Four candidates vie for Shenandoah Council seat in special election on Nov. 4

SHENANDOAH ― A special election this fall to fill a vacated seat on the Shenandoah Council has turned into a four-way contest. Candidates J. Matthew Clark, Lynn Fox, Craig Lancto and Francis Worley have all qualified for the Nov. 4 ballot, according the Page County Registrars Office. The filing deadline was last Friday.  
Page News and Courier /  08-20-2014  

Crash damages Elkton post office

ELKTON – No one was injured, but a driver was shaken up Monday morning after his passenger van crashed into the Elkton post office. McGaheysville resident Lester Samuels, who is wheelchair bound, was at the gas pumps at Meadows Service Center when he began backing up his vehicle. The gear stuck and Samuels’ van backed across Rockingham Street into the southwest corner of the post office, he said.
The Valley Banner /  08-20-2014  

Lake Laura to be Drained for Dam Work

BASYE — Lake Laura Dam, also classified as Stoney Creek Dam #9, is one of the state’s top priorities for rehabilitation this fall. The embankment structure at the top of Lake Laura in Basye is due for upgrades after Bryce Resort can drain the lake. Bryce Resort uses water from Lake Laura for irrigation and snow making on its ski course, but Rob Schwartz, Bryce Resort general manager, said the work should not affect those operations.

Edinburg Tackles Town Debt

EDINBURG — After a presentation by Davenport Public Finance at last week's meeting, Edinburg Town Council approved the financial advisors to seek lending bids on the town’s nearly $2.1 million debt. The firm will craft requests for proposal from lending institutions.
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Shenandoah Riverkeeper Intends to Sue EPA

FRONT ROYAL – After four years of hounding the Environmental Protection Agency over a growing algae problem in the Shenandoah River with little success, Shenandoah Riverkeeper Jeff Kelble, represented by Earthjustice, has filed a notice of intent to sue the EPA for not officially recognizing the annual algae blooms.
The Warren Sentinel /  08-15-2014

Former SAAA director spared jail time

FRONT ROYAL — The former executive director of the Shenandoah Area Agency on Aging won’t be serving any jail time following her conviction on embezzlement charges. Last Friday, Warren County Circuit Court Judge Dennis L. Hupp handed down a sentence for Helen Cockrell calling for three months of limited confinement to her home, six years of probation and 1,000 more hours of community service. Hupp called her crime a “violation of a public trust.”

Bank robbery suspect captured in Page County

SHENANDOAH ― An armed robbery suspect who fled a Shenandoah bank Tuesday morning is now in custody, according to Page County law enforcement officials. William Lee Arnette, 60, of Culpepper, was arrested at 11:33 a.m. He is charged with one count of armed bank robbery, a felony punishable by five years to life in prison.
Page News and Courier /  08-13-2014

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Local Sports

Stakes were higher at ninth annual Luray Triathlon

LURAY — For two days, the area around Lake Arrowhead became a mini-village of triathletes. Some were competing for a significantly larger pool of prize money, some were trying to improve personal bests, while some were just trying to finish the ninth annual Luray Triathlon. Saturday's Luray International Triathlon was highlighted by strenuous duels between professional triathletes in both the men's and women's divisions.

Golfing in the Valley — The Golden Horseshoe, A Golden Anniversary

WILLIAMSBURG — I recently had to the pleasure to play at one of my favorite all-time courses once again, The Gold Course at the venerable Golden Horseshoe. Opened in 1963 and designed by legendary architect Robert Trent Jones Sr., The Gold Course is a timeless classic that should be on each and every golfers must-play list. Jones has plenty of great designs to his Hall-of-Fame career, but he called The Gold Course his finest design. And plenty of others whole heartedly agree.

Luray welcomes triathletes Saturday

LURAY — The ninth annual Luray Triathlon arrives Saturday and Sunday and promises to bring the best field ever held for the event. The International Triathlon begins on Saturday with the Sprint Triathlon to follow on Sunday. Both days races begin at 8 a.m. beginning with swimming at Lake Arrowhead.

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