WOODSTOCK — The first state-sanctioned harness races at Shenandoah Downs were a success, with more races expected at the Woodstock track during the coming weeks, according to officials. Darrell Wood, communications director of the Virginia Equine Alliance, said 750 people attended the first day of racing on Sept. 10, with 400 attending on Sept. 11. He added that 97 horses ran in 14 races during opening weekend. Final betting numbers weren’t yet available. State, county and local officials cut the ribbon on the race track at the Shenandoah County Fairgrounds before the first race on Sept. 10. Tom Eshelman, the fairgrounds’ general manager, said attendance exceeded expectations and the county reaped the benefits.
The Shenandoah Valley-Herald / 09-26-2016
FRONT ROYAL — With more than a month until Halloween, a man in a ghost mask from the movie "Scream" and a clown were spotted around town within a week of one another, Front Royal Police Community Resource Officer Sgt. Robbie Seal said. Officers responded shortly before 10 p.m. Saturday at Mojoís Grill in response to a person in a "Scream" mask. Tyrone D.V. Holloman, 21, of Front Royal, was attempting to enter the establishment while wearing the mask, but a doorman would not let him in until it was removed, Seal said. Officers offered to let Holloman go with a warning, Seal said, but he refused to remove the mask. Holloman was charged with unlawfully wearing a mask in public, a class 6 felony.
The Warren Sentinel / 09-26-2016
LURAY — With its doors scheduled to close in Rappahannock for good at the end of next month, Cooter's in the Country could be headed for Page County. Following an Aug. 30 site visit with county officials, Ben Jones, the actor who portrayed “Cooter” on the 1980s hit television show “The Dukes of Hazzard,” and his wife, Alma Viator, are hopeful about a potential new home for the roadside memorabilia store. With more than 13 acres of wide-open fields and scenic mountain views and a 12,000-square-foot facility, the former Outlanders building just west of Luray would be “an ideal location.” After opening Cooter's in the Country in Sperryville just more than a year ago, Jones and Viator announced last month that the store will shut down on Oct. 30 due to county zoning issues. Jones also owns Cooter's stores in Nashville, Tenn. and Gatlinburg, Tenn. UPDATE - In this week's Page News and Courier … has the deal been signed?
Page News and Courier / 09-26-2016
GROTTOES — The Grand Caverns Signature 5K is coming Friday, Sept. 30. An announcement about the race was made at the Grottoes Council meeting on Sept. 19. It is the fifth year of the event, which includes two races per year, organizer Mike Betts said. The same-day registration fee is $29 with students of all ages getting in for $24. In addition to the “flat and fast” 5K race at 6 p.m., a 1-mile “Fun Run” or walk starts at 6:05 p.m. Both will be held rain or shine. All funds go toward the purchase and installation of fitness stations at Grand Caverns Park.
The Valley Banner / 09-26-2016
Dedication is a word often thrown around in sports circles. Each athlete possesses a different level of dedication. Each coach dedicates a different amount of time and effort to the team. The Shenandoah 12-U All-Stars made dedication the focal point to win the Babe Ruth 12-U World Series in Jenson, Fla. last weekend. They believed in one another. They were never going to be stopped. From the coaching staff down to the 12 girls that suited up in their prideful navy blue uniform each game, there was no questioning the team’s heart and desire to win for one another.
Strasburg came from four runs down in the seventh inning in Waynesboro to win the club’s second-straight Valley Baseball League championship. The Express scored five times in the seventh inning of a 5-4 victory to complete a 2-0 finals sweep.
FRONT ROYAL — It was to be a casual late afternoon 9-hole round with some friends for Zach Henry last week at Front Royal Golf Club. It turned out to be an 18-hole round of a lifetime as Henry, a former Skyline High School star, fired an unimaginable 12-under par 58 to set shatter the course record by five shots. "Surprisingly, I didn't feel like I was in the zone, but it may have appeared that way," Henry said. "I gave my best effort on every shot, but I sort of stepped aside and let my instinct and wisdom do most of the work." Henry, who has done well in several state VSGA tournaments and will play in this weekend's Virginia State Open at Ballyhack near Roanoke, had previously shot a career best 65 at Front Royal.