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A taste of Passover

Rabbi Scott Sperling explains the tradition of Passover to  congregation members at Christ Episcopal Church.  Passover begins Friday evening. Photo by Henry Culvyhouse

April 1st, 2015

WINCHESTER—More than 40 worshippers of Christ Episcopal Church on Boscawen Street gathered in the parish office dinning room to participate in a Passover workshop led by a local Rabbi March 26.

What goes on a Seder plate?

April 1st, 2015

The following items are part of a Seder plate, according to a Passover 101 workshop handout from Rabbi Scott Sperling of Beth El Congregation in Winchester:

Orndorff pleads guilty to drunk driving

April 1st, 2015

Strasburg town council member Richard Orndorff will pay a $250 fine after pleading guilty Wednesday in Shenandoah County Circuit Court to drunk driving.

Report: Accused murderer mentally incompetent

Claude Shafer Jr.

April 1st, 2015

Claude Shafer Jr., charged with capital murder in the death of an Edinburg woman, is mentally unfit to participate in a trial until he undergoes treatment to remedy his affliction, a mental health examiner has concluded.

State spring gobbler season forecast promising

April 1st, 2015

The spring gobbler season is fast approaching hunters statewide, and the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries is expecting better harvest numbers for 2015.

Law enforcement: Adjusting to epidemic

Lt. Wally Stotlemyer of the Northwest Virginia Regional Drug Task Force speaks to the audience during  the Community Forum on Heroin at Stimpson Auditorium at Shenandoah University Tuesday night in Winchester. Rich Cooley/Daily

March 31st, 2015

The heroin epidemic has forced law enforcement officials to make adjustments in how they do their jobs, a lieutenant with the Winchester Police Department told a community meeting Tuesday.

A pathway to recovery

Justin Dennis, 36, of Winchester speaks about his life as a former heroin addict during  the Community Forum on Heroin at Stimpson Auditorium at Shenandoah University Tuesday night in Winchester. Rich Cooley/Daily

March 31st, 2015

Eight years have passed since Justin Dennis quit using heroin and sobered up.

Schools opt to open on Election Day

March 31st, 2015

Shenandoah County Public Schools plan to stay open this Election Day despite concerns raised about voter traffic in Woodstock.

Three arrested in drug bust

March 31st, 2015

A drug bust in Woodstock late Monday night led to the arrest of three people and the seizure of what authorities believe to be almost 2 ounces of heroin.

Pet of the Week: Rascal, the friendly rabbit

Suzy Daley, adoption manager at the Humane Society of Warren County, is shown with Rascal the rabbit.  Kevin Green/Daily

March 31st, 2015

With Easter weekend on the horizon, adopting a rabbit might seem like a good time to add it to your family. Suzy Daley, adoption manager at the Humane Society of Warren County, said that’s the case with “lots of residents” this time of year.

Herring hears from area law officers

Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring speaks to area police administrators during a  Public Safety Tour at Warren County Public Safety Building in Front Royal on Monday afternoon. Rich Cooley/Daily

March 30th, 2015

FRONT ROYAL — Local law enforcement officials pressed Attorney General Mark Herring on Monday for help in evaluating and transporting prisoners showing signs of mental illness.