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Frederick County

A wintry mess is coming

The National Weather Service is urging area drivers to drive with caution Thursday morning as an impending storm ushers in the winter season. “A wintry mess is how I would best describe tomorrow morning,” said meteorologist Chris Strong, of the Sterling office of the National Weather ...

Middletown chief aims to hire another police officer

MIDDLETOWN – Town resident Yancey Sine spoke to Town Council members Tuesday about why he felt the town needed to hire another police officer. “I appreciate what our officers do, but can you get another officer so there is one on duty 24 hours a day?” Sine asked during the council ...

As first storm approaches, VDOT ready for winter

STEPHENS CITY – Just in time for what may be the region's first winter storm, the Virginia Department of Transportation addressed keeping the roads open this winter during its annual snow preparedness news conference on Tuesday. Starting late tonight through all day Thursday and into ...

It’s not winter yet, but freezing rain possible Thursday

Winter weather might be just down the road for the Shenandoah Valley as it prepares for a potential ice storm on Thursday. As temperatures continue to drop, drivers and employers are on the lookout for more than snow. Brian Lasorsa, a meteorologist in the Sterling office of the National ...

School divisions attend educational conference

Two area school divisions recently attended a national conference in Phoenix. During the week of Sept. 24-28, Shenandoah County Public Schools sent 19 staff members to EdLeader 21, a national conference in the Arizona state capital. The cost to the division was approximately $32,000, or about ...

Bridging the gap: New educational program partners NW Works with LFCC

WINCHESTER – NW Works and Lord Fairfax Community College have entered into a partnership that brings two levels of the school’s manufacturing certificate program to job seekers. The new seven-week educational program began Friday with five people officially enrolling, being assessed for ...

Cedar Creek Battlefield Foundation pushes back on accusations

The Cedar Creek Battlefield Foundation has pushed back against accusations by two former board members that the board has not taken safety concerns seriously enough in its handling of the 154th anniversary of the Battle of Cedar Creek. The foundation released a statement that it has no planned ...

Donations sought for flooding victims

The need has not stopped. Hurricane Florence hit the Carolinas on Sept. 14, devastating the coast. Floodwaters took their toll on North Carolina first before moving into South Carolina, said Strasburg farmer Jeff Taylor. “Hunger does not wait,” Taylor said. Taylor is seeking donations for ...

Valley sends food to help feed North Carolina town devastated by Florence

Power is coming on in Wilmington, North Carolina, but it is a town that is still closed in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence earlier this month. That is the word from a group of local men who drove there Wednesday to deliver 3,479 pounds of food and produce to food banks. Middletown Mayor ...

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 ...