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The 2022 session of the Virginia General Assembly convenes today with lawmakers intent on passing a biennial budget and examining such issues as  parental involvement in education, mental health and Interstate 81 traffic.

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WOODSTOCK — The attorney for the state college board defending the name change for Lord Fairfax Community College is seeking to move the case to the Richmond area because of the name recognition of the Shenandoah County residents protesting the change.

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MIDDLETOWN — The Middletown government is teaming up with Wreaths Across America and Boy Scout Troop 45 on a fundraising mission to place 108 wreaths at Mt. Carmel Cemetery — one for every veteran.

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WOODSTOCK — The state’s oversight board for the community college system has filed a response to the legal challenge seeking to stop the name change for Lord Fairfax Community College and several other community colleges.

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MIDDLETOWN — A history buff, Patrick Elliot, 48, and his 10-year-old son Hayden have seen World War II reenactments in the area of Manassas, where they live.

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WOODSTOCK — An appeal challenging the name change of Lord Fairfax Community College has been filed in Shenandoah County Circuit Court by its required deadline.

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MIDDLETOWN — Middletown’s 6th annual Farm to Table Dinner on Sunday afternoon raised nearly $25,000 for NW Works.

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The Virginia Department of Health is reviewing whether residents in areas experiencing substantial and high transmission rates of the novel coronavirus  should consider wearing masks indoors — even if they are fully vaccinated.

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MIDDLETOWN — The Cedar Creek Battlefield Foundation Museum and Visitor Center is open and ready to welcome visitors to learn about the Battle of Cedar Creek.

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FRONT ROYAL — As the country emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic, the Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail is moving forward with some operational changes including the return of onsite visitation.

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MIDDLETOWN — Town Council solicited feedback on a proposed historic overlay district during a Tuesday public hearing.

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MIDDLETOWN — Thousands of people flocked to Middletown Sunday for the town’s Fourth of July parade that kicked off at 5 p.m. at Lord Fairfax Community College.

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Years after Bertha Von Hillern had ended her career as a world-class endurance walker and hotel muralist, becoming instead a successful baker, a reporter from The Winchester Star recognized her on the street.

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In addition to an increase in overall traffic volume on Virginia’s highways,14 deaths occurred over the Memorial Day weekend, according to a news release from Virginia State Police. That’s six more deaths than last year’s three day weekend.

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Lord Fairfax Community College held its final COVID-19 vaccination clinic on Wednesday, fully vaccinating another 700 patients.

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MIDDLETOWN — A sewer line on Fourth Street is so deteriorated that it sags and has cracks and pieces missing out of it, Les Morefield, Middletown’s public works superintendent, told Town Council on Monday night.

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The town celebrated Arbor Day and paid tribute to former mayor Marshall John “Mark” Brown on Friday morning by planting a dogwood tree on Main Street near the post office.

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MIDDLETOWN — Travis Ross said he has always dreamed of being an executive chef. Now, at the Wayside Inn 1797, he’s made that dream come true.

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MIDDLETOWN — Mayor Charles Harbaugh IV announced during this week's Town Council meeting that the town’s Easter Egg Hunt will take place at 11 a.m. April 3 in the town park.

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 One COVID-19 death in Winchester was reported Friday, the same day that the Virginia Department of Health reported across the state the fifth-highest number of new COVID-19 case, less than 50 percent of that number on Saturday, and the seventh-highest number of new cases on Sunday.

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A Middletown woman connected to a 2018 North Carolina murder case will be heading back to that state to face a violation of probation charge there.