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Valley milk slapped with injunction for tainted milk powder

STRASBURG — The Food and Drug Administration has filed a court order against Valley Milk Products in Strasburg, banning the production of all powdered milk as a result of salmonella being found during inspections last summer. A consent decree of condemnation and permanent injunction was filed in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia in Harrisonburg on March 14. The U.S. Department of Justice represented the FDA in court. The decree means the company agreed to cooperate with the FDA without confirming or denying its allegations. The plant at 412 E. King St. has not produced milk powder since July, and cannot resume until 10 “appropriate corrective actions” are taken to sanitize the facility and ensure that salmonella bacteria don’t reappear in the products or the plant, according to the decree. Those actions include cleaning and repairing all equipment and areas that powdered products touch, establishing a sanitation control program and submitting a set of salmonella monitoring guidelines to the FDA, the decree said.  

Dennison named events coordinator in New Market

NEW MARKET — A lifelong Shenandoah County resident has jumped from the golden arches to grant-writing and event planning for the Town of New Market. Amber Dennison, 34, started as the town’s new events and marketing coordinator on March 13. She had been a store manager at the McDonald’s restaurant at 2387 South Main St. in Harrisonburg for 13 years. Former director Brittany Clem left her position in January to join the Harrisonburg Parks and Recreation Department as a program specialist.

Styx pulls out of county fair

WOODSTOCK — Styx will no longer perform at the Shenandoah County Fair in August. The fair association announced the rock band’s cancellation “due to unforeseen circumstances” in a press release last week. General Manager Tom Eshelman declined to say why the near-sellout show will not go on.

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

A quick look at Rockingham County spring storylines in baseball and softball.
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East Rock’s Shifflett, Central’s Scott earn MVP honors in Valley All-Star game

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