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VFW rebuilding plans on hold after fire

Aerial units from Warren County, Strasburg, and Stephens City attack the roof area of the Front Royal VFW Post 1860 on North Royal Avenue during the July 11 fire. Rich Cooley/Daily

July 28, 2015

The future location of VFW Post 1860 in Front Royal remains uncertain more than two weeks after a fire destroyed its headquarters building at 1847 N. Royal Ave.

Man charged with arson, burglary

July 28, 2015

A Harrisonburg man has been charged with arson and six other counts stemming from an investigation into a residential burglary in October.

A-Way 2 Play property sold

July 28, 2015

After lying inoperable for close to six years, 59 acres of what used to be A-Way 2 Play Family Sports Center near Woodstock were sold by residents Chris and Pamela Wells.

Bella, Waffle offer unique adoption opportunity

Waffle, a 3-year-old guinea pig,  is held by Clarke County Animal Shelter kennel attendant Brittany Fewell.  Josette Keelor/Daily

July 28, 2015

BERRYVILLE — Bella and Waffle are not typical residents of the Clarke County Animal Shelter. They aren’t cats or dogs, and they also aren’t hamsters, rabbits or the other sort of occasional animals that find their way into the Berryville shelter. Waffle is a guinea pig, and Bella is a chinchilla.

Fire station rocked by member’s accusations

July 27, 2015

Shenandoah County Fire Chief Gary Yew met Monday with officials from the Strasburg Fire Department to discuss an officer’s wide ranging accusations of misconduct and mismanagement in the department.

Man charged in dog’s stabbing death

July 27, 2015

A Warren County man has been charged with causing an animal’s death through torture after a necropsy conducted on a dead pit bull terrier concluded that the animal had been fatally stabbed.

Man charged with armed robbery

July 27, 2015

Frederick County sheriff’s deputies arrested and charged a Strasburg man Sunday night after investigating an armed robbery at a convenience store at 1832 Berryville Pike.

County, EDA looking into workforce answers

July 27, 2015

FRONT ROYAL — The Front Royal-Warren County Economic Development Authority and the Chamber of Commerce are starting a project focused on enhancing the area’s workforce opportunities.

A lifelong love of reading

At left, Iris Vann, 97,  a former elementary school teacher in Shenandoah County, and Laura Wade, a retired Sandy Hook Elementary librarian, look over children's books by  author Tasha Tudor, who lived in Vermont and died in 2007. Wade recently visited the author's 1830s-replica home, which is now a museum, and got Tudor's son to autograph a book for Vann.  Rich Cooley/Daily

July 26, 2015

STRASBURG — When Iris Vann started teaching in 1939, she taught at a little one-room schoolhouse in Fort Valley. Next she moved to a three-room school and taught all seven grades. Now 97, Vann recently recalled her years in Fort Valley and Toms Brook and at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Strasburg.

Building for the future

Warren County Superintendent of Schools L. Gregory Drescher stands at an adjustable keyboard in his office. Among his plans for the new school year is the hope of implementing a health and wellness initiative for students and staff.  Josette Keelor/Daily

July 26, 2015

FRONT ROYAL — Sitting at an asymmetrical cherry wood table he built himself, new Warren County Public Schools Superintendent L. Gregory Drescher said he has some constructive plans for the future of the school system.

Libraries offer summer fun

William Richards, 4, of Woodstock, reacts to The Loud Poetry Guy at the  Shenandoah County Library on Tuesday.    Rich Cooley/Daily

July 24, 2015

EDINBURG — Libraries are no longer the silent, no-talking zones they used to be, and recent additions at Shenandoah County Library are helping redefine what a library should be to its community.

Release policy worries Goodlatte

July 24, 2015

U.S. Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Roanoke, is asking the Justice Department for details on federal inmates convicted of violent crimes who may be eligible for release on Nov. 1 under a new policy allowing reductions in sentences for some federal drug offenders.

Local pilots set to leave on ‘Wings Around America’ trip

July 24, 2015

WOODSTOCK – From Edmund Pettus Bridge in Alabama to the Golden Gate Bridge in California, the cross-country venture — dubbed “Wings Around America” — of pilots John Billings and Nevin Showman will create a photo and video record in honor of charitable piloting.

Some charges dropped in cigarette smuggling case

July 24, 2015

The prosecution dropped three cigarette-smuggling related offenses Friday against a New York City man, but Juan Pablo Encarnacion is still facing an imposing list of related charges.