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Alumni at last

Chelsey Butler, vice president of the class of 2016, holds her diploma at Warren County High School's graduation Friday.  Jake Zuckerman/Daily

May 27, 2016

The Warren County High School class of 2016 graduated Friday night in Front Royal. Class President Richard Vo delivered a graduation speech, and members of his class showed their enthusiasm by wearing custom-decorated caps and tossing around beach balls. Jake Zuckerman/Daily

Students seek expansion of dual enrollment program

From left, Kinsey Wilk, 17, of Fort Valley; Alexandra Kahl, 17, of Basye; and Tyler Hinkle, 17, of Quicksburg, recently made a presentation to school administrators on why the county's dual enrollment program needs to be expanded.  Kaley Toy/Daily

May 27, 2016

MOUNT JACKSON – Massanutten Regional Governor’s School students explain to Shenandoah County educators why expanding course offerings at the college level is important for high school students, giving them the opportunity to earn the governor’s scholars certificate and associate’s degree, saving time and money before moving on to college.

Open For Business

Teresa Funkhouser, former mayor of Toms Brook, leaves the town's new Dollar General store after purchasing some groceries. The store opened for business on Thursday. Funkhouser said the addition of the store is great news for Toms Brook. Nathan Budryk/Daily

May 27, 2016

Teresa Funkhouser, former mayor of Toms Brook, leaves the town’s new Dollar General store after purchasing some groceries. The store opened for business on Thursday. Funkhouser said the addition of the store is great news for Toms Brook. Nathan Budryk/Daily

Throwback candy store now open in Front Royal

Stephonie Baker, of Linden, bags candy recently in I Want Candy, a retro penny candy store located on Chester Street in Front Royal. Baker shop offers more than 150 varieties of candy.   Rich Cooley/Daily

May 27, 2016

FRONT ROYAL – I Want Candy, a retro penny candy store is now open just off of Main Street. The store, located at 12 Chester St., offers bulk candy, candy by the piece and unique candy creations and presentations for weddings, birthdays and other events.

A sea of red, white, blue

Pamela and Gregory "Junior" Long stand amid a sea of American flags at their family's home in Strasburg.  This year the Longs planted more than 2,000 flags and 120 crosses for their Memorial Day commemoration.  Jake Zuckerman/Daily

May 27, 2016

Pamela and Gregory “Junior” Long stand amid a sea of American flags at their family’s home in Strasburg. This year the Longs planted more than 2,000 flags and 120 crosses for their Memorial Day commemoration. Jake Zuckerman/Daily

Strasburg man dies in crash

May 26, 2016

BERKELEY SPRINGS- A 74-year-old Strasburg, Virginia, man died in a single-vehicle accident Thursday after his vehicle traveled off Route 522 and rolled into the woods, according to Morgan County Sheriff Vince Shambaugh.

Skyline seniors engaged in hands-on learning

Skyline High School seniors Gabi Huebner and Christian Madden stand in front of the mural in the school's senior lounge. Rachel Mahoney/Daily

May 26, 2016

Gabi Huebner and Christian Madden, the top female and male students in Skyline High School’s 2016 graduating class, will be able to take a bit of practical experience to college with them.

R-MA grads look to college careers steeped in science

Randolph-Macon Academy students William Wong, left, and Johnny Wong, who are brothers,  will speak as salutatorians at the school's commencement ceremony Saturday morning. Rachel Mahoney/Daily

May 26, 2016

FRONT ROYAL – Among the Randolph-Macon Academy class of 2016, co-salutatorian brothers Johnny Wong and William Wong will be two graduates who hang up their uniforms and pursue education excellence in college.

April frosts kill some local apple varieties

John Marker, of Marker Miller Orchards, pulls dead and diseased Golden Delicious apples from a tree. He said he suspects the cold days in early April killed them off and now he's trying to see how much of the variety he can salvage. Jake Zuckerman

May 26, 2016

The apple connoisseurs of the Shenandoah Valley will be noticing a lack of one of the most popular strains of the fruit this fall, after a blistering April wiped out some early blooming varieties.

Students work on energy savings solution for school

May 26, 2016

MOUNT JACKSON – A group of Massanutten Regional Governor’s School students in Mount Jackson spent the past school year researching the viability of installing solar panels outside the school in order to create energy savings for the school.

Clarke, Shenandoah top asset forfeiture counties

May 25, 2016

Money obtained from cash and the sale of personal property linked to criminal activity continued to flow into area police agencies in 2015, despite an interruption late in the year.

Warren seniors have spirit to spare

Warren County High School senior and class president Richard Vo talks recently about the speech he'll deliver to the class of 2016 at the school's commencement ceremony in the school gym Friday evening.  Rachel Mahoney/Daily

May 25, 2016

When he delivers his speech at commencement on Friday, Warren County High School senior and class president Richard Vo will give his own words of encouragement to his fellow 2016 graduates.

County man sentenced in child molesting case

Mark Darnell

May 25, 2016

Mark Edward Darnell insisted at a sentencing hearing Wednesday that he was no child molester, but Circuit Judge Dennis L. Hupp decided otherwise and ordered him to serve 4 ½ years in prison.

Economic analysis depicts a sluggish Strasburg

May 25, 2016

The Strasburg planning commission discussed a report Tuesday detailing the city’s sluggish recovery from the 2008 recession and the findings’ relevance to the Northern Shenandoah Business Park.