft a two year budget and discuss bills covering a range of issues including education, marijuana policies, voting rights and public safety.

The chamber will soon be presided over by Winchester Republican  Lt. Gov. Elect Winsome Earle Sears who will be sworn in on Saturday.

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Woodstock and Shenandoah County Authorities warn of a scam

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A Woodstock Police Department (WPD) social post warns of a scam being reported by some local businesses.

A person impersonating a WPD Officer or Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Deputy has been calling local businesses.

The person claims to be investigating either a counterfeiting scheme or similar crime.

An employee is then asked to manipulate the money in the cash register in some manner.

If you receive a call like this authorities ask that you hang up and call the agency the caller claims to represent to confirm the call.

The WPD ask that if you do receive a call like this or have questions call the dispatch center at (540) 459-6101 and ask to speak to an Officer or Deputy.

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Shenandoah County construction worker rescued

Thursday afternoon, Shenandoah County Emergency Communications Center received a 911 call about a construction worker trapped in an excavated ditch.

Before the arrival of emergency personnel, coworkers of the victim tried to remove dirt and perform rescue breaths.

Responders from the Harrisonburg-Rockingham County Technical Rescue Team aided in the recovery where they first stabilized the walls of the ditch before removing the victim 2 and a half hours after the initial incident.

Numerous fire and rescue departments from Edinburg, Woodstock, Mt. Jackson, and Shenandoah County aided in the rescue as well.

The victim was transported to UVA medical center via helicopter with non-life-threatening injuries.

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Woodstock Rescue Squad shifts operational oversight to SCFR

An email from Shenandoah County Fire and Rescue (SCFR) announced the shift of emergency response oversight of the Woodstock Rescue Squad (WRS) to SCFR.

The change goes into effect today Dec. 1 with no change or no effect on emergency services provided by WRS.

The steady decline in volunteerism in fire and rescue services nationwide led to administration shortfalls for the Woodstock squad.

Those shortfalls led to the change.

The WRS did take a proactive approach to the decline and assembled a citizen’s group to help provide oversight of the organization.

That group will continue to function as is, managing the administrative division of WRS.

SCFR will be providing employees and emergency services to Woodstock from this point forward.

To find out more about volunteering at your local fire and rescue department click here.

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Woodstock is flushing fire hydrants through 10/7

The town of Woodstock is flushing fire hydrants through Oct. 7 from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m..

The flush helps keep water lines free of deposit buildup and allows for mechanical checks.

You may experience low water pressure and discoloration in your home.

Turning on your cold water tap until the water clears will take care of any discoloration.

Drivers will need to be aware that you may find water in the roadways as well.

You can contact the Woodstock town office or department of public works with any concerns or questions.

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Central Outfitters

The Town of Woodstock and Central High school have put together Central Outfitters, it is an in house store for all Central students and parents.

Students or parents can make an appointment to privately shop the goods and pick up any school items, clothing items, or personal hygiene items they may need.

A long term project idea of the Principal Lori Swortzel of Central High School. All of the items were donated by the Woodstock community and the store was organized by the Girl’s basketball team.

Public transportation is coming to Shenandoah County

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Public transportation is coming to Shenandoah County.

The Shenandoah office of Economic and Community Development along with local governments of New Market, Woodstock, Toms Brook and Strasburg will bring transit service to the region.

The service begins October 4 with a ribbon cutting at the Shenandoah County Government Center Oct. 1 at 2 p.m..

ShenGo Transit will bring reliable bus service to the citizens of Shenandoah County for work, medical appointments and shopping.

The buses will travel along the Rt. 11 corridor 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

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Winchester and Woodstock’s latest drinking water test results

The City of Winchester and the Town of Woodstock have both announced that the latest sample of water from the north fork of the Shenandoah River taken less than a week ago continues to show no sign of toxins from the Algae Bloom.

Both the City and Town water supply continues to be completely safe to drink and can be used for all purposes.

Both Winchester and Woodstock will continue to monitor the water supply with the Virginia Department of Health as long as necessary.

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