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Lynching documentary teaches about a grim past

WINCHESTER -- A documentary on lynching being used as a teaching tool around the United States was shown Monday at Shenandoah University as part of its Martin Luther King Day observance. “An Outrage” is a documentary film about lynching in the American South. It was filmed on location in ...

Foster program calls Christmas drive a ‘wild success’

WINCHESTER – Area foster care program Embrace’s annual Christmas donation drive was a “wild success,” said Katharine McLeod, foster parent recruitment coordinator. She estimated over 100 board games were donated, due in no small part to the drive’s partner organizations: The ...

‘I never was lost’: Hunter recounts 27-hour plight in the woods

Bill McDonnell, 92 years old, parked his Jeep in the Wolf Gap forest area at 7 a.m. Saturday morning and hiked up the mountain on a solo hunting trip. He didn’t return that night, and the ensuing 16-hour rescue mission concluded only when the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office spotted him with ...

Fire Marshal throws retirement party for explosive-detecting canine

WINCHESTER – The Fredrick County Fire Marshal’s Office celebrated the retirement of Chance, the department’s 9-year-old explosive-detecting Labrador retriever Tuesday. Along with his handler, Deputy Chief Jay Bauserman, Chance has responded to about 300 calls over eight years of ...

Peer support system for substance abuse to start at Winchester Medical Center

Winchester Medical Center is going to start offering peer recovery services to people who come in with an overdose or say they are struggling with addiction as regional health officials try to combat an opioid epidemic that has killed a record number of people this year. Under the plan, the ...

Shenandoah University launches Civil War journal

WINCHESTER — When Jonathan Noyalas took his job as the director of the McCormick Civil War Institute at Shenandoah University in January, he said he was told to raise the profile of the institute. “I started thinking about ways that I could do that,” Noyalas said. “And I think within ...

McAuliffe’s proposed budget seeks boost for mental health, drug treatments

Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s proposed budget for 2019-2020, if passed, would significantly increase funding for treatment of substance abuse and mental health problems that the state has struggled to control. According to the proposed budget, community services boards — state-funded ...

Pet of the Week: Taz the Boston Terrier seeks a new home

WINCHESTER – Meet Taz, a 1-year-old Boston Terrier who can’t sit still. He’s named for the Looney Tunes character of the same name because of his wild energy. But unlike the cartoon character who throws temper tantrums, Taz the dog just can’t contain his excitement. “(He’s) very ...

Medical center’s cardiac catheterization lab earns accreditation

The Winchester Medical Center has had its cardiac catheterization laboratory accredited by the American College of Cardiology, the first cath lab in Virginia and the fifth nationwide to receive the distinction. “The American College of Cardiology is the premier body that oversees the ...

Winchester café moves to final round for $50,000 grand prize

The sponsoring organization of the Independent Small Business of the Year Award, aka “The Indie,” announced Monday that the Hideaway Café in Winchester and nine other small businesses from across the country have advanced to the competition’s final 10. The winner will be announced ...

Interfaith speakers hope for Medicaid expansion

WINCHESTER — As the Virginia General Assembly prepares to go into session and pass legislation, Mark Merrill, CEO of Valley Health, and a group of speakers from the Valley Interfaith Council had a message: expand Medicaid. In a news conference on Friday, Merrill described Medicaid expansion ...

Foster care program partners with area organizations for Christmas gift drive

WINCHESTER – Area foster care program Embrace is collecting board games for foster children and teenagers in its second annual Christmas donation drive. This year’s drive is centered on board games, an idea thought up by foster parent recruitment coordinator Katharine McLeod. “The kind ...

Winchester café advances to quarterfinals for $50,000 grand prize

WINCHESTER – Hideaway Café has advanced to the quarterfinals in Independent We Stand’s Small Business of the Year Award, which carries a grand prize of $50,000. One of the three owners, Victoria Kidd, sees three advantages that set Hideaway apart from the pack: good product, charitable ...

Winchester café advances to quarterfinals for $50,000 grand prize

WINCHESTER – Hideaway Café has advanced to the quarterfinals in Independent We Stand’s Small Business of the Year Award, which carries a grand prize of $50,000. One of the three owners, Victoria Kidd, sees three advantages that set Hideaway apart from the pack: good product, charitable ...

Regional philanthropists celebrated at awards luncheon

WINCHESTER – More than 20 outstanding volunteers from tri-state non-profits were recognized Friday at the Association of Fundraising Professionals National Philanthropy Day luncheon. Non-profits including Hospice of the Panhandle, Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum, Handley Regional Library, ...

Entrepreneur shares start up-to-sale story with SU students

WINCHESTER – Geoff Johnson, founder of the tablet-based food and beverage ordering company Parametric, later acquired by Bypass, was the final entrepreneur to share his experience with students at the Harry F. Byrd Jr. School of Business at Shenandoah University Thursday. Johnson offered not ...

Winchester man dies after being struck by car

Michael Lawrence Gaylord, 67, of Winchester, was struck by a vehicle around 5 a.m. Thursday and died at the scene as a result of injuries sustained in the crash. Virginia State Police Sgt. F. "Les" Tyler, said Gaylord pulled his 2007 Toyota Camry to the side of the road facing northbound in ...

Valley Health holds ribbon cutting for new surgery center

WINCHESTER — Valley Health held a ribbon cutting ceremony Thursday for its Valley Health Surgery Center at Botanical Boulevard. In opening remarks, president and CEO Mark Merrill described the new building as the result of a great amount of work put in by physicians and Valley Health ...

Graduation day: A drug court milestone

WINCHESTER — There was a celebratory tone inside the Northwestern Regional Adult Drug Court Wednesday, as the court held its first commencement celebration for three participants. As the commencement event began, judges R. Neil Bryant and Alex Iden praised the participants for the work ...