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Join the Clarke monthly team!

Are you a people person? A team player? Do  you enjoy the collaborative spirit of working together as well as on your own? And a flexible schedule? You could be just right for the Clarke monthly sales team. We are looking for in outgoing, friendly person who likes meeting people of all kinds,  and wants to help […]

Lieutenant Colonel Jonathan Westbrook To Deliver Memorial Day Message

Clarke County’s community Memorial Day Service will be held on Sunday, May 28, at 2pm in Rose Hill Park in Berryville. The theme of the program will be “Fallen But Not Forgotten: A Tribute in Our Anniversary Year”.  In addition to the Town of Berryville observing its 225th anniversary, VFW Post 9760 is celebrating its […]

CCHS Plants Trees at Historic Cemetery

To mark Earth Day, Clarke County High School students and their horticulture teacher Allyson Snapp planted 32 trees at Milton Valley Cemetery on April 20. The project was funded with a new Virginia Department of Forestry “Forest Sustainability Grant.” Clarke County received grant money to make improvements at the historic cemetery at the east end […]

Violin Virtuoso to Perform with Main Street Chamber Orchestra

Acclaimed violin virtuoso Akemi Takayama will be the featured soloist with the Main Street Chamber Orchestra on Saturday, May 13 at 4pm at Grace Episcopal Church in Berryville. The concert includes works by Beethoven, Mozart, and CPE Bach.  Dr. Takayama will perform Mozart’s delightful Violin Concerto #5, “The Turkish”, so called due to the Turkish […]

Southgate Farm’s Forte On To Derby

By Cathy Kuehner The odds-on favorite to win the 149th Kentucky Derby is a dark bay colt raised on a Clarke County farm. Forte won four of five races as a 2-year old and both his starts as a 3-year old; most recently the $1 million Florida Derby in April. In 2014, Amy Moore, who […]

Allegheny Serviceberry Named Tree of the Year

Representatives from the State Arboretum of Virginia at Blandy Experimental Farm have named the Allegheny serviceberry (Amelanchier laevis) as the 2023 Tree of the Year. The Arboretum’s 2023 Tree of the Year was selected after deliberation by Curator T’ai Roulston and Blandy arborists. Since 2019, the State Arboretum of Virginia has designated one extraordinary species […]

Clarke County Sheriff Tony Roper To Retire

By Cathy Kuehner Clarke County Sheriff Anthony W. “Tony” Roper formally announced his forthcoming retirement during a brief event in front of Circuit Court on April 21. He first ran for sheriff — and was elected — in 2003, beginning his first term in January 2004. Clarke County voters elected him to his fifth four-year […]

Remembering Paul Neil Wilson

November 6, 1954 – April 4, 2023 Paul Neil Wilson, 68, of Boyce Virginia, passed away Tuesday, April 4th at the Blue Ridge Hospice Inpatient Care Center in Winchester, Virginia, after a brief and valiant fight against cancer. Paul was born November 6, 1954, in Indianapolis, Indiana. He is survived by his wife of 37 […]

Eagle Project at Chet Hobert Park

Seventeen-year old Matthew Marsden of Berryville (center) has completed his Eagle Scout project at Chet Hobert Park. He and friends Evan Dyer and Gabriel Ignacio – all members of Boy Scout Troop 34 – installed five benches and built a raised planter in a garden area that honors the late Jay Hillerson. Hillerson, who died […]