Middletown

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 ...

Realtors say 2017 is definitely a sellers’ market

For residents of Warren, Frederick and Shenandoah Counties, the final six months of 2017 is the time to sell a house. Inventory is low, buyer interest is high and prices are on the rise because of each. Beth Waller, principal broker and owner of Team Waller Real Estate in Front Royal, explains ...

New police chief brings his experience to Middletown

Middletown residents will see a new face in town on July 1 when Gary Benedict Jr. takes over as police chief. Benedict, who won the council's approval Monday night for the position, is chief of police in Avon,  a small town in western New York. He has been the chief there for more than four ...

Middletown proposes budget for 2017-18

MIDDLETOWN-- Mayor Charles Harbaugh  addressed the proposed 2017-18 budget at Monday's public hearing, telling those in attendance that, for the sixth straight year, there will be no tax increases. The budget was discussed and proposed at a special meeting held May 30 at Lord Fairfax ...

Middletown selects new police chief

MIDDLETOWN -- The Town Council on Monday unanimously approved Gary Benedict Jr. as the new police chief. According to Town Manager Rebecca Layman, Benedict is “currently a police chief in Avon, New York. He's had 35 years of law enforcement experience and he will be relocating down ...

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 ...