Shenandoah County

Summer programs set pace for reading success

Levi Blankenship, 5, of Edinburg, finds a book to explore inside the Shenandoah County Library in Edinburg. Summer reading for children helps prevent brain atrophy by keeping students active readers during summer vacation.  Rich Cooley/Daily

June 29, 2015

Area libraries are promoting more than just reading — by involving whole communities, they have focused on summer learning, said Donna Hughes, youth services division head for Handley Regional Library in Winchester.

Exact dairy science

Billy French, a member of French Brothers Dairy, milks a Holstein herd inside their facility on Water Street in Woodstock.  Rich Cooley/Daily

June 26, 2015

For more than 51 years, French Brothers Dairy in Woodstock has been a fixture of the dairy industry in the Northern Shenandoah Valley.

Strasburg resident seeks rezoning

June 25, 2015

Strasburg officials are in the early stages of beginning a process to consider the rezoning of 12 acres of land located near Route 55 and Capon Street.

When school lunch is hard to swallow

June 23, 2015

Long familiar with school children who haven’t had money for extras, Shenandoah County parent Heidi Flynn has at times given her son extra money to share with classmates who otherwise couldn’t buy ice cream at lunchtime.

Students swarm Shenandoah for study

Jack Lankard, 10, of Mount Jackson holds a crayfish that was caught during the River Rangers Program held Monday morning under the Meems Bottom Bridge in Mount Jackson. Friends of the North Fork of the Shenandoah River and Shenandoah County Parks and Recreation offered the program for fourth through seventh graders as they learned how to monitor the water and aquatic life quality of the river.  Rich Cooley/Daily

June 22, 2015

QUICKSBURG — How healthy is the Shenandoah River? Ask a creature that lives there. The more different kinds of life you can find, the healthier your river is.

Fields of Gold aims to grow agritourism

June 19, 2015

Fields of Gold, the marketing group behind the Shenandoah Valley Farm Trail, is aiming to make the region a top destination in agritourism.

Community restores country store

Store operator Ann Heap slices a piece of her homemade strawberry pie that will be sold in the store. Heap says she uses a family recipe handed down generations ago. The store offers freshly made sandwiches and also has a dinner special in the evening.  Rich Cooley/Daily

June 17, 2015

FORT VALLEY – After more than a year, residents of Fort Valley can once again patronize the Fort Valley Country Store.

Edinburg hoping for economic growth in 2015

June 14, 2015

With its budget for the 2016 fiscal year in place, Edinburg Town Mayor Daniel Harshman indicated that the town is hoping for a strong year, economically speaking.