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Warren Beatty features Front Royal in new film, ‘Rules Don’t Apply’

WINCHESTER — In writing the sweetly nostalgic film, "Rules Don't Apply," Warren Beatty said he relied on his own personal nostalgia of childhood visits to family in Front Royal. The film, released nationwide last week, features the central character, Marla Mabrey, a Front Royal girl brought to Hollywood by Howard Hughes to become a starlet after she wins the pageant title of Winchester's Miss Apple Blossom Festival. She runs into romantic trouble when she falls for a boy she is forbidden to love. Mabrey is played by the actress Lily Collins, the daughter of rock star Phil Collins. Beatty plays Hughes in the film, which he also directed and produced. It is his first film since 2001's "Town and Country" and his first directorial work since "Bulworth" in 1998. The new film premiered Nov. 10 at the Chinese Theatre in Hollywood as the opener for the annual American Film Institute festival.  
The Warren Sentinel /  12-05-2016  

U.S. Marshal, Luray native killed in line of duty

LURAY — Patrick Carothers, Luray High School graduate and 26-year veteran of the U.S. Marshals Service, was killed in the line of duty last week. Carothers, 53, lived in Georgia with his wife of 30 years, Terry, and five children. Working as the Deputy Commander of the Marshals Southeast Regional Task Force, Carothers was leading his team on the search for a fugitive on the run from South Carolina on Friday morning, Nov. 18.
Page News and Courier /  12-05-2016  

Whetzel named top regional school board member

WOODSTOCK — Karen Whetzel, chairwoman of the Shenandoah County School Board, has been named the Valley’s Regional Teacher of the Year by the Virginia School Boards Association. The group announced its four regional award winners during its annual convention in Williamsburg on Nov. 16. The other winning board members are Camilla Washington of Fluvanna County, Scott Albrecht of Manassas and Raymond Kohl of Galax.

Council OKS surveillance cameras in Stonewall Park

ELKTON — Town council has approved placing surveillance cameras in Stonewall Memorial Park after restrooms there were found, On Nov. 13 by Elkton Police, to have been extensively damaged. At its meeting on Monday, Nov. 21, council approved $3,200 to repair the restrooms. An assessment needs to be made as to how much individual cameras will cost before they are placed within the park. Elkton Police Chief Aaron Hammer said he “would like cameras to be placed at many areas throughout the park, but I have to wait for the town’s ability to pay for them.”
The Valley Banner /  12-05-2016  
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Zombie outbreak expected in Front Royal

FRONT ROYAL — Any zombie sightings Saturday night should not be taken as signs of an impending apocalypse. Hundreds of walking dead will meander through town streets for the fourth annual Front Royal Zombie Walk. The walk is scheduled to start at 6 p.m. Saturday at Bing Crosby Stadium, but founder Roxanne Bauserman encouraged participants to arrive an hour early for socializing and pictures. Although it is free to walk, she asks that walkers provide donations for the Warren Humane Society and Front Royal-Warren County C-CAP. The walk lasts about 45 minutes, starting at Bing Crosby Stadium, across Commerce Avenue, down Warren Avenue, to Chester Street, and finishing at the gazebo. A new aspect this year will be a raffle at the gazebo after the walk. Anyone who donates to both charities will receive two raffle tickets. A food truck and disc jockey will be set up at the gazebo, which Bauserman said gives the event the feeling of a festival.
The Warren Sentinel /  10-21-2016

Region endures spate of overdoses

WINCHESTER — At least 16 overdoses have been reported in the region since Oct. 12, including two deaths, the Northern Shenandoah Valley Substance Abuse Coalition said Tuesday. Executive Director Lauren Cummings said the concentration of the overdoses in certain areas indicates the incidents may be the result of bad batches of drugs. Eight of the overdoses occurred in Warren County, including two in Front Royal, Cummings said. Seven occurred in Frederick County and one was reported in Strasburg. Including the two recent deaths, the region ó which includes Winchester and Frederick, Clarke, Warren, Shenandoah and Page counties ó has seen 24 overdose fatalities so far in 2016, the coalition reported. The recent spate of overdoses comes less than three weeks after Northwest Virginia Regional Drug Task Force agents reported eight nonlethal overdoses in Winchester and Frederick County in the span of just four days. In those incidents, agents said the drugs may have made their way into the region from Baltimore.
The Warren Sentinel /  10-21-2016

Woodstock seeks ‘refreshing’ of its image

WOODSTOCK — Woodstock is seeking a new look for the future as part of its rebranding campaign. The town sent a Request for Proposals to 15 area graphic design firms on Oct. 13. The request calls for new “images and key phrases to be used for business cards, letterhead, website, wayfinding signage, vehicle decals and other marketing materials.” The Woodstock Enhancement Committee is leading the rebranding effort. Katie Mercer, the committee’s coordinator, said one goal is to change the town’s current motto of “Discover Woodstock.”

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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.
08-19-2016

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.
08-19-2016

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.
08-19-2016

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