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Frederick County

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 ...

Monday Spotlight: Swimming her way to the top

STEPHENS CITY – A local middle school girl is making her mark in the swimming world, beating out more experienced swimmers. Chelsey Jones, 12, of Stephens City, will be competing in the Virginia state swimming meet March 9-12. Chelsey, a sixth grader at Robert E. Aylor Middle School, ...

Sherando Academic Team moves on to state competition

STEPHENS CITY – The Sherando High School Academic Team has remained undefeated this season and moves on to the state competition Feb. 25. Brian Davis, the team's coach, said the eight team members include five seniors and three juniors, all excited to be heading to the state competition at ...

University students fight hunger, food waste

Shenandoah University joined The Campus Kitchens Project, a national nonprofit encouraging students to fight hunger and food waste. The university has formed its own Campus Kitchen - the 59th in the national network – that will collect surplus food from the campus dining facility and turn ...

VDOT bans walkers, slow vehicles from Route 37

The Virginia Department of Transportation plans to impose restrictions that prohibit pedestrians, bicycles, mopeds and slow-moving vehicles from Va 37 in Frederick County. VDOT crews intend to post signs announcing the restrictions on the route, also known as the Winchester Western Bypass, ...

Monday Spotlight: Sherando student to follow his dreams to Virginia Tech

STEPHENS CITY – Justin Petrie, a senior at Sherando High School, will follow his passion for agriculture to Virginia Tech this fall. Justin, 17, of Stephens City, will study agricultural science at Virginia Tech after spending about seven years participating in agricultural programs since ...

School divisions recognized for green initiatives

Shenandoah and Frederick County public schools have been honored as green schools in the 2016 Virginia School Board Association’s Green Schools Challenge. Barbara Stombock, director of finance for Shenandoah County Public Schools, said the competition is designed to encourage school ...

Reliance Road truck ban advances

A proposed truck ban on Reliance Road moved a step forward in Frederick County this week. The Transportation Committee agreed Monday to recommend that the Board of Supervisors hold a public hearing on the proposal that originated in Warren County. Once the board receives the committee’s ...

Conservation district to hold strategic plan meetings

The Lord Fairfax Soil and Water Conservation District will hold a series of meetings at localities throughout its jurisdiction to explain its new strategic plan and to hear public input from residents of those areas. Dick Hoover, chairman for the district, said that strategic plans are ...