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Young playwright wins again

Tyler Faye Tharpe and Thomasin Savaiano MIDDLETOWN - What's the difference between a good playwright and a great one? The ability to turn criticism into gold. comments
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Schools warn of a dangerous game

WINCHESTER -- An increasing number of area students have been playing "Pass Out," Frederick County Public Schools officials warned Friday. comments
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Warren skate park opens today after multiple weather delays

Joaquan Gonzalez paints By Linwood Outlaw III - loutlaw@nvdaily.com FRONT ROYAL -- After years of planning and months of construction, Warren County's new 15,000-square-foot skate park will open today. Some avid skaters, however, couldn't wait until opening day to test out the new in-ground concrete bowls. The skate park at 101 Kerfoot Ave. will officially open to the public at 8 a.m. It will be open from dawn to dusk, said Daniel P. Lenz, Warren County's parks and recreation director. Construction on the facility began in September and was completed earlier this month. County officials had originally hoped to finish construction in December, but received an extension after inclement weather delayed on-site work. The skate park has features and obstacles that are considered dangerous for skaters without advanced skills. Children under the age of 14 must be accompanied by an adult, officials said. Participants will also be required to wear helmets while using the park. Some people were seen trespassing and using the park weeks before it was even finished, several county officials have said. However, bikers and skaters will be using the park at their own risk. The facility is unsupervised, and the county is not responsible for injuries, Lenz said. Users... comments
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Home ed.: Library to host homeschool showcase

Members of the Groves family As homeschool graduates, Israel and Anna Groves will lend a unique perspective to the second annual Homeschool Showcase on Saturday at Bowman Library in Stephens City. comments
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Prescription abuse focus of pageant winner's platform

Miss Shenandoah County Fair, Rebecca Gogue When Rebecca Gogue decided to compete in the Shenandoah County Fair Scholarship Pageant last year, little did she know she not only would win that competition, but would also go on to take the state crown. comments
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Living memorial: Teen plans Scout project to remember fallen friend

Colin Christensen holds a photo STRASBURG -- Strasburg High School senior class president Colin Christensen has made it his solemn mission this past year to keep the memory of slain classmate Brendon Manning Barker alive. comments
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Youth group plans health, fitness fair

Alex Snapp and Kelsie Utz work on a prop WINCHESTER -- The mission: Find a way to solve the problem of childhood obesity in the area. The solution: Offer information sessions and a Fitness Fun Fair for local families to help spread the word about the importance of healthy eating and regular exercise. comments
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Music man: Substitute band director steps up the challenge for students

Rick Yeakle directs band students FRONT ROYAL -- Michael Jackson's death last summer sparked a resurgence in his popularity, particularly among the younger generation that did not grow up listening to him. They bought his music. They dressed up as him for Halloween. They embraced him for his once-heralded talents as a performer. comments
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Safety first: Concussion testing to be implemented at area high schools

Dr. Mariecken Fowler gives a presentation When parents envision their children succeeding in school sports, they picture touchdowns, goals, awards and even scholarships to take them through college. They know injuries are a possibility -- perhaps a necessity -- of the game, but they probably do not consider that it has the potential to decide a child's future, in high school or even in life. comments
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Writer's flock: Classes, clubs help children to express themselves in print

Young Writers Program Vanessa Bittel has been writing since she was 6. Her first story, "Jane is Mad," helped her realize a passion for storytelling. The Stephens City resident now enjoys writing mysteries, especially ones that begin with a death. comments

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