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Medicaid to be hot Richmond topic

Health care is a hot topic in Washington at the moment, but it could end up being a hot topic in Richmond in the coming months, too.

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Price of clearing snow exceeds area budgets

Traffic passes as ice clings to the Morgan Ford bridge Residents of the Northern Shenandoah Valley aren't out of the deep freeze yet, with a whole weekend of frigid temperatures to look forward to.

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Rep. Wolf pleased that transfers to Yemen stop

A local congressman was pleased to hear this week that the U.S. will stop transferring inmates from Guantanamo Bay to Yemen.

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Landowners sought for ag districts

WINCHESTER - Notices are arriving at rural mailboxes this week to encourage renewed participation in Frederick County's agricultural and forestal districts.

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Drill is a success, leaves room for improvement

WINCHESTER - A full-scale emergency drill at a local school in October tested the response of public safety agencies and the education system.

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Warren County supervisors face 2010 budget cuts

FRONT ROYAL - Already faced with the possibility of significant deficits next fiscal year, Warren County officials still must make cuts to their current budget thanks to state revenue shortfalls.

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Fundraiser will benefit Mt. Jackson cancer patient

Freda Sigler MT. JACKSON - People consider Freda Sigler crazy when she tells them about the hospital bill she rang up at Winchester Medical Center last fall.

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Incident results in one count of sexual battery

WINCHESTER - A county man facing charges of aggravated sexual battery of a child has been indicted by a Frederick County Circuit Court grand jury.

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Md. man indicted on drug charges

FRONT ROYAL - A Maryland man has again been indicted by a Warren County Circuit Court grand jury on drug charges dating back to September.

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Winchester crack dealers sentenced

HARRISONBURG - Two Winchester crack cocaine dealers were each sentenced to serve more than a decade in prison this week in U.S. District Court.

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Alcohol a factor in fatal accident

MT. JACKSON -- A town man was killed in a crash on Orkney Grade early Friday morning.

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Weather causes blood shortage

The harsh weather blasting the region has not only been a cold inconvenience for residents, but has also been the cause of a blood shortage for the American Red Cross.

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Bob Wooten: Bag tax will hurt families

The word "trillion" rolls off the tongue with frightening ease in the nation's capital these days.

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Riverwalk

A blue heron casts its reflection A blue heron casts its reflection as it walks across thin ice along the Shenandoah River near Morgan Ford in Warren County. Rich Cooley/Daily

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Courthouse notes

Shenandoah County Real estate Over $25,000 Keith J. Anderle to Justin Boksan and Tiffany Funkhouser, 491 Sand Ridge Road, Toms Brook, $154,200. HSBC Bank to Sonja C. Kibler, 172 Oxbow Drive, Strasburg, $150,000. United States of America to Glenn E....

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*Mt. Jackson man dies in single-car crash

MT. JACKSON -- A local man is dead after a single-car crash on Orkney Grade Road early Friday morning. Virginia State Police responded at 12:48 a.m. to the crash, in which Chad Nelson Simpson, 30, of Mt. Jackson, was killed according to state police spokesman Sgt. F.L. Tyler.

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* Snow dusts the valley ahead of chilly weekend

snow0108.jpg A slight dusting of snow that coated the Northern Shenandoah Valley Thursday evening and Friday morning is just the beginning of what may become a bitterly cold weekend.

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Murder-for-hire case gets man 25 years

HARRISONBURG - A former Warren County Jail inmate who tried to hire a hit man to kill the man he thought landed him in jail was sentenced Thursday in U.S. District Court to more than 25 years in prison.

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City woman pleads guilty to embezzling church funds

WINCHESTER - A local woman faces up to eight years in prison for embezzling approximately $300,000 from a church near Stephens City.

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Documents: Sheriff overseeing estate

BERRYVILLE - Winchester Sheriff Leonard W. "Lenny" Millholland is overseeing the estate of slain Town Councilwoman Gail S. Smith, court documents show.

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Board waiting to talk budget

WOODSTOCK - The Shenandoah County School Board will wait until February before sinking its teeth into one of its most difficult challenges in some time.

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Deputies seize two taxis for failure to pay taxes

WINCHESTER - Authorities confiscated vehicles from a local taxi company Wednesday for failing to pay late property taxes.

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Warren schools examine options for surplus funds

FRONT ROYAL - Warren County Public Schools officials are mulling ways to put a hefty surplus from last year's budget to good use.

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Localities may struggle with stricter smog standards

Federal environmental officials announced Thursday that clean air standards will be getting tougher in the near future, a move that could make it harder for Virginia localities to measure up.

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Overturned truck halts Va. 7 traffic

tractor-trailer overturned BLUEMONT -- A tractor-trailer hauling produce overturned on Va. 7 in Clarke County, closing the road in both directions for several hours Thursday afternoon.

