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Block by block

Lexi Golden, 10, of Front Royal, assembles her Lego creation as she and her classmates take to the floor during after school Lego Club at E. Wilson Morrison Elementary School in Front Royal.    Rich Cooley/Daily

March 29th, 2015

FRONT ROYAL — Standing in a village of Lego rooms, fifth grade teacher Jill Alicie was unsure of what might happen.

Hearings set on merger

A van drives past the Fortsmouth Volunteer Fire Department , which is located off Lower Valley Road near the Warren and Shenandoah County line.  Warren County wants to close the Fortsmouth and Rivermont fire stations and build a new station.   Rich Cooley/Daily

March 29th, 2015

A three-year push to consolidate two Warren County volunteer fire stations appears to be entering its final stages with the approach of three public hearings scheduled within the next two months.

Back in the game

Chase Tasker, 13, of Middletown, watches his Skyline High School junior varsity baseball team warm up between innings of a recent game. Two years ago, Tasker underwent a heart transplant after suffering from a severe heart condition called dilated cardiomyopathy. Rich Cooley/Daily

March 27th, 2015

MIDDLETOWN — In spring of 2013, less than two months after heart surgery, 11-year-old Chase Tasker stepped up to bat for his Warren County Little League baseball team. He chose his pitch, connected with the ball and jogged to first base.

Fatal shooting case heading for grand jury

March 27th, 2015

The case against a Mount Jackson man accused of fatally shooting a woman with a stray bullet was dropped Friday in Shenandoah County General District Court, but the final outcome may still be a long way off.

Trail project draws interest

March 27th, 2015

A few Strasburg residents shared their thoughts this week on a proposed trail along U.S. 11 to Food Lion.

Passion play scheduled for Good Friday

March 27th, 2015

St. John’s Bosco Catholic Church will hold a non-denominational Passion play at its newly acquired property on Good Friday in Woodstock.

Va. Port Authority reports profit loss

March 27th, 2015

The Virginia Port Authority reported this week it incurred a $560,000 loss in February — due to winter weather — and that resulted in work slow downs and work stoppages.

Commission receives grant for study

March 27th, 2015

The Northern Shenandoah Valley Regional Commission received a $7,500 grant from the commonwealth to study consumer spending habits and areas of growth for outdoor recreation businesses in area communities.

Business Ledger

March 27th, 2015

Schenck Foods has announced the following employees have received Employee of the Year awards:


March 27th, 2015

A headline in Friday’s paper was incorrect. It should have read “Valley Wine Cellar set to close.”

Drescher named as new schools superintendent

Greg Drescher, right, assistant superintendent for instruction with Warren County Public Schools, laughs with Superintendent Pamela McInnis Thursday following the announcement at a special meeting that he will succeed her as superintendent, effective July 1 after she retires this spring.  Josette Keelor/Daily

March 26th, 2015

FRONT ROYAL — Greg Drescher, assistant superintendent for instruction with Warren County Public Schools, was announced the district’s new superintendent at a special meeting Thursday evening.

Above and beyond

Elizabeth Miller, deputy director at Starbase Academy in Winchester, engages with a student after averaging the data from their recent rocket experiment.   Rich Cooley/Daily

March 26th, 2015

WINCHESTER — Susan Corrigan has said that hers is the best teaching job there is.

Woman pleads guilty in fatal heroin overdose case

March 26th, 2015

A woman already serving a prison sentence in one heroin overdose death has pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to a charge stemming from her role in supplying heroin to a second person who died from an overdose.

Community meetings aim to spread awareness of heroin problem

March 26th, 2015

Members of the public will get a chance to receive an update on the region’s deepening struggle to control the spread of heroin at a public forum scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Stimpson Auditorium at Shenandoah University in Winchester.