Valley Health will begin offering free COVID-19 vaccinations to some individuals in the Virginia Department of Health’s Tier 1b population starting Wednesday.

A new COVID-19 testing resource is opening today at the Rutherford Crossing testing site north of Winchester in the Stephenson area.

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 One COVID-19 death in Winchester was reported Friday, the same day that the Virginia Department of Health reported across the state the fifth-highest number of new COVID-19 case, less than 50 percent of that number on Saturday, and the seventh-highest number of new cases on Sunday.

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WINCHESTER — Attempted murder suspect Dusty Lee Henry, accused of badly beating his girlfriend on Friday, was arrested on Monday in Front Royal.

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As COVID-19 numbers in Virginia spiked for a fourth straight day, staff at Valley Health assured that area hospitals are capable of accommodating increased cases as they occur.

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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.

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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.

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Winchester resident Kristin Zimet has had lung cancer twice and beaten it twice. Having defied expectations, she wants the community to know that appearances are not always reality.

WINCHESTER — The red maple tree planted at Timbrook Park on Wednesday honors fatal overdose victims, but it also is a symbol of hope to survivors.

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WINCHESTER — Although contract negotiations between the Valley Health System and Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield are ongoing, Valley Health officials say the two sides are at an impasse.

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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.

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.

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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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.

Easter is on Sunday, and around the area, church communities are preparing to celebrate together while maintaining their physical distance.

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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.

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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On Thursday, the Yebernetsky family of Frederick County was planning to visit North Dakota from their kitchen for an evening of steak and potatoes.

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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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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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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.

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Virginia lawmakers last week voted down an amendment to the state budget that would have provided 3% increases for sheriff’s offices, ostensibly due to push-back to proposed gun legislation.

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.

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

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 — Preparations for sleet and snow begin in August for Virginia Department of Transportation officials.

In a night when Republicans lost control of their slim majority in Virginia’s House of Delegates, Republicans representing Shenandoah and Warren counties will return to Richmond next year as members of the minority party.

WINCHESTER — Speaking to a roomful of health professionals Tuesday, hospital chaplain Joseph “Jeff” Fletcher discussed the lifesaving benefits of hope.

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WINCHESTER — Electronic cigarettes and vaporizers are perceived as less harmful than traditional cigarettes, but research is starting to show it can still pose risks, especially to children.