In The Spotlight

Spring in bloom

Barbara Sawyers, 63, of Front Royal, walks past a blooming redbud tree along Pine Street near her home recently. Rich Cooley/Daily

April 23, 2015

Barbara Sawyers, 63, of Front Royal, walks past a blooming redbud tree along Pine Street near her home recently. Rich Cooley/Daily

Spring painting

Jason Glascock, of Bentonville, uses the bed of his pickup truck to stand on as he spray paints this row of buildings along Kidd Lane off Main Street in Front Royal on a spring afternoon. Rich Cooley/Daily

April 22, 2015

Jason Glascock, of Bentonville, uses the bed of his pickup truck to stand on as he spray paints this row of buildings along Kidd Lane off Main Street in Front Royal on a spring afternoon. Rich Cooley/Daily

A little off the top

Roy Custer, of Edinburg, trims the top portion of a tree limb off Toll House Road in Maurertown on a recent spring afternoon. Rich Cooley/Daily

April 17, 2015

Roy Custer, of Edinburg, trims the top portion of a tree limb off Toll House Road in Maurertown on a recent spring afternoon. Rich Cooley/Daily

Stepping out

April 15, 2015

Aurelio Lopez walks his son Marcelo, 19 months, around the brick walkway outside the gazebo area on East Main Street in Front Royal on a spring afternoon. Rich Cooley/Daily

Ram donation

Bernice Rowan, 60, left, of Bluemont, chats with Strasburg High School athletic director Matt Hiserman, right, about the Fannin ram she recently donated to the high school. Rowan, a big-game hunter and a 1972 Strasburg High School graduate, shot the animal during a 2005 hunting trip in Alaska. Rowan, a hunter for 35 years, has hunted in Alaska and Africa and holds the record for the largest brown bear killed in Alaska at 10 1/2 feet tall. The mount will be displayed in the Ram Wall of Fame area showcasing the school's athletes. Rich Cooley/Daily

March 24, 2015

Bernice Rowan, 60, left, of Bluemont, chats with Strasburg High School athletic director Matt Hiserman, right, about the Fannin ram she recently donated to the high school. Rowan, a big-game hunter and a 1972 Strasburg High School graduate, shot the animal during a 2005 hunting trip in Alaska. Rowan, a hunter for 35 years, has hunted in Alaska and Africa and holds the record for the largest brown bear killed in Alaska at 10 1/2 feet tall. The mount will be displayed in the Ram Wall of Fame area showcasing the school’s athletes. Rich Cooley/Daily

Final adjustment

Jeffrey Benko, of Front Royal, makes an adjustment to a fishing lure as the fishes in his kayak in Lake Frederick on Monday. Rich Cooley/Daily

March 17, 2015

Jeffrey Benko, of Front Royal, makes an adjustment to a fishing lure as the fishes in his kayak in Lake Frederick on Monday. Rich Cooley/Daily

Car-bank crash

Front Royal Master Police Officer Steve Mauck looks over the damage after this 2008 Honda Accord crashed into the BB&T Bank  at the Royal Plaza Shopping Center on Monday morning. According to police officer Brad Pennington, Mary Dundle, 64, of Manassas Park, was in the parking lot and put her foot on the accelerator instead of the brake and struck the building. Warren County Building Official David Beahm estimated damages to the bank building between $15,000-20,000. Pennington estimated the car damages at $1000. No charges were filed and there were no injuries following the 10:45 a.m. incident.   Rich Cooley/Daily

March 16, 2015

Front Royal Master Police Officer Steve Mauck looks over the damage after this 2008 Honda Accord crashed into the BB&T Bank at the Royal Plaza Shopping Center on Monday morning.

Beam me up

Construction crews raise the steel components of the South Fork of the Shenandoah River bridge under construction in Front Royal on Wednesday afternoon. The $48.4 million project is slated to be completed in late 2017. Rich Cooley/Daily

March 11, 2015

Construction crews raise the steel components of the South Fork of the Shenandoah River bridge under construction in Front Royal on Wednesday afternoon. The $48.4 million project is slated to be completed in late 2017.

