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Drescher named as new schools superintendent

Greg Drescher, right, assistant superintendent for instruction with Warren County Public Schools, laughs with Superintendent Pamela McInnis Thursday following the announcement at a special meeting that he will succeed her as superintendent, effective July 1 after she retires this spring.  Josette Keelor/Daily

March 26th, 2015

FRONT ROYAL — Greg Drescher, assistant superintendent for instruction with Warren County Public Schools, was announced the district’s new superintendent at a special meeting Thursday evening.

Above and beyond

Elizabeth Miller, deputy director at Starbase Academy in Winchester, engages with a student after averaging the data from their recent rocket experiment.   Rich Cooley/Daily

March 26th, 2015

WINCHESTER — Susan Corrigan has said that hers is the best teaching job there is.

Woman pleads guilty in fatal heroin overdose case

March 26th, 2015

A woman already serving a prison sentence in one heroin overdose death has pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to a charge stemming from her role in supplying heroin to a second person who died from an overdose.

Community meetings aim to spread awareness of heroin problem

March 26th, 2015

Members of the public will get a chance to receive an update on the region’s deepening struggle to control the spread of heroin at a public forum scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Stimpson Auditorium at Shenandoah University in Winchester.

Maurertown wine cellar set to close

March 26th, 2015

The Valley Wine Cellar, a retail outlet for North Mountain Vineyard & Winery, of Maurertown, will be closing its doors this weekend.

Man charged with possessing guns

March 26th, 2015

Shenandoah County authorities arrested an Edinburg man Wednesday and charged him with possessing guns as a convicted felon.

Virginia’s wine industry in need of grapes

March 26th, 2015

In both reputation and in demand, Virginia wine is growing. However, industry experts, researchers and professionals all seem to agree: grape growth is lagging.

Livestock Report, March 21-24

March 26th, 2015

Shenandoah Livestock
March 21
Steers, 200-299 lbs., $204.00-318.00; 300-399 lbs., $204.00-305.00; 400-499 lbs., $208.00-292.00; 500-599 lbs., $248.00-294.00; 600-699 lbs.,


March 26th, 2015

The rezoning request for 136 acres on Turkey Knob Road in Mount Jackson was brought before the planning commission by Robert Whitehurst in March, not February, as stated in a story on Thursday. Also, Mount Jackson resident Gerald Forsburg’s name was misspelled.

Mount Jackson residents weigh in on rezoning bid

Tony Dean of Mount Jackson speaks against the Mount Jackson Planning Commission's rezoning request by Robert Whitehurst  to rezone 136 acres along Turkey Knob Road from agriculture to industrial during a public hearing Wednesday  night. The property, which totals 712 acres, may lead to a potential mega industrial site.   Rich Cooley/Daily

March 25th, 2015

MOUNT JACKSON — The Mount Jackson Planning Commission voted unanimously to table making a recommendation until its regular meeting April 6, following a special joint public hearing for a rezoning request of 136 acres on Turkey Knob Road from agricultural to limited industrial use.

Budget limits sheriff, security

March 25th, 2015

WOODSTOCK – Shenandoah County’s next budget likely won’t include money the sheriff says is needed for courthouse security.

VDOT asks motorists to be alert in work zones

Bill Stover, superintendent of the Stephens City VDOT District Office, stands along a line of barrels simulating a work zone outside their yard on Wednesday. VDOT has designated this week Work Zone Awareness Week and is educating motorists to the critical part they play in keeping everyone safe in highway work zones.  Rich Cooley/Daily

March 25th, 2015

STEPHENS CITY — The Virginia Department of Transportation is marking National Work Zone Awareness Week this week by asking motorists to “expect the unexpected” when they happen upon a work zone.

Apple Blossom Festival names Bure as queen

Natasha Bure

March 25th, 2015

Natasha Bure will be Queen Shenandoah LLXXXVIII for this year’s Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival, which will be held April 24-May 3 in Winchester.

Police investigating more heroin-related deaths

March 25th, 2015

Search warrant documents filed in Warren County Circuit Court disclose law enforcement investigations into recent fatalities that authorities believe to have been caused by heroin overdoses.

Body cameras take a hit in budget

March 25th, 2015

Shenandoah County law enforcement officials have praised body cameras since their introduction three years ago, but the devices are not faring well so far in the budgeting process for next fiscal year.

Warren County to consider tax hike

March 25th, 2015

Warren County leaders will consider raising taxes to pay for employee raises, regional jail costs and to open the new middle school.

Meeting needs

Joan Monahan, a licensed professional counselor, left, and Diane Ricci, program manager, right, are part of the health care team for the new senior outpatient behavioral health program at Shenandoah Memorial in Woodstock. Monahan runs the group as the therapist. Rich Cooley/Daily

March 24th, 2015

Health initiatives this year are aimed at providing the Northern Shenandoah Valley with the best care possible.