Hilliard named interim president of Page-Luray Chamber

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  

Page County ties for third-highest on-time graduation rate in Virginia at 98.2 percent

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  

NAACP’s interim president for Virginia speaks at 58th annual banquet

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  

Pregnancy Center hosts Walk For Life

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.
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Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative warns of robbery attempts

MOUNT CRAWFORD — A Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative member-owner was reportedly robbed last week in Rockingham County by several people, identifying themselves as being from an “electric utility.” In this instance, it appears that the people knocked on the victim’s front door, and when the door was opened, they entered into the home.

Central High School best in show with Blue Ribbon award

WOODSTOCK — A Woodstock high school has been named a Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education, marking a first for a Shenandoah County school. Central High School received the recognition Tuesday from U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, who named 285 public and 50 private elementary, middle and high schools across the country as Blue Ribbon Schools. CHS is one of three such schools named in Virginia. The other two are Riverheads High School in Staunton and Cosby High School in Midlothian. Winning schools will be officially acknowledged at a two-day Washington, D.C., ceremony on Nov. 9 and 10.

THIS WEEKEND: River Valley Festival

FRONT ROYAL — A celebration of the Shenandoah Valleyís unique offerings will be held this weekend. Lovers of top-of-the-line beer, wine, music and good times will be in paradise during the second annual River Valley Festival on Saturday along the South Fork of the Shenandoah River near VFW Post 1860 on North Royal Avenue. The festival was founded by Christendom College graduates who also attended Gregory the Great Academy in Pennsylvania. Event coordinator Dan Schiller said boys who attend Gregory the Great are taught to appreciate the finer aspects of life. They now want to share that love with the citizens of Front Royal.

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FOOTBALL: Luray 7, Wilson Memorial 6

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.

FOOTBALL: East Rockingham 49, Page County 6

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.

FOOTBALL: Stuarts Draft 47, Stonewall Jackson 0

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.

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