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Cases of COVID-19 skyrocketed around the area Wednesday as the Lord Fairfax Health District reported 174 new cases, an increase that dwarfed its previous single-day highs of 113 cases on Tuesday and 80 new cases on Saturday.

Voters who go to the polls today can cast ballots in federal, state, and, in some places, local races in the 2020 General Election.

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WINCHESTER — Frederick County is considering an ordinance amendment to allow backyard chickens in residential areas following a request from Opequon District resident Sherry Riley to permit chickens in the Residential Performance (RP) zoning district.

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WINCHESTER — Besides killing some 1.1 million people, including about 222,000 Americans, the coronavirus pandemic has hospitals hemorrhaging money.

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WINCHESTER — Since resuming disconnections for delinquent water and sewer accounts on Oct. 14, Frederick Water has been disconnecting service to 30-70 customers a day, Frederick Water Executive Director Eric Lawrence told the agency’s board of directors on Tuesday night.

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WINCHESTER — In what may have been the first challenge to a drug prosecution under Virginia’s new overdose immunity law, a judge on Tuesday ruled Frederick County can prosecute a woman because her alleged methamphetamine-related suicidal behavior didn’t fit the General Assembly’s broad defin…

While the Virginia Department of Health reported 1,013 new statewide COVID-19 cases on Friday, figures for localities in the Lord Fairfax Health District saw slight, if any, increases.

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Several of the area’s localities have canceled their Fourth of July celebrations and festivities this year as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, while others plan to hold Independence Day events either as scheduled or at a later date.

The first COVID-19 related death has occurred in Warren County, with 21 total deaths in the Lord Fairfax Health District as of Sunday afternoon, according to Virginia Department of Health statistics.

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With 1-3 inches of rain expected, small streams and creeks may overflow as the National Weather Service has declared a flood watch for today in localities throughout the Northern Shenandoah Valley, including Warren, Shenandoah, Frederick and Clarke counties.

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Virginia saw a new record high number of new COVID-19 cases Tuesday, resetting the clock on the path toward 14 days of declining cases. The Lord Fairfax Health District reported a handful of new cases but did see its third COVID-19 related death in Frederick County.

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It’s National Library Week, and though libraries around the area remain closed to the public during the COVID-19 pandemic, they’re offering more virtual services than ever to keep connected with the community.

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FRONT ROYAL – A public hearing regarding the county’s proposed budget and tax rates is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday.

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Shenandoah Oncology, a private practice in Winchester on the campus of Winchester Medical Center, will be closed for nearly two weeks.

The Shenandoah Area Agency on Aging Wheels has prepared its clients in case COVID-19 forces the cancellation of the Meals on Wheels program.

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The United Way of Northern Shenandoah Valley has created an emergency relief fund to help the region’s most vulnerable during the COVID-19 outbreak.

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The spread of COVID-19 continues to impact local colleges, forcing the cancellation of commencement ceremonies for Virginia's 23 community colleges.

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EDINBURG – Councilman Steve Van Stee during Tuesday night’s meeting of the Town Council asked Mayor Daniel Harshman about the coronavirus.

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Resurgent Democrats in Virginia kept the momentum they built in November rolling through Super Tuesday as more than 1.3 million voters showed up to punch ballots for one of five remaining candidates in the 2020 Democratic presidential primary race.

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FRONT ROYAL – An hour-long multi-jurisdictional high-speed chase began Tuesday night in Front Royal, ended in Clarke County and culminated Wednesday morning with the arrest of William Watson Allen IV in West Virginia.

Libraries are tremendous resources for borrowing any number of books, audiobooks, movies, music and video games. But they also offer faxing and notary services, provide access to tax forms, help with job applications, troubleshoot technology issues, loan out free state park passes and so much more.

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A search warrant unsealed Tuesday about a year after it was executed reveals that the FBI sought phone records of a disgruntled former re-enactor and Cedar Creek Battlefield Foundation volunteer as part of its investigation into threats and a pipe bomb found during the Cedar Creek Civil War …

MIDDLETOWN – Town officials have hired a full-time police officer.

The Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative has awarded more than $15,000 in grants to area organizations, the co-op announced in a news release.

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The Shenandoah Valley has seen several reports of the flu in recent weeks and the season is far from over.

MIDDLETOWN – Peed & Bortz LLC likely will be contracted to continue helping the town with its wastewater treatment plant.

The spotted lanternfly has been found within the region and will be coming for area crops soon, said Corey Childs, extension agent of agriculture for the Virginia Cooperative Extension’s seventh district.

The Western Virginia Continuum of Care is planning its annual Point-in-Time homeless count for Jan. 22 and accepting Letter of Intent applications from eligible agencies operating within the CoC’s geographic region.

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STEPHENS CITY – Town council members and administrators from Middletown and Stephen City met with Frederick County officials Monday night to discuss continued work on an agreement to consolidate fire and rescue services.