Implant offers hope for epilepsy patient

Dr. Paul Lyons, a neurologist and epileptologist at Winchester Neurological Consultants in Winchester, second from right, talks about results of a NeuroPace interrogation through a transmitter surgically implanted in the brain of his patient, Michael Bodamer, 18, at left. Bodamer, of Frederick County, has suffered from intractable epilepsy for much of his life. Also pictured, from left, are Bodamer's parents, Tom and Kimberly Bodamer, and Tiara Monroe, field clinical engineer for NeuroPace's Charlotte, North Carolina, office.  Josette Keelor/Daily

July 2, 2015

WINCHESTER — Michael Bodamer, 18, had his first seizure two days after birth, shortly after suffering a stroke. Now a surgically implanted NeuroPace device could change everything for him.

Memory care center set for New Market

July 1, 2015

A new memory care facility is planned for New Market this winter. Led by brothers Mark and Paul Griffin, and their father Marvin Griffin, who all run Shenandoah Place in New Market, the endeavor will bring needed care to a growing subset of the community suffering from memory problems.

Man waits for live liver donor

Paul Smoot, 36, of Strasburg, sits beside his wife Kutrina inside his mother's home n Stephens City recently. Paul Smoot was born with immune deficiency disorder and now needs a liver transplant from a live donor.  Rich Cooley/Daily

July 1, 2015

Last September, Paul Smoot, of Strasburg, forgot how to use his cell phone. Talking with him, his wife Kutrina couldn’t determine the problem. She asked if he felt all right, and he said he did. But his boss saw differently.

Woodstock baby has botulism diagnosis

Benjamin Ellis Shell, 2 months old, son of Antonette Capone-Shell and Jerramy Shell, of Woodstock, was rushed to Inova Fairfax Children's Hospital last week with symptoms of botulism. One test has come back positive, but the hospital is waiting on another to confirm.  Courtesy Antonette Capone-Shell

June 30, 2015

Benjamin Ellis Shell was a healthy baby boy. Born 9 pounds, 7 ounces, on April15, he was exceeding milestones, rolling over after a month and crawling at 2 months. So when the 11-week old boy slowly stopped eating and his bowel movements stopped his mother Antonette Capone-Shell, 24, rushed him to the emergency room.

EPA study scrutinized by groups

June 12, 2015

Earlier this month, the Environmental Protection Agency released a draft assessment for a study on the effects hydraulic fracturing [fracking] could have on localities’ drinking water.

March to remember fallen, help vets

Retired Army Sgt. Andy Springer, of Edinburg, kneels next to the grave of Army Pfc. Thomas R. Wilson, of Maurertown, who died in combat in 2007. Springer is holding a photo of Wilson and below that is Springer's friend, Army Cpl. David M. Fraise, who died in Afghanistan in 2004.  Springer is  leader of the Active Heroes Team Shenandoah, which is organizing an event on June 20 to remember fallen soldiers and help those who have returned from war.  Rich Cooley/Daily

June 11, 2015

On June 20, a “Carry the Fallen” ruck-march in Woodstock will remember fallen soldiers and help battle suicide rates among veterans.

Funding the fight against cancer

George Brinkley

June 6, 2015

There’s a certain talent that comes with persuading friends and neighbors to give to charity, and George Brinkley of Woodstock thinks he’s got the right stuff.

Every spring, the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life campaign raises cancer awareness and funds for a cure, and Brinkley said he feels no hesitation in asking for donations for his Relay for Life team.

A workout for everyone

CrossFit enthusiast Kellie Wagner leads a workout at Shenandoah Crossfit in Winchester. Wagner is coordinating a Warrior 360 event that encourages veterans and others to exercise together and learn about CrossFit.  Rich Cooley/Daily

June 3, 2015

CrossFit isn’t always the hardcore workout it looks like on TV, and enthusiast Kellie Wagner plans to prove it at Saturday’s Warrior 360 program in Winchester, where area residents are invited to work out alongside United States veterans.

A helping hand for caregivers

Linda Olson, right, coordinator of the Shenandoah Agency on Aging's Our Place respite program in Edinburg, leads participants and volunteers in hand strengthening exercises on Wednesday. From left are volunteer Vera Blum and participants Becky Wolverton and Evelyn Sager.  Josette Keelor/Daily

May 27, 2015

EDINBURG — In the fellowship hall of St. John’s United Methodist Church of Edinburg, a respite program called Our Place provides activities for area residents experiencing symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease or dementia.

Food bank fundraiser makes gains

May 21, 2015

Blue Ridge Area Food Bank has announced it collected nearly 20 percent more food for area residents in a recent national food drive than it did in the same food drive in 2014.

Phoenix Project aids domestic violence victims

Tammy Sharpe

May 21, 2015

Domestic violence is often hidden. Victims sometimes fear public reaction or they fear what will happen to their family if they seek help. But there are signs of trouble even where there isn’t verbal confirmation, said Tammy Sharpe, executive director of the Phoenix Project in Front Royal.

Project HOPE sends $2.2 million in medication to Nepal

May 18, 2015

Project HOPE has announced medical volunteers in Nepal have provided emergency medical care to thousands of patients injured in last week’s earthquake — the second one to hit the country in three weeks.

Valley Health projects more need

Mark H. Merrill

May 12, 2015

WINCHESTER — After a year of great change in regional healthcare availability, CEO and President of Valley Health Mark Merrill said he’s most proud of the health system’s collaborations that continue to bring increased care to the area.

‘Hope and treatment’

Grady "Skip" Phillips, III, chief operating officer for Winchester Medical Center, lets  a scoop of dirt fly off the handle of his shovel during the groundbreaking ceremony for the new Cancer Center on the campus of Winchester Medical Center on Tuesday morning. The building is expected to be completed in August 2016. Rich Cooley/Daily

May 5, 2015

WINCHESTER — A regional cancer center in Winchester will be a relief for patients and their families, speakers at a Tuesday groundbreaking ceremony assured listeners.

Grants to help family abuse victims

April 30, 2015

Virginia residents will benefit from $135,000 in formula grants for victims of family violence, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Children and Families announced on Thursday.

Local agencies mobilize support

April 27, 2015

Following a 7.8-magnitude earthquake in Nepal on Saturday, area organizations have mobilized efforts for immediate aid to more than 3,600 injured. It’s the worst disaster to hit the South Asian country in more than 80 years, Project HOPE reported.

Lemonade stands to help fight malaria

April 23, 2015

Saturday for World Malaria Day, area United Methodist Churches will join those elsewhere around Virginia in helping fight the spread of malaria in sub-Saharan African nations.

Hospital eager for improved facility

Dr. W. John Zehner, medical director at  Shenandoah Memorial Hospital Emergency Department, speaks Tuesday morning during the groundbreaking ceremony for the hospital's new emergency department and medical office complex. The construction is scheduled to be completed in May 2016. At left rear is Floyd Heater, president of Shenandoah Memorial, Mark H. Merrill, president and CEO of Valley Health System, and  Dr. Audrea Wynn, president of Shenandoah Memorial Hospital Medical Staff. Rich Cooley/Daily

April 21, 2015

WOODSTOCK — At a groundbreaking in Woodstock on Tuesday, Shenandoah Memorial Hospital President Floyd Heater carried with him a symbol of fortune.