Frederick County

Frederick County administrator quits

The head Frederick County government has quit two days after her annual review. County Administrator Brenda G. Garton resigned effective Friday, according to Public Information Officer Karen Vacchio. Board of Supervisors Chairman Charles S. DeHaven Jr. accepted Garton’s resignation, Vacchio ...

New police chief brings his experience to Middletown

Middletown residents will see a new face in town on July 1 when Gary Benedict Jr. takes over as police chief. Benedict, who won the council's approval Monday night for the position, is chief of police in Avon,  a small town in western New York. He has been the chief there for more than four ...

Middletown selects new police chief

MIDDLETOWN -- The Town Council on Monday unanimously approved Gary Benedict Jr. as the new police chief. According to Town Manager Rebecca Layman, Benedict is “currently a police chief in Avon, New York. He's had 35 years of law enforcement experience and he will be relocating down ...

Sherando senior to cherish high school memories

STEPHENS CITY – Sherando High School senior Ben Gustafson, 18, of Winchester, said he has really enjoyed his time in high school. The club and group activities that he has been involved with - including the debate team, the academic team, student government association and class office, the ...

Frederick County to use new voting machines in June

Frederick County voters can expect to use new machines at the polls beginning with primaries next month. The Voter Registrar’s Office plans to put into place its optical scan machines in time for the June 13 Democratic and Republican Party primaries. The county joins other localities in ...

Monday Spotlight: Love of animals leading teen toward a career

STEPHENS CITY – A Sherando High School senior is already working toward his dream job. David Ames, 18, of Stephens City, will receive his associate’s degree in math and science from Lord Fairfax Community College before he graduates from high school this spring. He has also recently ...

Brother, sister set to graduate from LFCC

MIDDLETOWN – A brother and sister will be among over 1,000 graduation candidates at Lord Fairfax Community College's commencement exercises on Saturday. Luke Shiley, 21, of Winchester, will receive his associate’s degree in health sciences.  He plans to attend James Madison ...

SU grad ready to take on New York City

WINCHESTER – A soon-to-be Shenandoah University graduate will join more than 1,000 other students as they begin the next chapter of their lives after graduation. Taylor Bloom, 22, an undergraduate and acting major from Middletown, will be among those receiving degrees during  commencement ...

Souvenir can is tradition for festivalgoers

WINCHESTER -- When people attend the Apple Blossom festivities, they expect to see old friends, celebrities, guest speakers and other traditions that have carried on for the 90 years of the festival. One other tradition they also expect to see are the souvenir cans produced by the Crown Cork ...

Organic farm wins at RISE event

MIDDLETOWN – Ali Haney, of Shenandoah Seasonal, won both the People’s Choice and Judge’s Choice awards along with over $5,000 in prize money in a "Shark Tank" TV show-like competition held this week at Lord Fairfax Community College. The Lord Fairfax Small Business Development ...

Frederick County board OKs budget, tax rate

WINCHESTER – Many Frederick County property owners can expect to see their next real estate tax bills increase. The Board of Supervisors voted at its regular meeting Wednesday to adopt the resolution establishing the fiscal 2018 budget that calls for the county to spend $418.6 million on ...

Frederick County board puts off action on cell tower

WINCHESTER – Frederick County leaders postponed action on a proposed cell tower that drew opposition by neighbors. The Board of Supervisors voted Wednesday to table a request by Shentel to build a cell tower on the Bowman Library property at 871 Tasker Road, Stephens City, in the Shawnee ...

LFCC ranked Virginia’s No. 2 community college

Lord Fairfax Community College has been ranked Virginia’s No. 2 community college by LearnHowToBecome.org, an organization that ranks colleges based on careers and educational requirements. According to a Lord Fairfax Community College news release, the organization divides colleges based ...

University, battlefield foundation form partnership

Shenandoah University’s McCormick Civil War Institute and the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation have announced a partnership with both groups collaborating on projects throughout the Shenandoah Valley National Historic District. According to a Shenandoah University news release, ...

Monday Spotlight: Local teen, dog to compete internationally

WINCHESTER – A Sherando High School junior and her 3-year-old Shetland sheepdog  recently made the 2017 American Kennel Club European Open Junior Agility USA Team. Morgan Vance, 17, of Stephens City, will compete with her dog Shadow in Livange, Luxembourg, with a team of over 20 young ...

American Woodmark breaks ground

WINCHESTER – American Woodmark broke ground Friday on a $30 million project aimed at consolidating its headquarters and local offices. Gov. Terry McAuliffe joined Frederick County officials and company representatives at the site of Project Unity in the 500 block of Shady Elm Drive – ...

McAuliffe: Counties need to get aggressive

WINCHESTER – Shenandoah County, like many localities, needs to take an aggressive approach to economic development, Virginia’s governor said Friday. Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s office has made more than 900 economic development announcements during his term, many of which affect Frederick ...

University to host Virginia Humanities Conference

Shenandoah University will host the 2017 Virginia Humanities Conference April 7-8. The conference, “The Unbearable Humanities,” is sponsored by the university’s College of Arts & Sciences, with presentations by scholars, activists and students from a variety of disciplines and ...

Caretaker charged in murder appears in court

WINCHESTER – Prosecutors want a judge to disqualify the public defender’s office from representing a Berryville resident accused of killing a woman in her care last June. Frances Charlene Moss-Hopkins appeared with public defender Tim Coyne in Frederick County Circuit Court on Thursday ...

Sherando teacher charged with assaulting, threatening wife

WOODSTOCK – A Frederick County special education teacher accused of abusing his wife and blaming her for their child’s physical handicap was released from jail Friday. Authorities arrested Phillip Hayden-Young Finfrock on Wednesday on five misdemeanor counts of assault and battery of ...