Stephens City

Stephens City man dies in car crash

A Stephens City man died Tuesday near Winchester when his Dodge pick-up truck dropped 28 feet, nose-first, onto Interstate 81. Lt. Warren Gosnell, of the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office, said that Charles Perkins Jr. was driving northbound on Interstate 81 and took exit 315, which goes to ...

Town responds to authority claims over water dispute

STEPHENS CITY – The war of words over water between the town and the Frederick County Sanitation Authority continued Tuesday. The Town Council met in closed session with attorney Thomas “Ty” Lawson during its regular meeting to discuss the status of a legal dispute between Stephens City ...

Town lawsuit over water moves forward

A Stephens City official Thursday downplayed the threat of Frederick County shutting off the town’s water over a legal dispute. Any attempt by the Frederick County Sanitation Authority to disrupt water service likely would draw the attention of the Department of Health, Town Manager Mike ...

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 ...

Sherando senior to cherish high school memories

STEPHENS CITY – Sherando High School senior Ben Gustafson, 18, of Winchester, said he has really enjoyed his time in high school. The club and group activities that he has been involved with - including the debate team, the academic team, student government association and class office, the ...

World War II veterans look back on the war

STEPHENS CITY—Philip Funk has been through a lot. He’s been shipwrecked, he fought in World War II and he survived  a train crash. But even with all that experience, he didn’t fully retire until December 2016, at the age of 96. Funk was one of three men who recounted tales of wartime ...

Monday Spotlight: Love of animals leading teen toward a career

STEPHENS CITY – A Sherando High School senior is already working toward his dream job. David Ames, 18, of Stephens City, will receive his associate’s degree in math and science from Lord Fairfax Community College before he graduates from high school this spring. He has also recently ...

Monday Spotlight: Local teen, dog to compete internationally

WINCHESTER – A Sherando High School junior and her 3-year-old Shetland sheepdog  recently made the 2017 American Kennel Club European Open Junior Agility USA Team. Morgan Vance, 17, of Stephens City, will compete with her dog Shadow in Livange, Luxembourg, with a team of over 20 young ...

Monday Spotlight: Swimming her way to the top

STEPHENS CITY – A local middle school girl is making her mark in the swimming world, beating out more experienced swimmers. Chelsey Jones, 12, of Stephens City, will be competing in the Virginia state swimming meet March 9-12. Chelsey, a sixth grader at Robert E. Aylor Middle School, ...

Subject of viral video charged with animal cruelty

A Stephens City woman has been charged with one count of animal cruelty Tuesday after a video of the alleged crime went viral on social media channels in the area. Katherine W. Thomas, 32, of Stephens City was identified in the video, which showed a woman kicking two of three leashed dogs ...

Man arrested after Warren County crash

A Stephens City man was taken to the hospital following a single-vehicle crash near the intersection of Freezeland Road and Bifrost Way in Warren County Friday afternoon. Sgt. F.L. “Les” Tyler, public information officer for the Virginia State Police, said a 2003 Ford pickup driven by ...

Sherando Academic Team moves on to state competition

STEPHENS CITY – The Sherando High School Academic Team has remained undefeated this season and moves on to the state competition Feb. 25. Brian Davis, the team's coach, said the eight team members include five seniors and three juniors, all excited to be heading to the state competition at ...

Monday Spotlight: Sherando student to follow his dreams to Virginia Tech

STEPHENS CITY – Justin Petrie, a senior at Sherando High School, will follow his passion for agriculture to Virginia Tech this fall. Justin, 17, of Stephens City, will study agricultural science at Virginia Tech after spending about seven years participating in agricultural programs since ...

Monday Spotlight: Teen’s artwork to adorn company’s products

STEPHENS CITY – A young Stephens City artist saw her dreams come true when her logo design was chosen to be featured on merchandise for a family owned and operated hops yard in Loudoun County. The design by Skylar Vollmer, 13, will appear on shirts, hats, bags and other items sold by ...

Fire company welcomes new truck

STEPHENS CITY -- The firefighters at Stephens City Volunteer Fire and Rescue welcomed a brand new pumper/tanker truck to their station Thursday after crew members drove through the night from the truck’s manufacturer in Wisconsin. The truck, a 2017 Pierce Velocity model, will replace the ...

Thatcher, incumbents win Stephens City Council seats

STEPHENS CITY – Kelly Ann Thatcher will join two incumbents on the Stephens City Town Council, according to unofficial results from the Virginia Department of Elections. Ronald Bowers and Joseph Hollis kept their council seats on Tuesday with 435 and 386 votes respectively. Steven ...

Sherando student is semi-finalist in video challenge

STEPHENS CITY – Sherando junior Karter Ohlson has a shot at $250,000 in scholarship money with her educational video about black holes. Ohlson, a 16-year-old from Middletown, submitted her video to Khan Academy's Breakthrough Junior Challenge, which draws contestants from across the globe ...

Commissioner seeks council seat in Stephens City

Small business owner Steven Happek is running for one of three open seats on the Stephens City Town Council in the November election. Originally from New Mexico, Happek moved to the Shenandoah Valley in 2007 and runs an IT support business, GenOne Technology Services, out of his home in ...

County GOP committee member runs for Stephens City council seat

Instructional aide and partisan activist Kelly Ann Thatcher has put her name in for one of the three open seats on Stephens City Town Council. Thatcher has been a second grade instructional aide at Greenwood Mill Elementary School since the school opened. She's lived in Frederick County ...

Stephens City vice mayor running for re-election

Ron Bowers, vice mayor of Stephens City, is running for his eighth term on Town Council. Bowers, 79, lives in town with his wife Lucille and son Kevin and has been in Stephens City for 28 years. He retired from Shockey Companies as safety and liability director 23 years ago and is one of two ...