First harness racing weekend a ‘huge success’

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.  

No clowning around: Masked man charged

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  

‘Dukes of Hazzard’-inspired Cooter’s in the Country considers Page County

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  

Signature 5K race returns on Sept. 30

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  
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LFCC celebrates 10 years at Luray Center; fourth annual Evening with the Stars slated for Thursday

LURAY — During the fourth installment of Lord Fairfax Community College's Evening with the Stars next Thursday, college officials will highlight its decade-long presence in Luray and the efforts of community leaders that made it possible. “We are so fortunate to have this facility here to educate our youth and to help those who have been in the workforce receive training and retraining,” said office manager of LFCC's Luray-Page County Center Judy Suddith. “There are so many more opportunities available here that we didn't have when we opened in 2006.” Since opening its doors in the Luray annex building on North Hawksbill Street in January 2006, the Luray-Page County Center has impacted thousands of students. But LFCC's presence in Page stretches back even further.
Page News and Courier /  09-12-2016

Warren County names Whitten its attorney

FRONT ROYAL — The "interim" was stripped off Dan Whitten's title, as the Board of Supervisors named him county attorney at its meeting last week. Whitten served as the interim county attorney since Blair Mitchell retired in May of this year. Previously, he was the countyís first full-time assistant attorney since February 2010.
The Warren Sentinel /  09-12-2016

Page County to save $300,000 over next five years through jail lease agreement with MRRJ

LURAY ― The county is on track to save about $300,000 over the course of five years after negotiating a contract with Middle River Regional Jail (MRRJ) in Staunton. After opting out of buying into the Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren (RSW) Regional Jail near Front Royal nine years ago, Page County signed a bed rental contract with the facility last year ― a cost of $38 per inmate, per day, according to Page County Sheriff Chad Cubbage. After signing a longterm contract with MRRJ earlier this year, continued Cubbage, the county is “locked in” for the next five years at $36 per inmate, per day. The contract allows up to 136 inmates to be housed in the Staunton facility. On average, Page County rents 50 beds each day.
Page News and Courier /  09-12-2016

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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.

Golfing in the Valley: Henry shoots 58 at FRGC

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.

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