Frederick County

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 ...

Guns stolen from hardware store

Authorities say one or more suspects stole numerous firearms from a hardware store near Stephens City early Wednesday. Frederick County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to an alarm at Miller Hardware Store, 208 Centre Drive, at approximately 2 a.m. Wednesday, according to information from ...

Town responds to authority claims over water dispute

STEPHENS CITY – The war of words over water between the town and the Frederick County Sanitation Authority continued Tuesday. The Town Council met in closed session with attorney Thomas “Ty” Lawson during its regular meeting to discuss the status of a legal dispute between Stephens City ...

Town lawsuit over water moves forward

A Stephens City official Thursday downplayed the threat of Frederick County shutting off the town’s water over a legal dispute. Any attempt by the Frederick County Sanitation Authority to disrupt water service likely would draw the attention of the Department of Health, Town Manager Mike ...

Wetlands study: SU professor, students present findings to George Mason

A Shenandoah University professor of environmental studies and biology and two of his former students will be presenting more than 300 plant specimens to George Mason University on Friday, culminating a three-year study of the Abrams Creek Wetlands in Winchester. Woodward Bousquet has been ...

Thermo Fisher Scientific to add 57 jobs

MIDDLETOWN – Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. plans to expand its Frederick County operations, create 57 new jobs and invest $9.5 million. Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s office announced Thursday the company’s intentions to invest in its medical device manufacturing operations. Thermo Fisher has ...

Realtors say 2017 is definitely a sellers’ market

For residents of Warren, Frederick and Shenandoah Counties, the final six months of 2017 is the time to sell a house. Inventory is low, buyer interest is high and prices are on the rise because of each. Beth Waller, principal broker and owner of Team Waller Real Estate in Front Royal, explains ...

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 ...