Middletown

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 ...

Middletown sued for denying proffer amendment

The developer of the Village at Middletown LC is suing the Middletown Town Council for denying a request to reduce a planned proffer for the subdivision. The lawsuit, filed in Frederick County Circuit Court by developer Dave Holliday, argues that Middletown, by accepting the higher initial ...

Water rate increases possible for Middletown

Middletown residents and businesses could soon be seeing their water rates increase. Mayor Charles Harbaugh said the city of Winchester intends to raise Middletown's water rates 32 percent within two years and 54 percent within five years. “We had heard rumors for a little while and we got ...

United Way names volunteers of the year at annual dinner

The outgoing president of Lord Fairfax Community College, Cheryl Thompson-Stacy, was named volunteer of the year for her leadership roles, including chair of the United Way Board of Directors in 2015 and serving as a member of the Board of Directors of the Top of Virginia Regional Chamber of ...

Public input requested on state Route 42, meeting planned

Woodstock officials are hosting a public meeting Thursday for public input on the state Route  42 corridor study. Administrators are looking at ways to handle projected increasing traffic on the road from Hisey Avenue to East Reservoir Road while making it safer for drivers and ...

Middletown patriot remembered

MIDDLETOWN - A 12-year-old boy who participated in the Rev0lutionary War as a member of George Washington's army was commemorated Monday night at a Town Council meeting. The commemoration took the form of a memento that Larry Johnson, a member of the James Wood charter of the Sons of the ...

Middletown Town Hall renovations on track

MIDDLETOWN – Town Hall renovations are expected to be done sometime in May. Daniel Taylor, owner of DSM Construction, said the project is on schedule and on budget. Engineers are due out to inspect the installed heating and cooling systems, new electrical wiring, plumbing and other work. ...

Middletown anticipates April opening for baseball field

MIDDLETOWN – A new baseball field should be ready for teams this April, according to town officials. Shawn Hibbard is the founder of Team 84 Athletes, as well as Legacy Christian Academy, the nonprofit local sports organization funding the baseball complex as part of a private/public ...

Middletown has new employee

Michele Snyder learned her job through hands on experience --  working her way up from the ground level. Snyder is Middletown's new assistant zoning administrator. She was hired part time and started her job Jan. 16. “I love it. I have a great team. Everyone has been so welcoming,” ...

‘Greater Good’ Award winners announced

Winchester's public defender Friday evening won the Top of Virginia Regional Chamber "Greater Good" Award for Citizen of the Year. Timothy Coyne's role in a grassroots effort to form the Northern Shenandoah Valley Substance Abuse Coalition in helping combat the drug epidemic was cited by the ...