Stories by Melissa Topey

Woodstock audit receives high assurance

WOODSTOCK - Woodstock finances have received a clean audit. “In our opinion, the town financial statements are fairly presented,” said Auditor James Kelly, of Robinson, Farmer, Cox Associates said at Finance Committee meeting. “This is the highest level of assurance we are allowed to ...

Year in Review: Accreditation a major issue for local schools last year

Accreditation proved to be a major issue for Frederick, Warren and Shenandoah county schools. All three of the districts had schools that failed to meet the Virginia Department of Education’s full accreditation standards. In Warren County, Ressie Jeffries Elementary School had its ...

LFCC names new president

Lord Fairfax Community College has one of its own to lead it. Kim Blosser has been selected as the school's next president as announced Tuesday by Glenn DuBois, the Chancellor of Virginia's Community Colleges, in a news release. Blosser works as the school's vice president of academic and ...

LFCC president takes a look back at her tenure

Lord Fairfax Community College President Cheryl Thompson-Stacy walked down the main hall of the renovated Fairfax Hall. Some people see the newness of the hall, the fresh looking white paint, windows and additional rooms. Thompson-Stacy sees the students. “We have good kids. They work hard ...

Shenandoah County hosts subdivision platting workshop

Shenandoah County is holding an educational workshop at 2 p.m. Tuesday on the process involved when submitting subdivision plats within the county. The workshop will be held at the Shenandoah County Government Office in the Virginia Tech Extension Services Room at 600 N. Main St. in ...

Shenandoah schools weigh course changes

Shenandoah County Public Schools is proposing adjusting its course offerings for next year “We are working to (make) the curriculum more about learning and less about grades. This puts students at the center of learning,” said David Hinegardner, Director of Middle and Secondary Education ...

Public meeting to be held on developer request to lower proffer

Middletown officials are holding a public meeting regarding a developer's request to lower a proffer amount that would offset anticipated costs to an area school system resulting from a new subdivision. The public can express their thoughts on the request at 7 p.m. on Jan. 16 during a public ...

Shenandoah County Public Schools employee wins state award

The Virginia Society for Technology in Education  has named Tim Taylor, Shenandoah County Public Schools Supervisor of Instructional Technology, as its 2017 Outstanding Leader of the Year. “I am humbled by it,” Taylor said. "The work they do in the schools is a team effort," Taylor said ...

Board mulls effect of failed accreditation

Shenandoah County School Board members discussed the impact of  failed accreditation at two schools during the board's Monday meeting. The School Board heard the requirements the Virginia Board of Education imposed on North Fork Middle School and W.W. Robinson because the two schools failed ...

Legislators, officials go to school

"What the best and wisest parent wants for his child, that must we want for all the children of the community. Anything less is unlovely, and left unchecked, destroys our democracy,” - John Dewey.   MOUNT JACKSON  - Virginia public schools opened for the school year with about ...

Shenandoah public chools recognized for LIFE Program

Tucci Learning Solutions recently recognized Shenandoah County Public Schools with a national award for a program designed to help people with disabilities live an independent life after high school graduation. The school system's LIFE (Learning Independence for Everyday) program won the ...

Experience days of old this Sunday in Middletown

Middletown will be the place to experience nostalgia and merriment this Sunday from 12 to 4 p.m. during the second annual “'Merrimint' in Middletown". Organized by the Middletown Heritage Society, the event is designed to be a throwback to days long ago by allowing people to tour historic ...

Woodstock changes water and sewer leak policy

Woodstock town administrators have changed the policy for adjusting bills in homes where water or sewer leaks have occurred. The town's water and sewer billing leak adjustment policy has not been changed in about 14 years. “The leak adjustment policy has served the town's needs during that ...

Developer asks to lower proffer for new subdivision

MIDDLETOWN – A local developer of the Village at Middletown subdivision is asking the town to allow him to pay significantly less then previously agreed to  offset anticipated costs to the area school systems from the additional residents. Developer Dave Holliday, at a Middletown work ...

School chiefs react to accreditation changes

Shenandoah and Warren County public school superintendents are reacting positively to recent changes the state has made to its school accreditation process. “This has been long awaited from the many years when the only thing used to determine school accountability was test results, and ...

Developers keep Woodstock officials busy

Town officials and developers in Woodstock are busy with a few projects. Several construction permits have been taken out recently, said Lemuel Hancock, urban designer and neighborhood planner for the town. The quality of life offered in Woodstock is an incentive for people to live there,  ...

A little bit of Woodstock reaches England

Woodstock's former fire engine has arrived at its new home at a museum in England. The 1991 Pierce 105 model aerial fire truck was shipped overseas in a ferry ship called the Hoegh Maputo. It arrived in England on Oct. 27, wrote Bill Best, who is part of the family that owns and operates the ...

Washington Redskins player named Grand Marshal of Middletown Christmas parade

Washington Redskins starting linebacker Preston Smith will be the Grand Marshal at Middletown's Christmas Parade on Sunday. Middletown Mayor Charles Harbaugh and Bryan Stutzman, General Manager of Jim Stutzman Chevrolet Cadillac, made the announcement Thursday afternoon. It is not Smith's ...

Front Royal resident wanted on sex charges is captured

The U.S. Marshals Service arrested  Front Royal resident Michael Edward Haymond in West Virginia on Wednesday. Haymond, 57,  has been wanted since early November by Front Royal police on a total of four warrants, two of which are for charges of rape of a child less than 13 years old and the ...