Stories by Melissa Topey

Parents, school officials discuss plan to address overcrowding

QUICKSBURG – School administrators met with parents and concerned citizens Tuesday evening at North Fork Middle School to answer questions and discuss a plan to reconfigure grade levels to address overcrowding. Division leaders would like to reconfigure grade levels for Ashby Lee Elementary, ...

Middletown, LFCC police to sign mutual aid pact

MIDDLETOWN – The Town Council voted unanimously Monday night to allow Police Chief Gary Benedict and his department to enter into an agreement with Lord Fairfax Community College that would formalize the police departments assisting each other and enforcing laws in each ...

Area students may participate in National Walkout Day

Students in area schools are having discussions with school administrators about taking part in the National Walkout Day on Wednesday. The walkout, school officials say, will last for 17 minutes and will be held to remember the 17 people killed in the Parkland, Florida school shooting on Feb. ...

Lawsuit in area man’s death likely heading to trial

The U.S. 4th Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond has ruled there is “disputed material fact' as to whether five Martinsburg, West Virginia police officers used excessive force when in 2013 they shot and killed a 50-year-old man once from Stephens City. In a 14-page opinion filed Monday, a ...

Woodstock police chief proud after assessment

WOODSTOCK - The Woodstock Police Department is feeling good in the days after a team of assessors reviewed the agency for possible accreditation. “The assessors used words like extraordinary and exemplary,” said Woodstock Police Chief Eric Reiley who added he is proud of everyone in his ...

Gilbert named to newly formed school safety committee

Del. Todd Gilbert, R- Woodstock, has been appointed to the newly formed Select Committee on School Safety. Gilbert was appointed by House of Delegates Speaker Kirk Cox, R- Colonial Heights, to the committee, which was formed to review state and local policy on school safety. Committee members ...

Kaine adds support for grant to help fund I-81 improvements

U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine is throwing his support behind a grant to help fund a $185 million improvement project for Interestate 81. In a March 5  letter to U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, Kaine said he backed a $53 million grant as part of the I-81 project. “I am ...

Woodstock considers building sidewalks, bike trails, paths

WOODSTOCK – The town is designing its first comprehensive pedestrian and bicycle network aimed at getting people out into the community neighborhoods with the hope of promoting a safe and green environment. To help with the ambitious plan, town officials hired the Alexandria branch of ...

Man involved in Saturday shooting arrested on drug charges

A man who shot and killed a woman Saturday during what he said was an attempted break-in at his residence was charged Monday with possession of cocaine when law enforcement officers went to re-interview him in connection with the shooting. Frederick County Sheriff's Office Capt. Aleck Beeman ...

Middletown sued for denying proffer amendment

The developer of the Village at Middletown LC is suing the Middletown Town Council for denying a request to reduce a planned proffer for the subdivision. The lawsuit, filed in Frederick County Circuit Court by developer Dave Holliday, argues that Middletown, by accepting the higher initial ...

Windy weekend kept power companies busy

Most everyone who lost power from the weekend windstorms should have their power back on, just in time for some more inclement weather today and Wednesday. “There is a small chance of freezing rain tonight (Monday) and Tuesday morning. It would be very light but with freezing rain it does it ...

Water rate increases possible for Middletown

Middletown residents and businesses could soon be seeing their water rates increase. Mayor Charles Harbaugh said the city of Winchester intends to raise Middletown's water rates 32 percent within two years and 54 percent within five years. “We had heard rumors for a little while and we got ...

Nor’easter arrives in the valley

Front Royal resident LeAnne Burton woke up to what she thought was an earthquake. A loud noise sounded, the house shook for what she said felt like 10 seconds, and the picture hanging above the bed fell on her head. Upon running outside she realized that extreme winds caused a nearly ...

VDOT, citizens ponder Va. 42 improvements

  WOODSTOCK - The Woodstock town council chamber was full Thursday night with people interested in hearing about the possibility of improvements to Va-42. Town officials, along with the Virginia Department of Transportation, hosted the public meeting to gather input from people who ...

Report details suggestions for growth in Woodstock

Woodstock is considering recommendations from a state economic development group for spurring growth. Beth Doughty and Brian Shull of the Virginia Economic Developers Association-Cardinal Community Assistance Program reasoned that Woodstock is in a strong position to develop a new tourism ...

Home for second chances closes in Woodstock

A Christian-based community home in Woodstock, designed to give people a second chance at life, has been shut down. Bishop Bobby Hudnall, pastor of Through Life in the Word Church of Jesus Christ Inc., confirmed that the Restoration & Wholeness House has been evicted from a building on ...

Woodstock helping to beautify facade

WOODSTOCK - Business starts outside a shop's front door. That is the belief of Woodstock city officials and one of the reasons for the town's facade renewal program. The program is intended to: Promote marketability of the town's business area Help building owners attract and ...

Shenandoah County officials tour southern campus schools

QUICKSBURG – Members of the Shenandoah County School Board and the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday visited the schools in the southern campus. They heard about how school administrators at those schools are welcoming and preparing for the possibility of a transition of grades. The ...

Public input requested on state Route 42, meeting planned

Woodstock officials are hosting a public meeting Thursday for public input on the state Route  42 corridor study. Administrators are looking at ways to handle projected increasing traffic on the road from Hisey Avenue to East Reservoir Road while making it safer for drivers and ...