Shenandoah County

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.

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.

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.

Jail authority awaits final reports on inmate’s death

July 23, 2015

FRONT ROYAL — Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail Superintendent William T. Wilson said Thursday that the jail’s internal investigation into the recent death of an inmate will be concluded once the Warren County Sheriff’s Office wraps up its investigation.

Safety first

Darla Sue Moomaw, manager of the Woodstock Pool, takes a water sample along the edge of the pool on Tuesday. Moowaw and staff members take water samples for chlorine and pH on a daily basis. Town officials closed the pool Monday after fecal contamination was discovered in the water.   Rich Cooley/Daily

July 21, 2015

Monday was one of the hottest days of the summer, but Woodstock Pool wasn’t open.

Town adds to improvements plan

July 21, 2015

As the town of Woodstock inches closer to approving its 2016-22 Capital Improvements Plan, it has added a project to the mix calling for two athletics fields at the Wetzel Farm.

Educator spotlights love of agriculture

July 20, 2015

Some agriculture teachers might find middle school tough for inspiring a love of agriculture. Children change a lot at that age, said Derek Ritenour, this year’s Virginia Agriscience Teacher of the Year. But that’s also why he loves teaching middle school.

Building atop success

Dennis A. Dysart stands outside First Bank's headquarters at the corner of King and Holliday Streets in Strasburg. Dysart was recently named President and Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the Bank.  Rich Cooley/Daily

July 19, 2015

Valley native Dennis Dysart looking to help guide Strasburg-based First Bank into the future as its newly promoted president.