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Frederick County

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 ...

Monday Spotlight: Teen’s artwork to adorn company’s products

STEPHENS CITY – A young Stephens City artist saw her dreams come true when her logo design was chosen to be featured on merchandise for a family owned and operated hops yard in Loudoun County. The design by Skylar Vollmer, 13, will appear on shirts, hats, bags and other items sold by ...

Collins announces re-election campaign

Christopher Collins, delegate for Virginia's 29th district, which includes the City of Winchester and the counties of Warren and Frederick, announced his campaign for re-election Tuesday evening at the Hilton Garden in Winchester. Collins, a Winchester-based defense attorney, was named ...

Schools close for first snow day of the year

Shenandoah, Warren and Frederick County school divisions closed schools Friday for the first time this school year due to snowy weather. Superintendent Mark Johnston, of Shenandoah County Public Schools, said he closed schools in Shenandoah County based on reports that only interstates and ...

State police, sheriff’s offices see quiet holiday weekend on roads

The counties of Warren, Frederick and Shenandoah experienced a successful holiday weekend as far as motor vehicle crashes and driving under the influence arrests were concerned. Those three counties saw only one motor vehicle crash involving injuries from 6 p.m. Friday to 6 a.m. Monday ...

Year in Review: Major educational changes hit the region

Shenandoah, Warren and Frederick County schools saw major educational changes, including facilities plans, boundary changes, new school calendars, a new superintendent, the building of a new middle school and chapel and many awards given to educators in the region. Shenandoah County The ...

Frederick TreeCycling program underway

Frederick County has begun its yearly TreeCycling program in which residents can bring their outgoing Christmas trees to area drop-off points to have them mulched. Gloria Puffinburger, solid waste manager for Frederick County, explained the idea behind the program, which the county has ...

Complete survey to help schools

Shenandoah and Frederick county public schools are asking students, parents, staff and community members to take an online survey to  share their viewpoints about educational issues, including digital learning and the use of technology for future-ready schools. The Speak Up Project for ...

Counties debate truck ban on road

Some Warren County leaders say too many tractor-trailers travel Reliance Road but Frederick County officials remain unconvinced. Members of the Frederick County Board of Supervisors’ Transportation Committee met earlier this week to consider Warren County’s proposal to prohibit ...

County to host transportation forum

WINCHESTER – Frederick County residents can talk with state and local officials about transportation needs at a public forum later this month. The Transportation Committee plans to hold “Driving Frederick County Forward” at 6 p.m. Nov. 30 in the government center, 107 N. Kent St., ...

Strasburg man to serve four years

WINCHESTER – A Strasburg man will serve four years in a state penitentiary for a malicious wounding charge dating back to 2012. Brandon John Luttrell, 25, was indicted in Frederick County Circuit Court on Feb. 4 on a charge of aggravated malicious wounding and pled guilty to a charge of ...