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Rick  Slusser, a rod buster from Williamsburg, stands along the north end of the U.S. 340-522 bridge under construction in Front Royal on Wednesday. Virginia Department of Transportation spokesman Ken Slack said Wednesday the project remains on schedule for completion in late 2017. Crews are expected to lay the last steel beams in the next couple of weeks, install a deck pan and start pouring concrete for the deck on the new section this summer, Slack said. VDOT will open the new bridge over the South Fork of the Shenandoah River to traffic in phases by the end of the year and crews will begin dismantling the old bridge and construct the rest of the new crossing.
Rich Cooley/Daily

May 28, 2015

PROJECT ON SCHEDULE: Rick Slusser, a rod buster from Williamsburg, stands along the north end of the U.S. 340-522 bridge under construction in Front Royal on Wednesday. Virginia Department of Transportation spokesman Ken Slack said Wednesday the project remains on schedule for completion in late 2017. Crews are expected to lay the last steel beams in the next couple of weeks, install a deck pan and start pouring concrete for the deck on the new section this summer, Slack said. VDOT will open the new bridge over the South Fork of the Shenandoah River to traffic in phases by the end of the year and crews will begin dismantling the old bridge and construct the rest of the new crossing.
Rich Cooley/Daily

Grain producers optimistic for the season

Rolls of hay bales line this field along the South Fork of the Shenandoah River near the bridge in Front Royal after a rain shower Wednesday afternoon. Area hay harvests have been bountiful this spring.   Rich Cooley/Daily

May 28, 2015

Although state numbers might show otherwise, 2015 is looking positive for area grain producers, according to Bobby Clark, Virginia Cooperative Extension agent for the Northern Shenandoah Valley.

Beekeepers to meet, discuss pollinators

May 28, 2015

Rusty Foltz, president of the Beekeepers of the Northern Shenandoah, is among the growing masses in America seeking answers to declining honeybee populations.

Diverse agribusinesses gear up for the season

Kitty Hockman-Nicholas walks with her pair of dogs and lamb past a log cabin at The Herds Inn   on Hedgebrook Farm. The 1950-square-foot cabin can be rented out overnight for an experience of life on the farm.   Rich Cooley/Daily

May 28, 2015

In the Winchester-Frederick County region, visitors can enjoy a diverse and plentiful array of agritourism-based operations from farmers markets to all-you-need mercantile shops.

Vince Gill slated to headline Classic

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May 27, 2015

The Winchester Educational Foundation announced that 20-time Grammy Award-winning country music star Vince Gill will headline the seventh annual Patsy Cline Classic on Sept. 11.

A helping hand for caregivers

Linda Olson, right, coordinator of the Shenandoah Agency on Aging's Our Place respite program in Edinburg, leads participants and volunteers in hand strengthening exercises on Wednesday. From left are volunteer Vera Blum and participants Becky Wolverton and Evelyn Sager.  Josette Keelor/Daily

May 27, 2015

EDINBURG — In the fellowship hall of St. John’s United Methodist Church of Edinburg, a respite program called Our Place provides activities for area residents experiencing symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease or dementia.

Mental exam ordered for arson defendant

Tanya Smoot

May 27, 2015

A woman facing four counts of arson will undergo a mental health evaluation to determine her sanity at the time of the alleged offenses and whether she is competent to stand trial.

Front Royal drinking water quality improved

May 27, 2015

Front Royal issued its annual Water Quality Assessment Report last week, and on the surface, it appears that the town’s water quality was improved from 2013.

Death toll climbs to 19 from storms in Texas, Oklahoma

Motorists are stranded along Interstate 45 along North Main in Houston, Texas, after storms flooded the area on Tuesday.   Cody Duty/Houston Chronicle via AP

May 27, 2015

The forecast was for 2 to 3 more inches of rain in the Houston area, a day after flooding triggered by nearly a foot of rain in a matter of hours swamped neighborhoods and highways and stranded hundreds of motorists.

VDOT: Town left state out of loop

May 26, 2015

Mount Jackson and state transportation officials are trying to stay on the same page as the town pushes through a major rezoning and annexation effort.

Man pleads guilty in fatal shooting

May 26, 2015

A Fort Valley man has pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter in Shenandoah County Circuit Court in the shooting death of Harry Grant Nelson III, 35, of Winchester.

A performing arts legacy

Kym Crump, left, executive director of the Blue Ridge Arts Council in Front Royal, looks over music with Pam Dyke, band director at Warren County Middle School, while talking about this Friday's musical tribute and stage dedication ceremony at the school. The school will dedicate its stage to Virginia C. "Ginna" Looney, previous longtime theater director at Warren County High School, who died last year.  Josette Keelor/Daily

May 26, 2015

For 22 years Virginia C. “Ginna” Looney taught math for at Warren County High School, but her legacy to area music and theater students is just as strong. A tribute to Looney, who died last year, will begin at 7 p.m. Friday at Warren County Middle School with a stage dedication in her name.

Initial Front Royal town budget reading passes

May 26, 2015

The town of Front Royal voted to approve an appropriation ordinance for its fiscal year 2015-2016 budget. It was the budget’s first public reading, and one of two votes for it.

Pet of the Week: Hound Dog is the real deal

Hound Dog is more of a listener and observer than a barker. Rachel Mahoney/Daily

May 26, 2015

WINCHESTER — Hound Dog is aptly named for exemplifying the foremost traits of his breed – he’s ever alert with his nose and he’s always up for a chase.