Gary Bunch, of Stephens City, checks over one of the new bicycles that are among gifts donated or bought for Toys for Tots inside the Stephens City distribution center.  The Toys for Tots chapter serves Shenandoah, Warren, Frederick, Clarke and Page counties. Rich Cooley/Daily
Gary Bunch, of Stephens City, checks over one of the new bicycles that are among gifts donated or bought for Toys for Tots inside the Stephens City distribution center.  The Toys for Tots chapter serves Shenandoah, Warren, Frederick, Clarke and Page counties. Rich Cooley/Daily

Pitching in for Santa

November 27th, 2014

Santa Claus has a difficult time placing gifts under the tree for many needy families, so several area organizations and groups in the area have stepped up to provide children with gifts and toys this Christmas season.

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Public schools closed today

November 26th, 2014

Area public schools are closed today – some due to inclement weather and others due to the Thanksgiving holiday.

Spirit of sharing

Salvation Army of Front Royal volunteers, from left, Ann Crum, William Danh, Eleanor Chadwell and Capt. Beth Forrer pack bags on Monday morning for Thanksgiving meal deliveries they were planning on making on Tuesday. The Salvation Army also plans to host a community Thanksgiving dinner from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday. Josette Keelor/Daily
Salvation Army of Front Royal volunteers, from left, Ann Crum, William Danh, Eleanor Chadwell and Capt. Beth Forrer pack bags on Monday morning for Thanksgiving meal deliveries they were planning on making on Tuesday. The Salvation Army also plans to host a community Thanksgiving dinner from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday. Josette Keelor/Daily

November 25th, 2014

As the region prepares for a Thanksgiving with friends and family, area organizations plan dinners that emphasize community.

Heavy traffic expected for holiday travel

November 25th, 2014

Thanksgiving is almost upon the Shenandoah Valley, so expect traffic congestion around I-66 and I-81 Sunday, according to the Virginia Department of Transportation.

Winchester set for ‘Plaid Friday’

November 25th, 2014

WINCHESTER — Everybody knows the Black Friday routine. The day after Thanksgiving, shoppers, having barely digested their turkey and cranberry sauce, line up outside of retailers and malls, then jostle one another to pick up marked-down big screen televisions and the latest toys.

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Winchester set for ‘Plaid Friday’

November 25th, 2014

WINCHESTER — Everybody knows the Black Friday routine. The day after Thanksgiving, shoppers, having barely digested their turkey and cranberry sauce, line up outside of retailers and malls, then jostle one another to pick up marked-down big screen televisions and the latest toys.

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JMU roundup: Dukes sign five for softball

November 26th, 2014

HARRISONBURG — The James Madison University softball program has signed five players to a National Letter of Intent during the early signing period, head coach Mickey Dean announced Wednesday.

Park aiming to reward visitors

November 25th, 2014

Shenandoah National Park is looking to reward its visitors during the Thanksgiving holiday and winter months.

The Next Step

Warren County junior Zach Beckner, left, spars with teammate Brett Binnix practice on Monday afternoon. Beckner, last season's runner-up in the 106-pound weight class at the Group 3A state tournament, returns to lead the Wildcats this season. Brad  Fauber/Daily
Warren County junior Zach Beckner, left, spars with teammate Brett Binnix practice on Monday afternoon. Beckner, last season's runner-up in the 106-pound weight class at the Group 3A state tournament, returns to lead the Wildcats this season. Brad  Fauber/Daily

November 25th, 2014

FRONT ROYAL — Warren County High School junior Zach Beckner reflects back on the 2013-14 high school wrestling season quite a bit.

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Pitching in for Santa

Gary Bunch, of Stephens City, checks over one of the new bicycles that are among gifts donated or bought for Toys for Tots inside the Stephens City distribution center.  The Toys for Tots chapter serves Shenandoah, Warren, Frederick, Clarke and Page counties. Rich Cooley/Daily
Gary Bunch, of Stephens City, checks over one of the new bicycles that are among gifts donated or bought for Toys for Tots inside the Stephens City distribution center.  The Toys for Tots chapter serves Shenandoah, Warren, Frederick, Clarke and Page counties. Rich Cooley/Daily

November 27th, 2014

Santa Claus has a difficult time placing gifts under the tree for many needy families, so several area organizations and groups in the area have stepped up to provide children with gifts and toys this Christmas season.

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Roger Barbee: It’s not time to lay it down

November 23rd, 2014

While walking the hound one recent morning, I noticed that the sun had yet to clear Short Mountain which was shrouded in a soft apricot-like glow. A heavy frost lay on the grass and roofs. It was a chilly, but clear November morning with promises of a warm afternoon that would offer time for some late gardening chores before real cold arrived.

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