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Public Meetings: April 2-6

The following public meetings are scheduled:   Shenandoah County The Planning Commission meets at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the government center, 600 N. Main St., Woodstock. The Board of Supervisors holds a public hearing on the proposed fiscal 2019 budget and tax rates at 7 ...

JustServe.org builds unity through community service

A local online resource and volunteer matchmaking service, JustServe.org, offers personalized nonprofit opportunities and a chance for local volunteers to enrich their communities through serving, thus paving the way for positive change. Mike Groll, stake president for the Mormon Church, ...

Walter E. Williams: How ignorant we are

  Here's a question for you: In 1950, would it have been possible for anyone to know all of the goods and services that we would have at our disposal 50 years later? For example, who would have thought that we'd have cellphones, Bluetooth technology, small powerful computers, LASIK ...

How Moore grants were used in classrooms

Shenandoah County Public Schools has announced how funds were used by recipients of the 2016-2017 Moore grants from the estate of Helen Moore, a resident of Strasburg. Sandy Hook Elementary School A Little Dash of Joy: provided students in the Coding Club with three dash robots, fully ...

Queen Shenandoah XCI-Designate

Elizabeth Astin has been chosen as Queen Shenandoah XCI-Designate for the Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival. Astin, a high school sophomore, comes from a show business family that includes her father, well-known film actor Sean Astin, and actor-grandparents John Astin and Patty Duke. She made ...

Star Parker: GOP narrative on PA-18 is wrong

I'm perplexed why many in Republican circles are rationalizing and dismissing the gravity of the Democratic victory in the recent special election in Pennsylvania's 18th district. My sentiments are more with Newt Gingrich, who is cautioning Republicans to view this as a wake-up call to a ...

Letter to the Editor: The Trump White House

Editor: Just wanted to make mention of some of the latest happenings coming out of the Trump White House. Trump orchestrated a tax cut that will add $1.4 trillion to our national debt. The rich will benefit most from the cut, you will get lunch money. He is also going to slap tariffs on steel ...

Jonah Goldberg: N.Korea’s dark history should frame any talks

President Trump's decision to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un elicited a wide range of responses from experts. But one thing you hear from everyone is that the president and administration need to prepare. The North Koreans may be technologically (and morally) backward and ...

Council names panel to restructure fire department

STRASBURG — The Town Council has officially determined all seven members of a restructuring committee set up to make significant changes to the Strasburg Fire Department. During a meeting on Tuesday, the town voted unanimously to select Vince Poling, James Cook and Jay Cullinan as the ...

Letter to the Editor: Fondly remembering Dr. Lutz

Editor: The office was located at the end of a quiet, residential street in a quaint cottage house in Edinburg. The only evidence of a business was a tooth-shaped sign hanging out front. Upon being seated in the dreaded dental chair, Dr. Wallace Lutz would enter through the swinging door that ...

Letter to the Editor: Corroding American values

Editor: Politics predicated upon ethnicity and race is corrosive to American values. Exhibit A is Leonard Pitts Jr., a journalist who excels at picking nasty race cases and projecting the blame upon millions. Rather than confronting racial stereotypes, he encourages them. Whites cannot ...

Peter Brookes: Xi could be in office for a very long time

Wow — China’s got a new Mao! Last weekend, it was reported that the Chinese Communist Party is planning to amend the constitution of the People’s Republic of China to end term limits for the country’s president, currently set at two, five-year terms. That means that Chinese ...

Letter to the Editor: The Second Amendment

Editor: In light of recent events, it should be understood that 16 year olds who have to be told not to eat Tide Pods really should not be deciding how to amend the Bill of Rights. Mike Garcia, Winchester

Hundreds of Virginians rally for Medicaid expansion

RICHMOND - Under the shadow of the Bell Tower on Capitol Square, hundreds of people from across Virginia rallied on a rainy Thursday in support of a state budget that would expand Medicaid to about 400,000 low-income residents. Medicaid expansion is included in the budget approved by the House ...

Winchester office solutions company forgoes cheap prices for service

WOODSTOCK – Miller’s Supplies At Work sprang out of a beauty shop in Lorton, Virginia, growing and swallowing up competitors until it bought BK Office Supply, Inc., in Winchester in 2016. With the acquisition, Miller’s kept on Jody Dorsey from BK. He now serves as an account executive ...

Letter to the Editor: Shop local, donate local

Editor: Like many of your readers, I have just completed compiling all of my tax information for 2017, what a pain. The average tax refund was over $2,700 per tax filer last year. A recent survey showed Americans would use their refunds this year to increase their savings accounts, pay down ...

Virginia prisoners a step closer to free feminine hygiene products

RICHMOND - Prisons and jails in Virginia would have to start providing female inmates with free feminine hygiene products under a bill making its way through the General Assembly. The Senate Rehabilitation and Social Services Committee unanimously backed HB 83, sponsored by Del. Kaye Kory, ...

As college tuition rises, Senate panel kills mandating public input

    RICHMOND - In fall 2010, Virginia Commonwealth University increased annual tuition by almost 24 percent, tacking $1,700 onto each in-state student's bill in one fell swoop. While that jump may seem like an outlier, tuition increases have been the norm at the state's ...