Josette Keelor

Fledgling program to take flight

George Bowers, pastor at Antioch Church of the Brethren in Woodstock, stands beside a 15-passenger van donated by First Baptist in Woodstock. The two churches are among 13 area congregations teaming on Family Promise of Shenandoah County, an interdenominational hospitality program that will help area homeless.  Josette Keelor/Daily

May 22, 2015

WOODSTOCK — Friday morning, Pastor George Bowers of Antioch Church of the Brethren in Woodstock popped the hood of a 15-passenger van donated last year by First Baptist Church of Woodstock. Inside was a nest of newborn birds.

Food bank fundraiser makes gains

May 21, 2015

Blue Ridge Area Food Bank has announced it collected nearly 20 percent more food for area residents in a recent national food drive than it did in the same food drive in 2014.

School maintenance staff honored for its efficiency

May 21, 2015

Recently named a Campus Champion by School Dude Inc., the maintenance department for Shenandoah County Public Schools has been recognized for its speed and skill at completing work orders. Shenandoah is one of only 154 chosen as a Campus Champion this year.

Phoenix Project aids domestic violence victims

Tammy Sharpe

May 21, 2015

Domestic violence is often hidden. Victims sometimes fear public reaction or they fear what will happen to their family if they seek help. But there are signs of trouble even where there isn’t verbal confirmation, said Tammy Sharpe, executive director of the Phoenix Project in Front Royal.

LFCC student focuses on helping others

Cynthia Forrester, a 17-year-old Front Royal home school student, will graduate Saturday with an associate of science degree and will be the commencement speaker for this year's 1,036 graduation candidates at Lord Fairfax Community College in Middletown.  Rich Cooley/Daily

May 15, 2015

MIDDLETOWN — Cynthia Forrester wanted to be a pediatrician, but knowing it would take a long time to get through high school, college and medical school, she decided to expedite the process.

Board approves classes a year early

May 15, 2015

At a regular meeting Thursday evening, the Warren County School Board approved an addendum to the program of studies the division was able to institute a year early.

Masonry students earn first place wins at SkillsUSA

Triplett Tech masonry students Zach Hutchison, 19, left,  and Jeremy Morris, 18, work on a chimney in the shop at the school in Mount Jackson on Wednesday. Morris won first place in masonry at the SkillsUSA state State Leadership Conference & Skills Championships held April 17-18 in Roanoke, and Hutchison won first place in brick laying.  Josette Keelor/Daily

May 15, 2015

MOUNT JACKSON — At Triplett Tech in Mount Jackson, graduating high school with practical life skills is its own reward. Though earning a more tangible prize for one’s hard work is certainly welcome, too.

School Board to mull boiler request

May 14, 2015

WOODSTOCK — The Shenandoah County School Board plans to ask the county for money to fix or replace a boiler at W.W. Robinson Elementary School in Woodstock.

‘Sweet’ alternative

Carly Bokanyi, 19, a senior in Central High School's chapter of Family Career and Community Leaders of America, pours mint-infused water into a paper cup during the school's Rev Your Bev event on Wednesday to encourage students to choose healthier drinks over sugary ones.  Josette Keelor/Daily

May 13, 2015

WOODSTOCK — Everybody knows soda is full of sugar. But Central High School students at a Wednesday Rev Your Bev event said they were surprised to learn the sorry truth of what sweetens some of their other favorite beverages.

Valley Health projects more need

Mark H. Merrill

May 12, 2015

WINCHESTER — After a year of great change in regional healthcare availability, CEO and President of Valley Health Mark Merrill said he’s most proud of the health system’s collaborations that continue to bring increased care to the area.

Riverfront students pack meals for community

Riverfront Christian school second grade student Paige Fake, 7,  spoons a cup  of noodles into a bag during the school's  Pack-A-Thon. Courtesy photo

May 10, 2015

For its first ever community service project on April 30, students from Riverfront Christian School in Front Royal raised about $2,000 to purchase meals that would go feed area residents.

Museum to show Kunstler’s work

Artist and illustrator Mort KuŸnstler speaks to the media Friday morning at the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley in Winchester regarding an exhibition of his 60-year career. The exhibition, which opens today,  includes his magazine work that is backdropped behind him that was created in the mid- and late 1950s. Rich Cooley/Daily

May 8, 2015

WINCHESTER — Residents of the Northern Shenandoah Valley might best know prolific artist Mort Kunstler for his vivid depictions of Civil War scenes in and around Winchester. But many might not know his 60-year career also includes illustrations for movie posters, book covers, men’s adventure magazines and ad campaigns.

A non-traditional path

Julia Duke, a 36 year-old mother of two from Stephens City, will graduate from Shenandoah University's Harry F. Byrd, Jr. Business School this Saturday with a bachelor's degree in business administration.   Rich Cooley/Daily

May 8, 2015

Julia Duke knows her children are proud of her upcoming graduation from Shenandoah University. A former military wife, she traveled the world for nine years with her Marine husband. Then in 2009, she jumped at the opportunity to invest in herself.

Gamma Broadcasting to sell radio station

May 8, 2015

Gamma Broadcasting LLC confirmed on Thursday the upcoming sale of radio station Classic Country WSIG (Real Country 96.9 WSIG) in Mount Jackson to Saga Communications.

Tours help draw eyes to schools

May 7, 2015

For National Teacher Appreciation Week this week, school administrations and local Parent-Teacher Associations planned special lunches and small gifts of acknowledgment for teachers and other staff.

Shenandoah names Teacher of the Year

Kara Bates, right, agroecology teacher at Massanutten Regional Governor's School in Mount Jackson, talks with students Isabella Hall, left, 18, and Leila Husain, 17, both seniors at East Rockingham High School. Bates was recently named Shenandoah County Teacher of the Year. Josette Keelor/Daily

May 7, 2015

MOUNT JACKSON — Agroecology teacher Kara Bates loves what she does. Recently named Shenandoah County Public Schools’ Teacher of the Year, the 36-year-old Massanutten Regional Governor’s School Teacher said part of what makes the job for her is that students want to be there.

FCCLA lauds third state president

Haley Copeland

May 7, 2015

Strasburg High School junior Haley Copeland has achieve a “very unusual” feat. The school’s third consecutive Virginia state president for the Family Career and Community Leaders of America, the 17-year-old gives credit to former presidents Laura Taylor, 2013-14, and Alexis Mathias, 2014-15, for helping her get this far.