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.

Pet Feature: Skylar one of ‘sweeter’ cats at shelter

Steven Rogers, cat kennel supervisor at the Winchester SPCA shelter, holds Skylar. The cat would be a good indoor cat in an active household, Rogers said. Photo by Henry Culvyhouse

January 22nd, 2015

WINCHESTER—In a little room at the Winchester Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals animal shelter, 10-month-old Skylar the cat swats at a toy dangling from a stick. But it wasn’t always that way.

Encouraging signs

David Iser, of Gore, talks about his 9-year-old daughter Courtney, who is a participant in a clinical study conducted by Dr. Paul Lyons, of Winchester. Lyons is  researching the effect of Epidiolex, a liquid formulation of pure cannabidiol derived from the cannabis plant, on treatment-resistant epilepsy.  Josette Keelor/Daily

January 21st, 2015

WINCHESTER — The results of an epilepsy study being conducted in Winchester have not been confirmed yet, but the signs have been encouraging.

Big chill

Cody Miller, 14, left, and Daniel McMullan, 15, right, walk across the snow- and ice-covered walkway on South Holliday Street in Strasburg on Thursday as temperatures hovered around the 20-degree mark. Shenandoah and Warren county schools were on a two-hour delay Thursday due to the cold weather.  Rich Cooley/Daily

January 9th, 2015

Wintry conditions responsible for chilly temperatures and 2 inches of snowfall have had a major impact on residents and area services.

College student carves path for young artists

Frederick County resident Hana Malone, 18, holds an example of her hubcap art at The Museum of the Shenandoah Valley in Winchester. The youngest artist ever to exhibit her work in the museum's Art in the Halls series, she has displayed her hubcap art in the show "Second Time Around: The Hubcap as Art."  Courtesy photo

January 8th, 2015

Hana Malone was on vacation one time when someone gave her slate from a historic church. It might have ended up in a landfill, but in her hands it became a work of art.

Revered relic

Catholic parishioners stand and sing an opening hymn during Mass Wednesday evening at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Winchester. A  first class relic containing the blood of Saint John Paul II, at left, was on display and was the last stop of a U.S. tour.   Rich Cooley/Daily

January 7th, 2015

WINCHESTER — More than 100 area parishioners attended Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church to pay honor to a relic of Saint John Paul II on Wednesday evening.

Storm impacts region’s roads

Mary Sofia, left, and Gwen Shuck, right, both 8, slide down the bank outside Warren County Middle School in Front Royal on Tuesday.   Rich Cooley/Daily

January 6th, 2015

The first snowstorm of the New Year that dumped 2 or more inches and prompted area public school closures also caused some headaches on valley roads on Tuesday.

Pet of the Week: Curious Corra just wants to play

Kamryn Dixon, an animal caretaker at Esther L. Boyd Animal Shelter in Winchester, holds Corra. A dilute tortie, Corra is available for adoption.   Henry Culveyhouse/Daily

December 31st, 2014

WINCHESTER — In the feline kennel of the Esther L. Boyd Animal Shelter, Corra the cat slinks around a counter, knocking off spoons and other loose items. Her bed is on top of her cage, about 10 feet high, and after playing in the morning she climbs up the cages and catches a mid-afternoon snooze.