Stories by Melissa Topey

Joining the workforce: Triplett Tech students meet recruiters at job fair

MOUNT JACKSON - Triplett Tech opened a path for its students to join the workforce when it hosted its second ever job fair Tuesday. One business at the event was M.C. Dean Building Intelligence, a worldwide company based in Tysons Corner. William Lilley, a recruiter for M.C. Dean, was with ...

Opening day for new sports field in Middletown Saturday

MIDDLETOWN – Middletown is ready to play ball. Thermo Fisher Scientific Field is scheduled to be unveiled at 10:30 a.m. Saturday with an inaugural game between Legacy Christian Academy and the Blue Ridge Christian Academy. The facility is the field of dreams for two men. Shawn Hibbard is ...

Stonewall Jackson FFA team going to national competition

The FFA meats judging team from Stonewall Jackson High School has advanced to the National FFA meats competition. The team made up of Faith Dellinger, Mindi Freed and Lindsay Zirkle with coach and FFA teacher Tarinda Showman placed first in the Block & Bridle State Meats Judging Career ...

Gas spill leads to a moment with ‘Walking Dead’ actor

MIDDLETOWN – Drama followed a television actor into town on Friday, but no one walked away dead. Norman Reedus, who plays Daryl Dixon on AMC's "The Walking Dead",  stopped in Middletown on Friday afternoon at the 7-Eleven at Main Street and Reliance Road to get gas and snacks. He stayed a ...

School division looking at ways to cut $675,000 from proposed budget

WOODSTOCK - Shenandoah County Public Schools is attempting to find ways to cut $675,601 from its budget. The budget reduction is necessary following last week's Board of Supervisors meeting in which board members chose not to fully fund the division's. The supervisors budgeted $27.77 million ...

Central students join national walkout

WOODSTOCK - On the 19th anniversary of a mass school shooting in Colorado, and about 90 minutes after a new attack in Florida, students at Central High School walked out of classes Friday to protest gun laws they believe are too weak, part of a nationwide event involving more than 2,500 ...

Students plant daffodils, dedicate Holocaust Memorial Garden

Students at North Fork Middle School in Quicksburg helped dedicate the Daffodil Project Holocaust Memorial Garden on Thursday. They planted 42 daffodil bulbs, and in November they will plant 250 more. The goal of the worldwide memorial project is to plant 1.5 million daffodil bulbs to ...

Winchester man faces multiple charges

A Winchester man faces several charges after police say they found him with bags of suspected marijuana. James Atwell Judy Jr., 51, was stopped Sunday driving a 1996 Lincoln Town Car by Shenandoah County Sheriff's Office deputy Christopher Manich on Capon Street in Strasburg. In his ...

Local deputies arrest Page County man on drug charges

Shenandoah County Sheriff's Office deputies executed a search warrant and arrested a Page County  man recently on drug charges. George Calvin Turner III, 36, of Shenandoah, faces charges of manufacturing a controlled substance and two counts of possession of a controlled substance, according ...

Deputies arrest Edinburg man on assault charge

An Edinburg man faces an assault charge after Shenandoah County Sheriff's Office deputies arrested him on Monday. Matthew Eric Hensley, 40, was charged with assault and kidnapping after deputies arrived just after 7 p.m. Sunday at a home on Water Street in Edinburg.  Deputies obtained a ...

Jail staff sees aftermath of drug addiction daily

FRONT ROYAL – Staff at the Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail see the aftermath of the drug epidemic every day. Most inmates at the jail are there on low level offenses, mostly related to addiction. The No. 1 charge of inmates at the jail on an average day is parole ...

Shenandoah County Public Schools names new assistant superintendent

The Shenandoah County School Board Thursday evening approved the hiring of Gabriel Ryman as new Assistant Superintendent for Treatment, Learning and Innovation. “I am so excited,” Ryman said after the meeting. “When this opportunity became available I thought it was a great way to ...

Stoney Creek bridge to reopen to traffic

The new Va  675 (Stoney Creek Road) bridge in Shenandoah County is scheduled to open to traffic on Tuesday. The reopening would be about one month ahead of schedule. In January 2017 the Virginia Department of Transportation awarded the $1.3 million construction contract to Kanawha Stone Co., ...

Science, solutions found at Science 6 Night

QUICKSBURG - North Fork Middle School students had their science projects on full display Wednesday night. Science 6 Night showcased their knowledge with presentations and exhibits discussing world problems and possible solutions. Displays included one on LED lighting that asked how many ...

Obenshain happy governor signed I-81 bill

Sen.r Mark Obenshain, R-Harrisonburg, is pleased that  Gov. Ralph Northam signed a bill that would develop and adopt an improvement plan for Interstate-81. Senate Bill 971 orders the Commonwealth Transportation Board to develop and adopt an Interstate-81 Corridor Improvement plan and evaluate ...

Middletown council hears about park, panel discusses water rate study

MIDDLETOWN – Park programs and water rate studies were topics of discussions by town officials on Monday. Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park is 15 years old and only gaining steam as it continues to develop, said Karen Beck-Herzog, site manager for Cedar Creek and Belle ...

Woman hit, killed after stepping out onto I-81

A woman was killed on Interstate 81 in Shenandoah County early Saturday morning after being struck by a commercial vehicle. Tamika Sheree Smith, 27, of Georgia, died at the scene as a result of injuries she sustained after being struck by a 2010 Volvo tractor trailer at 1:21 a.m. Saturday, ...