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Superheroes to the rescue: Dinner planned to benefit boy, 4, with rare bone marrow disorder

FRONT ROYAL — A rare gene mutation has induced tribulations upon a local 4-year-old which would be difficult for any adult to handle. Mason Langlais suffers from a dyskeratosis congentia, which causes an array of medical issues including bone marrow failure. When Ressie Jeffries Elementary School employee Carol Vorous heard about Langlais' diagnosis from his grandmother, Tammy Shell, she knew the family needed help to persevere through these difficult times. So Vorous planned the "Team Super Hero" benefit dinner to help the Langlaises. The dinner will be held 4 to 8 p.m. April 9 at the Front Royal Volunteer Fire Department at 221 N. Commerce Ave. Proceeds will be used to help the Langlaises with medical bills and other expenses. The benefit will include musical performances by Soldiers of Suburbia, Charlee Allman and Slow Creek. There will also be a silent auction and raffles. Tickets are $12 in advance for adults, $15 at the door and kids under 12 are $7.  
The Warren Sentinel /  03-24-2017  

Front Royal considers rental inspection program

FRONT ROYAL — To ensure rentals are properly maintained, the Front Royal Town Council is exploring the possibility of hiring a property inspector. The building inspector, if implemented, would be responsible for overseeing rental inspection and property management programs, Warren County Building Manager David Beahm said. To centralize the communityís building management programs, the town inspector would ideally have an office in the Warren County Government Center alongside Beahm, Mayor Hollis Tharpe said. The Town Planning Commission has approved a maintenance code, but the council would like a final estimate on costs before implementing it. The potential position would be fully funded by the town, Tharpe said last week in a liaison committee meeting between town county officials. The town's finance department has estimated that the inspection program would require a 1-cent tax increase, Beahm said.
The Warren Sentinel /  03-24-2017  

A change in Shenandoah town managers; Roudabush takes reins as Dovel retires

SHENANDOAH – Residents will welcome a new town manager on April 1 when Assistant Town Manager Juanita Roudabush steps up to fill the post being vacated by Larry Dovel, who is retiring after 41 years of service to the Town of Shenandoah. Dovel was recovering from a snow-shoveling back strain and was not at the March 14 council meeting when the announcement was made.Roudabush joined the Town Hall team in 1999 as town clerk, a position she held until 2002 when she was named assistant town manager/clerk. Previous to her employment in Shenandoah, Roudabush spent 10 years with Page County Planning & Zoning. When she added the title of assistant town manager, Roudabush said she retained all the clerk duties, which included everything from assisting in the office, taking payments and answering phones, to helping market the town at events, to learning about utility systems and budgeting processes. In her new role as town manager, Roudabush said she will be taking on even more planning and zoning and economic development tasks, and will be working more closely and directly with all departments.
Page News and Courier /  03-22-2017  

Page schools work to develop parent notification procedures following March 13 LHS bomb threat

LURAY ― The local school system will work to establish a parent notification protocol as part of division-wide security efforts. The latest efforts come as a response, at least in part, following the evacuation of Luray High School last week following a bomb threat that was later determined to be a prank. Around “meal time” last Monday, said Director of Support Services for Page County Public Schools Tim Harris, Luray High School received a written threat. School officials declined to release some details about the incident in an effort to deter “copy-cat” threats, they said. “We evaluated the validity of the threat and did a modified lockdown, keeping students and faculty in secure locations,” said Harris. “We worked with law enforcement to determine as much as we could about the threat, and moved them to the Luray Middle School gym.”
Page News and Courier /  03-22-2017  
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‘General Industry’ a go in Mount Jackson

MOUNT JACKSON — Town Council unanimously approved putting a new zoning district on the town’s books on Tuesday. An amendment to the town’s zoning ordinance creating a general industrial, or I-2, district will go into effect immediately, Town Manager Kevin Fauber said Wednesday. The district will allow 17 kinds of medium industrial and commercial businesses, including manufacturing and distribution centers, to operate by right and three kinds with a special-use permit. The amendment also adjusts the town’s limited industiral, or I-1, district to allow five kinds of ventures by permit and 18 kinds by right. Car dealerships, breweries and wineries and veterinary offices will now be able to operate without a special-use permit. Finally, the amendment adjusts the town’s agriculture district to allow solar farms that are two acres or smaller by right. The amendment’s approval comes ahead of a presentation by Virginia Solar, which hopes to build a solar farm in town. Representatives from the Richmond-based company will appear before the Planning Commission during its next meeting on April 3. Fauber said the amendment “opens up the avenue for consideration” of the proposal.

Woodstock’s new strategic plan to be ready July 1

WOODSTOCK — Woodstock’s leaders are re-envisioning the town’s purpose and priorities via updates to its strategic plan. Town Council and members of the town’s Management Team met for a work session on March 8, during which they exchanged ideas for what they want the plan’s mission statements and values to be. “We gave everyone stickers for them to put on their most important values,” she said. “Fiscal responsibility received a lot of stickers.” Other highlighted values included water quality, green spaces and government transparency, Belyea said. The Management Team includes about a dozen administrators and staff members, including Police Chief E.L. Reiley, Finance Director John O’Neill and Urban Designer and Neighborhood Planner Lemuel Hancock.

Egger to vacate town council seat after marriage, move

FRONT ROYAL — Councilwoman B'bhinn Egger broke some bad news to her constituents Monday night, but she had a good reason. Egger will resign effective July 1 because she plans to get married in June and move out of Front Royal. "I will have to resign my seat after I get married and move, but I wanted to let everybody know Iíll be here for the next three months working for my constituents to the best of my ability, as I hope that I've done for the past couple of years," she said. She thanked her constituents and supporters who backed her since she started on Council in 2015.
The Warren Sentinel /  03-16-2017

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Local Sports

Can East Rock defend its C36 championship? Sandlot storylines for 2017

A quick look at Rockingham County spring storylines in baseball and softball.
03-22-2017

East Rock’s Shifflett, Central’s Scott earn MVP honors in Valley All-Star game

Madison Shifflett (East Rockingham) and Tamra Scott (Central) were both named team MVP's after the second annual Shenandoah Valley All-Star game.
03-20-2017

Former Warren County Wrestler Zach Beckner earns All-American status at Ferrum

After a twisting, turning path, Warren County wrestling alum Zach Beckner is finding success at Ferrum College.
03-19-2017

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