Legendary Oak Ridge Boys Back in the Valley

ORKNEY SPRINGS — Forty-one years since their first recording, Tennessee’s Oak Ridge Boys have not slowed down. Blending gospel songs with pop sounds, the quartet will play the Shenandoah Valley Music Festival Saturday, Aug. 30, marking their first appearance back in the Valley since 2009.  

Town Council repeals law on Tarot readers

FRONT ROYAL — After more than an hour opinions from 28 citizens — though the public hearing had already been held — the Front Royal Town Council itself had relatively little to say. The second and final vote to repeal section 110-17 of the town code, that bans “gypsies or other strolling company” from “pretending to tell fortunes” or practicing “any so-called ‘magic art’” was 4-2 in favor without needing a tie-breaker from the Mayor as it had on Aug. 11.
The Warren Sentinel /  08-28-2014  

West Virginia man killed in fatal crash

WARREN COUNTY — Roy Vass, 53, of Beckley, West Virginia, was traveling westbound on Happy Creek Road at 5:25 a.m. Sunday morning when he came upon the railroad crossing near Dismal Hollow Road.
The Warren Sentinel /  08-28-2014  

Rocky Bar church to mark 100 years

ROCKY BAR — It’s been 100 years since the Good Shepherd Episcopal Church was built in Rocky Bar, and church parishioners are celebrating the event Saturday, Sept. 6. The church, which merged with St. Stephen Episcopal of the Berrytown/Yankey area in the 1960s and is now called St. Stephen and the Good Shepherd, is part of the Episcopal Church’s Lynwood Parish. The parish also includes Grace Memorial Church on Ore Bank Road northeast of Grottoes. The Rev. Stuart Wood has served as rector at the churches for 24 years.
The Valley Banner /  08-28-2014  
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Former pastor sentenced to 18 years after pleading guilty to sexual abuse of children

LURAY — James Daley, a former pastor of two small Lutheran churches in Page County, was sentenced Monday morning to 18 years, with 12 years suspended for six counts of sexual abuse against children.
Page News and Courier /  08-27-2014

Shenandoah County Chamber appoints new director

WOODSTOCK — The Shenandoah County Chamber of Commerce announced Tuesday that Cheri Wright, of Minnesota, will be its new executive director effective Sept. 2. Wright, formerly the director of Wabasha-Kellogg Chamber of Commerce, will replace Jackie Thompson who left July 7 to take a position at the Northern Virginia Daily.

Woodstock EDA Waiting to Select Late Chairman’s Successor

WOODSTOCK — Following the passing of their chairman last week, the Woodstock Economic Development Authority is not rushing to select a successor to Lee Gochenour, who died Thursday, Aug. 14 at the age of 95. He helped found the Authority in 2003 and was its only chairman.

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Local Sports

Golfing in the Valley — PB Dye Club

IJAMSVILLE, MD. — When PB Dye, son of famed golf course architect Pete Dye, was commissioned to build his signature course near Frederick, Md., it was important to get it right. And Dye did just that with his very hands-on approach to building golf courses. For over 120 days, Dye lived on site, often driving the bulldozer himself along with his crew. Dye made sure his namesake golf course was exactly what he envisioned it would be.

Dukes tap recent LHS grad Greer for outfield duty as invited walk-on

LURAY — Recent Luray High School graduate Danielle Greer has reached another milestone in her softball career. The all-time stolen base leader in state high school records agreed to continue her athletic career in softball at James Madison University as an invited walk-on. Greer participated in the Mickey Dean Softball Camp this summer and impressed the JMU coaches so much that she was given a roster spot for the current school year. Greer is the first LHS softball player to reach the Division 1 level in the sport and gives the Dukes now two players from the county on its current roster. Page County High School graduate Caitlin Viafora made the team last season and will be entering her second year with the Dukes.

Golfing in the Valley — Lake Presidential

UPPER MARLBORO — Finding a top-notch public golf course just 15 miles away from the center of Washington D.C. is not as hard as one would think. You just have to know where to look. When recently asked to play in a Pro-Am type tournament at the last minute at Lake Presidential, I immediately said yes. I have heard about Lake Presidential over the years and I jumped at the chance to give the track a whirl.

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