Stories by Melissa Topey

Middletown mayor nominated for Citizen of the Year award

Middletown's mayor has been nominated as Citizen of the Year in the Top of Virginia Regional Chamber's Greater Goods Awards. The chamber awards celebrate outstanding individuals and businesses for the contributions they make to the quality of life and economic stability of our region thought ...

Rash of window shootings reported in Frederick County

Frederick County is looking for a suspect or suspects responsible for shooting at windows this month. During the last eight to 10 days the Frederick County Sheriff's Department has received about 25 calls of vehicle or home windows being shot at by what appears to be a BB or pellet gun, said ...

Frederick County Sheriff’s Office investigating armed robbery

The Frederick County Sheriff's Office is investigating an armed robbery that occurred at the Lowe's on Market Street in Stephenson at 11:34 a.m. Monday. The Frederick County Sheriff's Office said in a news release that a man walked into the store, went to the power tool section, picked up a ...

Shenandoah National Park will remain partially open

Officials at Shenandoah National Park on Friday afternoon were preparing for the  government shutdown at midnight but it appears the park will remain partially open while the standoff in Congress continues. Guidelines from the Department of Interior call for the national parks to remain as ...

Proffer request is voted down

MIDDLETOWN – The Town Council on Tuesday evening unanimously voted to deny a developer's request to lower a proffer amount that would help counter the impact of a subdivision under construction. Dave Holliday, owner of Holliday Construction, was not at the meeting where the council denied ...

Lynching documentary teaches about a grim past

WINCHESTER -- A documentary on lynching being used as a teaching tool around the United States was shown Monday at Shenandoah University as part of its Martin Luther King Day observance. “An Outrage” is a documentary film about lynching in the American South. It was filmed on location in ...

SCPS supporting formation of coalition

The Shenandoah County Public Schools system is supporting the formation of a coalition of school districts that will serve as an advocacy group for stressed school divisions. The School Board Thursday night voted unanimously to approve supporting the formation of the “Small and Rural Schools ...

Woodstock man sentenced to diversion program

WOODSTOCK – A Woodstock man on Wednesday was sentenced to a diversion program after he pleaded guilty in December to forgery. Shenandoah County Circuit Judge Dennis Hupp sentenced Adam McGowan, 32, of Woodstock, to 42-48 weeks in the Community Corrections Alternative Program (CCAP), which ...

Stephens City Fire and Rescue honored at meeting

Mayor Mike Grim Tuesday honored  members of a Stephens City Fire and Rescue crew who raced to a home in the 100 block of Sonoma Court and saved the life of a man in cardiac arrest on the evening of Dec. 28. The first responders found the man unresponsive, began CPR and transported him to ...

Icy rescue: Firefighters pluck ‘gentlemanly’ goose from frozen pond

Members of the Stephens City Volunteer Fire and Rescue Company ice rescue team were called out during the recent cold snap to rescue a Canada goose that was trapped in a frozen pond. Fire Chief John Jones said Monday that his department received a call from Frederick County dispatch asking the ...

Woodstock considers investing

Woodstock is looking to create an investment policy as part of the town's strategic operating plan. An investment policy would allow the town to invest its idle cash from its general fund and its enterprise, or public utilities, fund in a way to earn more than the minimal interest gains in the ...

SCPS seeking public input into budget

Shenandoah County Public School officials are seeking public input into the drafting of its 2018-2019 school year budget. A public hearing will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday to allow Superintendent Mark Johnston to hear from citizens as he begins to develop his proposed school budget. The ...

Familiar faces retain leadership of School Board

The Shenandoah County Public School Board reappointed Karen Whetzel as its board chairman on Wednesday night. She has been a member of the board for nine years, three of them as its  chair. Whetzel spoke of an anonymous quote she felt was appropriate. “We don't always need to be what we ...

Storm bringing bitter cold wind to chill region

Area residents are being cautioned about frigid temperatures and winds projected to hit the region. Ray Martin, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Sterling, cautioned Wednesday that the storm, known as a bomb cyclone, is still forming and its path and conditions could ...

Be prepared: Warmer today but cold returns for rest of week

The effects of the frigid temperatures that have settled over the region are making most everyone miserable, homeowners unhappy and certain businesses busy. The cold snap is expected to last until Monday, at which time temperatures should increase, said Ray Martin of the National Weather ...

New LFCC president ready to take command

Kimberly Blosser is hoping to stay awhile when she takes over as the new president of Lord Fairfax Community College in February. “Because of my personal experience, and the difference community colleges make in students' lives, affirms for me that this is where I want to spend the rest of ...

Two families claim remains from Sheriff’s Office

The Frederick County Sheriff's Office was able to bring some closure to two families during the Christmas holiday. The families of Lester Tinsman, of Stephens City, and Lisa Shanholtzer, of Stephenson, contacted the department to claim the cremated remains of their family members that sat for ...

Woodcarvings support Bethlehem olive woodcarvers

WOODSTOCK - - A Palestinian Christian on a recent Saturday before Christmas spent hours in St. John Bosco Catholic Church setting up woodcarvings of a nativity scene, just as he has spent every weekend for the last 15 years. Adham Qumseya moved to the United States 15 years ago from ...