Another dusting

Bill Caudill, 82, clears his driveway outside his home on  West 15th Street in Front Royal on Thursday.  Rich Cooley/Daily

February 26, 2015

Bill Caudill, 82, clears his driveway outside his home on West 15th Street in Front Royal on Thursday. Rich Cooley/Daily

Winter fuel

Kate Rudacille stacks firewood outside her Luray Avenue residence in Front Royal on a cold winter afternoon.  Rich Cooley/Daily

February 19, 2015

Kate Rudacille stacks firewood outside her Luray Avenue residence in Front Royal on a cold winter afternoon. Rich Cooley/Daily

Clutch performance

Tyrone Ambers  works on replacing the clutch in his car outside his apartment off Blue Ridge Avenue in Front Royal recently.   Rich Cooley/Daily

February 5, 2015

Tyrone Ambers works on replacing the clutch in his car outside his apartment off Blue Ridge Avenue in Front Royal recently. Rich Cooley/Daily

Park Walk

Paula Conroe, left, and her daughter Melissa Fisher, right, both of Front Royal, take a brisk walk along the Eastham Park Trail on a cold winter afternoon. Rich Cooley/Daily

January 28, 2015

Paula Conroe, left, and her daughter Melissa Fisher, right, both of Front Royal, take a brisk walk along the Eastham Park Trail on a cold winter afternoon. Rich Cooley/Daily

Taking flight

Larry Smith comes in for a landing in his hang glider off Tower Road east of Woodstock on a cold winter afternoon. Rich Cooley/Daily

December 26, 2014

Larry Smith comes in for a landing in his hang glider off Tower Road east of Woodstock on a cold winter afternoon. Rich Cooley/Daily

Christmas spirit

Rebecca Young, of Edinburg, is decked in the Christmas spirit as she sings outside the Walmart in Woodstock on Tuesday afternoon. Young is a teacher at Central HIgh School in Woodstock. Schools dismissed Tuesday afternoon for the Christmas holiday.  Rich Cooley/Daily

December 23, 2014

Rebecca Young, of Edinburg, is decked in the Christmas spirit as she sings outside the Walmart in Woodstock on Tuesday afternoon. Young is a teacher at Central HIgh School in Woodstock. Schools dismissed Tuesday afternoon for the Christmas holiday. Rich Cooley/Daily

Beneath the wreath

Colleen VanCleave walks her cocker spaniel Mattie  on very merry, holiday-decorated East  Main Street in Front Royal recently.  Rich Cooley/Daily

December 17, 2014

Colleen VanCleave walks her cocker spaniel Mattie on very merry, holiday-decorated East Main Street in Front Royal recently. Rich Cooley/Daily

Lighting the way

WILD TREE LIGHTS

December 8, 2014

Antone Lindsey, 8, left, and his brother Eric, 10, right, walk past a line of lighted trees along King Street in Strasburg on Monday. The lighted trees offered extra light on the cloudy afternoon. Rich Cooley/Daily

Decking the Hall

Oscar Martinez, 10, of Front Royal, decks Front Royal's Town Hall outside Main Street on Monday afternoon. Martinez and about 20 other students from E. Wilson Morrison Elementary helped to decorate the windows for the Christmas season. Rich Cooley/Daily

November 24, 2014

Oscar Martinez, 10, of Front Royal, decks Front Royal’s Town Hall outside Main Street on Monday afternoon. Martinez and about 20 other students from E. Wilson Morrison Elementary helped to decorate the windows for the Christmas season. Rich

Hitting the slopes

Horst Locher, manager of the Ski School at Bryce Resort, stands along this section of Red Eye trail on Friday in Basye. The resort has had favorable weather for snow making and will open today.   Rich Cooley/Daily

November 21, 2014

Bryce Resort in Mount Jackson, VA will be opening its slopes one week early, according to a press release from the resort.

Police warm up to new coats

Woodstock police officer Stuart Leake shows off one of the department's new winter coats.   Rich Cooley/Daily

November 19, 2014

The new winter coats issued to Woodstock police at the end of last week came just in time to help officers fend off the arrival of wintry temperatures.

Lost letter brings friends back together

November 4, 2014

STRASBURG — Betty Baker was 21 years old in 1956 when she mailed a letter to her friend Darla Clark in Minnesota. The letter finally made it to Clark’s home last February.