Stories by Melissa Topey

Water authority seeks to stop Stephens City services, wants damages

The Frederick County Water Authority is asking the Frederick County Circuit Court to approve the authority's decision to suspend water service to Stephens City and about 2,000 residents. Eric Lawrence, Executive Director for Frederick Water, said the catalyst for filing seven counter claims ...

Pawn broker reporting process could be changing in Woodstock

WOODSTOCK – Town administrators are considering requiring pawn brokers and junk dealers in town to report transactions at the shop directly into a database system. The shops and junk dealers now fill out a detailed ticket that is submitted to the Woodstock Police Department, which inputs the ...

Historic Woodstock building purchased

The historic former First Bank property in Woodstock at Main and Court streets has been sold. Karl Roulston, Regulus Group partner and co-founder who is also a Shenandoah County supervisor, finalized the purchase of the building at 100 N. Main St. on Jan. 30. “I bought the building really ...

Schools get attention on tour

Local leaders on Friday continued their tour of Shenandoah County Public Schools by visiting Signal Knob Middle School, Sandy Hook Elementary School and Strasburg High School. Not participating in Friday's tour were Shenandoah County Board of Supervisors Vice Chairman Dick Neese, Chairman ...

Board holds hearing on school budget, one person shows

Only one person attended Thursday night's Shenandoah County Public Schools board hearing held to allow for questions on the proposed budget. Holly Dood was at the hearing to hear what would be discussed but she had no specific questions herself. She has a child who is a student at Central ...

Two plead guilty in child shooting case

Isaiah Marshall Davis, 26, and Destinie Rochelle Beach, both of Stephens City, pleaded guilty Tuesday in Fauquier County Circuit Court to charges related to a September shooting of a 4-year-old girl by a 2-year-old boy. Davis pleaded guilty to child abuse causing serious injury and child ...

Local leaders tour schools

Shenandoah County Public Schools is showcasing its schools to county leaders in a series of tours. Wednesday morning saw members of the Shenandoah County Board of Supervisors and members of the Shenandoah County School Board visiting staff and students at Central High School, W.W. Robinson ...

Policy changes proposed in light of school bus incident

WOODSTOCK – Changes in school policy to make school bus travel safer will go before the Shenandoah County School Board on March 15. “The students need to behave themselves and we expect our drivers to be professional at all times,” said schools Superintendent Mark Johnston. A recent ...

School division reports high graduation rates

Shenandoah County Public Schools has a four-year graduation rate of 96.3 percent. That is a higher percentage, schools Superintendent Mark Johnston said,  than the regional average of 93.7 percent and the state average of 91.1 percent. “Our graduation rate in Shenandoah County Public ...

Middletown patriot remembered

MIDDLETOWN - A 12-year-old boy who participated in the Rev0lutionary War as a member of George Washington's army was commemorated Monday night at a Town Council meeting. The commemoration took the form of a memento that Larry Johnson, a member of the James Wood charter of the Sons of the ...

Woodstock makes plans for new ‘wayfinding’ signs

Woodstock town officials are working on developing new "wayfinding" signs to direct visitors and town residents to places of interest. “We hope to have them planned and installed during the summer,” said Katie Mercer, town enhancement coordinator. Existing signs are more than 10 years old ...

Shenandoah schools seek raises, better efficiencies with proposed budget

WOODSTOCK- Shenandoah County Public Schools is asking for more money in an effort to be competitive in the face of a growing teacher shortage, growing enrollment and students with greater needs. Superintendent Mark Johnston proposed a $67.4 million budget to the School Board Thursday for the ...

Changes proposed for school division’s southern campus

WOODSTOCK -- Some students on the southern campus of Shenandoah County Public Schools could be transferred this fall to other schools in a move to alleviate overcrowding. Division administrators would like to reconfigure grade levels for Ashby Lee Elementary, North Folk Middle and Stonewall ...

School bus driver is back to work

A Shenandoah County Public School bus driver is back to work driving a school bus after an investigation into an incident at the end of January involving a child on her bus. The incident, according to two parents who had children on the bus, allegedly involved the driver dragging a ...

Icy weather closed some schools this week

Tuesday's inclement weather prompted school closings for some area school districts. Frederick and Shenandoah county public schools closed for the day as ice coated the roads. Warren County Public Schools called for a two-hour delay. “Today marked the fourth day this school year that ...

Woodstock wants hearing of halfway houses

WOODSTOCK - The Town Council and Planning Commission will hold a public hearing at 7:20 p.m. March 6 to receive public comment regarding halfway houses. The town has drafted new ordinance language that would make licensing a halfway house contingent on a special use permit, giving the town ...

Middletown Town Hall renovations on track

MIDDLETOWN – Town Hall renovations are expected to be done sometime in May. Daniel Taylor, owner of DSM Construction, said the project is on schedule and on budget. Engineers are due out to inspect the installed heating and cooling systems, new electrical wiring, plumbing and other work. ...

Middletown anticipates April opening for baseball field

MIDDLETOWN – A new baseball field should be ready for teams this April, according to town officials. Shawn Hibbard is the founder of Team 84 Athletes, as well as Legacy Christian Academy, the nonprofit local sports organization funding the baseball complex as part of a private/public ...

Headley Road bridge replacement on schedule

Work on the State Route 600 (Headley Road) bridge east of Maurertown is on schedule for its projected April 17 opening. Virginia Department of Transportation spokesperson Ken Slack confirmed the timeline for the low water bridge. Projected cost for the new bridge was calculated at $2.4 ...

Middletown has new employee

Michele Snyder learned her job through hands on experience --  working her way up from the ground level. Snyder is Middletown's new assistant zoning administrator. She was hired part time and started her job Jan. 16. “I love it. I have a great team. Everyone has been so welcoming,” ...