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Woodstock baby has botulism diagnosis

Benjamin Ellis Shell, 2 months old, son of Antonette Capone-Shell and Jerramy Shell, of Woodstock, was rushed to Inova Fairfax Children's Hospital last week with symptoms of botulism. One test has come back positive, but the hospital is waiting on another to confirm.  Courtesy Antonette Capone-Shell

June 30, 2015

Benjamin Ellis Shell was a healthy baby boy. Born 9 pounds, 7 ounces, on April15, he was exceeding milestones, rolling over after a month and crawling at 2 months. So when the 11-week old boy slowly stopped eating and his bowel movements stopped his mother Antonette Capone-Shell, 24, rushed him to the emergency room.

Exact dairy science

Billy French, a member of French Brothers Dairy, milks a Holstein herd inside their facility on Water Street in Woodstock.  Rich Cooley/Daily

June 26, 2015

For more than 51 years, French Brothers Dairy in Woodstock has been a fixture of the dairy industry in the Northern Shenandoah Valley.

Central High School Class of 2015 graduation

Courtney Copp, 18, of Woodstock, smiles after receiving her dipoloma during commencement exercises outside the sports complex at Central High School on Saturday morning. There were 214 seniors receiving diplomas during the event. Rich Cooley/Daily

June 14, 2015

Courtney Copp, 18, of Woodstock, smiles after receiving her dipoloma during commencement exercises outside the sports complex at Central High School on Saturday morning. There were 214 seniors receiving diplomas during the event. Rich Cooley/Daily

Town water quality in good standing

June 14, 2015

The town of Woodstock has reported in its water quality assessment that its drinking water is in good standing with the Environmental Protection Agency’s drinking water standards.

Thankful for support

Jessica Rodriguez

June 12, 2015

Central High School senior Jessica Rodriguez, of Toms Brook, never thought she would pursue a career in the military. Settled on studying at the College of William & Mary, she said she changed her mind after attending the National Flight Academy camp last summer. “That changed everything. I knew that I was meant for military.”

March to remember fallen, help vets

Retired Army Sgt. Andy Springer, of Edinburg, kneels next to the grave of Army Pfc. Thomas R. Wilson, of Maurertown, who died in combat in 2007. Springer is holding a photo of Wilson and below that is Springer's friend, Army Cpl. David M. Fraise, who died in Afghanistan in 2004.  Springer is  leader of the Active Heroes Team Shenandoah, which is organizing an event on June 20 to remember fallen soldiers and help those who have returned from war.  Rich Cooley/Daily

June 11, 2015

On June 20, a “Carry the Fallen” ruck-march in Woodstock will remember fallen soldiers and help battle suicide rates among veterans.

Woodstock 5 Miler set for ninth running

June 11, 2015

Running enthusiasts from Shenandoah County will gather at the County Office Building in Woodstock on Saturday for a five-mile run that doubles as a small fundraiser for local causes.

Staying vigilant

Eddie Dove transfers a load of turkeys to a poultry house on his Mount  Jackson farm on Wednesday. Dove and his wife Jackie are concerned about the  threat of avian flu. Rich Cooley/Daily

June 10, 2015

Mount Jackson farmer Jackie Dove said she is worried about the threat of avian flu that’s hit Midwestern farms.

Woodstock OKs 2016 budget

June 2, 2015

The town of Woodstock approved its budget for the 2015-16 fiscal year on Tuesday night, with a unanimous vote from town council.

MMA set to graduate top cadet officer

Cadet Lt. Col. Jeffrey Brown, 18, stands outside the painted cannon that is a tradition of graduates to paint during graduation week at  Massanutten Military Academy in Woodstock.  Brown is the top commanding graduate in the Class of 2015, which will produce 24 seniors during commencement ceremonies for Saturday.    Rich Cooley/Daily

May 29, 2015

WOODSTOCK — A military education has prepared Cadet Lt. Col. Jeffrey Brown, of Nags Head, North Carolina, for anything he might want to do.

Water main work

Woodstock Water and Sewer Department workers Jason Roberts, measuring the ditch, L.J. Neff and Howard Miller, operating the backhoe, install a 12-inch water main along Tower Avenue on Wednesday. The line will extend to West Locust Street and eventually to Sunset Crest. It will loop into the existing distribution system to provide increased volume for fire suppression, to stabilize pressure and improve flow to and from the North Street storage tank. This is the first of three system upgrades planned for this year. Alex Bridges/Daily

May 20, 2015

Woodstock Water and Sewer Department workers Jason Roberts, measuring the ditch, L.J. Neff and Howard Miller, operating the backhoe, install a 12-inch water main along Tower Avenue on Wednesday. The line will extend to West Locust Street and eventually to Sunset Crest. It will loop into the existing distribution system to provide increased volume for fire suppression, to stabilize pressure and improve flow to and from the North Street storage tank. This is the first of three system upgrades planned for this year. Alex Bridges/Daily

Trip of a Lifetime

Jackson Snarr, 23, left,  Murdock Snarr, 26, center, and Ben Snarr, 24, right,  streak along this stretch of Summit Avenue in Woodstock.  The trio recently finished a cross country cycling adventure around the U.S. Rich Cooley/Daily

May 17, 2015

WOODSTOCK — It took almost a year, but for Murdock Snarr, his brother, Jackson, and his cousin, Ben, a trip around the U.S. by bicycle was an experience they will never forget.

‘Sweet’ alternative

Carly Bokanyi, 19, a senior in Central High School's chapter of Family Career and Community Leaders of America, pours mint-infused water into a paper cup during the school's Rev Your Bev event on Wednesday to encourage students to choose healthier drinks over sugary ones.  Josette Keelor/Daily

May 13, 2015

WOODSTOCK — Everybody knows soda is full of sugar. But Central High School students at a Wednesday Rev Your Bev event said they were surprised to learn the sorry truth of what sweetens some of their other favorite beverages.

Executive chef enjoys thrill of service

John Ramsbottom

May 1, 2015

Unlike many typical 14-year-old boys, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, native John Ramsbottom was spending his days in the kitchen rather than playing football or shooting hoops.

A heavy toll, recalled

Shannon Moeck,  a park ranger at Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historic Park, helps ring a bell being supported by park volunteer Guy Young, of Gore, outside Belle Grove on Thursday. The ringing of the bells was  to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War. Rich Cooley/Daily

April 9, 2015

Local residents and National Park Services officials gathered at Belle Grove Historic Plantation for the “Bells Across the Land” on Thursday.