Josette Keelor

Constructive solutions

Shenandoah County Schools Superintendent Jeremy Raley stands inside the hallway surrounded by students at Sandy Hook Elementary School during a school tour that was open for members of the School Board and Board of Supervisors on Friday.  Rich Cooley/Daily

April 24, 2015

STRASBURG — There’s a common refrain heard in the halls of Shenandoah County Public Schools, where creative space making could be its own class.

Board deliberates on school problems

April 24, 2015

WOODSTOCK — After two hours of discussion at a Thursday work session, the Shenandoah County School Board came to a consensus. They need to solve the problem of overcrowding in schools as soon as possible and develop a timeline for a short-term solution.

Lemonade stands to help fight malaria

April 23, 2015

Saturday for World Malaria Day, area United Methodist Churches will join those elsewhere around Virginia in helping fight the spread of malaria in sub-Saharan African nations.

Sharing the track

Bradley Stevens, 21, of Maurertown, leads this group of the Champions Together track team during a recent practice outside Peter Muhlenberg Middle School in Woodstock. Rich Cooley/Daily

April 22, 2015

For the first time in Shenandoah County, students with and without disabilities competed alongside each other through Central High School’s Champions Together Unified Track and Field Event.

Training day a ‘snapshot’ of instruction

April 22, 2015

WINCHESTER — Nobody wants to miss school on the day of a class trip, Director of Student Support Services Charles M. “Mitch” Peeling remarked Wednesday at a training session for Frederick County Public School personnel.

Hospital eager for improved facility

Dr. W. John Zehner, medical director at  Shenandoah Memorial Hospital Emergency Department, speaks Tuesday morning during the groundbreaking ceremony for the hospital's new emergency department and medical office complex. The construction is scheduled to be completed in May 2016. At left rear is Floyd Heater, president of Shenandoah Memorial, Mark H. Merrill, president and CEO of Valley Health System, and  Dr. Audrea Wynn, president of Shenandoah Memorial Hospital Medical Staff. Rich Cooley/Daily

April 21, 2015

WOODSTOCK — At a groundbreaking in Woodstock on Tuesday, Shenandoah Memorial Hospital President Floyd Heater carried with him a symbol of fortune.

Warren student wins $50K scholarship

Mary O'Connor, 18, is surprised by a $50,000 check for a McDonald's Greens for Grads college scholarship on Monday afternoon at Warren County High School in Front Royal. Beside her, her grandmother Candace Cane brings her flowers and chocolates in congratulations.  Josette Keelor/Daily

April 20, 2015

FRONT ROYAL — Mary O’Connor knew there was a slight chance she would win a $50,000 McDonald’s Greens for Grads scholarship.

Truancy Prevention Summit inspires greater attendance

Vivian Stith-Williams, school social work specialist for the Virginia Department of Education's Office of Student Services, talks during the 3rd Annual Truancy Prevention Summit on Friday at Lord Fairfax Community College in Middletown. The all-day summit attracted 140 attendees, more than twice the number as last year.  Josette Keelor/Daily

April 17, 2015

MIDDLETOWN — Truancy is a bigger problem than the simple act of arriving to school late or skiving off class every now and then. It affects a student’s education, it reduces graduation rates and it leads to questions of what students are doing with their time if not in school.

Schools to repair faulty water main

April 14, 2015

WOODSTOCK — Following a fourth water main rupture at Signal Knob Middle School over Easter weekend, Shenandoah County Public Schools will use roof replacement funds to fix the water main this June.

Foxy is high energy, but sweet

Brittany Fewell, kennel attendant at Clarke County Animal Shelter in Berryville, plays with Foxy, a pit bull mix up for adoption.  Josette Keelor/Daily

April 14, 2015

BERRYVILLE — Foxy, a 2- to 4-year-old pit bull mix, is Clarke County Animal Shelter’s latest longtime canine resident.

Drug abuse program aims to warn parents

April 14, 2015

A Tuesday evening talk on teen drug abuse will target parents and educators who might not realize how much their children already know about buying and using drugs illegally.

Stuck on reading

Amethyst Roland,10, a fourth grade student at Ressie Jeffries Elementary School, straps a piece of duct tape on thschool principal Thomas Matteson during school on Friday. Students used  duct tape to tape Matteson and reading specialist Jennifer Hill to the wall as a reward for doubling their Dr. Seuss reading challenge in March. Rich Cooley/Daily

April 10, 2015

FRONT ROYAL — Students at Ressie Jeffries Elementary School in Front Royal outdid themselves in this year’s March reading challenge, and after doubling their literacy goal, they had earned an unforgettable Friday afternoon celebration.

Board OKs design for new school

April 9, 2015

FRONT ROYAL — The Warren County School Board voted at a Thursday night meeting to approve construction documents for a new middle school, exchange surplus property with the county for land on which to build the school and authorize a search for building contractors.

Savvy seniors

Shirley Nichols, 76, left, and Sarah Whittaker, 84, right, both of Front Royal, listen to a presenter during the Senior Safety Expo held Wednesday at the Elks Lodge off Guard Hill Road in Front Royal. Rich Cooley/Daily

April 8, 2015

FRONT ROYAL — The TRIAD Senior Safety Expo in Front Royal Wednesday was packed with advice for seniors on being financially savvy and keeping themselves safe from those who would seek to defraud them.

State officials discuss myths of aging

Scott King, left, a psychology teacher at Shenandoah University in Winchester, talks with Dr. William A. Hazel Jr,, right, Virginia secretary of Health and Human Resources, on Tuesday at the Winchester Active Living Center in Jim Barnett Park. Hazel spoke Tuesday as part of a two-day visit to the area at Gov. Terry McAuliffe's request. Also pictured is Robert Brink, center, deputy commissioner of the Department of Aging and Rehabilitation Services.  Josette Keelor/Daily

April 7, 2015

\WINCHESTER — Tuesday at the Winchester Active Living Center in Jim Barnett Park, speakers at a special luncheon discussed unfair stereotypes and myths about the nation’s aging population.

Skills for a lifetime

Daniel Miller, 19, of Strasburg,  cleans up in the kitchen area inside the L.I.F.E. classroom at Central High School in Woodstock. Rich Cooley/Daily

April 6, 2015

WOODSTOCK — On a recent afternoon at Central High School, students in the county’s Learning Independence for Everyday program were hard at work.