Josette Keelor

Program puts patients in control

Allen Dec, a certified music practitioner, regularly plays his harp to patients as part of the Integrative Care Program at Winchester Medical Center. The program includes    complementary services to help patients ease stress while receiving treatment for       illnesses or other medical conditions.   Rich Cooley/Daily

August 12, 2015

WINCHESTER — April Adams remembers the day she thought up the Integrative Care Program at Winchester Medical Center in Winchester.

Bella, Waffle offer unique adoption opportunity

Waffle, a 3-year-old guinea pig,  is held by Clarke County Animal Shelter kennel attendant Brittany Fewell.  Josette Keelor/Daily

July 28, 2015

BERRYVILLE — Bella and Waffle are not typical residents of the Clarke County Animal Shelter. They aren’t cats or dogs, and they also aren’t hamsters, rabbits or the other sort of occasional animals that find their way into the Berryville shelter. Waffle is a guinea pig, and Bella is a chinchilla.

A lifelong love of reading

At left, Iris Vann, 97,  a former elementary school teacher in Shenandoah County, and Laura Wade, a retired Sandy Hook Elementary librarian, look over children's books by  author Tasha Tudor, who lived in Vermont and died in 2007. Wade recently visited the author's 1830s-replica home, which is now a museum, and got Tudor's son to autograph a book for Vann.  Rich Cooley/Daily

July 26, 2015

STRASBURG — When Iris Vann started teaching in 1939, she taught at a little one-room schoolhouse in Fort Valley. Next she moved to a three-room school and taught all seven grades. Now 97, Vann recently recalled her years in Fort Valley and Toms Brook and at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Strasburg.

Building for the future

Warren County Superintendent of Schools L. Gregory Drescher stands at an adjustable keyboard in his office. Among his plans for the new school year is the hope of implementing a health and wellness initiative for students and staff.  Josette Keelor/Daily

July 26, 2015

FRONT ROYAL — Sitting at an asymmetrical cherry wood table he built himself, new Warren County Public Schools Superintendent L. Gregory Drescher said he has some constructive plans for the future of the school system.

Libraries offer summer fun

William Richards, 4, of Woodstock, reacts to The Loud Poetry Guy at the  Shenandoah County Library on Tuesday.    Rich Cooley/Daily

July 24, 2015

EDINBURG — Libraries are no longer the silent, no-talking zones they used to be, and recent additions at Shenandoah County Library are helping redefine what a library should be to its community.

A growing concern

A toppled headstone in Prospect Hill Cemetery is one concern area residents have expressed about the 40-acre property in southern Front Royal they fear has been under -maintained.   Rich Cooley/Daily

July 23, 2015

FRONT ROYAL — Prospect Hill Cemetery has served Front Royal for 150 years, but some area residents said a cemetery in disrepair does little to honor its history.

Safety first

Darla Sue Moomaw, manager of the Woodstock Pool, takes a water sample along the edge of the pool on Tuesday. Moowaw and staff members take water samples for chlorine and pH on a daily basis. Town officials closed the pool Monday after fecal contamination was discovered in the water.   Rich Cooley/Daily

July 21, 2015

Monday was one of the hottest days of the summer, but Woodstock Pool wasn’t open.

Educator spotlights love of agriculture

July 20, 2015

Some agriculture teachers might find middle school tough for inspiring a love of agriculture. Children change a lot at that age, said Derek Ritenour, this year’s Virginia Agriscience Teacher of the Year. But that’s also why he loves teaching middle school.

Nolan to leave Warren Memorial Hospital

Patrick Nolan

July 16, 2015

Patrick Nolan, president of Warren Memorial Hospital in Front Royal, has announced he will leave Valley Health after 21 years for a new job with Inspira Health Network in New Jersey.

Superintendent: Schools to provide disaster support

Mark Tye carries a cup of coffee as he walks across flooded Main Street from his apartment  on Monday morning.  Rich Cooley/Daily

July 13, 2015

Monday, as flood waters forced Woodstock residents out of their homes, Shenandoah County Public Schools worked with the Department of Social Services and the Red Cross to provide shelter.

Flood waters bring health risks

Water surrounds this car parked between Spring and South streets in Woodstock. Rich Cooley/Daily

July 13, 2015

Water contamination and mold concerns follow in the wake of flash floods. But health concerns begin with the first wave of flood damage.

Project HOPE names Thomas Kenyon CEO

July 10, 2015

Project HOPE announced on Friday that Dr. Thomas Kenyon will be president and CEO of the international health and humanitarian organization based in Millwood. Kenyon, who succeeds Dr. John Howe III, will begin his new role on Oct. 1.

Sale of surplus property could fund school repairs

July 9, 2015

FRONT ROYAL — At a Thursday night meeting, the Warren County School Board discussed using an additional $115,200 from the upcoming sale of surplus property to fund needed school repairs.

‘A walking miracle’

Justin Carr, 17, left, and Jason Gomez, 18, right, both of Strasburg, chat inside Gomez's home in Strasburg on Wednesday. Gomez is recovering from a fall at a Toms Brook quarry and Carr helped pull him out of the water to safety.  Rich Cooley/Daily

July 8, 2015

STRASBURG — Jason “Jay” Gomez said his friends have nicknamed him Jay Strong, and it’s little wonder. After the 18-year-old fell 75 feet from a cliff into a water-filled quarry on June 29, no one thought he would walk again.