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Frederick County

Middletown police seize cigarettes from local store

Middletown police Wednesday seized packs of cigarettes that did not have local sales tax stamps from the ABS Food Mart store on Main Street. “Our Town Hall got a tip that one of our stores was not collecting the local tax on cigarettes,” Middletown Police Chief Gary Benedict Jr. said. ...

Residents talk storm drainage; Little Library dedicated

MIDDLETOWN – Town residents who live along Greenbriar Road and Third Street were back before city officials Monday night to complain about a culvert that drains stormwater from Main Street onto their properties. Patty Sinclair and Andrew Schaffer were at Monday night's Town Council meeting ...

Florence may bring heavy rain, flooding to our region

Residents should hope for the best but prepare for the worst as Hurricane Florence approaches the United States. That is the advice of area law enforcement. Shenandoah County Sheriff's Capt. Wesley Dellinger said Monday that a lot of waterways and streams are already at their limit. "They ...

Middletown woman charged after stabbing

The Frederick County Sheriff's Office has charged a Middletown woman with malicious wounding. Early Sunday, deputies charged Carrie O'Connor, 29, after she allegedly stabbed a 41-year-old man with whom she had been in a relationship with, said Sheriff Lenny Millholland. Court records show the ...

LFCC offers classes to help boost employability

Changes to the American workplace are forcing citizens to adapt to a new business world and schools to rethink the skills they need to teach. Earlier this year, the Virginia Board of Workforce Development approved a strategic plan to offer insight into the state's workforce system as it is ...

Operation nets arrests, drugs

Regional authorities seized drugs worth more than $100,000 and arrested suspects on dozens of charges last week. The Northern Virginia Regional Drug and Gang Task Force, along with area law enforcement agencies, conducted its sixth annual Operation Valley Venue and netted 92 charges or summons ...

Proposed I-81 improvements unveiled

MIDDLETOWN – The public had its first look at possible improvements to Interstate 81 during a meeting Tuesday at Lord Fairfax Community College. “I think this is one of the more robust comprehensive looks of I-81 in decades,” said Nick Donohue, deputy secretary of transportation and ...

Motorcyclist dies in Interstate 81 crash

A 28-year-old Frederick County man died early Thursday morning after being ejected from a motorcycle he was driving while under the influence of alcohol, according to Sgt. F. "Les" Tyler of the state police. Jonathan Maurice Armitage, 28, was northbound on a 2006 Honda motorcycle near ...

I-81 corridor project meeting today

Another meeting for the public to hear more on improvements to the Interstate 81 corridor will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. today at Lord Fairfax Community College. The Office of Intermodal Planning and Investment, the Virginia Department of Transportation and the Department of Rail and Public ...

‘Good energy’ on first day back at LFCC

MIDDLETOWN – Monday was a good day for the 2,782 students who began classes for the 2018-2019 school year at Lord Fairfax Community College. “It went smooth. It was good energy. Despite the weather, it is sunny inside. Enrollment numbers are up. It is going to be a good year,” said ...

Lip-synch challenge hits valley: Local cops have fun shooting videos

Local law enforcement agencies have briefly stepped out of their role as public servants and into one of entertainers.  Several Shenandoah Valley departments recently have participated in the nationwide lip-synch video trend, which shows another side of officers. Instead of protecting ...

Next round of meetings for I-81 corridor improvement announced

A transportation coalition has called for the second round of meetings for the public to hear more about improvements to the Interstate 81 corridor. The Office of Intermodal Planning and Investment, the Virginia Department of Transportation and the Department of Rail and Public Transportation ...

Eligibility requirements for free or reduced-price meals

Parents with eligible students will again be applying for free or reduced-price meals. The following is from a news release from Shenandoah County Public Schools: Household size and income will be used to determine eligibility for free or reduced-price meal benefits. Children from households ...

ICE was looking for space

Immigration and Customs Enforcement was looking for housing for immigrant detainees in Virginia. The agency  sent out an email about 10 days ago to the Virginia Sheriff's Association asking members to help with providing 65 short-term bed spaces for immigrants, according to area officials. ...

Area professor named regional coordinator of honors society

  Jenni VanCuren, an assistant English professor at Lord Fairfax Community College, has been named the Virginia/West Virginia regional coordinator for Phi Theta Kappa (PTK), the international honor society for two-year colleges. She had previously been the associate regional ...

Sheriff Millholland sponsors fundraiser

Frederick County Sheriff Lenny Millholland is once again sponsoring a community appreciation baseball game to help fundraise for two local organizations. For 16 years, Millholland has sponsored a night at the Winchester Royals baseball game at Bridgeforth Field in Jim Barnett Park. This year's ...

I-81 funding option could be challenged

A possible funding option for the Interstate 81 improvement plan – tolls on commercial-only trucks – could face a legal challenge. P. Dale Bennett, president and CEO of Virginia Trucking Association, is among those who object to the commercial trucks-only toll proposal. "We agree that ...

‘Something has to be done’: Crowd tells VDOT what’s wrong with I-81

STRASBURG – Kermit Orndorff Jr., 64, was one of about 100 people attending Tuesday night's Virginia Department of Transportation's Interstate 81 corridor improvement plan public meeting held at Strasburg High School. Orndorff has a home on Junction Road in Strasburg, and he is concerned ...

Rains have delayed farmers, affected some crops

Recent rains have had an impact on some area farmers. Jerod Stephens, owner of Stephens Custom Farming in Woodstock, farms fields in nine counties including Shenandoah, Frederick and Warren counties. He plants mostly feed corn and soybean crops. “There has been extremely wet conditions in ...