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George Bowers Sr. Connecting the dots of Christmas

Whenever we went on vacation during my elementary years, my parents kept me well supplied with activity books. Not only did this occupy my attention over long stretches of recently constructed interstate highways, but it also reduced the frequency of the most annoying trip question ever, “Are ...

Jason Wright: There is no such thing as a perfect Christmas

You know the scene, right? It's the perfect Christmas. There's snow falling and dancing in the air like Juilliard students. The house smells like the perfect blend of fresh rolls, gingerbread cookies, and perhaps some of your mother's famous fudge. The tree is comically huge and ...

Correction

An article appearing in Wednesday's newspaper, “Medical center’s cardiac catheterization lab earns accreditation,” should have stated that the heart attack response measurement for which the Winchester Medical Center placed in the top 10 nationally is called the "door-to- balloon ...

Shenandoah County Public Schools employee wins state award

The Virginia Society for Technology in Education  has named Tim Taylor, Shenandoah County Public Schools Supervisor of Instructional Technology, as its 2017 Outstanding Leader of the Year. “I am humbled by it,” Taylor said. "The work they do in the schools is a team effort," Taylor said ...

Michael Barone: Real target of GOP tax bills: Feds, eds, meds bloat

Are the current Republican tax bills, passed by the House and Senate and being reconciled in conference committee, an attack on "feds, eds and meds"? That's a reference to the government, health care and education jobs that local Democrats in Dayton, Ohio, told Sen. Sherrod Brown have been ...

Prep scores: Dec. 11

Monday’s results Boys basketball Rams 54, Yellow Jackets 50 Moorefield 8 13 15 14—50 Strasburg 14 20 5 15—54 Moorefield (0-2) Morgan 0 1-2 1, Vance 4 0-0 10, Pyles 2 0-0 6, Watts 1 4-5 6, Keller 0 0-2 0, Fawley 11 1-4 23, Haggerty 2 0-0 4. Totals 20 6-13 50. Strasburg (1-4) Sager ...

Jules Witcover: Trump refutes story on firing Tillerson as fake news

WASHINGTON -- President Trump resumed his war on the American press Friday by tweeting that a widely circulated report that he was planning to fire his secretary of state was "fake news." In the tweet, he wrote: "The media has been speculating that I fired Rex Tillerson or that he would be ...

Craig Murto: Challenges of owning track

    Few things in motorsports are as challenging as owning a racetrack. From the demographics of a track’s regional market, to simply hoping the rain stays away and the races run on time, there are plenty of things that weigh on the minds of owners of today’s short ...

George Bowers Sr. Ignored warnings at Pearl Harbor

This past spring, Nancy and I had the privilege of visiting the Hawaiian Islands and enjoyed the trip beyond words. As you know from a previous column, I baptized my cellphone but thoroughly enjoyed the waterfalls, the beaches, the flowers, the culture, and the food. One day, God willing, ...

The buzz of agriculture

  Despite what Shakespeare wrote, to bee or not to bee was never the question, at least not to farmers. If you want to eat things like apples, nuts, broccoli, avocados, soybeans, asparagus, celery, squash, cucumbers, citrus fruit, peaches, kiwi, cherries, blueberries, cranberries, ...

Planning Commission recommends taking no action on alleys

MIDDLETOWN – The Planning Commission will make a recommendation to the Town Council to keep some town-owned alleys. The town has been considering whether 10 to 15 alleys are real alleyways or if some of them should be  abandoned. Some, while they are called alleys, are not functional alleys ...

Gerald Almy: New gear unveiled for hunters

If you’re looking for a Christmas gift for the sportsman in the family or just need to upgrade your own hunting gear, here are some excellent new items worth looking into for the 2018 season including ammo, optics, footwear, rifles, and knives. Kuiu Scarpa R-Evolution Trek Boots. I’ve been ...

Commentary: Where are the men?

Once upon a time there was a kingdom, where men were virtuous, honorable, and courageous and women, well, were too! It was a community moray, tradition if you will, for these honorable men to support and protect women. And in this time, when the intelligence, work ethic and wisdom of women were ...

George Bowers Sr. How do we treat our ultimate giver?

What a joyous time is Thanksgiving! It is one of my favorite holidays! Not only does it offer a great opportunity to visit with family and friends, but the traditional menu includes many of my all-time favorites! The main reason I love Thanksgiving, however, is its intentional focus on ...

Correction

The article, "Warren County ACA enrollees left with few nearby doctors and hospitals" in Wednesday's paper about Valley Health not being listed as an in-network provider in Cigna's Affordable Care Act plans has been corrected to reflect that Cigna postponed a previously planned discussion with ...

Letter to the Editor: Teachers need to be treated with more respect

Editor: There is a debate in Shenandoah County as to whether high turnover rates for teachers is a result of low compensation or low morale.  I think my personal story will show that the answer is "both" – and that both are largely caused by the same thing. I started teaching late after ...

Letter to the Editor: Return to responsible leadership

Editor: I first met Dennis Morris in the 1980s while applying for a special use permit for my farm. Although not his district, Dennis made a site visit to the farm to evaluate my request. I knew then that Dennis is a supervisor who does his homework. A decade later, I became the director of ...

Letter to the editor: County needs strong leadership

Editor: I do not claim a party affiliation. I vote for who will do what is in the interest of the county as a whole. After viewing the painful video of the forum, the choice is clear. Only one candidate expressed vision or direction for the county. That man was Dennis Morris. Yes, the same man ...

School holds Youth Conservation Leadership Summit

MOUNT JACKSON --  Attention to world sustainability and environmentalism is alive and well at the Massanutten Regional Governor's School. The first Youth Conservation Leadership Summit was held Thursday at the school. Kara Bates, agro-ecology teacher at the Massanutten Regional Governor's ...