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Stories by Melissa Topey

Front Royal man charged in diner break-in

Front Royal police on Monday charged a 20-year-old Front Royal man in a recent break-in of the Front Royal Diner. Johnathon Shane Jenkins was charged with burglary and misdemeanor petit larceny in the theft of money of less than $200 from the diner, said Sgt. Jason Winner. Jenkins was a ...

Students organizie Unity Project, looking for community support

Students of the Shenandoah County BioMedical Sciences Academy at Central High School are organizing what they are calling the Unity Project to promote kindness and harmony. The first event is a walk to begin at 9 a.m. Aug. 4 at the Shenandoah County Fairgrounds to remember all the victims who ...

Front Royal woman charged with involuntary manslaughter

Prince William County police have charged a school bus driver from Front Royal with involuntary manslaughter. Officer Jonathan Perok said Tuesday that Sheli Cheru Paugh, 57, of Front Royal, was charged in a fatal crash that occurred in Haymarket on May 23. Police allege Paugh was driving ...

Group issues report card for county supervisors

With the last day of school in the past for Shenandoah County Public Schools,  the Parents' Alliance for Strong Schools has issued, for the fourth year in a row,  an end-of-year report card grading county supervisors on their support for education. “The report card is part of the ...

Strasburg High School teen walks twice for graduation

Callie Stead will graduate from two schools this week that she said have shaped her to be a leader and to work for achievement. Stead, 18, walked in Triplett Tech's 53rd annual ceremony Thursday, and will join 141 graduation candidates in the 59th commencement ceremony for Strasburg High ...

Authority Board approves regional jail budget

FRONT ROYAL - Members of the Rappahannock-Shenandoah Warren Regional Jail Authority Board Thursday approved a $14.6 million budget for the jail that gives staff raises. The board had been considering either a 2 percent or a 2.5 percent raise to take effect either on July 1 or Jan. 1. What they ...

Police academy graduates 13

The Skyline Regional Criminal Justice Academy graduated 13 recruits Wednesday afternoon from its second law enforcement class. Newly certified Deputy Timothy Veach with the Frederick County Sheriff's Office spoke to his graduating classmates. “Looking at my classmates and what we have ...

School bus driver charged in crash, no students hurt

A Shenandoah County Public Schools bus driver was charged in a Tuesday afternoon crash in which no students were hurt. Sgt. F.L. "Les" Tyler, of the Virginia State Police, said Latina Irwin, 55, of Edinburg, was charged with failure to yield the right of way after she pulled into the ...

Little Libraries sprouting in Woodstock

Shenandoah County Public Schools and the Town of Woodstock have partnered to launch seven Little Libraries, complete with children's books. The Little Libraries are located near apartment complexes where many students live. The Little Libraries will be dedicated at 6 p.m. today with school ...

Shenandoah River flooding, forcing alerts and road closures

The Shenandoah River rose above flood stage this morning, forcing road closures. Shenandoah County Fire and Rescue Chief Tim Williams said rain that fell on Rockingham County on Monday night made its way up the river and caused flooding in Shenandoah County's North Fork area. “We did have ...

Budget, election of officers on RSW meeting budget

The Regional Jail Authority is expected at its Thursday meeting to vote on the fiscal year 2019 budget and elect officers for another term. The Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail’s proposed fiscal 2019 budget calls for spending $14.5 million, which includes $7.7 million in local ...

Road reopens after sinkhole filled

Oranda Road opened back up to traffic Friday evening, two days after a sinkhole forced the closing of a portion of the road. Repairs on Thursday morning to fill in the sinkhole using stone and concrete went as planned, said Sandy Myers, spokesperson for the Virginia Department of ...

TRIAD Conference speaks to senior citizens

WOODSTOCK -- Members of the Shenandoah County Sheriff's Office spoke to a roomful of seniors Friday at the Moose Lodge about safety and services available  for their age group. Lt. Becky Mauck of the Shenandoah County Sheriff Office said the event, the 17th Annual TRIAD Conference, promotes ...

Woman back in jail after failing drug testing

A Front Royal woman was arrested Tuesday after a judge in Warren County General District Court revoked her bond for allegedly failing ordered drug tests. Victoria Peterman, 35, was found in a back bedroom March 5 suffering from the effects of what authorities believe to have been a drug ...

County finance director announces resignation

Shenandoah County finance director Harrison Nicholson has announced his resignation, effective May 31. “Unfortunately, there are some family obligations that are going to put me in Houston,” Nicholson said Tuesday. "It is going to be sad leaving the county. It will be hard to leave the ...

‘I am here to learn’: Research internships provide hands-on experience

Annabelle Palmer is an 18-year-old senior studying at the Massanutten Regional Governor's School for Environmental Science and Technology and Science. Her home school is Central High School where she is on track to be valedictorian for Central's 2018 graduating class As part of her studies ...

Seniors showcase their Capstone projects

WOODSTOCK - Megan Freiwald, a senior at Central High School, is one of 11 students in the Biomedical Sciences Academy who took part in its first Capstone Program. “Capstone? It created this family. We were the first people to go through the program,” Freiwald said about the program. The ...

Stonewall graduation candidate: ‘High school is what you put into it’

Abbigail Simon will think of success and the hard work required during the past four years as she walks in Stonewall Jackson High School's commencement ceremony on Friday. She is one of 122 graduation candidates this year. “These four years have been such a phenomenal transformative ...