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Board re-elects top two leaders

WOODSTOCK -- As the Shenandoah County Board of Supervisors begins its work for 2010, it will leave its leadership structure unchanged.

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Valley Health gets hospital approval

WINCHESTER -- Valley Health received approval Tuesday from the West Virginia Health Care Authority to acquire and build a new War Memorial Hospital in Berkeley Springs, W.Va.

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Civil War battlefield preservation sees record year

Snow sits on top of hay bales A near-record year for the Civil War Preservation Trust was a record one for Virginia. The trust, based in Washington, tallied its second-highest ever amount of acreage preserved last year, according to a news release, and it helped to protect 2,777 acres at 20 different battlefield sites in five states. The transactions totaled more than $38 million.

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Correction

In his column Monday, Chris Fordney had an incorrect location for the Virginia Military Institute. It's in Lexington....

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*Man gets 25 years for seeking hit-man to target informant

HARRISONBURG -- Former Warren County Jail inmate James Richard "J.R." "Baby Junior" Hackley IV was sentenced Thursday morning to 25 years in prison for solicitation to commit murder as well as gun and drug offenses.

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*Woman faces eight years in church embezzlement case

WINCHESTER -- A local woman faces up to eight years in prison for embezzling approximately $300,000 from a church near Stephens City.

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More cold and snow predicted for the valley

Bryan Boswell fishes Old Man Winter isn't going to loosen his grip on the Northern Shenandoah Valley in coming days, according to the National Weather Service.

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Va. official signs letter protesting 'kickback'

Outgoing Virginia Attorney General Bill Mims has signed on to a letter with 12 other attorneys general warning Congress that a sweet deal for some states designed to win a single vote for health care reform could end up in court.

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Rowland lays out solutions to state cuts

WOODSTOCK - Whatever is worse than dire straits, Keith Rowland painted a picture of it for the possible future of Shenandoah County Public Schools on Tuesday night.

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Shared E-911 system possible

WINCHESTER - A shared E-911 system for the city and Frederick County can be put in place, safety officials said Wednesday.

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Three city men charged after tip leads to arrest

WINCHESTER - A tip helped police charge three city men with staging a bomb scare that closed the downtown mall in November.

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Part of Water St. will shut down for four months

WOODSTOCK - A portion of North Water Street between Mill Road and Kingree Street will be closed for four months due to utility work.

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Frederick County planners support industrial park rezoning

WINCHESTER - The Frederick County Planning Commission recommended approval Wednesday of the rezoning of 271 acres for a proposed industrial park north of the city near the intersections of U.S. 11 and Interstate 81.

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Final phase starts for utility project

Piccadilly Street WINCHESTER -- The last phase of city infrastructure work began Wednesday as crews arrived on Piccadilly Street to replace aging utility pipes and make cosmetic improvements.

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Wreck closes Va. 7 in Clarke County for several hours

truckoverturns.jpg BLUEMONT -- A tractor-trailer hauling produce overturned on Va. 7 in Clarke County, closing the road in both directions for several hours Thursday afternoon.

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Battle tested

A cannon A cannon, surrounded by snow against a cloudy sky, is on display at New Market Battlefield Park. Rich Cooley/Daily

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*City police crack egg caper case

WINCHESTER -- A tip helped police charge three city men with staging a prank bomb scare that closed the downtown mall in November.

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Legislators meet with board over budget cuts

WOODSTOCK - Now is the time for everyone to start thinking outside of the ever-shrinking box that contains Virginia's funds.

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Green initiatives paying off

Jon Turkel holds two light tubes WINCHESTER - Efforts to "go green" already are paying off for Frederick County's government offices.

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School Board: Budget picture could shift

WINCHESTER - Gov. Timothy M. Kaine's proposed biennial budget would mean more financial woes for Frederick County Public Schools if passed, officials said Tuesday.

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Official: There's strength together

WOODSTOCK - Members of the Town Council received a call at their meeting Tuesday evening from Strasburg Councilman Justin Ritenour to "stand up and make some noise" against financial burdens.

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Strasburg students remember slain classmate, friend Barker

Brendon Barker STRASBURG - A year ago today, 16-year-old Brendon Manning Barker's life was violently snuffed out. Tuesday night, his family, friends and classmates gathered in fond remembrance at Strasburg High School.

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Ex-city social worker to see jail in indecent liberties case

WINCHESTER - A former social worker for the city received jail time for taking indecent liberties with a foster child under her care.

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Grant funds sought for public safety facility

FRONT ROYAL - The Warren County Board of Supervisors gave permission to local officials on Tuesday to seek a grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security that could help cover costs involved with constructing a new public safety facility.

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Meeting on bridge planned for Feb. 3

FRONT ROYAL -- Area residents will have a chance to ask questions of Virginia Department of Transportation staff and find out more about the proposed replacement of the Morgan Ford Road low-water bridge when a citizen information meeting is held next month.

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