Local tattoo artist wins awards

Tattoo artist Steven Jessee preps for a client inside Tried & True Tattoo in Front Royal. Jessee recently won awards  at the D.C. Tattoo Expo. Rich Cooley/Daily

January 20th, 2016

FRONT ROYAL – Tattoo artist Steven Jessee received first and second place awards for his creative designs last weekend at the D.C. Tattoo Expo.

When family time means ‘man the artillery’

John Davison, 67, of Cabin John, Maryland, stands alongside a cannon at Cedar Creek Battlefield on Friday afternoon in Middletown. Davison will join his Confederate soldiers today in celebration of the 151st Anniversary of the Battle of Cedar Creek.  Rich Cooley/Daily

October 16th, 2015

MIDDLETOWN – David and Susan Judy prepare for their weekend family reunion by setting up camp and unloading their artillery gun on the Cedar Creek battlefield near Middletown.

Teepee constructed to welcome native cultures

Chris (Comeswithclouds) White, of Bluemont, walks around a teepee he designed and constructed at Clermont Farm at the intersection of East Main Street and Va. 7 in Berryville. The teepee is being used to help advertise The Gathering, a festival that includes Kidz Harvest Fest, Harvest Dance and the Virginia Gourd Festival Oct. 30-Nov. 1. Rich Cooley/Daily

October 8th, 2015

BERRYVILLE – Those headed into Berryville for the upcoming harvest and cultural festival The Gathering will be greeted by a 24-foot tall teepee that organizers finished setting up this week at a corner of Clermont Farm.

Museum exhibit to showcase finery in film

Nancy Lawson, co-curator of the exhibit  "Cut! Costume and the Cinema," shows off a costume that actor Robert Downey Jr. wore in the 2009 production of "Sherlock Holmes." The costume is one of 43 period costumes worn by famous film stars on display at the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley in Winchester. The exhibit opens to the public on Saturday.  Rich Cooley/Daily

October 1st, 2015

WINCHESTER – Cascades of fabric and complex embroidery deck period film costumes displayed in the “Cut! Costume and the Cinema” exhibit opening this weekend at the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley.

Ghost hunters investigate spirits at Wayside Inn

September 29th, 2015

Ghost hunters with years of experience in pursuit of the paranormal will explore supernatural phenomena at the 218-year old Wayside Inn during a public investigation hosted by Spirit Watch Enterprises on Saturday.

1953 team reunites for baseball exhibit opening

Giles Darr, 74, of Front Royal, holds a bat, vintage glove, and his team jersey from the 1953 Little League All Star team. The Warren Heritage Society has created a display of  baseball memorabilia for Front Royal dating from the late 1800s to the 1960s that will open to the public this weekend. Rich Cooley/Daily

September 24th, 2015

FRONT ROYAL – When the Front Royal Little League team returned from its loss to Birmingham during the 1953 World Series semi-final game, the players were still greeted back home with cheering crowds and a parade.

All set to show

Joseph DiRoberto had raised his goat Little Buddy to show for the first time at the 2014 Shenandoah County Fair. Photo courtesy of Joann DiRoberto

August 27th, 2015

Young livestock exhibitors and their families in Shenandoah have been gearing up for their big moment at the 98th Shenandoah County Fair’s 4-H and FFA shows.

Pilots return from bucket list flight

Pilots Nevin Showman and John Billings fly over Texas  on the second day of their Wings Around America journey out of Luray Caverns Airport to raise awareness of charitable flying.  Courtesy Nevin Showman

August 12th, 2015

After a landmark two-week bucket list flight around the country, pilots John Billings and Nevin Showman are taking some time to record their stories and memories before returning to flying volunteer Angel Flight missions.

Veteran receives long-delayed medals

WWII veteran Jack Rickel, 92, of Front Royal, holds his five medals  during a ceremony Wednesday afternoon inside the Old Courthouse Civil War Museum in Winchester. U.S. Army Sgt. Rickel ended his service in 1944 after an injury.  Rich Cooley/Daily

July 8th, 2015

WINCHESTER — More than 70 years after earning his Bronze Star Medal as a U.S. Army sergeant, 92-year-old Front Royal veteran Jack Rickel finally received it in a ceremony along with other awards marking his service during World War II.

Tomato season adds variety to area salads

The tomato is a popular plant in a home garden. Photo courtesy of Janet Heishman

March 28th, 2015

Vegetable gardening doesn’t get much easier than growing tomatoes. Scientifically a fruit, it’s America’s favorite vegetable. But, without the right conditions, tomatoes are also easy to kill.

Local chef wins network cook-off show

Meghan Cooper

March 11th, 2015

WINCHESTER—When some folks get their 15 minutes in the spotlight, they’ll do anything to make it a half an hour. Meghan Cooper is not those of folks.

Middle East expert to lecture on region

Bert Englehardt, of Winchester, will present a series of lectures on contemporary Middle East issues and their direct effect on the average American beginning Sunday at Trinity Lutheran Church in Stephens City.  Rich Cooley/Daily

February 20th, 2015

The Middle East and the Arabic language weren’t in fashion when Bert Englehardt of Winchester entered Georgetown University in the early 1950s.

Film festival lineup revealed

February 5th, 2015

WINCHESTER — Film Club 3.0 Founder Andy Gyurisin admits it can be a challenge meeting heightened expectations following last October’s Lost Weekend film festival, though the next series of films comes close to raising the bar, if not matching it.

The fab pho

Vietnamese pho at CTE Restaurant in Winchester. Ryan Cornell/Daily

February 3rd, 2015

WINCHESTER — If you thought you had to travel inside the Beltway to grab a decent bowl of pho — the Vietnamese soup on every foodie’s radar — think again.

Belle Grove to kick off 2015 season

February 2nd, 2015

The Belle Grove Plantation hosts its annual cocktail party next weekend, kicking off this year’s “Hite of Excellence Extraordinary Series of Sumptuous Feasts.”