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Churches open Family Promise affiliate

The Rev. Michael Dobbins describes where the first guest family for Family Promise of Shenandoah County stays at St. John Bosco Catholic Church in Woodstock. Rachel Mahoney/Daily

February 12, 2016

After years of planning and community efforts, Family Promise of Shenandoah County got off to a bit of a delayed start when its first guest family began staying with participating churches this week.

Civil War Era Dancers combine fun with history

Tom Mack directs different moves during the Shenandoah Valley Civil War Era Dancers' February practice session at Samuels Library in Front Royal. Rachel Mahoney/Daily

February 12, 2016

Those who attend Shenandoah Valley Civil War Era Dancers’ practices are in for a lesson in what founder Tom Mack calls “a little bit of history and a lot of fun.”

Deputies train in administering heroin antidote

Rich Cooley/Daily

February 12, 2016

A life-saving drug for heroin addicts and others who overdose on opioid drugs will soon be available for Frederick County sheriff’s deputies to administer on emergency calls.

Interim pastor injects new enthusiasm

Ed Dawkins

February 12, 2016

Front Royal Presbyterian Church could begin worshipping in different ways in the near future under the guidance of its new interim pastor, the Rev. Edward Dawkins.

Bus incident investigation draws criticism

Area residents – many wearing purple, Strasburg's school color – showed up at Thursday's Shenandoah County School Board meeting to offer opinions on the boys' basketball program and the alleged assault on a team bus.  Kaley Toy/Daily

February 12, 2016

WOODSTOCK – Shenandoah County School Board members and schools Superintendent Jeremy Raley were lambasted Thursday night by area residents and an attorney representing one of six students charged with assault or battery by mob in an alleged assault on a school bus carrying the Strasburg High School junior varsity and varsity basketball teams in December.

2015 overdose deaths adjusted higher

February 11, 2016

The number of deaths in the area caused by opioid overdoses has been revised upward as a result of new information gathered since Jan. 1.

Bus incident case goes to court

February 11, 2016

Six boys facing prosecution for offenses stemming from an incident on a school bus carrying members of the Strasburg High School boys’ basketball team appeared in Shenandoah County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court Thursday.

Subway opens at LFCC campus

Cameron Bowers, 19, of Winchester, eats a sandwich inside the new Subway at Lord Fairfax Community College on Wednesday.  Rich Cooley/Daily

February 11, 2016

A new Subway opened on the Lord Fairfax Community College campus on Jan. 25 in the Student Union building at the Middletown Campus.

Policy revisions to be presented to School Board tonight

February 11, 2016

At tonight’s Shenandoah County School Board meeting, drafts for two different policy revisions will be presented to the School Board for consideration in regard to the attendance boundary adjustment process.

Dividing the District

Alvin Ritz, of Edinburg, listens as Tracy Richter, CEO and facilities planner for           DeJong-Richter speaks during the Shenandoah County School Board's boundary options public meeting held Wednesday evening in the Central High School cafeteria  in Woodstock. Ritz, a parent of two children in the school system, was joined by a room full of other parents and community members.  Rich Cooley/Daily

February 10, 2016

WOODSTOCK – More than 200 people attended the Shenandoah County Public Schools community dialogue meeting on Wednesday night in the Central High School cafeteria to voice their opinions on the three attendance boundary options created by the steering committee.

Meth seizures surge in Shenandoah County

Tim Carter

February 10, 2016

The amount of methamphetamine seized in Shenandoah County soared in 2015 as activities associated with the drug shifted away from trafficking to production in small, mobile laboratories.

Practicing penitence after Ash Wednesday

Magdalena Whittaker, left, and Bren Miller wear ash crosses on their foreheads at the Front Royal Daily Grind after worshipping at an afternoon Ash Wednesday Mass at St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church in Front Royal.   Rachel Mahoney/Daily

February 10, 2016

Many Christians brought in the holy season of Lent this week at Ash Wednesday services, solemnly reflecting on mortality before the traditional period of fasting.

Bail set for man accused of aiding terrorism

Colt Hardic

February 10, 2016

A bond of $10,000 was set Wednesday in Shenandoah County Circuit Court for a man accused of making phone calls that involved harassment of employees and patrons in a Mount Jackson restaurant and disruption of air travel and other activities at government facilities.

Agreement would ease gridlock on I-66

February 10, 2016

RICHMOND – State officials announced a bipartisan agreement Wednesday to reduce traffic congestion on Interstate 66 in Northern Virginia.