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In addition to an increase in overall traffic volume on Virginia’s highways,14 deaths occurred over the Memorial Day weekend, according to a news release from Virginia State Police. That’s six more deaths than last year’s three day weekend.

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If COVID-19 virus numbers keep declining and vaccination rates keep rising, Gov. Ralph Northam said Thursday he will lift mitigation measures, capacity restrictions and social distancing requirements starting June 15.

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In addition to various walk-in vaccine sites hosted by local health departments, CVS Health is now accepting walk-in COVID-19 appointments at its pharmacy locations around the country, the company announced Wednesday.

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CLEAR BROOK — An outdoor setting isn’t traditional for the Partlow Insurance Sports Breakfast, but Joe Theismann summed up a lot of people’s feelings shortly after starting his remarks to a crowd of 650 on Saturday morning at the Frederick County Fairgrounds.

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WINCHESTER — A pared-down Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival was just the thing needed to attract one of the biggest crowds ever to its Fire Truck Rodeo and Antique Show.

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Valley Health will hold a walk-in COVID-19 vaccine clinic from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday at Shenandoah University’s James R. Wilkins, Jr. Athletics & Events Center.

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While police around the nation are grappling with how to do their jobs in the wake of interactions that have resulted in deaths and demonstrators taking to the streets, a group of Shenandoah University students has been studying the impact of community policing by focusing on the Town of Strasburg.

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Valley Health will hold a COVID-19 vaccine clinic on Monday at Shenandoah University in Winchester and hopes to give everyone a chance to attend by offering a link at noon today at its website, valleyhealthlink.com/c19vaccinations.

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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.