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Middletown

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 ...

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 ...

Lord Fairfax Community College prepares for new year

MIDDLETOWN – Lord Fairfax begins a new school year Monday with steady enrollment numbers. Lord Fairfax Community College's Middletown campus this year has more than 2,500 students, not including area high school students who will be taking dual enrollment classes through the college. School ...

One step closer to a football field of their own

MIDDLETOWN – Stephens City Seminoles youth football organizers are one step closer to having a field to play on. Todd Legge, senior vice president of Strasburg Midget Football and head coach of the junior division of  the Strasburg Rams, spoke at a public hearing Monday night before the ...

Middletown holding hearing on football field, lease

Middletown Town Council will hold a public hearing at 7 tonight and possibly vote on a lease that would result in bringing league football to town. “As a former semi-pro and college quarterback, I love football;  I love the game and I love what it instills in young people. It is very ...

Bargain hunters, vendors galore line Route 11 for the Yard Crawl

Rain is probably going to fall on the Yard Crawl today. National Weather Service meteorologist Jeremy Geiger said there is a 60 percent chance of showers, with thunderstorms possible, for the area. Rain will most likely occur between 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., he added. It will not keep Kimberly ...

Middletown car show returns to town this month

MIDDLETOWN – Middletown's Car & Truck & Tractor show is back for its eighth year this month. Town officials hope 250 cars, trucks and tractors will cruise into Middletown for the 8th annual show, which runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Aug. 19. The town will close Main Street ...

No raises for Middletown council or mayor

MIDDLETOWN – Town Council members at a Monday work session voted to forego attempts at a raise. The last time council members or the mayor are believed to have received a raise was in the late 1990s, Mayor Charles Harbaugh said. “It has come up four times since 2010,”  but has never ...

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 ...

Youth football may be coming to Middletown

MIDDLETOWN – The town is continuing its campaign to attract more youth sports to its fields. Stephens City Seminoles youth football organizers recently reached out to Mayor Charles Harbaugh about allowing them to use one of the town's fields as its designated home field for practice and ...

Luminaries event to continue in spite of re-enactment cancellation

In the absence of a re-enactment at the Battle of Cedar Creek this year, Middletown will continue to host its annual luminaries event, where 964 candles light Main Street in honor of the 964 people who died in the Civil War battle. Mayor Charles Harbaugh described hosting the event as a way ...

Middletown planners want to take over work on comprehensive plan

MIDDLETOWN – After about a year as a work in progress, the town's Planning Commission wants to take back its comprehensive plan from an outside agency. The Planning Commission decided Monday to recommend to Town Council members that they vote to take back the comprehensive plan from the ...

Lord Fairfax Community College re-accredited

Lord Fairfax Community College has achieved re-accreditation for meeting standards in education. School officials have announced the school’s accreditation was reaffirmed officially on July 3 when the college received a letter from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission ...

Middletown names new interim water sewer supervisor

Middletown has a new interim water sewer maintenance supervisor. Alan Wolverton took over the position Monday when Donny Walsh retired Friday from the full-time position, after a month's notice to the town. “I just want to express how appreciative we are of Donny Walsh's work,” Mayor ...

Route 11 Yard Crawl is Aug. 11

The 14th annual Route 11 Yard Crawl, which features items for sale by residents along the 43 miles of U.S. Route 11 in Shenandoah County as well as north to Stephens City in Frederick County, is Aug. 11. “This is Virginia's largest yard sale,” said Sharon Baroncelli, executive director of ...

Middletown police update body cameras

MIDDLETOWN –  Town police are ready to capture the action of the street since they began wearing the latest model of Axon body camera, formerly known as Taser International, the manufacturer of military and police equipment. “We have not had an issue with the public trust. We don't have ...

Patriots Pride Day is Saturday in Middletown

Middletown and the Colonial James Wood II Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution will host the second Patriots Pride Day on Saturday. “I am really looking forward to the community coming out, bringing their lawn chairs and enjoying the fireworks display, said Middletown Mayor Charles ...

Cedar Creek re-enactors disappointed

Last year, Tom Mack was set to “call” the dance, along with the rest of the Shenandoah Valley Civil War Era Dancers, at the Battle of Cedar Creek re-enactment. But the dance, intended to teach people about a historically accurate activity from the era, never happened. Earlier that day, ...

Cedar Creek bridge scheduled to open Monday

The U.S. 11 replacement bridge over Cedar Creek between Strasburg and Middletown is expected to open to two-way traffic Monday. VDOT is asking drivers to be alert for the new traffic pattern when northbound and southbound traffic on Monday begin sharing the single bridge, weather ...