Josette Keelor is community engagement editor for the Northern Virginia Daily. She manages lifestyle, community and entertainment news as well as the Daily's Virtual Newsroom, which is an online section where community news, events and photos are uploaded by the public for publication in the Daily as well as on nvdaily.com.
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The Signal Knob Middle School chapter of the Future Farmers of America has reached the top again. For the second year in a row, the club was selected top middle school FFA chapter in Virginia at the Virginia FFA Convention at Virginia Tech, June 23 to 26.
Five rising eighth graders from Shenandoah County could earn free college tuition by participating in a five-year program on college readiness beginning this fall. The Valley Scholars Program, organized by James Madison University in Harrisonburg, targets students who will be the first in their immediate families to attend college,
A forum in Winchester on Friday will unite community and national organizations in an attempt to lessen the stigma of mental health.
Most Saturdays Winchester Book Gallery hosts authors for book signings, but it's not every weekend that C-SPAN's Book TV takes an interest.
STRASBURG -- Youth and church leaders traveled to Strasburg on Thursday as part of a three-day effort to serve the community.
Festivities around the valley this weekend will encourage residents to tune in for music of all genres, games, food and family festivities.
It wasn't long ago that Jordan Palmer of Quicksburg and Cody Fitchett of Fort Valley made history as part of the largest group of students from Triplett Tech ever to make it to the SkillsUSA Virginia competition in Roanoke last April.
For the second year in a row, Winchester Medical Center has ranked in the top five best Virginia hospitals on a list published by the U.S. News and World Report, according to hospital officials.
FRONT ROYAL -- Waiting to treat symptoms of a heart attack can be deadly, but recognizing risk factors and symptoms isn't always easy.
Work on an $18 million facility on the campus of Shenandoah Memorial Hospital in Woodstock should begin next year and will include a new emergency room, onsite urgent care center and office building for physicians who currently have offices in the community, Floyd Heater, hospital president, said Monday.
STRASBURG -- Time management helps any high school student balance schoolwork with sports, clubs and after-school jobs. Add to that an office in an organization with 200,000 members nationwide, and "multitasking" might not be a strong enough word.
Lacey Dysart of Woodstock has always been inquisitive, inspired by questions of how and why things are what they are. One of three students from Central High School to sweep the State Star category at the June convention of the Virginia Future Farmers of America, Dysart put that curiosity to good use.
To say Brian Walsh has had a busy year is an understatement.
WINCHESTER -- Big Brothers Big Sisters of Winchester, Frederick and Clarke is partnering with the Warren Coalition and plans to expand into Warren County.
Music and theater will dominate weekend entertainment in the valley, with youth shows in Front Royal and a main stage comedy in New Market, the Front Royal Volunteer Fire Department Fireman's Carnival in Warren County, The Boundless Bazaar in Winchester and Friday night music to kick off a weekend of fun for all ages.
One of the most prevalent, misunderstood and deadly diseases in the U.S. is also one of the most treatable.
The launching of a new patient records database last month has helped Valley Health join about 50 percent of the nation's healthcare system in simplifying the health care process.
Recently elected president of the Junior American Boer Goat Association, 17-year-old Bethany Gochenour of Lebanon Church brings years of experience to the office.
Winchester Medical Center announced this week it is closer to breaking ground on a proposed cancer center on the north side of the Winchester campus.
BERRYVILLE -- Aunt Bee was wearing nail polish on a cold March day when 13-year-old Cynthia Fairbanks found her in Clarke County.
Independence Day events are beginning early this year, starting Thursday with Winchester's Rockin' Independence Eve event, Front Royal's Independence Day celebration and Harrisonburg's Summer Jam at Massanutten Resort. Other area celebrations will be on Friday and Saturday.
The Warren County Health Department has confirmed that a cat found along Happy Creek greenway biking trail in Front Royal has tested positive for rabies.
QUICKSBURG -- Identical twins Whitney and Brittany Bowman already had a lot in common before both being elected state officers of the Virginia Future Farmers of America Association.
At a writing workshop in Winchester this week, area fourth to 12th graders studied genres, met published authors and learned from their peers.
The halls of Central High School in Woodstock were filled with jazz music and Broadway tunes Thursday morning as students filled classrooms to study on their summer vacation.
This weekend, tug a truck at the Shenandoah County Fairgrounds, hog up at the Frederick County Fairgrounds, escape into a local theater or rock out to Berryville's River and Roots Festival and Winchester's Sundown Indie & Folk Festival.
FRONT ROYAL -- The average internal temperature of a house on fire is 900 to 1,800 degrees, Fire Marshal Gerry Maiatico told area students on Wednesday.
STRASBURG -- The Michael Morehead Scholarship has awarded $21,500 to Strasburg High School students over the last seven years. This year's scholarship of $3,500 was higher than usual, and organizers say they hope next year's will be even bigger.
EDINBURG -- When A Small Hand outreach project in Edinburg opened its doors four years ago, Director Ann McBroom considered it a busy week if 20 families stopped by. Now she regularly serves 160 each week.
Beginning in the depths of a Spanish prison and ending on the rooftops of London, the Shenandoah Summer Music Theater plans a show-stopping summer of musicals.
Woodstock author Chastity Harris gave in to the voices 3 1/2 years ago when they became too loud to ignore.
• First Friday -- Special gallery events, musicians playing in restaurants and cafes, and many shops open later. Information: 667-5166.
This Sunday, the Shenandoah County Tourism office will present Gardens, Galleries and Grapes, an all-day countywide event that will stretch from Strasburg south to New Market.
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