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Stories by Melissa Topey

Middletown police seize cigarettes from local store

Middletown police Wednesday seized packs of cigarettes that did not have local sales tax stamps from the ABS Food Mart store on Main Street. “Our Town Hall got a tip that one of our stores was not collecting the local tax on cigarettes,” Middletown Police Chief Gary Benedict Jr. said. ...

Front Royal police seek help with case

Front Royal police are asking for help in an investigation of shots fired into a home. Officers on Sept. 5 raced to a home in the 100 block of Beeden Lane after they received a call of shots being fired into a home, according to a post on the department's Facebook page. They found the house ...

Schools chief answers supervisors’ questions about salary

Shenandoah County Public Schools Superintendent Mark Johnston recently spoke to the Shenandoah County Board of Supervisors about the division's hiring of a supervisor for Student Career and Business Partnerships. The hiring in July of Todd Lynn, principal at North Fork Middle School, to the ...

Middletown police receive grant to promote traffic safety

Area drivers may soon start to see more of Middletown police officers promoting safety on the roads. Town police received a $3,500 grant at the end of August from the state Department of Motor Vehicles to be used for traffic safety from Oct. 1 through September 2019. “We had zero fatal ...

Police to hold talk on children, social media safety

The Woodstock Police Department on Thursday evening is hosting a community discussion about social media app safety. Officers will highlight the apps most commonly used by pre-teens and teenagers, their dangers and proactive steps parents can take to prevent their children from becoming ...

School district to open suspension center

Shenandoah County Public Schools students placed on a suspension will no longer serve it outside of school. The school district is opening an alternative suspension center starting Oct. 1, a place where high school students will spend their days of suspension, without a cell phone, television ...

LFCC receives generous donation

Retired Lord Fairfax Community College president Cheryl Thompson-Stacy says she believes in the school, and that's why she recently donated $100,000 to it. “The nine years I was president was the most rewarding nine years of my life,” Thompson-Stacy said. “LFCC is such a huge asset to ...

Stonewall Jackson renames field to honor coach

Stonewall Jackson High School's football field will be renamed the Dick Krol Field at General Stadium, in honor of longtime coach Dick Krol. Krol in his more than 30 years with the school district has coached sports and taught math, caring more about the kids then wins and losses, said ...

Man charged with trespassing and destruction of property

Shenandoah County Sheriff's Office  deputies on Tuesday arrested a man who was beating on a woman's door after he had been told she did not want to see him. A 37-year-old woman called for help after 34-year-old Durvin Wick showed up at her home on Piccadilly Street in Edinburg, said Capt. ...

Residents talk storm drainage; Little Library dedicated

MIDDLETOWN – Town residents who live along Greenbriar Road and Third Street were back before city officials Monday night to complain about a culvert that drains stormwater from Main Street onto their properties. Patty Sinclair and Andrew Schaffer were at Monday night's Town Council meeting ...

Florence may bring heavy rain, flooding to our region

Residents should hope for the best but prepare for the worst as Hurricane Florence approaches the United States. That is the advice of area law enforcement. Shenandoah County Sheriff's Capt. Wesley Dellinger said Monday that a lot of waterways and streams are already at their limit. "They ...

GOP women hold town hall focused on alternative schooling

WOODSTOCK – Alternative education was the subject of a town hall-style meeting  Wednesday night, the first in a series being planned by the Republican Women of Shenandoah County. Shenandoah County Supervisor Richard Walker and Stephen Curtis, a retired veterinarian, led the discussion heard ...

Agencies not revealing details after bodies recovered

Law enforcement, government agencies, and a commonwealth attorney's office on Friday were mum Friday on details about the recovery of the bodies of a Harrisonburg woman and her granddaughter in Shenandoah County. Officials were not answering  requests to elaborate on where the bodies were ...

A life cycle lesson: Caterpillars, butterflies help students understand growth

Caterpillars and butterflies are helping teach students at Sandy Hook Elementary School. On Tuesday, Jessica Marrow, a third-grade teacher at the school, brought to school about 180 monarch caterpillars she collected on Monday at her grandmother's farm – enough for her class and about 10 ...

Supervisor questions salary of school position

A Shenandoah County supervisor would like to hear from the Shenandoah County Schools superintendent about why he created a position and then filled it at a much higher pay then approved. Supervisor Karl Ralston recently asked if Superintendent Mark Johnston could speak at a upcoming Board of ...

Lewis speaks with area residents at county fair

WOODSTOCK – Sixth Congressional District Democratic candidate Jennifer Lewis brought her campaign to the Shenandoah County Fair on Friday evening. Lewis, of  Waynesboro, said she is finding that as she knocks on doors or is at an event, like the county fair, people are grateful to have ...

Virginia’s first lady visits Central High School

WOODSTOCK – Virginia's first lady Pamela Northam, who taught high school biology, was back in her natural setting on Tuesday afternoon as she read “Baby Bear, Baby Bear, What do You See” to the pre-kindergarten class taught by Melissa Runion at  Central High School. “Who would like ...

LFCC offers classes to help boost employability

Changes to the American workplace are forcing citizens to adapt to a new business world and schools to rethink the skills they need to teach. Earlier this year, the Virginia Board of Workforce Development approved a strategic plan to offer insight into the state's workforce system as it is ...

Middletown property owners plead for help

MIDDLETOWN – Five residents who live in the area of Greenbriar Road and Third Street want the town to do something about draining issues they say threaten their homes and property. The residents attended Monday's Planning Commission meeting and complain about a culvert that drains stormwater ...

Charges filed in two school brawls

The Shenandoah County Sheriff's Office has filed charges against six students involved in two separate brawls at Strasburg High School during the first week of the school year. The first fight occurred shortly after noon Aug. 8 in the school's old gymnasium, two days into the new school ...