THIS WEEKEND: Redbud Festival

BROWNTOWN — When it started out back in 2002, the Browntown Redbud Festival was a small craft show and plant sale, that drew about 500 people. Now in its 13th year, the festival continues to grow and is expected to attract a crowd three times that size. The festival boasts live entertainment, a car show, petting zoo and Grace – a mule famous for her appearance on the Today Show and a role alongside Robert Duvall in “Get Low.”  
The Warren Sentinel /  04-16-2015  

Elkton to consider addition of pet cemetery at Elk Run

ELKTON – Burying one’s pet may be on the agenda for the town of Elkton soon as it seeks ways to keep the Elk Run Cemetery in the black. Adding a pet cemetery at Elk Run was one of the ideas discussed during a town council retreat held last Wednesday at town hall.
The Valley Banner /  04-16-2015  

Front Royal-Warren County Chamber celebrates 75th anniversary

FRONT ROYAL — The Front Royal-Warren County Chamber of Commerce named former Warren County School Board chairman Roy Boyles as the winner of its “Community Impact Award” at its 75th annual awards dinner Friday night at the Holiday Inn and Suites at Blue Ridge Shadows. Boyles was also twice named the Chamber's “Citizen of the Year.” Chamber President Nicole Foster, who has been with the organization 18 years, six as its leader, said the diamond anniversary celebration was “a very good night” attended by some 200 people.
The Warren Sentinel /  04-16-2015  

Bergdahl charged and local soldier responds

LURAY — Local retired U.S. Army Sgt. Jordan Vaughn appeared eight times on Fox News after the Obama administration traded five high-level Taliban in exchange for Bowe Bergdahl — the soldier who disappeared from his Afghan post in 2009. Both Bergdahl and Vaughn and have become subjects of intense media scrutiny since six American soldiers died searching for the POW.
Page News and Courier /  04-14-2015  
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Seven Bends work may be flowing at last

WOODSTOCK –— Virginia Secretary of Natural Resources Molly Ward received a look at the site of future developments at Seven Bends State Park near Woodstock on Tuesday. Members of the Department of Conservation and Recreation escorted Ward and other Shenandoah County officials through the park and outlined plans for the development of a campground, hiking and biking trails and other amenities to the park. Joe Elton, deputy director of operations for DCR, said the state General Assembly has approved funds for park improvements a decade after its dedication.

Shenandoah Caverns’ ‘quintessential showman’ dies at 86

QUICKSBURG — The longtime owner of Shenandoah Caverns died Monday at age 86. Earl Hargrove, Jr., died of natural causes at his home in Lothian, Md. Hargrove bought the tourist attraction six miles south of Mount Jackson in 1966. Joe Proctor, the caverns’ general manager whose family helped Hargrove run the caverns for almost 50 years, said Hargrove’s decorating and parade float business first brought him to Shenandoah Caverns in the 1950s.

McAuliffe looks to ‘build a new economy’

WINCHESTER — With possible additional sequestration cuts looming, it’s vital for Virginia to build “a new economy,” Gov. Terry McAuliffe told the Top of Virginia Regional Chamber on Tuesday as part of a stop on his “Cabinet on the Road” tour. “We’re here to listen, to get suggestions, anything you think we need to know,” McAuliffe told business leaders at a breakfast gathering in Shenandoah University’s Health and Life Sciences Building. He and members of his Cabinet made numerous stops in Winchester, Middletown and Berryville on Tuesday.
The Warren Sentinel /  04-10-2015

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RACING - Shenandoah Speedway announces 2015 racing season; special Wishes 150 Late Model event

SHENANDOAH — Shenandoah Speedway announced the beginning of its 2015 racing season, highlighting its 10th anniversary with the announcement of a special late model race to be held on Friday, April 24. Jeff Thielscher, Managing Partner of Go Live Stream. TV Network, announced at the track Thursday that the inaugural Racing for Wishes 150 would be held at the track at 6 p.m. with pit gates opening at 1 p.m. and grandstands opening at 4 p.m. Among those competing for the $6,000 first prize will be 10-year old Timmy 'Mini' Terrell, who entered six races in the Late Model class last season.

BASEBALL - New Market Rebels welcome new coaching staff

NEW MARKET — The New Market Rebels, and their fan base have always looked forward to the summer Valley League baseball season. This year, the anticipation is even higher as Bruce Alger, team president and general manager has brought in a new, young coaching staff to guide the Rebels to a hoped for championship.

TRACK - Two Luray High School relay teams medal at state indoor meet

LYNCHBURG — The initial Luray High School indoor track team capped off its season with a strong showing at the 2A State Meet held last week at Liberty University. Taking 17 athletes, Luray's girls' 4 x 400-meter relay team and boys 4 x 800-meter relay team both medaled by finishing eighth overall among the teams.

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