Josette Keelor

A mother’s advice

Natasha Bure  looks on as  her mother, Candace, fist pumps the crowd after being crowned Queen Shenandoah LXXXVIII during coronation ceremonies held Friday at John Handley High School. Rich Cooley/Daily

May 1, 2015

Success is all about hard work, actress Candace Cameron Bure said on Friday afternoon in Winchester. “[You] have to have the drive to work hard and be consistent,” she said. “And push yourself.”

Crash survivor relates experience

Motivational speaker Dave Sanderson speaks at Friday's Ladies' Horticultural Luncheon in Winchester about his experience surviving an emergency plan landing on the Hudson River between New York City and New Jersey on Jan. 15, 2009.

May 1, 2015

WINCHESTER — Dave Sanderson admitted he thought of the Titanic on the day his airplane made a crash landing on the Hudson River.

Fortunately, though, the passengers of U.S. Airways Flight 1549 experienced a very different outcome than those on the ill-fated luxury ship that struck an ice burg and sank in 1912.

A desire for technology

Shenandoah County School Board Vice Chair Karen Whetzel, left, and  County Supervisor Steven Baker talk during a Thursday morning tour of Stonewall Jackson High School  in Quicksburg.  Josette Keelor/Daily

April 30, 2015

QUICKSBURG – In the library at Stonewall Jackson High School in Quicksburg, Librarian Lisa Gibson said students are imagining the future of education. And they’re not the only ones.

A royal welcome

Queen Shenandoah Designate Natasha Bure, 16, arrived in Winchester on Wednesday evening to start the festivities for the 88th Apple Blossom Festival this week.   Rich Cooley/Daily

April 29, 2015

WINCHESTER — Being named queen of a festival that celebrates apples is a perfect match for 16-year-old actress, aspiring singer and apple pie fan Natasha Bure, of Los Angeles.

Local agencies mobilize support

April 27, 2015

Following a 7.8-magnitude earthquake in Nepal on Saturday, area organizations have mobilized efforts for immediate aid to more than 3,600 injured. It’s the worst disaster to hit the South Asian country in more than 80 years, Project HOPE reported.

Constructive solutions

Shenandoah County Schools Superintendent Jeremy Raley stands inside the hallway surrounded by students at Sandy Hook Elementary School during a school tour that was open for members of the School Board and Board of Supervisors on Friday.  Rich Cooley/Daily

April 24, 2015

STRASBURG — There’s a common refrain heard in the halls of Shenandoah County Public Schools, where creative space making could be its own class.

Board deliberates on school problems

April 24, 2015

WOODSTOCK — After two hours of discussion at a Thursday work session, the Shenandoah County School Board came to a consensus. They need to solve the problem of overcrowding in schools as soon as possible and develop a timeline for a short-term solution.

Lemonade stands to help fight malaria

April 23, 2015

Saturday for World Malaria Day, area United Methodist Churches will join those elsewhere around Virginia in helping fight the spread of malaria in sub-Saharan African nations.

Sharing the track

Bradley Stevens, 21, of Maurertown, leads this group of the Champions Together track team during a recent practice outside Peter Muhlenberg Middle School in Woodstock. Rich Cooley/Daily

April 22, 2015

For the first time in Shenandoah County, students with and without disabilities competed alongside each other through Central High School’s Champions Together Unified Track and Field Event.

Training day a ‘snapshot’ of instruction

April 22, 2015

WINCHESTER — Nobody wants to miss school on the day of a class trip, Director of Student Support Services Charles M. “Mitch” Peeling remarked Wednesday at a training session for Frederick County Public School personnel.

Hospital eager for improved facility

Dr. W. John Zehner, medical director at  Shenandoah Memorial Hospital Emergency Department, speaks Tuesday morning during the groundbreaking ceremony for the hospital's new emergency department and medical office complex. The construction is scheduled to be completed in May 2016. At left rear is Floyd Heater, president of Shenandoah Memorial, Mark H. Merrill, president and CEO of Valley Health System, and  Dr. Audrea Wynn, president of Shenandoah Memorial Hospital Medical Staff. Rich Cooley/Daily

April 21, 2015

WOODSTOCK — At a groundbreaking in Woodstock on Tuesday, Shenandoah Memorial Hospital President Floyd Heater carried with him a symbol of fortune.

Warren student wins $50K scholarship

Mary O'Connor, 18, is surprised by a $50,000 check for a McDonald's Greens for Grads college scholarship on Monday afternoon at Warren County High School in Front Royal. Beside her, her grandmother Candace Cane brings her flowers and chocolates in congratulations.  Josette Keelor/Daily

April 20, 2015

FRONT ROYAL — Mary O’Connor knew there was a slight chance she would win a $50,000 McDonald’s Greens for Grads scholarship.

Truancy Prevention Summit inspires greater attendance

Vivian Stith-Williams, school social work specialist for the Virginia Department of Education's Office of Student Services, talks during the 3rd Annual Truancy Prevention Summit on Friday at Lord Fairfax Community College in Middletown. The all-day summit attracted 140 attendees, more than twice the number as last year.  Josette Keelor/Daily

April 17, 2015

MIDDLETOWN — Truancy is a bigger problem than the simple act of arriving to school late or skiving off class every now and then. It affects a student’s education, it reduces graduation rates and it leads to questions of what students are doing with their time if not in school.

Schools to repair faulty water main

April 14, 2015

WOODSTOCK — Following a fourth water main rupture at Signal Knob Middle School over Easter weekend, Shenandoah County Public Schools will use roof replacement funds to fix the water main this June.

Foxy is high energy, but sweet

Brittany Fewell, kennel attendant at Clarke County Animal Shelter in Berryville, plays with Foxy, a pit bull mix up for adoption.  Josette Keelor/Daily

April 14, 2015

BERRYVILLE — Foxy, a 2- to 4-year-old pit bull mix, is Clarke County Animal Shelter’s latest longtime canine resident.

Drug abuse program aims to warn parents

April 14, 2015

A Tuesday evening talk on teen drug abuse will target parents and educators who might not realize how much their children already know about buying and using drugs illegally.