The first COVID-19 related death has occurred in Warren County, with 21 total deaths in the Lord Fairfax Health District as of Sunday afternoon, according to Virginia Department of Health statistics.

With 1-3 inches of rain expected, small streams and creeks may overflow as the National Weather Service has declared a flood watch for today in localities throughout the Northern Shenandoah Valley, including Warren, Shenandoah, Frederick and Clarke counties.

Virginia saw a new record high number of new COVID-19 cases Tuesday, resetting the clock on the path toward 14 days of declining cases. The Lord Fairfax Health District reported a handful of new cases but did see its third COVID-19 related death in Frederick County.

It’s National Library Week, and though libraries around the area remain closed to the public during the COVID-19 pandemic, they’re offering more virtual services than ever to keep connected with the community.

FRONT ROYAL – A public hearing regarding the county’s proposed budget and tax rates is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Shenandoah Oncology, a private practice in Winchester on the campus of Winchester Medical Center, will be closed for nearly two weeks.

The Shenandoah Area Agency on Aging Wheels has prepared its clients in case COVID-19 forces the cancellation of the Meals on Wheels program.

The United Way of Northern Shenandoah Valley has created an emergency relief fund to help the region’s most vulnerable during the COVID-19 outbreak.

The spread of COVID-19 continues to impact local colleges, forcing the cancellation of commencement ceremonies for Virginia's 23 community colleges.

Resurgent Democrats in Virginia kept the momentum they built in November rolling through Super Tuesday as more than 1.3 million voters showed up to punch ballots for one of five remaining candidates in the 2020 Democratic presidential primary race.


FRONT ROYAL – An hour-long multi-jurisdictional high-speed chase began Tuesday night in Front Royal, ended in Clarke County and culminated Wednesday morning with the arrest of William Watson Allen IV in West Virginia.

Libraries are tremendous resources for borrowing any number of books, audiobooks, movies, music and video games. But they also offer faxing and notary services, provide access to tax forms, help with job applications, troubleshoot technology issues, loan out free state park passes and so much more.

A search warrant unsealed Tuesday about a year after it was executed reveals that the FBI sought phone records of a disgruntled former re-enactor and Cedar Creek Battlefield Foundation volunteer as part of its investigation into threats and a pipe bomb found during the Cedar Creek Civil War …

MIDDLETOWN – Town officials have hired a full-time police officer.

The Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative has awarded more than $15,000 in grants to area organizations, the co-op announced in a news release.

The Shenandoah Valley has seen several reports of the flu in recent weeks and the season is far from over.

MIDDLETOWN – Peed & Bortz LLC likely will be contracted to continue helping the town with its wastewater treatment plant.

The spotted lanternfly has been found within the region and will be coming for area crops soon, said Corey Childs, extension agent of agriculture for the Virginia Cooperative Extension’s seventh district.

The Western Virginia Continuum of Care is planning its annual Point-in-Time homeless count for Jan. 22 and accepting Letter of Intent applications from eligible agencies operating within the CoC’s geographic region.

STEPHENS CITY – Town council members and administrators from Middletown and Stephen City met with Frederick County officials Monday night to discuss continued work on an agreement to consolidate fire and rescue services.

Shenandoah County authorities arrested two boys Thursday accused of shooting BBs at vehicles and buildings in the region.

Law enforcement officials arrested a West Virginia man Tuesday afternoon after what they said was a pursuit, an attempt by the defendant to draw his gun and the discovery of at least $16,000 in suspected methamphetamine.


MIDDLETOWN — About 2,500 reenactors came out for the 155th Anniversary of the Battle of Cedar Creek this weekend, with attendees and presenters excited for a calm, familiar setting.


MIDDLETOWN – In an effort to get to know her constituents over the mountain better, U.S. Rep. Jennifer Wexton, D-Leesburg, swung through Frederick County on Thursday, visiting Thermo Fisher Scientific and Sherando High School.

FRONT ROYAL – The project that would have connected West Main Street to Kendrick Lane has stalled, according to Front Royal-Warren County Economic Development Authority Executive Director Douglas Parsons.

MOUNT JACKSON - Blue Ridge Habitat for Humanity officials held an informal meeting at Triplett Tech on Friday to discuss its projects, including its latest home approval.

FRONT ROYAL – The Board of Supervisors on Tuesday unanimously approved a boundary adjustment along the Warren-Frederick county line that will allow residents who falsely believed they live in Warren County – the result of incorrect deed records – to actually live there.


MIDDLETOWN — Soul food is deeply representative of the history of black food culture, but hasn’t always been easy to define, said Amy Tillerson-Brown, a professor at Mary Baldwin University.

While the summer is heating up, the Edinburg Fire Department and Star Tannery Volunteer Fire and Rescue are planning to cool down the residents of Shenandoah Valley with carnivals this week.

Middletown’s Police Department recorded more offenses in 2018 than the year before, according to the Virginia State Police’s annual crime analysis report.