LURAY — The Luray-Page County Chamber of Commerce has found a new leader, at least temporarily, who knows the organization inside and out. The chamber’s board of directors announced Friday that Gina Hilliard, a former board member who has been employed by the organization for nearly four years, has been selected as its interim president. She’ll fill the post John Robbins held for nearly two years before departing Wednesday to move closer to family in North Carolina.
Page News and Courier / 10-07-2015
LURAY — More than 98 percent of the county's high school seniors graduated on time last June ― up 1.5 percentage points from the previous year and nearly 8 percentage points higher than the state average. Page County's on-time graduation rate has risen by more than 20 points since 2008, the first year the rates were reported on longitudinal student data. The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) released the latest numbers last Tuesday, based on students who entered high school as first-time ninth graders in 2011.
Page News and Courier / 10-07-2015
FRONT ROYAL — The Book of Numbers tells the story of a dozen Israelites sent on a scouting mission into The Promised Land. Upon their return, the majority reported that the occupants were too strong and the Israelites could never overtake them. Only Joshua and Caleb were optimistic that they could succeed. Interim state NAACP President Jack W. Gravely referred to the story in his keynote speech at the Warren-Page Branch of the NAACPís 58th annual Freedom Fund Banquet, held late last month at the Northern Virginia 4-H Educational Center, south of Front Royal. The local branch also honored Darlene Strother with its 2015 Community Service Award at the banquet.
The Warren Sentinel / 10-07-2015
WOODSTOCK — Yard sale items that were collected over the summer filled an exhibit building at the Shenandoah County fairgrounds as hundreds of people came out last weekend to support the Shenandoah County Pregnancy Center’s annual Walk for Life, Motorcycle Run and two-day yard sale. Representative Todd Gilbert reminded those gathered at the opening ceremony for the walk of the long heritage of religious freedom in Virginia and he encouraged listeners to stay engaged in the political process to protect those freedoms.
The Shenandoah Valley-Herald / 10-05-2015
FISHERSVILLE — On a soggy night at Wilson Memorial high school last Thursday, one would think that Luray would rely on their dominating ground offense to score points. While the Bulldogs fed their tailbacks throughout the game, it was a 6-yard pass from sophomore quarterback Dylan Jenkins to Trea Atkins that proved to be the difference maker. Luray outlasted the Hornets, 7-6, picking up a crucial win as Luray makes a push toward the playoffs. While Wilson out gained the Bulldogs with 317 yards to just 136 for Luray, a blocked extra point left them in the losing column.
SHENANDOAH — There was no slowing down the East Rockingham offense on Thursday night. The Eagles found themselves in an early, 6-0, hole but rebounded quickly. Relying heavily on senior tailback Austin Morris, East Rock gashed the Panthers for 422 total yards on offense. For the Page offense, nothing seemed to click. The Panthers turned the ball over four times couldn't find a rhythm.
STUARTS DRAFT — Stonewall Jackson couldn't hang with Stuarts Draft last Thursday. Draft dominated the Generals in a, 47-0, win and are now sitting second in the 2A East power ratings. Draft's defense wouldn't let the Generals find any offensive momentum, holding them to just three first downs in the first half and just 23 yards on its final six drives of the half.