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Community Impact Forum spotlights mental health awareness

WINCHESTER -- Friday morning's Community Impact Forum addressed community needs, highlighting the importance of mental health awareness.
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Fire, rescue weight-loss effort improves health, morale

EDINBURG -- Walking the sidewalks wearing matching florescent yellow T-shirts, volunteers with the Edinburg Volunteer Fire Company have earned their share of hoots and honks of encouragement.
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Active Living Center directors plan changes

Participants in an fitness class at Warren County Active Living Center weren't too sure of their new director, at first. One of two new Active Living Center directors for the Shenandoah Area Agency on Aging, Terry Byrne said she's planning plenty of fun programs.
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School districts: Students with diabetes may carry supplies

Two new Virginia bills require schools to allow students with diabetes the option of carrying supplies with them while at school.
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Signal Knob FFA best middle school in Virginia

The Signal Knob Middle School chapter of the Future Farmers of America has reached the top again. For the second year in a row, the club was selected top middle school FFA chapter in Virginia at the Virginia FFA Convention at Virginia Tech, June 23 to 26.
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Valley Scholars Program promotes college education

Five rising eighth graders from Shenandoah County could earn free college tuition by participating in a five-year program on college readiness beginning this fall. The Valley Scholars Program, organized by James Madison University in Harrisonburg, targets students who will be the first in their immediate families to attend college,
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Forum to focus on mental health

A forum in Winchester on Friday will unite community and national organizations in an attempt to lessen the stigma of mental health.
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Church members focus service efforts on Strasburg park

STRASBURG -- Youth and church leaders traveled to Strasburg on Thursday as part of a three-day effort to serve the community.
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Students from Triplett Tech excel at national event

It wasn't long ago that Jordan Palmer of Quicksburg and Cody Fitchett of Fort Valley made history as part of the largest group of students from Triplett Tech ever to make it to the SkillsUSA Virginia competition in Roanoke last April.
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Winchester Medical Center ranked in top five best hospitals in state

For the second year in a row, Winchester Medical Center has ranked in the top five best Virginia hospitals on a list published by the U.S. News and World Report, according to hospital officials.
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Hospital program teaches heart attack prevention

FRONT ROYAL -- Waiting to treat symptoms of a heart attack can be deadly, but recognizing risk factors and symptoms isn't always easy.
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Shenandoah Memorial Hospital plans major expansion

Work on an $18 million facility on the campus of Shenandoah Memorial Hospital in Woodstock should begin next year and will include a new emergency room, onsite urgent care center and office building for physicians who currently have offices in the community, Floyd Heater, hospital president, said Monday.
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Strasburg senior elected national FCCLA president

STRASBURG -- Time management helps any high school student balance schoolwork with sports, clubs and after-school jobs. Add to that an office in an organization with 200,000 members nationwide, and "multitasking" might not be a strong enough word.
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Central team sweeps FFA state star category

Lacey Dysart of Woodstock has always been inquisitive, inspired by questions of how and why things are what they are. One of three students from Central High School to sweep the State Star category at the June convention of the Virginia Future Farmers of America, Dysart put that curiosity to good use.
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National FFA president calls yearlong experience 'empowering'

To say Brian Walsh has had a busy year is an understatement.
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Organizations plan big impact on Warren County youth

WINCHESTER -- Big Brothers Big Sisters of Winchester, Frederick and Clarke is partnering with the Warren Coalition and plans to expand into Warren County.
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Area experts: Education helps fight diabetes battle

One of the most prevalent, misunderstood and deadly diseases in the U.S. is also one of the most treatable.
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Valley Health sees successful patient records database launch

The launching of a new patient records database last month has helped Valley Health join about 50 percent of the nation's healthcare system in simplifying the health care process.
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Area teen to lead national association

Recently elected president of the Junior American Boer Goat Association, 17-year-old Bethany Gochenour of Lebanon Church brings years of experience to the office.
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Capital Campaign to raise funds for Winchester cancer center

Winchester Medical Center announced this week it is closer to breaking ground on a proposed cancer center on the north side of the Winchester campus.
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Pet of the Week: Aunt Bee looks to retire in style

BERRYVILLE -- Aunt Bee was wearing nail polish on a cold March day when 13-year-old Cynthia Fairbanks found her in Clarke County.
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Rabies case confirmed in Front Royal

The Warren County Health Department has confirmed that a cat found along Happy Creek greenway biking trail in Front Royal has tested positive for rabies.
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Mount Jackson twin succeeds sister in state FFA office

QUICKSBURG -- Identical twins Whitney and Brittany Bowman already had a lot in common before both being elected state officers of the Virginia Future Farmers of America Association.

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