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January 31, 2009

WINCHESTER -- Old Jake should stay in its hometown, say some current and former residents who want to keep the historic weather vane in the city.

FRONT ROYAL -- Warren County resident Steve Foster says he believes it was divine intervention that allowed him and his mule, Grace, to be selected for an upcoming film starring Academy-Award winner Robert Duvall.

Strasburg Courtesy cars Laurel Hill Christian Church (Disciples of Christ): 465-3202 days, 465-3628 evenings. St. Paul Lutheran Church: Jack Jenkins, 465-3265. Strasburg Presbyterian Church: 465-3920 or Amos Orndorff, 465-8154. Strasburg...

Mr. and Mrs. James Stephens Sr. of White Post celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary at a family gathering at their home on Dec. 27.

Rosanna Hawkins and Robert Winner were married Dec. 13 at the St. Paul's Lutheran Church at Jerome.

January 30, 2009

WOODSTOCK -- Shenandoah Memorial Hospital is looking to expand its personnel -- offering great hours, rewarding work and the chance to meet a variety of new people.

The interior of the innocent-looking, '50s-era rancher looked like a setting for a Stephen King novel. Green spots covered almost every space in the Warren County residence. Green tendrils reached out across ceilings, choking a fan in one room, leaving it drooping like a giant, dead daisy.

January 29, 2009

Jose Antonio Perez is a long way from the Long Island, N.Y., neighborhood where he grew up. He is married and living in Winchester, and is preparing for his first art show. He brings his personal knowledge of the struggles of the city into his artwork that will be displayed as the feature exhibition of the eighth annual Black History Month Celebration, "My History: Your History," at the Shenandoah Arts Council in Winchester next month.

January 28, 2009

FRONT ROYAL -- Tommy Jones is back home to spend time with relatives and see some familiar faces -- and serve up some steaks and seafood in the process. Perhaps history -- as the slogan for Jones' new restaurant touts -- never tasted so good. Jones, 43, opened the Stonewall Jackson Restaurant on 915 N. Royal Ave. for business last month.

January 27, 2009

STEPHENS CITY -- "Find your level, ladies." The upbeat instructor repeats the steps she wants her students to follow. The women in the room dutifully respond, sweating to the music in this weekly fitness class in the community center at Sherando High School in Stephens City.

Front Royal School news The Warren County College Access Network will have financial aid assistance for graduating seniors and parents completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid on Saturday...

Winchester College news The following Winchester residents have been named to the dean's list at the College of William and Mary for the fall semester: Lissa Anderson, Jeremy Dorsey, Jeannette...

Woodstock College news Halley J. Dillon received a bachelor's degree in nursing from James Madison University during graduation ceremonies on Dec. 13. She was also commissioned from JMU's Army ROTC...

January 26, 2009

BERRYVILLE -- A new program offered by the Clarke County Parks and Recreation Department is designed to get area youth away from TV and video games and re-connected to the Earth.

January 24, 2009

Mr. and Mrs. McKenzie Sheetz-McKenzie Michelle Leigh Sheetz and Michael Stevenson McKenzie were married Dec. 27 at the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Strasburg. The bride is the daughter of...

College news Emily Swing of Winchester, a sophomore liberal studies major at Bridgewater College, has been named to the dean's list for the fall semester. Stephens City College news Cindee...

Woodstock Five generations Vivian Kump of Woodstock holds her great-great-granddaughter, Hanna Haycock. With her, left to right, are her great-great-granddaughter, Emma Haycock; great-granddaughter, Sarah Haycock; daughter, Carol Shaffer; and granddaughter,...

Funkhouser-Rutz Mr. and Mrs. James A. Funkhouser Jr. of Edinburg have announced the engagement of their daughter, Amanda Dawn, to Shawn D. Rutz, son of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Rutz...

January 22, 2009

Linden College news David Paul Ecklund of Linden has been named to the dean's list for fall semester at Shepherd University. Front Royal College news Courtney Vaught of Front Royal,...

