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Sherando DECA students place first in contest

The Sherando High School DECA club has won first place in the National Mental Health Contest organized by Creating Community Solutions and the National Institute for Civil Discourse.
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Warning signs

WINCHESTER -- Signs posted at entrances to area hospitals over the weekend direct visitors presenting with symptoms of Ebola not to enter the facilities.
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Classmates recall divided schools

FRONT ROYAL -- When four former Front Royal students reunite with classmates for a reunion this weekend, it will be like reuniting with family -- a family divided by segregation.
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Hand washing still 'best defense'

How clean are your hands? Good hand washing practices are a natural response to virus outbreak, such as Ebola, but according to Risk Analyst David Robinson, many people don't clean their hands properly, even when they think they do.
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Fall rabies clinics focus on promoting pet safety

BERRYVILLE -- The Clarke County Animal Shelter hosts a rabies clinic every October, but shelter manager Jenny Wright said this one will be particularly huge.
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Kate is a stray with a penchant for play

BERRYVILLE -- Kate has the eyes, ears and jaw of a pit bull, but doesn't seem to know it.
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Talks ease families into emergency care

Important health conversations aren't easy for aging parents and their children, but area professionals say such discussions are essential.
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Skyline High School wins $15K in contest

Skyline High School in Front Royal has won $15,000 to use however it wants.
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A happy ending for town family

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.
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Open enrollment 'a free pass' for Medicare education

By Josette Keelor Medicare's open enrollment period begins today, and the Shenandoah Area Agency on Aging wants to be a resource for area residents by offering free health care counseling sessions. The period from Oct. 15 to Dec. 7 is...
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Ryan named Va. Teacher of the Year

On Friday, Jaclyn Roller Ryan, agriscience teacher at Signal Knob Middle School in Strasburg, competed in Richmond for Virginia Teacher of the Year.
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Raley: Salaries becoming more competitive

Shenandoah County's School Board recognized teacher pay scale progress at its Thursday night meeting.
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Dress code changes announced in Warren

FRONT ROYAL -- On Thursday evening, in what might have been its shortest meeting ever, Warren County School Board members approved a new policy addressing students' clothing choices.
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Area marriage officiants set for same-sex unions

Elaine Lederman was surprised when she heard the news Monday that Virginia same-sex couples may legally marry.
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Edinburg church to celebrate 178 years at homecoming

EDINBURG -- Edinburg Christian Church has enjoyed a long history in the community and next weekend has invited past and present members and families to help celebrate its 178th year homecoming.
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Area teacher to present at national conference

One of Holly Hoover's standard classroom lessons at Stonewall Jackson High School in Quicksburg has earned her nationwide notice and a place at the National Council for Social Studies' Annual Conference in Boston.
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Continuum of Care wins $1M to aid area homeless

A grant of more than $1 million awarded by the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development will help programs for area homeless.
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Health professionals: Ebola poses little imminent danger to public

The first confirmed case of the Ebola virus in the United States has concerned Americans, but area health professionals have assured that area residents are not at risk.
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College awarded $3.25 million grant to fund job skills

A grant for $3.25 million will allow Lord Fairfax Community College to provide better job training to area students and residents out of work.
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R-MA to analyze non-STEM course

FRONT ROYAL -- Cadets in a fourth-year high school advanced math class at Randolph-Macon Academy now have one less problem to solve. Previously stuck taking courses some viewed unnecessary to their intended career paths, students now have another choice.
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Security grants to help with school safety

School districts in Shenandoah, Frederick and Clarke counties have planned for greater security measures at schools thanks to grant money awarded by Gov. Terry McAuliffe.
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Warren School Board to begin search for new member

FRONT ROYAL -- At its Thursday night meeting, the Warren County School Board will begin the process of appointing a new board member.
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Shenandoah schools to increase transparency in community

As part of its efforts to adopt more transparency and open communication with the community this year, Shenandoah County Public Schools has announced its participation in November's American Education Week.
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College president appointed to governor's 'unprecedented' council

Cheryl Thompson-Stacy isn't entirely sure what her role on the new Commonwealth Council on Childhood Success will be, but she agreed when the governor's office asked for her help.
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Area schools exceed rates for graduation

Virginia on-time high school graduation rates are close to 90 percent for the 2014 academic year, the Virginia Department of Education announced Wednesday.
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T-shirts spread awareness of violence against women

Speaking about sexual assault or domestic violence isn't easy, even for those who have reported their experiences and sought help.
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SU students take stand against assaults

WINCHESTER -- Students at Shenandoah University in Winchester expect a flood of raindrops on Thursday. In fact, that's exactly what they want.
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Tougher test standards requiring creative teaching methods

School Standards of Learning scores have slipped increasingly in recent years as standardized testing rules keep changing.

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