Josette Keelor

A study in everything

Dillon Campbell, 17, captain of Skyline High School Academic Team, answers a question during a recent team practice. The team recently won the  Conference 28 tournament and ranks No. 2 in the region. The students have advanced to the Region 3A East Tournament that will be held Wednesday. Rich Cooley/Daily

January 30th, 2015

FRONT ROYAL — This Skyline High School after-school club meets four days a week and challenges students to learn all they can about everything. The team recently came in first place in the Virginia High School League Conference 28 Tournament.

Educational gaps highlighted at work session

January 30th, 2015

WOODSTOCK — Closing the achievement gap between low-income and middle-income students is among the budget concerns highlighted at a Shenandoah County School Board work session this week.

School Board makes case for increasing budget

January 29th, 2015

A Wednesday night joint session between the Frederick County Board of Supervisors and School Board members resulted in some questions but few disagreements so far about the 2016 fiscal year budget, said Steve Edwards, coordinator of policy and communications for schools.

Pit bull with a sweet soul looks for lasting home

Jenny Wright, manager of the Clarke County Animal Shelter in Berryville, sits with Louise "Weezy," a 6- to 7-year-old pit bull mix up for adoption.  Josette Keelor/Daily

January 29th, 2015

BERRYVILLE — Finding a forever home is a game of chance for a shelter dog. Competition is stiff, and when families come to decide which one to bring home with them, dogs have to vie for attention over the others.

Trim the fat

Dr. Angela Harden-Mack stands in the education room inside the Winchester Bariatric Center beside a line of supplements that are some of the tools provided to patients to assist in weight loss. Rich Cooley/Daily

January 28th, 2015

Weight loss is a popular practice in America, but can be difficult to achieve.

Board makes bus radios an urgent request

January 27th, 2015

WOODSTOCK — The topic of student safety in Shenandoah County was paramount Tuesday night during a joint session between the Shenandoah County School Board and the Board of Supervisors.

Strasburg woman paints a new outlook on life

Summer Abruzere paints the storefront window at Pot Town Organics in Strasburg. Abruzere paints local merchant's windows for free as a form of therapy for recovery from surgery for a brain tumor two years ago. Rich Cooley/Daily

January 27th, 2015

STRASBURG – This past Christmas, Summer Abruzere’s daughters gave her the greatest gift — a book of memories. The photo album was meant to remind Abruzere of what she meant to her family and who she was to them.

Library foundation imagines successful fundraiser

January 26th, 2015

The Shenandoah County Library Foundation has almost reached the $30,000 goal for its annual fundraiser, but a last-minute push this February is still very much needed, said Robert “Sandy” Whitesides, director of the Shenandoah County Library System.

Making music together

Azusa Stephens, left, and her son Hideshiro, 1, of Winchester, sit with Miho Sato, a music therapy teacher with The Community Music School of Piedmont, and her son Saul, 5, during a recent class at Trinity Lutheran Church in Stephens City. Rich Cooley/Daily

January 25th, 2015

STEPHENS CITY — A new school in Stephens City is part of an effort to share music with more people.

Jazz session

Grammy-award winning musician  Wynton Marsalis teaches fourth graders during a workshop at John Kerr Elementary School in Winchester on Thursday.   Rich Cooley/Daily

January 22nd, 2015

WINCHESTER — It isn’t every day a famous composer comes to your school.

Raises top Warren School Board budget priorities

January 22nd, 2015

FRONT ROYAL — When the Warren County School Board convenes in February to discuss its budget for the 2015-16 school year, salaries for all district employees will top its list of priorities.

Encouraging signs

David Iser, of Gore, talks about his 9-year-old daughter Courtney, who is a participant in a clinical study conducted by Dr. Paul Lyons, of Winchester. Lyons is  researching the effect of Epidiolex, a liquid formulation of pure cannabidiol derived from the cannabis plant, on treatment-resistant epilepsy.  Josette Keelor/Daily

January 21st, 2015

WINCHESTER — The results of an epilepsy study being conducted in Winchester have not been confirmed yet, but the signs have been encouraging.

The ‘Cold’ facts

Gavin Grove, 6, of Front Royal, a kindergarten student at A.S. Rhodes Elementary School, shows his windshield artwork  to his teacher Amanda Rutherford at school on Thursday. Grove misunderstood a  school announcement last week reminding students to dress warm the next day for the severe wind chill factor. Rutherford made it a teachable moment and  developed a  windshield factory during class to demonstrate the wind chill factor. Rich Cooley/Daily

January 16th, 2015

FRONT ROYAL — Six-year-old Gavin Grove arrived home last week excited to return to school the next day.

Board to discuss improvements

January 13th, 2015

WOODSTOCK — Budgeting funds for the coming school year isn’t as easy as determining what schools need the most.