Strasburg Card shower A card shower is planned for Cardinia King, who will celebrate her 90th birthday on Jan. 24. Her address is P.O. Box 254, Strasburg 22657. A birthday...

MIDDLETOWN -- In times of economic hardship, Americans always have fought the current of recession by relying on what can't be taken away: Talent, determination and ingenuity. Wayside Theatre's next performance, "Southern Cross Roads," is set in the Great Depression South and illustrates the country has made it through tough times before.

January 21, 2009

You've heard, "It tastes like chicken." Well, some cooks in the Northern Shenandoah Valley are more apt to say, "It tastes just like beef."

Front Royal Library news Samuels Public Library has acquired the following books for young adults: Fiction: "Sword of Waters," Bell; "Chosen," Cast; "Girl vs. Boy," Collins; "Anila's Journey," Finn; "Looks,"...

Woodstock Card shower A card shower is planned for Larry Freemon, who will celebrate his 75th birthday on Jan. 27. His address is 407 Kern St., Woodstock 22664....

January 20, 2009

Connie Dailey, of Stephens City, was diagnosed with fibromyalgia in 1994, a little more than two years after she was in a car accident that left her in severe pain.

Front Royal Library news Samuels Public Library has acquired the following adult nonfiction: "Bobbi Brown Makeup Manual," Brown; "The Reagan I Knew," Buckley; "Safe Passage," Cook; "The Book of U.S....

Toms Brook Card shower A card shower is planned for Connie and Otto Fuller, who will celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary on Jan. 24. Their address is 564 Mt. Olive...

Berryville Military news Navy Seaman Recruit Andrew G. Baldoni has completed U.S. Navy basic training at the Recruit Training Command at Great Lakes, Ill. The son of Deborah K. Smigocki...

January 19, 2009

FRONT ROYAL -- The Rev. James M. Kilby pulls out memento after memento as he tells a series of stories about his life.

January 17, 2009

Strasburg Courtesy cars Laurel Hill Christian Church (Disciples of Christ): 465-3202 days, 465-3628 evenings. St. Paul Lutheran Church: Howard Paige, 465-5682. Strasburg Presbyterian Church: 465-3920 or Amos Orndorff, 465-8154. Strasburg...

Front Royal Library news Samuels Public Library has acquired the following adult fiction: "Fragile Lives," Adams; "The Elegance of the Hedgehog," Barbery; "All the Windwrecked Stars," Bear; "The Christmas Sweater,"...

FRONT ROYAL -- It's a little more than 800 miles from Petal, Miss., to Front Royal, but like most of the country, the two communities will be united on Tuesday during the inauguration of Barack Obama as the nation's 44th president.

January 16, 2009

Christmas has come and gone, but many people may still be wondering how to make good use of their trees in its aftermath. Between 25 million and 30 million real trees are sold in the United States annually, according to the National Christmas Tree Association.

Allyson Copp of Woodstock received a bachelor's degree in elementary education at Radford University during graduation ceremonies on Dec. 20.

January 15, 2009

WINCHESTER -- The cast and crew of the Shenandoah Musical Theatre Ensemble are anxious for the curtain to go up on "Working."

FRONT ROYAL -- For anyone who loves the clear sound of an acoustic guitar or who can jam on the mandolin with the best of them, get ready, because there's a new show in town. The Front Royal Volunteer Fire Department kicks off its series of monthly bluegrass jam sessions Friday night at its station on Commerce Avenue.

January 14, 2009

WINCHESTER -- Whether because of its heft, unique maintenance or aversion to water, cast-iron cookware can be somewhat intimidating to first time users.

Front Royal Jill and Jason Alicie of Front Royal have announced the birth of a daughter, Meghan Kristina, on Dec. 27 at Winchester Medical Center. Joshua and Julie Grove of...

January 13, 2009

Auto club news Ted Morgan was installed as president of the Hoppers Auto Club and was also named its outstanding member in 2008 at its meeting Jan. 3. Other officers...

