Stories by Melissa Topey

Giving Tuesday: County urges residents to support nonprofits

Residents living in Shenandoah County, as part of Giving Tuesday, can show their support for a group of nonprofit agencies helping individuals and families. “We hope attention is brought to the nonprofits we have in the community and the work they do everyday,” said Sharon Baroncelli, ...

Shenandoah school land valuable, not forgotten

Almost nine years later, 70 acres of land purchased for about $2.6 million by the School Board and county supervisors in 2009 remains untouched and vacant, despite a shortage of space and crowded class sizes in several of the Shenandoah County schools. The land is an asset and has not been ...

Changes possible to Vintage Woodstock

Woodstock town employees  are listening to what residents want of Vintage Woodstock. Town officials conducted a survey last month asking people what they thought of the yearly social event. Katie Mercer, Woodstock's director of marketing and events, said the Woodstock Enhancement Promotions ...

Front Royal man still being sought

Front Royal police are continuing to look for a local man wanted on multiple warrants for sex offenses. Police are looking for 57-year-old Mike Edward Haymond who is wanted on a total of four warrants, two counts of rape of a child less than 13 years-old and two counts of sodomy of a child ...

Pedestrian hit along Senedo Road

Virginia State Police are investigating a crash in which a pedestrian was struck along Va. 42 in Shenandoah County. The crash occurred at 7:40 p.m. on  Va. 42 approximately 100 feet north of Route 681. A 1995 Chevrolet sedan was traveling south on Senedo Road when a pedestrian attempted to ...

Frederick County schools discuss needed projects

Frederick County Public Schools would like to rebuild Aylor Middle School and build a new high school. The project is included in the proposed five-year $259 million 2019-2023 Capital Improvements Plan that was adopted by the School Board on Nov. 9. The plan moves forward to the Frederick ...

Bill Ortts remembered as a leader, respected man who loved community

Bill Ortts was a successful businessman who loved his family and his community. Ortts, who died Thursday,  founded Ortts Electric, now operated by his son Charlie, in 1967. Bill Ortts was on the Shenandoah County Board of Supervisors for 12 years as well as joining the Shenandoah County Fair ...

Man accused of fleeing police after court appearance

Adam Richard Lamma found himself running from police Wednesday a few hours after walking out of Shenandoah County Circuit Court. Woodstock police Capt. Chris Baker said members of his agency, while working with the Northwest Regional Drug Task Force, watched Lamma participate in a narcotics ...

Police looking for Front Royal man

Front Royal police are asking for the public's help in locating a local man wanted on multiple warrants for sex offenses. Police are looking for Mike Edward Haymond, 57, who is wanted on  four warrants – two counts of rape of a child less than 13 years old and two counts of sodomy of a ...

Middletown moving forward with hire

Middletown is moving forward with hiring a part time employee in the zoning department. The Town Council on Monday approved spending up to $25,000 on salary for the new hire based on the person's experience. The town is working on an advertisement for the position, which will be up to 28 ...

Front Royal man found dead in parking lot

Front Royal police are investigating, as a matter of procedure, the death of a Front Royal man found dead Sunday morning in the parking lot of a strip mall. Police were called to the South Town Center mall on South Street about 7 a.m. Sunday when a nearby homeowner saw something in the parking ...

$15.4M list of improvements submitted

Shenandoah County Public Schools has a list of $15.4 million in improvements that need to be made over the next five years. The division's proposed five-year Capital Improvement Plan for 2019-2013, submitted to the School Board last week,  includes $2.4 million in new requests from ...

Shenandoah schools crowded but within state rules

A class size report discussed at Thursday's Shenandoah County Public Schools meeting shows the county schools are crowded but are still within state regulations. “Yes. They are crowded,” Superintendent Mark Johnston said. The study shows that the district elementary schools have the ...

VA 42 corridor considered for transportation study

The town of Woodstock is working with the Virginia Department of Transportation to study the VA 42 corridor from Hisey Avenue to East Reservoir Road. “Staff meet with the local VDOT residency to discuss their study/design priorities for their jurisdiction,” town manager Angela Clem said in ...

Job fair to be held Tuesday

Lord Fairfax Community College will host its second annual career and internship fair 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesday in the Corron Community Development Center on the Middletown Campus. The event is open to both Lord Fairfax Community College students and the public at large in the schools ...

Voters like Kline for Shenandoah County School Board

Shelby Kline won election Tuesday to the Shenandoah County School Board with 1,281 votes, according to unofficial election results. “Wow. I am pleasantly surprised,” Kline said when informed of the results. She had been out canvassing all day. Kline said she plans to address what ...

Middletown looking to expand Zoning Department

Middletown is signaling that it plans to expand its zoning department as it begins its search for a part time employee in the department. Middletown council members at a work session Monday night were in unanimous agreement that an additional employee needed to be added to the department to ...

Smoke-free lodge cheered as family friendly, healthier

WOODSTOCK -- Generations remember social and charitable clubs like the Moose lodge on Moose Road in Woodstock as dimly illuminated bars where members could talk over drinks while lighting up. At Lodge 1329 a smoking ban put in place in the main hall on Nov. 1, 2016 by vote of lodge members ...

Superintendent: Boundary changes helped

Shenandoah County Public Schools Superintendent Mark Johnston is taking issue with a story that appeared in an area weekly newspaper. The story titled “Boundary changes didn't fix problems ” reported on school boundary issues and overcrowding problems in some of the schools. The story ...

Woodstock planning ahead on projects

Woodstock is beginning to look at what necessary capital projects it will need to plan for over the next five years. Staff have begun the annual budgeting process beginning with the capital program update. The town administration recently held a meeting with department heads to begin to ...