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Stories by Melissa Topey

Middletown names new interim water sewer supervisor

Middletown has a new interim water sewer maintenance supervisor. Alan Wolverton took over the position Monday when Donny Walsh retired Friday from the full-time position, after a month's notice to the town. “I just want to express how appreciative we are of Donny Walsh's work,” Mayor ...

Route 11 Yard Crawl is Aug. 11

The 14th annual Route 11 Yard Crawl, which features items for sale by residents along the 43 miles of U.S. Route 11 in Shenandoah County as well as north to Stephens City in Frederick County, is Aug. 11. “This is Virginia's largest yard sale,” said Sharon Baroncelli, executive director of ...

Middletown police update body cameras

MIDDLETOWN –  Town police are ready to capture the action of the street since they began wearing the latest model of Axon body camera, formerly known as Taser International, the manufacturer of military and police equipment. “We have not had an issue with the public trust. We don't have ...

School board member questions salary for new position

WOODSTOCK – A Shenandoah County Public Schools Board member raised concerns Thursday night about the promotion of a principal into a newly created position. The School Board approved the transfer of Todd Lynn, principal at North Fork Middle School, to a new position, supervisor of student ...

Patriots Pride Day is Saturday in Middletown

Middletown and the Colonial James Wood II Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution will host the second Patriots Pride Day on Saturday. “I am really looking forward to the community coming out, bringing their lawn chairs and enjoying the fireworks display, said Middletown Mayor Charles ...

Closures coming to Interstate 66

Safety improvements on Interstate 66 in Warren County will require lane closures for about a month, starting Monday. The improvements on a two-mile section of the interstate, from mile marker 10.1 to 12.2, will require the  application of  a high-friction surface treatment to improve ...

New business brings together valley traditions

A young entrepreneur is bringing together some Shenandoah County traditions in a business that opened this week on King Street in Strasburg. Nick Crabill has opened Shenandoah Natural Products at West King Street, in between Siblings' Rivalry Brewery and Something Purple. “This is ...

Cedar Creek bridge scheduled to open Monday

The U.S. 11 replacement bridge over Cedar Creek between Strasburg and Middletown is expected to open to two-way traffic Monday. VDOT is asking drivers to be alert for the new traffic pattern when northbound and southbound traffic on Monday begin sharing the single bridge, weather ...

Developer wanting to build condos in Woodstock

Woodstock could be getting new housing. Developer HAF Real Estate is attempting to build a housing unit of eight attached townhouse type buildings, each of which would house two condominiums.  This transitional style housing is called stacked condominiums “You see this a lot in Fairfax and ...

Recent Triplett Tech graduate places in national competition

A recently graduate of Triplett Tech student placed second at the National SkillsUSA Leadership conference. Logan Roberson took second in electrical construction wiring at the event. “I was happy. I am glad I placed,” Roberson said. “I was as prepared as you could be for not knowing ...

Old handmade cistern discovered during construction project

WOODSTOCK - Crews from Lantz Construction Winchester found an old handmade cistern Thursday as they dug up the ground directly behind Walton and Smoot Pharmacy at 109 S. Main St. The company has been contracted to perform work on the town of Woodstock's parking lot project behind the ...

Middletown budget highlights: Sewer plant, police officer

MIDDLETOWN – The Town Council approved its 2018-2019 budget in a special session Wednesday night, days before the state-required July 1 deadline. “I am happy with the figures. We are now projecting three days out, which allows us to know with 100 percent certainty what our current ...

Public gives input on Bicycle and Pedestrian Trails project

WOODSTOCK – Town residents gave feedback Tuesday on what they want the town's Bicycle and Pedestrian Trails project to look like. Josh Orndorff, director of civil engineering for LandDesign, along with Craig George, community specialist for Village Engineering, greeted everyone at an evening ...

Woodstock officials see preliminary design for Route 42 improvements

Woodstock administrators and committee members on Monday night got their first peek at preliminary planning done by the Virginia Department of Transportation on the town's Route 42 corridor. Town officials, along with the Virginia Department of Transportation, in March hosted a public meeting ...

Seven Bends State Park improvements set to begin

WOODSTOCK – Seven Bends State Park in Woodstock is expected to begin the first phase of improvements in a couple of weeks. The state has been working on developing a master plan since 2015 and obtaining funding for improvements to the park. The first phase has been budgeted at $2.2 million ...

Protesters fight back against Trump administration policies

WOODSTOCK – Migrant families and border policy seemed to still be weighing on the minds of protesters who gathered at noon Saturday at the intersections of Main and Court streets. “It's heartbreaking,” said Lloyd Spinner, of Woodstock, as he talked to protesters Kay Pierce and Ron ...

ICE was looking for space

Immigration and Customs Enforcement was looking for housing for immigrant detainees in Virginia. The agency  sent out an email about 10 days ago to the Virginia Sheriff's Association asking members to help with providing 65 short-term bed spaces for immigrants, according to area officials. ...

Area professor named regional coordinator of honors society

  Jenni VanCuren, an assistant English professor at Lord Fairfax Community College, has been named the Virginia/West Virginia regional coordinator for Phi Theta Kappa (PTK), the international honor society for two-year colleges. She had previously been the associate regional ...

Redskin players will appear as Middletown parade grand marshals

MIDDLETOWN – Middletown officials announced Friday that a Washington Redskins player and former team member will appear as co-grand marshals for the Fourth of July parade. “This is a special year,” said a smiling Mayor Charles Harbaugh, who worked along with six other committee members ...

Hazardous materials incident occurs at Toray Plastics

Emergency responders rushed to Toray Plastics in Front Royal Wednesday afternoon for a hazardous material incident. Warren County Fire and Rescue Units were called to Toray at 1:07 p.m., according to a statement from the department. Fire and rescue personnel, along with Toray safety employees ...