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WINCHESTER — Using a building for cover, Winchester Police Department Cpl. Sean C. O’Connor aimed his AR-15-style semi-automatic rifle at Eric Lyn Clark, who was on his porch about 50 yards away holding his own semi-automatic rifle that he had repeatedly fired at police.

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WINCHESTER – The lack of post-holiday spending and the ongoing impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic have left some small business owners digging into their own pockets to keep their shops running.

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With the COVID-19 vaccine expanding to more high-risk groups this week,  the state Health Department, in coordination with Valley Health and Shenandoah University, is advising patience and continued vigilance in helping prevent the spread of the virus.

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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.

WINCHESTER — When a company that Jon Marcy previously worked for filed for bankruptcy and one of his biggest customers asked him to find a way to continue providing Information Technology services, Marcy took a chance and created what has grown into Netmaker Communications.

Nikolai Hall-Andujar, of Front Royal, recently received a 46-month sentence stemming from his role in a heroin distribution conspiracy that resulted in about 400 grams of the drug coming to the region from Baltimore, according to a news release from United States Attorney’s Office in Harrisonburg.

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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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CCAP, the Congregational Community Action Project, will hold one of its largest food giveaways ever from 10 a.m to 2 p.m. Saturday at 112 South Kent St., Winchester.

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The Lord Fairfax Health District reported its first COVID-19 related death Friday afternoon after a Shenandoah County resident who was confirmed to have the virus died.

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FRONT ROYAL – The Front Royal-Warren County Economic Development Authority hopes to help aid businesses through the COVID-19 pandemic by reactivating its USDA loan program.

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As of Thursday afternoon, the Virginia Department of Health reported that 6,189 people have been tested for COVID-19, 460 cases have returned positive and 65 people have been hospitalized by the virus. A total of 13 people have died.

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WINCHESTER — The lack of in-patient drug and mental health treatment in the area is hampering efforts to deal with the addiction crisis, national drug czar James W. “Jim” Carroll was told during a roundtable discussion with local officials on Monday.