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Weathering the storm

Dennis Morris, a beef cattle farmer in Toms Brook, demonstrates this insulated automatic water trough that is one of several on his farm that provides fresh water to his cattle even in the extreme cold weather and requires no electricity. Rich Cooley/Daily

March 1st, 2015

Freezing temperatures during the winter can put a strain on many agricultural operations. For cattle farmers in the Northern Shenandoah Valley, these months can be especially harsh.

College forensics team makes a strong argument

John Riggs, 33, right, of Woodstock debates a topic during forensics team practice at Lord Fairfax Community College while teammates Colt Scott, 20, left, of Strasburg and Sunny Moore, 19, of Linden look on.  Rich Cooley/Daily

March 1st, 2015

MIDDLETOWN — It isn’t easy keeping one’s cool when faced with the unknown, but that’s exactly what members of the forensics team at Lord Fairfax Community College in Middletown do on a regular basis.

Money to burn

Bill Streett, deputy chief of training for Shenandoah County Fire and Rescue, stands outside the county's training facility off Landfill Road in Edinburg. The burn facility needs repairs  and the department  has been notified that it will be receiving $79,150 from the Virginia Fires Services Board, an amount more than half of the $140,000 projected for an overhaul of the burn building.   Rich Cooley/Daily

March 1st, 2015

The blackened masonry structure that rises out of the landscape on the outskirts of Edinburg has been the scene of many fires, all of them purely training exercises conducted by firefighters from Shenandoah County and other jurisdictions.

Running smooth

Bill and Freda Palmer work in their auto repair shop in Strasburg recently.  Palmer's Garage, which opened 35 years ago,  will close on March 31 and will be opened the next day under new ownership. Rich Cooley/Daily

February 27th, 2015

STRASBURG—Bill Palmer has been working on cars for as long as he can remember.

Judge orders murder defendant to mental hospital

Claude Shafer Jr.

February 27th, 2015

A judge Friday agreed to have accused murderer Claude Delmus Shafer Jr. transferred to a psychiatric hospital after a defense attorney warned that the defendant’s mental condition was worsening “every day” in the Rappahannock Shenandoah and Warren Regional Jail.

School Board: Salaries lower for teachers

February 27th, 2015

FRONT ROYAL — When members of the Warren County School Board meet on March 12 to approve the 2016 fiscal budget, they plan to address funding increases for salaries of teachers and other school staff.

Parkway project moving ahead

February 27th, 2015

FRONT ROYAL – Work on the long-awaited Leach Run Parkway project continues to move forward.

Wellness festival to teach on health, fitness

February 27th, 2015

The 21st Annual Community Wellness Festival will take place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at the Apple Blossom Mall, with more than 80 exhibitors offering free and low-cost health screenings, demos and opportunities to meet practitioners and learn about health issues, support groups and community resources.

Business Ledger

February 27th, 2015

Partlow expands
Partlow Insurance Agency Inc. in Winchester has expanded and acquired an office in Fredericksburg.
The new location, which

Report: Local corporations doing well

February 27th, 2015

The big three of the Northern Shenandoah Valley, publicly traded corporations headquarted in Shenandoah and Frederick counties, have released some good news for investors this week.

Dream machine

Matthew Vollmers, general manager of Don Beyer Volvo and Volkswagen of Winchester, kneels beside this Volvo XC90 Lego car inside the Winchester showroom.  Rich Cooley/Daily

February 26th, 2015

WINCHESTER—Amidst the shiny, new 2015 model sedans at the Don Beyer Volvo dealership sits a 2004 Volvo XC90, which has been from San Diego to New York City to Boston.
But this car hasn’t been driven a mile, because it’s made out LEGOs, a popular children’s modeling brick.

Another dusting

Bill Caudill, 82, clears his driveway outside his home on  West 15th Street in Front Royal on Thursday.  Rich Cooley/Daily

February 26th, 2015

Bill Caudill, 82, clears his driveway outside his home on West 15th Street in Front Royal on Thursday. Rich Cooley/Daily

USDA schedules survey of farmers

February 26th, 2015

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is set to begin surveying farmers on what crops they intend to plant for the 2015 harvest seasons.