Shenandoah County

Fledgling program to take flight

George Bowers, pastor at Antioch Church of the Brethren in Woodstock, stands beside a 15-passenger van donated by First Baptist in Woodstock. The two churches are among 13 area congregations teaming on Family Promise of Shenandoah County, an interdenominational hospitality program that will help area homeless.  Josette Keelor/Daily

May 22, 2015

WOODSTOCK — Friday morning, Pastor George Bowers of Antioch Church of the Brethren in Woodstock popped the hood of a 15-passenger van donated last year by First Baptist Church of Woodstock. Inside was a nest of newborn birds.

School maintenance staff honored for its efficiency

May 21, 2015

Recently named a Campus Champion by School Dude Inc., the maintenance department for Shenandoah County Public Schools has been recognized for its speed and skill at completing work orders. Shenandoah is one of only 154 chosen as a Campus Champion this year.

Masonry students earn first place wins at SkillsUSA

Triplett Tech masonry students Zach Hutchison, 19, left,  and Jeremy Morris, 18, work on a chimney in the shop at the school in Mount Jackson on Wednesday. Morris won first place in masonry at the SkillsUSA state State Leadership Conference & Skills Championships held April 17-18 in Roanoke, and Hutchison won first place in brick laying.  Josette Keelor/Daily

May 15, 2015

MOUNT JACKSON — At Triplett Tech in Mount Jackson, graduating high school with practical life skills is its own reward. Though earning a more tangible prize for one’s hard work is certainly welcome, too.

School Board to mull boiler request

May 14, 2015

WOODSTOCK — The Shenandoah County School Board plans to ask the county for money to fix or replace a boiler at W.W. Robinson Elementary School in Woodstock.

‘Sweet’ alternative

Carly Bokanyi, 19, a senior in Central High School's chapter of Family Career and Community Leaders of America, pours mint-infused water into a paper cup during the school's Rev Your Bev event on Wednesday to encourage students to choose healthier drinks over sugary ones.  Josette Keelor/Daily

May 13, 2015

WOODSTOCK — Everybody knows soda is full of sugar. But Central High School students at a Wednesday Rev Your Bev event said they were surprised to learn the sorry truth of what sweetens some of their other favorite beverages.

Finding just the right balance

Kelsie Diehl, 25, kneels beside bibb lettuce she's growing inside her aquaponic greenhouse on Del Ray Farm in Strasburg. The recent Virginia Tech graduate uses fish for fertilization and grows the plants in water. Rich Cooley/Daily

May 12, 2015

After three years and countless trial-and-error Strasburg resident Kelsie Diehl is finally ready to turn a profit at Del Ray Aquaponics Farm LLC.