Middletown

Truancy Prevention Summit inspires greater attendance

Vivian Stith-Williams, school social work specialist for the Virginia Department of Education's Office of Student Services, talks during the 3rd Annual Truancy Prevention Summit on Friday at Lord Fairfax Community College in Middletown. The all-day summit attracted 140 attendees, more than twice the number as last year.  Josette Keelor/Daily

April 17, 2015

MIDDLETOWN — Truancy is a bigger problem than the simple act of arriving to school late or skiving off class every now and then. It affects a student’s education, it reduces graduation rates and it leads to questions of what students are doing with their time if not in school.

A heavy toll, recalled

Shannon Moeck,  a park ranger at Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historic Park, helps ring a bell being supported by park volunteer Guy Young, of Gore, outside Belle Grove on Thursday. The ringing of the bells was  to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War. Rich Cooley/Daily

April 9, 2015

Local residents and National Park Services officials gathered at Belle Grove Historic Plantation for the “Bells Across the Land” on Thursday.

Back in the game

Chase Tasker, 13, of Middletown, watches his Skyline High School junior varsity baseball team warm up between innings of a recent game. Two years ago, Tasker underwent a heart transplant after suffering from a severe heart condition called dilated cardiomyopathy. Rich Cooley/Daily

March 27, 2015

MIDDLETOWN — In spring of 2013, less than two months after heart surgery, 11-year-old Chase Tasker stepped up to bat for his Warren County Little League baseball team. He chose his pitch, connected with the ball and jogged to first base.

Cedar Creek, Belle Grove to open 2015 programs

March 19, 2015

After a long, frigid and snow-filled winter, Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park and its partners are preparing for the warmer weather and crowds for the 2015 season.

College, university team on reverse transfer agreement

March 18, 2015

Through a new reverse transfer agreement, some students at Lord Fairfax Community College in Middletown will be able to transfer a greater number of credits to James Madison University in Harrisonburg. The change allows students to complete an associate’s degree through the community college while knocking out general education courses toward a bachelor’s degree.

Police investigating thefts

March 18, 2015

Middletown police are investigating a report of embezzlement of funds and theft of property from HVAC Elements LLC by a former employee.

United Way holds 69th annual meeting

February 19, 2015

MIDDLETOWN — Despite the bitter cold conditions, more than 190 members of the United Way of Northern Shenandoah gathered at Lord Fairfax Community College to elect its new board of directors and honor its volunteers of the year Thursday evening.

Insult to injury: More cold coming

Scott Terndrup clears the sidewalk outside of neighbor Bob Baker's home on High Street in Strasburg on Tuesday morning.  Rich Cooley/Daily

February 17, 2015

The snowstorm responsible for dumping up to 11 inches of snow on portions of southerm Virginia dropped an average of just under 4 inches on the Northern Shenandoah Valley.

Snow expected to hit valley areas this afternoon

February 16, 2015

The northern Shenandoah Valley region, and much of Virginia, is under a winter storm warning from noon today until noon on Tuesday, according to the national Weather Service.

Simon appointed vice mayor

February 9, 2015

Tom Simon is the new Vice Mayor of Middletown. Simon was appointed to this new role by way of a unanimous vote at Monday’s Town Council meeting.

Valley tourism goes international

January 30, 2015

Shenandoah County Tourism has been actively and aggressively expanding its marketing reach in the last 12 months.

Study gets the go-ahead by both towns

January 13, 2015

MIDDLETOWN — Town Council approved working with Stephens City on a feasibility study analyzing how the two towns could share water and sewer capabilities, at its meeting Monday night.