WINCHESTER -- That long, winter's nap can make a person sicker than the cold air outside, warn doctors and environmental health experts.

January 12, 2009

WINCHESTER -- Fly along with a scientist into the eye of a monster hurricane as it forms over the ocean. Join in the pursuit of important scientific information while chasing tornados through Tornado Alley. And, see what happens in the aftermath of these tremendous storms.

MIDDLETOWN -- When Kenny Hulse began volunteering at Belle Grove Plantation in Middletown more than four years ago, he could not have guessed that his time there would help him gain a greater foundation of his own family history. The Winchester resident recently learned he is an indirect descendent of original Belle Grove resident and owner Maj. Isaac Hite.

January 10, 2009

Front Royal Parks, rec news The Warren County Parks and Recreation Department and Warren County High School will hold a Wildcat baseball camp on Feb. 7, 14 and 21 from...

For one bedroom in Stephens City, no pets and no smoking, $1,000 won't get you a month's rent. In fact, the most a grand will buy is one night's stay -- at least during the days surrounding President-elect Obama's inauguration later this month.

Strasburg Courtesy cars Laurel Hill Christian Church (Disciples of Christ): 465-3202 days, 465-3628 evenings. St. Paul Lutheran Church: Howard Paige, 465-5682. Strasburg Presbyterian Church: 465-3920 or Amos Orndorff, 465-8154. Strasburg...

January 9, 2009

WINCHESTER -- Simple, environmentally friendly ways to save on home energy costs have been catching on. Homeowners all across the country are switching to fluorescent light bulbs, buying efficient appliances and resisting the urge to nudge the thermostat. It's a win-win -- less energy consumption means less pollution and costs less money.
Related: Winchester offering environmental workshops for residents

WINCHESTER -- Ready to make a change and go green, but don't really know where to start? Now there's a simple way to learn the basics of transforming a home into an environmentally friendly residence -- and it's free.

January 8, 2009

WINCHESTER — Different people from different times have different cultures, but there are few if any gulfs that friendship and understanding can’t bridge. That’s the premise of “Grace & Glorie,” the latest production at Winchester Little Theatre under the direction of Roxie Orndorff.

School news Ressie Jeffries Elementary School is the only Virginia school in the semi-finals of the Martin's A+ Rewards Video Contest. People may vote at martinsaplus.com/VideoContest09/VideoContest_Sch. Church news The Front...

January 7, 2009

You just began your new workout routine to fulfill your New Year’s resolution, but that doesn’t mean it is OK to pile the food on your plate.

January 6, 2009

Every time that ball drops to officially usher in a new year, hordes of people declare that this is the year they will start the march to reach their physical peak by going to the gym.

January 3, 2009

FRONT ROYAL -- Austin and Tyler Burdick were inspired by the solace of the lambs. Several years ago, the teens watched their grandmother battle the dark days of cancer by visiting with the lambs on the family's Flint Hill farm.

J. Robert Spencer is not partial to one genre of music. He loves everything about it. The music producer, writer, actor, singer, dancer, musician practically eats, sleeps and breathes it.

STRASBURG — The century-old sanctuary at Strasburg United Methodist Church is getting some window dressing. Craftsmen are repairing the putty and lead casing holding the colorful windows in place, putting new protective covering on the outside of the windows and, in some cases, replacing cracked or broken pieces of glass.

Winchester Toastmaster news Somnath Bhattacharrya received the competent leadership award and Mark West the advanced communicator bronze award at the meeting of the Winchester Toastmasters on Dec. 17. College news...

Strasburg Courtesy cars Laurel Hill Christian Church (Disciples of Christ): 465-3202 days, 465-3628 evenings. St. Paul Lutheran Church: Howard Paige, 465-5682. Strasburg Presbyterian Church: 465-3920 or Amos Orndorff, 465-8154. Toms...

January 2, 2009

Front RoyalVisitor center The Front Royal-Warren County Visitors Center will be closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays through March. The center will be open other days from 9 a.m. to 5...











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