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.
Editorial: Something wonderful is happening
November 18, 2015
Homeless children and their families will be getting a much needed helping hand when the new Family Promise Center opens in Woodstock this January.
Our View: Eyes on road, hands on wheel, buckle up
November 14, 2015
“Your parents are Christmas shopping for you. I bought a headstone for my daughter. Put your phones away and put your seat belts on.”
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.
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.