Scammers are busy at work right now trying to take your hard-earned money. These smooth-talking con men and women will call you up and scare you into sending them money or gift cards. One Strasburg resident lost $17,000 in the past week to a scammer who said he worked for Microsoft and that …

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Shenandoah County residents may have been happy to read in Wednesday’s Northern Virginia Daily that there will be no property or personal tax increases in the upcoming 2020 fiscal year. The county supervisors have agreed to keep the property tax rate at 64 cents per $100 of assessed value an…

A little more than a year ago, when the Warren County Board of Supervisors approved the 2019 fiscal year budget and its 1-cent property tax increase, Supervisor Tony Carter warned that they might have a more difficult time balancing next year’s budget.

Usually, when you plan to spend a good chunk of your money on a major purchase - a home, a car, a boat - you have to sign a contract before you can move in, drive away or float down a river.

Kudos to the first responders in Front Royal/Warren County who spent their Saturday with young martial arts students during the fourth annual Heroes Challenge hosted by Gold Mountain Martial Arts.

The Northern Shenandoah Valley received reinforcements in the battle against opioid addiction when CVS Health announced Friday that the Aetna Foundation is giving a $1 million grant to the Northern Shenandoah Valley Substance Abuse Coalition for its new Law Enforcement Overdose Intervention …

A police chase from Augusta County north up Interstate 81 abruptly ended  Monday afternoon when the driver plowed into a Northern Virginia Daily sportswriter on his way to an assignment.

We can’t wait to see an end to this roller-coaster winter. We’re done with freezing temperatures, snow and ice giving way to rain and warmer temperatures giving way to a wintry mix. The valley needs an infusion of warm sunshine, yellow daffodils and bright red tulips. Perhaps a late winter f…

As of Monday, the number of overdose deaths in the Northern Shenandoah Valley was double that of this time one year ago. We’re just entering the third month of the year, and already eight area residents have died of an overdose. That number could have been much higher, but 19 people who over…

We checked in with Strasburg police on Wednesday to see if there was any news about who painted a swastika on an anti-Trump sign that a town resident had posted on his property last week. So far, no arrest has been made, but the investigation is continuing.

A tempest in a teacup, or are the troubles swirling around the Front Royal-Warren County Economic Development Authority more than what’s been made public so far?

A joint resolution to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment has been approved in Virginia’s Senate. A House of Delegates subcommittee has recommended the House pass it. So when is the vote?

Kudos to state Sen. Jill Vogel, R-Upperville, and Sen. Janet Howell, D-Reston, for sponsoring a bill requiring religious leaders to notify police of suspected child abuse or neglect.

Several thousand Northern Shenandoah Valley residents found themselves in the dark and cold this week when icy weather brought trees down on power lines.

The past two weeks have been surreal in Virginia. Two of the Top 3 leaders in our state have admitted they darkened their faces – for fun – during their college years. The third is facing allegations by two women who say he sexually assaulted them years ago.

Shenandoah and Frederick counties are moving in the right direction by centralizing volunteer fire departments under one chief. Instead of volunteer companies each tackling recruitment, retention, response times and other issues common to all, it’s just smarter to work together with oversigh…

There are degrees of shock. Reading about a fight at a local high school is not as shocking as seeing it on video, and that is not as shocking as seeing the violence unfold right in front of you.

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…