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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.

Cold calculations

Brad Foster, an owner and vineyard manager for North Mountain Vineyard in Maurertown, walks through a row of cabernet franc grape vines outside the vineyard on Wednesday. Foster says there has been no cold weather damage to the vines so far this season, but area vineyard owners have expressed concerns. Experts say that 2015 damage  should prove less than 2014.  Rich Cooley/Daily

February 25th, 2015

As the winter months draw to a close, vineyards in the Northern Shenandoah Valley are once again monitoring the weather for freezing temperatures.