Local News

Northeast braces for massive snowstorm

January 25th, 2015

NEW YORK — A winter that has largely spared the Northeast thus far is about to arrive with gusto: a storm the National Weather Service called “potentially historic” could dump 2 feet or more of snow between New York and Boston.

Making music together

Azusa Stephens, left, and her son Hideshiro, 1, of Winchester, sit with Miho Sato, a music therapy teacher with The Community Music School of Piedmont, and her son Saul, 5, during a recent class at Trinity Lutheran Church in Stephens City. Rich Cooley/Daily

January 25th, 2015

STEPHENS CITY — A new school in Stephens City is part of an effort to share music with more people.

Woman gets 50-year sentence for child’s murder

Nicole D. Miller

January 23rd, 2015

WOODSTOCK – Judge Dennis L. Hupp Friday sentenced Nicole Dawn Miller to 50 years in prison for the first-degree murder of a 20-month-old boy she was caring for in a local apartment.

Raising a kingdom

Jaime Day, left,  of Mount Jackson,  and  Java Gooden, 23, of Lynchburg, right, help with bricklaying the exterior walls of a new Kingdom Hall for area Jehovah's Witnesses.  Rich Cooley/Daily

January 23rd, 2015

EDINBURG — Standing in the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, Kelly Osborne points out the kitchen where full-time ministers stop by for a bite to eat on a sunny, snow covered Wednesday afternoon.

Bounty in Warren aims to limit coyotes

Warren County, one of the few counties in Virginia that has a program to pay residents for killing coyotes, a non-native species classified as a nuisance animal.   Courtesy photo

January 23rd, 2015

Warren County, one of the few counties in Virginia that has a program to pay residents for killing coyotes, has spent several thousand dollars in bounties for coyotes over the last 15 years.

Business forum to be held Thursday

January 23rd, 2015

FRONT ROYAL– The Town of Front Royal will hold a business forum for local business owners and operators on Thursday.

Cafe offers recovering addicts new skills

Justin Franich, executive director of Shenandoah Valley Teen Challenge, stands by the espresso machine at Redeeming Beans Cafe. Franich said this is his first restaurant and he hopes they can stay in business because he "loves coffee and might drink too much of it."  Photo by Henry Culvyhouse

January 23rd, 2015

BASYE — At the foot of the mountain on Orkney Grade, across from the Bryce Ski Resort, residents and visitors can now treat themselves to a hot cup of coffee in a café environment.

Shenandoah chamber elects new board

January 23rd, 2015

The Shenandoah County Chamber of Commerce elected new members to its board of directors and honored members for their service to the community at its annual meeting this month.

Schools announce winter storm closures, postponements

January 23rd, 2015

In anticipation of a winter storm due to enter the region this evening, public schools in Page and Shenandoah counties have announced plans for an early dismissal today. Shenandoah County Public Schools closed at 1 p.m. today, and Page County at 1:30 p.m. All evening events have been canceled.

Correction

January 23rd, 2015

A story published Wednesday should have stated that Preserve Morgans Ford sent two separate petitions to Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s office, totalling more than 400 signatures, by people opposed to the Virginia Department of Transportation’s plans to replace the Morgan Ford Bridge in Warren County.

Business ledger

Wendy Thrane

January 23rd, 2015

Wendy Thrane has joined Coldwell Banker Premier Properties in Front Royal as a sales associate.

Jazz session

Grammy-award winning musician  Wynton Marsalis teaches fourth graders during a workshop at John Kerr Elementary School in Winchester on Thursday.   Rich Cooley/Daily

January 22nd, 2015

WINCHESTER — It isn’t every day a famous composer comes to your school.

Page County asks to partner with regional jail

January 22nd, 2015

FRONT ROYAL — Page County is looking to buy into a regional jail to house prisoners and has approached the Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail Authority.

Witnesses spar at sentencing hearing

Nicole D. Miller

January 22nd, 2015

A psychiatrist hired by defense attorneys testified Thursday that Nicole Dawn Miller couldn’t escape a harsh past that left her desperate and socially isolated on the afternoon she hit a 20-month-old boy who later died from his injuries.