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: Transparency necessary in government
June 12, 2015
The issue over a town donation to the Strasburg Chamber of Commerce for Mayfest drew many area residents and business owners to council chambers this week.
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: Avoid becoming a statistic this weekend
May 21, 2015
Warmer temperatures, lower gas prices and the Memorial Day holiday could draw a record number of draw Virginians out on the highways this weekend.
Editorial: An ugly situation in Strasburg
May 15, 2015
Shameful. Insensitive. Ill-advised. Unprofessional.
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: A spice you don’t want to consume
April 22, 2015
Spices have been used for centuries to add fragrance and flavor to food. These days, however, the word spice has taken on a new meaning.
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.