Stories by Melissa Topey

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 ...

Partnerships win Governor’s Awards

Community partnerships, years in the making, have caught the attention of the Virginia Governor's office with two local associations winning awards. The Lord Fairfax Community College Career Pathways Consortium on Thursday received one of 13 Governor's Awards for Excellence and Innovation in ...

Woodstock parking project moves forward

A downtown parking project in Woodstock is now open to bids as planning continues to move forward. The town will accept bids through Nov. 14, said Lemuel Hancock, urban designer and neighborhood planner for the Town of Woodstock. The downtown parking lot will be about .87 acres, or 38,000 ...

Kids see different ‘Worlds of Work’

WINCHESTER   Thousands of students had their passports punched Wednesday and Thursday to a possible glimpse of their future. This is the third year for Worlds of Work Expo, a two-day career event in which about 3,000 seventh grade students from area schools district preview what could ...

Meet the Shenandoah County School Board candidates

Shenandoah County School Board member Irving Getz is not seeking reelection. Voters on Nov. 7 will be able to elect a school board member from three candidates running for the vacant seat in the 5th District.   The candidates, all seeking their first term,  are: * Chris Boies, ...

Area man faces child pornography charges

A Stephens City resident and former Federal Emergency Management Agency employee faces child pornography charges. Law enforcement on Thursday arrested Jonathan Derek Riley at his mother's Stephens City home where he resides, said Investigator Jason Killian, of the Northern Virginia/Washington ...

Superintendent replies to facilities plan criticisms

The Shenandoah County Public Schools long term facilities plan continues to be one of leading topics this election season. One of the most sharply critical comments about the long term facilities plan was made during a Board of Supervisors meeting. “The School Board’s decision to accept ...

Hearing on evidence in murder case delayed

A murder suspect's attempt to suppress evidence obtained by law enforcement at the time of his arrest will have to wait. David Glynn Hoyle, 33, of Front Royal, appeared in Warren County Circuit Court on Friday before Judge Ronald L. Napier. Public defender Tim Coyne and Assistant Public ...

Area teacher places second on Jeopardy after solid performance

"What did Mr. Wrigley add to Fenway Park?" Strasburg resident Justin Broughman, who teaches U.S. history and U.S. government at Central High School in Woodstock, answered that question correctly on his first appearance on Jeopardy. He would end the show with $15,200, enough for second place, ...

Local teacher a contestant on ‘Jeopardy’ tonight

A Shenandoah County Public Schools teacher will appear tonight on "Jeopardy." Strasburg resident Justin Broughman, who teaches U.S. history and U.S. government at Central High School in Woodstock, was 4 years old when he started watching the popular TV game show "Jeopardy" with his ...

Deputies charge three after target practice goes wrong

Shenandoah County sheriff's deputies charged three men in connection with a Columbus Day session of target shooting on the 1400 block of Hahns Lane in Toms Brook. Two homeowners  called the Shenandoah County Sheriff's Office about gunfire around their homes at about 2 p.m. Oct. 9, said Capt. ...

A piece of Woodstock in England

Woodstock's recently sold fire truck has a new home on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean. The 1991 Pierce 105 model aerial fire truck is on the high seas in a ferry ship called the Hoegh Maputo, on its way to a museum in England. It is due to arrive in Southampton, England, on Nov. 2, Bill ...

Public questions school board candidates

This is part of a series on the Shenandoah County Public School Board forum in which candidates of the Fifth District seeking a seat on the school board answered questions from the audience. WOODSTOCK – Three candidates seeking to fill the School Board seat once held by Irving Getz ...

Election ad elicits mixed reaction

An ad in an area publication supporting a Shenandoah County supervisor's re-election bid has prompted some to question its meaning. Dan Walsh, president of Parents' Alliance for Strong Schools, said he feels the ad in support of county Supervisor Cindy Bailey is misleading. The ad ...

School board candidates discuss relationships, facilities plan

This is part of a series on the Shenandoah County Public School Board forum in which candidates of the Fifth District seeking a seat on the school board answered questions from the audience. WOODSTOCK – Three candidates seeking to fill the School Board seat once held by Irving Getz ...

Voters hear from 5th District School Board candidates

This is the first part of a three part series on the Shenandoah County Public School Board forum. WOODSTOCK – Three candidates seeking to fill the school board seat once held by Irving Getz answered questions from some of the 70 people who attended a candidates' forum Thursday evening at ...

Middletown remembers; volunteers needed

Shenandoah County Young Marines are asking people to remember a Drug Enforcement Administration agent murdered in the line of duty. Middletown Mayor Charles Harbaugh presented a proclamation from the Town Council Tuesday to Caleb Slack, 14, and Teresa Hart, 15, members of the national youth ...

Deputies respond to shots fired

The Shenandoah County Sheriff's office responded Monday to calls from two homeowners reporting shots fired in the area of Hahns Lane in Toms Brook. The calls came in around 2 p.m. Deputies arrived and talked to the homeowners. Sgt. Chris James said they found several people target ...

Area school districts receive grant for safety equipment

Area schools have received grant money for new school security equipment grants. Gov. Terry McAuliffe on Friday announced $6 million in  security equipment grants to schools in 104 divisions and three regional education programs. The grants will pay for items such as: video monitoring ...