Middletown

Brother, sister set to graduate from LFCC

MIDDLETOWN – A brother and sister will be among over 1,000 graduation candidates at Lord Fairfax Community College's commencement exercises on Saturday. Luke Shiley, 21, of Winchester, will receive his associate’s degree in health sciences.  He plans to attend James Madison ...

Shooting birds: Strasburg photographer takes aim at beauty in the wild

MIDDLETOWN – A retired Lord Fairfax Community College employee recently had a photograph featured in an online National Geographic article, fulfilling a dream come true in his passion for photography. Alvin Finchum, 63, of Strasburg, took a photo of a short-eared owl with a meadow vole ...

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 ...

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 ...

College celebrates Global Awareness Day

MIDDLETOWN – Lord Fairfax Community College celebrated Global Awareness Day on Wednesday with presentations, food tastings, live music and raffles. A variety of events were planned, including a presentation from history professor Curtis Morgan, who was with the CIA. He gave a military ...

Middletown interim chief quits, sheriff takes over temporarily

MIDDLETOWN – The town has lost its second police chief this year. Mayor Charles Harbaugh IV confirmed Wednesday afternoon that interim Chief Warren Houde resigned and Frederick County Sheriff Lenny Millholland has assumed command of the town’s police department. “The Middletown ...

Middletown budgets to purchase new building

MIDDLETOWN – The Town Council allocated funds Thursday to renovate the town office and purchase a new building for municipal use. In a series of unanimous votes taken at the student union building of Lord Fairfax Community College, the council took the logistical steps needed to pull ...

Middletown approves police policies

MIDDLETOWN – The Town Council Monday adopted two new police policies and continued the process of acquiring a new town hall. The council voted unanimously to implement police department policies on body cameras and the use of force regarding officers’ stun guns. Police Chief Warren ...

Del. Collins takes heat in town hall meeting

MIDDLETOWN – A state legislator took questions from citizens Saturday at a town hall event and faced fiery probes on progressive issues such as funding Planned Parenthood, women's rights to abortion and LGBT peoples’ civil protections. Del. Chris Collins, R-Winchester, spoke before ...

Middletown to move town office

The Middletown town staff is temporarily moving to a new office on Main Street while contractors clean up dangerous levels of mold that have grown in the current town hall. Mayor Charles Harbaugh said in light of a Jan. 16 report from Madison Taylor Indoor Environmental detailing a serious ...

Middletown facing mold problem in town office

MIDDLETOWN –  A report from a firm contracted by the town states there is mold growing within the town office and police station at 7875 Church St., and it will cost the town $21,642 to remove it. Councilman George “Jay” Smith briefed council on the matter at its committee meeting ...

Citizens criticize ordinance proposals

MIDDLETOWN – Town Council fielded heavy criticism at a public hearing Tuesday evening for three separate proposed ordinances. More than 50 residents crowded Town Hall as council accepted comments on ordinances on creating a historical district, tightening and enforcing noise regulations, ...

Council does not reappoint police chief

MIDDLETOWN – With no fanfare, Town Council announced Monday that it would not reappoint R. Phillip Breeden as its chief of police. Council then proceeded to appoint Officer Warren M. Houde as its interim chief. After the meeting, Mayor Charles Harbaugh IV, Councilman and Public Safety ...

Elections, development mark year for area towns

With 2016 all but in the books, a review of the year's biggest news stories in town government shows that local elections, business dealings and development were some of what topped the region's concerns. The following is a list of the most newsworthy events that have happened ...

Middletown to host Christmas tree lighting

Middletown is holding its sixth annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony at dusk Friday at the tree in town. Mayor Charles Harbaugh said along with the lighting the town is hosting musical guest and Citizen of the Year Robbie Limon to perform, along with Christmas caroling, a bonfire, pizza ...

Interstate crash sends two people to hospital

A crash on Interstate 81 near Strasburg sent two people to the hospital Friday morning,  according to Sgt. F.L. “Les” Tyler, a public information officer for the Virginia State Police. “It happened around 10 a.m. this morning on 81 southbound at the 298-mile marker at the overpass for ...

Council announces dates for town events

MIDDLETOWN – Town Council met Tuesday night to remind residents of several important dates coming up around town. Mayor Charles Harbaugh IV said the town will be lighting its Christmas tree at dusk on Nov. 25. He also said the town Christmas parade will begin its procession at 2 p.m. ...

Town dedicates veterans memorial

MIDDLETOWN – After months of hard work and fanfare, Middletown dedicated its new Veterans’ Memorial Wall on Friday to the men and women of the U.S. armed forces. Along with the commemoration, project chairman Raymond Steele announced what was once Sixth Street has been renamed as ...

Tractor-trailer overturns on interstate on Monday

A single-vehicle crash involving a tractor-trailer sent one man to the hospital Monday night, said Sgt. F.L. “Les” Tyler, public information officer for the Virginia State Police. The crash occurred around 9:30 p.m. on Interstate 81 at the 301.9 mile marker just south of state Route 627 ...

Aliff, Snyder Jones, Smith hold council seats

MIDDLETOWN – Three incumbent council members successfully staved off two outside candidates on Election Day. Councilwoman Carolyn Aliff, Councilwoman Carole Snyder Jones and Councilman George “Jay” Smith fought off challengers Marshall “Mark” Brown and Gilbert “Gil” ...