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.

Editorial: Share your memories

July 18, 2015

I was delighted to receive Winchester resident William P Kerkhoff’s commentary about his memories of growing up in Strasburg 70 years ago.

Editorial: Kudos to those responding to flood

July 14, 2015

Woodstock residents were caught by surprise Monday morning when they discovered water rushing through the town’s streets after 3 to 4 inches of rain had fallen. Many people had to be evacuated from their homes due to the high water, which at one point in one area was waist high.

Editorial: Chicken nuggets vs. a cheese sandwich

June 25, 2015

All parents – and grandparents — preparing for the next school year should read “A school lunch that’s hard to swallow” in Wednesday’s Northern Virginia Daily, or online at www.nvdaily.com. The story highlights an issue that some parents may not be aware of – when a student’s lunch account hits a certain negative balance, he or she will receive a less expensive alternative, such as a cheese sandwich, fruit and milk.

Editorial: Don’t close the hearing

May 27, 2015

On Thursday, a court hearing on a cigarette smuggling case is expected to be closed to the public – and to the news media – because evidence against the two men charged has been cited by the Shenandoah County sheriff as being too sensitive to be revealed.

Editorial: A week to celebrate our teachers

May 6, 2015

In celebration of Teacher Appreciation Week, let’s take a few minutes to remember who taught us how to read and write, how to add, subtract, divide and multiply, how to play the flute, how to conjugate verbs in French, what the seven wonders of the ancient world are, how the planets travel around the sun, and the right way to dissect a frog or combine chemicals without having them blow up in our face.

Editorial: I-81, the heroin highway

April 30, 2015

Late April seems to be spring cleaning time for area law enforcement. Operation Valley Venue III this year produced 73 charges, a number of arrests, and poked a tiny hole in the local illegal drug trade/use with seizures of $6,700 in illegal drugs, half of which was heroin.

Editorial: More jobs coming to the region

April 23, 2015

Tuesday’s announcement that Andros Foods North America is planning a $73 million expansion that will, over the course of three years, bring 160 new jobs to its facility in Mount Jackson is fantastic news.

Editorial: Time that’s well spent

April 17, 2015

Each week a Northern Virginia Daily reporter visits a local animal shelter to write a feature about one of its residents. In the past few weeks, we’ve met “Ace, a sweet dominant cat,” “Rascal, the friendly rabbit,” Squawker Lee, the strong silent type” cat, “energetic Nina” who needs an outlet, and the high energy but sweet Foxy the pit bull mix.

Editorial: A public safety issue

February 26, 2015

A Craigslist transaction went the wrong way last week in Front Royal. Police there reported that a person responding to an ad for an iPhone for sale was robbed at gunpoint during the transaction. Luckily, the victim was unharmed and the suspect was apprehended.