Josette Keelor

Back in the game

Chase Tasker, 13, of Middletown, watches his Skyline High School junior varsity baseball team warm up between innings of a recent game. Two years ago, Tasker underwent a heart transplant after suffering from a severe heart condition called dilated cardiomyopathy. Rich Cooley/Daily

March 27th, 2015

MIDDLETOWN — In spring of 2013, less than two months after heart surgery, 11-year-old Chase Tasker stepped up to bat for his Warren County Little League baseball team. He chose his pitch, connected with the ball and jogged to first base.

Drescher named as new schools superintendent

Greg Drescher, right, assistant superintendent for instruction with Warren County Public Schools, laughs with Superintendent Pamela McInnis Thursday following the announcement at a special meeting that he will succeed her as superintendent, effective July 1 after she retires this spring.  Josette Keelor/Daily

March 26th, 2015

FRONT ROYAL — Greg Drescher, assistant superintendent for instruction with Warren County Public Schools, was announced the district’s new superintendent at a special meeting Thursday evening.

Above and beyond

Elizabeth Miller, deputy director at Starbase Academy in Winchester, engages with a student after averaging the data from their recent rocket experiment.   Rich Cooley/Daily

March 26th, 2015

WINCHESTER — Susan Corrigan has said that hers is the best teaching job there is.

Meeting needs

Joan Monahan, a licensed professional counselor, left, and Diane Ricci, program manager, right, are part of the health care team for the new senior outpatient behavioral health program at Shenandoah Memorial in Woodstock. Monahan runs the group as the therapist. Rich Cooley/Daily

March 24th, 2015

Health initiatives this year are aimed at providing the Northern Shenandoah Valley with the best care possible.

Healthy competition

Octavio Villegas, 10, a fourth grade student,  makes Awesome Orbs with the help of a food processor. His recipe won first place during the healthy snack competition as part of the Sodexo's 2015 Future Chefs Challenge.    Rich Cooley/Daily

March 23rd, 2015

At Thursday night’s Sodexo 2015 Future Chefs Challenge, Warren County fourth and fifth graders competed to make the healthiest after school snack they could.

Training to handle a crisis

Woodstock Police Chief Eric Reiley, left, and Stephens City police officer Scott Baber, center, role play with Carol Schott, right, jail service specialist with Northwestern Community Services, during a crisis intervention training class held Friday at the Shenandoah County Government Center in Woodstock on Friday. Rich Cooley/Daily

March 20th, 2015

WOODSTOCK — Law enforcement and other first responders don’t always know what a situation will bring when they arrive there. But as local officers and health care professionals learned this week, choosing the right words and actions can de-escalate a situation before it spirals out of control.

School Board OKs budget

March 19th, 2015

FRONT ROYAL — At a Thursday night meeting, the Warren County School Board approved its proposed budget for the 2016 fiscal year and scheduled a special meeting at 5 p.m. on March 26, when the board will name a new superintendent.

College, university team on reverse transfer agreement

March 18th, 2015

Through a new reverse transfer agreement, some students at Lord Fairfax Community College in Middletown will be able to transfer a greater number of credits to James Madison University in Harrisonburg. The change allows students to complete an associate’s degree through the community college while knocking out general education courses toward a bachelor’s degree.

A messenger

Rosie Swale Pope, 68,  gives prostate cancer survivor Dan Nicol, 62, of Falling Waters, W.Va., a hug during her appearance Friday at Winchester Medical Center. Pope, an author and marathon runner, completed a five-year around-the-world run and is walking cross country  to highlight the importance of early diagnosis of prostate cancer.  Rich Cooley/Daily

March 13th, 2015

WINCHESTER — World adventurer Rosie Swale Pope said she might have given up on life after losing her husband to incurable prostate cancer. Instead, the Wales native chose to be inspired by what she called her husband’s immense courage to face the unknown.

Tax season prompts second chance at health care

March 12th, 2015

Those who missed their chance at signing up for affordable health insurance by the Feb. 15 deadline have another chance. A special enrollment period from March 15 to April 30 will benefit certain residents who missed out on the winter open enrollment period.

School Board approves budget

March 12th, 2015

WOODSTOCK — The Shenandoah County School Board unanimously approved the 2015-16 school year budget that Superintendent Jeremy Raley presented at a Thursday night regular meeting.

Conference held to educate on autism

March 12th, 2015

Mountain Laurel Montessori School in Front Royal plans to address autism concerns at a conference from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday.

Hungry for more help

Lori Glascock holds a backpack used in the Warren County Backpack Program. During the school year, the program sends food home with hungry children to supplement meals over the weekend. During the summer, parents can pick up food each week at area distribution locations.  Josette Keelor/Daily

March 11th, 2015

FRONT ROYAL — When thinking about what they might donate to hungry children, everyone thinks of peanut butter. But program chair Lori Glascock said there’s a lot more that goes into a child’s meal.

Winchester counselor finds niche in coaching

Fred Sabia

March 11th, 2015

WINCHESTER — In Fred Sabia’s new office at 123 Amherst St. in Winchester, there’s a podium attached to the top of his desk. This allows him the option of standing while working, part of an effort to keep from sitting too long.

Blue Ridge rocks

Shenandoah National Park Ranger Regina Cardwell speaks to this fifth grade science class at E.Wilson Morrison Elementary School on Monday about rocks in the Shenandoah National Park. 
Rich Cooley/Daily

March 9th, 2015

FRONT ROYAL – Asked if they had ever seen Shenandoah National Park, some of Jill Alicie’s fifth graders at E. Wilson Elementary School in Front Royal knew they had. Others weren’t too sure until Park Ranger Regina Cardwell pointed out that Skyline Drive also weaves its way through the park.