Municipal offices closed for Memorial Day

A reminder that municipal offices throughout the region will be closed Monday in observance of Memorial Day. Schedules for services such as garbage collection have been adjusted for the coming week. Check with your local office or municipal website for updates.

Front Royal

Winchester

Stephens City

Middletown

Strasburg

Toms Brook

Woodstock

Edinburg

Mount Jackson

New Market

Luray

Berryville

There will be Memorial Day observances regionwide, including Middletown, which will have a remembrance and wreath-laying at 1 p.m. Monday at the Veterans memorial.

The Winchester Rotary Club will hold its Healing field of honor closing ceremony at 3 p.m. Monday at Handley High School.

Also, Virginia State Police urge motorists to use extra caution as the holiday combines with recent graduations to result in increased traffic.

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Parking restrictions for parade in Stephens City

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Stephens City police remind residents that parking restrictions are in place today along Main Street to accommodate the Newtown Heritage Festival Parade. Restricted areas will be signed as such.

Part of Main Street will be closed around 1:45 p.m. so the parade can begin at 2. The parade is expected to last about an hour.

The festival will be going on all day, so motorists are reminded to watch for pedestrians and use extra caution today. There will be live music at Newtown Commons and the festival will culminate with fireworks at 9 p.m.

The Shenandoah Fire Company also is holding its Memorial Day festival today in Luray with a bake sale until noon at the Carnival grounds, a parade at 4 p.m and live music tonight.

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Clarke county teacher arrested

According to a press release issued by the Clarke County Sheriff’s Office, a teacher at DG Cooley Elementary School was arrested for public intoxication.

The Clarke County Public School Superintendent’s Office promptly notified the Clarke County Sheriff’s Office on January 31st.

They expressed concerns about a possible case of intoxication involving Derek L. Boyce, a 39-year-old resident of Stephens City.

Mr. Boyce was taken to the Northwest Regional Adult Detention Center until he was deemed sober for release.

It is important to emphasize that Mr. Boyce is innocent until proven guilty.

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Bowman Library hosts indoor plant clinic

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Now is the perfect time to give your indoor plants a little love.

Join this free event by the Master Gardeners at an Indoor Plant Clinic to learn how to take care of the plants you have and go home with a new one.

Learn about taking care of your plants, repotting, the prickly pear, orchids
and take home a spider plant, mother-in-law tongue, or African Violet.

This event is suitable for all ages and is happening from 10 to 2 today at the Bowman Library .

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Stephen City man arrested in Frederick Maryland for solicitation

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Frederick County Maryland Sheriff’s Office (FCMSO) report the arrest of a Stephens City man.

On November 11  FCMSO arrested Stephens City resident Brian Brooks on eight separate counts of sexual solicitation of a minor.

The 43-year-old Brooks was targeted by the Internet Crimes Against Children Frederick County Maryland Division on October 11.

At that time Brooks made unsolicited contact with a person he believed to be a 14-year-old through a cellular device.

The 14-year-old was in reality a detective working undercover who warned Brooks several times that he was speaking to someone underage.

Despite the warning Brooks continued to engage in a conversation soliciting numerous sex acts.

Brooks stated that he would travel from Virginia to Frederick County Maryland to engage with the minor.

After making the trip and meeting at an arranged location Brooks was arrested upon arrival without incident.

FCMSO Lieutenant Andrew Crone stated that Brooks knew without a doubt that he was talking to a minor.

Brooks was taken to the Frederick County Maryland Adult Detention Center for booking.

His charges include crossing state lines for intent of sexual acts with a minor.

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Teal Pumpkin Event

Bowman Public Library in Stephens City is hosting a Teal Pumpkin Event on October 31st from 10 am to 8 pm.

A Teal Pumpkin event is especially designed for children with food allergies.

Enjoy items and treats that are safe for everyone, a Halloween themed craft and story time by Megan at 4:30.

Wear your costume and help celebrate this extravaganza. 

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FCFR respond to house fire in Stephens City

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Frederick County Fire and Rescue responded to a call at 741 Grim Road near Stephens City at 10:14 AM on Mar. 24 for a fire in a single family home.

An aggressive interior fire was seen with flames emerging through the roof of the house upon arrival.

Two occupants were there at the time of the incident but no injuries were reported.

The bulk of the blaze was extinguished in 17 minutes and fully out by 12:46 pm.

The area was not serviced by adequate hydrants which required water to be shuttled in.

Damages are estimated at $150,000 and the cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Fire and Rescue Companies responded from around Frederick County as well as Winchester and Clarke County. 

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Bowman Library hosts indoor plant clinic

Handley Regional Library System and the Northern Shenandoah Valley Master Gardeners are hosting an Indoor Plant Clinic at Bowman Library in Stephens City today from 11 am to 2 pm.

They will help teach you how to take care of the plants you already have and send you home with free easy-to-grow houseplants.

Different discussions will be led on topics like topiaries, propagating indoor plants, and growing orchids.

They will also have a children’s activity where they make their own nature creature and create a seed picture.

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Suicide prevention walk coming to Stephens City

Suicide prevention starts with everyday heroes like you.

Join us this year in Stephens City, on Saturday, October 8, 10:00 a.m. at Sherando High School and Park as we walk to fight suicide and raise awareness about mental health.

Be a part of the movement turning hope into action, and create a culture that’s smart about mental health.

Funds raised at the walks will benefit the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

Register for the walk at afsp.org/stephenscity.

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FCSO seeks help for missing person

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The Frederick County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help in searching for a missing person.

Amanda Michelle Carver, 26, was last seen in the Stephens City area on Thursday around 4 pm.

Amanda has blonde hair and blue eyes with a tattoo of birds on her collarbone and a triangle on her ankle.

She was wearing a t-shirt and shorts with a hair tie on her wrist.

If you have any information, please contact Investigator Travis Adamson of the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office at 540-662-6162.

Click here to see a picture of the missing person.

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