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County investigating cause of antique store fire

WOODSTOCK — The Shenandoah County Fire Marshal is investigating the cause of a fire that destroyed a Woodstock antique store on Feb. 10. According to Lt. Aaron Sigler of Woodstock Fire Department, crews at the station received a call about a structure fire at 5:57 a.m. and arrived at Just Looking Antiques and Thrift Shop at 164 N. Main St. three minutes later. The 3,200-square-foot building was engulfed in flames by the time crews got there, Sigler said.

Council schedules public hearing for new industrial zone

MOUNT JACKSON — On Tuesday, Mount Jackson Town Council scheduled a joint public hearing with the Planning Commission for a proposed amendment that would create a new zoning district in town. The hearing will be held at the town offices on Monday, March 6 at 7 p.m. The proposed general industrial, or I-2, district would allow 18 kinds of industrial and commercial enterprises by right, and an additional four uses by special use permit. The amendment would also adjust the town’s existing limited industrial, or I-1, district to allow 18 uses by right and six by special use permit. Currently, 28 uses require a special use permit and none are allowed by right. Council members and commissioners started discussing the amendment in January as a way to make it easier for companies to open, expand or relocate to the area.

Strasburg to get some ‘LOVE’

STRASBURG – Town leaders are asking residents where a Virginia LOVEwork sculpture should be placed in town. The town placed a survey on its website and in residents’ February water bills asking whether the sculpture should be placed at the outdoor pavilion being constructed east of Town Hall or at the Gateway to Shenandoah Visitor Center at the Hupp’s Hill Civil War Park. Responses are due by March 17. The Virginia Tourism Corporation operates the LOVEwork program as a way to promote family-friendly tourism across the state. Sixty-seven cities and towns in Virginia have permanent LOVEwork sculptures, according to virginia.org. The VTC also establishes temporary LOVEwork signs across the state on a rotating basis.

Shenandoah County residents to schools: Fund STEM, CTE

WOODSTOCK — More than 690 Shenandoah County residents voiced their support for STEM, preschool and Career and Technical Education funding through an online budget survey in January. Shenandoah County Public Schools conducted the survey on its website from Jan. 13 and Jan. 27. Results were released on Feb. 1. The survey received 609 responses, with 314 of them, or 52 percent, coming from school employees and 295 from parents, students and other county residents. When asked what the division’s top three funding priorities should be, 263 respondents chose Career and Technical Education, 172 chose school technology and 147 chose preschool programs. Other choices included summer school, virtual courses and the Biomedical Academy at Central High School.

Shenandoah County tourism office launches rebranded website

WOODSTOCK – The Shenandoah County tourism office has launched a solo website as part of a rebranding campaign that was announced in December. The site, called visitshenandoahcounty.com, debuted on Friday. No official tracking numbers are available yet, Tourism Director Jenna French said Wednesday, but she has already fielded more online requests for county visitor guides than is usual for midwinter. Mountain High Media in Charlottesville developed the site at a cost of $18,500. It was funded with a $50,000 Virginia Tourism Corporation grant the county received in September. The site is part of a regional branding campaign, dubbed “Today’s Shenandoah Valley,” that eight counties and five cities are participating in to boost Valley tourism. French unveiled Shenandoah County’s role in the campaign to the Board of Supervisors in December. The site lists options for lodging, outdoor recreation, dining and shopping. Each of the county’s six towns has its own link, and links to sample itineraries and travel packages are also available.

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