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STEPHENS CITY -- Dudley Rinker has always been all about apples -- but now, he is, specifically, all about cider.
Boaters should soon find it easier to put canoes and kayaks in the water in part of Warren County.
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.
Strasburg plans to celebrate the completion of the first phase of its downtown streetscape project Friday.
A hot air balloon comes in for a landing near Spring Hollow subdivision west of Woodstock on a recent summer evening. Rich Cooley/Daily
Cadence Noel, 10, left, and her sister Charli, 8, right, walk their dogs Leo and Copper down Washington Avenue near their home in Front Royal on a recent summer afternoon. Rich Cooley/Daily
WOODSTOCK -- In a small room at Massanutten Military Academy in Woodstock, a woman wearing a lacy blue skirt and red lipstick has died. Beside her on the floor behind crime scene tape is a spilled glass of liquid, a phone off the hook and a substance that didn't agree with her.
Carly Ford of San Antonio, Texas, lets her daughter Makenna, 18 months, take a sniff from this basket of petunias along Main Street in Front Royal recently. Ford, who is from Front Royal, is visiting family. Rich Cooley/Daily
Andrew Williams, 16, a member of Strasburg's High School Band, plays his trombone alongside members of the James Madison University Marching Royal Dukes and seven area high school bands during Friday night's half time of the Central High School's opening football game in Woodstock. Nearly 1,000 musicians participated in the event. Rich Cooley/Daily
WOODSTOCK -- The first racers in the Old McNally's Pig Derby are named after famous horses: Hambiscuit, rather than Seabiscuit, and California "Porkchop" instead of "Chrome" finished first in the race Tuesday.
Tom Streett, president of the Shenandoah County Fair, lines the track with a set of hay bales Friday afternoon for the ATV races that evening at the fairgrounds in Woodstock. The fair is open through next Saturday. There will be family activities this morning at the fair, and the featured truck and tractor pull will start at 6:30 tonight. Rich Cooley/Daily
STRASBURG -- Hurricane Sandy left Gloria Floyd and her neighbors stranded at their Ash Street homes two years ago.
WINCHESTER -- College freshmen who moved into residence halls at Shenandoah University during Tuesday's Move-in Day breezed through their first big steps on campus. Helped by about 300 volunteers, new students and their parents unpacked cars within minutes, allowing for a long line of other cars to quickly take their place alongside greetings of "welcome home."
WINCHESTER -- Twins Madison and Damon were a little nervous on their first day of kindergarten Monday, but their father Stephen Moore said he was probably even more nervous than they were.
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.