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.

Editorial: A lottery to kill coyotes

February 11, 2015

State wildlife officials and wildlife advocates oppose bounties on coyotes because records show they just don’t work — in fact, just the opposite. One state wildlife official told the Northern Virginia Daily that when threatened, coyotes will just increase their litter size.

Editorial: Cops should watch video

December 9, 2014

It is difficult to watch the video of the July 17 arrest of 43-year-old Eric Garner without being stunned and horrified.

Editorial: A gift to your community

December 9, 2014

Saturday was a miserable day in the valley. The rain was relentless and forced cancellation of some area holiday parades, and pushed other celebrations inside. But the rain did not stop New Market businesses from welcoming the few shoppers who ventured out into that nasty weather for the town’s ‘Tis the Season holiday celebration.

Editorial: Repeal that offensive town law

August 12, 2014

Front Royal town code currently states it “shall be unlawful for any company of gypsies or other strolling company or person to receive compensation or reward for pretending to tell fortunes or to practice any so-called ‘magic art.'”