Gas prices on rise and expected to climb

WINCHESTER — So long, cheap gas prices. The average price of regular- grade gasoline has surged 12 cents nationally over the past three weeks, to $2.38 a gallon, according to The Associated Press. In Virginia, the current average is $2.24 per gallon, up from $1.79 a year ago, AAA reports. Locally, the price at the pump for a gallon of regular fuel ranges from $2.13 to $2.25. The average price Wednesday morning in Front Royal was about $2.18, according to  
The Warren Sentinel /  01-13-2017  

Blue Ridge Heritage Project selects memorial site in Stanley’s Ed Good Park

STANLEY — After months of deliberation and exploring sites all over Page County, members of the Blue Ridge Heritage Project have selected Stanley's Ed Good Park as the site of their monument. The Blue Ride Heritage Project is a regional group, with chapters in all eight of the counties that were affected by the creation of Shenandoah National Park. A committee is formed in each county, with the goal of creating a memorial for the families that were displaced by the park's creation. The only requirement is that the memorial be a chimney — how it looks and where it is located is up to the committee members. The memorial will consist of four stones in a square, to represent the outline of a house. The chimney will be at the end, and the space representing the inside of the house will have informational signs that will tell the story of the affected families.
Page News and Courier /  01-13-2017  

Elkton Area United Services seeks community support

ELKTON — Elkton Area United Services has announced there is an immediate need for help for 490 households in the Elkton area after emergency assistance funding was cut by 48 percent. With winter setting in and cold weather spreading across the area, there is a huge impact being felt by the households in need of assistance to cover their expenses. The victims of the downtown Elkton Christmas Eve fire are sheltered in permanent housing or temporary housing with family and friends or in a local motel. They have been supplied with clothing and food as well as other needed supplies and funds are available for them to move into permanent housing to provide shelter and for other basic needs. The food pantry in Elkton gives out food to senior citizens, some of whom are struggling to make ends meet on $600 a month. Currently, 103 seniors are in need of those boxes.
The Valley Banner /  01-13-2017  

Theater, history group launch Civil War movie series

NEW MARKET — Two New Market nonprofits hope to take Shenandoah County moviegoers back to their roots with a Civil War movie series that launches this month. The Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation and the Rouss Center for the Arts are partnering on the series. It kicks off with the 1927 Buster Keaton silent film “The General” on Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the theater at 9357 N. Congress St. The film focuses on the Union’s April 12, 1862 attempt to destroy the railroad between Atlanta and Chattanooga and steal a train in the process. Don Conard, co-owner of the Rouss Center, said the theater will show a Civil War-themed movie on the second Tuesday of every month.
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Battlefield CEO up for conservation award

NEW MARKET — The chief executive officer of the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation has been nominated for a national conservation award. Keven Walker is one of 28 nominees to be the 21st Century Conservation Service Corps’s Champion of the Year. The group is a public-private partnership launched by the federal government in 2013 to employ young people and veterans through environmental projects. Walker was a cultural resources specialist at Antietam National Battlefield in Sharpsburg, Md., for 11 years before taking the job with the battlefields foundation in May 2014. In January 2016, Walker helped launch the Great Appalachian Valley Conservation Corps, a nonprofit that partners with the battlefields foundation to recruit people aged 18 to 25 to work on conservation projects from Quebec to Alabama.

Longtime community leader Boyles dies of cancer

FRONT ROYAL — The longtime community volunteer who helped spearhead a relief effort for victims of the West Virginia floods last year died Friday at his home in Front Royal. Roy Kearns Boyles was 58. Boyles, a former Warren County School Board chairman and Warren Memorial Hospital trustee, had battled cancer since 2013, when both he and his wife Sharon were diagnosed. Sharonís cancer is in remission, according to a Facebook page set up in 2015 for a fundraising dinner to help pay their medical bills.
The Warren Sentinel /  01-06-2017

Shenandoah medical practice shutting down operations

SHENANDOAH — Citing economic factors and issues out of his control, Matt Yoder has decided to close Shen Valley Family Practice after 13 months. The clinic's final day of operation will be Jan. 18. "I wanted to bring more availability and opportunity for care," said Yoder, the clinic's sole nurse practitioner. "I think there was a need there — the initial reaction was good." Yoder, 39, wanted to bring a small-town, old fashioned clinic to Shenandoah, where he spent more time individually with the patients and got closer to them on a personal level.
Page News and Courier /  01-06-2017

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Local Sports

Strasburg Basketball Tournament Update: Who’s in tonight’s Championship round?

Two Page County schools are taking over Strasburg's holiday tournament.

Shenandoah 12-U All-Stars claim World Series title

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 Express wins back-to-back VBL titles

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.

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