Woodstock

Water main work

Woodstock Water and Sewer Department workers Jason Roberts, measuring the ditch, L.J. Neff and Howard Miller, operating the backhoe, install a 12-inch water main along Tower Avenue on Wednesday. The line will extend to West Locust Street and eventually to Sunset Crest. It will loop into the existing distribution system to provide increased volume for fire suppression, to stabilize pressure and improve flow to and from the North Street storage tank. This is the first of three system upgrades planned for this year. Alex Bridges/Daily

May 20, 2015

Woodstock Water and Sewer Department workers Jason Roberts, measuring the ditch, L.J. Neff and Howard Miller, operating the backhoe, install a 12-inch water main along Tower Avenue on Wednesday. The line will extend to West Locust Street and eventually to Sunset Crest. It will loop into the existing distribution system to provide increased volume for fire suppression, to stabilize pressure and improve flow to and from the North Street storage tank. This is the first of three system upgrades planned for this year. Alex Bridges/Daily

Trip of a Lifetime

Jackson Snarr, 23, left,  Murdock Snarr, 26, center, and Ben Snarr, 24, right,  streak along this stretch of Summit Avenue in Woodstock.  The trio recently finished a cross country cycling adventure around the U.S. Rich Cooley/Daily

May 17, 2015

WOODSTOCK — It took almost a year, but for Murdock Snarr, his brother, Jackson, and his cousin, Ben, a trip around the U.S. by bicycle was an experience they will never forget.

‘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.

Executive chef enjoys thrill of service

John Ramsbottom

May 1, 2015

Unlike many typical 14-year-old boys, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, native John Ramsbottom was spending his days in the kitchen rather than playing football or shooting hoops.

A heavy toll, recalled

Shannon Moeck,  a park ranger at Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historic Park, helps ring a bell being supported by park volunteer Guy Young, of Gore, outside Belle Grove on Thursday. The ringing of the bells was  to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War. Rich Cooley/Daily

April 9, 2015

Local residents and National Park Services officials gathered at Belle Grove Historic Plantation for the “Bells Across the Land” on Thursday.

Raising awareness

Woodstock Police Lt. Aaron Patti helps Carson Clark, 4, plant a pinwheel in front of the Shenandoah County Circuit Courthouse on Thursday morning. The pinwheel garden was planted to raise awareness for child abuse prevention.  Photo by Henry Culvyhouse

April 2, 2015

WOODSTOCK – A pinwheel garden is spinning in front of the Shenandoah County Circuit Courthouse to raise awareness for child abuse prevention.

Fall hunting data released by state

March 11, 2015

Fall harvest numbers were down for deer and turkey, but increased for bears in 2014, according to data from the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries.

Going, going, gone

Auctioneer Mark  Pangle works with a pair of bidders during the auction.  Rich Cooley/Daily

March 8, 2015

WOODSTOCK — More than 100 men and women crowded into the showroom at Pangle’s Auction Center a few miles north of Woodstock to look over the chairs, the tables, the dressers and the mason jars filled with screws and nails.

Valley bracing for the storm

Michael Guiliani, an associate at Ramsey True Value Hardware Store in Front Royal, carries a load of plastic sleds into the store on Wednesday.  Rich Cooley/Daily

March 4, 2015

The National Weather Service has placed the entire Northern Shenandoah Valley under a winter storm warning from 10 p.m. Wednesday through 7 p.m. Thursday.