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Earlier this week, Strasburg police credited citizens listening to a police pursuit on their home scanners for the quick arrest made of a man accused of throwing his 2-year-old child down an embankment into a creek.

“Fake news” and “enemy of the people” are catchphrases President Donald Trump has been using to denigrate national and international news coverage that he does not agree with or is critical of him or his administration.

A Strasburg hero was laid to rest Thursday following a firefighter’s funeral procession through this small Virginia town.

To the rescue

Over the last three months in Shenandoah County, authorities have had to enter homes – some while wearing breathing apparatuses due to high levels of ammonia – to investigate possible cases of animal abuse.

Kudos to Responsible Leadership for Shenandoah County for taking steps to get local government moving again.

The Virginia Press Association recently distributed its reporters’ guide to the Freedom of Information Act to newspapers throughout the state.  Our reporters and editors have been asked to read all 104 pages of it, and if you are a Virginia citizen, a local government employee or an elected …

Have you ever gone into the voting booth without a clue as to who or what is on the ballot?

It must be the season for scams.  Some area residents have reported receiving calls – live or automated – from the “Internal Revenue Service.” The caller will tell you that you are in trouble with the IRS and will give you a number to call.   If you receive such a call or one similar,  just …

We anticipate some changes coming to Shenandoah County schools in the wake of accusations of student misconduct on a school bus carrying Strasburg High School coaches and basketball players home from a game in West Virginia last December.

The Shenandoah County School Board is in the process of changing attendance boundary lines in an effort to balance attendance and alleviate overcrowding in some schools.  Public meetings on the subject have been held and the board has asked for feedback at meetings and in an online survey.

State police patrol dog Argo was seen running at top speed during a training exercise last Friday in New Market.  The new bullet-proof vest he sported didn’t seem to slow him at all.

Rumors posted on social media sites and water cooler chatter may be intriguing, but they won’t make it into this newspaper unless our reporters are able to verify them from reliable sources willing to talk to us on the record.

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.

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 i…

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.

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 all…

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.

Homeless children and their families will be getting a much needed helping hand when the new Family Promise Center opens in Woodstock this January.

Were they bored?

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 fr…

The tragic slayings of two WDBJ-TV employees on live television in Moneta, Virginia, stunned the nation this week.

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.

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.

It seems burglars are spending their summer breaking into churches and taking what doesn’t belong to them.

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 performanc…

I was delighted to receive Winchester resident William P Kerkhoff’s commentary about his memories of growing up in Strasburg 70 years ago.  He admits his memory is a bit clouded on some places and names, but he paints a colorful slice of life in downtown Strasburg in the 1940s and ‘50s as he…

Woodstock residents were caught by surprise Monday morning when they discovered water rushing through the town’s streets after 3 to nearly 5 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 reported to be wa…

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 h…

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.

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.

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 a…

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.

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.

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 out…

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.

State wildlife officials and wildlife advocates oppose bounties on coyotes because records show they just don’t work — in fact, just the opposite. One state wildlife official told the Northern Virginia Daily that when threatened, coyotes will just increase their litter size.

Saturday was a miserable day in the valley. The rain was relentless and forced cancellation of some area holiday parades, and pushed other celebrations inside. But the rain did not stop New Market businesses from welcoming the few shoppers who ventured out into that nasty weather for the tow…

It is difficult to watch the video of the July 17 arrest of 43-year-old Eric Garner without being stunned and horrified.

Front Royal town code currently states it “shall be unlawful for any company of gypsies or other strolling company or person to receive compensation or reward for pretending to tell fortunes or to practice any so-called ‘magic art.'”

Transparency, accountability and participation in local government are all good things. So why not broadcast Shenandoah County Board of Supervisors meetings?