THIS WEEKEND: Vintage Woodstock Festival

Friday, June 24 • 6 – 10 p.m. - Vintage Woodstock Festival featuring music by Revolution. Vendors will be in the Woodstock food Court. Lots of fun activities for the entire family. Admission is Free.  

Five seek three seats on Front Royal Council

FRONT ROYAL — Five town residents have thrown their hats in the ring for three four-year terms on the town council that are up for grabs in the November general election. As the June 14 deadline to get on the ballot for the Nov. 8 election, no competition emerged for lone mayoral candidate Hollis Tharpe. Two sitting councilmen are running to keep their seats, according to information from the Warren County Voter Registrarís Office. Councilman Bret Hrbek announced in January that he is not seeking re-election.
The Warren Sentinel /  06-24-2016  

Unemployment dips below 5 percent in Page County for first time in 7 years

LURAY — Unemployment numbers released for Page County by the Bureau of Labor Statistics are the lowest they have been in nearly a decade. For April 2016, the most recent numbers available, Page County had a 4.8 percent unemployment rate. March's rate was 6.8 percent. There are a number of factors for the decrease in unemployment — though seasonal, tourism-related jobs have been cited as the number-one cause.
Page News and Courier /  06-22-2016  

The end of an era at The Valley Banner

ELKTON – For nearly three decades, the greeting to anyone entering The Valley Banner’s office in Elkton has remained the same. A familiar “hey” and accompanying smile were flashed almost before the jingling bells attached to the door could announce a customer or, just as likely, a friend’s entrance to the office at 157 West Spotswood Ave. Because, to Carol Campbell Helmintoller, all her customers, whether she knew them personally (and she probably did) or was just talking to them for the first time, quickly became more than someone placing a classified ad or advertising a Vacation Bible School or auction. The sociable voice behind the behemoth desk just inside the door is set to change this week, when Carol enters her retirement.
The Valley Banner /  06-22-2016  
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Strasburg Council approves budget

STRASBURG — The Strasburg Town Council approved a $15.5 million budget for fiscal 2017 during its regular meeting on Tuesday. The spending plan includes $1.3 million for public works, almost $1.8 million for public safety and $187,000 for parks and recreation. The budget raises the town’s meals and lodging taxes from 5 percent to 6 percent. The new rates are expected to raise an extra $129,000, which will go toward updates to the North Shenandoah Business and Industrial Park.

New festival to benefit disabled veterans July 2-3 at Warren County Fairgrounds

FRONT ROYAL — Country music icons Larry Gatlin and Jimmy Fortune, gospel singer Lisa Meadows and local folk rockers Scythian will headline the first-ever Virginia Freedom Festival, coming up Independence Day weekend at the Warren County Fairgrounds. Proceeds from the two-day event on July 2 and 3 will go to four organizations dedicated to helping disabled veterans and VFW Post 1860, which lost its headquarters in a fire last year.
The Warren Sentinel /  06-20-2016

Page County allocates TOT funds among tourism-related events, efforts

LURAY ― With the county's Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT) revenue projected to reach an all-time high in fiscal 2017, supervisors saw funding requests climb to new heights last Tuesday, with more than two dozen groups vying for the lodging tax dollars. The Page County Board of Supervisors spent the better part of last week's three-hour meeting mulling over requests totaling nearly $920,000 ― about $220,000 more than the $700,000 projected to be generated in the coming fiscal year through the county's TOT. The “lodging tax” represents 5 percent of the total amount paid for room, cabin and campground rentals outside of a town limit in Page County.
Page News and Courier /  06-20-2016

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SOFTBALL: PCHS senior named VHSL 2A Player of the Year for third-straight season

SHENANDOAH — Kate Gordon trotted away from last Friday’s state quarterfinal loss knowing it was the last time she would wear a Panther Blue uniform. Her high school playing career had come to an abrupt end as the Lady Panthers were eliminated from the postseason in a, 3-1, loss to Lebanon. All of the memories swirled through her head as the senior joined her team on the 140-mile bus ride home from Salem to Luray. Two state championships, multiple game-winning home runs, and the undeniable chemistry formed with her teammates remained in the forefront of her mind. While the immediate aftermath of the loss stung, its impossible for Gordon to spot many negatives when reflecting on her time on one of the most dominant sports programs in recent Page County history. Last week, Gordon was named VHSL 2A Player of the Year for the third-straight season, a rare feat for any high school athlete.

SOFTBALL: Lebanon tops the Falcons in 16 innings

RADFORD — In what amounted to a doubleheader plus two innings, Lebanon High School captured Saturday’s 2A state softball championship by edging Central, 2-1, on a two-out walkoff home run by Taylor Woodlief in the bottom of the 16th inning at Radford University.

SOFTBALL: Lady Panthers denied by upstart Lebanon

SALEM - Lebanon High School used a last inning rally to end Page County's recent reign as queens of 2A softball Friday, defeating the Panthers 3-1 to advance to today's state 2A finals against Central of Woodstock.

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