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Teen avoids more jail in bomb-hoax case

FRONT ROYAL — The teen accused of placing a hoax bomb at Warren County High School pleaded guilty and was sentenced Monday in Warren County Circuit Court. Caleb Daniel Sutphin, 18, of the 200 block of Deerhaven Road, admitted to placing a hoax bomb in one of the schoolís bathrooms. Per a plea agreement, Circuit Court Judge Clifford Athey Jr. gave Sutphin a one-year suspended sentence, with credit for 18 days spent in jail, and a year of probation.  
The Warren Sentinel /  06-23-2017  

Official: Girl rescued while tubing on river

BOYCE — A girl tubing on the Shenandoah River in Clarke County with her family on Sunday afternoon had to be pulled from the water when ìshe got caught up by the current,î Clarke County Fire and EMS Director Brian Lichty said. After being rescued by family members and bystanders, she was taken to Winchester Medical Center, Lichty said. Her condition was not believed to be life-threatening.
The Warren Sentinel /  06-23-2017  

Shifflett handed down life, plus 45 years for his role in the shooting of a pregnant woman

LURAY ― For his involvement in the shooting of a pregnant woman, a 22-year-old Page County man will serve the next 15 years in prison. The sentence was handed down last Wednesday in Page County Circuit Court to Raymond Lee Shifflett, who prosecutors said throughout court proceedings was not the triggerman during the April 2016 shooting of a pregnant 20-year-old. Last month Judge Clark Ritchie handed down two life sentences without parole, plus 41 years, to Matthew David Furlow, 27. Prosecutors throughout his court proceedings maintained that Shifflett was recruited as a pawn and manipulated by Furlow before, during and even after the April 3 and April 4, 2016 shooting. The victim, Ellen Piepenbrink, who along with her child survived, testified that Furlow shot her twice in the head, knowing she was pregnant with his child.
Page News and Courier /  06-23-2017  

Luray accepting applications for interim town manager

LURAY ― The town is seeking an interim manager to, at least temporarily, fill in following the retirement of its current town manager next month. In May, four-year Luray Town Manager Charlie Hoke tendered his notice of retirement. His last day will be July 31. Depending on a candidate's qualifications and education, the interim position's annual salary is advertised starting at $60,000 and up to $85,000. The six-member Luray Council, who will appoint the top position, is seeking candidates with “strong administrative and financial management skills.”
Page News and Courier /  06-23-2017  
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Shen Co Chamber program aims to train new leaders

WOODSTOCK — The Shenandoah County Chamber of Commerce is launching a new program to train the next generation of county leaders. Leadership Shenandoah County, which the chamber announced on June 7, is a nine-month series of classes that will teach students about major facets of the county’s government and economy, and how to resolve problems within them. The program opens with an orientation session and retreat on Sept. 8, followed by the first class on agriculture and tourism on Sept. 22. Each subsequent class takes place on the second Friday of the month from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Topics include education, health care, public safety, local and state government, business and industry and nonprofits. Tuition costs $250 for all seven classes, the retreat and the graduation session on April 13, 2018.

Property reassessments coming soon: 2019 real-estate tax bills will show updated values

FRONT ROYAL — A county contractor will soon begin field work for the next countywide real-estate reassessment. The Warren County Board of Supervisors last week approved a $535,000 contract with Wingate and Associates to conduct the reassessment. Field work will start next month. The new assessments will become effective Jan. 1, 2019, according to County Administrator Doug Stanley. Reassessments are done every four years to make sure the assessed values keep up with the changing real-estate market and to ensure that property owners are assessed a fair amount in real-estate taxes.
The Warren Sentinel /  06-16-2017

Council adopts $45.9 million budget

FRONT ROYAL — The Town Council gave final approval Monday night to a $45.9 million spending plan for fiscal 2017-18. The budget includes about $10.9 million in the general fund, to which town taxpayers contribute. About $2.6 million was allocated for streets and $633,395 for special projects. The remainder of the budget includes the town's enterprise funds, including about $19.7 million for the electric fund. The water and sewer fund would receive about $11 million for water and sewer and about $1 million for solid waste management, according to the spending plan, which is available at frontroyalva.com. Money in those funds comes from utility users' rates, not tax dollars. The budget is based on the previously approved real-estate tax rate of 13.5 cents per $100 of assessed value. The half-cent increase from the current rate, approved in March, is earmarked to help pay for the future police station on Kendrick Lane.
The Warren Sentinel /  06-16-2017

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Local Sports

Armstrong’s debut powers win for Bridgewater in RCBL

Turner Ashby baseball coach Andrew Armstrong made his season debut for Bridgewater, pitching five innings and earning the win in the Reds’ 12-4 triumph over Elkton in a Rockingham County Baseball League game Sunday at Ray Heatwole Field.
06-19-2017

Christendom College wins first rugby national championship

The Christendom College Crusaders rugby team won the school’s first-ever national championship last Sunday in Philadelphia with a thrilling 24-19 overtime win over St. Mary’s College of Maryland.
06-14-2017

Turner Ashby nets seventh state title with dominating with over Riverside

Turner Ashby returned to glory by dismantling Riverside 14-3 for the 3A state championship on Saturday in Salem.
06-12-2017

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