Middletown

Supervisor-elect Morris doubles down on campaign promises

MIDDLETOWN – At his first public event since regaining his seat on the Board of Supervisors, Dennis Morris echoed his campaign promises and continued to push for economic development in Shenandoah County. “We've got to look at ways to diversify the tax base and not put all the marbles on ...

Middletown moving forward with hire

Middletown is moving forward with hiring a part time employee in the zoning department. The Town Council on Monday approved spending up to $25,000 on salary for the new hire based on the person's experience. The town is working on an advertisement for the position, which will be up to 28 ...

Middletown looking to expand Zoning Department

Middletown is signaling that it plans to expand its zoning department as it begins its search for a part time employee in the department. Middletown council members at a work session Monday night were in unanimous agreement that an additional employee needed to be added to the department to ...

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 ...

Suspicious device found at battlefield

MIDDLETOWN — Less than a day after they were evacuated from their campground due to a suspicious item found at the site and then destroyed by a bomb squad, re-enactors at the Cedar Creek Battlefield were back to fight another battle on Sunday morning. Only this time, there was little ...

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 ...

More security added for Cedar Creek reenactment this weekend

The 153rd anniversary of the Battle of Cedar Creek is going to be just like any other year but with more security, Cedar Creek Battlefield Foundation President Joe D’Arezzo said. “We’re just going to be doing our normal living history of the Battle of Cedar Creek, which occurred in 1864, ...

Middletown remembers; volunteers needed

Shenandoah County Young Marines are asking people to remember a Drug Enforcement Administration agent murdered in the line of duty. Middletown Mayor Charles Harbaugh presented a proclamation from the Town Council Tuesday to Caleb Slack, 14, and Teresa Hart, 15, members of the national youth ...

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 ...

Middletown officials tour town hall, talk expanding zoning

Middletown officials Monday evening showed off  renovation work on the Town Hall at 7875 Church St. before starting their meeting. Original hand-hewn beams remain exposed in the front of the historic building, as well as the upper floor. The building is about 150 years old. Danny Taylor Jr. ...

National Sheepdog Finals: Handlers and their dogs compete at Belle Grove

MIDDLETOWN – Open qualifying rounds continued at Belle Grove Plantation Thursday during the 2017 U.S. Border Collie Handler’s Association National Sheepdog Finals. Brenda Short, of Powhatan, Virginia said she is spending a long weekend enjoying the competition. “I brought my camper and ...

Former Middletown police chief recalled as good cop, good friend

Middletown's Town Hall and Police Department were draped in black Monday, symbols of mourning for former Middletown Police Chief Philip Breeden, 68, who died Saturday of esophageal cancer after being diagnosed about eight months ago. “Our sincere prayers go out to Lynn and his family.” ...

Portion of Middletown’s Main Street closed Sunday

Middletown's Main Street will be closed Sunday for its second annual Farm-to-Table event. U.S. 11 will be closed from 2:30 to about 7 p.m. Sunday for the community event, Police Chief Gary Benedict Jr. said. Drivers heading south are advised to go up First Street to Church Street and then ...

Meet Middletown’s new police chief

MIDDLETOWN – Police chief Gary W. Benedict Jr. wants his officers and Middletown residents to know he has an open door policy and they can come to him, whether in his office or on the street. The new chief considers the community the department's biggest asset, its eyes and ears to alert ...

Middletown hosts Farm-to-Table event

Middletown's Farm-to-Table event is back. A photo of a farm to table event two years ago in Eugene, Oregon, inspired Middletown to have its own last year.  Middletown Mayor Charles Harbaugh saw the photo and showed it to others. “I said 'why can't we do this? Why can't we do this in ...

BB&T closing Middletown branch

The only bank in Middletown is closing. BB&T bank is expected to close its Middletown branch at 7800 Main St. in early December. “For several years BB&T has reviewed the business strength of our financial center in Middletown, Virginia. Based on many factors, including ...

Middletown office renovation under budget, ahead of schedule

MIDDLETOWN – Renovations to the Town Hall at 7875 Church St. are ahead of schedule and under budget, and Mayor Charles Harbaugh said he is very pleased about that. "We have a contractor that moved along and kept it under budget,” Harbaugh said. A total of $500,000 was budgeted from the ...

All eyes on the sky for solar eclipse

MIDDLETOWN — Michael Thornhill, of Stephens City, set an alarm for Monday’s solar eclipse three years ago. When it finally happened, he was excited. “I’m completely nerded out right now,” Thornhill said. Thornhill left work early and took his 12-year-old son Zachary out of school ...

Slaves at Belle Grove: Archaeologists offer talks on their discoveries

MIDDLETOWN — Archaeological digs at Belle Grove Plantation have been going on for decades and, by and large, have had one thing in common, said Kristen Laise, executive director at the plantation. Most of the studies, Laise explained, were focused on the plantation owners and their ...