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Celebrating Friday at the Bloom

Kari Nichols, 31, left, and Missy Fletcher, 37, right, both of Winchester, dance to the band Souled Out during the Apple Blossom  Bloomers' Luncheon on Friday in Winchester. Rich Cooley/Daily

April 29, 2016

The 89th Apple Blossom Festival kicked into high gear Friday with lunches, parties and the Firefighter’s Parade, ending with a bang at the fireworks show on the Handley High School campus.

Judge OKs School Board viewing of videotape

Tim Carter

April 29, 2016

A judge ruled Friday that Shenandoah County School Board members should be allowed to view a videotape that Sheriff Timothy C. Carter had been withholding from them on grounds that it was part of an ongoing criminal investigation and a legal requirement to protect the identity of juveniles.

Apple Blossom special guests share their experiences

From left, Miss Apple Blossom Outstanding Teen Trilby Brown, Miss Apple Blossom 2016 Cameron Smith and Miss Virginia 2015 Savannah Lane talk about their Apple Blossom experiences. 
 Rich Cooley/Daily

April 29, 2016

After years of attending the Apple Blossom Festival and Ladies’ Horticultural Luncheon, nursing educator and researcher Dr. Pam Webber has seen this year’s Bloom from a different perspective as the luncheon’s guest speaker.

Wading waters

Ashley Ardinger, 23, left, and Wayne Wilson, 24, right, both of Harrisonburg, wade in the North Fork of the Shenandoah River near Camp Lupton east of Woodstock while fishing recently. Rich Cooley/Daily

April 29, 2016

Ashley Ardinger, 23, left, and Wayne Wilson, 24, right , both of Harrisonburg, wade in the North Fork of the Shenandoah River near Camp Lupton east of Woodstock while fishing on Monday. Rich Cooley/Daily

SVEC hires new president and CEO

Michael Hastings

April 29, 2016

Shenandoah Valley Electric will have its sixth president and CEO in its history, now that Michael Hastings has assumed the title. Hastings replaces current president and CEO Myron D. Rummel, who is retiring.

Blue Peacock stocks the real thing

Tanya and Terry Singleton, owners of the Blue Peacock in Winchester,  have more than 30 vendors selling a variety of antiques in the shop.  Nathan Budryk/Daily

April 29, 2016

WINCHESTER- The Blue Peacock antique shop at 326 South Braddock Street holds more than kitschy wall signs and collectible coins. According to the shop’s owners, it is home to as many stories as it is items in its 10,000 square feet, along with a level of quality that just doesn’t exist in products made today.

Middletown mayor at White House during lockdown

April 29, 2016

Middletown mayor Charles Harbaugh got more than he bargained for during a White House tour on Wednesday when a man threw what were described as personal belongings over the White House fence, triggering a lockdown of the building and adjacent Lafayette Park.

Business Ledger

April 29, 2016

 
Bonnie Blue Southern Market and Bakery took home the silver medal from Virginia.org’s Virginia is for Lovers Best Bakery competition.

Apple Blossom Queen’s Dinner

Queen Shenandoah designate LXXXIX Ahna Cameron makes her entrance to the Queen's Dinner on Thursday night at the Best Western Lee-Jackson in Winchester, as she is escorted by Kyle Kremer, 16, of Winchester. The event, which is hosted by area civic clubs, was sponsored by The Village at Orchard Ridge, The Northern Virginia Daily and Barefoot Wine.  Rich Cooley/Daily

April 29, 2016

Queen Shenandoah designate LXXXIX Ahna Cameron makes her entrance to the Queen’s Dinner Thursday night as she is escorted by Kyle Kremer, 16, of Winchester Thursday night at the Best Western Lee-Jackson in Winchester. The event, which is hosted by area civic clubs, was sponsored by The Village at Orchard Ridge, The Northern Virginia Daily, and Barefoot Wine.
Rich Cooley/Daily

Sweet Success

Meghan Fisher, 37, of Winchester, won first place in the adult division of this year's Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival apple pie baking contest. Kaley Toy/Daily

April 28, 2016

WINCHESTER – The aroma of apple pie wafted throughout the Marker-Miller Orchards market during the 89th annual Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival apple pie baking contest Thursday.

Higher tax rate may not mean higher bills

April 28, 2016

WOODSTOCK – Even with the higher property tax rate that was approved this week, taxpayers – including members of the Shenandoah County Board of Supervisors – whose property values decreased shouldn’t see bills increase, and some might pay less.

Jail budget of $14 million nearing approval

April 28, 2016

The Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail Authority is edging toward approval of a budget that calls for around $14 million in expenditures for fiscal year 2017.

Engineering a new kind of pest control

The brown marmorated stink bug is a pest in farmers' fields and orchards as well as in the home.   Rich Cooley/Daily

April 28, 2016

As the winter cold gives way to spring, the pesky brown marmorated stink bug population will start crawling from refuge in attics and buildings to lay eggs and wreak havoc on crops later in the season.