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FRONT ROYAL - A massive, long-term park project in Warren County should reach some milestones in the next few months.
Donnie Coffman of Woodstock puts a primer coat on the wooden columns of this home along Main Street in Woodstock after scraping off the old paint on a recent fall morning. Rich Cooley/Daily
WINCHESTER -- Signs posted at entrances to area hospitals over the weekend direct visitors presenting with symptoms of Ebola not to enter the facilities.
MIDDLETOWN -- Jagged bones jut out from a pile of amputated arms and legs. Stubs of flesh poke through a mound of rags. Bloody body parts sit, stuffed into wooden crates.
Jim Stevenson, of Mount Jackson and an employee of the Virginia Museum of the Civil War, strolls along the Bushong Farm at New Market Battlefield Park on a fall morning. Rich Cooley/Daily
Heavy rains Wednesday morning contributed to several crashes that clogged traffic on area interstates and secondary roads.
STRASBURG -- On a recent afternoon, a smiling 8-month-old Christian Ammons gave no clue that only last week he was sedated on a breathing tube at Children's National Medical Center in Washington, D.C., where doctors initially could not treat him.
FRONT ROYAL - The 44th Annual Festival of Leaves drew thousands of people to downtown Front Royal on Saturday for music, food and crafts.
Over the next month, visitors will flock to the valley to get a taste of what residents enjoy every year: the vibrant fall colors.
Bryan Hepner of Mount Jackson carries his sons James, 3, left, and Lincoln, 9 months, as the group takes a tour of Edinburg's fire apparatus parked outside of the Edinburg Library on Tuesday morning. The program is part of the "Firefighter Friends" Preschool Story Times and Fire Prevention week at the library. The program will be held again this morning at 10:30 a.m. Rich Cooley/Daily
EDINBURG -- Two rows of grape vines stand next to each other at Wolf Gap Vineyard and Winery. One is overflowing with large bunches of grapes. The other looks like it is barely surviving.
The mountains are dappled with specks of brilliant red and crisp yellows, and leaves are starting to blanket the ground. Fall has arrived, and tree experts say it is going to be a colorful year.
Phil Harr, of Front Royal, paddles his canoe along the South Fork of the Shenandoah River in Front Royal on a recent autumn afternoon. Rich Cooley/Daily
Local law enforcement officials, prosecutors and others turned to state lawmakers Wednesday in urging legislative action to help stem the tide of heroin flowing into the area.
Allen Martin, 89, sits beside a pumpkin that grew into a wire fence beside his property line at his West Queen Street home in Strasburg. Martin's neighbor, Diane Costello, is the owner of the pumpkin patch. Rich Cooley/Daily
Jeff Grady, of Front Royal, coaxes this snapping turtle off the highway along Mountain Road in the Rivermont area of Warren County on Monday afternoon. Rich Cooley/Daily
WINCHESTER -- Take the Olympics' track and field events, add a pinch of "The Amazing Race" and throw in a heaping helpful of sweat and muscle -- the result would look more or less like the Golden Seal Charity Challenge
Jacob Nieves, 6, of Front Royal, runs past a splash of colorful mums outside the parking lot of Stokes Mart off East Main Street in Front Royal on an autumn afternoon. Rich Cooley/Daily
Rebecca Williams, of Front Royal, fills up her truck at the WilcoHess on South Commerce Avenue in Front Royal on Thursday afternoon. Gas prices there were $2.99.9 a gallon. Gas prices are expected to continue to drop below $3 a gallon across the nation by the end of the year. Rich Cooley/Daily
William Jackson of Front Royal loads his wheelbarrow after splitting wood outside his McLendon Street home in Front Royal this week. Jackson was gathering his winter fuel for his wood stove inside his home. Rich Cooley/Daily
MIDDLETOWN -- Barbecue dinners, political speeches and a straw poll formed the main attractions for slightly more than 400 people who attended the 15th annual Hob Nob in the Valley Friday at Lord Fairfax Community College.
Top: Members of the U.S. Army Old Guard Fife & Drum Corps march down Braddock Street in Winchester during the Apple Blossom Festival Grand Feature Parade on Saturday.
Above: Robert Griffin and Jackie Griffin II , parents of Redskins Quarterback Robert Griffin III, wave to the crowd during the parade. Photos by Rich Cooley/Daily
Top: David Gum, CEO of Henkel Harris Furniture in Winchester, unveils a jewelry box that he presented to Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival queen designate Alexandra "Ali" Astin, 17, during the Queen's Dinner held Thursday night at the Lee Jackson Best Western Banquet Room in Winchester.
Above: Alexandra "Ali" Astin and her escort Hunter Thompson, 17, of Middletown, make their entrance at the Queen's Dinner under the sabers of Randolph Macon Academy cadets. Photos by Rich Cooley/Daily
RICHMOND -- Virginia's biggest, most expensive political season with unprecedented attention from presidential candidates is drawing long lines of voters to polling places across the state, but concerns about the state's new voter ID law appeared overblown.
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. -- Superstorm Sandy slammed into the New Jersey coastline with 80 mph winds Monday night and hurled an unprecedented 13-foot surge of seawater at New York City, threatening its subways and the electrical system that powers Wall Street. At least 10 U.S. deaths were blamed on the storm, which brought the presidential campaign to a halt a week before Election Day.
STRASBURG -- Two people were taken to hospitals -- one by helicopter -- following a three-vehicle crash on Va. 55 (John Marshall Highway) just north of Va. 633 (Red Bud Road) Thursday afternoon.
The victim of the single-vehicle accident on eastbound Interstate-66, east of Front Royal, is loaded into a medical helicopter after the interstate was shut down Wednesday morning. Rich Cooley/Daily
WINCHESTER -- That last-ditch effort to find the perfect gift at the perfect price is a holiday tradition with a few days left to celebrate.
FRONT ROYAL -- Snow blanketed the Northern Shenandoah Valley Thursday, canceling school and causing several traffic crashes, including a pileup on Interstate 81 near Edinburg.
WINCHESTER -- A man of many interests has taken the helm of the Lord Fairfax Health District.