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Stories by Melissa Topey

RSW Jail superintendent gets raise

FRONT ROYAL - The Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail superintendent received praise and a raise on Thursday. The Jail Authority Board approved a pay raise for Superintendent Russ Gilkison that will bring his annual salary of $97,257 to $105,000 as of Dec. 1, said board Chairman ...

A wintry mess is coming

The National Weather Service is urging area drivers to drive with caution Thursday morning as an impending storm ushers in the winter season. “A wintry mess is how I would best describe tomorrow morning,” said meteorologist Chris Strong, of the Sterling office of the National Weather ...

Middletown chief aims to hire another police officer

MIDDLETOWN – Town resident Yancey Sine spoke to Town Council members Tuesday about why he felt the town needed to hire another police officer. “I appreciate what our officers do, but can you get another officer so there is one on duty 24 hours a day?” Sine asked during the council ...

As first storm approaches, VDOT ready for winter

STEPHENS CITY – Just in time for what may be the region's first winter storm, the Virginia Department of Transportation addressed keeping the roads open this winter during its annual snow preparedness news conference on Tuesday. Starting late tonight through all day Thursday and into ...

Honoring those who served

WOODSTOCK – Shenandoah County Public Schools W.W. Robinson Elementary School students and the American Legion's Muhlenberg post on Monday honored veterans in observation of Veterans Day. About 50 military veterans were in attendance. Superintendent Mark Johnston began the ceremony by ...

School Board keeps schools closed during fair week

WOODSTOCK – School Board members on Thursday approved a calendar that keeps schools closed during the weeklong Shenandoah County Fair. The division has closed schools that week so that children can participate in the fair by showing livestock.  Proposed calendars for the next three years ...

First court appearance in case of child being hit

WOODSTOCK – The first court appearance in cases involving a 5-year-old child allegedly being struck in school occurred Thursday morning in Shenandoah County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court. Stephen Povlish,  placed on leave as principal of Ashby Lee Elementary School, appeared ...

Middletown Town Council election results

Familiar faces were voted onto the Middletown Town Council on Tuesday. Council members Jeff Pennington and Scott Fink ran unopposed for re-election to retain their seats. Pennington received 303, or 34.5 percent of the votes, according to unofficial results. “I am delighted to continue ...

RSW Jail wrongful death lawsuit settled

The wrongful death federal lawsuit involving the 2016 death of a young Strasburg man at the Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail has been settled, according to court records. An “Order Approving Compromise of Wrongful Death Settlement” was filed Tuesday afternoon after a scheduled ...

Settlement proposed in RSW Jail inmate’s death

A proposed settlement to a lawsuit stemming from an inmate's death at the Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail has been filed in U.S. District Court. An approval hearing on the proposed settlement involving the death in 2016 of Brendon Garrett Sullins has been scheduled for today. It ...

School division proposes new calendar that takes fair week off

Shenandoah County Public Schools is now proposing a new school calendar which gives students off the entire week of the county fair. School Board members will discuss the revised calendar at Thursday night’s meeting. It was two years ago that the school division shifted its calendar to ...

Woodstock police, FBI hold human trafficking seminar

Woodstock police recently hosted the local FBI and employees of area hotels for a training session on how to help identify possible victims of human trafficking. “It does not always look like you think it would, so we wanted to share things to look for and let them know when you see these ...

Board of Supervisors hears of need for elementary schools

MOUNT JACKSON - Shenandoah County Public Schools Superintendent Mark Johnston unveiled the system's new priorities for its long-term facilities planning at a joint meeting Tuesday of the School Board and Board of Supervisors. He told the supervisors that Shenandoah County Public Schools is the ...

Driver killed on Interstate 66 is identified

Virginia State Police released the name of the man killed Tuesday night while changing a tire on Interstate 66. Steven D. Mackall, 55, of Washington, D.C., died at the scene just before 8:25 p.m. when an eastbound tractor-trailer struck him while he was working on the driver's-side tire of his ...

Father remembers daughter as ‘shining light’

A Warren County High School sophomore from Linden is being remembered by her father for teaching him one of life’s biggest lessons. Naoli Rosa Cripps, who went by Nae, died unexpectedly Sunday morning at the age of 15, her family said. “She was the shining light in my family, and I have ...

Man killed on I-66; police seek tractor-trailer driver

A man died Tuesday night on Interstate 66 near Front Royal after he was struck by a commercial vehicle that left the scene. Virginia State Police are investigating the crash and asking for the public’s help in locating the tractor-trailer that hit the man while he was changing the front ...

Council races uncontested on Middletown ballot

Middletown residents on Nov. 6 will head to the polls to vote on three candidates running unopposed for Town Council seats. Middletown’s polling location is at the Middletown Elementary School at 190 Mustang Lane, off U.S. 11. Polls will open at 6 a.m. and close at 7 p.m. Residents should ...

Holtzman donates two big trucks to Triplett Tech

MOUNT JACKSON – Two Holtzman Oil employees drove two road tractors -- the kind of heavy-duty truck used to pull or tow trailers on the highway --  to Triplett Tech and parked them outside the auto technology classroom. The trucks were not there for repairs by the students. They were ...

Worlds of Work Expo expands students’ horizons

WINCHESTER - The 2018 Worlds of Work Expo, a two-day career event in which about 2,200 students from area school divisions preview possible future careers, began Wednesday. It features 10 worlds of possible work, including agriculture, communication, finance, health science, manufacturing ...