Winchester Update 12-27

By: Jenny Brockwell Email
By: Jenny Brockwell Email

Preventing Staph

Recent staph infections in the region caused one area school to go all out in order to protect their students.

Clarke County Public Schools have hired a local company to sanitize everything, from the school buses to the weight rooms.

The company doing the work, Gear-Clean, uses a cutting-edge technology to guard against the spread of staph infections.

According to officials, the treatment provides a surface and it spike punctures the nucleus of single-cell organisms and kills them in a physical kill, instead of a chemical one.

Gifts for Hospitalized Children

While many spent the holidays at home this Christmas, some weren't so fortunate.

The children in the pediatric ward at Winchester Medical Center had a very Merry Christmas morning thanks to a local organization and the big man in the red suit.

Presents were handed out Tuesday morning thanks to the Rolling Thunder Veterans Organization.

The toys were from a toy drive they held earlier this month. About 100 toys were delivered to some very happy children.

Christmas Tree Collection

No Christmas is complete without a Christmas tree or two, but one local woman has gone way beyond that.

A Frederick County woman has 87 Christmas trees in her home.

Shelda Longerbeam is a self-proclaimed Christmas enthusiast. She has been collecting the trees for 11 years and she just bought six this year.

She buys them at the Youth Development Center's Festival of Trees, which is an annual fundraising event.

However, Longerbeam says that she's almost running out of room in her house, though that wont' stop her. She says she will always be able to find more room for more trees. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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