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Middletown

‘Something has to be done’: Crowd tells VDOT what’s wrong with I-81

STRASBURG – Kermit Orndorff Jr., 64, was one of about 100 people attending Tuesday night's Virginia Department of Transportation's Interstate 81 corridor improvement plan public meeting held at Strasburg High School. Orndorff has a home on Junction Road in Strasburg, and he is concerned ...

Middletown names Citizen of the Year

MIDDLETOWN – Gary Fletcher has been named by town officials as Middletown's Citizen of the Year. “He has done a lot for Middletown,” said Rebecca Layman, town manager. “He is a fabulous guy, always willing to help out.” Fletcher, who is a Korean War veteran, played a key role in the ...

Middletown looking at water options

Middletown is looking at all options when it comes to its water service. In a recent work session, the Middletown Public Works Committee disclosed that it had met in May with the Town of Stephens City Public Works Committee to explore new options for utilities, such as water. They are looking ...

Middletown sets public hearing for budget

MIDDLETOWN – Town administrators at a Monday night work session meeting called for a public hearing and then a vote on the proposed budget. Administrators have the $2.4 million budget ready to go and have called for the required public hearing at 7 p.m.  June 20. The Town Council will then ...

Middletown offices moving back to Church Street

Middletown administrators are expecting to move the town offices back into 7875 Church Street and reopen them Wednesday. “We are excited. We did this for the long haul. We hope the town hall will serve the citizens for 40 to 50 years,” said Mayor Charles Harbaugh. Town offices will be ...

Police academy graduates 13

The Skyline Regional Criminal Justice Academy graduated 13 recruits Wednesday afternoon from its second law enforcement class. Newly certified Deputy Timothy Veach with the Frederick County Sheriff's Office spoke to his graduating classmates. “Looking at my classmates and what we have ...

Middletown mayor predicts no tax increase

MIDDLETOWN - Middletown administrators are working to complete the town budget. “It is pretty much on schedule to be approved at the June meeting,” Town Manager Rebecca Layman told council members in attendance at the Monday night work session. Middletown on average works with a budget of ...

Opening day for new sports field in Middletown Saturday

MIDDLETOWN – Middletown is ready to play ball. Thermo Fisher Scientific Field is scheduled to be unveiled at 10:30 a.m. Saturday with an inaugural game between Legacy Christian Academy and the Blue Ridge Christian Academy. The facility is the field of dreams for two men. Shawn Hibbard is ...

Gas spill leads to a moment with ‘Walking Dead’ actor

MIDDLETOWN – Drama followed a television actor into town on Friday, but no one walked away dead. Norman Reedus, who plays Daryl Dixon on AMC's "The Walking Dead",  stopped in Middletown on Friday afternoon at the 7-Eleven at Main Street and Reliance Road to get gas and snacks. He stayed a ...

Middletown council hears about park, panel discusses water rate study

MIDDLETOWN – Park programs and water rate studies were topics of discussions by town officials on Monday. Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park is 15 years old and only gaining steam as it continues to develop, said Karen Beck-Herzog, site manager for Cedar Creek and Belle ...

Mystery journal found at Wayside Inn predates the property

MIDDLETOWN — It’s difficult to believe a building that has had many owners and thousands of guests over the past 221 years still holds surprises. Yet, a ledger book that dates to 1761 sat undiscovered until this year. George and Becky Reeves, current owners of the Wayside Inn in ...

Comstock talks tariffs, taxes, trade at plant visit

MIDDLETOWN – U.S. Rep. Barbara Comstock, R-McLean, met with business leaders at a Frederick County manufacturing plant Friday to talk about tax cuts, tariffs and trade. Organizers labeled the event a “town hall.” The private event was held inside ThermoFisher’s cafeteria for ...

Town may make training mandatory for planning panel members

MIDDLETOWN – The town's Planning and Zoning Committee members may find themselves back in school. Town Council members at their Monday meeting discussed the possibility of training Planning and Zoning Committee members. Certification needs to be mandatory, even for the current committee ...

Portion of Reliance Road soon to be restricted

Commercial truck traffic will be permanently restricted from using a six-mile stretch of Reliance Road (Va 627) beginning Tuesday. The affected portion of Reliance Road extends from the Interstate 81 northbound ramps at the Middletown exit (exit 302) in Frederick County to the Winchester Road ...

No shows for Middletown meeting mean discussion only

MIDDLETOWN – With not enough members present to vote on anything, the town's Planning Commission meeting Monday night was discussion only. Planning Commission member Joan Roche began the meeting with a request. Roche said she had to read about the reduction in the number of members sitting ...

Middletown, LFCC police to sign mutual aid pact

MIDDLETOWN – The Town Council voted unanimously Monday night to allow Police Chief Gary Benedict and his department to enter into an agreement with Lord Fairfax Community College that would formalize the police departments assisting each other and enforcing laws in each ...

LFCC’s video simulators creating job opportunities for students

  In a recent 90-day period, Lord Fairfax Community College had more than 1,000 job openings posted by area companies for truck drivers and heavy equipment operators. The college is fast-tracking work force programs to arm graduates with driving skills and experience gleaned partly ...