Editorials

Editorial: Not a rite of passage

March 18, 2016

We anticipate some changes coming to Shenandoah County schools in the wake of the reported student misconduct on a school bus carrying Strasburg High School coaches and basketball players home from a game in West Virginia last December.

Editorial: Keep teachers in the valley

February 25, 2016

The Shenandoah County School Board is in the process of changing attendance boundary lines in an effort to balance attendance and alleviate overcrowding in some schools. Public meetings on the subject have been held and the board has asked for feedback at meetings and in an online survey.

Editorial: Area businesses are life savers

February 25, 2016

State police patrol dog Argo was seen running at top speed during a training exercise last Friday in New Market. The new bullet-proof vest he sported didn’t seem to slow him at all.

Editorial: Let’s put the rumors to rest

February 11, 2016

Rumors posted on social media sites and water cooler chatter may be intriguing, but they won’t make it into print unless they are verified by reliable sources willing to talk to us on the record.

Editorial: A lesson learned the hard way

January 19, 2016

Last week, the Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office began an investigation into an alleged sexual assault on a school bus filled with Strasburg High School boys basketball team players and coaches.

Editorial: Outside help is needed

December 10, 2015

Paying an outside expert who can dispassionately come up with a plan to redraw boundary lines to balance enrollment and ease overcrowding in Shenandoah County schools is absolutely the right thing to do.

Editorial: Get it together

December 10, 2015

It’s natural that there should be disagreements on every public governing board. Individuals elected or appointed to these boards bring their own ideas and agendas to their posts and work to get them implemented. This is good for our communities. We need people to ask questions and look at issues from every angle.

Editorial: Sunshine law ignored, not understood

November 30, 2015

Thirteen Virginia newspapers , including the Northern Virginia Daily, recently sent staff members out to police, school and local government offices to request information that is publicly available to any citizen. Requests were made for crime reports, town and county manager salaries and allowances, financial disclosure forms for mayors and county supervisors, and high school principals’ salaries.

Editorial: Proposed calendar makes sense

November 21, 2015

A proposed calendar that opens Shenandoah County schools in early August — instead of after Labor Day — should be adopted by the county School Board next month.

Our View

November 11, 2015

There were 67 incidents of vandalism adding up to around $2,000 in damages in Edinburg recently.

Editorial: Exemplary school in our midst

October 1, 2015

Over the past 33 years, the U.S. Department of Education has selected more than 7,500 schools – both public and private – as exemplary National Blue Ribbon Schools. Next month, 335 schools across the nation will be honored during a ceremony in Washington, D.C. Twelve of those schools are from Virginia. One of those schools is Central High School in Woodstock.

Editorial: Someone to watch over us

August 29, 2015

The tragic slayings of two WDBJ-TV employees on live television this week in Moneta, Virginia, stunned journalists across the nation. We imagine more than one newsroom, as we did at our daily staff meeting, discussed the need for vigilance at all times.

Editorial: Troubles at the stations

August 13, 2015

If you’re a volunteer with a local fire department, keep a close eye on what’s happening at the Strasburg and New Market fire departments.

Editorial: One wild ride

August 13, 2015

Boys will be boys, but two teens who went on a crazy wild ride Saturday are in a heap of trouble now. The pair led police on a high-speed chase north on U.S. Route 522 from Interstate 66 before being stopped safely by police a few miles from a very busy intersection in Winchester.

Editorial: Stopped in your tracks…

August 7, 2015

Tempers flared and angry phone calls were made to local government officials as well as to the Northern Virginia Daily when the only way in and out of the Mary’s Shade Lane area of Warren County was closed for several hours recently.

A rash of burglaries

July 25, 2015

It seems burglars are spending their summer breaking into churches and taking what doesn’t belong to them.

Editorial: Urge FOIA Council to strengthen open government laws

July 24, 2015

In Virginia, if you want to know what the State Police found investigating the worst mass murder in U.S. history, or what the consultants Hampton taxpayers hired to look into a proposed aquatics center found, or what Newport News council members had to say about the city manager’s performance last year, you’re out of luck.