Frederick County

Proffer request is voted down

MIDDLETOWN – The Town Council on Tuesday evening unanimously voted to deny a developer's request to lower a proffer amount that would help counter the impact of a subdivision under construction. Dave Holliday, owner of Holliday Construction, was not at the meeting where the council denied ...

Icy rescue: Firefighters pluck ‘gentlemanly’ goose from frozen pond

Members of the Stephens City Volunteer Fire and Rescue Company ice rescue team were called out during the recent cold snap to rescue a Canada goose that was trapped in a frozen pond. Fire Chief John Jones said Monday that his department received a call from Frederick County dispatch asking the ...

Storm bringing bitter cold wind to chill region

Area residents are being cautioned about frigid temperatures and winds projected to hit the region. Ray Martin, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Sterling, cautioned Wednesday that the storm, known as a bomb cyclone, is still forming and its path and conditions could ...

Be prepared: Warmer today but cold returns for rest of week

The effects of the frigid temperatures that have settled over the region are making most everyone miserable, homeowners unhappy and certain businesses busy. The cold snap is expected to last until Monday, at which time temperatures should increase, said Ray Martin of the National Weather ...

Two families claim remains from Sheriff’s Office

The Frederick County Sheriff's Office was able to bring some closure to two families during the Christmas holiday. The families of Lester Tinsman, of Stephens City, and Lisa Shanholtzer, of Stephenson, contacted the department to claim the cremated remains of their family members that sat for ...

Sheriff’s Office prays for the dead, needs help finding the families

WINCHESTER -- In a 50 foot by 21 foot property room, sitting among 12,702 items of evidence and 51 other items, are eight urns holding the cremated remains of the dead Six of those people have been identified, but remain unclaimed. They died various, but not suspicious, deaths  such as ...

Fire Marshal throws retirement party for explosive-detecting canine

WINCHESTER – The Fredrick County Fire Marshal’s Office celebrated the retirement of Chance, the department’s 9-year-old explosive-detecting Labrador retriever Tuesday. Along with his handler, Deputy Chief Jay Bauserman, Chance has responded to about 300 calls over eight years of ...

Officials hear complaints about unpaved roads, I-81

WINCHESTER -- Interstate 81 took a back seat to unpaved roads in Frederick County during a transportation forum Wednesday. While increasing safety on the interstate remains high on the list of priorities in Frederick County, many of the people who showed up for the event urged transportation ...

County invites public to transportation forum

Frederick County and state officials put all topics on the table for Tuesday’s annual Frederick County transportation forum. The county plans to hold its third-annual  forum at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the government center, 107 N. Kent St., Winchester. The Transportation Committee hosts the ...

Cedar Creek Battlefield Foundation launches fundraiser

The Cedar Creek Battlefield Foundation has launched an online fundraiser at https://tinyurl.com/y7ttn6x9  a month after a suspicious device caused the group to bar spectators from attending a day of its annual reenactment event. According to Middletown Mayor Charles Harbaugh, who is a member ...

Graduation day: A drug court milestone

WINCHESTER — There was a celebratory tone inside the Northwestern Regional Adult Drug Court Wednesday, as the court held its first commencement celebration for three participants. As the commencement event began, judges R. Neil Bryant and Alex Iden praised the participants for the work ...

New Valley Health urgent care center to open Wednesday

WINCHESTER — Valley Health System is opening a new urgent care center and family practice facility in Frederick County on Wednesday. The hospital system held a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the new building on Monday. The new building, at Rutherford Crossing near Winchester, is the third urgent ...

Cedar Creek vendors: Officials found potential pipe bomb at tent

Around 4 p.m. on Oct. 14, a member of the Cedar Creek Battlefield Foundation’s board came up to John Buchheister and all of the other nearby vendors, who are also known as sutlers in reenacted Civil War settings.  Buchheister was about to start setting up a benefit auction for the ...

Cavalrymen trot into Cedar Creek

MIDDLETOWN — Dan Pinnell started going to Civil War re-enactments about 13 years ago. But as the descendant of Fauquier County natives who rode in the cavalry for the Confederacy, his family history soon got the better of him. Within about three years, he had purchased and trained his own ...

Cedar Creek Battlefield receives threat related to anniversary event

The Cedar Creek Battlefield Foundation received a threatening letter related to this weekend’s 153rd anniversary of the Civil War battle, the organization announced in a post on its website and Facebook page. But the group still plans on holding the annual event Saturday and Sunday at the ...

Regional graduation rates exceed state average

Students at regional schools are graduating at a higher rate than the statewide average, according to data the Virginia Department of Education released on Wednesday. The Department of Education’s data shows that Shenandoah County Public Schools had a four-year graduation rate of 96.3 ...

State releases official school accreditation results

The Virginia Department of Education released accreditation results for state schools on Wednesday. The results verified expectations that Ressie Jeffries Elementary School in Warren County and North Fork Middle School and W.W. Robinson Elementary School would have their accreditation denied ...

Shenandoah Valley Christian Academy suddenly closes doors

The Shenandoah Valley Christian Academy on Thursday announced it is closing its doors for the school year. “I am so sorry to tell you that due to a lack of students and therefore a shortage of funds we are unable to open the school this year. If we did we would have to close somewhere in the ...

Frederick schools start year with new security measures

WINCHESTER —  Soon after Frederick County students return to classes on Wednesday, the division's schools will have two new security programs in place. Sheriff Lenny Millholland announced Monday at a news conference that the schools would start using the  COPSync911 and Raptor Visitor ...

Governor tours area business expansions

STEPHENSON – Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe lauded business booms in the fields of wood, metal and plastic in northern Frederick County on Wednesday. McAuliffe along with other local, state and national politicians cut ribbons (and boards) to mark the grand opening of 84 Lumber’s new ...