County, EDA looking into workforce answers

July 27, 2015

FRONT ROYAL — The Front Royal-Warren County Economic Development Authority and the Chamber of Commerce are starting a project focused on enhancing the area’s workforce opportunities.

A lifelong love of reading

At left, Iris Vann, 97,  a former elementary school teacher in Shenandoah County, and Laura Wade, a retired Sandy Hook Elementary librarian, look over children's books by  author Tasha Tudor, who lived in Vermont and died in 2007. Wade recently visited the author's 1830s-replica home, which is now a museum, and got Tudor's son to autograph a book for Vann.  Rich Cooley/Daily

July 26, 2015

STRASBURG — When Iris Vann started teaching in 1939, she taught at a little one-room schoolhouse in Fort Valley. Next she moved to a three-room school and taught all seven grades. Now 97, Vann recently recalled her years in Fort Valley and Toms Brook and at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Strasburg.

Building for the future

Warren County Superintendent of Schools L. Gregory Drescher stands at an adjustable keyboard in his office. Among his plans for the new school year is the hope of implementing a health and wellness initiative for students and staff.  Josette Keelor/Daily

July 26, 2015

FRONT ROYAL — Sitting at an asymmetrical cherry wood table he built himself, new Warren County Public Schools Superintendent L. Gregory Drescher said he has some constructive plans for the future of the school system.

Libraries offer summer fun

William Richards, 4, of Woodstock, reacts to The Loud Poetry Guy at the  Shenandoah County Library on Tuesday.    Rich Cooley/Daily

July 24, 2015

EDINBURG — Libraries are no longer the silent, no-talking zones they used to be, and recent additions at Shenandoah County Library are helping redefine what a library should be to its community.

Educator spotlights love of agriculture

July 20, 2015

Some agriculture teachers might find middle school tough for inspiring a love of agriculture. Children change a lot at that age, said Derek Ritenour, this year’s Virginia Agriscience Teacher of the Year. But that’s also why he loves teaching middle school.

Sale of surplus property could fund school repairs

July 9, 2015

FRONT ROYAL — At a Thursday night meeting, the Warren County School Board discussed using an additional $115,200 from the upcoming sale of surplus property to fund needed school repairs.

Triplett Tech masonry graduate places in national competition

July 8, 2015

Jeremy Morris, a recent graduate of Stonewall Jackson High School and Triplett Tech in Mount Jackson, has placed fourth in masonry at the SkillsUSA National Leadership Conference and Skills Championships held in Louisville, Kentucky.

Summer programs set pace for reading success

Levi Blankenship, 5, of Edinburg, finds a book to explore inside the Shenandoah County Library in Edinburg. Summer reading for children helps prevent brain atrophy by keeping students active readers during summer vacation.  Rich Cooley/Daily

June 29, 2015

Area libraries are promoting more than just reading — by involving whole communities, they have focused on summer learning, said Donna Hughes, youth services division head for Handley Regional Library in Winchester.

Board names new school for Warren County

June 25, 2015

FRONT ROYAL – The name of a new middle school in Warren County will sound like the name of the county’s existing middle school. The existing Warren County Middle School will change its name to Skyline Middle School, and a second middle school planned to open in the fall of 2017 will be named for Warren County.

When school lunch is hard to swallow

June 23, 2015

Long familiar with school children who haven’t had money for extras, Shenandoah County parent Heidi Flynn has at times given her son extra money to share with classmates who otherwise couldn’t buy ice cream at lunchtime.

Students swarm Shenandoah for study

Jack Lankard, 10, of Mount Jackson holds a crayfish that was caught during the River Rangers Program held Monday morning under the Meems Bottom Bridge in Mount Jackson. Friends of the North Fork of the Shenandoah River and Shenandoah County Parks and Recreation offered the program for fourth through seventh graders as they learned how to monitor the water and aquatic life quality of the river.  Rich Cooley/Daily

June 22, 2015

QUICKSBURG — How healthy is the Shenandoah River? Ask a creature that lives there. The more different kinds of life you can find, the healthier your river is.