Frederick County

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.

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.

Town OKs budget, park fee changes

June 16, 2015

MIDDLETOWN — Middletown officials unanimously approved the town’s budget for the fiscal year 2015-16 in a special meeting Tuesday night.

Frederick schools invite success stories from academic year

June 8, 2015

Some of the greatest successes in a school year can go unnoticed by all except those they touch. Those are exactly the sort of stories Frederick County Public Schools aimed to celebrate in its Season of Celebration and Success program that ended Thursday and invited the community to submit their moments of success from the last school year.

Cedar Creek announces new summer programs

June 5, 2015

This summer, Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park in Middletown will be giving visitors a more in-depth look into one of the valley’s more critical Civil War battles.

Local groups react to Clean Water rule

May 29, 2015

Wednesday’s ruling by the Environmental Protection Agency caused a wide range of reactions from environmental groups to farming agencies and politicians.

Greener pastures

Randall Gray, 17, a senior at Sherando High School in Stephens City, sits in the school's butterfly garden. After graduation, he plans to attend Lord Fairfax Community College in Middletown before transferring to Virginia Tech and double majoring in dairy science and agriculture economics.  Josette Keelor/Daily

May 28, 2015

STEPHENS CITY — Not everyone joins their school chapter of the national FFA organization with the intention of building a career in agriculture.

Grain producers optimistic for the season

Rolls of hay bales line this field along the South Fork of the Shenandoah River near the bridge in Front Royal after a rain shower Wednesday afternoon. Area hay harvests have been bountiful this spring.   Rich Cooley/Daily

May 28, 2015

Although state numbers might show otherwise, 2015 is looking positive for area grain producers, according to Bobby Clark, Virginia Cooperative Extension agent for the Northern Shenandoah Valley.

Diverse agribusinesses gear up for the season

Kitty Hockman-Nicholas walks with her pair of dogs and lamb past a log cabin at The Herds Inn   on Hedgebrook Farm. The 1950-square-foot cabin can be rented out overnight for an experience of life on the farm.   Rich Cooley/Daily

May 28, 2015

In the Winchester-Frederick County region, visitors can enjoy a diverse and plentiful array of agritourism-based operations from farmers markets to all-you-need mercantile shops.

Pet of the Week: Hound Dog is the real deal

Hound Dog is more of a listener and observer than a barker. Rachel Mahoney/Daily

May 26, 2015

WINCHESTER — Hound Dog is aptly named for exemplifying the foremost traits of his breed – he’s ever alert with his nose and he’s always up for a chase.

Pet of the week: Timid Tommy a good fit for quiet home

Lyndie Scott, kennel supervisor at the Winchester SPCA's Rockaplenty Adoption and Education Center, holds Tommy. Brad Fauber/Daily

May 11, 2015

WINCHESTER — Tommy, a black domestic longhair cat who has resided at the Winchester SPCA for nearly six months, is an affectionate animal that will gladly curl up in your lap, says Lyndie Scott, kennel supervisor at the new Rockaplenty Adoption and Education Center.