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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.

Assault suspect found dead in West Virginia

June 30, 2015

A Stephens City man wanted in the assault of a woman in Frederick County was found dead in a vehicle authorities believe was stolen from her, the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office said Tuesday

Edinburg police count down to the end

June 30, 2015

The last minute of the last shift for the Edinburg Police Department was scheduled to fall at 10 p.m. Tuesday when officer Terry Polk pulled up to police headquarters for the final time in a squad car bearing the town’s name.

State bans natural deer lures

A deer stands along the edge of the woods along Dismal Hollow Road in Warren County. Rich Cooley/Daily

June 30, 2015

Starting Wednesday, it will be illegal for hunters or wildlife enthusiasts to use natural deer lures that contain urine or other bodily fluids.

In silhouette

Chris and Terry Richards are captured in silhouette under the shelter at the Shenandoah Valley Flea Market north of New Market recently.  Rich Cooley/Daily

June 29, 2015

Chris and Terry Richards are captured in silhouette under the shelter at the Shenandoah Valley Flea Market north of New Market recently. Rich Cooley/Daily

Woman accused of threatening to burn down house

June 29, 2015

A 74-year-old Toms Brook woman was arrested Friday and charged with threatening to burn down someone’s house, larceny and interfering with the property rights of another person.

Man charged with gun offenses in dispute

June 29, 2015

A Timberville man was charged Wednesday with two gun-related offenses after an incident reported June 19 in the 400 block of Senedo Road in Shenandoah County.

Corridor H development moves forward without Va.

June 29, 2015

Recent years have seen a re-prioritization by West Virginia officials to complete the Appalachian Development Highway System’s Corridor H within the state. Meant to stretch from Interstate 79 to the inland port in Front Royal, the project has been ongoing for decades.


June 29, 2015

A story published Saturday should have said Amanda “Mandy” Roller, assistant principal at North Fork Middle School in Quicksburg, was

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.

Book explores ‘scandalous’ topic

Philip Bigler,  a retired James Madison University professor and the 1998 National Teacher of the Year, stands beside portraits of Dolley Madison and her son, John Payne Todd, in the basement of his home in Quicksburg.  Bigler has written a book on Todd.  Rich Cooley/Daily

June 29, 2015

Nationally recognized educator and scholar Philip Bigler has expanded a mere footnote of American history in his new book, “Scandalous Son: The Elusive Search for Dolley Madison’s Son, John Payne Todd.”

ATF unleashes bomb sniffing dogs

Robert Landis, special agent K-9 handler with the ATF, releases his Labrador retriever "Jam"during a field demonstration Friday morning at the ATF Training Center in Front Royal. "Jam" graduated Friday from the Search Enhanced Evidence K-9 (S.E.E.K.) Course Graduation, in which the dog operates off the leash of the handler for safety reasons. "Jam" was named after fallen agent Johnny A. Masengale, who was killed in the line of duty in 1992 from an explosion.  Rich Cooley/Daily

June 26, 2015

A sleek black dog equipped with a well-trained nose for explosives, guns and shell casings takes off through a mountain top pasture after his handler releases him, dashing straight for a sedan parked about 100 yards away.

I-66 crashes send three to hospital

June 26, 2015

Two separate crashes near mile marker 11 on Interstate 66 sent three people to the hospital and caused traffic delays for more than three hours Thursday evening.